Yesterday, Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4, 2 runs, 6 RBIs with his 5th and 6th homers.  With David Wright hurt, Flores has been playing every day.  The Mets are thankfully still able to get Ruben Tejada into their lineup.  The Mets said, “We’ve wanted to drop Tejada, send down Tejada or trade Tejada for a nickel on a dollar, but since we can’t figure out the paperwork, we’re playing him every day for the last three years.”  No Met in particular said that; all of them did.  Why do I care about Flores playing?  In Triple-A in 2013, he hit 15 homers and .321 in 107 games.  That was when he was 22 years old.  Maybe he’s not God’s answer to Bac-Os and able to make every game better, but I bet he could’ve been as good as David Wright this year.  The reason why baseball people and the media doesn’t like Wilmer is he fields like he has a golden glove.  Not that he won a golden glove.  Like he’s literally trying to catch grounders with a metal statue.  If he gets a job out of spring training in fifteen after twenty, this won’t be the last time you hear me try to convince people Wilmer Flores isn’t bad.  For now, he’s only viable in very deep leagues as we watch Flores’s stock bloom.  Flores’s stock bloom!  Flores’s stock bloom!  Springtime for Wilmer, and the Mets… (BTW, when did this site become so pro-Mets?  I feel dirty.  Though, that could be because I haven’t showered since March.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bartolo Colon – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 12 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Colon served up a single run on 11 singles and 1 double.  Ironically, that’s what McDonald’s serves to him when he makes a cheeseburger run.

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  The Daily News’s headline today, “Colon, Curtisy in Flushing, Smells of Flores.”

Giancarlo StantonMarlins haven’t ruled him out for the season.  That’s great news!  Not because he will return.  He won’t.  But the fact that he’s even discussing returning means he will be fine for spring training.  I’m just gonna draw him a bath and wave the water to make extra bubbles until he gets here.

Donovan Solano – 3-for-5 was hitting .160 in the last week coming into this game.  Season of the Pitch, not Donovan’s best song.

Nathan Eovaldi – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Rachel Ray would spell that, EOVA-GADZOOKS!

Martin Prado – Out for the year with an emergency appendectomy.  Performing the operation was Jeter.  Or the 2urgery.

Masahiro Tanaka – Set to return on Sunday.  Well, I should say he’s set to realize on Sunday that he needs Tommy John surgery.

Mark Teixeira – Sat out yesterday with wrist discomfort.  Luckily, he’s only owed another $50 million.  Whew, bullet dodged!  Now, to give Jon Lester $700 million over twelve years.

Michael Pineda – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 2.15.  The Stream-o-Nator doesn’t love his next start and I can be persuaded either way on it.  Why are you removing your pants?  No, I don’t want to be persuaded like that!

Nick Franklin – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI as he was officially called up.  I went over him the other day, there I said, “In Single-A in 2010, he had 23 homers and 25 steals.  At that point, I could see his angel wings.  He’d flutter above my bed and whisper, “Grey, I’m a middle infielder with 20 homer power and 20 steal speed.”  Then a hologram of a large man in a tight-white guinea tee would enter, announce himself as the Ghost of Future Scouts, and say Franklin’s K-rate is out of control, he won’t hit above .220.  Luckily, I don’t listen to holograms!  Sorry, Tupac Hologram.  Every stop along the way, Franklin has struggled to hit for a decent average.  I’ll like him next year for his power/speed combo, but he means nothing for this year in redraft leagues.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.98.  Gonna be real hard to be completely bullish on Odorizzi next year with his home/away splits.  His away ERA:  6.06.  ODORizzi.  His home ERA: 2.61.  It’s so-damn-easy.

Drew Hutchison – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you feel like a mental patient hoping your effin’ starter doesn’t explode all over your ratios.

Steve Pearce – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Pearce and J.D. Martinez should work on a well-choreographed, 16-part handshake for the day their winter arbitration comes up.  Oh, and yes, you should own Pearce.  Of course.

Jimmy Paredes – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  After he hit the homer, wives of Orioles fans were concerned about their husbands when they started marching around the house singing, “I love a Paredes.”

Joey Votto – Took batting practice and hopes to return for a few games.  Watch out, he’s got a walk to take!

Mat Latos – Played catch yesterday and hasn’t ruled out returning this season.  The truth is, he’s not returning this season, but if he says that he’s gonna have to hang out with his wife, and drive her on errands and shizz.  You’re obvious, Latos, and I see your ploy.

Johnny Cueto – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Hard for me to get that upset your Cueto’s ERA went all the way up to 2.33.  Sometimes you get the raspberry creme, sometimes you get the hard-as-a-rock nougat that chips your tooth.

Anthony Rizzo – Sat out yesterday.  This was what I was afraid of with him in weekly leagues.  It’s fine in daily leagues where you can platoon him, but right now I’m getting the golden goose egg in my weekly league where I need all the stats I can get.

Arismendy Alcantara – Sat out yesterday with minor wrist soreness, i.e., his wrist-is-on-the-mendy.

Jake Arrieta – 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (1 Hit), 13 Ks.  Maybe should’ve been the lede today, but he’s had too many ledes.  I don’t want him to get a big head like Bruce Bochy!  Arrieta’s season numbers are ridunk.  More ridunk if you remove one terrible game in Coors when you should’ve benched him anyway.  He’s not even a product of good luck with BABIP or LOB% or any other made-up nerd acronym.  His K-rate and walk rate tell me he’s an ace.  Whether he gets drafted in the top 20 starters, I’m not sure, but I’m all-in on him and wish I had him on a keeper team or two.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  By the by, he’s hitting .373.  When Puig rolls his ass out of the 2nd round next year, someone’s gotta replace him.  No, that would be slightly premature, but Soler will be ranked aggressively by yours truly.

George Springer – Done for the season.  Astros beat writer tweeted out, “Astros made decision in conjunction with trainers and Springer with hopes of him playing 162 games next year.”  This isn’t on the beat writer, he’s just passing along info, but how much money would you bet he doesn’t play 162 games next year?  Your life savings?  Yes, all twelve-hundred dollars.  Would you take out a second mortgage just to bet he doesn’t play 162 games?  This is such an obvious announcement by a team that reads to me as, “We think our fans are stupid and we just want them to buy tickets next year.”  No one plays 162 games.  Even guys that are healthy.  I know it’s semantics, but why not just say, “We shut him down hoping he can stay healthier next year.”  Why does this bother me so much?  I need a Quaalude.

Nick Tropeano – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2,70.  I figured my Nick Tropeano fantasy last week was going to be met with a round of yawnplause.  It’s a’ight, there’s always next year to try to get you to take your medicine.

Yan Gomes – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Not bad for 700 ABs.

Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA down to 2.54.  Kluber, Darvish or Wainwright for 2015?  Is it close?  I don’t think so.  I could actually remove that question mark and just say Kluber, Darvish, Wainwright, in that order.

Charlie Morton – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Poor Sawx.  With Ortiz out of the lineup for a family emergency, the Sawx looked like a man with no torso.  Stream-o-Nator likes Morton’s next start, and I could see streaming him there.

Russell Martin – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .297.  I know he’s about as glamorous as a birth mark shaped like Florida, but he’s hitting near-.450 in the last week with 2 homers.  Hot schmotato!

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, and his 12th homer.  Morton, Martin, Marte… Maronna mia!  Pirates, you’re wearing out my keyboard!

Mike Zunino – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .198, and has 20 homers on the year.  If he hits .250 next year, he’s going to be a top five catcher.  Remember, ability to ignore average is my forte.

Ryan Zimmerman – Played a simulated game.  Was he running on an underwater treadmill while a TV balanced on a turtle floated in front of him playing his Xbox simulated game?  Cause I’d like to make a big wave in that pool.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 2.85.  You know what’s nice?  Being on the other side of the Braves offensive ineptitude.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  This comes while Desmond Tutu visits Zambia to say child marriages must end and Jerry Lee Lewis married a child and a movie about him starred Dennis Quaid and his brother is crazy and I’m crazy for Ian Desmond.  Connect the dots, it’s all there.

Alexi Amarista – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  How did the Padres explode for runs, you ask with that sweet little punim.  Because I streamed A.J. Burnett.  Retire, Tattoey!

Domonic Brown – 1-for-4 and a slam (10) and legs (7).  How about a rebound for 2015, Tehol?!

Shin-Soo Choo – Headed for ankle surgery that will need 8 weeks to recover from.  Comatose Rangers Fan, “Good thing we got Prince Fielder and Rios!  Right?  Will someone say something?”

Alex RiosRangers are unsure if Rios will return this year.  I’ll do them one better, I’m unsure if he was there all year.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal.  Odor is three for ten in steal attempts.  He turns every catcher into deodorant.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-5 and his 28th steal.  Thank God, Ron Washington stopped trying to sniff the foul lines and moved on, so Martin can play every day.

Scott Kazmir – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  I liked Kazmir better when he was great for two-thirds of a season then got injured.

Brandon Moss – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 25th homer.  Now has two straight games with a homer after going, like, 2-for-140 in the last six weeks.  Could be the start of something if he was dropped in your league.

Norichika Aoki – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 16th steal.  Okay, Monday’s four-hit night was a bit empty, but back-to-back four-hit nights deserves a pick up.  Hot schmotato alert!

Adam Eaton – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  Eaton-Aoki sounds like the beginning of a note home to your parents while you’re at summer camp, but they are both smoking hot right now.

Zach Putnam – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 5th save.  Jake Petricka was throwing in the bullpen when Putnam was closing the game, because Robin Ventura would love to see the Royals in the playoffs.  “I got $50 that says Liam Hendriks beats Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series!”  That’s Ventura, unaware he’s not supposed to bet on baseball.  I could see grabbing Putnam if you’re desperate, or dropping Petricka if you have no need for saves, but it’s not completely clear who would get next save opportunity for the White Sox.

Nolan Arenado – Will miss at least a few days with pneumonia.  Terrific.  If I could locate that love letter I put in a bottle into the Colorado River, I would remove one of the XOs.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  He would’ve been a 30/15 guy if Walt Weiss didn’t think of him as a 4th outfielder for a month of the season.  Serious question, how is it possible that a major league manager can’t see the potential but a stunod like me can?  By the by, stunod is a dyslexic’s favorite word.

Drew Stubbs – 1-for-2, 3 runs.  How valuable is it to play in Coors?  Stubbs was only good in Coors all year and is flirting with being a top 40 outfielder on our Player Rater.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Look what the Puig dragged in!  Hey, Puig, you can put lipstick on your home run total in the last ten days, but we know the truth.

Scott Van Slyke – 2-for-3, 1 run.  J-FOH brought up a good point in this week’s Creeper post.  The Dodgers get a handful of lefties this week, and Van Slyke could see an uptick for deep leagues.  Or not… Slyke!  No, no psych!  I reverse that psych.

Roenis Elias – 3 IP, 2 ER, but left with a stiff elbow.  That’s actually called al dente.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .313.  Now tied with Miggy for homers and only .001 behind in average.  We got ourselves a race!

Rick Porcello – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.19.  He dedicated this game to our fantasy basketball writer, JB.  Speaking of which (worst segue ever!), go join one of our fantasy basketball leagues.  Or start one.  Or sky hook your iPhone into your coffee.  (I think we know there’s only three options and the first two are much better than the third.)

Joe Nathan – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 7th blown save.  Also in this game Glen Perkins blew his 7th save (1 IP, 3 ER).  This wasn’t the first time a Perkins and a Nathan’s gave someone indigestion and won’t be the last.  Together, they’re like a pancake wrapped hot dog.  Wait, that sounds delicious.  They are nothing like that.  For Nathan, I’d grab and hold Joakim Soria.  It’s doubtful Ausmus will suddenly wisen up after being obliviously stupid for this long, but you never know.  For Glen Perkins and the Glen Perkins Band, I’d grab the bassoon player, Jared Burton, but it could as be the keyboardist, Casey Fien.

Oswaldo Arcia – Out yesterday after tweaking a muscle on a swing-and-miss on Monday.  Arcia later!

Kennys Vargas – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer, as the Kennys fell a double short of the cycle.  His triple was a bizarre play.  The Tigers tried to throw to 2nd to get a lagging Kenny as the other two Kennys got into third, and since majority rules, they awarded him a triple.

Danny Santana – 2-for-4 and his 17th steal, and 2nd steal in the last two games.  You think he’s going to reveal his name is really Dannys Antana?

Michael Morse – Should be ready to return from his strained oblique on Friday.  Morse said, “I feel good, ready to get back in there.  If you want me to beep, dot and slash because my name is Morse, then fat chance.  Sorry, Sandoval.”

Jake Peavy – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, 2.16 ERA on the Giants.  Peavy in the NL West is Doc Ellis on LSD.

Josh Collmenter – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  Never trust a pitcher with a K sound that is spelled with a C.  I learned that my first year at the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  At this point, it’s all about his next start, and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like it, so I’d lose him in most mixed leagues where there’s better options.  I.e., Free Wily.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer.  He’s been a nice hot schmotato going on more than a week now.  He’s also Exhibit A why I don’t like H2H leagues.  You got Ryan Braun, Miggy, Bautista and Todd Frazier, and you’re losing to a team with Parra and Dannys Antana.

Trevor Rosenthal – 1 IP, 1 ER and his 6th blown save.  Mean’s while, Pat Neshek gets his 25th hold with a 1.41 ERA.  You’d think it was really difficult to manage a baseball team.  Buzz Bissinger should do a minutiae Cardinals book about this season.  “Matheny considered changing his closer, then a pigeon landed on his windowsill and he started a conversation with it for three hours, nearly missing the start of the game.”

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 2.68.  Everyone favorite game, How Deep Is Pitching?!  Not only had I picked Lynn up around midseason, but I dropped him about two or three starts later, and I still have a 3.088 ERA!

Matt Adams – 0-for-4, 1 RBI as he returned to the lineup after dealing with a sore oblique.  The carpenter who was called in to reenforce the Cards bench said, “You still have to pay me.”

John Lackey – Threw a bullpen session and should start on Friday.  He had his last start skipped due to a dead arm.  Never held back Bob Dole.

  1. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Rank Hendricks vCin, Gee vMia and Holland @Oak today. SON has them in that order.

  2. Gabe says:
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    who am i sitting and starting tomorrow?
    D Holland @ oakland
    Paxton @LAA
    Y Ventura Vs. CWS
    Fiers Vs. STL

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Gabe: Depends on format, but generally I’m starting them all. Probably rank them Fiers, Holland, Ventura, Paxton, but if your format is W-heavy I could see it playing differently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gabe: Agree with Steve, prolly start them all

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Kahuna!!

    Too funny, too many gr8 segues. Good thing I had my breakfast BEFORE reading. Actually a quick segue ensues. True story (sry, JeF), the first time I went to market circle in Takoradi, GHANA I learned that it was vitally important to have a BIG breakfast BEFORE ever going there on account of the stench coming from the quasi-sewage canal running around market circle. Spent one year in Takoradi and almost every Saturday in the market circle buying fish and fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Check it out…

    http://wn.com/circle_market,_takoradi,_ghana

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takoradi_Market_Circle

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha ha nice

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: ty, JeF. the buzz of people chatting about anything and everything at the market circle in Takoradi NEVER stops.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! Love that “Sanitation” is its own subject in the Wiki page…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Couldn’t they have put the market somewhere else?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Market circle was THE center of town. Check it out…

        http://saintoraclemuzik.blogspot.com/2013/05/takoradi-market-circle.html

        Basically, Takoradi was built to spite the colonialists who had previously installed nearby Sekondi as the capital of Western Region up to and until the end of colonial times . Of all the 15 countries in Africa I have visited, Ghana is by far the best. The worst…hands down Central African Republic!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But i has such an easy to remember acronym — CAR! In some ways the colonists are still winning if they’re building stuff to spite them… Move the market away from sewage, that’s an easy fix

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: In Africa there is no ‘per se’ sewage system. In the example of Ghana, it’s above-ground grates in the sidewalk encircling the market that people open during various hours during the day to literally drop off their ‘number 2’ in a black plastic garbage bag. The army comes in two weeks before the start of the rainy season to clean out the makeshift sewage system and repeats their effort again two weeks before the dry season. On moving the sewage away, it just ain’t gonna happen.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Gotcha… There’s gotta be a better way though, no? That should be prioritized with relief corps, shouldn’t it? I’m asking, knowing who you work for…

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Priorities are ending starvation, ending poverty, mandatory primary school education for all, improving overall health. Each agency of the UN has its own agenda and it’s a rat race to see who produces better results, who has the bigger crisis to take care of etc, etc. Sanitation will never get enough publicity to be a priority.

                Btw, South Sudan is where Central African Republicans go for vacation. That’s how bad the CAR is. There is a Chinese Restaurant in Bangui (the CAR’s capital). Do you know the name of the restaurant? THE Chinese Resturant as it’s the only one in town!!! Bangui has one of everything – one traffic light, one major two-lane road, one Internet hotspot, one Chinese restaurant, one Italian restaurant, I think you get the picture.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Haha… That makes sense… I think of Rudy Guiliani’s broken window policy in New York… Clean up the small things and the big things follow, but I hear ya, hard to clean up everything when such big things are problematic… I hear The Chinese Restaurant has the best #4 in town….

                  • Ante GALIC says:
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                    @Grey: What’s disgusting about that restaurant is the money local Central African Republicans spend there when millions are dying of starvation in-country. They booze it up on over-priced alcohol showing off in front of their girlfriends, etc, etc, meanwhile the destitute sometimes wait outside for a 10 cent handout. The restaurant thrives on the ex-pat community to keep it going. Not sure if they’re still around with all the chaos. A country where every president came to power via the coup d’etat is not going to be a winner.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, that’s a crappy situation all around, hoping none of the presidents read Razzball and come looking for you!

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    Doubt that Arenado comes back. Pneumonia can take a long time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aklang: Yeah, prolly right

  5. Aaron says:
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    It’s rumored that Votto was able to complete his graduate studies from the Joe Mauer University of Pfffft during his time off this year. Watch out next year the base on balls are going to come in bunches as are those pop flys to shallow left.

    In all seriousness though, I hope he returns with a roar next year. He’s a great dude and I miss watching him rake. Cincinnati doesn’t exactly seem to be on the uptick though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron: Ha, yup… You really did a 180 between paragraphs

  6. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    @gray: “I’m just gonna draw him a bath and wave the water to make extra bubbles until he gets here.” does that mean my prediction about the breathing straw was right, or do you still take that along when you draw the giancarlo baths? just curious…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight: I mentioned the breathing straw at one point… Restraining order says 500 feet away (above water)

  7. madden_curser says:
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    Need one streamer. Who dp you like; Salazar @ HOU Feldman or Archer vs CWS Noesi? Thanks for all the advice this season!

  8. Fogot to add the website… Need one streamer. Who dp you like; Salazar @ HOU Feldman or Archer vs CWS Noesi? Thanks for all the advice this season!

  9. Matty says:
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    I’ll come here to brag about having Kluber and Arrieta going in both leagues last night because my family doesn’t care (maybe it’s the skipping birthdays for baseball thing). So thanks for the buy calls on them.
    Unfortch I’m up against an all-closer team and despite leading 45-1 in Ks the W’s are still too close to shut it down while I have an insurmountable ratio lead. C’est la vie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: That sucks…Not about missing bdays, that’s awesome!

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @Matty: I also am facing an all closer team in the finals. As a double down my league counts L’s which would be to his advantage. Otoh I have accumulated an equal number of closers as him as of this week as I’ve had my eye on defending against this matchup all year.

      I have an insurmountable ratio lead on him if I were to shut it down, but he could start streaming on me so I’m rolling out my 3 starters today to see where the cards fall.

  10. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    All dog breeds except for Chow-Chows have black lips to prevent them from getting sunburned.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Racist.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: My dog wants its lip pierced, where do we stand on this?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: DO IT

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          DO IT

  11. papasmurf says:
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    From Moss the Lost to Moss the Boss again? Punted last week and he’s playing for another team now. Not sure what to feel about his season. Really helped me through the first 3 months, then really hurt me for 2 months until I benched him.

    Steve Pearce for President!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I’ll write in his name!

  12. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I think this site started to become pro Mets around the time i showed up…My brain washing techniques have worked *Pinkie to lips with Dr. Evil laugh*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Where’s the frickin’ laser beams!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: I saw the dog post with Phil. My wife and I work closely with an amazing rescue lady ;

            http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/CA1119.html

            She specializes in Bully breeds, English & French bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers most of them are pure breed dogs that get surrendered at the shelters all over Los Angeles. She rescues and fosters them full time, so she tests drives the dogs before they are able for adoption. The 2 dogs in my avatar are 2 we rescued from her, so if you ever hear someone wanting a smashed face dog hit me up!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Very cool! I love me some French bulldogs… Cougs and I went to the dog beach this weekend and there were French bulldogs there with little lifevests swimming around… I nearly died… That link is broken, btw… The dogs in your avatar are crazy cute…

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Hopefully this link works, I just donated a brand new air conditioning unit for her and the pups

                http://roadogsandrescue.wordpress.com/

                The white one is Mugsie and the black Pug is Odie we have a 1 eyed black Frenchie too! What kind of dog is Ted (great name by the way)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, man, the Iggy pup is the sweetest… So damn cute… Ted’s a rescue mutt… We’ve heard terrier, chihuahua, mini-pinscher mix… No on is really sure…

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Nikki is the gal who runs it and she’s english, so she comes up with some great names! Huntington or Long Beach, dog beach? (we lived a block away from the long beach one, but had to move to Simi 2 years ago) on Memorial Day we took like 6 of the rescues down to Huntington, they had an absolute blast. I like the Huntington one better cause it’s bigger

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Never been to the Huntington one, it’s further for us… This was out first time at the Long Beach one… Now anything about the Malibu one?

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: I ‘ve never been to Malibu, (it’s a heck of alot closer to Simi that Huntington) I’m 99% sure that you can’t let them off the leash in Malibu, which is the whole point of bringing them

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh really? Yeah, that would suck… I think you can though but would need to check with Cougs…

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Sorry for the late question, SON has Holland at 6.7 at Oak v Smudge. I’m asking for a friend……Ha! like on Dr Drew. Anyways he had Fiers and Holland going I said to sit Hollands 5×5 yahoo H2H. Grey says….? (btw I know you answer every question, but I think you should have a Grey’s corner that directs peeps to your answer to the same questions)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t start Holland

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Grey’s Corner?? Hey I got a catcher question, Should I hold on to Gyorko? Why are you ranking Abreu and Rizzo so high??

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

  13. Marty Jannetty_Was Setup says:
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    In a h2h championship round which last two weeks and allows for 24 pitching starts. Tonight I have find replacements for Hanley Ramirez and Nolan Arenado. I have 4 spot starters slated to go tonight: Mike Fiers, Eric Stults, Bud Norris and James Paxton. SON dislikes Norris and hates Paxton…but I think Paxton should do well against an Angels offense that has been puffed up against weaker pitching teams, and Norris has been amazing the last month.

    Thoughts on who to drop?

  14. e says:
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    Early look at potential keepers for next year. Pick 3.

    Yelich – round 19
    Daniel Murphy – round 15
    Collin Mchugh – round 29
    Phil Hughes – Round 29
    Dallas Keuchel – round 29

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @e: Yelich, Murphy, Hughes

  15. claw dog says:
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    god dammit of course I have both nathan and perkins with really no room to drop anyone since I have stanton and arenado in a keeper league. Praying for both these dumb managers to continue being dumb

    • Randy BoBandy says:
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      @claw dog:

      Man, that’s the absolute worst double whammy!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @claw dog: i’m playing against Nathan in my biggest money league semi finals, against the best team in the league, and I was ecstatic (and barely believed it when I saw it) that opp has Nathan. couldn’t believe a good team would still have Nathan on it. i’d have dumped that dude back in may or june (probably would have gotten Doolittle somewhere around that time). The most immediate inpact of Razzball on me when I first came here is basically I’m better off than all of my leaguemates (assuming quick access to internet) to getting to new closers. There’s other sites that are bullpen only info, but here we often get first hand accounts from fans in that city as well.

  16. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Pitching has been lights out this week – 39IP and 2 ER thus far. (Thank you McHugh, Shoemaker, Odorizzi, Arrieta, and Peavy)

    That being said, Cobb has to go in vs the Yankees tonight but probably right to avoid Paxton @LAA?

    Have to sever ties with Bruce, Reds offence is on milk cartons these days. Available hitters are slim pickings – Moss, Mercer, Stubbs? And I was the one who dropped Moss, ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: Stubbs at home… I’d start both starters there

  17. crafty35a says:
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    Time to dump Andrus (probably long past time, I guess)? I could slide Mookie Betts from an OF slot to SS and pick up De Aza or similar. By the way, anyone know why Betts has SS eligibility on Yahoo? He hasn’t played an inning there since 2012 in short season A-ball. He could have major value at SS next year if he keeps that eligibility.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @crafty35a: probably the same reason alcantara has SS in espn. def drop andrus.

  18. 740 says:
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    wat up Grey, Shoemaker hurt smh……would you pick up Carrasco and start him @Hou?

    this is h2h, so im alil leery….dont wanna screw up my era, whip.

    mucho thanks amigo!

    • crafty35a says:
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      @740:
      Stream-o-nator loves Carrasco today and I agree, I added him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: I’d start Carrasco

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Hot Carrasco Sauce!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Someone in the thread pitching wasn’t deep this year… Get ’em!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: I’m on it boss!

            #PitchingIsSoDeep

  19. SportiveTricks says:
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    I am cursed. I swear that every single time I have tried to use the SoN to identify a good candidate to pick up for a start, I get absolutely burned. Last night, it was Kazmir. Considering that I started out the year by drafting Masterson and Salazar, my SP stats stink.

    Grey, I love you, man, and I appreciate every single word of your advice and analysis, but I think your opinion on not drafting SP is biased by the fact that you can pay much more attention than the rest of us. Next year, I am drafting a stud SP or two in the first 7 rounds, this shizz just ain’t working out for me.

    Rant, over.

    Love ya!

    • @SportiveTricks: Sorry to hear about your struggles. I don’t think picking streamers has much to do with paying attention. It’s just a matter of luck balancing out in the long run and cherry-picking streams as much as possible to maximize predicted value (e.g., almost every stream i did this year was $10+). But leveraging streams doesn’t preclude drafting a stud pitcher. For the last two years, my strategy has been to draft two stud starters* and then draft 1-2 late SPs. It’s insane to draft 5+ SPs when the reality is that there are tons of $10+ streams + short-term rentals to be had throughout the year (e.g., I’ve ‘rented’ guys like Jesse Hahn, Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers, etc. for multiple start runs). I then use those extra slots to draft a ton of closers and a top MR (this year was Cody Allen, last year was Kenley and K-Rob).

      * 2013 – I drafted Cliff Lee/Felix Hernandez in 4th/5th rounds. (F-Her b/c I loved the value) Drafted Lance Lynn and Holland late in draft.
      2014 – Drafted Wainwright/Verlander in 3rd/4th rounds. (Big mistake drafting Verlander ahead of F-Her) Ended up adding Hamels in 10th round b/c i thought it was too good of a discount. Wasted a pick on Shelby later in draft. Ended up trading V-Mart at his peak for Jordan Zimmermann at his lowest value.

      • Coolwhip

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        @Rudy Gamble: Hey Rudy, how do you feel about Salazar’s start tomorrow @Hou v Feldman, SON gives it $16.4, that seems really bullish. Would you run him out there for a QS and Ks?

        • i’d be streaming him if he was available in my leagues.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Thanks for the reply, Rudy. Hopefully, next year will work out better for me, I think the way my draft turned out this year was the problem. The pitchers I was counting on coming out of it were Cobb, Masterson, and Salazar.

        • I hear you. Masterson torpedoed a couple of my 15-team weekly league drafts. So much harder to recover from draft mistakes in weekly leagues as streaming is out of the question (as typically there are FAAB limits and a smaller group to choose from).

          I was fortunate to survive Verlander but would’ve been in trouble if I had drafted, say, J-Fer instead of Wainwright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SportiveTricks: I don’t even stream that much…In a 15 team league, I have Kluber, Alex Wood, Teheran, Cobb, Gee, Edinson and Shoemaker… My ERA is 3.04…

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @Grey: See my question above to Rudy. I need an Adult to hold my hand on this one! so confilcted.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What Rudy said

          • Coolwhip

            Todd25 says:
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            @Grey: thanks!

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Grey:

        What do you mean by that much? Based upon your notes (which I read every single day and truly appreciate), it seems like you stream quite a bit. In a 12 team league I find a streamer I like maybe once or twice per week.

    • Cram It says:
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      @SportiveTricks: It’s not about NOT drafting SP and streaming all year. It’s about not paying for pitching at the draft. You could’ve drafted Kluber, Teheran, Gray, Cobb, Wood etc for much cheaper than your standard aces.

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @SportiveTricks: Thanks to the SON I don’t own a single pitcher I drafter this year yet I finished 2nd in ERA and 1st in WHIP in the regular season. Use it on the reg and you’ll get a feel for your streams. Also key to know when to hold ’em (McHugh, Fiers, Carrasco for example).

      Kazmir as been bad often in the 2nd half and I probably wouldn’t have streamed him. The thing loves Lackey, but I know better. No matter what you’ll get blown up sometimes, but that would be the case SON or not.

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @MooseOutFront: Oh yeah and the other thing like Rudy said I pretty much only look for $10+ streamers. Sometimes I’ll go lower for one reason or another. The $14+ ones are must adds for me (except Westbook and Lackey).

        • Westbrook? Was that meant to be Masterson?

          Lackey’s been a bit inconsistent (dead arm?) but had a nice run in there against easy matchups. My RCL Team’s active stats on him are 33 IP/2 W/25 Ks/2.43 ERA/1.14 WHIP.

          The high Peavy projections post-SF trade were getting some pushback around these parts too and 6 of his last 7 starts have been $30+…

          • Militant Vegans says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Is there something that describes SON price equivalents for league sizes other than the standard 12-team league? For instance, what would be the price one would look for to stream a starting pitcher in a16-team league, 15-team, etc? Also, would it include possible “floor and ceiling” amounts?

            I’ve never had the results I’d like to achieve with SON and any help would be appreciated.

            Thanks in advance.

            • I’ve estimated this once or twice but don’t know where. For my 15-team league, I’m able to get the occasional $10+ start but willing to go down to $6 or so if I really like the matchup. I’ll add that to the footer notes in the offseason.

              • Militant Vegans says:
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                @Rudy Gamble: Thank you. I look forward to using your work (SON) more extensively next year.

  20. Phil of the Future says:
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    Grey!
    How goes it? So in a case of real life meets fantasy, I had Odorizzi going last night and my opponent had Pineda. That was a big one for me to grab. Pineda looked like he had Odor beat but the defense let him down.

    Speaking of Odorizzi, he looked a bit shaky early but really got better as the game went on, as I’ve seen a lot from him this season. I am wary of the home/road splits too but he has made such strides this year as a pitcher I’m going to pursue aggressively in 2015. He’s got a nice clean delivery and a 20+ MPH range (68 – 91)pitches he can throw for strikes. I think there’s something special here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Nice! A 6+ ERA on the road needs some accounting for, not sure where I stand yet on him, but that’s not great… My indecision or his ERA

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Both his road ERA and your indecision are worrisome to be sure, but I see in him a young kid learning and getting smarter with each start. Where he was in April and where he is now is really exciting me. He’s gonna figure out how to pitch on the road. Pursue with reckless abandon!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not ready to get reckless yet, but I’ll keep an eye on him… In reality, if he has two bad starts next April, he’ll prolly be dropped in shallower mixed leagues…

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I would imagine you’re right. Just like you were when you told me to stash Soler a month ago. Thx for that, by the way. Cuba Libre!

            And to prove how serious I am about Odorizzi, if I win this week and make the finals, I’ll start him in the championship at Fenway. I’m on record.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, no problem… You don’t have to go on the record for that, no harm in waiting until next year…

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: I know, I’m saying that because I just want to make the finals and after that the rest is icing.

                There’s a ton of cash in this league and the world series loser makes out just fine. I need the money. Dog food’s expensive, yo!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What kind of dog do you have?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Dammit, I love dogs… Yours is a great one… He can call me uncle… Yup, Ted…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: I can’t wait til I can join these dog conversations for reals!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What was that picture you sent me? Thought you had it

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, that was Max – but we don’t collect him til we get back from our trip.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Do the kids know they’re getting a dog?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Know? They’ve been leading the campaign for the last 18 months! I’ve been the one that’s needed convincing.

                    I’ll end up doing all the work, and I’m worried it’s going to flip out the cat, but now’s the time to do it, so we are!

                    • Grey

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                      The cat will find a safe place and it’s probably better to bring a puppy into a house with a cat then a kitten into a house with a full grown dog, just guessing, no idea really…

  21. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    Second fact of the day: baby scorpions are called scorplings, and the litter size ranges to as many as 100 per female!

  22. aethomp12345 says:
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    I was listening to the braves on the radio last night and the broadcast guys brought up the Stanton thing. It actually made a lot of sense. They said that the marlins want to bring him back to get a couple at bats so he is not thinking about getting hit in the face all off season. They don’t want him to play everyday or anything like that. They just want him to get 5-10 at bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aethomp12345: Yeah, maybe he gets in for a half game just so the fans can cheer and he can mentally go into the break… Won’t be much though

  23. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Can someone please find Phenom…im dying for an update…oddly enough Cram and Phenom went missing around the same time, Hmmmm….

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: He must be losing I would guess. Are you taking care of business so far this week, F?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Phil of the Future: so far so good..in two semis winning both..as we know its early though…how about you

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Nice! I only have one league, but I am off to a nice lead after two days, thankfully. WE GOTTA MAKE THE FINALS!!

    • Cram It says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Either he’s losing/lost or I got my point across!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: im thinking the former but i think your point was taken too.

    • Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: those two are NOT the same person…ality.

  24. Hawk says:
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    How deep is pitching?

    There are 25 starters with more than 15 starts with ERAs under 3! In fact, in a 12 team league, you could have EASILY made a team of waiver wire pitcher pickups and won ERA.

    Dallas Keuchel
    Colin McHugh
    Henderson Alvarez
    Alex Wood
    Doug Fister
    Lance Lynn
    Jake DeGrom
    Tanner Roark

    Sure you’d have to use an early pick for Felix, Kershaw, Bumgarner but you could have drafted guys like Lester, Ross, Cueto in the 6th, 7th round or later, grabbed a few of these guys and been just fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: What I wrote above: I don’t even stream that much…In a 15 team league, I have Kluber, Alex Wood, Teheran, Cobb, Gee, Edinson and Shoemaker… My ERA is 3.04…

    • Randy BoBandy says:
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      @Hawk:

      Don’t even draft a pitcher until the 7th/8th round next year

      • Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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        @Randy BoBandy: yes, esp since good luck winning offensive stats having grabbed Kershaw, or less true to say that of bum/f-her, but still pretty hard to excel at offense, unless a few players you drafted massively outperformed their draft slot, like Abreu/cruz etc.

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    4 moves left for the week and I have a bunch of walking friggin wounded b*tches (sorry 4 girl readers). Rizzo isn’t playing every day. Hanley shockingly has some surprise injury. Arenado has pneumonia. What? I pick up Prado only to have his appendix burst. Cuddyer isn’t playing every day. I need some hot bats for the rest of the week, and not sure who to blow my moves on.

    I’m picking up Petit for his start this weekend, and maybe Marco Gonzalez for his start on Friday. So who do I snag with the last two moves:

    Aoki
    Freese
    Eaton
    Pearce

    And who do I drop for them:

    Arenado
    Crawford
    Pollock
    Betts

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP (5 player keeper, but I probably could drop Arenado and then pick him back up next week to keep him)

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: who are you dropping, almighty Grey one?

  26. sniff test says:
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    Any red flags about these starts today: Hamels at SD, Liriano vs. BOS, Wood vs. WAS Pitcher and hung over team. Also do you like Aoki against Sale today?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @sniff test: They should be fine. Aoki against Sale is a tall order. If you don’t need the ABs I would sit him. He might not even start despite the hotness

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sniff test: I wish I could start Hamels and Wood every day vs. them…. Depends on Aoki options

  27. J-MoneyIV says:
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    6×6 (OPS x QS) Roto, chasing Wins, Ks and WHIP, but also nearing my innings limit for the year

    SON likes all of the following starts:
    Wood v WAS ($13.3)
    Fiers @ STL ($11) against Waino
    Ventura v CWS ($9.1) against Sale

    Start them all or bench Fiers and Ventura due to their opposing pitcher?

    In general, when nearing an innings or game started limit for a season, do you cherry pick your starts in order to get the most favorable games or just start your guys and trust?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: Sit Fiers and Ventura, cherry pick

  28. Basement Artie says:
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    Hah! Love the Flores/producers reference! Don’t be stupid, be a smarty….. Can we have a reality show next year called ‘Keeping up with the Vargases’?

  29. Todd says:
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    Hey, Grey.

    You seem low on Puig. What’s the story there?

    Also, I’m a little conflicted: I want to tell everybody how kickass this site is, but I can’t because then they’ll all start using it, too. Sorry!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Todd: we are all in that boat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Puig disappointed me this year, hence my fury… Ha, no problem….

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @Todd: Todd that’s a common problem here. I find donating via the “buy Grey a daiquiri” button a couple times a year helps with my guilt.

      • Todd says:
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        @MooseOutFront: Oh, good call. I think Kluber alone is worth a daiquiri.

        • MooseOutFront says:
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          @Todd: Kluber is a funny example. After helping to carry me to the title last season I ended up not owning Kluber this season. Couple weeks ago I went and checked as to why, assuming he got drafted high. He went to an autodrafter at pick 272. This means Grey had him ranked below Masterson, Procello, and Tillman the 3 latest SPs I took before pick 272. This is my sad face.

          Not hating Grey, just sad for not owning Kluber this season. He’s be Sale level expensive from now on.

  30. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    probably want to add, if you are in anything near a 12 team league with an owner that kept moss that long (without HUGE benches) hopefully all of us around here are at least competing in that league. Those would probably be the kind of leagues with either OAK minimum players per roster requirements, or the type that had hosmer in a starting slot throughout the entire season.

  31. Birdmann says:
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    Been a long time since I had a batty call perform like Flores, thank you Fantasy Baseball Overlord, I can now sleep knowing the pig I slaughtered was worth it.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: I went with J
        Morn today going to kill a lamb tonight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds delicious!

          • Birdmann says:
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            @Grey: served with a mint yogurt sauce I saw it on Chopped the other day.

            • Grey

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              Ha!

  32. goodfold2 says:
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    I love the attention paid to JD vs Swiggy is about 15 times more than any “batting title” or any other leader that nearly none of us have any idea about anymore, since nobody reads top 10 lists out of newspapers anymore.

  33. TOGMAN says:
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    Need a 2B! 12-team H2H OPS

    Ackley, Alcantara, Baez, Flores, Gyorko, Lowrie, Miller, Odor

    • TOGMAN says:
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      @TOGMAN: Also Turner. :/

  34. sniff test says:
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    I will need 1 streamer over the remaining week: CJ Wilson vs. SEA 9/17 (SON 8.6) Shelby Miller vs. MIL 9/18 (SON 8.4) Marco Gonzalez vs. CIN 9/19 (SON 13.2) or Drew Pomeranz filling in for Hammel vs. PHI 9/19 (SON ?)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: for some reason we’re not sure marco gets a start, but i’m holding him in 16 team finals land. same league espn screwed up and gifted me out of starting kazmir last night. i’m still running him out there on sunday though. need starts. it’s 16 team land

        • Grey

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          I hear ya

  35. Eliezer says:
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    I freakin love this site! Great stuff, Grey.
    20 keepers – trying to decide between Tyson Ross or Kevin Gausman for my final spot.

    Thoughts?

  36. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Nolan needs to rub some Vick’s Vapo on that shizz and get back out there. I got a fantasy team to run!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: That’s what I’m sayin’!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Mike: Hey where did you come from

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        comment drive-by now and then haha

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Mike: ha ha

  37. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Grey, I’ve got nothing today but thanks for the tips, tricks and info all year. My roster for what will more likely than not be my final week is locked. All I can do now is sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks.

    How soon do catchers and pitchers report?

  38. A-Ram Baller says:
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    Have an outfield log jam in my H2H daily league.

    J. Upton
    Puig
    J. Harrison
    Ozuna
    Billy Hamilton

    Which 3 should I start? Upton is killing me right now and Hamilton is getting caught stealing every time now it seems. I am behind in SB’s and could use him but if he is not hitting and not stealing bases he is just a void in my lineup.

      • A-Ram Baller says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, not benching Harrison. He is one of the hottest hitters on my team (and in MLB). But I’ll switch Hamilton for Upton. Thanks anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • A-Ram Baller says:
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          @A-Ram Baller: Or would you bench Kinsler for Harrison?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Bench Kinsler

  39. Sad Keanu says:
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    Would you grab Stubbs over Pagan? I need steals this week.

  40. Sad Keanu says:
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    Also would you roll with Hendricks today vs. CIN? SON likes him.

  41. Bruce says:
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    grey if you don’t mind could you rank these pitchers for me?

    Petit @ SD
    holland @ Oak
    Hudson @ SD
    Salazar @ Hou
    Vogelsong @ SD
    Hutchinson @ NYY

    thanks, only have room for three…championship

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Petit, Hudson, Vogelsong, Salazar

  42. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS), 4 moves left this week. Stubbs abd Arenado both out of the lineup today, and not sure about Ortiz yet, so I’m down at least 1, maybe 2 bats (only had 1 bench bat to replace Arenado at Util). Crawford is in the lineup an HT gives him $17.9 against de la Rosa. All 12 cats are still in play, with me holding a narrow 7-3 lead. Use a move to drop Arenado for Crawford, or hold for streamers later in the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Make the move for Crawford

  43. Eddie says:
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    Championship matchup… Should I start:

    Ventura vs White Sox
    Holland @ Oakland
    Bucholz @ Pit
    Fiers @ Stl

    This is huge. I like all the starts except for maybe Bucholz @ Pit but then again he has been doing great as of late. WHAT DO THE RAZZBALL GODS THINK

    Lets make that demigod. Demigod is so much cooler.

    • Grey

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      I’d start all of them except Buchholz… Though specifics could help with decision…

      • Eddie says:
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        @Grey: What specifics exactly? First time he has pitched against Pit all season so idk

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like your league situation, how badly do you need these starts?

          • Eddie says:
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            @Grey:

            Well, i’m the higher seed and I only need to win 5 categories to advance. If I don’t pitch anyone right now, I would finish with a 1.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP (beating him because he has already had a few really bad starts).

            I would be punting 3 pitching categories but I don’t ever like to do that.

            I could probably just pitch my relievers from here on out and lock up saves considering I have 4 closers and he only has 1.

    • Grey

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      @Eddie: I’d sit Fiers, Buchholz and Holland

  44. Troy says:
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    Castillo is going to play tonight, which means he hits the waivers on Yahoo tomorrow. In my keeper league, I’ll give you one guess who has the #1 priority…Well, that wasn’t fair, you don’t know Gary but he checked out weeks ago as his team is in last place. I am second in priority and in second place. I don’t think he can add much value this year , but I have been holding Polanco as a keeper for next year (also not doing much to help down the stretch), would I be better off swapping Polanco for Castillo for 2015? Both would cost me the minimum of $3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d go with Castillo

  45. SMLV1 says:
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    Who has the better Series @COL? Hill or Pollock?

    Also, Giles, Feliz, Petricka, Mujica, Mejia for Saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock… Mejia

  46. Carnac says:
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    You joke, but simulated games ended Joel Zumaya’s career.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA… As a sad Frenchman would say, “Wii.”

  47. Art Vandelay says:
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    Which of these two starters would you pick for tonight: Ventura home vs. CWS or Hendricks home vs. CIN?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  48. Matt says:
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    Any chance you keep Soler over any of these guys in 11 team yahoo roster (10 man) 7×7 w/obp & slg?

    Seager
    Jose Fernandez
    Yelich
    Ortiz
    Arrieta
    Lester
    Wade Davis
    Iwakuma
    Chris Davis

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over J-Fer and Wade, prolly lose Wade first, you don’t keep MRs

  49. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Not crowing, just a run down: Deep League Thoughts by Sky this year:

    C: Yan Gomes
    1B: Adam Lind
    2B: Dustin Ackley
    SS: Jonathan Villar
    3B: Matt Dominguez
    OF: OZUNA
    OF: Khris Davis
    OF: Josh Reddick

    SP: Corey Kluber
    SP: Tyson Ross
    SP: Marco Estrada
    SP: Drew Smyly
    SP: Scott Kazmir

    Mixed bag due to some injuries andsome suckage but overall, not a bad late round haul there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, nice pitching staff… Probably could’ve had them all after the top 100 and would have a top 3 pitching staff in any league

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: I’m going to start the #NobodyListensToSky campaign. I will call you Skysayer from here on out.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @J-FOH: My wife would lead that campaign…if she of course listened to you about me…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: I would think most wives don’t listen to their husbands but in your case its all bizzaro world in your neck of the woods….no pun intended

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            What’s the pun?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: he lives in the woods…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            It’s fine, no pun accepted

  50. Dave says:
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    Start Kazmir vs Phi next or Lackey vs CIN? out of moves so stuck with one of them.

    Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lackey

  51. BootsyBaby says:
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    AL only, for 2015, better likelihood of having value: Joba Chamberlain or Brett Cecil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil

  52. mraccoe says:
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    H2H Championship Week in a 12 team keeper league where we keep 6 indefinitely.Considering dropping Cobb after his start today. Would you keep him over any of the following?

    Freeman, Adam Jones, Dickerson, Arenado, Bautista, Kluber.

    I’m considering keeping him over Freeman because he’s been so yawnstipating this year but is that the right move?

    Thanks as usual!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman over Cobb

  53. big league choo says:
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    no hrs league sub TBs and BBs…..add gyorko, flores, headley or freese as a replacement for arenado? i have rendon i can put in as 3B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  54. Tracy says:
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    H2H league using QS. Please rank for tomorrow:

    Salazar @HOU 16.4
    Miller MIL 8.4
    Dickey @NYY 2.0

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with SON’s numbers

      • Tracy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I will do that.

        Also, I need a few batters through the end of this week, so I am looking at those available and playing Thursday:

        Freese, C Young, Lind, Stubbs and Moss [pick two]

        and

        T’Arnaud [no Thursday], Ramos, Martin, Navarro or Rosario [pick one]

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moss, Stubbs… Rosario

  55. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Pick up Wilmer Flores or Jose Ramirez to sub in for HanRam if I need runs and hits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. goodfold2 says:
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    bench other white fish, who TRON hates today vs Bumgarner or j.ramirez @ oberholtzer, who TRON likes a bit for him (11.3)? already got Gordon benched vs Sale, and arenado with lung infection.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: could also bench wet tail vs alvarez.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah, Pollock

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Grey: yikes,i was able to watch most of that game, and bum didn’t look like his usual self.

  57. Alex says:
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    What HR and AVG do you expect from Jorge in 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 25 HRs, .280

  58. J-FOH says:
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    I’m glad to see you opening up the musical variety by throwing out a Donovan reference. I have a Coug joke somewhere but I’m all out of old jokes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dust it off, like I do to Cougs!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: You pledge it before you use it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, exactly

  59. JJ says:
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    Hmm. Baseball press has Y.PUIG starting at SS.
    Im confused

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in center

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        they just switched it back. I knew i should have taken a picture of it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          With your iPhone?

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            Ill just have to live with being the boy who cried “lupo”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @JJ: are you sure it wasn’t yahoo?

  60. ty says:
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    Man i’m going to really miss this thread. If I hold on to win this will be 2 years straight you helped me get the $$$. Thanks for all your hard work answering our question Grey. Much appreciated. Ok, If Arenado doesnt make it back for next week who should I go after

    Plouffe goes the dynomite (home for 3 against ARZ – DET on the road for 4 )

    David Freese (3 on the road against OAK- SEA at home for 3)

    or maybe get sneaky and play Wilmer Flores ( home for 3 against MIA – ATL on the road for 3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Plouffe

  61. J-FOH says:
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    On a serious note looking at Kennys V. He hits best at home sporting a .336 vs. .233 on the road. Against right handers it.s a .333 vs. .258 against lefties. Of his 8 home runs, 7 are at home with Minute maid being the lone road knock. He’s hit dongs against everyone in the division and is making me a little weary of people over grabbing him next year and him becoming a Garrett Jones platoony Tunes player if your bench will support it. I get that the sample size is small, thats what she said, but we are all working with the same small sample size, i’m not even going there with that joke. The AB’s are similar and there is always room for growth, but he can easily go the Fat Adams WTF route for next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Small sample size noise

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: it’s easy to blow it off as small but when I look at the walk rate (2.1) and K rate (26.3) the ISO and wOBA splits I have my reservations for 2015. not to say I wouldn’t own him. I think owning him means keeping a bench bat around until he proves us wrong. Of course now that I put that out there, he’s going to get it together vs. lefties. He faces Price tonight

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Until he proves you wrong, no one else… He’s not going to be Big Papi next year, but could be LaRoche…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he’s going to be the next Andy LaRoche?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, I see what you did

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: glad to see you don’t need glasses for my contrarian ways

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @J-FOH: Don’t dis Kennys…they will find you

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: stick to your facts

  62. Andrew's Favorite Name says:
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    12-team H2H with QS and K/9 as categories…

    Do I start Fiers tonight?

    He could have a decent to nice night and get a quality start, but my strategy all season has been to pitch as few SP as I can so my solid relievers have a better impact on my rate stats (essentially giving up QS every week). Fiers would be an unnecessary start to achieve the 5 start minimum per week. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit him

      • Andrew's Favorite Name says:
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        @Grey: thanks, man…you couldve not taken it seriously and said anything and i would comply…but you dedicated a full 10 seconds to thinking bout it and for that i thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  63. Mudville Niner says:
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    Currently in first place in 12 team daily roto and have Stanton, Arenado and Rizzo (now finally back) injuries killing me in HR category where I lead 3rd place GM by only 2 bombs. Combine this with a need to hold onto razor thin leads in Steals and Holds makes for some wild roster juggling.considering I am in danger of leaving innings on the table if I don’t make use all of my available Starts over the next two weeks.

    Thanks to Razzball and all commenters for the great info every day. Worst case scenario is I come second for the third time in 4 years but I’m putting in the extra hours trying to win my first title in a decade!.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck and win it!

  64. Magnitude says:
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    OF for the rest of this week? (H2H championship) Nava, Ackley, Granderson, Blanco, De Aza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza, Nava, Grandy

  65. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G ive got Teheran going vs Wheeler and Mets on Friday, my league doesn’t count losses and im thinking about grabbing Wheeler to throw also to grab some k’s and try to lock a win whaddaya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a good plan

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: cool thanks G, nice write up. Dannys Antana ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  66. Jobu Needs a Refill says:
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    So Josh Harrison is a 20/20 middle infielder w/ high average. You looking at him as keeper potential for next season assuming the top 50ish guys get kept in the league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think that’s an optimistic projection… He could easily become Prado with a few more steals…

  67. Hondo says:
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    The Nats are sitting most of their hungover starters after last nights clincher.
    As they were signing off after the locker room shenanigans,one of the Nats announcers said something like “I’m going to find Gio,the real party hasn’t even started yet.”

    Buncha damn drunks don’t care about my fantasy playoffs,selfish bastids.LOL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup… Hoping Wood takes advantage

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: And of course my opponent in one league has him.

        The O’s on the other hand have their regular lineup in,but Angelos the Almighty isn’t the touchy feely jock sniffer that Lerner is.At his age Lernerr’s probably still sleeping it off.Great owner(well son of the owner) though.

        I had one team for years called “Angelos Do Sux”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Angelos prolly doesn’t even know the O’s clinched

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey: Yeah,since he went to dementia land,his son isn’t “smart” enough to do any damage and leaves it to the professionals.A local college coach told me he was a baseball idiot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  68. SMLV1 says:
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    With the Nationals clinching is Rendon droppable? He is not playing today. How often do you see him starting in tthe next week and a half?

    Storen still gonna close the games?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon should play a majority of the games, but depends on your options… Storen will close

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: Even if they hadn’t clinched,Storen pitched the last 3 games and wouldn’t close today.,but he’s the guy.The Nats are too well run to make this more than a one time gift.They’ll be out there toutin’ that barge again after today.
        Still gotta clinch the home field advantage.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly… Matt Williams don’t stand for no fuss

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey: I was down on Matty a little bit earlier in the year due to the learning curve,but he’s growing into the job quickly and has the respect of the team as a real baseball guy.Davey Johnson was highly respected by the team,but he’s from a different era.
            The players can relate to Matt,whereas Davey was like a God to most of them.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Matt Williams fell into a good situation, I’m not convinced of anything else at this point

              • Hondo says:
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                @Grey: He might have Jim Leyland syndrome(without the yellow mustache).
                It remains to be seen long term.He’s finally learned how to use the RP’s and he keeps the bench guys happy enough.
                I think the Nats could be a good team without a manager.Werth isn’t going anywhere and they all live in fear of his disdain.

        • Hondo says:
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          @Hondo: If RZimm gets back anytime soon,he might take his baby pool out to 3B or 1B(gonna miss LaRoche) and Rendon might sit a couple.I’m keeping him though.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

  69. CatalinaWineMixer says:
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    Would you drop Mesorasco for R. Martin? Meso is not playing tonight after sitting last night and is 1 for his last 15. I guess he doesn’t know its the fantasy playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • CatalinaWineMixer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the vote of confidence, the other issue is that its my last move of the week. I only get three used one to pick up Pearce for Arenado and the other to pick up Carrasco for M. Gonzales.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t waste a move on that then

          • CatalinaWineMixer says:
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            @Grey: Yeah it sucks, I’ll hold

  70. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Lineups only a mother could love (but probably doesn’t even though she says she does):

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trying to maintain my excitement for my Hendricks stream and Wood start… Don’t jinx me either, thanks!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he’s a Skynxer

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Dangerously close to being called a sphincter…I like it!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: How bad do you need a good start from Wood? Asking for a friend…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t really matter, but I’d like one…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: My h2h opponent has him, so let’s just leave it at that, shall we?

            BTW, I easily own the tiebreaker so if I could *somehow* get this thing back to 6-6 I’ll go through. A pretty big if at this stage, though…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take him getting hit for you, SteveNZ… I’m playing for pride at this point…

            • Hondo says:
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              @SteveNZ:One of my opponents has Wood,if you want to jinx him,we’re cool.

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Hondo: The way my semi week is going, I’m sending more than enough bad thoughts towards Wood for both of us, believe me.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: I own Wood in the semis of my H2H keeper league. Trust me, I don’t want the jinx in full gear either!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, good!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: but if all the jinx were to move onto Hendricks…well…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, c’mon, I thought we were on the same side there

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            The Grey mantra of ‘I don’t own him so eh’ is in full effect here. Double oh seven, snitches!:

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No! More like meh

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I think we need a pre-season Grey vs. Sky series.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Are we talking shuffleboard?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sky’s got it easier… He can choose twelve, I’m making calls on 400

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    We’re making different calls, too. I don’t choose Matt Dominguez because I love him, just that he’s a deep league play. I’m basically doing my best to ignore the top 200 players when I write mine. Tough task to find goods outside of that who are starting the year with a job.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Even tougher to have a 3.50 ERA in a 12 team mixed league… Did you ignore all your pitcher sleepers?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, you referring to the league where I drafted Anibal Sanchez, Justin Masterson, and Fransisco Liriano and had Chris Davis in the first round? Justice will be served next year. You’re on notice!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA! Justin Masterson owes you your innocence back…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, him and Liriano both ripped me a new one. Was a dirty year for my drafted pitching…minus Kluber of course.

                      I’ll be using a personal draft strategy to keep up in RCLs. It’s not my style to have so much talent avail on the waiver wire and I can’t keep up with the closer churn. I can stream hitters but can’t be there for the up and coming closer.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You sound like Rudy… That’s why he drafts closers heavy…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yup, him and I gonna compete on that front next year. Just no other way for me.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Since no one else does it, should be enough to go around

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m gonna go Highlander on him: TWENTY CLOSERS

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      19 will lose their jobs and you’ll be right back in same place, don’t say I didn’t warn you… Or warm you as my autocorrect tried to say…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ahhh, I love it when you internet cuddle!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Why do you have a remote control in your pocket? Wait a second!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: you both wuss out…wow

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Live and let meh it is, then

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thank you

                • gareth says:
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                  @Sky: classic song. Definitely not meh.

                  If its good enough for guns n roses and james bond, its good enough for me.

    • Hondo says:
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      @Sky: Frandsen and Moore might surprise ya tonight.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        They wouldn’t surprise me at all, actually. Espinosa and Souza both could have HRs tonight. It’s an ugly lineup but there are good lefty hitters in there.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Sky: yeah, but those are close to 6 of TEX’s hitters most nights.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Sky: not much worst than 6 of TEX’s guys per night, at least.

  71. gareth says:
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    Apparently the Rockies went all all on the junk food/pitcher today.

    “Do you want frias with that?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: went “all out” not “all all.”

        Had a heck of a time streaming that Colorado game today.

        Hanley Ramirez got injured so had to bench him.

        Picked up drew stubbs last night but he wasn’t starting.

        Replaced him with Justin turner then saw that he wasn’t starting.

        It was suddenly 1 minute to first pitch so I pulled a hail mary and grabbed Dominic “tehol” Brown.

        We’ll see how that goes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brown wasn’t in Coors

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: At that stage I was just grabbing any warm body before time ran out to make a move.

            Alot like most Saturday nights at dingy nightclubs back home when I was growing up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Strobelight honeys

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Do you know ‘beer goggles’?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, why?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Just wondering. It’s pretty common here, in Australia and the UK – wasn’t sure if it was an American-ism too.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I might’ve invented it in the 90’s

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: beer goggles and brown paper bag were essential going out accessories.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’re going Klubering?

                  • gareth says:
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                    @Grey: No glowsticks unfortunately. Corey’s hoarding them.

                    I do however have my luminescent yellow workman’s vest and really bad ecstasy.

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: who swear she like a playboy bunny?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Who swear she like a playboy bunny?

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: you said strobelight honey and I coulda sworn you were trying to sneak an Apathy line past me thinking I wouldn’t notice.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah! Nah, it was more Black Sheep…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: fair enough, we cool, we cool…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks, NtD!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: I got my own acronym! My night is complete.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @gareth: another casualty of “lineups lock at FIRST gametime”, should’ve been able to just drop stubbs and grab somebody in any other game.

  72. gareth says:
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    Props to Sky on some great calls this year in regards to sleepers.

    I think he calls himself “Sky” because he works for Skynet in the future.

    He also brought a robotic arm with back with him so Rudy could create hitter-tron.

    In this scenario Gray is john Conner and will ultimately save humanity from being mediocre at fantasy baseball.

  73. Two questions. Flores or Jose Ramirez down the stretch. And Austin Jackson or AJ Pollack its a 7×7 ops league. Oh yeah Ks as a negative

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores…Pollock

      • @Grey: good gracious Grey strikes again. Thanks for alleviating these tuff decisions. Maybe if I win my League the 500 bones will Get my wife off my back and let me compete in a few more leagues next year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice, good luck!

          • @Grey: yo I think we have more then one Razzball reader in our league. The dude snagged Pollack. Gerardo Parra or Austin Jackson if you could

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Parra

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prolly Goodfold

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: hahahaha. it’s more likely that it’s just somebody looked at his over 900 OPS for the season (with steals); and it’s not in the league i just grabbed other white fish in, i’m already playing against a-jax owner.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Dnut eastwood: hells yes K’s are a negative.

  74. gareth says:
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    G3!

    I have made the customary 3 comments. Unless a reply to an earlier comment doesn’t count as a comment.

    If that’s the case……..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s more than 3

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: G8008135!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Actually, 8008136

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: 525,600 kitties.

            How do you measure an annoying British cat?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: measure with love.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Mmm… Okay!

                  • gareth says:
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                    @Grey: i was referencing RENT, the (former) Broadway musical.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, I saw it on Broadway… Worst $250 I ever spent…

  75. gareth says:
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    G3!

  76. SteveNZ says:
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    Would be awesome if Panda could homer here…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d like a Pollock or Ender HR winner…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: That’s a big NO on Pollock. Sorry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Boo!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: that triple and run not enough huh.

  77. SteveNZ says:
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    You’re not starting Heyward or Gardner ahead of Avisail or Soler are you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not, no

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Oh, I kinda meant “We”, as in a royal, collective “We”.

        BTW, just sorting out a transport plan with royce! Monday afternoon we’ll be coming up that freeway like Thelma and Louise!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grasp hands and go for it! What time are you getting to LA? maybe better question for royce!…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Probably about 4.30 or 5 – depending on traffic…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool… I went to a sushi place yesterday right across from where we’re going to dinner… It was awesome, Kazunori

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: That does look pretty good. Hand Roll Bar or Patio menu?

                While you’re on the line, does Dodger Stadium have wi-fi?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bar, was great and cheap too ($13), and it’s an offspring of Sugarfish, which is known as one of the best sushi places in the city…

                  No idea on Dodger Stadium… My guess is yes

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, certainly look’s like it’s the shizz.

                    Fiers @ STL doesn’t feel like a particularly safe start tonight – amiright? After Arrieta and Cashner the last two days in the FCL, I feel like I’d be pushing my luck to start him…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nope, doesn’t feel safe

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    Justin Upton is a prick. That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  79. jef with 1 f says:
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    Nothing like checking in on your line up to see that half of it is benched…Wong, Frazier, Dee, gattis..on top of the arenado debacle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @jef with 1 f: i feel ya, got lagares/arenado/mendy/frazier in the finals in one spot. plus pujols with leg that might go out again (but surprisingly yet hasn’t)

  80. ty says:
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    Damn should i start dropping my Nats players..I thought they were still playing for the best record

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They’re all hung over. They’ll get back in there tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re just taking one day off

      • ty says:
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        @Grey: Dont they know we are playing fake baseball!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, right?

    • Hondo says:
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      @ty: They haven’t clinched the home field advantage,which I believe has value in this case.
      I must confess I am a former football /Redskins fan.I mean I used to be able to name the last guy on what was then called the taxi squad(now practice squad).
      I can tell you that your Nation’s Capitol doesn’t give flying scalp or a Congressperson’s opion about the Redskins,but they are going crazy about the Nats.

      Now-a Nats and Orioles World Series possible?

      I now can empathize with those folks back in the 1889’s that knew there would soon be a Civil War between Nation divided with unimaginable carnage.
      I wish Abe Lincoln or Ted Williams frozen head were the new Commissioner.

      Hope that helped.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Hondo: If you don’t understand that I made a typo with the 1889 thing and just hit the wrong key,I meant 1800’s.

        I think.

        I’ll slowly move the keyboard away.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

  81. SteveNZ says:
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    1/10. Why won’t my stupid bloody team do anything?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: 1/11

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: 1/13. There is nothing going right. NOTHING.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: 2/16

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: 17

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m having a damn good day, I thought we’d overlap more, sad face

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: 19

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @SteveNZ: 20

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Robertson got a save. I’m coming back!*

                    *I’m not coming back

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA!

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @SteveNZ: 21

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @SteveNZ: Wood win makes it 0-11

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Still early!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @SteveNZ: 23

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @SteveNZ: 25

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, SteveNZ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Complete waste of a season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But we had some laughs!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: And one or two more to come!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Not even being sonavabenched – that’s how bad things are.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks, but slightly less frustrating

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: it would be much less so for me, soler/pollock benches have taken away 9 bases, with which i would be down 2, would be winning runs by 1, homers by 1. pitching today was just bad enough that i’d still be losing, but it would look close.

  82. Brett says:
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    David freese or hosmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  83. Bear says:
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    Hey Grey! For the 2nd consecutive season Razzball Rankings and advice has me in the championship match-up in a crazy competitive 20-Team League. So 1st of all THANK YOU!
    I am in a burner so far and may need to stream some pitching. With a 20 Team Deep league the pickin’s are slim!! So I have reviewed the Stream-O-Nator and have the following options and do have listed as they are in that list but looking for ANY extra help…I have 2 moved left so here is the list…please pick top 3 (in case 1 gets picked:
    Dubront
    Bergman
    Turner
    May
    Lewis
    I know…
    Thanks again!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, no problem… Ugh, these aren’t good…. I’d go Dubront, Lewis, May, in that order

      • Bear says:
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        @Grey: LOL! Agreed! I am rocking great Pitching stats right now but need a contingency plan! Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. nick the dick says:
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    Steve Pearce is carrying me to victory right now! Giancarlo incarnate!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He blesses you with greatness

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: I try to avoid the homeboy aspect,but I failed.He is making up for the 3 Nats on my bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey: @Grey:
            TY Pearce.
            I guess the Orioles don’t get free booze and a day off after clinching.I wonder if they have to pay for their own sodas?

            The thing about having 2 teams so close is you can split your loyalties fantasy wise(plus you can see stuff like WOW! Span is great!I should drop (insert generic name)
            Or WOW! Steve Pearce looks great I’ll drop,etc. Unless they are both playing at home and it rains.Then you hate your home teams because of the weather.I blame Obama,but that’s a different topic.

            OK,did all the WOWS! make you think of Wham!-?

            Because my Mom told me not to go into the bathroom with strangers.

            If I had only listened,I wouldn’t have drafted Segura.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  85. SteveNZ says:
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    What happened to Lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You jinxed him good

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Out of the game. Was he hurt?

        • Mr. Tibbs says:
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          @SteveNZ: Just by looking at the box score, I think they pinch hit for him facing the lefty Matusz.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure…

  86. de nachos says:
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    Had Wood, Cobb, Bumgarner going in my H2H final. Zero wins. There’s a good Wooden Cobb in the Bum joke to make here but I’m too salty to do it well.

    H2H is for degenerate gamblers and self hating fantasy football crack heads.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re counting Wood out or am I missing something?

      • de nachos says:
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        @Grey: HA! yes. you’re missing my drunken dyslexia. thank you for the clarity. can you say the alphabet backwards standing on one leg, too? you can be my virtual copilot my next ride home from happy hour.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, I got you!

          • de nachos says:
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            @Grey: “Ocifer, i was not driving, let me show you this handsome mustachioed Avatar, he can answer all your questions.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: it’s the bastard child of real fantasy baseball after a drunken coked out night with ms.fantasy football

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: it keeps dragging me back in

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @de nachos: Wood should be giving you wood tonight

  87. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Alcides just hit a homer off Chris Sale. We’re through the looking glass people.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  88. jef with 1 f says:
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    That hot Carrasco sauce is tasting goood tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  89. de nachos says:
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    Panda likes Salazar tomorrow. So(ish) does SON. His stream making else’s anybody’s pants tight?

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: sorry
      typing not good grammar ‘s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream if I needed the risk

  90. jef with 1 f says:
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    Fiers showing no remorse for what Hes done to your man..he’s got a no no going in the 6th

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @jef with 1 f: God I’m a jinx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice jinx

  91. SteveNZ says:
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    Nasty sonavabenching from Fiers in the FCL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, didn’t feel right, but, oh well

  92. de nachos says:
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    *scrambling to see who*

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: oh it was you. blame it on the different hemisphere?

  93. jef with 1 f says:
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    Started Fiers, Carrasco and wood tonight…in the ranks words of John Brown king of the Burbs …hallelujah holla back!!!!!

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @jef with 1 f: *famous not sure where ranks came from

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Awesome

  94. SteveNZ says:
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    C’mon Avisail…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: At least have a swing you dumb f***

  95. nick the dick says:
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    Whaddaya do when your opponent starts a Fiers? Douse it in Carrasco sauce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Kluber+Cashner+Mchugh+deGrom+Carrasco+Yordano+Holland(so far)+Cishek+Feliz+Storen= 0.86 era, 0.65 whip, 5 wins, 5 saves. This is championship pitching at its finest. And to the guy who said pitching wasnt deep, I drafted one of these guys, Cishek. Waiver wire wins titles

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Amen, brother!

  96. goodfold2 says:
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    in 16 team finals pick up kendrick and house for their starts and have to keep with this roster while all these people are either hurt/sick/getting days off? i’m dominating all hitting categories except tied in homers. i’m currently losing saves 3-2, opp has f-rod and casilla and i have mejia/doolittle/storen, if i win either or both of homers/steals i win likely, that’s even if i don’t come back in K’s era/whip, which is now possible with the great days of carrasco and to lesser. extent liriano. my opp due to stashing people(castro/pedroia/goldy/cargo/E5/Seager/Kemp/Beltre) some of which he obtained from trades which seemed barely believable early in the year has no healthy bench bats and also has navarro with possible concussion/arcia with back thing, and rajai who doesn’t start every day.
    3 utils
    d’arnaud
    pujols
    scooter
    rutledge
    frazier
    trout
    gordon
    dickerson
    ozuna
    vargas
    and these three, one of which i have to play every day lagares/arenado/alcantara.
    so either grab another player or stream kendrick and house. only down 5 K’s.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: i mean opp has to start all those people, even though some are hurt/don’t play every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know the matchup

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: kendrick @ SD and house @ MIN. other options are worse, like
        hand vs WAS
        wada vs LAD
        erlin vs PHI
        just noticed
        pomeranz vs PHI is also available.
        so two of those 3 or 1 of them and pickup a bat. Right now he has 5 starts left to my 6, and that’s without marco gonzales getting a start, which right now he isn’t. Stults actually just now sent him into near tie with me for era/whip as well, and losses.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with Kendrick for now, don’t know why you need a bat

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i have liriano and carrasco to drop (finals are this week for some silly reason, so no starter that pitches after sunday has any value, except j-zimm since i’m keeping him as 1 keeper out of 8), so kendrick, and 1 of pomeranz/house? K’s are biggest thing with these, as even if i don’t get back era/whip, or win saves/homers i’ll still tie with K win right now, and i have tiebreaker.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: SON loves hammel’s start (and this is the start that pomeranz has taken over)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              House

  97. SteveNZ says:
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    2/27 and Wade Davis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oofa!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: 29

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, ouch

  98. J-FOH says:
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    I was going to ask earlier, but do you have any thoughts on Christian Walker? “might” be getting some AB’s going forward.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @J-FOH: I got Faithful Man today and it’s great. People rarely make music like this anymore

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: If he bends his brim and plays just a lil more cowbell…he could have you wearing gold plated diapers!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe some pop, if he plays and hits… No time right now to be giving a guy rope

  99. Wake Up says:
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    Goodnight red balloon
    Goodnight gray mustache
    Goodnight chinbeard full of hate
    Goodnight dollhouse
    Goodnight Maori
    Goodnight nachoo’s cheese
    Goodnight Stanton of the Opera
    Goodnight angry football guys
    Goodnight murdering football guys
    Goodnight child abusing football guys
    Goodnight wifepunching football guys
    Goodnight bunny
    Goodnight Prezzii
    Goodnight Charlie Manuel’s tractor
    Goodnight OTS…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I can’t wait for tomorrow when you tell me which one I am. Hope I’m not in the football section.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I think you’re bunny

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Prefer to go by Rabbit, thank you very much

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: HAHAHA!!! i just watched that the other day. I get all pumped when i watch the last 20 minutes.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              It’s been a while. I just remember Eminem banging Britney Murphy in a warehouse and him throwing up in a trashcan. Oh and trailer trash Kim Basinger.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: goodnight wake to the izzo

  100. SteveNZ says:
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    2/30. I don’t think I’ve had a day like that all season.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: i think i had 1 or 2 like that, and in one of them the 2 hits were in like the last 5 at bats, so it seemed worse at first.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I feel for you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, crappy time for it

  101. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    jackass OAK offense can’t get an insurance run for the pixies album! better not matter.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: bases loaded no outs, i was more worried about them getting 3 runs and taking away save opp with that TEX bullpen.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: if i lose in the playoffs from these idiots not calling that an obvious tag out at third. Doolittle is about to get loss too. So instead of gaining a tie in saves i’ll give up a tie in losses. I could lose simply from not getting the save. that’s garbage. they appear to not have freeze frame on cameras in OAK. Don’t let an earthquake drop you into ocean there OAK, both players/cameras/umps.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: wow, opp has odor and beltre too. super shit storm. ERA was losing by about .1, now 1.25.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yikes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh boy did it matter

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: at least i have an entire team to root against (whether i win or not) to make playoffs themselves.

  102. Sam "CrimeDogs" says:
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    Hello,

    for my championship week next week I only have Johnny Cueto pitching 2 times.

    Strasburg, Keuchel, DeGrom, McHugh, Y. Petit and Arrieta (is he a 2 start next week or not?) are all looking to go 1 time.

    D. Duffy, G. Cole, Y. Ventura, R. Porcello, F. Liriano and J. Odorizzi are all looking to go 2 times based on fact that they start on Monday Sep 22 or Tuesday Sep 23 and their teams play everyday so should get a 2nd start on Saturday Sep 27 or Sunday Sep 28.

    Group 1
    Strasburg, Keuchel, DeGrom, McHugh, Y. Petit and Arrieta

    Group 2
    D. Duffy, G. Cole, Y. Ventura, R. Porcello, F. Liriano and J. Odorizzi

    Is anyone from Group 2 worth ADDING to my roster to get those 2 starts by DROPPING from Group 1???

    Thanks a lot

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