Yesterday, Kyle Hendricks went 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, lowering his ERA (if that’s even possible at this point) to 2.09.  The Seattle museum, Experience Music Project is going to need to update their Hendricks section.  EMP Tour guide, “In 1970, Hendricks said, ‘I’m going to take my guitar, grab Janis, impregnate Afeni Shakur, have my lawyer write a letter that says Ben and/or Jerry can never name an ice cream after me while simultaneously sucking and blowing this joint.  Then thirty-six years later, I’m going to win the NL Cy Young if the BBWAA votes based on ERA.’  Now, let’s move on to our five floors of Nirvana memorabilia.  There’s some interesting flannel stories I can’t wait to share.”   No, of course, Kyle Hendricks isn’t this good.  His fastball velocity is down to 87 MPH, he’s relying heavily on a changeup that isn’t that much slower and his BABIP is absurdly low.  Not saying you drop him, but if Hendricks does win the Cy Young, in 2017, the same faith that befell Dallas Keuchel this year will happen to Hendricks too.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .294.  HR to the Rizzo!

John Lackey – Could return on Sunday vs. the Giants.  Yet, all I can think about when I see his face is that he looks like a horse-toothed jackass.  Baba booey!

Gerrit Cole – Received a promising 2nd opinion about his elbow and could return this season.  If we were in April, I’d say, “Cool, he can return, this is great,” but since it’s September, I say, “Cool, he can return, this is great,” but this time we pull back to reveal I’m absentmindedly saying it while dropping him.

Ivan Nova – On track to make his next start vs. the Brewers, after leaving early his last start vs. the Brewers.  Apparently, the Brewers weren’t the problem area of the equation.

Corey Seager – Was hit by a pitch twice on Monday, but x-rays on his wrist came back negative.  He’s day-to-day, unless the giant baseball magnet he’s wearing gets him pegged by a foul ball.

Clayton Kershaw – Worked a two-inning simulated game, and now will go on a minor league rehab assignment.  Random Minor Leaguer, “Ma, come out to see me play, because, after this year, I’m retiring from baseball to work at Chipotle full-time.”  Random Minor Leaguer after realizing who he’ll be facing, “Ma, bring some Kershaw memorabilia for me to get autographed.  I’m about to get my eBay on.”

Steven Matz – Suffered a setback and won’t start Thursday.  Anyone that cares about Matz or the Mets or Metz, if you’re a 14-year-old girl, this is the best news by far.  You do not want him starting anywhere, and hopefully he gets shut down for the year.

Seth Lugo – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  This might be because I watched him vs. looking at his minor league numbers, but he looks nasty.  Seth Lugo’s stuff is kinda ridiculous.  Well, his curve at least.  He looked like he could strike out anyone with it, while not being overly dominant with his fastball.  I’d look at Stream-o-Nator for him, and be willing to start him in his next game.

Jose Reyes – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .300.  Well, hitting .301 if you count both leagues.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  He was struggling with a knee issue, but now that he’s back, there is no hotter schmotato.  Hitting over .500 in his last week of games with 4 homers.  Asdrubal!

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer, both off the bench, which means even if you owned him, you likely didn’t start him — sonavabench!

Tom Koehler – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.02.  His home ERA is 3.46 and he’s a prototypical homeschooler, which doesn’t necessarily have to mean he breastfed until 12.

Christian Yelich – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer as he hit cleanup.  Speaking of breastfeeding until 12, have you seen Yelich’s mom?  She’s eligible at MI and LF.

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .304.  Owning J.T. hasn’t been the most exciting, but it could be worse.  You could have that new J.T. song, Can’t Stop the Feeling, stuck in your head.  Got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good soul in my feet.  UGH!

Shelby Miller – Will start for the Diamondbacks today vs. the Giants.  Vegas line for the game is +5.  You can bet whether or not Miller will get five or more outs.  I’d take the under.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.17 vs. Johnny Cueto – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.98 – This was a matchup of big offseason acquisitions.  If Greinke would’ve went to the Giants and that park, he’d be the one with the pristine ERA, and Cueto in Arizona would have a 4+ ERA too.  No foolsies.

Daniel Hudson – 1 IP,  1 ER and his 2nd save, ERA at 6.10.  If you pick up Hudson, it sends a message, that message is, “I really need saves.”

Desmond Jennings – Was released by the Rays.  Bit surprising, or maybe that’s surprising obit.  Not like the Rays are overflowing with offense.  Outfield of Kiermaier’s hitting .221, Souza’s hitting .236, Dickerson’s hitting .235 isn’t exactly murderer’s row unless you mean you own them and your team is walking The Green Mile.  Meh, Jennings hasn’t done much to warrant defending him either.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer, hitting .287.  Doesn’t really have a legit chance to match his best career year, because he used to chip in steals too, but he’s really not far off from his best year, and I guess if he were to have Septactular last month, then he could come close.  Though, I don’t see anyone actually thinking positive thoughts on Longoria, which means his 2017 price won’t be inflated.  (Unless he gets to 40 homers, that number changes peoples’ perceptions.)

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.56 vs. Drew Pomeranz – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.00 (4.06 on Boston).  This was a matchup of two guys you own, want to start, do start, hold your hands over your eyes wishing you didn’t start, then are happy with two no decisions.  See, I know you.  I know you.  Yes, you, said a’la a synchronized swimmer on SNL.

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .281.  Since the day after I told you to drop him, over two weeks ago, he has two homers, one steal, and one big whoop.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer.  Watch Dozier get 35 homers.  I don’t mean, watch replays of all of his homers; I mean where did his hillbilly power come from that he’s suddenly getting 35 homers?

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting near-.350 in the last week with two hits in six of his last ten games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Josh Tomlin – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 4.89.  Can’t believe the Indians sold their soul for only four months of good pitching, but, then again, they did sell Manhattan for $24 dollars in Mardi Gras beads.

Rajai Davis – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .259.  I Mr. Bungled the handling of Rajai on my team.  When Naquin owned June and July like he was the maker of calendars/breaker of chains, I dropped Rajai, and I shouldn’t have.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .286.  Weren’t Kipnis and Dozier supposed to be similar?  This is like when you go with your family for a month long trip to Europe right before high school, then you return and your best friend has all new friends, a slick new haircut and you’re the dork with Zubaz.  I’m not speaking from experience.

Stephen Strasburg – Will return next week from his elbow inflammation.  WebMD said to test how inflamed an elbow is you wet your finger, put it to the inflammed shoulder and listen for a sizzle sound.  WebMD is so helpful.  You know that Showtime series, The Knick, that explores the medical profession 100 years ago?  They should have a current-day series where people only use WebMD for everything.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  From the “Baseball Is Weird” Files, Scherzer had a no-hitter going last night and lost it in the 6th to Freddy Galvis with a double.  Same exact thing happened last year, no-hitter, in sixth, Galvis doubles.  You know what this means, someone needs to give Galvis a pat on a head with brass knuckles, so Scherzer can get his.  Scherzer’s had months of 60 Ks this year.  Why do we care?  Cause he’s 62 Ks away from 300 Ks.  Crazy.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4 and his 18th steal.  Treat Urner has only played in 43 games.  Oh no!  Here comes the Prorater!  In 160 games, he’d have 20 HRs and 75 steals.  I’m typing this last sentence with my drool.

Ryan Howard – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  This has to be considered a win for all involved with Howard.  If he wasn’t hitting .196.  If he wasn’t being paid $25 million.  And if he was 21 years old.  So, there’s some caveats.

Arodys Vizcaino – Went back to the DL with an inflammed shoulder.  Too bad, so sad.  Bring on Johnson!  Which is something I’ve never said before, in any context.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 1st homer on his new team, the Padres.  Is it me or doesn’t it seem like he gets hot for about a week after he lands on a new team then gets ice cold?  Where’s Oswaldo?  On a new team, because that’s the only way he hits.

Travis Jankowski – 2-for-4 and his 29th steal.  Your schmotato was two weeks ago, get your shizz together, Jankowski.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.12.  Padres just couldn’t handle Teheran, which sounds like a humanitarian effort gone horribly wrong.

Adonis Garcia – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  You thought Adonis would have a two-hit game and not get a mention?  Homey, you don’t know me.  I like my tiramisu with mascarpone.

Kendall Graveman – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.96.  The guy who brought the K placards to the game went home with a lowered self-worth.  Hope you’re happy!

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, as he was activated from the DL with an ear issue.  Rasmus’ family knew there was an issue when they realized he wasn’t just mimicking that cellphone commercial, “Can you hear me now?”

Collin McHugh – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.80.  I’ve had some luck using the Stream-o-Nator with this schmohawk, but it hates his next start and I wouldn’t mess with him.

Tim Tebow – Held a two-hour workout yesterday.  One major league scout said, “He looked like an actor trying to portray a baseball player.  Thankfully, not Steve Buscemi or Dylan Baker.  Someone who was somewhat believable as a baseball player.  No, Dennis Quaid is too believable.  Maybe a young Woody Harrelson.”

Cole Hamels – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 2.91.  This should’ve been a cakewalk, but that’s why they play the games, to which you say, “Not in Strat-o-Matic!”

Rougned Odor – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .272.  If he gets to 30 homers, it’ll be a crazy quiet 30-homer season, right?  I mean, other than wax on-wax off’ing Bautista’s smugshot, Odor’s been relatively quiet, right?

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .290.  Real question, I wonder if he can tap his head and rub his stomach at the same time.

James Paxton – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.83, and tore his middle finger nail off in the middle of his start.  Every start it’s something else with this guy.  It’s like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, but he’s The Boy Who Sometimes Looks Like Randy Wolf.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  You know, someone’s going to have the team name next year, Judge, Ju-Uri and Mexicutioner.  You just know this.

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-3 and his 21st homer, hitting .251.  Worth putting a monocle on the cyclops for Kendrys if you need power.

Jarrod Dyson – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 22nd steal.  The guy who drafted Dyson in March with the hope he’d become the leadoff man just perked up, “I’m making my move out of ninth place!”

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .214.  If Frazier can get 25 homers in September, I could potentially win my RCL.  Keep hope alive!

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .273.  His post-All-Star break numbers have been atrocious.  Or as his Jewish mother would say, “Would it hurt you to swing at better pitches?”

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 19th homer, hitting .321.  Random Prediction Alert!  He’s going to be a fifth round bargain next year.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer, and, like, 8th homer in the last 3 games.  You can wait to add him, but it kinda defeats the purpose if you wait for him to cool off.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.53.  This game was vs. the Brewers, a team that has struck out more than fifty times the next worst team.  Okay, that didn’t sound right, but you get the drift.  Unless you think the 2nd worst team struck out, say, 1,000 times and the Brewers struck out 50,000 times, then you don’t have the drift.  You are adrift.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 5.53.  A broken clock worn by Peralta in Miller Park is right twice every two years.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (14, 15).  I said yesterday he was a hot schmotato.  Today, I’m spinning a Subway sandwich sign towards him.

Jose Peraza – 4-for-4 and his 13th steal as he batted eighth, which I don’t think I fully understand.  Cozart doesn’t need to be in the two hole.  C’mon, Reds!

Michael Saunders – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .268.  Hitting over .350 with two homers in the last seven games, but he does sit vs. lefties, so keep that in mind.  You’ve forgotten it already, haven’t you?  Sigh.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .241.  On our Player Rater, he’s been about the 275th most valuable player.  Guess the catcher rank.  Nope, higher.  Higher.  You’re getting warm.  No, I meant you just put your hand down on an electric stove top.  He’s the 14th best (worst?) catcher.

Manny Machado – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Seems petty to focus on his zero steals.  Then call me Grey Petty!  Tom Petty’s illegitimate son that he won’t claim.  Oh, my, my.  Oh, hell, yes!  Honey, put on that party dress!  C’mon, claim me, Tom!

Steve Pearce – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, which was his 2nd homer in his last two games (though, the Orioles have played three games in that time).  Could be a hot schmotato.  On a related note, rumors are flying that the Orioles’ lineup card had a private audience with the Pope.

  1. Noam says:
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    Good stuff Grey! Would you feel comfortable dropping M. Franco to play hot schmotatos the rest of the year at 3rd?

    And look at this picture of Stanton sitting next to Yelich. Christian looks like his 12 year old son! https://goo.gl/images/sMy8Rd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Yelich is so young! Yeah, I’m fine dropping Franco

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Per MLB trade rumors:
    A trade sending veteran outfielder Coco Crisp to the Indians should be announced on Wednesday.

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Good write-up. Enjoyed more than usual, so someone had their Wheaties this morning!

    a. On the Yelich blurb, I concur the MI LF status of his mother! Damn!

    b. On the Realmuto blurb, you could also have J.T. Snow on your mind too! Maas appeal and then some but mostly fueled by the NY mainstream media! We need a name for the popularization of a player based solely on the mainstream media hyping him up, not USA Today or Baseball America.

    c. On Rajai, made the same bungle. Now have neither Rajai nor Naquin. Well, in my defense, no one has Naquin! He went from my roster str8 to oblivion! Poor ol’ Tyler.

    d. On The Knick, my wife and I love it. We were just into S02E04 when I had to go back to Chad. However, the WebMD idea is really hot! I’m going to see if I can get someone to buy the idea and make a show of it. Will definitely plug Razzball if it happens, so you know it’s sooooo not going to happen.

    e. On the Teheran blurb, true story ensues! In the Central African Republic (aka the CAR), we needed to borrow just one small filament’s worth of electricity from our neighbors – the Jesuit Relief Service (JRS)- to send our daily situation report to HQ. We needed the electricity because our generator was in need of repairs for the millionth time in the last 30 days and my employer in their wisdom didn’t think solar panels in the middle of sunny Africa was a bright thing to have. Those same Padres (from the JRS) REFUSED to assist us because we weren’t very friendly the last time when they needed something!!!! Anyway, you mentioned Padres, Teheran and humanitarian in the same sentence and this was the net effect it had on my brain.

    f. On the Dyson blurb, I know you did that on purpose just to see if we’re all still awake or have either gone fishing or onto fantasy football which starts in 2 weeks!!! The only 22 associated with his 2016 stats is BBs! He ONLY has 21 SBs. Maybe career 22 HRs, but even that would be erroneous – 7 HRs for his CAREER!!!! Nice try, though. I hope I’m only the first to comment on that mistake. It should be fun in responding. You should have an automatic reply ready for all who comment on the 22 HRs!!! Enjoy!

    g. ‘Member those first ads/catalogs of available Russian skanks in the 80s. Then the Chinese came with their rendition of the same beavy of beauties? Now Arab women are doing their same version!! Can you imagine? Please world, make it stop!

    g. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 31)

    Natalia: Help! Somebody call a paramedic! Somebody help! We need a paramedic right now! Calleigh: Come on, Jesse.
    Natalia: Help! Somebody, help!
    Calleigh: Jesse, come on, Jesse, breathe! Get her a paramedic! Come on, Jesse, breathe.
    Natalia: Come on, Jesse.
    Calleigh: Come on, Jesse, breathe.
    Natalia: Come on, Jesse! Breathe! We can do this. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no. We can do this.
    Calleigh: No! Natalia.
    Horatio: Natalia. Natalia.
    Natalia: We can do this. We just need help. Horatio, we just need some help.
    Horatio: Natalia. Natalia. He’s gone (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Yup! B. Is he hyped? I’m not sure Marlins fans know him, assuming they had fans C. Yeah, oh well D. Thanks! Yeah, We’ve been talking about watching it, haven’t started yet E. Haha, the shizz that happens in the CAR F. Oops G. I don’t remember that *sideways glance* Or do I?! G. You have two G’s! Nice…

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Grey!!

        a. Damn you, I added the Arab women catalog and then forgot to re-alphabet the next item! You should be a Psychology professor somewhere. Are you?

        b. Only one person replied on the 22 HRs! Where is everyone? Cram? MP? What is the world coming to?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yes…No…Yes… B. Just you and us Chicken Dinners

  4. The Black Adder says:
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    Befuddling that Hendricks continues to “dominate”!

    SON likes Gio and hates Finnegan tonight. What do YOU think?

      • Nation says:
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        @Grey: Gio home for philly and Finnegan is @ LAA IIRC

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gio

  5. Steeve says:
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    N. Cruz injury… is it serious?

    • muskysmell says:
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      Harvey Dent… can we trust him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steeve: Don’t think so

  6. Scott says:
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    One month left, do I hold hosmer or cut him for a hot bat like cron or even plouffe? Hosmer really tanked a good start to the season. He hits so many grounders. I am in a close race for hr and runs and obp. Plouffe also has 3b eligibility. Cron was hot before he got hurt too. I actually have benched hosmer for last month. He did homer the first day I benched him and the. I put hin back in my lineup and he proceeded to give me his usual nothing for a week. I bench him again and he had a 3 r hr last week. Not sure about if I just use a hot bat or use hosmer amd see what happens. Thanks

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Sorry, had to add one more. This little ditty is for all y’all.

    Josh Bell, Oh! Josh Bell
    Ev’ry time I start him
    He does Oh! so well!

    Queue the banjo music from HeeHaw! Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalute!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Cheap Trout says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Damn, Ante, you were doing so well with the cue/queue thing!

      • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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        @Cheap Trout: C’mon Ante!

  8. Alex says:
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    You like Musgrove vs Texas or Reyes vs Cincy?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Alex: Reyes.

  9. the swinging says:
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    Somebody cut beltran in a league where I’m pretty stacked.

    U like beltran over either duval or grichuck ?

    Cron is also available there. Seems like u don’t have much interest in cron.

  10. the swinging says:
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    How about lamb vs cron ROS?

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks

        Are we over looking schrimph? Or however you spell it…

        Any interest in him ROS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I owned him for a few…Gives power, nothing else, not terrible for the occasional homer

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    Love the Yelich mom reference. Think you meant SBs instead of HRs for Dyson.

    Ok to drop Kepler in a dynasty league? Available OFs include Jacoby, Heyward, Joc, Dyson, Gardner, Werth, Granderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese: Yeah, I goofed… Drop him

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    “See, I know you. I know you. Yes, you, said a’la a synchronized swimmer on SNL.”

    Ha! Just made my day, Grey!

  13. Phil of the Future says:
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    I mean seriously, G. Can’t catch a break with this Paxton kid. His fingernail? Seriously?

    He was actually in line for a win, but they blew it. This is why I can’t have anything nice.

    At least Trump is going to Mexico today to get the President to pay for the wall. That’ll put me in a better mood….

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Haha yup how else is he gonna get him to pay for the wall? I hear Trump Tower makes the best taco bowls btw

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The best snack bar in the world!

  14. Five-On-One says:
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    What say you to a trade of Frazier and S.Dyson for LeMahieu? Crazy, right? But I need batting average and have power and saves to spare, so maybe worth it? This time of year it’s all about the categories, dammit.

  15. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Start Fiers today vs. The lowly A’s and drop him after….or just drop him now and avoid the start?

    I hate to ask, but…I own Wilson Contreras on every team in every league. ROS Player has Wellington Castillo ranked higher than Contreras; do you concur with the robot or does the “own cubs’ bats and watch the ball carry out in the humidity” strategy hold true on this one?

      • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks bossman!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  16. FKA Ralph says:
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    Re Pearce. Have to look at matchups. He kills LHPs. His HR on Sunday was off Sabathia. Yesterday it was Happ. If BAL is facing a LHP, Pearce is a good bet.

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    Looking for steals and average and minimal of other stats. Which player gets me the best numbers. I know Peraza bats low in the order but ya never know he may move up! Jankoski should be ok but seams to have tapered off. What’s my best option. Thanjs

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      @beast Blasts: I have both these guys rostered, so I see where your head is at.

      Though the SB’s/Runs has slowed a bit, Janky has batted around .300 for the past 7 / 14 / 30 Days… so what’s tapering off a bit is the Padres ability to get him home once he’s on base. And yea, of course the SB’s came down a bit. He’s gotten caught a bit. Pitchers/Catchers are aware of his speed more than they were in late July early August. But unless they call up the young guys tomorrow and Janky isn’t leading off on Friday… I need him, will hold for now for that Sept SAGNOF.

      The interesting thing to note about Peraza will be what they do with him AFTER the LAA series (aka where is he in the lineup on Friday). Being in an AL park has allowed the Reds to get an extra bat in the lineup the past two games. When Cozart was out, Peraza was batting second.

      I guess what I’m getting at is that only time will tell. Obviously that doesn’t help you NOW haha but Grey will have the right answer. I just wanted to spew a bit about where my head is at with both these guys. Good luck beast!

      • beast Blasts says:
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        @knucks: yeah I went with Peraza. If he can get the at bats he should do better in that lineup. Thanks guys

  18. JoeG414 says:
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    It’s been along long drought baby
    Tonight the rain’s pourin’ down on our roof
    Oh, looking for a little bit of God’s mercy
    I found living proof

    –Springsteen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG414: Did you go see him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn… Does he do a lot of Devils & Dust songs?

          • JoeG414 says:
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            @Grey:
            No , not on this tour.
            That would be a solo tour .
            But, check this out:

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice! He doesn’t do any of his solo with the band?

              • JoeG414 says:
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                @Grey:
                Yes , but very few.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Listening to Devils & Dust since we started talking about this, such a good album, been a while since I listened

  19. Spyre says:
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    After a half season of exceptional play last year, Carlos Correa vaulted straight into the 1st round. Maybe that was a bit high for him, judging from his being only 5th best SS this year, idk.

    But is Trea Turner in the same conversation? He’s having a phenomenal year since being called up. I get that he has less power, but his average & steals are soooo sexy. Hes got 6 triples in the past month!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spyre: I doubt it, he doesn’t have the power… 22 homers in 2/3 of a season last year did it for Correa

  20. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks partially to your help, I am on a bye week in H2H playoffs. Its a 12 team league with a couple extra pitching slots so a little deeper than usual. My question is, are there any Sept Call-ups (batters or hitters) that you are cyclopsing and would jump on for the playoffs or is it too risky for any of the prospects remaining in the minors?

    Thanks for a another great season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ghost Ride the WHIP: There’s not a ton of call-ups this year, De Leon would be nice, at some point, maybe, if the Dodgers ever realize they need him

      • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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        @Grey: Rappin Ralph, JB and Halpern went through their best bets for September call ups on the podcast this week, give it a listen if you get a chance. JB recommends every brewer possible, and for whatever reason there was no mention of Benard Spevere, but still really helpful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True story, JB loved Marco Estrada, until he was actually good and on the Jays

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ghost Ride the WHIP: Margot, Renfroe, and others we named on the pod……LISTEN TO THE POD!!!!!!! THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Ha, that’s like an optical illusion

  21. Boomer19 says:
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    Who would you rather have a ss next year? Villar or Treat Urner? Btw funny write up today. Good stuff.

  22. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Is there a way to go through all the write-ups for one writer? I wanted to look back at some of Prospector Ralph’s write-ups..thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Click on their name in Red next to there photo at the top of any article.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Also, at the bottom of this page there is a link “Authors”

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Similar topic.

      Is there a way to skip directly to your own quesions?
      Some days they get buried and difficult to find.

      • knucks says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Try CTRL +F + “Chicken”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Ante GALIC says:
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          @knucks: Knucks!

          Sorry to be technical.

          Ctrl+F with ‘chicken’ in the pop-up box returns 6 entries.

          Ctrl+f with ‘chicken dinner’ in the pop-up box returns 5 entries.

          So winner, winner, ‘chicken dinner’

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            How many chickens now?

          • knucks says:
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            @Ante GALIC: Hah! Yes and the numbers only rises with each “chicken” and “dinner” we type/post! I think CD figured it out by now though

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t count your chickens

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @knucks: Agreed! The first time I used Ctrl+f, it was a watershed moment for me.

              Cheers,
              Ante

        • Cram It says:
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          @knucks: I just read that only 1 in 10 know what CTRL + F does. I don’t know if that’s 1 in 10 people, or 1 in 10 chickens though.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I just recently found how to do CTRL + F on an iPhone, my mind was blown

      • knucks says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Also, ever since adding a gravatar picture its been a lot easier to find my shizz

  23. Db says:
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    Drop belt for cron?

    • knucks says:
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      @Db: I’ve considered dropping Belt as well. However, I’ve noticed that the Giants will complete a Coors series on 07SEP. So I’ll be holding him for that series, then dropping him on Thursday the 8th unless he heats up from now until then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Db: Go for it

  24. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Gamble on Franco or Gyorko to carry my bench ROS?

    • knucks says:
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      @William Hung: Your bench is of no use really… but I see what you’re getting at. I would go with the hot bat right now, Gyorko. Plus he has more flexibility as far as where you can slot him in a lineup.

      • The Hack says:
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        @knucks: not true. With September call ups guys on teams out of it will get “rest” and players on teams that are in the playoffs will get off days too…to rest. Nothing more frustrating than one of your studs missing a day.

        • knucks says:
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          @The Hack: Yea that’s true, good point Jack, Sept is a different kind of animal.

          Did you come across the shit-fit Tehol was throwing down last night on the Tweet deck? I think he must have drafted Teddy.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Hack: @knucks: I still think in general, bench bats are a whatever proposition. You plug him in maybe twice a week? They’re unpredictably no better or worse than a batty call.

            • The Hack says:
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              @Cram It: depends on format and who you own. In an RCL it’s a maybe when you consider what your needs are down the stretch. If losing any at bats means losing your league then you damn better have a bench bat. A jerk-oh in your pocket isn’t a bad thing considering he can play any infield slot. But again, there are no rigid rules and that’s why it’s always been my take that in the later half of the season there is no blanket strategy. You know your league and what you need to win or at least you should. I wonder sometimes (most the time) with these daily questions. Learning curve people!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                We talking pocket pool?

                • The Hack says:
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                  @Grey: what no officer. I have no idea what you’re talking about

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha…. You watch last week’s MasterChef?

                    • The Hack says:
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                      @Grey: not yet. Adjusting to school starting and I promise my daughter that I’ll wait for her so we can watch together

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s a great one

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Learning curve…Jerk-oh in your pocket…No blanket strategy…Sounds like it

                • The Hack says:
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                  @Grey: what is I have something in my pocket for you?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Please be vape

                    • The Hack says:
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                      @Grey: oh yeah. It’s banana juice

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, Ew!

              • Cram It says:
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                @The Hack: Agreed, I didn’t mean to suggest a bench bat was of no use. I meant to say WHO the bench bat is…who gives a piss really as long as he’s an able body.

                • The Hack says:
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                  @Cram It: I’m just bored. Counting the days til this season is over. Can’t wait for off season research which has become a lot of fun. Fuck I’m a nerd.

          • The Hack says:
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            @knucks: yes I did and chimed in. I was hoping someone would post the thread in here

  25. Chad says:
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    How would you feel about giving up correa and Reyes for Scherzer with Arica available in free agency?

    • knucks says:
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      @Chad: Its fine if you need another SP, is that what your saying, you need pitching right now? Whatever it takes to win in Sept, good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chad: Agree with knucks

  26. dem ribbies says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Looking for categories in this order: QS first, K’s second.

    Pls pick 2 of the following (listed in order of SON$):

    Skaggs @ SEA
    Hellickson v ATL
    Foltnewicz v SD
    Liriano @ TB
    Ventura v DET

    I’m inclined to go w/ Hellickson and Foltnewicz. Who would you roll out there?

  27. ashtray says:
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    Who do you like best as a stash for next year in a keep-6 league:

    Heyward
    Jordan Zimmerman
    Wacha
    Matt Harvey
    Puig

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Are we still sticking with Diaz (11 saves in last 30) over Thornburg and Ottavino (only 3 or 4 saves last 30) in a H2H league looking for most save opps?

    Thanks!

  29. Da Base Ball God says:
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    Playoffs, Rd 1 5×5 league
    Do I start David Phelps vs the Mess or Aaron Sanchez (not the Chopped judge) against Baltimore. I’m up in all the P categories after two days but don’t want to tank ratios

  30. Wastlander says:
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    My 2016 season has ended prematurely, but i’m looking for guidance as I have a dynasty decision to make. I can hold one of Margot, Gallo, or Berrios as a minor league keeper into next year. Who do you think returns the best results for me in 2017?

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Whoops, forgot my second question! Red Sox are saying that if Moncada is called up “he’s going to play”. In an OBP/OPS league where you already have Billy Hamilton, if Moncada is called up (and confirmed as a starter), would you drop Dee Gordon to plug him in at 2B?

    • knucks says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: The combo of Shaw/Hill at 3B the past few weeks has been almost as good as last year with the Panda!

      Shaw had a few hits Monday, then went 0/4 last night. Today, Hill is in there. I may be reading into that a bit much, but I’m thinking we see Moncada on Friday.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @knucks: Love it! Have him in my keeper league for a cool $0 ($3 annual inflation) + grabbing him right now over Dee in my H2H…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @knucks: yeah He’s coming here’s Dombrowski’s comments from the Jimmy Fund Marathon on Monday…

        “First of all, if you’re going to bring a guy like that up, you want to make sure he has a chance to play some,” said Dombrowski of Moncada, who has been primarily working out at third base, of late. “It doesn’t do you much good if you’re going to bring him up and he just sits and doesn’t play. That doesn’t do you much good. For example, when [Andrew] Benintendi came up he played. We put him right out there in left field. That’s one thing with Moncada. The second thing is that you do have some roster situations, how you work with that with the 40-man roster (which currently has 39 players on it). I wouldn’t let that stop him from being brought up if he was going to play. But those are the conversations that we still need to have over the next day. We’ve talked a lot of generalities.”

        He’ll be up, 9 straight games at 3rd. The question is how much worse is his D than Shaw’s? Not setting the bar high exactly.

  32. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    You may not know this, but there are machines to help you with math. You don’t have to always do it in your head!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Did I goof on a basic math problem?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Oh, just went a bit high prorating Turner’s steals. Nothing serious.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, I just multiplied by four then subtracted a handful…That’s math, right?

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: Sure. I will point out that 4 *18 is 72. How many did you subtract to get 75?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ll answer your question with my own, how large is a handful when you have a lobster claw?

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: I’m working on that one. Might take a while.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Are you stalling me to go melt butter?

                  • VinWins

                    VinWins says:
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                    @Grey: Ha!

  33. Chad says:
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    Or my correa, Duffy, Happ for his Scherzer and tanaka with Orlando arcia available? 12 h2h 6×6 k9, b&b.

    • Chad says:
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      @Chad: sorry that was supposed to be a reply to the above

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chad: Or what? Huh?

      • Chad says:
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        @Grey: sorry, I meant for that to be a reply to my question that is higher in the comments, but I hit the wrong button on my phone. To clarify, I own Correa. Whom my league mate is targeting. Arcia is available. Is Scherzer worth the drop off from Correa to Arcia? Arcia’ splay has also improved recently. Do you think he sustains that higher level of play?
        As far as needing pitching which knucks brought up (above)- this is an h2h most categories wins league with k9 being the 6th cat. My starters are carrasco, Duffy, Thor, Archer, Stroman, Happ.. Happ and Duffy have been falling off in FIP xFIP and SIERA.
        Do you think a trade such as Correa, Duffy, Happ for Scherzer and Tanaka makes sense, or am I just getting too caught up in peripheral statistics and need to just hold where I’m at.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As long as it’s not a keeper, I’d go for it if pitching can make the difference in winning

          • Chad says:
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            @Grey: it’s 2 keeper, but is Correa a top 24 player next spring

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Close, but as long as you have others it’s fine

  34. Goldschmidt says:
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    16 team H2H. Have a mid to low waiver priority and Grandal is on waivers. Worth burning a claim for him or should I hold onto my incumbent in Realmuto?

  35. Charles says:
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    I read this every day just to get to the racy picture ads at the bottom. Is everyone getting these? Or is it tied to my deviant search history?

    • knucks says:
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      @Charles: Yes and Yes!

    • knucks says:
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      @Charles: I steer clear of Razz on my work computer as the Ads are nothing but disgusting Pharma pitcures about people’s creepy illnesses. Its awful.

      • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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        @knucks: I know! It sucks because its haphazard mixture of sex-bomb eye candy and stomach-churning curiosities always puts me into a Clockwork Orange-like malaise. Any way for us to change the Ad preferences?

        • knucks says:
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          @Grassy Knoll Redding: I would think that there is no way to turn off data mining if that’s what your asking. The ads pay for the site. Without them, we likely wouldn’t be here. So I’d suggest you google some more teetys to outweigh these stomach churning curiosities, that would work :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: We’re here to excite

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Ditto on the personal laptop, never on work laptop! Too good for work laptop but also too dirty.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  36. Jogon says:
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    I have a lot of run producers and I lack speed.

    Should I drop B. Crawford for J.Dyson, O.Herrera or K.Marte ?

    Do you think Herrera will have a good month of september ?

  37. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Treat Urner or Odor for ROS?

    Thanks!

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    “A difference of 7 between one’s K-rate and walk rate is borderline ace, then a difference of six is this tier and it’s a number three starter. Last year, Hendricks had a 8.4 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.” And that’s me quoting you! On Kyle Hendricks pre-season! Which is why I drafted him! And owe you a debt of thanks! (Also Danny Duffy.)

    Starting Brandon Finnegan tonight against the LA Angels of Los Angeles?

  39. YellowBelly says:
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    Looking forward to 2017, which of the 4 do you keep of the lot below (all were picked up midseason so pick compensation is irrelevant)

    Gary Sanchez
    Adam Duvall
    Joey Gallo
    JA Happ
    Jon Gray
    Jake Thompson
    Edwin Diaz
    Mike Fulmer
    Chad Kuhl
    Blake Snell
    Jose Berrios

    Sanchez, Fulmer, and Snell stick out to me who’s #4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez, Fulmer, Duvall, Snell

  40. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Did you heart about this? I watch French news daily ’cause it’s the only ‘normal’ channel to watch on our African-based satellite dish.

    Anyhoo, a French guy stabbed an Englishman in Australia. The newsworthy part? The French news team was proud to announce that the crime was not an act of terror AND ISIS was not involved in recruiting the French guy to stab the Englishman! He was just a random psychopath who decided it would be a good idea to go and stab some random Englishman in Australia. Can you imagine the world we live in?!!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We only hear about Australian or French news if ISIS or a celebrity are involved….

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        It’s crazy!!! Turkey hosts the largest number of former ISIS elements who have defected from ISIS. Of course, they live in 1000% anonymity ’cause ISIS would make what the North did to deserters they caught (i.e., brandishing them with the letter ‘D’ for deserter) child’s play.

        I say nuke the whole area and start from scratch in 500 years’ time.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You could be Trump’s foreign minister!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            a. The site got closed down momentarily. I can only think of three reasons why. ISIS, Trump, endorsement! Frank Voila!

            b. Please win, Hillary!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Trump, Trump, Eric Trump’s tweets!

              B. Ha

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                a. OMG on how much he loves his father while pointing to him in the audience as if we wouldn’t know who Donald Trump was!!!

                b. A lot of people in Africa and in Europe are endorsing Trump! It is really scary, many people ‘get’ Trump! Fortunately most of those people live OUTSIDE the continental USA!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  A. It’s like American Psycho meets Tommy Boy B. Prolly like half of the people here, they want the unintentional comedy to continue

                  • The Hack says:
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                    @Grey: haha. The daily show stopped being good after bush left office. Of course it’s easy to write jokes when a bafoon is leading their country. Just insert a sound bite followed by a pan over to a wide eyed but judgmental look and you have gold.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve been enjoying Last Week Tonight, never watched The Daily Show, your take on it is accurate though

                    • The Hack says:
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                      Love last week tonight. The one about the death of newspapers was hilarious. #racooncat

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Kinda brilliant balance of informative and hilarious… Crazy how mad I get at the show yet how funny it is… The charter school one was ridiculous

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Last Week Tonight is amazing. In the episode last season about patent law he imitates a racoon, and I can’t remember laughing that hard about anything on TV recently.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t think I saw that one, I need to check my HBO Go

                    • The Hack says:
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                      Charter school one was really funny but kinda stuff I knew. I didn’t like how they omitted the successful charter schools but yeah those people are nuts. On the whole its a great show because they take shots at everyone and deservedly so.I also appreciate that they put part of the show on youtube…for free. Take that multi media capitalism

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, prolly cause I don’t have kids, had no idea about charter schools, crazy shizz

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      It’s so stupid, but just skip to 9:50 …it made me laugh again

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks! Will listen to it when I get home after lunch

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that was brilliant

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks for linking for me!

                    • The Hack says:
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                      Noisewater learn to use tube chop

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      What is this newfangled technology you speak of Hack? Sounds like sorcery.

                    • The Hack says:
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                      The grand wizard sky taught me. Its so simple even a hack can do it https://www.tubechop.com/

    • Los Putos says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Guy yelled out “Allahu Akbar” when he attacked a pair, killing a woman and stabbing a male. Smail Ayad is the name of the suspect.

  41. dem ribbies says:
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    All 3 of these are sketch, right?

    Smyly @ BOS – coming off of DL – winds out to Right-Center 10-15mph
    Sanchez @ BAL – history of being owned there
    Moore v ARI – coming off of a 130 PC outing – winds out to center 15-25mph

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Total sketch, but like Moore best

    • Los Putos says:
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      @dem ribbies: Smyly coming off of DL?

      ESPN reporting Smyly has 20.1 scoreless streak currently goin against BOS, lifetime ERA of 1.48 against BOS and 1.71 ERA in Fenway.

      Was gonna bench him, but prolly gonna roll with him after seeing those numbers.

  42. Don Majikowski says:
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    Think Moncada is coming in the next few days??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should

  43. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Do you think Francona has figured the riddle of ‘who is the best pitcher in his BP’ yet?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, but now with Coco Crisp, he may get confused again

  44. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Pick one please :

    Gio @ Phi (Morgan) 13.9

    Kennedy vs. NYY (Cessa) 9.7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love either, Gio

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Do you like Urias vs SD (Richard) 23.1 over these?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: Cool. Now I’ll just pick up a couple of good-above average middle relievers who will blow up my ratios.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have Michael Feliz and Will Harris, this will end well

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: Ironic that Feliz will likely make you unhappy.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Extremely, more I think about it, I think I might drop both right now

                  • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                    @Grey: Drop Feliz, roll with Harris. I shall seek my entertainment with beat boxin Raisel and Justin Grimm.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ooh, Grimm’s not a bad idea

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I made the switch, hope Grimm pitches (well) today

  45. hankp says:
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    Keep 2 ROS in a deep, limited move 5×5: Josh Bell, Heyward, Reddick. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bell, Reddick

  46. the tone ranger says:
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    hey grey,
    streamonator seems to like luke weaver @ MIL better than colon home vs mia. would you start both, neither, or which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Colon, don’t trust Weaver there

  47. Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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    Have you thought about pitching the Treat Urner as an add on feature for the iFetch? It could dispense a tiny bit of food every time the dog brings back the ball! Trea Turner could even be the sponsor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wanna go on Shark Tank with me?

      • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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        @Grey: I’m in if Ted’s in. Trea will follow suit once he sees our promising display in front of Cuban. Can we get Rappin Ralph to be our hype man/create the official Treat Urner rap?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure if Rappin Ralph raps for non-Red Sox players… Loved the rhyme he dropped rhyming Moncada with ‘de nada’

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: You kidding?
            I spit for Trea Turner
            I spit for spec murder
            you can urner a treat
            you can burner a leaf
            Don’t question Willie Calhoun
            power from here to Khartoum
            act like all I talk is Groome
            Boom, there goes your girl
            the name’s Ralph not Earl
            ranking specs on the pod
            bout to rank the whole world
            rappers can’t snap me, my styles bendy
            suckas still question my rank of Benintendi
            get out the way when B Rodgers is ropin
            all praise due the Prospector has spoken….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prospector Ralph, and Allah of Prospects, the King of Young Thang, the Oprah of Daytime Prospect Talk… Stay woke!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That was my audition to be your hype man, btw

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Grey: You had me at allah of Prospects. Just a couple of Jews talking Allah.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, you know, the uze

                    • Odor's Odorizzi Spray says:
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                      @Grey: Well I think that’s gotta be enough to hook Cuban and the crew, we might not even need a mockup once they hear Ralph spit it, and the crowd will be way too loud for us to hear any criticisms. If somehow they don’t erupt, we’ll plant JB out there for a slowclap

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      JB could be our most subdued hype man… People will be erupting, then JB comes on and claps really, really slowly, and people won’t know what to do

                    • Odor's Odorizzi Spray says:
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                      @Grey: “Who’s that weird tall guy clapping reeeeally slowly in a Lucroy jersey? Who’s Lucroy? Should this guy be here alone?”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s our Al from Naked Gun…

  48. marimon says:
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    Moncada may get promoted soon, drop Schoop or Dahl for him? Thanks!
    My only other 2B is Brad Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  49. Los Putos says:
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    Trout will improve on the following categories from last years numbers:

    Runs, Doubles, RBIs, BBs, Ks, SBs, AVG, and OBP.

    He leads MLB in WAR (8.9) by 1.4 over Betts. (Bryant leads NL with a 6.8)

    Last year he came in 2nd in AL MVP voting. His numbers were collectively worse than when he won in 2014, other than WAR.

    Will prolly come in 3rd in MVP voting behind Betts and Altuve.

    Crazy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We forget how good he is every year

  50. Chance Cumberling says:
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    I’m in need of a SP and Reyes, Urias, Rodon and Shoemaker are available……which do you like best ROS? I know Urias might not have very many starts left..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  51. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Taking my son to the Met game on Saturday to see Thor (and its fireworks night)….He just turned 6, let the life of misery begin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not exactly longing for children, but that would be one thing I’d like to do… Get a kid sucked into the life of loving baseball

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah hes played two seasons in little league and is now hooked…I took him to a game 2 years ago but he was too young to really get it…Looking forward to Saturday..hes jumping out of his skin to go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s awesome… You should take him to the Lemon Ice King of Corona before the game, it’s the best…In that neighborhood…

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yeah I’ve been there,sooo good might do that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s the best! Damn, now I wish I had gone there when I was home… Surprised Mets are playing at home with US Open going on

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Screws up the parking a bit, i usually drive to the port washington train station…Train from there takes you right to citi field

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, gotcha… I haven’t been there since I was a teenager so I’m sure they’ve made it a little better in that time

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Adopt a Cuban

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not a bad idea, maybe a 19-year-old one

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I hear Puig is looking for a home.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I may start a Kickstarter campaign to try and nab him

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Ha Ha

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: could trade them tehol for puig. Couldn’t be worse for the locker room. His twitter work with co workers is uncamny

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He’s part of the community outreach

                  • The Hack says:
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                    @Grey: did you read yesterdays blow up on Twitter…classic tehol

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I didn’t follow it in its entirety, but Rudy and Sky filled me in

                    • The Hack says:
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                      both sky and rudy coming to you? sounds like a real sticky situation

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, Rudy came to me, I went to Sky for what the haps

                    • The Hack says:
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                      knowing in person Rudy makes me chuckle about this

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It kinda went like this, what is he doing? Me: I don’t know, I’ll ask sky…

                    • The Hack says:
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                      It made my night but I also didn’t get to watch Masterchef yet so there you go

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can’t for the life of my figure out why it started, but trying to find whys in there might be my first mistake

                    • The Hack says:
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                      In a nutshell, tehols delusions of grandeur crossed paths with a regular guy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, yeah, that was my takeaway… He just seemed to want to pick a fight

                    • The Hack says:
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                      He’s like our “o’doyle rules” guy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, sigh, yup

  52. Stickball Al says:
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    Is it just me. Or has this been the best year ever, for Middle Infidels ??? If one is slumping there are 2 or 3 hot schmato’s on waivers !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Best year ever for MIs, or at least since Miguel Tejada’s heyday

  53. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Moncada or Pollock for the stretch run?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly Pollock, but I like the idea of Moncada

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey: Argh. 10 team roto. Only other players remotely droppable are Hosmer (AGon my other 1B), A. Reyes, Bundy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d lose Bundy for now

  54. Steve says:
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    Like milk on a hot day, Fiers was a bad choice. He can’t find the strike zone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  55. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    RE the bench bat discussion, I’ll carry several if I feel I don’t need MR numbers. In the RCL, where rosters (not lineups) lock with the start of the first game of the day, they are very useful when there is 1 or 2 early games. Once the evening lineups are posted, you may find that several of your starters are not playing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, doesn’t matter if it’s Gyorko or Cron or some other player though, just need a warm body that hopefully has a good matchup

    • The Hack says:
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      @VinWins: thank you vin. One year I need offensive stats and would stack my bench with any available players at Philly cincy colorado and Milwaukee…oh and lefties in NY

  56. In the heat of a H2H Playoff (with hopefully 3.5 weeks remaining) where, with a move limit, streaming hot schmatoes is difficult, would you recommend grabbing Moncada now over either W. Contreras or W. Myers at Utility. Or perhaps S. Castro at 2b/ss? Thank you!

    • The Hack says:
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      @zombie: I wouldnt. I think he gets 10-12 abs a week. Unless they have an injury. Ralph shoukd chime in on this

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @The Hack: If he’s up he’s going to play, and don’t be shocked if they spell Pedroia in spots if they get on a run and lock up a playoff spot.

        • The Hack says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks for the update. I read somewhere he might be a bench bat they play against weak matchups. I hate the “I have no clue so I’ll speculate” because Im a sportswriter types

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @The Hack: Check the quotes from Dombrowski I posted above. Sean McAdam of CSNNE says he’s up tomorrow…..Now I wait for Tom Murphy…looking at you Rockies.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @zombie: I’d take Moncada over Contreras

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Castro

  57. the tone ranger says:
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    Damn phelps out with strained oblique!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…DAMN!

      • The tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: agreed! F!!!

  58. Huddy says:
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    Time to drop Franco or Inciarte for a Moncada spec add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Ender

  59. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Gary Sanchez or Will Myers next season..For me its Myers wanted to see your thoughts since Myers has cooled the 2nd half.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta be Myers

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Agreed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Had family that lived off Jewel Ave in Forest Hills, we used to walk to Shea, good times

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yeah that must have been cool walking there whenever

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, went to a ton of Mets games as a kid, mostly when they were terrible

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: There are very few times in our lives when they weren’t terrible lol

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  This is true… I remember going to a doubleheader and I think their best player was Hubie Brooks, for both games

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: Sounds about right

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Done deal…I get Myers and Leon he gets Sanchez and Austin Meadows…Dynasty league….Had to throw in Meadows to seal it which is fine Im good in the OF going forward with Mazara, Benintendi, Polanco now Myers…Still have Conforto and Margot in waiting as well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s solid (really for both sides)

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yeah seemed fair to me

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I have Austin Hedges as well….Hate that hes in San Diego but check out the year hes having in Triple A…Power and Avg. up and Ks are down…good sign.

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: 322 ABs , 20 HRs, 81 RBI, .322 AVG., K rate down to 15% this season.

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @JeF WiTh 1 F: He wasnt a huge strikeout guy to begin with but nice to see the power arrive.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And then when the Padres call him up and he has to play on the Padres, the air will deflate so fast

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Thanks…you just deflated my balloon

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, sorry!

                • The Hack says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F: and that power came in the pcl which is also not great

    • The Hack says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: and hasnt got hurt

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @The Hack: Ha true

  60. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I fell in love with a str[eam]er…

    Of course the best looking streamer (Phelps) with the best matchups for H2H playoffs goes down likely for the season . . . WE CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE

    At least Moncada should be blessing us with his presence soon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, such crap with Phelps

  61. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Do you even Moncada Bro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I Moncada’d

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I’m snatching up Tom Murphy everywhere. I’m hoping he’s called up. Or maybe I just know 4 dozen Tom Murphy’s from Quincy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Tom Murphy from Quincy is called up, he will get in a fight with Tom Murphy from Saugus by the end of the day Friday

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: The whole fight we be about who’s got better coffee Dunks or Mary Lou’s

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              One word you jackhole: Coolatta!

  62. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Report is he’s up tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time

  63. daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Need a replacement SP for Phelps (Really Sucks)
    My waiver wire is thin
    DeSclafani – against St.Louis
    Musgrove – against Texas,
    Nova is he even going to make his next start against Brew Crew again
    Foltynewicz agains SD
    Gray against Arizona
    As I said Slim Pickens
    Thanks Grey

    • daze says:
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      @daze:
      you can also throw in Guerra against Pirates

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: I have mostly the same options as the poster above..

        Replace Phelps with.. Gray, Musgrove, Lugo, Ray (at Col..)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lugo

  64. Nitro says:
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    I have Grandal and G Sanchez. Would you lose Grandal for Cron?
    I just scooped up Yoan.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  65. knucks says:
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    Don’t be fooled by those yahoo shhmucks, Josh Bell is in the lineup, batting 2nd tonight

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @knucks: Thank you…I was fooled

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I was fooled too, effin’ Yahoo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • The Hack says:
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      @knucks: That’s why I use baseball press…and their players link to razzball player pages

  66. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. whos the best september sp stash? guerra, deleon, j ross or musgrove?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Leon

  67. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Playoffs start next week and I still have Kepler starting (gross, I know). I’m literally middling in most categories but would probably err towards bombs vs. steals (gun to head).

    Which two do you like the most rest of the way between these mediocre OFers: Shebler, Gattis, Carter, Peraza, Leonys Martin, Owings.

    I’ll likely add a bench bat as well as soon as Ramos is officially the closer and I can get rid of Rodney.

    Asdrubal, Panik, Starlin

    Thanks as always for the great stuff Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those options aren’t great… Moncada gone? Kepler, Peraza…Asdrubal

      • Nevik Rowe says:
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        @Grey: Yes, unfortunately. There’s also Valencia and Harrison I guess. Maybe sticking with Max is best for now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hold

  68. Mike Devereaux says:
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    Is Glasnow going to join the rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soon

  69. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Trea Turner is sitting out today. Good old Dusty. He knows you’ve gotta rest these 23-year-old men a lot. They tire easy. Here’s hoping Trea can catch his breath enough to play tomorrow.

    Oh wait… THE NATS ARE OFF TOMORROW!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Dusty’s the worst

  70. dem ribbies says:
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    Dahl with a couple of runs and 2 SB already today. I love this dude.

    You think he has a chance to crack your top 40 OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess right outside it, which is better to get him

  71. Ross says:
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    Hey grey,

    Thinking about dropping wil Myers for steve Pearce as a bench bat in a 12 team redraft. Playoffs start in 2 weeks. Hold or do it?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

  72. Joe says:
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    I need to drop an OF so I can add J-Zim (because I need more pitching). Would you rather drop Kepler or Pence in a standard h2h redraft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler

  73. The Guy says:
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    Starting Hammel vs PIT tonight? He’s been sucking it up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  74. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I’m on a roll! Started Hill @Coors, and wasn’t punished!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was the best possible outcome

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: and nolasco. Holy shit. Not even at my drunkest could I have predicted that gem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crazy…You should put Castro in your lineup

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I don’t know. Wisler, Moore, Weaver, Finnegan, and Anderson gave me 42 Ks in 31.2 innings with an ERA of 1.99.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn! Well played

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, that lowered my ERA from 4.09 to 4.03, so I wasn’t really risking anything.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Still early!

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: Ha!

  75. Oz says:
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    Hey Grey, late one here but I have an offer where I trade Pujols and Kemp for Carrasco. I am out of the money. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Carrasco

  76. Db says:
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    Drop raisel to make room for monacada?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  77. B.o.B says:
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    Drop Zobrist for Moncada? 10 team, OBP league

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  78. Joeg414 says:
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    OF pickup :
    C Gomez or Soler ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez

  79. The Hack says:
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    Look at you moving up the standings. At least you can’t blame archer anymore

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