Here’s an example from your own life.  You walked into a bar and negged the first girl you saw.  Told her she had nice hair, then immediately asked her how often she dyes it.  Never worked before.  This girl laughed and talked to your dopey ass.  She even thought it was charming when you told her to pay the bar tab.  Went home, had great sex and the next morning she’s moving some of her shirts out of her dresser, so you have room to bring a few of your things over.  You tell her that’s not necessary and she shrugs, goes into the bathroom, calls her mother and starts crying loudly.  Seemed awesome, turned out psycho.  Now imagine she didn’t reveal she was psycho for three months.  That’s Steve Pearce.  At some point in 2015, he will start moving his shirts out of his dresser and you’re gonna feel real awkward.  Right now, he’s insane.  Yesterday, was part of that insanity as he hit two homers, bringing his season total to 20.  No longer is the fortune cookie’s ending ‘in bed,’ it’s now ‘with Steve Pearce.’  There’s some noise about him changing his stance and that’s led to him having a breakout season.  Yeah, don’t buy it.  He’s 31 years old.  Not the death knell for anyone, but when you’re barely rosterable as a utility man for a major league team for almost seven years, you don’t suddenly change your stance and everything’s great.  He’s a 10-homer utility man, disguised as Jesus.  It will end at some point in 2015, but for now Pearce your genitals, make the devil horns and ride the lightning!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bud Norris – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks.  Egads, what a terrible stream that ended up being okay.  This Bud’s for you.  The you there is whoever finds him on waivers after I dropped him.

Marcus Stroman – Was suspended for six games for throwing at Father Caleb Joseph.  The sacrilege!

Dioner Navarro – Out of the lineup after taking a foul tip off his mask.  Jays said Dioner was a little fuzzy and wearing a tutu and singing a Lady Gaga medley, so they thought it was best to let him rest.

Gio Gonzalez – Another problem with H2H leagues.  The Nats clinched so Gio was scratched yesterday, and that meant the Nats also started a bunch of backups.  How is this fair for H2H leagues?  It’s not; sorry, your argument is invalid.

Ryan Zimmerman – Played five innings in a simulated game.  Said he felt good, and he just needs to work on his throws while wearing water wings.

Steven Souza – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Souza should be playing with The Glen Perkins Band.

Evan Gattis – Diagnosed with as kidney stone.  This is after being sidelined for over a week with what the Braves were calling strep throat.  Not sure how one confuses a strep throat with a kidney stone.  Only thing I can think is Gattis still smells from his days off-grid, so the doctors diagnosed him from ten feet away like Bette Midler with Nick Nolte in Down and Out in Beverly Hills.  New reference!

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 2.78.  It was 1-0 with Wood losing thru five innings and I was beginning to think second verse, same as the first, then the Braves had an outpouring of a whole three runs and gave my Wood some runs!  Which doesn’t sound weird at all!  We’re at the point where I’m looking at every starter’s next matchup on the Stream-o-Nator to see if I should hold a pitcher or drop them.  Everyone is droppable now.  With that said, Wood’s next matchup is nice.

Andrelton Simmons – Left yesterday’s game with an ankle injury.  He’ll never understand why you earthlings have ankles.  Cankles are so much more reliable!

Jason Heyward – Left yesterday’s must-win game early with a sore thumb.  So, my question is if the Braves offered him $120 million contract, would his thumb be in good enough shape to sign it?  Well, would it?

Madison Bumgarner – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.91.  He deserved better than a no decision, and I deserve fame and fortune.  Boo-freakin-hoo!  Grow up, Bumgarner!

Brandon Crawford – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Damn, it burns me up when a guy I’ve been watching, meaning to call a hot schmotato because he’s been hot, goes off in a big way.  Burns me up!  Oh, well, there’s still time (maybe).  I’d grab Crawford if he’s available, he’s been hitting for about a week straight now.

Andrew Chafin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Best thing about Chafin dishing?  He keeps hitters hot.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-5 and A.J. Pollock (2-for-5, 1 run).  Got some hits, yadda3.  I have now owned them for a few days waiting for them to go to Coors.  Today is the day, snitches!

Michael Wacha – Will return this Saturday.  Probably will only go three to four innings.  Or quicker than you can say, “A cockscomb is a what?”

Adam Wainwright – 9 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.45, record to 19-9.  I liked Wainwright better when his arm was Doing the Bernie.

Mike Fiers – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  How dare you not appear emotional frazzled from the Gallagher’ing you put on Giancarlo’s melon!  Doeth thoust nay shame?  Doeth thou shoelaces tieth on their owneth?  How long should doeth continue?  Since thou Prince was on Appolonia, since thou O.J. had Isoton’rs?

Carlos Beltran – Left the club to tend to a family issue.  I’m not going to speculate what the issue might be, but if it’s a really long game of Monopoly between his wife and kids that won’t end without Dad making a ruling, I can understand it.

Brandon McCarthy – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Alex Cobb (6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks).  According to recently declassified documents, this isn’t the first time McCarthy has faced a Cobb.  McCarthy is getting rave reviews for his next start on the Stream-o-Nator, but I don’t trust him at all.  It could come down to whether or not the O’s are resting their regulars.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  I like when you play needy for my attention.  Let’s see ten more days of that, merci beaucoup.

Lorenzo Cain – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Takes some brass ones to start a guy against Sale, or it takes not realizing Sale is pitching.  Let’s assume it was the first in my case!

Norichika Aoki – 3-for-4, 1 run.  He’s on some kind of insane tear.  The hottest schmotato in all the land?  Steve Pearce.  Runner up?  Hmm, maybe Leonys Martin.  But third– THIRD! — is Aoki.

Yordano Ventura – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start, and, potatoes to chips, you gotta decide if you want to start him there now, or drop him for someone else.  He could have another start after that or the Royals could clinch and he might be held for the playoffs, so how’s it gonna be, wish you would step back from the ledge my friend, it’s 3 AM I must be lonely– Sorry, my brain went to 90’s on 9.

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, also off Sale.  Okay, Sale had a bad day.  As a half-Jew, it’s hard to believe there’s ever a bad day for a Sale.

Chris Sale – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.20.  Whenever he has a poor game, I just assume he didn’t feel like letting Robin Ventura push him to 125 pitches.  A man’s gotta take matters into his own hands sometimes.  Literally.

Glen Perkins – Could not have gone yesterday due to his neck.  Glen Perkins and The Glen Perkins Band will cede to Jared Burton for saves until he’s feeling better.  Glen Perkins said, “I’m leaving everything in my band’s hands.  Hey now, that rhymes.  I’m a hepcat.”

Danny Santana – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th steal, 3rd in as many games.  Owning Dannys Antana is like wearing track pants with no gotchies.  It’s so freeing.

Joe Mauer – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  He’s playing well for a fantasy team that was abandoned three months ago just to spite you.

Miguel Cabrera – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, as Miggy told J.D. Martinez (2-for-4, 1 RBI) to eat his shorts and J.D. said, “They taste like Rumple Minze.”

David Price – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  David Price gets you to the H2H playoffs, and David Price takes your small, modest dream, puts it into an airplane toilet, which causes massive blockage on your 12-hour trip, so you have to don one of your kid’s diapers.

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA down to 3.45.  You know shizz has gone pear-shaped when you look at a lineup and you’re like, “How are they supposed to score multiple runs?”  That’s what I thought when I looked at the Red Sox’s lineup yesterday.

Ike Davis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  I know, a lot of people are going to disagree, but Davis was the piece that really helped the Pirates believe they were good enough to win.  On the day they got Davis, they had him stand on a sample of McCutchen’s stool, gathered the team around and repeatedly screamed, “We are not this bad!”

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-5 and his 7th homer.  I haven’t forgotten about you for next year.  We will be thick as thieves as the Pirates intended it.

Neil Walker – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  You know if I like him next year he’ll go back to his 14-homer yawnstipating option.  You know that, right?

Rusney Castillo – 1-for-4.  I already went over my Rusney Castillo fantasy.  I wrote it while singing Josh Rouse.

Yorman Rodriguez – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Ah, I know that trick, Reds, you’re starting your backups to try to confuse the legion of fans that are just now waking from a three-month coma.  Comatose Reds Fan, “Hey, we must’ve just clinched!”  McCarthy was right, Reds are sneaky!  Yorman looks like he has the makings of a Bowden Fluffer.  Some speed, some power, some amorphous tools that baseball people talk about.  In NL-Only leagues, he’s worth a grab and see.  Elsewhere, meh.

Kyle Hendricks – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator was insane in the area where its brain would be for this start, so I streamed him.  Then dropped him, after looking at his next start.

Giancarlo Stanton – Won’t play again this year.  That’s good news, no reason for him to go out there with a Phantom of the Opera mask.  Give me and him a full five months to apply cocoa butter to each other’s bits.

Donovan Solano – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Two days in a row talking about Solano can only mean one thing, he’s hot.  Fun fact!  Donovan didn’t want to tack a Junior onto his son’s name, so he named him, Minivan.

Henderson Alvarez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.82.  My iPhone’s predictive text suggests, ‘Henderson’s a Quality Start machine,’ ‘For realies,’ and ‘Talk later?’

Dillon Gee – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Gee, it’s the Marlins.  Gee, you suck.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks in Petco.  As Grey pointedly looked at A.J. Burnett.

Domonic Brown – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Sure, he was awful all year, but I’d pick him up since he’s been hitting the last few days.  That’s assuming you’re not in a league with Tehol where Domonic is locked into his death grip.

Ben Revere – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 46th steal.  I almost accidentally wrote 46th homer.  Then I laughed, then I napped and here I am!

Carlos Carrasco – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, (2 Hits), 12 Ks.  The Indians, who also turned around Cliff Lee’s career don’t get enough credit, or maybe they do and I just don’t read Indian fan non-fiction.  Is Carrasco in the same boat as Kluber for next year?  No, but the only thing stopping him is the track record.  If what he is doing right now can be trusted to continue next year, he’s as good as any top 20 pitcher.  Since he’s coming on the scene late, he’ll be in the pile of upside starters floating in the top 40 next year.  Like the Sonny Grays of the world coming into this year.

Roenis Elias – Likely done for the year.  That means Taijuan Walker could be moved into the rotation.  “Told you he’d get in the rotation.”  Oh, shut up, March Grey.

James Paxton – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA up to 2.06.  C’est la poo.  Stream-o-Nator hates his next start, but I can go either way on it, since I do love Paxton’s talent and, at that point, the Mariners might be playing for a playoff spot (one can hope!) and the Jays could be eliminated.

C.J. Wilson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Dis sunsabeech, swears to the heavens, peaches like straight garbage when I stream him and peaches lights out when I don’t own him.  Hmm, mixed results with English to Mafia Translator.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  But, and it’s a Gilbert Grape’s Mom-sized but, he doesn’t start every day.

Jeff Samardzija – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA on the A’s down to 3.13, and 2.98 overall.  Samardzija’s an interesting ranking for next year.  I feel like the heat has come off of him since he stopped striking out and walking everyone while actually pitching better.  Yup, makes no sensezija.

Sean Doolittle – 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  I will no reenact someone who owned Doolittle that went to sleep before the A’s game finished.  “I feel splendid!  Hey, I make bed head look good.  Maybe I’ll check out how my fantasy team did last night prior to jumping in the shower.”  *checking team*  “Hmm, maybe I’ll bring a toaster oven into the shower with me.”  So, your team now looks like a toilet from Slumdog Millionaire.  This was the first run Doolittle had allowed since July 6th, so I wouldn’t say he’s out of the job that quickly, unless he’s hurt still, which, after last night, could be the case.  I know he’s at least hurt a lot of feelings.

Drew Stubbs – Didn’t start as the Rockies scored 32 runs.  Holy sit!

Jorge De La Rosa – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Rockies jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter, with three turnovers and a bad snap to the punter, and Jorge cruised into the W for the free room on the Ivictory Coast.

Charlie Blackmon – 5-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  One of the best waiver wire additions you could’ve made all year.  Definitely the best waiver wire addition that shares a name with C. Thomas Howell’s character from Soul Man.

Justin Morneau – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 6 RBIs and his 16th homer.  If he didn’t call Coors home, he’d have ten homers on the year.  Wrap your noodle around that, fluffy.  You’re fluffy.  It’s my pet name for you.  Don’t make me explain it.

Rafael Ynoa – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, as he fills in for Arenado who’s dealing with The Phlegm Monster.  Ynoa’s minor league stats don’t cry out, “I love you, man!” or really much of anything besides 25-steal speed.  If you’re crazy desperate in a deep league, I could see giving him a whirl since he’s in Coors and all of their hitters give me beer goggles.

Hanley Ramirez – Didn’t start again.  I look forward to Fox talking in the playoffs about what a superstar Hanley is.  You know, so people draft him high again next year.

Carlos Frias – 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Makes sense now how his name ended up in the Spanish idiom, “Frias como mi huevos en Febrero,” which translates to ‘Cold as my balls in February.”

Darwin Barney – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer.  It took Barney 11 minutes to waddle around the bases and it took him another 20 minutes to clear the field of all the pre-kindergartners.

  1. The Theory says:
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    Man, Carassco kind of came out of nowhere on me. Streamed him once, then dropped him like I do with any streamer, then someone else grabbed him and now I’m just left reading about how awesome he is here after every start.

    C’est la vie.

    Assuming position is irrelevant, Aramis Ramirez or Jacoby Ellsbury ROS?
    (Prob. a dumb question, but I’ve never owned Ellsbury before and all of a sudden I see him sitting on the wire, and I’m now all suspicious-like.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Theory: Yeah, shizz happens… Ellsbury

  2. Abdoozy says:
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    When Doolittle wound up on waivers last week I grabbed him, and dropped Rodney, because I was sick of all the drama. Tired of seeing FRod with a 4.5 era and 2+ WHIP.. Hell with that, I thought. Doolittle is a no brainer upgrade.

    Yeah, I’m a farking genius at this…

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Abdoozy: Made the same move myself and thought this could not be possible before finals week. That said, the week is not over yet. Bon courage, man!

      Cheers,
      Ante

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice stuff, man! As a proud Doolittle owner in 2 leagues, am grateful you advised me to sit him this week over Chapman and Jansen – even if both have put up a collective zero this week – in that other league where I didn’t have gr8 options I’m still alive. As my poker friends are apt to say, ‘What can you do when you live in a shoe?’, in reference to the Mother Goose poem ‘There was an old lady who lived in a shoe.’

    I thought the title today would be (please indulge me this one moment of happiness, JeF):

    To get good Wood, Pearce it with hot Carrasco sauce (I hope Sky approves).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha i like it….just have to be careful, to much Carrasco sauce can cause Fire Tail.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Grey: Ha, ill save it for next year

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You better! (Save what?)

            • jef with 1 f says:
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              @Grey: Fire Tail!! its found a home in Carrasco sauce, need to make sure hes real though before i bestow that name upon him.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ah, yes… Fire tail! That is a good one, but he must earn a nickname like Duda… Hey, whatever happened to Duda?

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: I dont want to talk about it,

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    It’s best if you get it out

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @Grey: im starting a petition to outlaw lefty pitchers in baseball on his behalf

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ll sign it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, nice! Sky approves, I’m sure of it

    • Sky

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  4. Michael Durkee says:
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    Is Lagares out for the season? I dropped him and replaced him with Flores. Also…what is wrong with Wong….I just picked up Xander Bogaerts. Ok to drop Wong?

  5. Matt says:
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    Does Ortiz return to the lineup today?

    • mike durkee says:
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      @Matt: Ive read probably not till the weekend series. I hope soon, I need some HRs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Not sure

  6. papasmurf says:
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    Picked up Pearce after I lost Stanton. Big G’s spirit must have teleported into Pearce’s skull. He’s just not missing the hittable pitches now.

    Decided to play safe with ERA/WHIP and sat Fiers. Shoulda done that with Price instead. Wonder how much the inferior DET D (compared to TB) has hurt him.

    Shark really helped me out though, but then Little Doo pooped all over it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I can’t imagine Price’s game was all D problems, but I didn’t see it… Yeah, cost me a Shark win I could’ve used

      • papasmurf says:
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        He has been uncharacteristically giving up a lot of hits lately after that strong run.

        In regards to the DET D, Smyly and Porcello were able to get it done with the same D so it cannot be their fault. I was just wondering since TB’s D is stronger and theoretically can prevent more hits.

        Ironically, Price is my least reliable SP now… (punted Sonny Gray)

        Saw in another forum that Shark has allowed 0 ERs in 7 outings and has 0 wins. (I haven’t checked to verify whether that is true, but it is close.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s crazy on Shark, the A’s suck right now, they’re being no-hit by Nick Martinez…NICK MARTINEZ!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Well, I jinxed Nick, but it’s still bad

  7. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Panda Bears eat up to 16 hours a day.
    That explains a lot.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: umm ive heard via some stupid commercial that they sleep 16-20 hours a day, how are they eating that whole time? Perhaps you meant sleep…

      • Militant Vegans says:
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        @nick the dick: i think it’s koalas that sleep that much

    • nick the dick says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: take into account i dont know shit and get all my info from phone commercials, maybe youre right and im just some asshole

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @nick the dick: Im always right nick…stay away from the inphonemercials Ha ha

        • nick the dick says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: what a coincidink, i’m always wrong! Portmanteau points for ya.

    • kisses says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Fact: Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace and now it is The Pandas Friend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Yeah, but they just chew one piece of bamboo for those 16 hours… Very Atkins friendly…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: There is a panda in san fran that does more then just chew…he swallows

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rawr!

  8. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the advice throughout the season.
    I’m in the championship week of my league, but its looking grim.

    Anyways I have one more move to use on a pitcher.

    Who do you like out of:
    Gausman vs BOS
    Colome vs CWS
    Pomeranz vs PHI
    Simon @ STL
    Vogelsong @ SD

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: No problem…. What does SON say? Vogelsong

  9. mike durkee says:
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    Hello again. Im looking at adding either Crawford or Aoki, dropping Blanco.

    And thank you for all your expert advice. I can clearly say that im up 7-3 in my Championship series as a result of reading everything you guys post.

  10. Jobu Needs a Refill says:
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    I feel ya Grey…in the championship round looking great with a pristine ERA/WHIP due to DeGrom, Wood, Liriano, McHugh outings only to have Doolittle drop a deuce on my week.

    By the way…thanks for the advice in your columns this year. Half the league is wondering how I’m winning with all these non-household names!

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    Wow Doolittle is an asshole, I’m that guy that found out this morning. He gave up more runs than my 4 SP so far this week – Cobb, Arrieta, Odorizzi, Fiers COMBINED. Should I drop him? Feels like I don’t want to see him on my team ever again if he’s capable of doing that.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Fungazi: Ditto, Fungazi! I actually woke up when he started the 9th but only 5 minutes before I have to work (I’m working in Lebanon EST+7 hrs)! CBS was super slow with the action so I relied on the chat room a la “JD nailed Odor at 3B, they are going to review it. For sure he slid past the bag at 3B.” I left after that thinking that MAYBE they could vulture the win for him now that Andrus had scored. When I got to the office 10 minutes later…well you know the rest.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ante GALIC: one of the worst calls of the year, it’s as if they’re replay didn’t have the same freeze frame those of us watching it saw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Depends who you’re dropping him for and if you need saves

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: I have Allen, Melancon, Storen, and Davis (was getting some saves, not sure if he’s still closing?). Would drop him for a Sunday streamer and maybe bench him until then if he’s hurt or something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop him for a streamer, Davis looks droppable too, still don’t know if you need saves, just that you have closers

  12. Joe says:
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    Streamonator has Ervin going on Sunday against the Mets. Yahoo/Rotoworld have him as Monday against WAS, and mlb says Sunday and Monday’s starters are TBA. Should I hold on to Ervin and hope he goes Sunday or drop him to stream Hughes tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Stream Hughes

  13. Fireball Feliz says:
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    You could, cut ties, with all the K’s, you’ve been hurlin. And if you do not want to start Ventura again, I would under-staaaaann-eaaaann-aaaaand

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    Grey, many thanks for the great advice on Carrasco! now i have 2 questions.

    1: drop Heyword for Aoki or hold?
    2: start Gray vs Tex?

    10team h2h 5×5

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: 1. Sure 2. Yup

  15. crafty35a says:
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    Anyone know what the deal is with Khris Davis? After returning to the lineup, he’s been out again for two straight days and I’m not seeing any news to say he’s still hurt… wondering if it’s time to pull the plug and pick someone up who I can count on actually playing.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @crafty35a: I just dropped him for Pearce (surprised pearce was there) this time of year whatever it takes to win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crafty35a: I dropped him weeks ago

  16. Wilsonian says:
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    If we didn’t have QS, Ks, and Ks/9 as stats, I’d bench my rotation after last night – Liriano, Ventura, Wood, Carrasco. That was sweet. Now if only my offense can figure the F out how to play baseball again. Sheet.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: yeah it was. He still has a lot of starters to go this week, but my team ERA is under 2!! My offense has been anemic, though. Really wish I went with Pearce over Cuddyer. Although I have Pearce now, too. He’ll be starting the rest of the weekend as long as he’s in the lineup. Think I’m dumping Crawford for Aoki-Dokie, then leave myself with one whole move for the rest of the week. Have I said lately how much I hate limited transaction leagues?!?! Although I do think we’re cutting it out for next season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, I’d hate that too

  17. can't fight fate says:
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    Definion of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results
    “I became Insane with long periods of horrible sanity” Edgar Allan Poe

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    Jimmy says:
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    Ticker shock on the Oak game when I woke up this morning…having started samardzija I am glad to see it wasn’t his doing (as has sometimes been the case). But the guy can’t catch a break…some stat on ESPN says that between Cubs and Oak it’s the first time an SP has had 5 starts where he allowed no runs and had the team go on to lose those games, 0 and 5. crazy.

    • papasmurf says:
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      @Jimmy: @Jimmy: The poor guy should be at least 12-6 not 6-12. As soon as he ended up on OAK, that team sucked. He’d actually be better off if he stayed with the Cubs!

      I somehow always end up with these types of players on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy: Ha, yup!

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    first one team’s doctors need an extra whole day to diagnose the difference between a chest bruise and a fairly serious lung infection and now it takes around 10 days to find the difference between strep throat and kidney stones? (I just realized it’s possible that these 2 players could actually have 2 conditions each, and just refuse to go to the doctor’s right away when they are told to). but I think these teams are using doctor nick here. “the knee bone is connected to the something.” indeed.

  20. Andrew's Favorite Name says:
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    So are last year’s Chris Davis and this year’s Nelson Cruz not enough probable cause for another breakout Oriole?

  21. Pewter Gray Clouds says:
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    Looking at picking up a pitcher for the weekend…

    Gausman vs Bos
    Pomaranz vs Phi
    Kennedy vs SF

    Also, we liking aoki over cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pewter Gray Clouds: Cain’s been fine… What does SON say on the SPs? Gausman

  22. Sniff Test says:
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    What is Alex Woods outlook for next year ranking wise? I’m in a keeper league where I probably won’t keep him and need an extra bat for a short day.

  23. Phil of the Future says:
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    Morning Grey!
    Man, not much going on by way of offense last night. Unless you had the rockies. My team was quiet as a church mouse, save my hero Danny Santana. Dude is in my heart forever.

    It’s times like these I thank the FBO that my opponent’s team doesn’t have Steve Pearce, Carrasco, or any Rockies.

    By the way I told my dog last night that he has a new uncle and showed him your site. He just looked at me funny and asked if we could go in the car. He loooooves car rides.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Phil!!! Yes, it’s always a crapshoot as to what parts of which teams remains available for finals week. Like, so happy my opponent didn’t have either Carrasco or Waino on his team. Keep up the positive vibe, man! Good karma shall surely follow!

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Ante GALIC: Sounds good to me, Ante. Let’s get it done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: FBO was good to you, did you let him lick the screen, dog not FBO… That sometimes does it

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: That’s a great idea, didn’t occur to me. Will try tonight. I’ll rub a little bacon grease on there to get a positive association going.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… nice!

  24. john says:
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    WHO YOU WOULDNT BOTHER STARTING….Doh doh doh doolittle.
    Want wins but solid era whip just as important.
    Gausman v BOS 4.0
    House @MIN 6.2
    Pomeranz v PHI
    Volquez v MIL 4.4
    Matzek v ARI – been pitching good hes -5
    Rasmus I think im streaming him no matter what, he is on track to pitch 5 plus this time out
    M Gonzalez v BOS 0
    Kennedy v SF 15 funny dont love this but
    Morton v MIL 9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @john: Matzek, Rasmus

      • john says:
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        @Grey: How you feeling about Walker tomo vs HOU. Championship move or Mistake?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mistake

          • john says:
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            @Grey: Last though….House been very solid but does MIN Off scare ya a bit. They have been hitting very well.

  25. Birdmann says:
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    don’t have a Batty call today ran out of animals to sacrifice. J-Morn was great yesterday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdmann: Ha… I’m going McKenry

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: i think a children’s doll would suffice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Comparing our female writer to that?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: as sacrificial tribute to the fantasy gods. Tehol can elaborate on their rules

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have a feeling it’s gonna involve banana hammocks

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: thats a given. All step one’s involve putting on your banana hammock. I wonder if the fantasy God’s all hang in a male strip club?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Spearmint Rhino

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Banana Bing?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, better!

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: I’ll try it out I can throw some rocks at the squirrels in my backyard, maybe it will work as well.

  26. whampwhamp says:
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    @ gray what do you think about Erlin streamer vs phils @ petco ?

    • sniff test says:
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      @whampwhamp: I am looking for as many philly bats to stream as i can…if that tells you what i think.

  27. Amicrazy says:
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    Grey,

    Any Sleepers for next year us dynasty folks can target right now?

    I got rizzo early on your recommendation last year!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: nice, keep the secret of sch…..ahhh you almost made me say it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t do it!

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Where would you rank Danny Santana among SS next year?

  29. Tony Mags says:
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    Safe to start Sonny Gray at home against Texas and Shelby Miller at home against the Brewers? I don’t trust either too much…especially during my championship week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony Mags: I’d start Gray and MIller

  30. Jason says:
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    Which under performing bat should i bet on for the next couple of days.

    Need an offensive spark so tfishing for counting stats any where. It’s like they’ve all disappeared…

    Crisp
    Aaron Hill
    Chris Owings
    Ender Inciarte

  31. sniff test says:
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    Dolotta damage to my ERA and WHIP. Bastich.

  32. John E. Depth says:
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    Welp, 550 banana skins on the line this week in H2H and then I streamed Anus Juice Burnett, Drew Hurtyouson, Clay Butthole, and then David Price Double Penetrated my ratios. Now I wake this morning to find usually reliable Doolittle dropped a turd on what’s left of my ratios, not to mention costing a save.

    There is hope I guess…Like you Grey, I have been preparing for Arizona coming to Coors since last week. I grabbed Pollock and Owings of waivers. Noticed Drew Stubbs gets to face a couple of crappy lefties, so I snagged him too. Already own Dickerson so I will be well repped at Coors this weekend. Good luck.

  33. Swfcdan says:
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    Whens the razzball ‘pert MVP voting gonna start (if there actually ever was one, maybe it was just a strange dream…)? My votes for Mike this year, guy’s a utility player that every team needs, filling in on this blog, writing his own, and now doing the prospect blogs since the new guy’s gone awol. The swiss army knife of fantasy baseball!

    *there probably never was any awards and it’s all made up in my mind*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Ha, yeah, Mike really stepped up to help this year…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: MVP=Most valuable ‘pert! I knew this idea existed outside of my mind, no way could I have made that up surely…lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: You’re 2nd this year man, a rare non-winning year for the razzball stud!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy’s having an insane year, gotta hand it to him… He’s top ten overall for all of the RCL…

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Grey: Ha I meant in the MVP awards but anyway yeah I getcha, Ruuds the dood this year. Wish we’d hear more from him in blogs again.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He does a lot that you don’t readily see… All the machines are him… That’s daily management…

                  • @Grey: yup, and busy cooking up new stuff like the weekly pitcher planner and weekly hitter planner!

                    • Swfcdan says:
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                      @Rudy Gamble: Good stuff man, the unsung hero as we’d say here in the UK!

                    • also known as the ‘Ridgeley’

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Rudy Gamble: @Grey: And busy whoopin yo Ass Grey….sorry i have this anger in me ever since you and Phil went public

  34. kisses says:
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    When I get a fortune cookie, I like to exchange the “in bed” ending for “not in this economy.”

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: This is one of the funniest things I have ever heard regarding a fortune cookie. This dude has a bunch of them so some of you may be familiar with this…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

  35. PulaPrev says:
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    Need a 2B to ‘replace Prado’/’platoon with franklin’ for the last week(hopefully championship) best available options are gennett, rosales and flaherty. which do you recommend? (16 team keeper leage)

  36. Corey says:
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    My unstoppable 2nd place team was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the napping 7th place team and now there is a banner ad for tampons at the top of Razzball. This world just doesn’t make sense to me anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: Our four female readers need hygiene too…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: And your new female writer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She good? I don’t know football, hard to tell…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: she has skills. Will be able to handle the weirdos in comments too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool, that’s good

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: in the off-season you can poke your head. That’s not a pun

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yea shes good..i thought maybe you had the cougs doing some work, she reminds me a little of a female you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds like I might’ve found a good mistress!

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: She opened up her first write up talking about how she has amazing breasts…i didnt read the rest but yea shes good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, that’s universal, I could read that… Hope she has a mustache too!

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Some of us call it a treasure trail, but if you want to call it a mustache by all means.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, yes, the Hairway to Heaven

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: mmmm

  37. The JoGarza says:
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    Are you passing on Taijuan vs. Astros tomorrow or giving him a spin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the situation… Personally, I’m not

      • Hot Rod

        Jimmy says:
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        @Grey: will be interesting to see how he does. Walker’s last time out 6/30 vs HOU he actually did okay, the only ER were from two home runs (one with a guy on), and one homer was from Springer who obviously will not be a part of the story this time around

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s thrown 3 innings in two weeks… He might only go 4-5 IP, not worth it

          • Hot Rod

            Jimmy says:
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            @Grey: agreed. worst part is that it means now McHugh faces Iwakuma instead of Elias or ____. Though Iwakuma has some bad numbers vs Hou hitters so maybe mchugh is still a safe start! Wishing I’d listened to the glowing SON numbers and grabbed carrasco for yesterday…dang!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya… Iwakuma’s struggled recently though

  38. Jason says:
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    you like Roark or Marco gonzales for a spot start tomorrow?

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: not roark, sorry…hughes.

      Hughes or Marco?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hughes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

  39. Frank Lopez says:
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    Are you not a bit worried that your sexist analogy is going to result in your pissing off your female readers? Both of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The ladies love me!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Apparently I have a feminine brain. I confirm 100% that I am a man, will send a sperm sample or a what’s app pick of my junk if necessary. Check it out…

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sex/add_user.shtml

        At the end of the sociological study, they give you the meaning of your responses. It made my wife’s blood boil.

        You have a feminine brain. If you’re a man, don’t fret. It just means that you are more empathetic and less organized than your masculine-brain counterpart.

        Cougs was angry with the ‘less organized’ part.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t even need to take it, I definitely have a female brain… I lay in bed some days just touching my breasts…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: that cute little convertible is a dead giveaway

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I like to feel the wind thru my hair!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: those locks need to live…im good with color when it comes to clothes and painting. Don’t tell anyone

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You sound like a mental patient… But one of the really good ones that can paint and style clothes…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve thrown a water cooler or two out a window and sold some water colors at a street fair….when they let me out.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      As long as it’s within a few letters of water cooler…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: LL Cool Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In the backseat of my jeep

  40. catalinawinemixer says:
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    Looks like my Pearce and Carrasco pickups this week are going to push me to the finals!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  41. Clubber Lane says:
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    Greystroke- Your Best line this year was: ‘A normal off season for a baseball player is to drink beer and go fishing, For a football player it’s lift weights and kill someone’. Maybe it should have been spank someone.
    Hey could you please do a two start pitcher piece for the last week?
    Thank you, Clubber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! 2 start pitchers comes out on Saturday, Ralph does a good job

      • Clubber Lane says:
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        @Grey: You guys all do a great job. I am in a dogfight for first in a running total league after losing 5 out of my top 6 picks! Tulo Tanaka Stanton I replaced with Baez Shoemaker and Soler. Abreu and Cruz helped me and I am knocking at the door Greystroke! Thank you. And sorry for not giving out your website to my league…Why would I do that when I want to beat them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem… Good luck!

  42. HighHeat17 says:
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    Looking like I might make it to the finals next week…I have Soler but he seems to have cooled off a little. Thinking of Pearce, Ozuna or Aoki. your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  43. mraccoe says:
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    Have Wada vs LAD today ($4.6), something tells me I should bench him with ratios being tight in the playoffs, would you start him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench

  44. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey,

    New Lil Dicky joint, “Lemme Freak”, good song, absolutely hilarious video.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sweet, will watch in a few…

  45. Wake Up says:
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    Just went down to make some fruit loops…Steve Pearce is in my Fn kitchen making Fn Skyline chili with my Fn pet bunny!

    Quick someone tongue-dial CZJ’s vijay!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, but you don’t have a rotary phone, do you?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: the gift that keeps on giving. I miss this stuff *grabs tissue*

  46. Teddy Heater says:
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    17-0 half way through the first quarter, CLASSIC, that shiz was Hilarious! I had DJ playing for Arenado and dude went 0-4 with a Run and I’m facing “Bizzaro World’s Blackmon” who went 5/5 & 4/1/2, Dude that was so April AHHHHHHHH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHAHA… So bad, yet so wonderful

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: I might rock that as my Avatar for a minute! Need something to wake up my offense 4/37 yesterday, thankfully pitching has been on lock.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Do it!

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Jef should trademark that!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Best avatar ever… Yeah, I owe One F a nickel

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Thanks for the laughs today, I got a speeding ticket coming into work on my motorcycle, by a Freakin motorcycle cop, that’s never happened in 10 years of riding.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s crazy, did you feel like you were in a Tom Cruise movie getting chased?

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @Teddy Heater: Im working on it..Ben Stiller is being a bitch about it, like he doesn’t have enough money.

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: You’re not asking for the whole phrase, you just want 4 letters of it! Spin it that way see what he comes back with

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: It will cost you more then a nickle my friend

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn

  47. Swfcdan says:
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    Is Anthony Rendon the 2nd best 2B option next year? And what about 3B.

    Lost season for me in my keeper, but man didn’t expect he was gonna be this good already when I got him at the start of the year. Look forward to locking him up for 3 more years for a measly $8 per year….booyah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, yeah, he’s in the top 3 prolly

  48. Philbo Baggins says:
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    Drop Kennys Vargas for the Pearce? Keeper league rules say I can’t keep Vargas next year since I didn’t draft him no issues there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  49. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Howdy Grey,

    Splendid write up as always. Third Eye Blind’s self-titled album is one of my favorite pop CD’s of all time, you have to love their ability to make incredibly depressing songs sound like puppies and rainbows. But then you had to go all Rob Thomas on me *shakes fist, cries a little inside because that’s the celebrity people says he looks the most like*.

    I love the aggressive optimism that Hitter-Tron has for Ynoa, so I’m rolling with him every time he starts in Coors. It’s probably because his name sounds like the latest Hyundai car to hit the market, but for now I’m in.

    Are you rolling out Salazar against the ‘Stros today? Looking for a spot start and the best available options are probably him, Shelby Miller vs MIL, or Kyle Kendrick @ SD.

    Cheers over the internet friend,
    Brew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Thanks! I’d go with Salazar if I needed Ks, otherwise I’d go with Miller…

  50. October Glory says:
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    Hey Greg,

    ESPN just released their 2015 top 250 keeper rankings for infiniteeeeee and beyoooooooooond.

    Anyway Razzball can release their more accurate / best in the business / non-illiterate ESPN version before February? That’s like a whole 5-6 months away… pretty pretty please??

    P.S. Yes, they really have Ellsbury ranked #24th…. see what I mean? ? http://espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/story/_/page/ranksupdate140917/top-250-fantasy-baseball-keeper-rankings-2015-beyond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mike will be doing some keeper rankings in October…

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Sweet!

  51. SteveNZ says:
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    Leave tonight #hereicomesnitches

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw sookie!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Mind you, I don’t actually *arrive* until about this time tomorrow so was maybe a little premature with the announcement.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you here yet?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: This time tomorrow. Keep an eye on the usual media outlets for updates.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m preparing the sign, and going to stand at the airport…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Ha. You should stand next to the hotel shuttle guy who will have the same sign.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re one in the same!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Hey! This isn’t the way to Anaheim!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We’ll get there soon enough… Muahahahahhahahaha

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: do you still need to borrow my windowless van?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Extra black tint? Yes, please

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: yup and “security” cage

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Perfect!

  52. Teddy Heater says:
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    NOOOOOOOO Sonny NOOOOOOO, not against the RAAAngers……………

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Teddy Heater: sonny can eat a fat one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Smolinski, Telias, Rua, Lardinas, Rosales Who are Deezz effin guys?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your 2014 Texas Rangers!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Teddy Heater: triple A’ers.

  53. nick the dick says:
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    Kuechel vs sea, marco vs cin, gausman vs bos or pom vs phi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That order is how I’d start them

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: spot on with the random order, awesome

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

          • Sam "CrimeDogs" says:
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            @Grey: anybody want to confirm what date Keuchel is actually going…Friday or Saturday. Seeing to much conflicting information.

            Just want to know when I can set my alarm to drop him and pick up J. Odorozzi for his 2 starts next week.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No idea, sorry

  54. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m done for the year. Injuries done did me in. And I know it’s kind of silly to think about this early but kind of as a preliminary selection and something for me to kick around over the winter, what five would you keep for next season?

    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    Rizzo, CarGo, Braun, Longoria, Arenado, Bryant, Myers, Springer, Kershaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Braun, Arenado, Kershaw, CarGo

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Would you keep Soler over Cargo, in a league where Cargo is a round 1 keeper and Soler is a round 24?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep Soler, yes

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Steve: i’m thinking it would be a close call if they both were drafted in the same round.

  55. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Really Sonny??? Really?…Your Fired!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For serious

  56. Jason says:
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    This call could make my weekend a championship weekend! 5th starter….Hutchison vs. NYY or Haren vs. Cubs? Thanks for a great season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hutchison

  57. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Of all the teams to put the final nail in my season’s coffin, the RAAngers (they aren’t even a AAA quality lineup at this point) and the Royals against Chris Sale.

    Really? Fucking seriously? I don’t even want to do this anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  58. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Starting the preliminary research on pitcher ranks by month thanks to Rudy’s data. Fun facts:

    Kyle Hendricks was a better fantasy pitcher to own in the month of August than Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, and Felix Hernandez.

    Wins mean so much in terms of fantasy value, Pat Neshek, Dominic Leone and Wade Davis gave better fantasy value in the month of August than those 4 as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks could’ve been owned, but MRs who give wins are flukes, can’t plan for that… Unless that’s what you meant, then mea culpas are culpa’ed

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: Just the stats, man. Nothing more than that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But the stats are a function of who could you have plausibly owned

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I’m simply giving stats on the players invovled to show the variance of fantasy pitching. You can’t plan for MR wins but you can pick up a guy like Neshek whom you know is in high leverage situations, in particular tie ball games in the 8th.

            In the end, was just perusing the stats and throwing them out there. It wasn’t analysis, just stats. It also proves my point: month to month, your pitching doesn’t need to be anchored by a stud pitcher that you had to draft in the first 5 rounds.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, we agree there… I was just saying it’s not fair in hindsight to say you should’ve owned Dominic Leone, no one would’ve seen that coming… Davis and Neshek were plenty ownable if you had room, definitely…

              • Sky

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                Well yeah…that’s why I didn’t say that (winky face emoticon). It’s just fun looking back at the stats to see the value variance of these arms. Obviously, people who owned Kershaw had some great stability this year but because wins are such a fickle stat, it really swings the value of guys from month to month. Whether that’s fair or not, is TBD. Might talk w/Rudy to see if I can get the same formula excluding wins and how simple that would be. Might be a better valuation tactic in terms of ‘true’ value of a pitcher.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, totally… Have to ask Rudy, but doesn’t seem like it would be that hard…Stability is a good thing to look at because Arrieta was great, but you didn’t feel stable with him until maybe a month in… Same with a McHugh vs. a Cobb… ERAs are similar but one guy you feel stable with…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    That’s a good way to look at it. It’s also why a lot of people fail. I could’ve/should’ve moved on from my bad starters at the beginning of the year but their stats from the past kept me around. But I did find a way to own/pick up guys like Arrieta/McHugh/Carrasco/etc in a lot of leagues and slowly moved on from the bad arms. I also did my best to actually catch a start of those guys to see what it was they were doing different/well or to see if they were just getting extremely lucky. But in the end, Grey, we’ve reached the nexus here: PAGNOF!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! That would be interesting… Some way to measure stability and what it means to your pitching staff… How much trust do you give guys and how long do you hold? It’s hard to figure, but that’s the real trick…. With hitters too… But a few weeks of a .210 average is easier than a few weeks of a 5.00 ERA…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Exactly and in a game like ours – i.e. RCL which aren’t that deep – it’s much easier to not get that emotionally attached to the 5.00 ERA but dependent on name and age. I wasn’t a Verlander guy so he didn’t land on any of my rosters based on his price but I would’ve dropped him. I dropped Gallardo the year before when he struggled in the first month. Smartest move I made all year. Those fringe guys are the ones that are draft day avoidables. I think I won’t be drafting a pitcher prior to the 15th round next year, depending on who falls to me and if I like them, of course.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I have no problem reaching for a starter or two in the 7-12 rounds (give or take) because at a certain point, hitters aren’t that exciting either… Verlander is exactly the type of guy you get stuck with… If Rudy would’ve dropped him a month earlier, he could possibly have 12’s in every pitching category… It would depend on Verlander’s replacement though…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, like I said, it depends on the arm. Also, could just be the breeding grounds for my all in on closers approach rounds as well if the hitters don’t excite my naughty bits. I’m ready for my comeback now Grey!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well you dug yourself a nice hole! We might have to look at bringing in some fresh blood too… Don’t love people disappearing mid season…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I was there sucking the whole way! I just couldn’t keep up, either. Too many leagues. Only doing my keeper, yours and maybe one other. I’m gonna focus on DFS a lot more next year as well; fun and I’m getting it down pretty well.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How much have you won?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m sitting at $700 on the year. Do have some kick back monthly for people who signed up through me (that I asked to use the Razzball code but they didn’t, FWIW). I’d say I’m in the plus by about $500 on the year. I just need to get better about playing 50/50s and H2H. That’s where the steady money comes from. I play too many tourneys

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s awesome! Good for you! Probably a good time of year right now for it since lineups are so wonky

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s a perfect storm, actually. Lotta cheap players available in good spots, fresh arms mowing down tired lineups, splits for the season have been fleshed out really well, etc. The biggest part, that’s cool, though? Everyone and their mother is playing NFL DFS so the pools are smaller and less sharks in the water. Easier to win even with a so-so night.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, makes perfect sense, that’s why I like to stream in September compared to earlier in the year…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      For sure. I did too much streaming in a few leagues in May. Never again.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Here’s my lineup for today’s Razzball 10-teamer. Wish it showed salary. Salazar will be a big hinge on success or not. Picking the best pitchers and a lineup that supports it can be hard some nights. Felix the most expensive and gets that bad ‘every Angel starter is drunk’ lineup. Couldn’t leave him out. It’s 8 batty calls and 2 streams. More Razzballers gotta get in on this!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Crazy you were able to get that good of a lineup, seems like it should be illegal… I feel like the guy who wins at three card monte that is really plant… Seriously, though… What if Stubbs didn’t play, are there subs? Pardon the rhyme…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      haha, I have no idea what the three card monte reference is but…

                      Yeah, Stubbs is $4,200. Plenty of players I could sub in at or under that price. WOuld probably require a full on rearrange, though. The problem is, everyone will be in on COLvsAZ tonight because it’s most likely gonna be the highest scoring game. I through it in a quarter tourney but I know my other stacks are more likely to cash there. I won big last night stacking the Twins. Danny Santana was like 1.7% owned!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So, you can sub in any player at that price or lower as long as they haven’t started their game yet?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yup, you got it.

                      You should create an account. Play me for free and have a little fun trying it out. You batty call all day, you’d be a natural.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think my batty calls have sucked this year… Don’t remember any being great… I grabbed McKenry today, he’s not even playing… Oy…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Smolinski would’ve been a great batty call!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Greene would’ve been a nice stream too

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      fangraphs…team stats…last 7 days…been a majority of where I’ve got my ‘good/bad’ stream calls with the help of the stream-o-nator

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I like at at last 7 days for just about everything

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, and the 3 card monte reference means there’s one guy (the plant) that waits until there’s a sucker watching and the plant plays and wins then the sucker plays an loses…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ah, card lingo. I bought a poker book cuz I got no clue about any of this.

                      BTW, if you DO sign up…better use the Razzball gateway link!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m not signing up, I’m too OCD, I’ll end up mortgaging the house on Jake Smolinski!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hahahaha, just don’t get tilted and you’ll be fine!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      My whole life’s on tilt! (Though that’s because one leg is an inch longer.)

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That’s why you’re built like a Tri-Pod though (you can use that pick up line, if you must).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Who am I picking up, a camera?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      A photographer…duh!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, yeah, dur on me!

                    • And if you drafted F-Her or Sale instead of Ryan Frigin’ Zimmerman in the 4th round, you’d have been better off too :)

                      In two years, I’m 3-for-4 on picking aces (Lee/F-Her 2013, Wainwright/Verlander 2014). That’s better than my 1st round hitter success (1 for my last three with Votto in 2012 and Braun in 2013 missing significant time….sweet sweet Trout in 2014!)

                    • J-FOH

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                      @Sky: thats a lot in the Col game and what do you always say about the first game of a series in Colorado?

                      Also, I would think the Mariners are going to blow the doors off the Angels and that starter who should never be spoken of.

                    • Sky

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                      A lot of those guys haven’t been playing much at all this season. Trust me, that was a part of the evaluation.

                      I have a Mariners stack out there; have a Pirates one, too just in case. I’m just mad I didn’t start Green. Blue Jays have been sputtering.

                    • J-FOH

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                      @Sky: save your regrets til the 5th. It’s early. DFS is like a bra strap to a 12 year old or 39 in my case. People always wondered why I carried a knife when I dated but it was really just to handle those stupid straps.

                    • Sky

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                      Nah, the stats told me he was a safe go minus Lind. I didn’t listen. Regret is already here. No one would’ve started him and he could easily go 7 and strike out 8 or 9. Better get than Salazar whom everyone is gonna be on.

                    • J-FOH

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                      @Sky: I was reading your Grey thread, yeah he would lose it. It’s so much deeper than a batty call. You get a whole plethora of calls. Some of my greatest calls have had nothing to do with anything but an unscientific approach like seeing how a guy does the day after a day off when his team played and he had to sit and watch it. DFS is fun but i’m poor and cheap

                    • Sky

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                      It does run deeper but depends on the lineup you’re trying to build. Cash game building is pretty easy. Rendon at 2B or 3B tonight was the easy call. So far, he has 13 points on just 2 singles. But yeah, you start looking at blow-up-ability of a particular pitcher vs a particular lineup/scenario for tourney/stack stuff. Had Aaron Hicks last night against David Price. Crazy most nights but made sense if you’re going with a Twins stack.

                  • J-FOH

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                    @Grey: This is great stuff, can we put this whole conversation in a posting? Even better a pre-season interview series where some snazzy moderator like myself asks you, Sky, Rudy these kinds of questions.

                    Oh and instead of Votto, Hanley, Beltra or Longo in the early 2nd round that we should all be targeting Kershaw. Then wait til the 15th plus to grab our next starter.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re taking Kershaw after this?

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’m battered by every second round flop. Let the wounds heal my man.

                    But seriously, the guy is worth it even though i’ll never do it. Those ERA and whip numbers over the past two year are redonk. And to think people traded him after his back issues.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Think you’re still thinking of Van Slyke, because this is out of left field! Hey now! Yeah, Kershaw won’t be there in the 2nd round after this year… He’s going in the top 10 everywhere…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, and he’ll go in the top ten and get injured and need TJ surgery… DFS and bet that shizz!

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Van Slyke has gone 3 for 5 with 2 runs this wek and is getting the start today. My call was Uribe and Van Slyke was the keep your eye on and get him in if he plays guy.

                    Kershaw will for sure be a top 10, but one thing I have learned this year is I need to go and do some peyote before I draft because my thoughts on what was good got hurt and what was questionable was wrong and what was solid was actually decent. See that doesn’t make sense, I need a shaman and a smoke.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sometimes it’s best to just grab guys you like, no matter where they are drafted… Like it matters who you took in the 3rd round vs. the 5th round a month after your draft…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I almost built a Cubs stack tonight, but I really only liked the first 4. Not much of a stack and there were safer/just as interesting options elsewhere.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You have any teams with a Rangers stack today?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I don’t play those split slates. Too hard to build around an early lineup and not know what’s happening in the evening. I probably wouldn’t have, though, unless I was trying to afford the two 2 pitchers for the night in Felix and Greinke.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah… That makes sense…

  59. Kyle h says:
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    Pick one for Friday:
    Walker vs Hou.
    Bauer vs Minn.
    Gausman vs Bos.
    Need a QS and K’s. Pretty much lost era and whip already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  60. Steve Stevenson says:
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    How confident are you Marco Gonzales is getting a start this weekend? Cards’ site has them going Lackey-Wacha-Lynn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think Marco’s going this weekend

  61. goodfold2 says:
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    opp in league where I have good chance (actually if not for lung infections and injuries since Monday I should be a favorite) to win championship this week just used his last 4 (out of 5) adds on parra/moss/amarista/nava so he finally has a full lineup everyday, meanwhile I have to toil with the likely to miss ROW mendy/arenado/lagares, which thank god only forces one empty roster spot per day (mendy come BACK). gotta hope counting stat leads in runs (5, was 11 yesterday, BD, (before Doolittle)),8 in RBi’s, 10 in bases (was almost 20 a few days back), tied in homers, up 2 steals, and good leads in AVG/OPS all hold up. I should win K’s now that he used all his adds on hitters. sure would be nice if some of his players get benched for no reason (like my frazier).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, good luck!

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @goodfold2: I think your loooong posts have lulled everyone to sleep ha ha

  62. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, 252 comments only, by start of night games, lot of people drawing close to dead in H2H, or already went out last week.

  63. John says:
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    Earlier we discussed House being ok start. Think twice with MIN offense humming pretty good right now or still decent start?

    Yeah I remember the days of 1000 comments everyone was happy looking for the next trout, and wondering which arm ranked where!! lol

    Seems fitting altho ill be back tomo, ha! to say thanks for all the guidance your the best grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the options, but I’d start House…

      • John says:
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        @Grey:
        House v MIN
        Pomeranz v PHI
        and Volquez v MIL Best 2

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Edinson, House… I’d say Pomeranz but I don’t know how many innings he can throw

      • John says:
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        roll with wilin this weekend or stick with gomes

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Roll with Wilin if he’s actually starting, may be benched after starting last two games

  64. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Gerrit Cole is so flipping inefficient. Swear he gets everyone into an 0-2 count only to work it back to 3-2 all by himself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s one of those guys that is frustrating to watch if you own him

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Great for K’s but in my new approach, probably not a guy I’m drafting next year. Basically Mat Latos.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could see owning him, but I’m not excited about it anymore, like I was this year

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, completely. More just looking at it from the angle we were talking about. But I’d play the heck out of him in DK in the right matchup.

            • J-FOH

              J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: in a H2H, 50/50 or tourney. Sometimes to win that tourney you got to come way out of left field

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Be interesting to see how high Carrasco, Salazar and those types go… Prolly around what Cole did this year

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Agreed. Carrasco I like but he’s always had great stuff. He may or may not have harnessed it this year. Max Scherzer always looked like that guy that couldn’t figure it out until he did. I’d put him in a similar vein in terms of stuff.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Exactly, same!

                  • Sam "CrimeDogs" says:
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                    @Grey: I was summering this year in San Diego & got to see a lot of games at that beautiful park & only picked gms where I could see live guys I had in Fantasy.

                    Saw G. Cole pitch live in July vs the Padres at height of their inepitude & he dominated them for like 5 innings before just running out of gas. Decided then & there to be rid of him.

                    Doesn’t have a killer instinct at all.

                    On flip side saw J. Cueto at Petco vs Padres & his motor is go all the time.

                    Some have “IT” some don’t.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, could see that from watching him on TV, Cole just seems kinda whatever… Petco’s a great park, indeed…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Will have to read later, thanks!

    • royce! says:
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      @J-FOH: “No sex, no meat, no dairy, no salt, and no other drugs for a week beforehand”? Count me out.

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @royce!: I couldn’t go without the salt. The rest is out of my budget anyway

  65. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Atta boy Ender! Nice 2 rbi on the batty call

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  66. jef with 1 f says:
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    Ding ding

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @jef with 1 f: or ding dong

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Who’s there?

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Grey: Michael cuddyer and I’m healthy in Coors

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Well that’s good for Rudy so can’t be too excited

            • jef with 1 f says:
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              @Grey: oops

  67. royce! says:
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    I’d be off my John Rocker to start CJ Wilson in the h2h finals next week, right? He should have two starts- @ OAK and @ SEA, and the pickings are slim for two starters…it’s a 14 teamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, bit crazy town… Those teams are fighting for their nuggets and Wilson’s a flake

  68. jef with 1 f says:
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    Ding Dong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s there?

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Joey Bats

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, don’t have him either… Can I get a Brantley ding dong?

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: Ha..I’d take that too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, these no hits or runs in extra innings are killing me…

  69. Carlos says:
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    SON loves Lackey tomorrow ($22.8). Would you start him?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        “Hold onto your buts…”

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

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