Lance McCullers‘s middle name is Inconsistent. It’s Irish. It was O’Inconsistent, but assimilation through Doc Ellis Island softened the edges. There’s some pitchers I love. That’s it. Just love them. Trevor Bauer, you seem like a total douche, but welcome to my teams! There’s a few pitchers I hate. Good luck getting on any of my teams aging pitcher who doesn’t throw strikeouts. Yo, have fun, Jon Lester, but not here, homey. Finally, there’s pitchers I go back and forth on. Do I love, hate or something else…indifference? This year was indifference for Lance McCullers (6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.24), due to coming off Tommy John surgery. For 2021, it’s going to be hard to figure out what to expect from him. Will I love, hate or…indifference? McCullers-Cullers-Cullers’s velocity returned, but his Ks have been kinda flat. He’s not getting a ton of guys to chase outside the zone, and hitters are making contact. The zone numbers are pretty average, but he’s also battled back from major surgery, and may not yet be at 100%. Do you really hold against a guy a goofy six weeks of stats with his stuff? Maybe, but if you’re holding anything against a guy to love to hate, then that sounds more just like love and you don’t know how to show it. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Evan White – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. This guy is such a bore to own I’m about to start calling him Evanescence White Bread.

Marco Gonzales – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Streamonator hates his next start, but his opponent, the A’s, will be in playoff mode and I could see streaming Marco.

Sonny Gray – Will have no limitations when he returns to the rotation today. The Brewers might have something to say about that. Wow, such a cocky attitude on this Gray guy. Can you imagine how dumb-confident he’d be if he had a full, luxurious head of hair?

Luis Castillo – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.86. Do people realize how good Castillo’s been this season? Actually, are we calling this a season? Okay, if we are, Castillo’s been great, and underappreciated, methinks, I say like a leprechaun.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .218. Moistasskiss!

Curt Casali – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer. Psycho Killer, Curt Casali! (I want to get to the point where I just have one exclamatory statement to make for every hitter.)

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .203. Okay, not saying it’s gonna happen, but Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray and Bauer in the playoffs? The Reds could surprise people.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .274. Having a great Gyorko season. Not a great season by non-Gyorkos, or even young Gyorkos. But for present-day Gyorko on a “Good for Gyorko or not good for Gyorko” scale, he’s been a good Gyorko. Qualifying Gyorkos is very important.

Ken Giles – Will have Tommy John surgery. If the Jays had me as their Common Sense Specialist, Giles would’ve had Tommy John surgery last June when he first had forearm issues. Every major league team is you in college when you would put water in your shampoo bottle to get one last drop out of it, only the shampoo bottles are pitchers, and the owners of the shampoo bottles are billionaires.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. Hot schmotato alert! Yes, immediately! Grab him!

Alejandro Kirk – 4-for-4, 3 runs and his 1st homer. Congrats to his owners! All .000000001% of them! Now you can lose him by doing The Alejandrop before Kirk Shatners on your team.

Dexter Fowler – 1-for-4 as he was activated from the IL. On one hand, Fowler only has one week left in the season. On the other hand, the Cards still have 25 games left. On a third hand that is a mitten on an elk’s antler, I’d grab every Cardinals player, due to all their games left.

Giovanny Gallegos – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.50 as he was activated from the IL. You can’t spell SAGNOF without Giovanny Gallefos!

Jorge Soler – 1-for-3, 1 RBI as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Who wants to see my Challenger explosion Zoom background?”

Miguel Rojas – 1-for-2, 1 run, 2 steals (4, 5), hitting .343. Why isn’t he leading off!? Seriously! It’s driving me crazy! The treatment of Rojas is making me red.

Eloy Jimenez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .297. Next year Eloy is a top ____ overall player? 15? 20? Do I hear 25? 30?

Dane Dunning – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.19 vs. Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.99. Both guys have one more start on the Streamonator, but if I’m being honest, why would either throw more than maybe an inning or two. I’d skip ’em like any rock at any lake. By the by, everyone skips rocks at a lake, right? Always, right? So how are there still rocks left? Who’s refilling the rocks? Who! I demand answers!

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer. You could split Jo-Jo-Ram’s fantasy value in half and still have more than Lindor. Math!

Carlos Santana – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .194. Carlos needs LoJack.

Michael Conforto – Out with a hammy. That reminds me, whatever happened to Puig?

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.14. Oh em gee, so fun! He’s playing charades! Okay, wait, wait! I can guess it! A 14-K strikeout game at the end of September…A playoff-clincher 20th win?! No? Okay, okay, oh, the Mets in a 60-game season, right! A playoff-eliminating loss? I got it? Yes!

Nate Lowe – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .260, hitting .315 in the last week and hasn’t homered in a handful of games, and I’m trying to find hot schmotatoes here!

Kyle Gibson – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.87. HAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, breathe! Goddamn it, we’re losing Grey! I’m him, and I’m talking in third person! Kyle Gibson hates me so much! Last start, a complete game shutout in Houston on my bench; this start an absolute drubbing against one of two teams not making the playoffs.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .295. Israel Diner-Falafel could be a light schmotato, but he hasn’t really strung together many great games in a row all year.

Dylan Bundy – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.29. I’ll be honest with you, unlike the decade of lies, I’m not a huge fan of Bundy. I’ll dig in this offseason, and maybe convince myself otherwise, but I’m presupposed to hate.

Mike Mayers – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.67, and got his 1st save. Mike Mayers with the save, and, coincidentally, trying to get saves on the Angels has been a horror show.

Jared Walsh – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .312. Crazy to think the Angels had Walsh in Triple-A for two seasons. What’s that, he must not have been good in Triple-A? Contraire mon frere! He hit 36 homers and .325 last year in Triple-A. You forgot the Angels invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a motorized scooter to get the 87-year-old Pujols around the bases, and he was blocking Walsh.

JT Brubaker – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.46. Unlike his opponent, Jon Lester, who pitched well but likely won’t go again due to the playoffs, Brubaker could throw again, and gets the Indians. The Streamonator hates it, but it doesn’t yet know the lineup, which will likely be all filler.

Cole Hamels – Hit the IL with “Why didn’t I just opt out?”

Kris Bryant – Left yesterday’s game tweaking his oblique. Funny, I tweaked my scrolly finger trying to find Kris Bryant on the Player Rater.

Jose Quintana – Will be activated for today’s start vs. the Pirates. Should be interesting to see the movable object meets the stoppable force.

Nolan Arenado – Hit the IL with an injured shoulder, and is done for the year. This year Torenado just passed wind. He is going to be one of the hardest guys to rank next year. Podcaster Ralph and I did a way-too-early top 25 for 2021 on today’s pod, and I wouldn’t say it’s by any means a set-in-stone top 25 for 2021, but Arenado? Well, let’s just say there were guys taken before him.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.10. Like he can’t go back to his home country, I don’t think I can ever go back in on Nazi in Exile. Coors can play like Crayola Canyon for five years straight and I may never go back in on a Rockies starter.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .410 in the last week. Hot schmotato alert!

Alex Dickerson – 3-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .290, as he hit leadoff. The new father hit a dong in his first game back from paternity leave, because the alternative means another baby, eventual college tuition and Gerber’s pitching for the Mariners, and how much does that cost? So much adulting, I can’t even.

Johnny Cueto – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.53. Here’s the metaphor for how this start felt:  Cueto was Cueto and my fantasy teams were Jason LaRue.

Justin Smoak – Designated for assignment after getting six at-bats with the Giants. Was an insensitive move to begin with for San Francisco to go out and get a guy named Smoak. Who are they signing next, Tommy Housingcrisis?

 
  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Odd question here but here goes.

    With Ken Giles out for next year due to Tommy John, do you believe Jordan Romano will slide into the closer role for the Blue Jays next season? He was essentially the fill-in closer when he hurt his finger a couple of weeks ago. I know Dolis has filled in since, but Romano has been more effective by a large margin and he’s healthy again. Just curious of your impression. I really like Romano personally. Seems like a closer in the making to me.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      he throw ball good

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Very good he throw yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They could sign someone — but if I had to draft a Jays closer right now for 2021, I’d go with Romano, yes

      • scoboticus says:
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        In Buffalo, I might want to look elsewhere for a closer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wonder if they’ll be in Buffalo again, they might, who knows

          • scoboticus says:
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            Reason I’m asking, he could be a keeper for me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who, Romano? Depends on how deep league is, but would have to be very deep

  2. hal_incandenza says:
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    Final week push!

    QS instead of Wins. Would you drop
    Berrios 09/27/20 $4 CIN
    or
    Tanaka 09/23/20 $1.1 @TOR

    to activate Sonny Gray? (09/22/20 9.7 MIL)

    Tanaka is coming off a QS (only 2 all year?!) vs the Jays (7 IP 3 ER).

    Or stand pat? (Rest of my starters are Bieber, Lynn, Gallen, Plesac, and Urquidy.)

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berrios — he won’t throw 5 innings next time out

  3. hal_incandenza says:
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    Final week push!

    QS instead of Wins. Would you drop
    Berrios 09/27/20 $4 CIN
    or
    Tanaka 09/23/20 $1.1 @TOR

    to activate Sonny Gray? (09/22/20 9.7 MIL)

    Tanaka is coming off a QS (only 2 all year?!) vs the Jays (7 IP 3 ER).

    Or stand pat? (Rest of my starters are Bieber, Lynn, Gallen, Plesac, and Urquidy.)

    Thanks man

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      Sorry for double post.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Answered above

  4. packers2018 says:
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    I get the line of thought on some teams resting players and limiting innings for SP’s, however it makes sense for some teams to try and control there seeding position for the post season.

    I think Cincy and Clev are similar type teams with pitching and bats. Not the perfect team to oppose in a best of 3 format.

    Minnesota at home vs the NYY or NYY at home big difference.

    Feel like Miami, Toronto are teams you want to play if they make it in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You could be right, but they’re also going to have 30 straight days of playoffs, with no off days, so they might want to at least have guys go in rested…I don’t know what they will do, tbh

  5. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great report!!

    a. Start these two tonight?

    1. Smyly tonight at home versus the Rockies (versus Freeland). I need W, Ks, could take a small hit in ERA and I need IP more than anything else (I need 54 1/3 IP to get to the 370 IP needed). SON likes $ 18.1. I’m a little frightened because the Rox hit last night and the Giants did not.
    2. Sonny Gray tonight at home versus Milwaukee (versus Brett Anderson). I need W, Ks, could take a small hit in ERA and I need IP more than anything else (I need 54 1/3 IP to get to the 370 IP needed). SON likes $ 9.7.

    b. MLB quote of the day for September 22, 2020.

    ‘I could ask the Phillies to keep me on to add to my statistics, but my love for the game won’t let me do that.’

    ‘Any time you think you have the game conquered, the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose.’

    ‘If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.’

    ‘If you’re associated with the Philadelphia media or town, you look for negatives. I don’t know if there’s something about their upbringing or they have too many hoagies, or too much cream cheese.’

    ‘Pete Rose is the most likable arrogant person I’ve ever met.’

    Michael ‘Mike’ Jack Schmidt. Schmidt is my choice for the best player in Phillies’ franchise history, Carlton was a close second. Schmidt led the league 8 times in HR and 4 times in RBIs.

    His 162-game average.

    678 PA, 563 AB, 101 R, 151 H, 27 2B, 4 3B, 37 HR, 107 RBI, 102 BB, 127 K, .267/.380/.527 slash line, 148 OPS+, 297 TB

    His best seasons were 1980, 1981 and 1986 winning the MVP each time. 1982 and 1983 were really great too as well as 1974 – 1979.

    1980

    652 PA, 548 AB, 104 R, 157 H, 25 2B, 8 3B, 48 HR, 121 RBI, 89 BB, 119 K, .286/.380/.624 slash line, 171 OPS+, 342 TB [He won the WS MVP for his WS-winning Phillies.]

    1981

    434 PA, 354 AB, 78 R, 112 H, 19 2B, 2 3B, 31 HR, 91 RBI, 73 BB, 71 K, .316/.435/.644 slash line, 198 OPS+, 228 TB [In a 102 games of the strike-shortened season]

    1986

    657 PA, 552 AB, 97 R, 160 H, 29 2B, 1 3B, 37 HR, 119 RBI, 89 BB, 84 K, .290/.390/.547 slash line, 153 OPS+, 302 TB

    He’s still alive, so tweet him today to tell him just how great his seasons were.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Cram It says:
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      I just need wins and I’m wavering on starting Freeland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I wouldn’t start Smyly, but if you need the stats, go for it — I’d start Gray, which will mean Smyly will pitch excellent and Gray will get bombed

      B. Those seasons were great, but compared to seasons nowadays, he would’ve been like the 10th best hitter

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Thanks, man. I’m taking a shot with Smyly, my call. I’ll drop him after this start. Hopefully they’ll both be good. I’ll dream positively about their success and they will succeed!

        b. No news yet about the job in TJ. Took the Spanish test last Friday. The written part was ok but the oral/comprehension test…It was 23 questions in Spanish and you have to answer in Spanish. Comprehension was good it’s just communicating in Spanish which is/was the most difficult part. We’ll see. I’m imagining working in TJ and commuting every day to Chula Vista with colleagues who were just waiting for me to join the operation so they can travel in an official car every day! Dreaming only at this stage.

        c. Had a topic for you all and DT on the pod. Koala poop smells good because the only thing they eat is eucalyptus leaves. Discuss.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. I hope it works out!

          B. Can you speak Spanish? You being in Cali would be such a trip

          C. HAHA, we just might!

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            I can speak Spanish.

            Yeah, hope I can get the missing 54 1/3 IP in the remaining 6 days. I think it’ll work out, will wait for Friday before really going apeSH*T, ’cause I still need ERA and WHIP to stay in the hunt.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I took 13 years of Spanish and can’t speak Spanish (or English, if being honest)

  6. Nitro says:
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    A few random observations from your write up today:

    I would love to see a deep dive of M. Gonzalez by one of the great Razz writers. I have owned him in my points league over the past 3 years and he has been rock solid. Maybe I am inflating his worth, but I feel he is a start in all matchups.

    I streamed K. Gibson. I think I wrote your blurb in my head when I saw his stats and sent it to you telepathically. Man he sucks. I of course did not stream him for Astro game, and did yesterday.

    For whatever reason I was watching the game K. Giles had to leave the mound after walking about 10 guys and holding his elbow. I dropped his as- before he even made it to the dugout!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson can screw all the way off, man he killed me

      I will look into Marco this offseason, I like the command and have for some time

      Giles was so obviously in need of surgery last year

  7. Dude at Dude's says:
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    If you need K’s who do you like better tonight Smyly vs COL or Akins vs BOS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly

  8. Liam BAve says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would you drop Dozier, dunning, or Matt Olson for grichuck?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dunning

  9. prawnlord says:
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    Should Alonso be benched at this point? Have La Stella on the bench or can pick up Vogelbach. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, La Stella

  10. aintlifegrand says:
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    Along the lines of the fear that starters will get pulled early, because IP/start is a category for me, and I would only be starting pitchers to improve innings above 6, k/9 above 10.5, and ratios, would you roll the dice and start any of the following this week? Or skip rocks on them all?

    Giolito
    Lance Lynn
    Framber Valdez
    Urquidy
    Ian Anderson
    Max Fried

    The Top 2 might be safest, but even Giolito gives me pause after Dunning only went 4 yesterday.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start 1st two

  11. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    I don’t know Grey, Tommy Housingcrisis’ got a helluva arm for LF and caught fire at the end of last season in the PCL… *ring ring* brb, I’m getting a call…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA —

      Wow, finding out now I was cancelled for laughing at Coolwhip, this is a danger zone fellas

      • scoboticus says:
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        It’s tough to keep up with the cancel culture!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For commenting on difficulty to keep up with cancel culture, regret to inform you, you too have been cancelled

          • scoboticus says:
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            LMAO

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        I just leanred Tommy Housingcrisis is Ryan Mountcastle’s cousin. Not surprising then that he’s a hot prospect. Apparently they haven’t talked to each other for months as they got into a heated debate over politics, for shame.

        *ring ring* damnit, this phone keeps ringing… “No, sorry, wrong number. I think you are looking for Readywhip”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mountcastle is such a gross capitalist, I can’t even

          • Coolwhip

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            and Housingcrisis is a Marxist revolutionary…

            I smell a sitcom

            “I say tomato, you say tomawto
            I say potato, you say potawto
            tomato, tomawto, potato, potawto
            lets call the whole thing off…”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              ….stand in line and wait for your potato/potahto, you marxist

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                …becuase you price gauged the F out of hamburgers capitalist pig!

                *narator: haha, they can’t agree on anything, derp derp derpity derp*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It was Wagyu!

                  • Coolwhip

                    Coolwhip says:
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                    Wagyu? F*** you! Bring back the dollar menu!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can pay with dollars!

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      *end scene*

  12. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) 3 moves left this week.

    I’ve got Grandal and Conforto that went down last night, do I drop Smyly (or someone else?) after his start and pick up a replacement CF for now out of:
    R. Grichuck, A. McCutchen, B. Nimmo, A. Hicks, L. Brinson, JBJ, M. Kepler, S. Akiyama,

    My team:
    C – Y. Grandal (DTD)
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – D. Fletcher
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS –T. Turner
    CI –P. Goldschmidt
    MI – I. Happ
    LF – A. Duvall
    CF – M. Conforto (DTD)
    RF – C. Yelich
    Util – L. Voit
    BN – J.D. Martinez
    IL – K. Marte (10-day)

    SP – C. Burnes [@ STL]
    SP – G. Marquez [2 start – @SF, @ARI]
    SP – A. Civale [2 start – CWS, PIT]
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – A. Colome (RP)
    P – B. Hand (RP)
    P – S. Gray [2 start – MIL, @MIN]
    BN -C. Paddack [LAA]
    BN – D. Keuchel [@CLE]
    BN – C. Bassit [SEA]
    BN – J. Urquidy [@TEX]
    BN – D. Smyly [2 start – COL, @SD]
    IL – W. Buehler

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait to see what the news is today, and if you’re waiting until Smyly pitches, you have time — if either hitter doesn’t return today, I’d go Grichuk or Nimmo

  13. Jimmy says:
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    Any guesses on next season’s Corbin Burnes/Danelson Lamet breakouts? And what’s your criteria for figuring that out? K/9? Whiff% ? Second and third effective to elite pitches?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Combination of things…K-BB at its most basic…I haven’t dug in yet for next year breakouts, but off top of head Framber, Singer, Civale

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      I go to the /9 stats first. Usually if you see an H/9 under 8 and double-digit K/9, you’ve got a very good pitcher on your hands, and if the BB/9 isn’t great, that can at least improve. Look at Lamet, he’s elite now largely because he’s walking much less. Gotten better every year in that regard. But I like H/9 too because someone averaging close to a hit per inning is going to run into trouble sooner or later.

      SwStr% and O-Swing% are good stats to look at, too. Sixto Sanchez is going to be a force. And I’m really liking Elieser Hernandez. Marlins are getting good in a hurry!

  14. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    What round would we be looking at drafting Tommy Housingcrisis in next season…I am laughing so hard, I can barely type…lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a free agent, so we’ll have to see where he finds a home

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        I took the advice of 86Metsfan last night and started McCullers. Taking advice from a Mets fan, now that’s some serious stones.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, have you lost your mind man?

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            Lol. I think so. But as weird as this year is, after a horrible start, I am 10 points up in first now, with an amazing September! I had to take a lot of chances to get back in the race, easier when you have nothing to lose…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya

  15. Let’s Play Two says:
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    Aaron Nola a safe start @WAS for ratios after his last start? I’m slipping in ERA/WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Always safe to start him IMO

  16. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Since Jack Flaherty tanked my 2020 season with his 9 runs in three innings, I have Another question for 2021. BTW, thanks for screwing me Jack-F. Get it? Jack-F is short for Jackoff.

    Anyway, do you have an opinion on Jaime Barria for 2021. He seems like a sneaky good sleeper pick. I don’t know much about him, him being on the West coast. I was hoping you had seen him and had some insight. I’d like to add him. But don’t want to waste a roster spot if he’s not worth investing in for next year.

    As always, thanks for your input and sarcasm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it tho?

      Barria looks like an okay bet for a fantasy 4 or 5

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Just a quick look-see through his FanGraphs page, he seems like a solid enough ratios guy, doesn’t walk much, but doesn’t rack up the Ks. Prone to give up the longball, too, though. I’m meh on him just based on what I’m seeing. Never watched the guy pitch.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Well not exactly the glowing endorsements I would have hoped for.

        Probably just best to let him fall to the next guy. Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. birrrdy! says:
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    Grey, I hear you on Cardinal players this week, but 7 inning doubleheader games always seem to be a let down, and so has Brad Miller lately. Dropped him for a Hail Mary with Aquino in an NL only. I need a player who can hit 5 HRs in the last week, and he’s one of a few that can maybe get that hot (off of waivers).

    Any idea why the Padres haven’t announced their pitchers for this week yet? Any chance Paddack doesn’t have any more starts? I need to take your advice and drop anyone that won’t play (since we paused our keeper rules this COVID year), and I’ve got a chance to activate Quintana from IL today and maybe get two starts out of him. I need help in every category, and quantity matters. Don’t need to worry about ratios.

    I will also check Streamonater to see how you guys are calculating, but some official word from the Padres would be nice, with a schedule….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope Aquino gets ABs to hit five HRs

      I’m anticipating one more Paddack start, but I honestly have no idea…

  18. scoboticus says:
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    Hicks vs Roark in Buffalo
    Schwarber vs Brault at PNC Park
    Rosario vs Skubal in Target Field
    K Calhoun vs Lyles in Chase Field
    Castellanos vs Anderson in CIN

    Who sits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber, tough call tho

  19. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Play at C: Smith vs Montas or Realmuto vs Voth? Realmuto is coming back at 90% but Smith hasn’t exactly lit it up in the past few days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Realmuto if he’s playing

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        He is. Allegedly. [eye roll]

        Why do we even bother having fantasy go through the last week, lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start him then

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        He is. Allegedly. [eye roll]

        Why do we even bother having fantasy go through the last week, lol.

  20. frankgrimes says:
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    F Jim!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  21. scoboticus says:
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    Rizzo vs Brault at PNC Park
    White vs Valdez in SafeCo
    Longoria vs Freeland in SF
    Cronenworth vs Canning in SD

    Who sits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White

  22. Chris says:
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    10 h2h points league

    Which SP to start:

    Corbin v NYM (Peterson) SON 17.5

    or

    Singer v STL (Gomber) SON (-0.1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin

  23. Jaco says:
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    Hello Grey, how are ya??

    12 team 5×5 root

    Lineup down the stretch here wanna know ur thoughts. My logic is that there are 4 guys within 2 swiped bags of each other, and I am right behind them by 1. I picked up all the worthy SB guys in the wire and I’m gonna bench some of my power to try and grab hold of 2nd place (1st place is like 12 points ahead) by stealing a hefty amount of bags this week.

    Is a lineup like this a bad idea or screw it go for it?

    C – Contreras
    1 – Myers
    2 – Berti
    3 – Gimenez
    SS – Machado
    OF – Ozuna, Teoscar, Grisham
    UT – Margot, Roman Quinn
    B – Olson, Eugenio, Cronenworth, Wong

    Any swaps you’d make?

    Thanks!
    – Jaco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good, how are you?

      I like that idea, but Wong over Quinn

  24. Cohen says:
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    Grey, which 2 would u START?
    Chavis home vs Akin
    Carlson at Singer
    Alonso home vs Snell
    Yaz home vs Freeland
    Ruf home Freeland
    Fuentes at Smyly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavis, Yaz

  25. Jaco says:
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    Sounds good!!

    And I am swell thanks for asking! Getting married on Sat then off to Napa on Sun. Hell of a week for ya boi!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow! That’s awesome, man! Congrats!

      • Jaco says:
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        Thanks man! Much appreciated!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem! It’s a celebration!

  26. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Please pick 5 starts with wins and ratios the main concern:

    Framber @ Sea (Newsome) 18.6
    Davies vs. LAA (Canning) -7.1
    Burnes @ Stl (Kim) 1.6
    Gausman vs. Col (Chi Chi Gonzalez) 29.5
    Gallen vs. Col (Senzatela) 31.5
    Deivi Garcia vs. Mia (Alcantara) 13.4
    Bassitt vs. Sea (Kikuchi) 11
    Urquidy @ Tex (Cody) 11.1
    Lamet @ SF (Cueto) 17.4

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      I’d go Framber, Burnes, Gausman, Gallen, Lamet.

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Thanks for the input

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallen, Bassitt, Gausman, Burnes, tough last one, prolly Framber

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. Game of Throws says:
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    Would you drop any of the following to re-activate Jorge Soler?

    Wil ‘MVP’ Myers. Cody ‘defnitely not MVP’ Bellinger, Lou-Gu Ju, Eddie Rosario, Matt Olson, or Adam Duvall?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Maybe Rosario bc MIN has a light week

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That might be true on Rosario

  28. Funny Name says:
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    My league has a 3 player minor league system (under 150 ABs or 50 IPs). We need to decide the the minor league guys by the end of the week. Currently have Adell, Andrew Vaughn and Kristian Robinson. Would you drop one of them for Mountcastle (currently on my roster but would qualify)? Also Bohm might fit that criteria if he fails to get 15 more ABs this week, so would you drop 2 of those 3 if he pulls a hammy or something this week and doesn’t get 15 ABs? Robinson seems more like a 2022 guy, Vaughn next Jun/Jul and Adell right away but obviously struggled pretty bad this year but

    Only 8 keepers so adding them to the would kind of give me a 9 or even 10th keeper, so I’m also wondering if you see them as top 150, 100 or even 75 player next year. I also wouldn’t be keeping a 1B and they both might qualify on yahoo there next yr.

    Sorry for the lengthy post, thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adell, Mountcastle, Bohm — Or Adell, Mountcastle, Vaughn, in Bohm gets 15 ABs

  29. Dancin Homer says:
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    Howdy Grey,

    Looking to stream some SP’s and SON seems to love both Logan Webb (v. COL) and Matz (v. TB) tomorrow.

    generally I trust SON implicitly, but neither of those 2 has looked good lately.

    do you trust either/ both?

    thanks in advance

    • Dancin Homer says:
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      oh, and while SON is less high on him, Danny Duffy is also an option.

      Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Duffy

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        I guess you have the same apprehension in Webb & Matz as I do.

        Appreciate the response

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do — No problem

  30. Cohen says:
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    Grey, can only START 1?
    Carlson at Singer
    Fuentes at Smyly
    Ruf home vs Freeland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carlson

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      I like Ruf. Swinging a good bat lately and Freeland is meh. Ruf’s taps into that power vLHP

      • JKJ

        JKJ says:
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        Ruf*

  31. Jr says:
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    Odorizzi was someone you were really liking preseason. He had a rough year with injuries, but how do you value him for next year? Still potential top 40 arm or are we done with him? He’s a free agent in my league right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Potential, but needs to be healthy and having a year with no real IP thrown is not good

  32. TC says:
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    Lindor and Muncy for Xander and Kelenic
    10 team keep 15 standard roto scoring.
    Which side you want?

    Also, which 2 would you keep Castellanos, Conforto, Walsh?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor — Not Walsh

      • TC says:
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        Thanks.
        How about Hiura and Sixto for Albies?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keston side

  33. Russ says:
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    Hey they Grey!
    14 Team categories looking to preserve ratios and get decent Ks as well, could you rank the top 4 here please

    Means @ TOR
    Urquidy @ TEX
    Singer vs. DET
    Gausman vs. COL
    Marco Gonzalez @ OAK
    Alec Mills @ PIT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Singer, Gausman, Marco, Urquidy

  34. scoboticus says:
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    Hicks vs Roark in Buffalo
    Rosario vs Skubal in Target Field
    K Calhoun vs Lyles in Chase Field
    Castellanos vs Anderson in CIN

    Replace any of these with Verdugo vs Akin in Fenway?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  35. scoboticus says:
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    Gotta say I’m impressed with how the white Sox are easing Madrigal into the game. Sitting him at 9th, working on his contact.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not much choice, their lineup is so stacked

  36. Harley Earl says:
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    I heard Cronenworth has a legit shot to win Rookie of the Year this season. You agree? I didn’t realize he was that highly thought of to even be in the conversation, but he does play in the NL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who else is in the convo?

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I don’t know lol. That’s why I was asking you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s between Dustin May (meh), David Peterson (cmon) and Cronenworth (odds-on fave)….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bohm, Sixto are there too…Meh

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Doesn’t seem likely a guy who has started 4 games gets the ROY, but who knows this year

  37. Jaco says:
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    If anyone is still around…..

    I have to start Olson or Eugenio tonight. Who do I roll out there to go 1/4 with a 3 run bomb

    • Harley Earl says:
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      History and Park factors suggest Eugenio is the stronger play.

      Eugenio has two bombs and is batting 250 against Anderson. Olson has never faced May and batted .167 last week and is batting .196 for the season.

      Plus, the Reds are at home so their park factors in as much more power friendly compared to the pitcher-friendly Chavez Ravine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio

      • Jaco says:
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        I’ll be damned Harley thank you for the insight there (you too, Grey)

        As a follow up—I am striving to catch up in SB this week, and as the LAA lead the league in steals allowed to opp. I am trotting out your aforementioned Cronenworth for the chance at a bag.

        Is that even worth the steal chance and should I bench him for mr. Olson?

        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for the SBs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In other words, go Cronenworth

          • Jaco says:
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            Thank u thank u.

            I’d also like to retroactively identify a pun from an earlier post today where I said “steal a hefty amount of bags”. Should’ve capitalized Hefty, swung and missed there.

            Also, earlier this week when you said “also, I’m a power seller” when talking about ebay in some blurb that was hilarious I laughed out loud

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, thanks!

  38. William Hung says:
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    Aquino batting leadoff? I feel like this is gonna pay off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so!

  39. scoboticus says:
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    Hicks just needs a HR to be lede material tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  40. frankgrimes says:
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    Jo Ram en fuego!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hot as fire (is that what that means?)

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