Yesterday, it was the day of the pitcher.  Since I started this blog, I can’t remember a more pitcher dominated day.  Did anyone get a hit yesterday in any game outside of Coors?  Put on your long johns with the flap on the butt, the Dead-ball Era is back.  Yesterday reminded me when I was in a heated battle for 1st place in my first fantasy league.  The year was nineteen-naught-eight.  Skeets Lincoln was a staunch racist, unlike his great-uncle, and I hated him for it, but my Gramsie said, “You’re gonna get polio sitting on the radiator,” and I realized how short life was so I grabbed Skeets and he went 1-for-4 with 4 steals (at that time there were seven bases between first and home).  Yesterday, Kyle Lohse threw a gem, but, really, who didn’t.  He kept the Braves to two hits with no walks and five Ks.  He ends the year with a 3.35 ERA and less Ks than a Klan rally as Skeets would’ve said.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-1 and his 23rd homer.  He was ejected before he touched home plate because he watched his home run at the plate like he was filming The Natural and had to wait for the director to set up his reverse angle.

Aramis Ramirez – Done for the season as he was hurt during the on-field brawl with the Braves that was triggered by CarGo’s home not-so-much-run trot.  Aramis said he was just trying to rub himself on Gattis to get rid of that funky, patchouli smell.

Brad Hand – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Phillie hitters were obviously distracted by Brad’s odd delivery style.  Just before he releases the ball, he says, “Talk to the Hand!”

Cole Hamels – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ending his year with a 3.60 ERA.  Solid back half of the season after leaving June with a 4.58 ERA.  Be interesting to see how big of a discount he comes at next year.  Could see drafting him next year, then curse for a few months while he’s terrible, then drop him, only to watch him turn his 2014 season around.

Billy Hamilton – 1-for-4 and his first caught stealing.  He stole first base by outrunning Dice-K to the bag, but then ran on the first pitch and was gunned down by Centeno.  Centeno was flawless to get him with the absolute best possible pitch to throw on.  If five guys a year can do that to Hamilton in 75 attempts, I’d be impressed.  Have you seen my new dance?  It’s called the “Fawn Fawn Swoon.”  I do it whenever I talk about Hamilton.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-3 and 2 steals (6, 7).  Somebody owns themselves in a H2H league.  “Dangnabbit!  I also own Hamilton, but he was thrown out, now I need to steal another bag, Charlie!”  I don’t know who Charlie is; ask Bruce, that was him yelling.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ending his season with a 3.16 ERA.  I agree with JayWrong; Mat Latos’s T’s are off.  It should be Matt Laos or Ma Lattos.  In unrelated news to that but related to fantasy baseball, Latos came within one strikeout of my preseason projections, .17 on ERA, .09 on WHIP and two wins.  Guys and four girl readers, I did really well this year in projections through the prism of my own brain.  Will be interesting to see how I do when Rudy runs the numbers in the offseason.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If you put money on Dice-K throwing 7-plus shutout innings in Great American, I like your moxie!  I have a movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Michael Madsen that needs financing and you seem like the smart kind of investor.  Where’d you make all your money?  Selling ice in Africa?

Dan Straily – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, moving his season ERA to 3.96.  I can’t say I expected much more from him in his first full season in the majors.  Maybe you did.  On a side note, Straily has a Strahan-type gap in his teeth, so perhaps you should’ve braced for a 4.00 ERA from Straily.  Chest bump with self!

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ending the year with a 3.27 ERA.  Yup, next year, I’ll be warning everyone to stay away from yet again.  I’ll be right one of these years.

Erick Aybar – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 12th steal.  Hey, someone got a hit yesterday!  Andy Cohen gives him a Mazel.

Carlos Gonzalez – His batting practice session ‘didn’t go great.’  Hey, the idea of him trying to return with a finger that needs surgery isn’t great either, so at least they have that narrative symmetry.  Narrative Symmetry is also my first emo-pop album name.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 1-for-2, 2 runs as he returned to the lineup.  After he walked in the 4th, he was lifted for Jackie Bradley Jr. because walking is his thing.  This is about all you’re gonna get from Ellsbury in the last weekend of games.  A few innings here and there as he gets his timing.  I bet you can do better.  Look at me having faith in you!

Dustin Pedroia – 0-for-5, 1 run as the Red Sox scored 15 runs.  Ticker tease!

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-5, 7 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homers.  Glad someone clued in the Red Sox that they were playing in Coors.  On a side note, I wonder if Will’s related to Meredith Brooks?  Nah, prolly not.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  Sweet, Salty!

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 1 run 1 RBI and his 7th homer, his 3rd in the last six games while he hits over .400 in the last week.  Why won’t you give one of the last hot schmotatoes of the season a chance?  Don’t you like me?  Come here, let’s man hug our tension away…Hey, don’t brush your hand on my butt!

Michael Bourn – Sat out yesterday with a sore wrist but the X-rays were negative and he’s day-to-day.  If he were on the Rockies, they would’ve had him take batting practice.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 17th steal, hitting .500 in the last week with two homers and two steals and moved up to the leadoff spot.  What better way to juice up the middle of this post then with two of the hottest hitters in baseball.  It’s like an early Christmas/Chanukah/Atheist’s brunch celebrating nothing on December 25th present.

Danny Salazar – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Add him to the list of young pitchers for next year.  More young pitchers than Michael J. Fox can shake a stick at.

Craig Gentry – 0-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th steal.  He doesn’t play every day, but when he does, he’s running — 6 steals in the last 6 games.  This Fabulous Freebird you cannot cage!

Martin Perez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ending the year with a 3.55 ERA in 119 IP.  Add him to the young pitcher list!

Bruce Rondon – He woke up and his elbow wasn’t good.  My remedy for that is:  go back to sleep.

Jhonny Peralta – Eligible to return from his suspension on Friday and is expected to play left field.  He also will be returning under his given name, Jhghonny.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (6 BBs), 10 Ks, ending the year with a 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 240 Ks and 21 wins.  And your AL Cy Young is…Hmm, this is weird, there’s a note in here from Keith Law and it says, “I’m particularly partial to Chris Sale due to his xFIP.  That’s spelled X as in excelsior, F as in flibbertigibbet, I as in imbue and P as in perchance.”

Kevin Gregg – Got the save yesterday after being released from the team with Strop taking over.  Oh, wait, that’s what the Cubs said they’d do, not what they actually did.  Smooth move, Ex Lax.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ending his season with a 3.02 ERA.  Like someone burning your parachute pants, that’s probably your best case scenario for an ending of a ERA.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 1 run and three steals (38, 39, 40).  I lurved him this year with a sleeper post and a bedtime story titled, “I Lurve You, You Want A Bedtime Story?” and he didn’t disappoint.  I don’t think he will next year either.  His 12-homer power could take a small step forward and the steals aren’t going anywhere.  Me fan.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 30th and 31st homer.  Only one more to go!

David DeJesus – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last 4 games.  Could see picking him up to see if he can continue to stay hot through the end of the season.  Sure, it’s not great, but it’s worth the shot.  Think of it as a Hail Mary to DeJesus.

David Price – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ending the year with a 3.39 ERA.  Let’s set the stage.  It was early May and Machado looked like he was going to be a top 3 third baseman.  Just another hitter I nailed in the preseason, but I was feeling particularly masculine and I traded him for David Price, who had a 5+ ERA at the time and was about to be shut down with a triceps injury.  Now, how’s that hindsight looking?  I love it when a plan comes together.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer and 2nd in the last four games.  I’d own him more for a chance at a few cheap steals in the last weekend, but maybe you’ll luck into some power too.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ending the year with a 2.66 ERA.  Hisashi my dashi — slurp SLURP!

Mike Zunino – 2-for-4 and two solo homers.  The Mariners front office watched the tape of the at-bats multiple times after the game.  They couldn’t believe they got actual production from a touted hitting prospect.

Michael Saunders – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Could be a little short-term hot schmotato.  Maybe through Sunday.  Hey, that’s when the season ends.  Well, that would work.

Bud Norris – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Can’t blame the Orioles’ late season fade on him.  He gave them everything he has.  All 4+ ERA of it.

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-2, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and two homers.  Now has ten homers.  Bleh!  That’s Flaherty’s Count.  Also, in this game, Steven Pearce homered as the meek inherited the O’s lineup with Adam Jones sitting for the first time since September of 2011.   Jones must have a crapload of shows to catch up on his DVR.

Jonathon Schoop – 2-for-3, 3 runs, and his 1st major league homer.  Hey, yeah, I wanna Schoop, baby.  Can I get some fries with that shake-shake bootie?

Muneori Kawasaki – 4-for-5.  Fun fact!  When he’s at Starbucks and asked to spelled his name, he says, “As in, ‘David Lee Roth lights the Muneori…'”

Will Venable – 1-for-4, 2 runs as he returned to the lineup.  The Padres said his abdominal strain was bothering him, but he wanted to be with the club when they won game number 74.

Tommy Medica – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  I was about to tell you to pick him up because he’s swinging a hot bat, but then I saw he was hitting .125 in the last week.  Oh, well.  Tommy does play a mean pinball.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Meanwhile, his bitter brother, Yura, scrubs his stove, mumbling to himself, plotting his revenge.  Having to say, ‘No, you’re the Gyorko,’ your whole life has to wear on you.

Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, giving him a 3.25 ERA.  Ended the season in the top ten for starters, so it’s hard to argue with his numbers, but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t argue with shizz?  He sported a nice WHIP (1.09) with very few walks, which is hunky-dory, but give me some Ks, doode.

Shelby Miller – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and ends the season with a 3.06 ERA.  ‘Do it to me, Shelby, you’re an animal, Shelby, ride me big Shel-by.’  Doesn’t work.  He did though.  He did a lot of work all year.

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer.  As he rounded the bases on the homer, Fatt Adams yelled to the dugout, “Now give me my nicken chuggets!”

 
  1. Oliver says:
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    I’m ahead in the finals, and getting close to winning my H2h 16 team money league thanks in no small part to this website.

    Wins are going to be close, what do you think about Jerome Williams tonight? I have Porcello, Baily, Lester, Kazmir, Grienke and Vargas going this week with 1 more pickup for streaming, and my opponent has Kluber, Y. Ventura, Minor, McCallister Estrada left with 1 more pickup left

    Thanks to Wacha and Vargas, I’m sitting on a 0.79 ERA and 0.62 WHIP, while’s he’s ahead 3 – 2 in wins and 50-23 in Ks. Everything else is relatively close but mostly leaning in my direction, I’m up 7-3 overall. Tiebreak would go to me, do I consider benching all my starters going forward, punting the W and K, and hope I can hold on to at least 3 more categories to win it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oliver: First off, good luck! 2nd, can you hold the other three categories that you’re not mentioning? I’d benching my starters if I could…

      • Oliver says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! I should be able to hold him off in saves and steals, and I’m ahead in runs, HR, and avg. so I’ll hope for one of those as well. I’m probably going to leave Jerome Williams on the bench tonight and see how everything pans out before deciding what to do, the Streamonator doesn’t like him too much it seems…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a plan!

  2. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    As I sit in market research in Amsterdam, this is a very pleasant morning read as always.
    H2H final update. Down 1 in Wins and Saves.
    No moves left…just waiting for all my potential pitchers, basically the Braves staff, to be pulled after 4 IP with the lead.
    Down in BA.
    Ryan Zimmerman chose my bye week to go off, and this week, well, he’s 1/12, the one hit, the no-hitter break-up.
    Gomez got tossed.
    Great call on Longo (-1)

    Looking like a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in my 3 H2H leagues, so thanks again Razzballians for the information, insight and entertainment from February through October.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan: Thanks! Go to the Red Light District for me and find a girl named, Hannah, she’ll remember me. Congrats!

  3. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    TIN3

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Who touched home plate in lieu of Gomez doing so?

    • hobag says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Brian McCann is a touch-hole so it was probably him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: No one ever touched home plate, and the Brewers announcers seemed to think that meant no run was scored, but it went on the scoreboard…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: there’s that good old MIL brew at work again.

  5. Byron from Austin says:
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    Grey! If you had to guess who would spot start on Sunday for verlander and wainwright, who would you pick? I really want those guys on my roster, and not someone else’s. Thanks!

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Byron from Austin: just fyi my best guesses are jose alvarez and either tyler lyons or carlos martinez. but what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Byron from Austin: Those are good guesses, especially the Cardinals one being Tyler Lyons… Tigers could be Bonderman

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Grey: aw lawd if it’s bonderman, I might start the Miami guy :p good luck this weekend, if you’re still battling!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am, thanks!

  6. Justin says:
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    Give a big shout out to the king of all d-bags… Carlos Gomez… Kid has no respect for the game or the others who play it… Never been a fan of him and now there is no way ever that I will own him on any teams ever. He could be better the Trout and someone could offer me scooter and a bag of chips to acquire him and I wont. Just saying

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      @Justin:

      Good. I hope people in my league feel the same way. Don’t draft him, I will. I agree that he shouldn’t have admired his home run so long, but it was equally stupid of Sheriff McCann to block home plate. Give me a break. Hit the next batter or hit Gomez the next time he comes up and get on with it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @RTY: Sheriff McCann — ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Wouldn’t stop me from owning him, but it was a douche stare down of a home run that wasn’t that majestic…

      • Furious says:
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        @Grey: Gomez claimed that Maholm hit him on purpose back in June and that is why he admired his HR for so long. How he knows Maholm hit him on purpose is beyond me since pitchers must never miss their spot. Gomez didn’t need to jaw all the way around the bases and McCann didn’t need to stop him from reaching home. Gomez is lucky the Braves are going to the playoffs otherwise that plays out in a much different manner. At least Gomez helped Aramis injure his knee in the scrum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He should’ve hit the homer and then charged the mound… That would’ve been badass…

  7. Cooper Clux Clan says:
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    Grey : Whats your take on Adams for next year? Will he finally get a full season of playing time? If so, he is looking like a sexy keeper with round 24 value.

    • Skinny Pete says:
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      @Cooper Clux Clan: Me likely Adams… hopefully he can find at bats next year.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Cooper Clux Clan: I’d keep him for 24th round value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cooper Clux Clan: I don’t know your other options for keepers, but that’s good value… Adams will be the 1st baseman with Craig going to the outfield to get hurt…

  8. Skinny Pete says:
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    Ten days into my head – to – head matchup and I’m holding onto to a comfortable lead in a number of categories, including WHIP. Right now, I’m locked in at 1.10 while my opponent has a WHIP in the neighborhood of 1.20. Both teams have amassed more than 150 innings pitched. How much movement can I really expect over the next few days? I plan on sitting Matt Garza tonight, but I have Bailey, Strasburg, Greinke, Nat Gio and Cole going this weekend. Throw in relievers and it makes for a situation which could remain fluid. Thoughts on how to handle the matchups for the weekend? Play it game by game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skinny Pete: A blow up could move your ratios… I’d bench Garza, and you might lose a bunch of those other SPs to the playoffs… Play it game by game… My question to you: do we see Skinny Pete in the finale?

      • Skinny Pete says:
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        @Grey: According to IMDB, Badger makes an appearance in the final episode, but not Skinny Pete. Between Breaking Bad and the head – to – head finals, I’m pumped for this weekend. As always, thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  9. mauledbypandas says:
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    I guess I held my starter stream jamboree a day early.. wow

  10. Blue says:
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    No one hitting? Guy behind me in HR got five (and I got 2) turning my HR concern for green to yellow (now a 7 HR lead).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Who did you own? Ryan Flaherty?

      • Blue says:
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        @Grey: Victorino and Kinsler. His zombie team had Zunino (2), Sandoval, Gyorko, and Saunders.

        Need a name for a fantasy team that reaches out from the grave to steal points in the last week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, I’m all ears

  11. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    It was painful to drop Max this morning. Have you had to make any moves like that down the stretch? Like you said, this is fake baseball so no need for fake loyalty, but still. He been good to me. Sniff.

    What do you like better, Schoop or Semien? I mean, who. Sorry.

    And thanks again for all the advice this year man. Getting close to nabbing two titles, but like The Wolf says let’s not go s-ing each other’s d’s just yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Haha… I enjoy Schoop better than Semien… Yeah, I cut David Price and it felt odd…

  12. mike says:
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    Grey,

    I am ahead 1.5 in my roto league. Pray for me. Avisail Garcia and Matt Mcnugget Adams were my saviors!!!!

    • Sixto Lezcano says:
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      @mike: I Son-of-a-Benched Avisail for Blackmon. Doh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike: Good luck!

  13. Lopes says:
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    In my H2H championship this week I walked out Latos thinking he’d absolutely ruin the mets, but Dice-K and his gyroball happened…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lopes: Yeah, Latos wasn’t bad though

  14. Mountain Man says:
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    Grey-
    Would you please rank these four Friday starts first to last?

    Pettitte @ Hou (Oberholtzer)
    Baily PIT (Burnett)
    Kluber @ Min (Hernandez)
    Porcello @ Mia (Koehler)

    Thank you. Have a great day!

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Mountain Man: not grey here, but i would rank them in reverse order of how you listed them.

    • Bob Wetlanda says:
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      @Mountain Man: I personally would rank in this order:
      Porcello, Kluber, Pettitte, Bailey

      Good luck!

      • Mountain Man says:
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        @Bob Wetlanda:
        Thanks, Bob.
        Anyone else? I can use all the help I can get. Thanks, guys!

  15. OaktownSteve says:
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    Mentioned this the other day but Gentry seems to have reached non-platoon status this week. He’s made 5 straight starts vs both LHP and RHP. Good guy to maybe save your day with a bag or two. Course that being said he’ll probably sit today.

    I’m starting to feel the pre- post-season blues. Good thing the A’s are in the mix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I might grab Gentry if Rudy dropped him… Yeah, I got those same blues, luckily, I’m non-stop with wedding crap to take my mind off it…

      • probably dropping gentry today so you maybe can get him for sunday’s game.