For some of you too young to remember (ya know, all of you 4-year-olds reading a fantasy baseball blog), Jose Reyes sat out after a 1st inning single in order to win a batting title in 2011. A weasel move if there ever was one. It’s like sleeping with Kate Hudson, Kate Upton and Kate Beckinsale then declaring you’re off the market for life because you’ve got the Triple Kate Crown. Not even trying for Kate Bush, Kate Gosselin or a Kate Spade handbag. You sold yourself short, just like Jose Reyes. Well, yesterday was, well, have I said ‘well’ yet, well, um, well, Mike Minor (8 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.59) got 200 Ks on the season. He did. There’s no denying it, but here’s the path he took: He gave up five runs, didn’t look great, was at 117 pitches and came out for the 8th inning because he needed one more K for 200. Much to his chagrin, he threw a 1-2-3 8th inning on three pitches. So, would he come out for the 9th? You betcha, home slice! Skullduggery was afoot! He got another out, then a two-strike count to Chris Owings, when Owings popped up to Ronald Guzman in foul territory. Guzman, knowing Minor needed another K for 200, dropped the pop-up and his dugout cheered. Baseball:  team sport.  Then, on the next pitch, he struck out Chris Owings and got his 200th K on an 86 MPH winded-as-all-get-out fastball that was called a change with an eye roll on the 126th pitch. So, does this make Minor as bad as Reyes? Much worse? Or better because he was at least trying to do more? No one will ever be as bad as Jose Reyes! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer. Rangers’ manager, Steve Winwood, said after the game, “If Odor needs 700 more at-bats to get 30 homers and a .050 batting average, we will play all day on Sunday into next week!  Let’s get dem accomplishments!”  Any hoo! There’s no Buy column later this afternoon, because everyone is a buy or sell at this point, but Odor does have two homers in the last three games, so whee!

Danny Santana – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (27) and legs (19). Yo, Dannys Antana nearly getting 30/20 this year when he wasn’t owned for the 1st two months is no story because of how bizzonkers offense is, but should be a story.

Willie Calhoun – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 21st homer. Willie hitting third and the Rangers not playing him for five-sixths of the season really P’s me off. Major P’ing here. I’m like Moises Alou but in anger.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer. Nice to see JBJ return to the Dallas-area and this time give a shot rather than take one.

Willians Astudillo – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer. The B lineup of the Twins saw Astudillo hitting third with Jonathan Schoop (2-for-5, 3 RBIs) hitting his 23rd homer and their B lineup scored ten runs and is so much better than the Tigers’ A lineup.

Jose Quintana – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.68. It’s hard to overemphasis how good the Cubs made the very, very bad Pirates look over the last two weeks.

Cole Hamels – With Darvish and Hendricks officially done for the year, Hamels will start on Saturday. I’m sure that will turn out well. Ow, eye roll headache!

Daniel Palka – 2-for-3 and his 1st and 2nd homer. If you needed two home runs yesterday to win your league, you can’t put a price on Palka. Are you saying Yelich was more valuable than Palka? Trout? Acuña? Okay, what did they do for you yesterday? That’s what I’m saying! Best. Sleeper. Of. 2019.

Felix Hernandez – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 6.40, as he made what we most likely be his final start for the Mariners. Sadly, for some other team next year, he’s about to make his 1st start. He feels like a terrible Angels signing that will almost definitely happen. Alas, F-Her in the Big A is supposed to be a thing of beauty.

Sean Manaea – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.21. I can’t wait to be saying next May something like, “Manaea now has an under-2 ERA in his last three months dating back to last year,” while he’s on my teams.

Eric Thames – Left yesterday’s game with hamstring soreness. I got irrationally upset at this. I need every at-bat I can get and this guy plays for one inning and leaves. He couldn’t have just sat out the freakin’ game so I could’ve replaced him? I’m so big mad!

Aristides Aquino – 3-for-5 and a slam (18) and legs (7). He’s 7-for-7 in steal chances and has been everything to me. What a horse! I will call him, Aristidequestrian Aquino.

Luis Castillo – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.40. Blech, terrible way to end the year. Dot dot dot. Unless you don’t own him and he was setting us up to get him a little cheaper next year, then well done, Castillo! Or Ka-still-yo, if I’m pronouncing it.

Tyler Beede – 3 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 7 Ks and left with a tweaked muscle because I can’t have anything nice and I streamed him, due to the Streamonator, and he was throwing a perfect game before my luck entered into the equation.

Mauricio Dubon – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer. I’m fine with him homering because I own him, how’sever, I am not happy the announcer’s home run call for him was Du-boing. That is very disrespectful and I won’t have it. It should be ‘pop goes Duboner.’

Mike Yastrzemski – 2-for-3 and his 21st homer. Singing loudly, “It must’ve been cold there in Grandfather Carl’s shadow–” Oh, sorry, I didn’t hear you come in. Here, have some brandy and cozy up to my mustache–Metaphorically, you weirdo! Yaz II is going to be an interesting name in shallower leagues in 2020, where he likely won’t even be drafted or picked up until May after I tell you to pick him up for five weeks straight.

Zack Wheeler – 8 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.96. This start felt like every Wheeler start this year. Running smoothly, looking good, then into a guardrail where Curtis Granderson and some guy named Heineman, who may or may not be mayonnaise, homers off Wheeler.

Joey Lucchesi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.18. My brain is so damaged I don’t know if we’re looking at a 4.18 ERA from Joey Lucchesi of the Rigatoni Crime Family as a success or failure.

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.05. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but, on the Player Rater, Kershaw had a better year than Ryu. Don’t put on Creed and start writing a strongly-worded letter to me, it was close.

Michael Taylor – 3-for-4 and his 1st homer. Returning to that 2016-19 sleeper glory!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting near-.375 in the last week and I grabbed him in one shallower leagues. All hands and Asdrubals on deck!

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.32. As I’ll go over more of in the following weeks when I recap positions, but I just realized recently that Strasburg was near the top NL pitcher on the Player Rater. I mean, he wasn’t bad, but a 3.32 ERA was the top NL starter? *scribbling out a book’s title “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and changing it to “They Don’t Face DHs, Do They?” then burning the book*

Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer. Weird writing up Cesar while I wear a toga. Maybe I’ll switch out to my Body Glove so Giancarlo can blow all five of me.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome report, man. I know I said yesterday’s report was awesome but I’m just out of words. So maybe it just left me speechless (j/k, y’all. Ante is never speechless!).

    a. I think the true villain in this whole ‘Please let Mike Minor get to 200Ks so he can buy diapers and baby shoes for his newborn baby’ saga was Alex Cora ordering everyone to swing and hit so Minor DOESN’T get to 200Ks in his last game of the season and possibly his career in a totally meaningless game in the standings!

    b. Yep, it happened!! Just as I scripted it in March….Heineman and Grandy go back-to-back!!! (Dis)Honorable Mention….Knapp getting to his 2nd HR!

    c. Kudos to you for Palka nailing his first 2 HRs of the season. Only 38 more HRs and we’re all good, right? J/k, but it really doesn’t make sense that a guy with lightning tower power (as evidenced yesterday) on a team guaranteed 90 losses doesn’t play! No sense, or nonsensical, you choose!

    d. Have a very nice weekend.

    e. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 27

    I decided to put in a whole bunch of quotes that I hadn’t used this year all into one! Enjoy it’s an Abbott and Costello cornucopia.

    1. This one’s a classic and needs no introduction.

    Lou Costello: Hey, Abbott!

    2. [Mr. Davis walks into bedroom, crash is heard, and Abbott looks in]

    Sidney: What’s wrong?

    Bud Abbott: No floor.

    3. Dear Druggist

    Bud Abbott: Just mark down, “Dear druggist”.

    Lou Costello: “Dear druggist”… Go ahead.

    Bud Abbott: Here’s what you want. You want seven milligrams of sulfursilic monosetic acid diluted in seven micrograms of tincturized chlorophyll. Have you got that?

    Lou Costello: All but one part.

    Bud Abbott: What part?

    Lou Costello: The part that comes after “Dear druggist”.

    4. Lou, no intro required.

    Lou Costello: [after answering a question correctly on a TV quiz program then looking directly at the camera] I’m smart!

    5. Lou, again!

    Lou Costello: I’m a b-a-a-a-d boy!

    6. Coffee in Lou’s pajamas

    Hillary Brooke: Hello, Louis.

    Lou Costello: Hello, Hillary. I came to invite you across the hall to Mr. Fields’ apartment for dinner. I’m going to cook dinner over there. Will you come?

    Hillary Brooke: Oh, Louis, I’d love to. How sweet of you. I didn’t know you could cook.

    Lou Costello: Oh, sure. Every morning when I get up, I cook coffee in my pajamas.

    Hillary Brooke: Not in the coffee pot?

    7. Poor Lou, yet again.

    Bud Abbott: This boy doesn’t put himself with any party.

    Lou Costello: That’s right!

    Bud Abbott: Is he republican? No! Is he a Democrat? No! He’s in between the two.

    Audience Member: [shouting] He sure is. He eats like an elephant and thinks like a jackass!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Speechless — now that’s funny!

      A. Yeah, that was BS too, the whole affair was a head scratcher, but I’ll take it — adds drama!

      B. Yeah, killed my Wheeler

      C. You have to hit your 1st two before you can hit your 40th!

      D. You too, Ante!

      E. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        In other news, how about your boy the Stress Burgler getting to 251 Ks!!! Along the way strikes out Harper 3 times in the game! What a douche is Harper, they made some bad moves and they should compete again next year but what a case of unrealized potential.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Harper’s a bad person — you should listen to yesterday’s pod with Donkey Teeth and B_Don (underscores are hard to type)

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I’m with you Ante, I see zero problem with this minor incident (see what i did there?). And here’s why…
      1) Reyes is and always will be a douche
      2) Reyes STOPPED competing, leaving the game, which is what he’s paid to do, and what fans pay hard-earned money to see. Minor did the opposite, he continued to compete, continued to perform for the fans that came to watch a meaningless game, giving them more than what they were expecting, whereas Reyes was robbing the fans.
      3) The Rangers won the game! I believe in battlefield justice… i.e. if you want to stop him, beat him. He got 8 Ks through 7, so, Cora, if you don’t want him to get 200 Ks against you… how about you don’t strikeout the 8 times before that. Nothing says he has to come out of the game and as long as the team is fine with him continuing to compete, putting himself at risk for failure, its on you. he could have given up 4 HRs and 8 runs in the 8th or 9th. but the batters failed, not him.
      4) The Rangers won the game! So they were literally giving Sox extra opportunity to win the game by letting him go out there for so long. One reason i’ve always liked baseball: you can’t just run out the clock. You have beat the other team or they have to beat you, and you can’t avoid it or subvert it. You want to stop someone? do better, don’t cry to me.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yes, 2 is important distinction, but the Rangers also stopped competing by letting a ball drop on purpose

        • Ante Galic says:
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          Grey!!!

          Totally agreed, Minor distinctly tells Guzman to drop the ball, Guzman looks over, and then decides to not go for it. Tells me that Guzman is pretty thick.

          Btw, what a true SLAM and legs for the Gr8 DannyS Antana! He is a master who would never play on a great team like the Cards or the ‘Stros.

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Guzman is not thick, he’s been brainwashed by the stat counters, it’s data infecting his mind

            All blessed slams and legses to Dannys Antana!

            • Ante Galic says:
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              Grey!

              I revered him so much I added and dropped him 3 times, added him in like May and never looked back. No one could predict 30/20-ish from Santana!

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I just dropped Ronald Guzman in solidarity with the old men screaming about Minor’s 200th K

                • Ante Galic says:
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                  Grey!!

                  Guzman for 40 HRs in 2020 for sure!! He is a big strapping youth, it’s amazing he hasn’t been able to muscle out more HRs like Juan ‘Gonzo’ Gonzalez.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Guzman’s an easy 40+ homer guy, you have to believe!

                    • Ante Galic says:
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                      Grey!!!

                      Batting average purists like Scott White would differ with you in that his BA and OBP are so bad the 40+ would not balance out the BA+OBP drain! How did Scott White fare in your ‘perts’ league? Seems like a nice guy from the Atlanta GMA, some acne problems but that’s probably from too much fast food.

                      Cheers,
                      Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, acne? Haha, what? He’s losing to me in our NL-Only league

        • Coolwhip

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          I get that, and I agree in part, but it doesn’t bother me as much because it was a foul ball. If it was a lazy flyout in the field of play I would feel more like they were stopping competition. Letting a foul drop foul and add a strike on a 1-1 count, is it that different than an intentional BB? what if he walked a guy like Fletcher to then try to K a guy like Odor? I’m more bothered by the batters not competing the entire 8th inning than one batted ball in the 9th. it was a 2 run game! it was well within reach for Sox to win game, but they mailed it in.

          I got thigns to discuss here! #slowfriday #endofseason

          • Grey

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            Haha, yeah, that’s fair points, I’m actually not bothered by any of it, neither team was playing for anything… It’s what MLB gets for having the Red Sox face the Rangers this late in the year — Speaking of which, Brewers vs. Rockies? Indians vs. who now? Does MLB schedulers even know what divisions teams are in?

            • Coolwhip

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              HAHAHA so true. i feel like you can avoid 60-75% of this when you make the schedules. You have a pretty good idea who is going to have a shot at competing for something end of year. obviously you can’t bat 1.000 on scheduling but we all knew the Rangers had a much greater chance of being awful this year than not. They got 2 dream seasons from Lynn and Minor, yet they were still 20 (20!) games out from anything meaningful.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I can tell you something that appears to be a mystery to MLB schedulers — Nats vs. Indians was never gonna be a good matchup — they’re in different leagues!

                • Coolwhip

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                  HA! the last week or 2 should be all interdivision games. Because at least the games will have pride involved. And if one team is out of chase they have shot to spoil someone that is.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    What’s seriously crazy is how many times teams play inter-division rivals all year, one series after another, they couldn’t space those out?

                    • Coolwhip

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                      yeah same rival should be spaced out some for sure… move them to the end of year!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Exactly, and they’re mostly geographically closer!

  2. Tom says:
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    If you needed one extra K yesterday to win your league, you can’t put a price on Minor, in fact if you owned Minor all year you are undoubtedly over the moon with his ROI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, indeed

  3. Funny Name says:
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    “Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu won the National League batting title with a .348 average after sitting out both Saturday and Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    LeMahieu also sat out Wednesday and Thursday at San Francisco. He went 0-for-2 on Friday in the Rockies’ 4-1 win over the Brewers and left the game in the fourth inning with a .348 average, one point better than that of Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained buttocks.”

    That was back in 2016, pathetic. Ted Williams could have done the same, but decided to play in both games of a double header to get to .406.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Murphy’s strained buttocks is the interesting part to me

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Needs more fiber in his diet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ had ass troubles and then chose to sit — what a joke!

    • Smitty says:
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      Ahhh Ted Williams, back in the days of consistent hard contact! In these days of analytics, hard to understand the logic of hitters selling out for HR’s and punching out so much. Clubs should take a hard look at getting back to the fundamentals

  4. Scuffy McGee says:
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    2 more starts left, do you like Descalfini at PIT, Ryu at SF or Verlander at LAA? Choose 2

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Verlander and Ryu for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is Verlander gonna throw? Ryu? I guess them, but I’d check news to make sure they’re going

  5. Dave D says:
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    As the new president of the Jordan Yamamoto fan club, I would like a formal complaint for your neglect towards his stupendous acheivements yesterday. I am weeping and an emotional wreck right now.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      LOL… Acuna ‘mamoto! no worries.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I started to write his name, then I erased it bc I couldn’t bear the mention after chickening out from starting him yesterday — I’m damaged goods!

      • Dave D says:
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        I figured as much, so I took the bold and brave maneuver of professing my allegiance/adoration to Jordan. Is it ok to say “Domo arigato, Mr. Yamamoto?” Dennis DeYoung might…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, it is… I should’ve started him, stupid bravery malfunction

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, but not as stupid as me not starting him in DC league for his impeccable debut week with 2W and all those scoreless innings that were totally foreseeable.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup

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    Damn you mets pitchers. I pick up Matz for his 2 starts. Shelled by Miami in game 1. Wheeler single handedly had won that game with a bases loaded single after previously pitching 7 shutout innings then proceeds to shit the bed. Yup, pretty much sums up my dealings with mets pitchers this year. On a bright note I’m 11 points ahead in 1st place and not going to get caught! Thanks G for all your insight and tom foolery this year. I’m already feeling withdrawals from not-being able to read this blog or Buy Sell till next year.

      • Ty Inez says:
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        Will do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can read all winter, you just might have any use for it!

      • Dave D says:
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        Check out fantasy hockey if you anticipate getting bored. Its much more like baseball than football in fantasy. Plus, Razzball has pretty solid coverage.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Amen, Dave D!

      • Ty Inez says:
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        Haha. I will fo sho

  7. bigbear says:
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    Member when Mike Yastrzemski was in the O’s minor league system? Mmmhmmm… IIRC for 2018, they needed to get Joey Rickard and Chris Davis some historic ABs. Yaz did marginal for AAA. So they cut ties with Yaz Jr. Jr. I get it (no I don’t), the 2019 O’s team needed to see what the likes of Stevie Wilkerson, Rickard, Keon Broxton, and Jace Peterson had to offer over a combined 707 PAs. I’m not sure where they could squeeze a .274/.336/.524 guy into their lineup.

    I saw you guys complaining about the Halos, so I figured I throw my O’s struggles into the mix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, the O’s are awful too… Why did they not promote Hays earlier and Mountcastle? Can you imagine if the Braves were still sitting on Albies, Acuna, Soroka and Fried?

  8. William Hung says:
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    As a Mets fan I am offended by your Jose Reyes comment!!! OFFENDED!!!! Also related to Reyes, didn’t he bunt for a base hit to go 1-1? Do you remember who he beat out for the BA title?

    Ok on a serious note – related to the BA title, there was one year when John Olerud and Larry Walker were duking it out. I don’t think there were any shenanigans that year, but I do remember it coming down to like the 2nd to last or last game between those 2. I just remember being disappointed Olerud couldn’t beat out Walker

    Looking forward to all the offseason content and overobsessing on your sleeper picks and mock drafting in December-March so I can reclaim my title

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I forget who he beat, was it Carpenter or Murphy or someone?

      Haha, definitely! I used to love Olerud bc he had a helmet on in the field which was for some reason awesome to me

      • William Hung says:
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        it was AWESOME! Until I found out there was a practical/medical reason for it, and I was scared for his life every time a liner was headed for him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, that’s prolly why it stuck with me too… It’s scary as a kid

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    The curious case of Marcus Semen. He is having such a great year but none of the “experts” are talking about it. He’s the 19th ranked player on cbs. 122/32/91/10/286.

    Do I need to buy Scott White and Klarabell some blacklights?

    How late will he go next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own him, and love him this year… It does feel a bit like career year tho

  10. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Good write up……..a weasel move by Minor for sure . By Razball Rule 89.2P i’m required to provide a Philly sports moment. That move reminds me when Allen Iverson scored 60 to break Wilt Champerlins record. Sixers were a bad team and AI a selfish player. It was amazing until the end the it was a joke the Magic players were just standing around letting him take uncontested layups for about 20 of the points.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — that’s awesome, hadn’t heard about that…

  11. Matty says:
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    Sit or start Plesac against the Nats in my finals matchup? Streamonator doesn’t care for it.
    I could use the QS and Ks, and have a narrow lead in WHIP and ERA.
    Trying to make it through fantasy playoffs while all these teams sit their guys and play out the string is a logistical nightmare.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      We had our championship game last week, to avoid the benching of players, worked out really well.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        yeah thats how we set ours too

      • bigbear says:
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        That’s how I run mine. Throw in a limit to the number of moves and dang… I’m in another where I’m campaigning to make the switch for next year.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      *cough* H2H season should end early *cough*

      I think I sit Plesac there.

      • Matty says:
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        Right? I’m going to push for an early end in my leagues next year. I’m in another league that’s a one week H2H championship this week, it’s like playing baseball all year and switching to Cricket for the World Series.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Why didn’t I draft another wicket keeper!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I might start Plesac myself…Depends how bad you need it at this point, right? Might depend on how the Nats lineup looks at gametime whether I actual put him in my lineup

  12. Twins Peaker says:
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    DT and Grey and all others….thanks for everything all year.

    Will today’s buy be a 2020 related buy?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      No problem, Twins Peaker!

      I don’t think there’s buy/sell this week but Grey will correct me if I’m wrong. Which has never happened before.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, TP!

      There’s no Buy today

  13. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    to answer your question on Lucchesi (or make it more confusing, lol),
    ERA by month:
    mar/apr 4.94
    may 2.97
    june 3.81
    jul 4.98
    aug 3.58
    sept 5.49

    home/away split: 2.56 (.183 BAA)/6.22 (.289 BAA) ay caramba!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hodgepadre!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        certainly looks that way this year!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Thats fantastic… let the man have his moment, lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, much Johnny Drama

  14. SchortiveSchticks says:
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    Hey to the Heyyyyyyy,

    So are we green light on all Brewers hitters this weekend in Coors? Or do we expect them to be dogging it heading into the posts? And I’m not talking about benching dudes, I can manage that. (I was so excited for Thames this weekend. Drats!)

    Lurrve,
    Nobody you know

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m worried some might sit, I’d look at guys like Grisham, Spangenberg, Perez…Guys they might not usually start

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Yeah, I feel like Grisham has been getting a little hot lately and he’s the hot ticket this weekend.

        I’ll be back after this weekend to tell you how I did and offer you all the gratitude I have to give for yet another delightful season of razzzzzing it up. But if i forget, thanks for a great year.

        (who am I kidding? I’ll comment again this afternoon . . . )

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, of course!

  15. Matty says:
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    Dynasty question with slight championship implications-
    In a 12 team 6×6 OPS/ QS/ HD do you guys think that Danny’s Santana or Lucas Giolito will be more valuable next year?
    I’m keeping a pitching staff of Scherzer, Biebs, Gallen, Manaea, McCullers Jr., and maybe Bauer, Means, and/ or Plesac, and my probable 1B options next year are Hosmer or Renata Nuñez.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giolito

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Awesome

  16. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In desperate need of Ws, QS, ERA & WHIP. How do you feel about streaming the following blokes?

    Voth vs. CLE
    Mills @ STL
    Skoglund vs. MIN

    H2H in the last week of the regular season blows….

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m streaming Voth — not the other two and they arer available to me

  17. Huffin Gas says:
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    The final weeks of MLB take you to strange places in fantasy. I’m like a crack addict who hasn’t had a fix in days, but I’m addicted to ratios and my fix = questionable streamers nearly every day because the roto standings are that close. But then I look back and wish I would of just started some of my regular SPs in questionable matchups during the course of the season. And then I put myself in this same situation next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, every year, and now I’m scrounging up starters for this weekend…Like I didn’t know the season was about to end… It’s procrastinating

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I think, I don’t know, I need to google it but I’m putting it off

  18. Cersy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great stuff as always!

    What in gods name do you think is wrong with machado? Do you think he bounces back next year? I have him in a keeper pool and feel like I have to keep him just because of who he is.

    Thanks,

    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Petco? I don’t know, but if his steals dry up, then 35/.275 isn’t that interesting

  19. J-hova says:
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    Great write up, can’t believe this is the last in season one.. Can’t claim a Kate Triple Crown without Gosselin! I missed the Minor spectacle. It sounds ridiculous and just asking for a Johan Santana type injury though i’m Guessing Minor has very low expectations going into last year. The most ridiculous one that I can remember was the player for UConn that ruptured her Achilles a point away from the NCAA scoring record. The next game they put her under the basket with her leg wrapped and gave her an uncontested layup to set the record…

    Are you starting Glasgow today in a tight WHIP race?

    Not sure if your a fan of the band Future Islands but their lead singer is a really good rapper and put out a song / announced an album today. Def worth checking out – Hemlock Ernst – Down – reminds me of early 2000’s Anticon if you were into that.

    Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be one last roundup Monday morning…. Hilarious on the UConn exmaple…

      I’d start Glasnow

      Will check out that album, thanks!

      • J-Hova says:
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        Thanks for a great season – hope to be celebrating a win when reading Mondays write up. Have a great weekend!

        • Grey

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          You too!

  20. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I hear ya on the Thames thing. I was rather peeved and thought, “Geez, I’m really this ticked off by Eric freaking Thames getting injured?” Well, I need homers and rbi’s in some leagues and grabbed a bunch of shares of him due to his RHP matchups at Coors. It looks like he’ll play though.

    • Grey

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      Eff me, I’ve already dropped him, so he’ll prolly hit 5 HRs this weekend

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Not to worry, you can live vicariously through me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate it!

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            hahaha. NP.

            What about Arcia? He’s hottish right now and widely available. I grabbed him in a couple places.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I grabbed Arcia last night, good call

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                Also, what the hell Wheeler? 28 year old garbage player Tyler Heineman gets him for a 2-run homer to lose the lead, then the hologram of Curtis Granderson gets him. Yeesh.

                Just had to get that out of my system.

                • Grey

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                  I know just about all players, but Tyler Heineman was a new for me… Maybe it was Wheeler subtle way of telling Callaway he once again mismanaged the game

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Thames back in the lineup today!

        Hamels has better work out ok! He might have my season in his hands!

        • Grey

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          Damn, I’ve already dropped him, not cool!

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            Please don’t let bad Vince show up today.

            • Grey

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              It’s too late, no?

              • Stephen Lyon says:
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                Might be! Opponent has Keuchel and Stroman slugging it out though so that helps.

                I’d settle for ‘barely struggles to a QS’ Vince tbh

                • Grey

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                  Haha

                  • Stephen Lyon says:
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                    This prick never pitches well when I start him.

                    • Grey

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                      Sounds like all my pitchers

  21. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Do you remember the accomplishment attempt with Mark Buehrle? He had thrown at least 200 IP in every year of his career and was 2 IP short on the last day of the season. They started him again after just 2 days rest and he couldn’t get out of the first inning. LOL

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      That was 2015 Blue Jays

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! I didn’t remember that… That’s classic

  22. Coolwhip

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    Brewers are 1 game back from Cardinals… with 3 games left @ COL, Cards have 3 home vs Cubs. This is what i’m watching this weekend, on the heels of my Hiura post. If they end 1 game back, .5 games back, etc… i will laugh hysterically and toast my beer to their incompetence.

    • Grey

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      Haha, nice! Yeah, they’re dumb

      • Coolwhip

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        Now I really want them to finish .5 game back and lose the WC game to the Nats (which they will, Mad Max lose a WC game start against a lineup without Yelich? i don’t think so.). I’m sure there were several 1, 2 run games that Shaw had sombreros in that could have ended differently with Hiura in them. I need this to happen! Justice must be served!

        • Coolwhip

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          well, i guess .5 games back is not possible. but 1 is!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, coming with the receipts!

          • Coolwhip

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            btw Cubs really screwed the pooch on the homestretch, they are 1-9 in their last 10, brewers have rallied 9-1 in their last 10.

            • Grey

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              Cubs got the Pirates in like 10 games too and got killed by them… The Pirates, oy

              • Coolwhip

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                haha so true… also, guess who rejoined the Brewers right before they began their rally??? rhymes with Heston Kiura.

                • Grey

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                  Haha, who tho?!

  23. toolshed says:
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    That’s a brilliant move by texas. Let a pitcher who has a history of arm injuries throw 126 pitches just so he can get 200k. He is probably their best trade piece too since he signed next year. Nice

    • Grey

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      Haha, yup!

  24. Cram It says:
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    Buy, sell! Buy, sell!! Buy…..*sad face*

    • Grey

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      Haha

      • William Hung says:
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        Totally thought i clicked on Buy Sell for a second then realized you just moved the morning column to the top of the page

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, fooled ya!

  25. Stumanji! says:
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    I’m in the camp that there’s no mercy in professional sports. This isn’t a Premiere Academy versus Sisters of the Poor high school game. You get paid millions of dollars to do your job; it isn’t up to your opponent to help you not suck. If you don’t want a team running up the score, stop them. If you can’t get a hit against the shift, learn how to hit it the other way. If you don’t want a guy bunting for a hit against a shift, play him straight up. If you don’t want a guy to get to 200 Ks, don’t strike out! Pretty simple IMO. All this “playing the game the right way” is garbage, sore loser stuff. The Rangers we’re winning in a 2-run game! They literally gave the Sox another chance to get a hit/score/win, and he still struck out. Seems like a Red Sox problem, not a Rangers problem.

    • Coolwhip

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      haha yep, said the same above :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amen!

  26. steve stevenson says:
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    I was at that Jose Reyes game! Was fun explaining what he was doing to my wife.

    • steve stevenson says:
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      Wait, that came out wrong.

      Crap, so did that.

      • Grey

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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait until she hears about more Jose Reyes stories

  27. hondo says:
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    Hey Grey,came out of the ICU with no Ketel or JustDong,season over.Was unhappy about that and their morphine stinginess.

    2 If hits for Matt Adams tonight.

    Thanks for all the great help this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Hope you’re okay!

      • hondo says:
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        I’m good.The VA gets a bad rap sometimes,but they’ve done me right.I can’t tell much difference from the care my parents got from my Pops old school defense contractor bennie program.
        Home and finally spinally fusing Just waiting for January Grey.
        Peace

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s great to hear! Be well!

      • Smitty says:
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        Want to echo what Hondo has to say, and all the best to you Hondo. Thank you for your service to our great country. The world is a better place because of people like you.
        Thanks Grey for your comments and guidance, even though we didn’t always see eye to eye I considered your point of view and valued your rankings. I am 2 days away from winning our league’s 36th season with a 7 point lead. We have a standard 5X5 Rotisserie 12 teamer, redraft every year. My Co-MVP’s are Verlander and Rendon.
        Thanks again brother-man, your help and expertise was appreciated.
        Respectfully, OG Smitty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s awesome, Smitty! Nice work!

  28. Fish says:
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    Any batty calls for tomorrow?

    • dau says:
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      Austin Hays

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal? Orlando Arcia? Hilliard?

  29. Scott Kimmel says:
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    grey,

    I need to stream. Would you drop Lamet for nova?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        or grab Plutko?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prefer Nova

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            glad i didnt pick up plutko

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Grey,

                Taijuan Walker or Joe Ross

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Neither? Ross I guess

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    i need innings, I heard Alex Young Is coming in after Walker.

                    • Grey

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                      Go Young then

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      i heard Hill is going 3, I have dillon Peters going tomorrow, and Young, I need one more pitcher to maker sure I get 16 innings. So Ross, Taijuan or Turnbull

                    • Grey

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                      Turnbull

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      thanks buddy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  30. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Uh oh Plutko.

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      SON nailed this one. I wasn’t winning ERA anyway *gritted teeth emoji*

  31. slimbo says:
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    whats up buddy thanks for everything this season!

    question for you about my keepers next season..we keep 8 (30 inning minimum)

    for sure keepers: Bellinger, Devers, Tatis Jr

    Which 5 from this bunch would you keep?
    kyle tucker, Benintendi, Rizzo, Glassnow, Paddack, Bieber, Soroka, Flaherty, Sale, Ohtani

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Nice keepers, tough calls! Benintendi, Rizzo, Paddack, Bieber, Flaherty

  32. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Love Aquino but how do you strand 10 guys? Jesus.

    • Grey

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      I know ugh

  33. Snacks Zillion says:
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    League championship comes down to today, in a real slugfest.

    Back and forth and still in it despite injuries to Yelich, Acura and Bryant. Razz Ball has been a HUGE help this season. I am playing my idiot brother in law for the title and I hate his guts. He is a loudmouth entitled Jerk that will be defeated in a slow painful fiery death today thanks to all the heads up from you guys. Thank you again for the best fantasy baseball season I have had. Cheers!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you better beat that jerk! (Apologies if the jerk also reads Razzball)

  34. Trader says:
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    Site constantly reloading. Is problem on my end or yours? No other site giving me problems

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not having an issue

  35. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I ended up losing too many key pieces down the stretch (e.g., Yelich, Sale, Encarnacion, Dahl, etc.) and got 2nd in my H2H 12-team keeper. Wanted to say thanks for all the help throughout the season. The Yacht Rock station has finally switched to some crappy love song station. Turned to it the other day and Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” was on. Gross. Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop! Noooooooo! Not 2nd! Damn, and losing Yacht Rock! Seriously, though, why does Sirius think Yacht Rock is seasonal?

  36. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    So how ya feeling about ‘Perts? You seemed rather timorous the other day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m scared shitless, but I think I’m in the driver’s seat… Will gain 1.5 points today, and think I can only lose 2 in absolute worst case scenario… We’ll see…

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        We’re all pulling for ya down at the station.

        The original recipe is a 3 horse race, unfortunately I ain’t one of them horses, but I do figure in the outcome.

        I need a batting average miracle in another league. A swing of 1 point in .avg gives me 2 in the standings and wins the league. I’m stressed my man.

        It’s well and truly squeaky bum time!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate it! I’m pulling for you too! I kinda hate the stress of it coming down to the last day….

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            Me too! Whatever our respective outcomes, stress-free baseball (at least fantasy wise) is on the way.

            • Grey

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              I know! I can’t wait

  37. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Despite drafting Bauer and Marquez as my #1 and #2 starters, despite Rizzo and Goldy having relatively meh offensive seasons in the context of this one, despite drafting Jean Segura in the 5th, David Dahl in the 6th and Travis Shaw in the 8th, despite having Giolito and Gallen shut down on me prematurely and despite losing Acuna for the final week of the season…

    the mighty Cleveland Spiders go back to back!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, awesome! Well done, SteveNZ!

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Thanks! Despite his understandably early exit, Giolito picked up so much slack “he’s breaking out” you said – wise words indeed. And of course, even in a huge offensive year, SON did a fantastic job for me again.

        And though some of those earlier hitter picks didn’t fully work out, I struck gold on Moncada (10th), Santana (13th), Ohtani (21st) and nabbed Hiura, Aquino and JOC along the way.

        It’s only a silly pretend game, but this one feels pretty good :-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, those pickups were awesome… You had faith in Joc, even when I didn’t

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            Not complete faith. I did drop him at one point and then grabbed him again!

            • Grey

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              Hey, whatever works!

  38. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Who are we cheering for in the playoffs? Seem to be a few teams I’d be happy to see do well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Twins!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braves in NL

  39. Gotime says:
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    What did I tell you!!! 88 miles per hour!!!!
    League champion! (ran a hot last 4 weeks H2H 12 categories per week going 38-7-3)
    Appreciate all the work you do Grey, time to buy you a Boba!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, awesome, congrats!

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