Maybe because The Bastard Executioner premiered last night, but I’m feeling reminiscent for Sons of Anarchy — Jax, Clay, Peg Bundy and that Irish guy I couldn’t understand — and, specifically, to the Season 4 premiere set to Joshua James’s Coal War.  In that spirit, I ain’t cuttin’ my Strasburg till the good Strasburg shows!  Ain’t cuttin’ my Strasburg till the good Strasburg shows!  Ain’t cuttin’ my Strasburg till the good Strasburg shows!  Good Lord, when’s he gonna come!  I hate to give someone a lede soon after I just gave them a lede, but Stephen Strasburg had a line of 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 1 Walk, 14 Ks, and I need to make exceptions.  As previously stated, Strasburg’s control and ERA (still at 3.98 on the year) have been all over the map like a drunk Magellan, but, as he showed yesterday, he could easily be a Cy Young candidate for 2016.  I just wish he’d wait until April of next year to show it so we can draft him for cheap.  Likely, most have moved on to fantasy football, so people will see a 3.90-ish ERA from him and under draft him next year.  That’s when we pounce like SAMCRO near an Elvis impersonator that’s not Bobby.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bryce Harper – 3-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 38th and 39th homers.  He ran into those two home run pitches like they were walls.

Ryan Howard – Could be out a while with a knee contusion.  In his place, Darin Ruf, who sounds like a preppy dog.  “Is that an Izod on your cocker spaniel?” “Why yes.  His name is Darin Ruf.”

Maikel Franco – Could return next week.  Someone needs to talk some sense into the Phillies organization.  Don’t bring him back.  There’s no reason.  Let him rest.  Get him ready to be on the Grey Albright All-Stars next year.

Jason Hammel – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  How is his season ERA only 3.73?  I feel like if you were to actually calculate his ERA it would be close to 5.  Did Hammel hire Melky to hack into major league baseball’s databases?  Remember, it’s not a conspiracy if it’s true.

Jon Lester – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  I saw Lester was starting and Starling Marte (1-for-4) was going to return to the lineup and I was like, “Grey gonna get himself some steals.  Giddy up, snitches!”  And Marte was caught stealing by a Lester pick-off for the first time since 2011.  Lester didn’t even attempt to pick-off a runner last year!  I’m going to bid on a trombone on eBay so I can play a sad tune.

Gerrit Cole – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  One question: where were you when I was walking?  Okay, two questions, is there a more boring (boringer?) quality start than the six innings, three earned runs jobber?  I think we need to look into upping the requirements for a Quality Start.  I’m not pointing fingers, but I blame former commissioner, Bud Selig.

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 46th save, ERA at 2.00.  That ties him for the Pirates single season team record for saves.  Good thing you dropped Melancon in April when he was struggling.  Oopsies!

J.A. Happ – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.96 on the Pirates.  It’s 3.84 overall, but why do you care what he did in May?  Are you some kind of stalker?

Phil Hughes – 3 IP, 3 ER as he was activated from the DL.  It’s hard for pitchers to come back and pick up right where they left off, but Hughes managed to pull it off.

Aaron Hicks – 2-for-5, 1 run, and back-to-back multi-hit games.  He’s no Eduardo Escobar (1-for-4), but it’s something.

Anibal Sanchez – Headed to see Dr. James Andrews.  “Please fill out both sides of the form.  Very important that you also fill out where you want us to send your elbow tendon once we remove it.”  That’s the receptionist at Dr. James Andrews’s office.

Victor Martinez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Well, if this one game isn’t worth the 5th round draft pick, I don’t know what is.

Alex Rios – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  Damn, he’s making the Bumgarner vs. Bogaerts home run chase a three man race now!

Kris Medlen – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 0 Ks.  Elias Sports Bureau said that Medlen was the first starter to throw six shutout innings with no Ks since the Red Stockings’ Noah Cheeze, who you might remember used to give his 2nd baseman and shortstop a 300-feet high mitt until that was outlawed.

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-4.  I just want to put on Ed Sheeran and set up a picture of Lindor on my desk.

Josh Tomlin – 9 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.70.  Wow, through 62 1/3 IP this year in Triple-A and the majors, he’s allowed only four walks.  He’s always had good command, but that’s next level shizz.  He is 30 years old and is still tooling around in the minors on occasion, so the upside isn’t huge (I mean, he averages 88 MPH on his fastball).  I’d consider the Stream-o-Nator when looking at him, but still start him next time out.

Tyson Ross – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  The punchouts have still been nice this year from Tyson, but the WHIP (1.31) makes me want to bite someone’s ear off.

Justin Upton – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 26th homer.  It’s gonna be hard to rank him in the 2nd round next year as has been my wont, so I won’t (almost stutterer!), which will mean next year he’ll finally have the year I’ve been dying to see.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (17) and legs (35).  If only perestroika was this successful.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 32nd homer.  Asterisks are like snowflakes; no two are the same.  Except for the asterisks following A-Rod and Bonds’s names.

Greg Bird – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I already have the Twins/Yankees next season series circled for the Bird/Ervin matchup.

Mike Mahtook – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 2nd steal in as many games.  I guess if you’re desperate in deep leagues, but I can’t take a guy named Mahtook seriously.  I Mahtook you for a schnook.

J.P. Arencibia – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs.  For what it’s Werth, I grabbed Arencibia in my RCL league last week, and haven’t considered dropping him.  Of course, I don’t pay much attention to the catcher slot, but Cust kayin’.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Left yesterday’s game day-to-day with a knee strain.  When the strain was announced, Dustin Hoffman showed up in a hazmat suit.

Brandon Gomes – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save, a day after Boxberger had his buns, shredded lettuce, tomato and special sauce handed to him.   Gomes is not the closer, but Boxberger could get only easy chances the rest of the way, or until he bounces back.  I’d look at Colome, if trying to vulture a save or two.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.26, after starting August with a 2.76 ERA.  Shizz is going up quicker than gas!  That’ll be my first line at the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast speech.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4 and his 42nd homer.  I will never doubt you again.  Now please stop hitting homers.

Franklin Gutierrez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and his 5th homer in his last 11 games, but that dates back almost three weeks, because The Big FraGu doesn’t start anywhere near every day.  As the angry pimp says, ho-hum.

David Murphy – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, as he led off.  The fact that Murphy is leading off says a few things, A) The Angels are a mess offensively.  B) The Sciosciapath is throwing crap at the walls.  C) There’s no C.

Giancarlo Stanton – Ready for his final checkup.  Sounds like I need to brush off the ol’ stethoscope and sneak in there for the hernia test.  “How does this have to do with my hamate?”  “Sorry, I heard hand and bone.”

Dee Gordon – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  That’s also the third time this season he had a shot at hitting for the cycle.  Or so says my MLB At Bat app.

Justin Bour – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Not much time for cyclops’ing, but Bour was hitting .190 for the week going into yesterday’s game, so it’s too early to say if he’s now hot.

Christian Yelich – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  See what I said about Bour, but subtract 17 years.

Tom Koehler – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.90 and this was his 10th win.  In today’s lesson of how stupid wins are, Lester also has ten wins.

Jacob deGrom – 5 IP, 6 ER vs. the Marlins.  The Regression Fairies have used a bouquet of flowers emoji, they’ve been to the midnight showing of Rocky Horror wearing a garter belt and they will destroy all that is right with your ratios.

Brett Anderson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.35.  The season-long ERA doesn’t say this, but I’d look at Anderson as a streamer, and, as the Stream-o-Nator says, I wouldn’t trust him for his next start.

Hunter Pence – Aiming to return for the final homestand.  Or I guess in The Gangly Manbird’s case, it’s a final neststand.

Brandon Crawford – Hoping to return to the lineup on Friday from his oblique/calf issues, which is different than an oblique calf, which vaguely moos and smokes with a long cigarette holder while wearing a beret.

Chris Heston – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  When Heston isn’t even good at home, what else do we have?  Fighting background checks for firearms?

Matt Duffy – 3-for-5, 2 runs, now has multiple hits in four of his last five games.  He rocks and toughy, it’s Matt Duffy!

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 34th homer, and 4th homer this week.  Geez, doode, where were you in August?

Joe Kelly – Left yesterday’s game with a shoulder injury.  Or someone asked him to explain the Red Sox rotation this year with a visual pun.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 4th homer in his last eight games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 10th steal.  You’re looking at the guy who is going to be the number one shortstop for fantasy this year, according to the Player Rater.  *you turning to a mirror*  No, that doesn’t make you the number one shortstop.  Of course, that’s the top shortstop in ESPN where they have more rigid criteria about position eligibility and what employees can tweet.

Manny Machado – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 29th homer.  In our way-too-early 2016 mock draft, Machado went sixth overall.  Hear about it on this week’s podcast.  Or not.  Your call.

Jeff Samardzija – 3 IP, 10 ER.  Samardzija is actually the street name for what chemists call olestra, which when added to food causes the runs.  “Lay’s Potato Chips, now with Samardzija!”

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer and four hits the day before.  Member that few-week-long stretch when Melky was hot earlier this year?  It’s happening again.

Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  I’d been meaning to mention Alexei for a few days now, but, well, he hadn’t done anything the past two days.  In the month of September though, he’s hitting near-.330.

Adam Eaton – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 15th steal.  Just stand near the A’s-White Sox matchup and catch counting stats as they fall.

Jesse Chavez – Out for the season with a fractured rib.  The A’s knew he was in trouble when they walked in on Billy Butler lathering Chavez’s ribs with sauce.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Yesterday, I said he was a rising schmotato.  Today, I say grab Reddick, in the non-sexual way.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 12th homer.  This won’t be the first or last time a Semien goes deep against White Sox, not as long as puberty is a thing.

Brett Lawrie – Had been swinging a hot bat, and the A’s scored 17 runs, but Lawrie didn’t play.  Holy sit!

Mark Canha – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  It might be easier to point who didn’t get multiple hits yesterday for the A’s, but Canha has been hot and continues to schmotato.

Collin McHugh – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. Derek Holland 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Killing H2H dreams and not taking names.  You could at least take names!

Delino DeShields – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 23rd steal, and hitting around .200 in the last week.  Where’s the hot bats? *Eduardo Escobar jumps up waving his hands*  Where are they?

Adrian Beltre – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Where was this for five frickin’ months?!

Jonathan Lucroy – Says he’s not improving from his concussion.  Justin Morneau says, “Meetings are Tuesday nights at the Y.  That is the letter Y, not a martini glass.”

Ariel Pena – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Fun fact!  Ariel is a merman.

Khris Davis – 2-for-3 and his 21st homer.  Can I draft him on all of my 2016 teams right now?

Matt Holliday – Last week, the Cardinals said Holliday would be an everyday player once activated from the DL.  Yesterday, he was activated.  Yesterday, he also didn’t start.

Carlos Martinez – 8 IP, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  C’mon, man, four more solid starts and then you can crap the duvet in the real playoffs.

Jason Heyward – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (22), hitting .296.  You’d likely expect and want 22 HRs and 12 SBs, rather than the reverse like Heyward has, but they’re not all that different.  Surprising even myself to say this, Heyward hasn’t been bad this year.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 16th homer.  Two and a half weeks and 14 homers to JayWrong’s prediction!

Drew Hutchison – Moved to the bullpen.  Hutch should fit in perfect in the 1970’s TV bullpen with Bo Schultz and Aaron Loup, otherwise known as Bo and Loup.

  1. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    Another pleasant way to start the day. Thanks Grey.

    The prayer circle must have worked.

    Points league final. Day 2. Aroldis, 10 points cheap win. Boom! Just 12 days to cling on…

    H2H league BA .147…great in snooker.

  2. The Theory says:
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    I call this roundup “Players whom once i dropped, and are now making me regret dropping them.

    Except for Samardzija–dropping Jeff Samardzija was the best decision I made since I drafted Jeff Samardzija.”

  3. Manley Ramirez says:
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    I see your excellent Semien line and raise you:

    Semien touching off on White Sox, that can really incite Reddick. Indeed, the whole Oakland lineup was aflame tonight!

    While numerous White Sox pitchers did take the walk of shame after this debacle, they can at least be thankful it finished without any Burns. But I’d check the boxscore again in a few days to make sure, as these things can be latent.

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Still stayin’ alive in both semi-final H2H matchups.

    a. Did you see Mahtook’s catch and then assist to double up Gardner on 2B? That was a huge play, albeit from the day before yesterday. (http://m.mlb.com/news/article/149519650/mikie-mahtook-turns-amazing-double-play)

    b. Was following the early Cubs-Pirates game and Cole pitched well, Soria allowed all of his inherited runners to score. Of course Soria had to allow the run to score from 3B before he eventually struck out Schwarber. He’s a douche. My question is he was perfect through 6 INN with like 90+ pitches. Why not just bring in the BP in the top of the 7th?

    c. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Before game one of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James tweeted he was too excited to sleep. The Heat are concerned about a fatigue factor but James said that Miami shouldn’t worry because the entire city is made of cocaine.’

    d. BONUS NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Middleweight boxer Bernard Hopkins has caused a stir by stating that Donovan McNabb is not black enough. The two men have decided to settle their differences with an old-fashioned game of “who cannot catch a cab”.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      Soria was so frustrating yesterday I was watching live too and couldn’t believe what he was doing to cole’s game

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Ante GALIC: After that play Gardner was walking with his head down, scared to look, Girardi shook, ain’t no so such thing as running half-way on Mahtook!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Manley Ramirez: well done, Manley!! Mahtook is a big boy, country strong.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. I Mahtook him for a great defensive player! B. Yeah, totally C. Haha

  5. assy says:
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    and the Torenado! with his 39th blast, sometime after midnight here in LA

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @assy: On such occasions, Grey should serenade the Torenado with this:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @assy: Yeah, I was asleep by then…But I felt the winds

  6. J-Dawg says:
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    Wasn’t Mahtook one of the characters in that great 80’s movie “Cave Man” starring Ringo Starr? Peace and love, peace and LOVE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Dawg: Weren’t you a character on the best reality show ever? The Pickup Artist

      • Jj says:
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        @Grey:
        Ha!

  7. Gray's sports almanac says:
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    Fantastic write ups today Grey, I found myself giggling in Homer Simpson’s girl giggle laugh while reading it. Do you find yourself doing the same thing?

      • Gray's sports almanac says:
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        @Grey: ha of course, I knew that! Love it! My wife always laughs when I’m giggling at ur daily round ups

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice!

  8. PK says:
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    Great work, as always. McHugh blurb put a smile on my face to start the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Thanks!

  9. Eric says:
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    Angels at the Twins this week. Start Milone and/or Gibson? Start Hudson at home against Zona?
    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Depends if you need them… I’d start Hudson, Gibson and Milone in the right circumstances

  10. Ty says:
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    I have Ross too and he goes twice next week. Hope I don’t end up whipping my ear off.
    Let’s see, I grabbed Swihart, but homeboy doesn’t play enough and I’m getting down to the nitty-gritty in my league. Fighting for 3rd place possibly 2nd. Do I grab J.P.A or maybe Cervelli who plays 4 in coors 3 in Wrigley next week? Been streaming my 3rd outfielder as well. I have Canha in there now, he plays 6 at home vs the Rangers no Hamels and SF no Bum. Or should I scoop up Dickerson who plays all 7 at home but goes up against Pirates and Dodgers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty: Cervelli…Dickerson

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks G!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. 740 says:
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    sup Grey wats good? thanks 4 the read. 10team h2h 5×5.

    heading toward the championship round. crunch time! please pick 2. Didi, Desmond, Baez, Segura, Alexei, Peralta, Andrus.

    thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: No problem… Segura, Alexei

  12. Lville Jim says:
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    I think the fairies brought Tim Curry along to serenade DeGrom with “Sweet Regresstite”.

  13. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    I’ve been on the QS change bandwagon for years. Since when is a 4.50 ERA quality? How about 6IP and 2ER or 7 and 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: We need to start a strongly written email campaign

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Grey: change.org

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  14. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Last 2 weeks: Rondon, Ross or Jepson?

    That question embarrasses me btw.

  15. rottenpicks says:
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    lindor or segura? Billy Hamilton has won steals for me every week. Since he has been hurt I only won that stat once. I really need Hits and Steals…

    • rottenpicks says:
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      @rottenpicks:

      Or Correa? He has been playing my flex with billy and Kris davis. I have a HR package and a SB package! haha.. So happy Football season is back. I just need to win this week to lock up some money.

  16. Scott says:
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    Oh look, DeShields figured out how to steal bases again. %#$&*#&!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Samardzija!

  17. Weird Al Yankabitch says:
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    Hey bud! Always great reads! Pushing down the stretch to maintain a lead, starting to lose my gap at SBs since Billy Burns went down..

    It’s AL only and we’ve got to make a decision today on whether we activate Dalton Pompey or not to our active roster.

    Do you think Billy Burns comes back this year? Any hope for Pompey to produce enough to try and find space for him? We have Rasmus, Buxton, and Burns to cut (or DL for Billy) if we need to make space for Dalton.

    What do you think? Just toss Pompey away like garbage or cherish him like gold?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: burns is set to return this week…last I read. Possibly today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, in that case, I go with Burns

  18. Let's try Xander says:
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    Xander Xander bo bander, me mi mo mander, fe fi fo fander, Xander!

      • Gray's sports almanac says:
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        @Grey: now chuck!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  19. ashtray says:
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    My H2H team is continuing a yearly tradition of going ice-cold in the playoffs. There’s some decent bats on waivers. Which 2 should I use to try to salvage this weeks matchup:

    Gutierrez
    Conforto
    Khris Davis
    Yelich
    Reimold
    Kang
    Segura
    Pagan

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    Holland velo was down to 86 yesterday. He was able to pipe one in the low 90’s for the final out.

    Concerned that he is pitching hurt.

    Perkins on the wire, you think it’s worthwhile to flip one for the other, or just hold and hope?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dem ribbies: I’d go with Holland, assuming you mean Greg

  21. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    Okay Khris. You can stop homering now we don’t want that 2016 price going up too much…..

    So I haven’t had a real meaningful matchup in a few weeks, as I kinda ran away with the 1 seed. Really haven’t been checking the wire and stuff. Realized I lost Tulo the other day. So I go to check the wire, and this is a good 12 team league, and Corey Seager is there. I was like WTF? Am I missing something, G? He’s playing every day right?

    I really haven’t been paying much attention but I have to get ready for next week now. Diving back in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So true with Khris, why can’t hibernaters hibernate for a few more weeks? Seager has been playing, but Mattingly has threatened to start Rollins over him

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: He couldn’t. Could he? He wouldn’t. Would he? He shouldn’t. No he definitely shouldn’t.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh he could, he could

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            HOW COULD HE

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He doesn’t know what he does

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Clutch hitter back in the day, tho

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I kinda loved Mattingly in the 80s, which is weird now

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Well as they say- “You either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villain…”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I hope to live long then!

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    I just wanted to give you props on the Arenado call. Holy wow that guy is a monster. I’m now struggling to make Rizzo my Franchise* player over him.

    *that’s the one keeper we get to hang on to forever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Thanks, yeah, the Torenado!

    • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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      Frankly, I’d keep Arenado. I’m a die-hard Cubs fan but Arenado in Coors is too much to pass up. Put him in another ballpark and I’d keep Rizzo.

  23. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I think it’s more than safe to drop Alphabet Soup now, right? So sick of him this year.

    I’m on bye this week, with second round starting next week. His next start for that week will either be @Det or @NYY.

    Help me pull the trigger. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should’ve dropped him months ago…

  24. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Should I sit the “killing my playoff matchup” Miggy (v Santana) or Rizzo (v Burnett) today to play Peralta v. Cashner or Blackmon in LA v. Wood? Need R, OBP, OPS (and HR).

    Dee Gordon is out homering nearly my entire lineup! (1 HR v. the combined 0 from Miggy, Rizzo, Dozier, Marte, and Springer).

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Good point. If I lose because all of my studs have an OBP under 300, and OPS under 500, and no HR…that is something you can live with. If I lose because I benched Miggy or Rizzo on a monster night, that’s the kind of thing that gives you ‘nam flashbacks in the offseason.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly

  25. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    No mention of Torenado’s 39th? Or was your computer blown straight out the window by the plethora of industrial fans in your living room?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was asleep by the time he hit it

  26. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Do you think Xander is the .320 hitter he has been this year, or do you expect significant regression in his ratios next year? He is a tough keeper choice to make without the power.

    Also, I’ll be curious to see how much Samardzija gets on the free-agent market after his horrible year. He came into this season hoping for true No. 1 money. Well, he ain’t going to get that. The
    Cubs offered him something like 5/85 before they traded him. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up.

    Great write-up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcibiades Escobar: Xander is a solid hitter…Very young, he’ll be a great one soon… Power will come

  27. EA says:
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    I can drop Tulo at this point, correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EA: You can

  28. Jack says:
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    Thanks a lot, Miggy. Thanks a lot.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Jack: Seconded. Let’s throw Rizzo in there too while we’re at it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  29. NJ All Day says:
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    am I nuts for carryign 3 catchers right now. Schwarber who I play in outfield, D’arnaud and right now Arencibia as a utility. Plus I always check to see if their benched and move em around accordingly. Even though they are doing things for me lately I feel like I may be the only person with 3 catcher eligibles on their team in the playoffs lol. I switch em out with Lind (when hes against righties) Piscotty, and Canha.

    • EA says:
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      @NJ All Day: I’ve got Schwarber and D’arnaud too and they’re working out great (when they’re playing). As long as you have spots for them to play you’re good!

    • NJ All Day says:
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      @NJ All Day: ANyone Else have a real crappy team that made the playoffs? I went from last place at All star break to gettin the 6th and final spot in a 12 team h2h.
      Lineup is

      Schwarber
      Lind
      Cano
      Escobar at short now
      McCutchen
      Cruz
      Werth
      Piscotty
      JPA
      Canha
      Darnaud.

      And my pitchers dont ask.
      Syndergaard
      Shields
      Odorizzi
      Dickey Doo
      Severino
      rest of starters I stream
      Miller, BoxBerger, OSuna and Jepsen are my closers

      I went from alst at all star break to final playoff spot play schomatoes and streaming pitcher, i have double the moves of the guy next to me and have been busting my balls on this team daily bc i drafted shitty. the move that turned me around was sending Chris Archer for Mccutchen in a sell high buy low move that has been great and also getting Cano for Josh Reddick at the begginng of July.

      Anone else that have

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @NJ All Day: Yikes, that pitching staff has seen better days

  30. Matty says:
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    ROS in a redraft h2h with TB and OPS, do you prefer Wilmer or Eduardo Escobar?
    Thanks as always.

    • Matty says:
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      @Matty:
      Also, same league;
      Which two of Piscotty, Khris, Ozuna, and Canha do you prefer?

      Piscotty doesn’t know. And neither do i.

      • NJ All Day says:
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        @Matty: Khris n Canha. Unless you need average Piscotty is your man. Hes reliable to go 1-3, 2-5 on any given night, but his rbis and hrs arent there and hes not even scoring that much either.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Matty: Khris, Canha

    • NJ All Day says:
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      @Matty: eduardo escobar has been great for me in my run to making the playoffs….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eduardo

  31. The Tribe says:
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    Sup Grey,

    Quick question, one way or the other, you starting iwakuma tonite at home vs angels? He has struggled vs angels in recent history, plus is not as good at home fwiw. What say you?

    Thanks in advance since I prolly wont get you in time to reply

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Iwakuma

  32. Scott says:
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    Baez has been meh. Drop him for Gyorko?

  33. Five-On-One says:
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    Weekly deadline today. I gots questions.

    1) Second Catcher – Grandal, Gorneau, Salty, Swihart, Conger? I picked up Gorneau for his 3 games in Coors this week, but he’s not too good.

    2) MI question – please pick THREE to start from Wong, Desmond, A.Escobar, Odor and Baez. Leaning toward Odor, Wong and Desmond.

    3) OF question – Please pick THREE to start form Myers (five games, 3 in Coors, ), Bruce (6 games, all on the road, only one lefty), Burns (injury concerns, but red hot before going down) and OZUNA (6 games, most on the road, faces Colon, Scherzer, J-Zimm and Stressbird). Tempted to sit OZUNA, but last time I did that he had a great week (his only one this year).

    4) Kluber is coming off DL to start Thursday. Start him, right? Plenty of mediocre streaming options available.

    Thanks again for all the advice this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) I’d hold Garneau for Coors 2) Alcides, Odor, Baez 3) Myers, Bruce, Ozuna 4) Start

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: 3) Myers, Bruce, Burns… Burns is supposedly coming back today

  34. PurpleStickyNote says:
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    H2H playoffs, 10-team with TB, OPS.

    Pick up hot Melky or a Padre heading to Coors (Solarte or Gyorko)?

    Limited on transactions per week, this will be last batter I can add. Not worried about who to drop, have Starlin, Domingo and others.

  35. dom says:
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    Moreland (McCullers) Butler (@Quintana) or Matt Adams (@Jimmy Nelson) tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler

  36. Five-On-One says:
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    2 more questions, if I may:

    1) What to do with McHugh. Starts at home against Oak next. SON has him at $17.8. Last two starts have been really bad. Start or sit this week (12-team 5×5 with weekly moves).

    2) Third Closer – Bruce Rondon or Jepsen. Rondon’s bad days are really, really bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Start and pray 2. Rondon

  37. Jj says:
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    Great write up grey. Still laughing about the oblique cow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  38. griff says:
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    Start Severino tonight v. Rays? Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, not w/out its risks though

      • Gray's sports almanac says:
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        @Grey: thanks for that reply, I am now starting severino too. Let the prayer parallelogram commence.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed!

          • Gray's sports almanac says:
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            @Grey: Nice call Grey, not the longest outing in the world and a little high in whip, but nice to get the W especially in an innings League! Thanks sir!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  39. J-FOH says:
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    Your title reminds me of the great Jack Lemon James Garner flick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like an awful movie, I don’t like Garner

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: how dare you hate Rockford! I demand satisfaction!!! No and don’t send me a copy of the Justine Bateman flick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha.. Garner struck me as a douche, RIP

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: to be honest he does cone off that way but I have a special place for the Rockford files….and banacek too. My brother I would watch them all the time when I would stay home to help him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think I’ve ever seen Rockford

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: great classic 70’s show. You’ve seen babacek?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Never have, no

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: George Pappard in a turtle neck and a blazer? You’re missing out

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now I’m intrigued!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, stud!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      One of his famous quotes

                      “A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That is a great quote!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      the wikapedia page is full of them. you should use that in a blurb

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice

  40. ERad says:
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    Chillin briefly in the semi-finals in my H2H league – figured I’d take this opportunity to look ahead to 2016. Can keep 4 – keep forever league. The question is – do I keep Harper in the 1st and throw someone else back?

    Harper (1st)
    Altuve (7th)
    Rizzo (9th)
    AJ Pollock (12th)
    Joc Pederson (13th)

    I’m all out of 2015 questions – but if you want to talk flower arrangements for 2016, I’m your man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In 2016 when you’re going to win your fantasy championship and get married? Listed in order of importance… Harper, Rizzo, Pollock

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Well without you – there’d be no fantasy baseball income over the past 5 years – which means, probably no marriage – so I guess, Razzball is responsible for my matrimony.

        I’ll ask the same question again in March, don’t worry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve built you into the man you are, and for that I’m most grateful

          • ERad says:
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            @Grey: My mother said you’re invited to shabbat dinner anytime

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What’s your moms look like? Pics, please

              • ERad says:
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                @Grey: Golda Meir – pre prime minister

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Va va voom!

  41. J-FOH says:
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    I have been looking at Xander all year and his stats put me to sleep like listening to a Ken Burns documentary on tape. He’s top 25 in GB rate, the batted ball profile is comparable to Ender, he has the 7th highest BABIP (he’s right next to the French DJ), with a 0.94 ISO he is all doubles, most his contact is medium and if it wasnt for a favorable spot in the order wouldnt have the RBI opps he gets. Put him on the Braves and he’s Yunel Escobar. On the plus side he is young and can hit, probably more a .290-.300 guy, but still a hitter. He could go all Machado in a year or two or he could be a Kendrick or Yelich. He will be over drafted next year and wont be worth the high pick. Not to say he wont improve next year but I’m assuming the guy drafting next to th guy who drafts him will be happy with what falls in his lap as that idiot talks up positional scarcity and what not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where do you think he’ll go next year?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: depends if I’m playing with a sox fan. I could see 5th round maybe as high as 4th if people are passing on aces. To be honest I haven’t really thought about ranks (I should)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think he goes before 75… At that point, he’s a fair gamble… Crazy that he’s #1 SS on ESPN… I didn’t even want to hold him in our RCL for 1/2 the year…He’s totally being lifted value wise by batting 3rd

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he’s young so the man muscles might develop. But I could see people grabbing him in the 5th because you know they need a short stop *rolls eyes*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              5th round isn’t far off from 75 in 12 team, so maybe… I think a few SS will go before him… Tulo, for sure

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Carlos Correa in the 2nd!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Better than Goldy before Trout

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: agreed

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Enjoy your 7 steals!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Why isn’t he running anymore?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Go look at team steal totals. LAA doesn’t run. They’re aggressive on the basepaths for hit/run but they are a station to station team.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Trout could steal ten bases on hot and runs alone

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      and yet here we are. We just going to throw this year out?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s so young still… We can…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m all for youth and he has obviously shown the ability in the past but 49, 33, 16, 10. Trend and team philosophy just don’t make this seem likely. It’s the same conversation I had with Rudy about drafting Dexter Fowler as my OF5 in the NFBC saying he’d steal enough bags to be worth it. He’s not setting a career high by any means but Maddon likes to run so Dexter runs.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What was the team philosophy when he stole 49?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      They were 5th in the league in steals that year. Without Trout, they would’ve been 5th worst. Problem is, that was 2012 and he’s seen a steady decrease in steals since. Are you saying there’s a reason for them to somehow miraculously to go back up just because he’s young? I’m not sure the pattern there backs you.

                    • Grey

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                      I’m just saying it was Scioscia when he stole 49 bases and Scioscia when he stole 10 bases… Obviously the team knows it has a perennial MVP now and won’t want to risk a stolen base injury, unlike his rookie year when they were just like, “Go do your thing and impress us.” So to say it’s a team philosophy, I say it’s the same team… If Trout wants to steal 15-20 bases, he can…

                    • Sky

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                      That’s fair but yet here we are with dwindling numbers. Obviously it’s not 100% team philosophy but at this point, can we really say it’s ‘we don’t want him getting hurt’ as the culprit? You want your best players doing what they do best, I’d assume, but he’s not doing that despite having the skillset to do so. For me, I just see a stat line going down and don’t feel like trying to catch a falling knife in that regards. I guess what I’m seeing is a very low floor/ceiling for SB. Obviously steals aren’t the crux of why to like or dislike a player. Trout could hit 50 bombs next year and only steal 7 and you’d be happy. But I don’t see him hitting over 37 nor stealing more than 10. I like that Goldy should hit 30+, steal 15+ all while providing similar stats elsewhere at a position that I believe is thin in terms of reliable talent by comparison to Trout.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just don’t want to write off 15-steal speed on a young player, it’s not like that’s that many steals…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, I do enjoy March and April articles blowing shizz out of proportion…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s kinda crazy if we expect steals from a guy who has near a .400 OBP and only has 10 to somehow do more the following year. That’s all I’m saying. If he’s not doing it now and the team/system isn’t changing, I don’t see it happening.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bet, 15 steals next year…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      19.5. He’s on pace for 11, a couple more swipes wouldn’t surprise me. You taking the under there with me at 19.5? How about 18.5?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: was that your Dexter’s Maddon Runner?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Something like that! Cubs aren’t near the top of the SB leader boards but anyone who owns a Cub knows how nice it’s been to get a sprinkling of steals they didn’t expect (Rizzo/Bryant the big ones)

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: Maddon makes it rain at the steals club!

                      Did you sing to Rudy…On C’mon Rudy, Oh I swear he’ll be stealing

  42. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Think I went on a 2 week bender because somehow James McCann, Kelby Tomlinson, the Cobbler, a Rockies pitcher, and Mahtook have crept onto my team in the last 2 weeks. Curse those dusty 7- year old Zimas. Turned into ether.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimas only get better with age and maraschino cherry juice…

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Zimas get better when no one is looking

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I actually like to draw faces on my Zima so I have company

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            I chug them like a frat pledge while sitting on bean bag chairs with My Pet Monster and a Hacksaw Jim Duggan action figure. They don’t judge me….yes they do :(

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You must have an interesting eBay history…

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                Just a bunch of Yankee Candles, it was a phase.

                Can your e-book still be purchased?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, you can buy it… Get an extra for your relatives!

  43. Playoff run help says:
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    Grey,

    1)Currently have Moustakas on my Util, with Polanco on my Bench. You see any guys listed next worth swapping out ?
    Waiver : B.Revere, A.Eaton, K. Davis,
    2) Do you think Alexie Ramirez or K. Johnson is an upgrade over Odor at my MI spot ?
    3)would you start Salazar tonight vs KC ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Davis and Eaton over those two 2) Hold 3) Yup

  44. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Welcome to my world, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I admittedly walked into the wrong door…So, this is your world?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah, and it’s fine, it wasn’t my back door. Wanna come in for dinner? We can discuss the relevancy of QS over an IPA or two

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: hey man, leagues that use quality starts have it all figured out…not really

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            QS with all their warts are still better than wins. Wins have close to zero correlation to pitching ability. I’ll take quantifiable over fickle when playing a game that already has enough built into it any day and all day, thank you very much.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: the sooner you accept that luck exists the sooner you’ll re-embrace wins. It’s a part of the game that shouldn’t be ignored. If you lose your league because of wins then you should probably play better

              • Sky

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                Increasing the need for luck in a game that already has luck built into is is beyond illogical, my broseph. Second sentence tells me Drew Hutchison was a better pitcher than Shelby Miller this year. It’s a bad take, my friend, and one you should probably reconsider.

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                  @Sky: Bad examples. Hutchie is a bad pitcher and we view arms as a whole, the ERA and WHIP would mean you wouldn’t own him and he becomes a streamer at best. To ignore that in your example is poor. Id rather take the Win or not and play into chance than be a slave to the poorly defined stat, quality starts. Ive played a quality start league many times and it was maddening how much garbage becomes relevant. I know you want to be Sky the Science Guy but it doesnt work over here with me. I understand it being more quantifiable, but at the end of the day it feels like a cop out stats. Until the definition changes, quality starts will be a cry baby stat for those that lose because they didnt get enough wins.

                  • Sky

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                    Hutch has how many wins? You said wins mattered. You can’t say that and then call him a bad example. That’s copping out. You have to own the spectrum of your illogical approach.

                    Wins and who gets them and the reasons why: not quantifiable
                    QS and who gets them: quantifiable
                    Translation: I’d rather be lucky than good

                    That is the essence of copping out. It’s not copping out saying I want stats that actually reflect the player. Wins don’t reflect crap anything and you know this, my man.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: good pitchers USUALLY come out with wins. There are always exceptions of guys that get a lot of W’s that dont deserve them and guys who pitch well that dont get them. Its the nature of the game. And Im not coping out, you are isolating a pitcher comp based solely on wins vs quality starts. When you evaluate a quality starts arm would you only look at his total of quality starts, No you wouldn’t. Arrieta has the most wins, has he been lucky or good? I think you just need to accept wins as part of the game and move on. The definition of a quality start is too absurd to make it a replacement for wins. I dont know how many times youve played in a league that does quality starts but it is a bitch stat loved by those that cant deal with losing.

                    • Sky

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                      Actually, you’re talking to me like it’s 1940. I think we should take your internet away. ‘Wins are a part of the game’ is old man speak for ‘I don’t understand fangraphs’.

                      My keeper is a QS league. It’s only a bitch stat if you think Felix didn’t deserve his Cy Young when he only won 13 games. Good pitchers ALWAYS have high QS totals. You can enjoy your luck all you want, my friend, but you sound like the announcers we make fun of with this stance. Don’t ever wanna hear you complain about another ESPN broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball again, my friend.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: There you go talking real baseball to make jest of my stance. Felix did deserve the Cy Young that year but that had nothing to do with quality starts, he was just amazing. But thats REAL baseball and not fantasy so I didnt see the point of that. Hanging your hat on QS is like telling all your buddies your hot wife bangs you every night and she looks like rosie o’donnell. Until a better definition EXIISTS it will be a moot point. You act like every aspect of this game is quantifiable but it isnt. We have disagreed on a lot more things fantasy and I know you never like to concede defeat so I’ll let you stay on your side. I dont mind wins, its a fun part of the game, I like the gamble and embrace the randomness. I also love the vulture win, its exciting when you get that… and until a better stat exists then I see no need to change. Maybe you can get fangraphs to fix this problem.

                      I never liked when the whiners would come in and complain about wins and then would change to quality starts. It felt like the kids who would get their ass kicked and then would complain that only happened because the other guy had a penis complex. Like wins, life is not fair, you cant always use a calculator to figure it out.

                    • Sky

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                      I’m not one of your whiners. If you want to have the conversation I was having, here’s the basics below:

                      Real baseball = wins, Fantasy = stats

                      Wins are not stats, QS are

                      You wanted to have a conversation about the pros and cons of both and all you’ve really said is ‘wins are a part of the game’ and ‘they’re fun’. Baseball is random as it is and the regression to the mean is found through the course of a season. Like I’ve said before, anyone who really likes wins in fantasy baseball should want QB wins in football but oddly, none of them do. it’s fine to have a difference of opinion on the matter and you can enjoy the wins all you want but to prop them as better than QS based on what you’ve said is…yeah, it doesn’t hold much water. QS is a stat and it’s addressed at the end of the season and reflects who was good/bad much better than a W total. To put this in full force, would you prefer to see losses on the pitching side as well?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: Im fine with losses but they dont fit into 5×5 which, IMO, is the only way to go. You and your QB wins, its never been a recognized stat and make you look borderline foolish for comping it in there. I see your point but lets stay in reality

                      You know I argue for the sake of the argument and you like to never concede so lets go back to your stat since you like to take the fun out of most things. How can 3 earned runs in 6 innings be rewarded with a point? How can you argue that its a good day on the hill? You hang your hat on a stat you have argued is poorly designed? If Im going to go with a poorly designed stat I’ll take Wins. I enjoy them, I like the vulture and it creates excitement for me. Nothing worse than a string of 6 and 3 to kill your ratios while getting your points in the column. You were probably that kid that didnt like grab bags, mystery flavors or randomly assigned seating. Until the definition of a QS changes I see no point to get on board with the stat. Im sorry if I offended your love of quality starts as it currently sits and you can lead your legions of “wins aren’t fair guys” as they tromp around trying to prove how scientific we can be. I’ll sit back and just enjoy the ride for what it is. Whether we like it or not baseball will always count wins and there is nothing that will change that. I’ll be the first guy to sign your petition to change the definition of quality starts because until that day comes it will just be a poor replacement that rewards mediocrity…in a quantifiable way

                    • Sky

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                      Actually QB wins are a stat by your definition; they are accounted for and revered in many circles, especially the ESPN, sports-watching crowd. Just because it hasn’t been counted as a fantasy football stat doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be based on your decision that pitching wins are a stat. To say otherwise is foolish and that’s the part you need to realize: your stance has a spectrum and if you can’t accept it in totality, you have to realize you’re discussing preference and not actual facts. So we’re in the conjecture realm.

                      6 innings of 3 earned runs (4.50 ERA) can be rewarded for being quantifiable and you poo poo it. Colby Lewis can be top 10 in wins with a 4.45 ERA and you cherish Ws. You’re arguing that QS can’t count because it can sometimes reflect a mediocre line but will stand by wins putting Colby Lewis ahead of Jacob deGrom. So you tell me which stat lends itself to mediocrity more? Both QS and W leagues require skill and strategy. You LIKE W leagues more. That’s a preference, not an explanation of why they’re better. Again, conjecture.

                      Some problems with your approach in this conversation: equating me to your other league mates. They’re not here, I’m here and I have 8 points from wins in the ‘perts league. You’re building straw man arguments which lets you gloss over a simple fact: your stance is wins fun. That’s fine but it’s also conjecture and not the conversation. Just because you think it’s fun doesn’t mean others can’t find QS leagues fun and it’s not really discussing the topic. Secondly, you tout fantasy baseball and then keep yammering about how ‘wins will always be around’. That’s why I mentioned 1940s baseball originally; it says you’re not willing to accept QS which is fine but it doesn’t really hit any major points about the conversation. In the end:

                      QS leagues are viewed as fun by those who enjoy QS leagues
                      W leagues are viewed as fun by those who enjoy W leagues

                      You see how they cancel each other out?

                      QS is a quantifiable stat that reflects a pitcher’s skill set in a given environment
                      W reflects some team won and the other one didn’t and in between a pitcher got a (W) next to their name in the box score

                      See how they don’t?

                      You can say QS is a flawed stat and you already know I’m with you on that. But here’s the thing…at least it’s a stat. The whole ‘how I liked things as a kid’ jab kinda describes your approach to this. You’re telling me what you like. That’s great…but it does nothing to the actual, overarching conversation: wins reflect nothing because they’re not a stat and ‘I like them’ is your only comeback to that. You’re willing to accept mediocrity from Colby Lewis but not from a line of 6 and 3. That’s fine as a preference, just realize that you’re glossing over major problems in the side you’re choosing while doing so. I want my pitchers to be good if I’m drafting them and not penalized for their team not being good. QS reflects that better than Ws ever can or will and hopefully have some changes in the future that better reflect it.

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                      @Sky: last I checked I never get QB win loss records as part of the usual stat line. I never said Lewis was ownable, you are negating that I never liked bad pitchers who get wins, it happens.You put together a club and play them. You want to quantify this out in your stats but rewarding garbage is something I refuse to embrace. Lets look at other stats, do you prefer a player that hits in the middle of an order or the bottom? Does who they hit in front of or behind help a player see better pitches? Does a managers tendency to steal more often change your value of a player? Mike Trout has 30 steal speed but plays for a team that didnt steal much this year. Is he now bad at stealing bases. My point is, which you will probably over blow and misunderstand, is lots of factors come into play in baseball that affects the outcome in fantasy. Giving up 3 and 6 should not ever be rewarded. Its like giving a trophy to half the league for showing up

                      “I want my pitchers to be good if I’m drafting them and not penalized for their team not being good” boo hoo, then draft different

                      smooches, Love, ya, I gotta go see my cardiologist

                    • Sky

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                      Ah, so now it has to be in a particular place on a website or player page for a QB win to be a stat…getting specific about where you see it or how you see it doesn’t negate it is a stat just like pitcher wins are a stat in the world you’re trying to wiggle out of that you yourself have created. You’re being ludicrous with that and it’s bad process.

                      Didn’t we just go over ‘rewarding garbage’ with Colby Lewis? How about Drew Hutchison? How about a reliever going 1/3rd, giving up a run and his team scoring a run in the top/bottom of the inning to give him the win? Wins reward garbage, JFOH, don’t throw crap at QS and then say wins are better if that’s a stance. Again, bad process on your part. You’d take a win from a 6 and 3 start but by god, as a QS, it’s bad. You really just like wins and you can have that but don’t try and come at this like you’re being logical at all.

                      It all matters, it’s part of the process of approaching your draft. But you’re not arguing ‘wins vs QS’ here, you’re saying how to approach a draft via strategy. Thanks but that’s not the conversation. Come back to me when you’re actually discussing that point. We’ve only taken half the comments up discussing it, it would be really nice if you’d join me. The line where you quote me was pretty dumb on your part and in the same vein. You approach like I’m complaining about a league I’m in that counts wins. ‘Draft better in wins leagues because wins are better than QS’…yeah, ok. You play the league you’re in. That’s not the point. Again, come back when you pick that part of it up in this conversation.

                      Hope all is well, you know I always thought you had acute angina.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: when has wins ever been a part of a box score for QB’s. You keep going back to this empty well. I think your high IQ gets in the way of you being smart sometimes. People don’t discuss qb records at the basic levels of football and only the talking heads who run out of crap to spew bring that up because no one cares.

                      A win can reward greatness and a win can reward garbage. It happens that way. It’s a stat of the game. Good or bad its always going to be there and tring to change that is a foolish with a poorly designed stat. A quality start is guaranteed to reward a blah start of 6 and 3 and a great start of 8 and 1. I don’t see what is so hard to understand. You have a belief in a heavily faulted stat that you only love because it’s more quantifiable than the alternative. Yet the alternative has been the norm for a long time. You go throw a high five to any pitcher after giving up three in six innings and you’ll get your teeth knocked out. It’s not quality it’s not good it should not be rewarded.

                    • Sky

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                      It’s not IQ to say both types of wins have been accounted for. Like I said, your argument is it needs to be in a box score for you to consider it and I’m saying if that’s your stance, find a new one. Unless you’re going to count BS, CS, Ls, GIDP…you get the point. Don’t hinge on that, it’s again bad process. Reflect the argument for what it is: you like wins because you like the old school thought process of a player actually ‘owning’ that stat when in reality 1) it’s not a stat and 2) the pitcher doesn’t win the game, the team does.

                      You just said wins could reward the same with your 6 and 3, 8 and 1 argument. Fact is, your wins can reward even worse starts, QS can’t…so again, what’s your point? Hell, you could go 5, K 10 and give up zero earned and not get a QS. QS has a limit to what can be considered ‘good’ in that regard and good won’t always mean great. Meanwhile, W’s just don’t care. You’re acting like every QS is a 6 and 3 line to try and stabilize your argument. The reality is, there’s a cap to the ‘blah’ line. W’s, there is no cap, there’s no accounting for the talent of the pitcher and there’s no accounting for the actual stats, good or bad, of said player. You can go throw your high five at the pitcher who gives up 4 through 5 and gets the W since you want to hinge on the extremes of each side of this. Heck, why not 5 and 10 while we’re at it. A win is a win, right? You keep saying QS is somehow worse than a W and yet the counter argument at every corner can and will prove you wrong and I’m not even doing it at this point, you are. If you really want to have wins, just say you like wins. We are weighing things out vs each other so a better process from your end would be to stop saying QS aren’t as good as they could be and start thinking on where W’s are deficient by comparison. Saying ‘they’re the norm for a long time’ and ‘I like them because they’re fun’ has been your argument for them and those are piss poor arguments for anything. Something that’s been around for a little while that makes no sense or is annoying is typically called a bad habit. Things that have more history to them regardless of how good they are get called tradition. Don’t hang your hat on that rack.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: you are too smart for your own and don’t think about it. You won’t get it. You’re too smart.

                      You can lead a horse to water but you can’t sell him for meat.

                      If a win falls in a forest does anyone hear it?

                      Sorry grey. This must end. Sky is just too far gone to understand.

                    • Sky

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                      It’s alright if you want to believe the world is flat, JFOH, I won’t and don’t fault you for it. But you came onto my round world and told me the world should be flat because its fun and that’s how its always been. You can keep your tradition, just don’t fool yourself into thinking there’s something to get besides that.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: you still dont get my point

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You’ve provided your preferences…those aren’t points. You can prefer to have a dog lick peanut butter off your balls, it doesn’t mean it’s a better way to give it to them than a spoon. The peanut butter, I mean. Not your balls.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: again youre not getting it because you can’t step out of your own stance to see they are both crap. One is just better crap until a better definition is used.

                    • Sky

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                      And your last sentence is preference and not fact. You say it’s better but when pressed with why it’s better, you say you like it. Yet here we are looking at Jaime Garcia 1-0 today while Jake Arrieta gets the ND. You can keep your stance but you can’t justify that as a better thing. Fantasy sports is a game of variance based on 9 stats and one very antiquated view on the worth of a pitcher that has no bearing on anything the pitcher did or didn’t do. QS is a stat that does just that. Whether you’d like a better definition or not is a moot point. It’s quantifiable and defined, while a win can be rewarded arbitrarily to a reliever that comes into a game in which no score has happened and the first pitcher didn’t go 5. That is what you want to hold onto and that is fine but by essence of a game based on stats, it’s not better than a QS.

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                      Look you got great ratios with some decent K’s…oh no boo hoo, no win, dont go stomping out the room. He deserved a quality start for that fine performance, that is not the question here, it never has been. But a 6 and 3 game should not be rewarded and because it does it negates the stat regardless if it is quantifiable. It celebrates mediocrity! Obviously you know I like fun, I also like to gamble at the craps table too.

                      Too poke fun, because this is ridiculous… what about the defense behind a pitcher, does that come in to play? If the official scorer doesnt give an error where you felt one occurred does that throw off your game? Do you cry foul if a fan interfered? What if it rains and he went 5 2/3 with no runs given up. Would the walls come crashing down? Its a team game in the real world and fantasy

                    • Sky

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                      Your last paragraph was covered with the first response and shows how little you’ve kept up with the actual conversation: baseball already has a high level of variance, why add wins which are volatile and have no actual bearing on the worth of a pitcher? Not sure why you need to hear that over and over again, but since it’s clear you haven’t gotten anything out of this, I guess it bears repeating.

                      There you go again ‘boo hoo’ BS. You know, you keep tweaking in your head that this is a debate being had by someone in a league of yours that hates wins and is complaining in a league with wins. Maybe if you’d join the actual conversation – the valuation of a W vs the valuation of a QS – you’d get it. But you gotta stay down here in the muck of tangential dreck.

                      You like wins. You like gambling. You like the way it makes you feel. You like that it can’t be quantified. That’s nice. That’s still a preference and you still haven’t got for one second that’s not the conversation. QS evaluates the pitcher. Ws don’t. End of discussion. You won’t be right telling me that a W is better in a game meant to evaluate the performance of a player. It’s an ESPN, old fogey, I don’t understand baseball but this is what I know, remnant from a time long gone. You can keep it, just stop pretending that it reflects anything other than that.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: oh sky. You think I don’t get your take. I do. To put it simply. One Stat is guaranteed to reward crap and the other is a crap shoot.

                    • Sky

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                      And therein your logic is beyond flawed because 6 and 3 is your crutch and it ignores 6/2, 8/1, 9/3…because you like your Jaime Garcia 5/4 with a W. Enjoy playing craps with your crap, just don’t pretend you brought any reason to this conversation.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      There you go again, this isn’t about reason and logic, this is about picking the best of the worst. I will always hang my hat on 6 and 3 because it is rewarded definitively, let me repeat that DEEFINITIVELY. When quality starts changes to a sliding scale then Im on board, but until that happens I will enjoy my craps game and my vulture wins. Its funny, in the past you argued against the ridiculousness of 6 and 3 yet now when pushed on it you defend it. Dont get me wrong this is too much fun jacking you around because we are talking about what is used by all standard formats, Wins, and what is used by those in boo hoo land.

                    • Sky

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                      So you’re not using reason or logic to pick the best from the worst is what you’re saying. You notice how stupid that sounds on your end? That’s why this conversation is done. You literally just said you didn’t use reason nor logic for your side which means you can’t in any way tell me one side is better than the other other than what makes you feel good and what you like. 6/3 is your only argument when it’s sure as hell better than 5/4 every day of the week and you know it but because you like playing craps with crap, you think you have a valid spot to speak. You don’t. Weak all around and it makes you look beyond foolish.

                      I have and will always argue that QS can and will be better. But I’ve proven they’re better than wins on all corners to your preferences and lack of reasoning. You do you but don’t bring weak arguments to the table and then say my problem is I’m actually thinking…really? Like I said earlier, enjoy playing craps with crap. Glad you ‘feel’ its better. Some day you’ll learn how to show something actually is.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      so you have never argued that the definition of a quality start is bad?

                      you amuse me and I amuse you, you’re a fool for falling for the trap and I guess I’m a fool because you say so…..you cant get out of your own head. I conceded they are both crap, something you are unable to do now. But it’s all good, I still love ya, Im just having fun watching you argue

                    • Sky

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                      I have said it needs fine tuning. You’re responding to me in a thread that started with an embedded tweet by me saying as much. Why is this even a question? There’s no improvement you can do to a win to make it better than a QS is now so again, moot points from you expected to hold weight. You can’t get it into your head what the conversation is: comparison between two things. You’ve failed at every turn to prove wins are better or even bring a relevant conversation point to this. It’s beyond laughable and sad at this point.

                      My own head is where knowledge is. Your own head should be as well. But I’m not getting knowledge back from you in this conversation. We are comparing faulty things to each other. The point is which one is better. You LIKE one over the other but have actually proven over and over again it’s not better other than the fact that you like it. That’s piss poor, circle jerk thinking. But I’m glad you’re proving you had no point to begin with other than to argue just to argue. It’s why your stances get so much disrespect at times. They carry no weight and when you can’t back them up, you pander to ‘I’m just here to present the other side’. More weakness from you. Be better. Convo done.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: you’re head space is a special place, I hope you add a door some day.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nothing special about using what you’ve been given. I hope you do so with yours some day.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: if there was ever someone who needs to go shroom in the forest, it would be you

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You’re getting the nah wave, man. Lost respect for you on this one. Still love ya, but don’t talk to me about this again until your head has been removed from wherever it was stuck during this.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      and I love you too and one day you’ll learn there is more than one way to view things, that there are many paths and roads to choose. You better know I’ll bring it up again, and anytime I get a win I will always know it isn’t real. Like I do to all those I love, the H will stand for harass

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      with emphasis on ‘ass’ in harass, of course (said with the love, of course).

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I prefer her ass

              • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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                @J-FOH: ha ha Jack, just telling it like it is…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          International Pirate Agreement? Sounds good!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            As in we agree to not draft Starling Marte too high next year?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t agree to that

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he’s a fickle hack. Get over it

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  A fickle hack? Are you just taking random words from other comments and mashing them up?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: dont be scorned, he is what he is. Polanco will be better next year. Marte is that hot chick you take home and then realize they have a padded bra on and is wearing spanx

                    • Grey

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                      Not sure why polanco would suddenly be that much better and Marte worse

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Polanco feels like he’ll be a safer player in his career.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: sky is the master of disaster and by disaster I mean he’s trying to destroy the garbage rules for QS.

        • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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          @J-FOH: J-Foh, you are on a roll today!!!!

            • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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              @J-FOH: Seriously brah, Sky is passionate and I enjoy him for that, but man, you were dropping science like MC Brains. Totally agree with you on the current W vs. QS debate. I probably get more excited about vulture wins than any other stat (although SB’s nearly get my prematurely balding self doing cartwheels in my mom’s basement)

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Gray’s Sports Almanac: he has me beat with the science side but it just feels dirty when I get a point for 6 and 3. I like a thrill ride and thats why Im okay with wins. I also believe in God and spirit of living in the moment

                • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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                  @J-FOH: technically you are correct of course, as he was the one dropping stats, but until something more better comes along, I will stick with W’s. @Sky, keep up the good fight brotha and come up with a solution.

  45. Slimbo says:
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    8 teamer and have the bye…looking to fill in some holes

    Drop Jose Quintana or Derek Holland for any of these guys?

    Khris Davis, Alexi Ramirez, Canha, Bird
    Desclanfani, Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland for Davis, but apples/oranges

  46. Chris says:
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    Probably going to need a spot start on Sunday to try to advance in my H2H Points league. There’s not much to choose from. Which is the better option?

    Shoemaker @ Min. (Hughes) -2.3
    Hudson v. Ariz. (Hellickson) -4.9
    Hellickson @ SF (Hudson) 3.4
    Ariel Pena v. Cin. (Sampson) -13.6

    Yeah I know these choices stink, but their opposing pitchers stink too and I’m hoping for some points. Which do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson, Shoemaker

  47. Scott says:
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    Somebody dropped AJ Ramos in my league. Am I missing something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  48. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Start David Peralta (@ home v. Cashner) over Fowler (in PIT v. Burnett) or Springer (in TEX v. Perez)? Need HR, R, OBP, and OPS…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Fowler

  49. Scott says:
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    I hope Grichuk plays tonight. I’d hate to miss him play at the launching pad in Milwaukee.

    • Grey

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      I hear ya

  50. Abdoozy says:
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    Before yesterday’s games I was ready to bail on my H2H 6×6 (OPS/QS) redraft money league, 2nd round of playoffs, was down 4-8.

    Yesterday’s line:
    14 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI, .377, 1.186
    Opponent: 7-1-7-2-.242-.632.

    Voila, I’m now ahead 8-3-1. The batting cats are all still damn close though, except SB, and my question is with pitching. Opponent has been streaming like a horny salmon and has a big lead in Ks, which I’m willing to punt. I’m solidly ahead in saves and the ratios, but down by 3 QS and 2 W.

    I’m thinking about benching my starters to lock in the ratios, but I would be conceding QS (down 3) and W (down 2). WIthout streaming, my potential starts look like this:
    today – Severino @ TB, Salazar v KC, Peavy v CIN
    Fri – Stroman V BOS
    Sun – Holland v SEA, Lester v STL

    His non-streamer starts:

    Wacha @ CHC, Sale @ CLE, Fiers v OAK, Miller v TOR, Colon v MIA. He will AFAIK continue streaming although he’s competing with the other 3 playoff teams for arms.

    Would you agree on benching my starters, punting K and QS and W to protect my ratios, thus splitting the pitching cats 3-3? He’s seeded ahead of me, so a tie won’t do me any good.

    • Grey

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      I think it could work, seems early in the week to be doing it though

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey: Would you be starting all 3 of Severino @ TB, Salazar v KC, Peavy v CIN today?

        Major issue here: i have a little over half the IP as my opponent, just 69 IP so far. So a blow-up (or even an ERA over 3.00) for me will have a magnified effect.

        I lead ERA 3.13 to 5.01 and WHIP 1.04 to 1.35. It’s early in the week and he has so many IP it’s unlikely he’s going to improve that WHIP by much, especially with streamers, but a couple of bad starts could inflate my ratios pretty quick. If I lose either ratio my Marge Innovera becomes mighty narrow.

        • Grey

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          I’d start all three at this point…Too early to be sandbagging is my thought

  51. JoeG414 says:
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    I know you like Gausmann vs Tampa on Sat, but
    Do you like Locke @LAD on Fri and Danks @ Cle on Sun ?

    6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Locke…neither really

  52. Defectors says:
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    Grey, playing in a league with limited weekly moves. Anyone below that you like for the rest of the week?

    Plouffe, Hicks, Desmond, Shaw, Melky, Smoak, Bour? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, depends on needs

      • Defectors says:
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        @Grey: Haha, at this point anyone who’s a hotschmotato. Weird league where its 5×6 so I don’t have a bench on my offense. Specifically need R, RBI, HR, OPS, and possibly SB (but I usually punt this cat, SAGNOF!)

        • Grey

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          You need schmotatoes, brah!

  53. ERad says:
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    The robot does not like Descalfani at MIL on Friday (-10.1) – good thing I’m all human baby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For now…Muahahahahahaha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ERad: Miller park is 6th highest for runs and highest for home runs according to park factors

  54. Carnac says:
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    So last night Alexei Ramirez threw 28 pitches (20 for strikes) in a scoreless inning. According to MLB At Bat, he threw the following pitches (w/ speed ranges):

    Changeup (76-81 mph)
    Cutter (87-89)
    Slider (77-83)
    Fastball, 4 Seam (88-90)
    Knuckleball (68-70)
    Curveball (79-80)

    • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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      @Carnac: haha, quite a repertoire for a shortstop!

      • Carnac says:
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        agree!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like Barry Zito

      • Carnac says:
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        Lana Berry wants to lobby Manfred to have last place teams, when playing each other at the end of the year, have the position players pitch and pitchers field. When I heard this I thought it sounded like a Grey Idea and something I would 100% watch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like it!

          • Carnac says:
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            Imagine how much higher the ratings of the late September [email protected] series would be?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My luck Giancarlo would break off a curve and need Tommy John surgery…

              • Carnac says:
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                “Stanton winds up and… Mike Fiers hits a liner back to the mound – OH NO!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  55. JoeG414 says:
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    Batty Call with X sitting tonight.
    Smoak $-3 @Atl. Miller
    Pearce $23 home vs Bos. Owens
    Bour $2.9 @ NYM . Colon
    Hitteron likes Pearce ?
    Also, could use a C tonight, (I think the Beef is sitting ): Realmuto @ Colon
    Montero home vs Burnett
    Salty home vs Cashner
    6×6 roto

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Or go with Moreland vs Keuchel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bour… Realmuto

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        I guess you think Colon is due to get Bombed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If I had to guess, yeah…

  56. herschel says:
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    @Grey: what kind of numbers are you looking at for xander for 2016? think he can get to double digit hrs or will be battling madbum again?

    • Grey

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      I think the power will come at some point…

  57. F.K.A. Ralph says:
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    I can’t start Baez (@PIT – Burnett) over Miggy (vs. MIN – Santana) today, can I? I can’t do it. I just can’t make myself take Miggy out of my lineup. But he’s been so bad, man. Help me! Help me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Miggy

      • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Update — Miggy is not in the lineup today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That settles that

    • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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      @F.K.A. Ralph: NM, I see someone else asked this above, though I do think Baez is better than Blackmon v Wood or Peralta. I will keep Miggy in there. Thankfully my opponent has Rizzo, and he’s been doing the same thing so far this week. so far.

      I am benching Freeman against these LHPs this week. he’s been bad vs LHPs all year — .651 OPS vs. LHPs overall and a .546 vs. LHPs at home. I’m starting Reimold at home against LHP Owens and Myers @ARI against LHP Robbie Ray.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, could see it

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Go Baez

        • Carnac says:
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          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I love that user’s channel

  58. Luke says:
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    I need to choose today’s lineup and I need advice. I need avg, SB, and runs in that order. But I’m also within 10rbi of 1st in that category. But I can gain much more in the first.

    So which of the following should I start at 2B, SS, and 3B:
    Wong, K Marte, Schoop, Castro, Sano, Frazier, A-rod.

    And for my 3OF and 2 utility I have these options:
    Cespedes, inciarte, trout, J.D., revere, S. Marte.

    I have to bench one of them if I don’t start Frazier & Sano. Just not sure.

    • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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      @Luke: @Luke: Sano, Frazier, Arod.

      Cespedes, Trout, JD, Revere, Inciarte

      Marte v Arrieta scares me, but you could start him over Revere if power is more important than speed for you,

      don’t know yet whether Marte, Frazier, or Trout, so this assumes all are starting.

      • Luke says:
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        @F.K.A. Ralph: thx. Biggest issue with Frazier is that hitter from has him ranked awful. Like 32nd best overall for the day.

        I need SB & Avg most

  59. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    Great stuff today Grey! Have 2 for ya today…

    1. Next week Pirates have 4 at Coors. Worth a gamble for Cervelli at catcher? (weekly lineups)
    Right now I have Arencibia there, with a bunch of scrubs on the wire (Swihart, Realmuto, Garneau, J.McCan, Salty) Who would you grab from that group?

    2. Looking at my keepers for next year, 15 team league, keep 5 players forever. Who are you keeping out of….
    – Altuve
    – Betts
    – Springer
    – A. Gonzalez
    – Heyward
    – Cespedes
    – Bogaerts
    – Price
    – Cole
    – Keuchel
    Gonna have to make some deals during the ol ‘winter meetings for some extra draft picks.
    Thanks again for all the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1. Yeah, I’d gamble on Cervelli 2. Betts, Springer, Altuve, Yoenis, Cole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, make some deals!

  60. Ppr says:
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    Domingo vs Garcia or pujols vs iwakuma

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols

  61. Fungazi says:
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    Josh Johnson! Going for his 3rd TJ surgery! I wonder if he has one of those frequent buyer cards and is just using them up to get the 9th for free?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You get the tenth free, I believe

  62. Scott says:
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    I’m going to put on Love Song by Tesla and a picture of Lindor on MY desk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  63. agarthered says:
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    Drop Moose or Peralta for Pedroia?

    Or drop Mchugh (oak at home next game, in race for k’s) for pedroia

    Pedroia will just be an extra bench player if i drop mchugh.

    Thanks Grey!!!

    • agarthered says:
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      @agarthered: David Peralta that is..

      I’m in a battle for avg/runs/rbis haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose…

  64. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. which two do you like between AJ Burnett, Smyly and Volquez ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Edinson

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: weekly roto. need avg, runs and sbs. drop one of deshields, gose, solarte or piscotty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Piscotty

  65. nick the dick says:
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    John Jaso’s hair…man, i’ve heard of dreadlocks, but shitlocks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  66. JoeG414 says:
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    You The Man ; with those two Fish Batty Calls !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  67. Brett says:
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    Which closer do I cut? Osuna tolleson or Giles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

  68. YOLO says:
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    Do you like
    Eduardo rodriguez vs tampa?
    Brett Anderson vs Arizona

    What about these ones
    Heston @padres
    Ray @dodgers
    Tomlin @minnesota
    [email protected] (potentially last start)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would start all of them in some leagues…Faves are Anderson, Eduardo

      • AlphaaQ says:
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        @Grey: Obviously sit happ @colorado?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yupp

  69. AlphaaQ says:
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    Which multi-tool guy do you like for next week, with he focus more on speed
    Inciarte @dodgers @padres

    Hicks @indians @tigers

    Desheilds, Odor @athletics @astros

    Villar Angels,Rangers

    Souza @red Sox @blue jays

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShields

  70. JoeG414 says:
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    What a couple of ticker teases : T.Shaw-Active ,, Moreland and Avis Garcia- both on my bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally!

  71. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    gearing up for 2nd round in the money league. still got burnett/stroman in DL slots. keep or obtain which two of these: (i may have made this decision too late, could’ve reaquired wood i dropped about 5 days ago this morning but was beat to him)
    Nola @ MIA (0),
    Stroman vs NYY, @ BAL
    Peavy @ SD (-.5)
    Gausman @ BOS (-22.5)
    Duffey @ DET (-14.2)
    Conley vs PHI (11.5)
    Niese vs ATL
    could also start with niese on MON, go to peavy or conley for WED, go to Duffey for FRI.

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