The Red Sox season is like the guy that knocks over the Jenga structure with the first block pulled, then manages to somehow knock every single block off the table, even the ones on the very bottom.  Koji Uehara hit the DL with a fractured wrist, and is done for the season, as originally speculated here after reading between the lines at other sites.  I also read between the lines that aliens constructed Tikal in Guatemala.  And I thought Tikal was constructed by Method Man.  Also, I have a bone to pick with read, why is the past tense still spelled read?  Siri can’t even figure that shizz out to speak.   You messed up, English language!  Any the hoo!  With Uehara out, this opens a hole for Jean Machi or Junichi Tazawa to walk through.  Tazawa is Asian, though I’m not sure that’s a requirement, Machi is ugly.  Again, may not matter.  Either way, I’d go Machi first since Sawx manager, John Farrell, indicated that Machi would fill-in as the closer, adding, “And Sandoval is still fat.”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Desmond Jennings – News reported that he was finished with his rehab.  At first, I only read “Desmond Jennings finished,” and it still made sense.

Kevin Kiermaier – Hoping to return on Tuesday.  That’s the best he can hope for?  I’m hoping to run into my junior high bully, Tommy Mankowitz, with my car.

Byron Buxton – Activated from the DL and sent to the minors.  The Twins likely wanted to make sure Eddie Rosario had a place to play.  Lord knows that Eddie Rosario is the future of their franchise and not that Buxton character.  Paul Molitor added, “Buxton can come back when he can string together 39 games straight with a hit, no more, no less.”  Molitor is a benevolent dictator.

Howie Kendrick – Hit the DL and Jose Peraza was called up.  Peraza (1-for-4) has 60-steal speed and doesn’t strike out much at all (or walk), so if you need SAGNOF, I’d be all over Peraza.  If I sound less enthusiastic than maybe I should, Mattingly.  If Peraza hits, he’ll get benched.  If he doesn’t hit, he’ll play but won’t be hitting.  Mattingly is the fantasy Catch 22.  Also, he could just play Kike Hernandez (1-for-4) at 2nd, because the Jews run Hollywood.

Brett Anderson – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 3.43.  Also palindromic are dud, gag, ohcmonmannamnomcho!

Ian Desmond – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homers.  I kinda hope he gets to 20 homers, so everyone can see how short people’s memories are next year when the comments come in like, “Grey, you’re super handsome, and I have one question, Desmond as a bounce back?”

Gio Gonzalez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  And you started him only because, “Well, I got him on my team, so I guess I’m starting him.  Oy, these are my reasons?”  Oy, you’re welcome!

Michael Cuddyer – Was activated from the DL, but sat on the bench.  Wilmer Flores brought him a box of tissues, saying, “Just in case.”

Travis d’Arnaud – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  Glad to see he made good on his promise when d’Arnaud said, “I’ll be back.”

Jon Niese – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  I was about to say it’s no wonder his ERA is that solid, look where he pitches his home games.  However, guess what his away ERA is.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *scratches side, realizes I was wearing my Halloween Freddy Krueger finger blades, calls 911, gets rushed to the hospital, tells EMT Niese’s Away ERA in case I don’t make it, I make it, returns from hospital wrapped in 47 feet of gauze*  Niese’s away ERA is 2.84!  That’s damn low.  I’d still look at the Stream-o-Nator for him, but he makes the case to start everywhere.

Jonathan Gray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  As I said in Friday’s Buy, I liked Gray in Metco (really, I like anyone in Metco), and wanted to watch Gray.  Well, I did and he looked dirty with four R’s shipped in from the South.  Sadly, I wouldn’t touch him in Coors, and that’s where he is next.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Seriously?  No, no, no.  Again with some stank.  Seriously?!  Damn, there’s the zone, there’s the ozone, there’s ESPN Zone’s nasty-ass food and then there’s the zone CarGo is in.

Josh Harrison – Cleared to play in rehab games.  As long as you have your glove, young man!

A.J. Burnett – Played catch over the weekend, then went for ice cream and played mini putt-putt.  Man, those major leaguers have the life!

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer.  If he got to 30 homers, I’d let Bruce pull me on stage for Dancing in the Dark.

Justin Upton – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Looking for a guy that could go on a CarGo-like stretch?  Here’s one.

Matt Shoemaker – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER vs. the White Sux.  Ah, The Cobbler back to cobbling together two pieces of doodie that don’t fit without a ton of Crazy Glue.  It says more about Shoemaker that he’s gluing together doodie than I could ever say about him.  You are a doodie gluer-together-er!  Damn, I really thought Shoemaker turned a corner, but he made the Comatose White Sox Fan, who woke up yesterday, think his team was meeting preseason predictions.  “Damn, we’re so stacked offensively LaRoche is batting sixth!  Right?  Hello?  Guys?”  Yeah, the White Sox are not good, but made Shoemaker look less so.  I think you have to let Shoemaker fall back in the streamer bin in most mixed leagues.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers (10, 11).  Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone to pick him up.  I made that promise and I’m nothing if not a Promise Keeper, playa!  For our Hispanic friends that found us by Googling “Promise Keepers playa,” looking for a Christian beach, yeah, you need to head back to Google.

Tyler Flowers – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .222.  Can’t believe he’s been better than Zunino.  Yes, this only matters to me because no one else has been anchored to Zunino all year, but, Jesus Montero, he’s been bad.

Tyler Saladino – 1-for-4 and his 3rd steal.  I’m the only one that likes him.  I get it.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  At the top of the White Sox order is Eaton/Saladino, and lettuce not forget the counting stats.

Chris Sale – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.47.  Looks like Sale’s whole; you lose, retail!

Johnny Giavotella – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Yesterday, he was hitting lower in the order, but he has been hitting towards the top and is a light hot schmotato.

Matt Boyd – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 7.11, which was also Apu’s ERA.  Future is bright, Tigers fans.  Dot, dot, dot.  If your team can do the impossible and get old as shizz like the Yankees and still somehow win games.  Otherwise, well, you have J.D.

Johnny Cueto – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.53.  I’m gonna make the most random prediction of my very young, millennial life, Cueto gets beaned in the World Series when he has to bat in the NL park, and Yordano charges the field in a ripped shirt with bandanas tied around his biceps like The Ultimate Warrior.

Rubby de la Rosa – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  We’re through one start this week from Rubby, and I already feel the rising blood pressure from my salt intake on the Double Down.

Yasmany Tomas – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Ah, so he didn’t accidentally get in the wrong line at the water park and float back to Cuba.  Excellent!

Welington Castillo – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Hot damn, the Boeuf is sizzling.

Jake Lamb – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting around .325 in the last week.  C’mon, Lamb hasn’t been baaaaaaahd.

Aaron Harang – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  Such an ugly start.  And he didn’t pitch well either.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (26).  Long live the Poles!

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Honest question, do you want to be a Phillies fan or a Tigers fan?  I’m thinking the Phils, and that’s sad.

Chris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer.  If you stand too close to Bill James right now, you would get impregnated.  Guy or girl.

Adam Jones – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 18th homer.  Hasn’t been awful, but doode is going to be nowhere near the 1st round next year.  I’m not sure if he’ll even be in the top 50.

Wei-Yin Chen – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  I get it, he’s a total bore to start-slash-own-slash-axl-izzy, but he’s been completely respectable for most leagues the entire season.

James Paxton – Likely won’t return this year.  Do I hear 2016 sleeper?  Yeah, I do, but I also have a seashell up to my ear that I found off the coast by the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.

Franklin Gutierrez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  The Big FraGu would’ve made a nice batty call.  Ain’t that right, Shirley?

Marcus Stroman – Cleared to throw off a mound.  How can he balance on that chocolate-coconut treat?

Devon Travis – Unlikely to return until September.  I wonder if Travis caught the same thing as former Blue Jays prospect, Brett Lawrie, that caused him to look amazing for the first month of his career, and then do nothing for five years, make me want to Google his name + address and send him some steamed vegetables that have passed through my colon.

 
  1. dem ribbies says:
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    Kinda starting to wonder if your accidentally leaving Frazier off of the top 100 for 2nd half was maybe the right call. : /

    dude is in freefall. thank jeebs for chris davis 3b eligiblity. ugh.

    • NickfromtheRoc says:
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      @dem ribbies: I blame the home run derby. Winner always drops off a cliff in the second half.

      • ByeFelica says:
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        @NickfromtheRoc: i don’t believe the hype… There’s guys that fall off, there’s guys that rake after participating in all-star weekend.

        I think it has more to do with the long grind & less to do with taking BP in front of 75,000 fans.

        • NickfromtheRoc says:
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          @ByeFelica: Maybe I’ve just been burned every time one of my players participates, but I feel like I see a significant drop off after one of my players participates in the home run derby.

          If it was just batting practice, I wouldn’t think as much of it, but players are trying to hit bombs, not just working on spraying the ball around the field…. I know some players have said they change their swing for the derby…

          • Josh Freeman says:
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            @NickfromtheRoc: I’m buying into the HRD curse. I’m very grateful each year when my players AREN’T selected for this. Been burned too many times. If they are selected, I try to trade high during AS break.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dem ribbies: Yeah, serious slump… Whenever Donaldson did well, Frazier slumped and vice versa…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: the tides will turn on those two

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you jumping in a pool near them?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: yes, I am

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @dem ribbies: It has more to do with the fact that those who are in the HR derby more often that not have an inflated HR/FB% in the first half (hence why they’re picked). I don’t think anyone all of a sudden believed Frazier was a 45- HR kind of guy. And he has a history of fading in the second half.

  2. Tom says:
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    12 team H2H points – Drop Vogt for Castillo?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Tom: yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Sure

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic, earth-shattering, tremendous!

    a. Sorry to hear about UE’s wrist. I actually drafted him by mistake because he was next in the queue. My pick was selected literally a second before and I double-clicked thinking I would get my pick, instead I got UE. I dropped him almost immediately after the draft in my shallow 10-team league.

    b. No mention of your boy Castillo’s night? The double short of the cycle with 4 RBIs and 3 Runs! Though the triple was a donation from the Chase Field score keeper who did not see Cody Asche in left field fall all over the place before actually getting the ball to the cutoff man after only 120 seconds had passed! But I see why, you don’t want to gloat too much. That’s not the way you roll. The man is completely ‘en fuego’.

    c. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘The booming metropolis of West New York, New Jersey has recently been awarded to host the 2022 Special Olympics. The 132 nations will compete to park their car in one of the only two handicapped parking spaces in town.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey:Sry, man! I missed it because you didn’t say precisely ‘Where is Le Beouf’?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Every day you do a Find for ‘where is the beouf?’ don’t you? Winky emoticon

  4. Bread N Mustard says:
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    Addson Russell, Elvis Andrus, Francisco Lindor, or Jose Iglesias? (Redraft league)

  5. Bread N Mustard says:
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    What are the chances Jose Berrios is called up before September?

      • Trump Y'all says:
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        @Grey: I read the Twins have a roster spot open and a spot on the 40 man, for the 15th, could be for Berrios. Malone can’t come back until the 16th… cross your fingers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will do, Trump!

  6. Manley Ramirez says:
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    So am I to conclude that either Method Man and/or Andrelton Simmons constructed Tikal?

    I’m picturing Desmond Jennings reading the first line and shedding a tear a la the Crying Indian.

    Comedic gold today, Grey. You’re like the Colby Rasmus of fantasy writers — absolute fire on these short schedule days!

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: God… I hate Desmond Jennings. I troll the shit out of that guy on Twitter. Lol

  7. Jogon says:
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    Trade offer keeper league :

    I receive : Kershaw, Ryan Zimmerman

    I give : Matz, Syndergaard, Fielder

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Jogon: If it’s a keep forever I’d take Kershaw. Especially if you’re in position to win this season. You know what you’re getting every year with him and that’s a CY young contender every year. Take it!

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @ByeFelica: Depends how many keepers, etc…

        I’m with Bye, if this is a forever keeper league, then you always want to net the best player within any trade, because they are good forever. To be able to get Kershaw in a forever keeper league at his age is too good to pass up. Matz and Syndergaard have high ceilings, but I don’t think anyone thinks they are as good as Kershaw.

        If this is a contract keeper league, and you are getting more than 2 years out of Kersh or you only keep say 3, I still say go for it.

        If this is a contract keeper league, you keep more than 7 each year, only have Kershaw for next year, and you’re giving up 3 guys that you would keep in favor of say… Omar Infante… then, I say stand pat.

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          It is a keeper forever.

          If i accept the trade my keepers would be:

          F.Hernandez, C.Kershaw, D.Keuchel, E. Rodriguez and M.Stroman.
          A.Mccutchen, T Frazier, M.Machado, R.Cano, G.Polanco, C Davis, M Kemp or M Sano

          If I decline, I would keep Fielder, Matz and Syndergaard.

          • CMUTimmah says:
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            @Jogon: Sano over Kemp and Polanco (in that order) IMO.

            Make the deal, I don’t like E Rodriguez in a keeper, but I can see where things get thin. Your pitching becomes very dominant with this move…

            One more thing, I would try to move Cano in the offseason if he shows life towards the end of the year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jogon: Kershaw side

  8. Z says:
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    Hey Grey! Is Corey Seager worth stashing now? Getting called up anytime soon? Thanks!

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Z: I’d wait n see cuz obviously nobody else in your league is eyeballing him. Unless you have a bench spot you can burn for the next 2-3 weeks. I’d take a live bat myself depending on lg size

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Z: honestly I rather grab Jose P if he’s available. Cuz SAGNOF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Z: I’d stash him

  9. Au shizz showers says:
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    stroman worth a stash soon? Upgrade over shiemaker/Nelson ros?

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    OPS with steals and steal %, and XBH, and other ratios (basically super OPS league). which 2 out of gose/kike/jose ram/peraza/jaso?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: same league, 2. turn which of Rubby/Bassitt hound into streamers if streamer options are iglesias,yordano, gibson, gausman,e-rob, marty perez, jimenez, or maybe hold the 2 i have? pretty much all useful P stats as QS, OBPA, K/9, K to BB.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: gose and who’s 3rd if jose ram is gone?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why is Ramirez gone?

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: throw eddie R into that list too, guy who added jose ram dropped him (and i’ve probably had him at least 3 times already)

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oh, from 6:45 to 8:25 he was added by somebody else.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it’s one of those jose ram vs peraza vs kike decisions that i’ve seen in deeper leagues all over the last 2 days.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: in one league i actually have all three of kike/peraza/jose ram, with peraza still in NA slot, i’ll wait and see which sucks the most after a while and drop.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  11. ByeFelica says:
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    Safe to say i would most likely be leading the RCL if i didn’t trade away Crush Davis, Cargo for Jose Fernandez 6 weeks ago. Or Rizzo,Tulo, JD Martinez for Upton,Donaldson, & Cain (not a horrible trade) but the Jofer trade is making me want to pound my face repeatedly into a brick wall (repeat)

    I’m still sitting pretty in 3rd place with 82 pts though. Ugh. .fucking Desmond Jennings… We buried that corpse 2 seasons ago Grey! Please do not reincarnate him

    • Cosart Sucks says:
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      @ByeFelica: are you saying you gave BOTH of cargo 1 and c.davis for a guy who was just coming off TJ? JB had Jofer ranked like top 20 SP even before he was back off TJ and i doubt he’d have done that. Now tell me if i’m wrong but can anybody remember any SP coming off TJ with less than 3 months left of season and being a top 20 SP during that period? I could see trading one of those for Jofer, but even if continued on his pace without getting injured he’s not worth both of those. You should’ve shopped once you had that offer, as i’m sure others would’ve given more for those two if SP is what you wanted (esp as aren’t RCL’s known to not trade real value FOR pitching (bucking the system you are))

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ByeFelica: Yeah, that wasn’t a good trade even then

  12. Wilson says:
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    I need saves but still have to make a room so I need to drop one of them : Rondon , Mujica, Machi

    Thanks.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        But you said Machi is the first to be considered a closer after Uehara gone. Right? Still drop Machi? Or others? Thanks

  13. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , thanks for your articles.

    You suggested me to sell J Upton away, i tried to trade for top 30 hitters but failed.
    He seems hitting now and I need homers urgently.

    Do you suggest me to sell him high for now? or just hold him and enjoy his fly before the end of season? Thanks.

    (By the way, J Upton is going to Coors … hoping a monster Upton there!!)

    • Wilson says:
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      PS , I meant “going to Coors” is he has games there with Rockies this Friday… not be traded away…

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @Wilson: If you can’t upgrade for better value then all you can do is hold. I own him & am also hoping for a huge finish! Let’s get this home run prayer octagon started.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        @ByeFelica: Yes.. Wish J Upton hitting more and more homers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Enjoy his fly?

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        enjoy his flyer trip

        Will he be a flyer for coming weeks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s a flyer trip?

  14. eck's toe cheese says:
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    Grey- Do you like Giolito or Urias for next year? Is either worth a stash in keeper leagues?

  15. Lex says:
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    Damn hella homers for just 7 games…went to sleep with 10 points and woke up with 70 thanks to desmond,davis,martinez And pollock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lex: Nice

  16. yb says:
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    Start Joe Ross @dodgers
    Start c-mart @home vs pirates

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @yb: i’m going with C-MART. Pirates aren’t great against righties and it’s at home. Guessing Grey goes Ross since he thinks C-mart is fading.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yb: Both in some leagues

  17. niner says:
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    Deshiekds over gose and peraza?

    • Ron D says:
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      @niner: yes

  18. Relsh says:
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    So…like…should I pick up Avisail?

    • Dangerfield51 says:
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      @Relsh:
      Sure…if he is better than what you’re dropping.

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    [that feeling when you realize that a big bullpen change occurred after you turn on your phone post-traveling and see all the options have been grabbed already]

    Anywho, do you think that Ender Inciarte has returned to being a bench bat in light of the return of Lamb, and Tomas back in the OF?

    Thinking of grabbing Avisail over either Ender or Fowler for AVG and counting stats…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Currently have a waiver claim out for Hicks (dropping Ender), so if that doesn’t pan out, maybe I’ll try Avisail.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, snowman

  20. JWRAY says:
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    Who do you start tonight: Carlos Carrasco or Luis Severino? Or run them both out and hope for the best?

  21. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Thoughts on Severino at Cleveland today? SON doesn’t love his start, but JB seems high on him. 12 team H2H, standard 5×5…

  22. Chris says:
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    Need to replace H. Kendrick

    Need BA and XBH primarily with R, RBI and SB also having good value.

    J. Peraza
    C. Owings
    C. Coghlan
    Jace Pederson
    S. Gennett
    J. Schoop
    J. Ramirez

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Chris: Schoop, Schoop bey oop, Schoop bey oop, Schoop bey opp bey oop bey oop.

      I can see going Peraza if you’re looking for more of a SAGNOF and less XBH potential.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @CMUTimmah: And yes… I know it’s really pronounced “SCOPE”

  23. Killer Kuato says:
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    Hey! Did Rudy croak and you guys are covering it up? The player pages haven’t been updated in a week!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Killer Kuato: also coghlan counts as a 2B in yahoo, but he hasn’t hit the required games just yet.

    • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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      @Killer Kuato: Ha, Rudy didn’t croak, he just accepted my invite on Facebook :)

    • This is related to a caching issue affecting some users. I think some stuff we did today should’ve resolved it. The only day I’ve missed in 2 years was two weeks ago on a Sunday when our hosting company screwed up a DB upgrade and I couldn’t access our database.

  24. Clint says:
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    Okay, Master Lothario. Given Shoe’s return to implosion status last night (I blame JB because he told me yesterday Shoe’s awesome again), I need to choose the least crappiest RP/SP to slide into the pair of RP spots I have in my h2h points league. Which two would you roll with (eyes closed, of course):

    Shoe, Chavez, Erasmo, Desclafani, Bassitt, Gausman, Folty, Duffy, and/or Graveman

    There’s a few okay closers on the wire but Malamoney told me to stick w/the RP/SP guys there instead w/my points system favoring starters, even crappy ones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: These are streamers… Bassitt, Gausman

  25. Hack-E says:
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    Machi over Mujica or Wilson?

  26. Pickleball says:
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    For a 2 week, head to head roto playoff format starting end of August theough September, we get 20 starts through two weeks. I only have a 6 man rotation so I figure max out on the # of starts right? Qs/ strikeout/ baa/ era/ whip are the cats.

    Out of Verlander/ godley/ Rodriguez (bos)/ Nelson/ cashner/ colon are there one or two worth getting and riding for the playoffs or just stream matchups up to 20 starts/2 weeks?

    • Pickleball says:
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      @Pickleball: add Hendricks and fiers to the list..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pickleball: Nelson, Hendricks, but I’d look at their matchups

  27. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    NL-Only and Peraza is a $2 keeper. I had Peraza collecting dust in my UTIL spot for over a week and finally dropped him on Saturday out of desperation to get ABs for possible R and HR. Worse than that was I dropped Peavy when Peraza was traded to the Dodgers and someone snagged him.

    Wasn’t necessarily going to keep Peraza, but wanted to use him as a spot starter when I needed SBs as well as keep him out of the hands of teams looking to get a cheap keeper when he got up.

    Now when Myers doesn’t come back in a few weeks for my last 3 match ups, I will have completed my late season trifecta of pisspoor moves. Sweet!

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Yup. Now that Blanco is playing more with Pagan out, should I go with him over Alonso? SBs and R potential seems much better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go Blanco

          • Pugs&Slugs says:
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            @Grey: thank you! Much appreciated.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  28. Trump Y'all says:
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    Yo Grey!
    I’m hearing Zach McAllister may be going back into the rotation in Cleveland. You see him as a sneaky pickup for someone in need of pitching? Dood knows how to K people..

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @Trump Y’all: he wasn’t good as a SP, and that’s not just this year. jesus, gain one SP holds guy in May and now Mcallister (probably best FIP as a SP eligible holds guy ALL year, as liam hendricks doesn’t get that many holds) is gone! dang it all.

    • Ron D says:
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      @Trump Y’all: he doesn’t make a great starter, he’s better when he can dial it up and fling it for a couple innings rather than being stretched out for 5+ innings… Kind of reminds me of Wade Davis in that regard.. That being said he has shown he can be a 4ish ERA pitcher with 7.5 ish K/9 & a little upside

  29. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in 2nd place in my 12 team H2H, redraft league. I have Stanton. I can’t decide what to do with him. Hold onto him or trade? I don’t know what type of value I should look for in return though. What do you think?

    Here’s my lineup: Weiters/Arnaud, Rizzo, Gordon, Donaldson, Sano, Brantley, Hamilton, Tucker, Duda, C. Hernandez.

    Arietta, Kluber, Carrasco, Hammel, Wood, Fiers, Ray, Buehrle, Bassit, & 5 closers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d trade him if I could get something worthwhile

  30. Jhan23 says:
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    Rank in order Ros
    Chen
    Tillman
    Fiers

    Thanks Grey

  31. lb. sand says:
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    Start hellboy today home vs PHI?
    12 team pts leagues..

    • lb. sand says:
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      @lb. sand: or rather K Hendricks @ CWS?
      SON has hellboy at 12.6 vs only 1.2 for Hendricks.

  32. IV says:
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    Good Morning Grey,

    Could you help me pick 2 of the following streaming options below?

    Haren v MIL $2.5
    Hutch @ OAK $5.1
    E Ramirez @ ATL $7.4
    Hellickson v PHI $12.6

    Thinking Ramirez and Haren at the moment, but would love your opinion.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IV: None of them…Haren, Erasmo

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @IV: Hellickson always gets decent SON numbers, but I wouldn’t trust him unless he’s getting a $20 spot or higher (which will never happen).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t touch Hellickson outside of NL-Only

        • IV says:
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          @Grey: Thanks Peter and Grey. Looks like I’ll hold off for a better streaming day.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  33. JMAC says:
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    Currently in a 5×5 H2H OBP Keeper (Keep 5; one must be P)

    My keepers coming into this year were:

    1B Goldy
    SS Tulo
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Michael Brantley
    SP Lester

    Additional candidates for next year:

    SP Arrieta
    SP Cole
    OF Cargo
    OF Bruce

    So her’s the real question… I’m in first place, and have been offered my Tulo and Carrasco for Braun and King Felix

    It’s not that simple though, because Keeper wise (next season) I wasn’t keeping Carrasco anyway, so I’m really giving up Cole/Arrieta/Lester as a keeper next year in favor of Felix if I do the trade. Do you think this is a deal worth doing? It leaves me with 3 OF Keepers which is clearly shallow. Very conflicted, but like it on paper. Thanks for your help as always,

    • Speedy McGreedy says:
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      @JMAC: with only 5 keepers I don’t think king Felix makes the cut next year. I’d go Goldy, Tulo Arrieta, Cole, Cargo

      • JMAC says:
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        @Speedy McGreedy: I’m a big believer in being able to “fake” pitching. Do you think that Tulo is better than Braun? That’s really what it comes down to. I either get Braun for next year and Felix ROS or just keep roster as is.

        • Speedy McGreedy says:
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          @JMAC: Tulo is better than Braun, and it’s a lot less close when you consider Tulo’s ultra-premium position. Shortstop has really turned into a mass grave, and although some nice SS prospects have graduated I’ll take Tulo for next 1-2 years, which is where to focus for such a small number of keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC: Are you looking to next year only?

      • JMAC says:
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        @Grey: No I want to win this season, but also am curious about keeper situation in general. If it’s 50/50 and helps me future great. If it’s mortgaging future for now, I’m not into it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JMAC: I’d take Tulo side

          • JMAC says:
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            @Grey: Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

              • JMAC says:
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                @Grey: Sorry still on this. If I traded AJ, Cargo, or Brantley instead of Tulo, do you like the deal with any or all of them?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @JMAC: Carrasco can be as good as Felix for the last six weeks, and those hitters are all better than Braun, so not sure what you’re trying to do here

                  • JMAC says:
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                    @Grey: Braun’s got me wooed I guess. I look at that production and it looks so good across the board. Tricked by the 5 tools I guess. You’re probably right. Just overrating the Felix and Braun of old I guess. Thanks for your help!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

      • JMAC says:
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        @JMAC: @JMAC: @Grey: I’m in 1st by 4.5 games. Weakness is HRs, but solid in Runs, RBIs, and OBP.

  34. Carnac says:
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    What you said about Mattingly only giving Peraza ABs if he’s not hitting, but for Brett Anderson. Dodgers were down 0-2 entering the 6th, Anderson can’t record and out coughing up hit after hit. LAD was down 0-5 before Mattingly even had anyone warming up in the bullpen. Are the Dodgers not trying to make the playoffs?

    On the other end of the, um, spectrum… Joe Maddon: In Jason Hammel’s last start he was pulled in the 5th after he gave up consecutive hits in a close game, meat of the order coming up.

    Mattingly is so terrible.

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Carnac: With Mattingly, Williams, Weiss, Price and Fredi we are living in the Golden Age of unspeakably awful managers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: Mattingly needs to get Torre on Skype before making a move, which isn’t always easy, because Mattingly needs to remember his Skype password

      • Carnac says:
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        Mattingly think’s he’ll lose his connection if someone picks up the bullpen phone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mattingly accepted sexyladyxxx69’s request and now a Ukrainian boy pretending to be a Louisiana woman is making all of his decisions.

          • Carnac says:
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            “sexyladyxxx69 sure looks a lot like John Mozeliak in a wig!”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “Coming up after the LA weather report, sexyladyxxx69 is revealed to be Alex Guerrero, wanting to get paid and not have to play.”

  35. Jack says:
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    K. Davis, Markakis, Valencia, Piscotty, Taylor, Tomas, or Avisail ROS? Muchas Gracias!

  36. L-Boogie says:
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    Proud Zunino owner since Day 1. OK, so maybe “proud” isn’t the right word there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: It’s been a rough slog with him…I finally dropped him in a 15 team league

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: When your (my) alternatives are Flowers, Phegley, or Giminez you gotta keep hope alive.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, I just happened to trade for Yasmani, only way I was able to drop him

  37. TJ says:
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    Which side of the trade do you like better:
    Scherzer (keep for 2 years) and Grichuk (no keep)
    or
    Bumgarner (keep for 1 year) and David Ortiz (no keep)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Scherzer

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Drop JoFern to pickup Matz in a roto redraft? Or too early until we know he’s shutdown?

  39. Scott says:
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    so I should’ve started Wei-yin instead of Rubby. ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Rubby wasn’t bad

  40. Mike

    Mike says:
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    We’ve leapfrogged most of the WNBA…and now the TIgers? Woo-hoo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Don’t underestimate being a Liberty fan

  41. Mike says:
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    Hey Greg, how many years ago at the most was it that owning Desmond Jennings filled me with joy? I know it happened, I just don’t know when it happened.

  42. Ron D says:
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    Stream joe Ross @LAD tonight? I’m on the fence, feel like he’s due for a clunker and the lefty heavy Dodgers would be the ones that could do it to him, but his numbers are great and he will be pitching in a pitchers park. Need to make up some ground after my opponent got that gem from Cueto (who I flipped for Starling Marte when he was having those little elbow problems, Marte better get at least one slam and legs this week).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron D: In some leagues

  43. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great stuff as usual – would you drop Joc for any of these:
    Schwarber
    Franco
    Lindor
    David Peralta
    Avisail
    Ryan Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Thanks! All of them? Schwarber

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: I guess I’ve been trying to deny and ignore the way Joc hasn’t been performing as I haven’t put much thought toward replacing him. I was right to approach it that way with Rizzo, correct?

        Anyway, if it must be done, my options include Yelich, Peralta, and Kris Davis. This is a 12-team H2H with shallow bats owned. If you happen to suspect there’s a good chance that the better option of Player X is available given the lack of depth, feel free to name someone not listed as well.

        BTW – a corny thing I saw recently: The Romans had no trouble with algebra, as X was always ten.

        Thanks for the read, Grey!

        Mr. Harang and Ms. Mesorasco walk into a bar. How many people are now in the street?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right to approach what? HA! Nice…

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Grey: I was saying that when Rizzo was cold, it was “right” to just hold onto him and wait, but that doesn’t seem to be the sentiment w/r/t Joc.

            So my convoluted question was drop Joc for Yelich, Peralta, or Kris Davis (or Player X)?

            Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah…Depends on needs… Yelich or Davis

  44. SallyCips says:
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    Blerghalino. I noted all the closer questions yesterday, picked up Rondon and Tazawa, worked hard, played softball, lost–team out of the playoffs, went to Trader Joe’s, came home, ate a late dinner, showered/shaved, passed out exhausted, no net for me. This morning, Machi is the closer, picked up by the Uehara owner and most likely laughing at me for grabbing Tazawa. I hate losing. :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: What position in softball do you play?

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: I grew up a Mattingly fan, so I try to do my best at 1B scooping and stretching. I think I’m alright. ;)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope you don’t retire in ten years and become your softball team’s manager

          • SallyCips says:
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            @Grey: Already the manager! :P

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh no! Play the Cuban utility infielder!

  45. dem ribbies says:
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    Desmond… He keeps reeling me back in…

    Gonna have to make a decision now. Drop Desmond or Kang?

    Am I making this more difficult than it needs to be??

  46. Five-On-One says:
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    Desmond, Wong, A.Escobar and Odor. Need to start 3. Which one sits? I’ve been sitting Desmond the past 3-4 weeks, so I have missed a handful of HR/SB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  47. Stan says:
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    Was offered Shelby Miller for Marcus Stroman in a keeper. 12 teams. Not really hurting to make a playoff push. Would you take this deal as a future investment?

    This is Stan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Shelby, Stan

      • Stan says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey.

        Sincerely yours, your biggest fan.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep on wondering why, I got out of bed at all…

  48. dem ribbies says:
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    If you had to drop 1 of the following, who gets the boot?

    Lorenzo Cain or Hunter Pence

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: thanks man! when I’m undecided I invoke you my unofficial official arbiter.

  49. B.o.B says:
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    Is Rendon worth hanging onto at this point? 10 team OBP league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  50. tripwirealarm says:
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    Bryce Harper, Andrew Miller and Mitch Moreland for Mike Trout, rest of season, should I trade Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

      • tripwirealarm says:
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        @Grey: Trade Trout or keep Trout?!?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep

  51. hmm says:
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    with Mookie betts coming back i gotta drop one of Rendon, D. LeMahieu, Bogaerts, or Herrera.

    JB was thinking DJ I’m more thinking Rendon just cause I’ve got nothing from him all year.

    which one would you let go of?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ

  52. Nick says:
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    start only seven.. wins count an enormous ton..

    options are:

    Carrasco vs NYY
    Carrasco vs MIN
    joe ross vs SF
    joe Ross vs LAD
    Carlos Martinez vs PiT
    CMart vs MIA
    Jungmann vs Philly
    Gausman vs Seattle
    Kazmir vs SF
    Lester vs MIL
    Hammel vs MiL
    Jaime Garcia vs MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not C-Mart twice, Gausman, Jung, Ross in LA

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Nick: might want to post more cities here, gausman is @ SEA.

  53. Dommattingly says:
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    Have Castillo. Would you drop Lucroy for J Harrison or Khris Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  54. TayTay says:
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    Hey Grey, great article as always. in a 12 man league, would you drop Bruce or R.Zimmerman to pick up G.Polanco?

    • TayTay says:
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      @TayTay: So, don’t pick up Polanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TayTay: I’d drop Zimm for Polanco if I needed SBs

  55. ERad says:
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    So Ryan Zimmerman is good again? I feel like it was only yesterday when you had him as a top 5 3B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems hot right now, but I wouldn’t get married to him…

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @ERad: over/under of 16 days till next DL stint, you comfortable with either side?

  56. MarvPesos

    Insert name here says:
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    Grey
    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12)
    Team A: Encarnation, Sheilds, Tanaka
    Team B: K. Seager, Polanco, Odor, A.wood + picks
    which side you’d rather have ? is it close ?

  57. Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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    When is JoFer going on the DL, I need the roster spot and I just can’t drop him….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess some time before the Marlins next game

  58. MarvPesos

    John says:
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    grey,
    10-tm H2H keeper. (Keep 12)
    Which side wins
    Team A gets: Encarnacion, Tanaka, shields
    Team B gets: K. Seager, Polanco, Odor, A. Wood + picks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A, it’s fairish

  59. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey:

    with Wright coming back soon, do I reinstate him or keep Mikail Franco ROS? H2H pts league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Franco

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Josh Freeman: we gotta start to try to imagine just how young franco was when wright was performing at franco’s current level, it’s probably like 19.

  60. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    Yo GREY! Watched the first ep of Rectify last night. Great stuff! I’m IN!

    I’m trying to get some consistency from my rag-tag group of closers. Ahead by a decent margin in saves, just want to keep pace for ROS.. Currently have KRod, Vizcaino, Alex Wilson, Kahnle (pretttty shabby, I know)

    Should I trade Kahnle to get Bruce Rondon? Was thinking owning the tigers 1 and 2 guys might be more valuable down the stretch than the potential WHIP Monster Kahnle?

    What do you think? Am I overthinking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and it gets better! Yeah, overthinking…Hold what you have

      • LittleJoeyCora says:
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        @Grey:
        Nice! Pumped to have another show for some serious binge watching!

        Ok cool, thanks again. Kindof figured I was overthinking. That doesn’t usually happen. Damn brain.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  61. The Big Yabu says:
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    Sorry for the catcher-question, BUT:
    My patience with Stephen Vogt is wearing very thin. Stick with him? Or replace with Yan Gomes or A.J. Pierzynski?

    Also:
    What’s your over/under on the number of saves that Machi gets? Trying to figure out if he’s even worth grabbing in a shallow league.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Replace with Gomes…7 saves

  62. Atlas says:
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    “I think you have to let Shoemaker fall back in the streamer bin in most mixed leagues.”

    :Does best Ace Ventura mocking laugh with trousers pulled up, and head off to one side – then snaps head back around in all seriousness and says …… “oh reeaallllllly” “ya dont say”

    Hahaha… I drafted the maker of shoes. Then after he pummeled my ratios early I dropped him. Then just like you G I thought I saw some trustworthy improvement… I streamed that Ftard last night, and the rest as they say is history. Never again. Dude wrecked me for the week… on a Monday. Good times.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  63. Bostero111 says:
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    Yo Grey.

    Looking to trade Ellsbury for a pitcher in my 12 team H2H league. Ellsbury hasn’t stolen a base yet since his return from the knee injury so I’m concerned the knee may still be an issue.

    Is Ellsbury for Lance Lynn a fair deal?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I’d take Lynn

  64. David says:
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    Would you deal Adam Jones and Fielder (or Encarnacion) for Goldy and Melky Cabrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you want Goldy…With either 1st baseman, Fielder first

  65. niner says:
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    Khris Davis vs haren or hicks vs gallardo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  66. JP says:
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    Please rank ROS P Sandoval, K Davis, and J Montero
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Montero

  67. Vrugg says:
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    Great stuff, Grey
    I’m in need of a H. Kendrick replacement in a 12 team H2h categories league.
    Available options are:
    Peraza
    C. Hernandez
    N. Walker
    J. Ramierz
    Schoop
    Lawrie
    Giovetella
    Paredes
    Peterson
    Coghlan (Yahoo)

    Who do you like? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Ramirez for a few

  68. Polka

    Polka says:
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    Damn Grey you never fail to make me laugh, like a good fart on a Catholic Church wooden pew!!
    These posts are the opening of everyday and the Cobbler is a definite streamer now…almost went down low to add him and drop Charelton Heston, get your damn bat off my hanging curve you damn dirty Ape!!!!
    what about Eric’s son Marco or Top Jimmy Nelson-
    Top Jimmy, he’s the King

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Indeed, Polka, Top Jimmy Nelson is the king, all hail!

  69. Erik says:
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    Ouch…the Phillies or Tigers fan question…

    I’m really hurting with DL players in one league. Currently in 3rd place but I have to do something about this and I’m not sure who to drop as some of these may be good keepers next year or should be back/helpful this year:

    Devon Travis – $4
    Matz – whatever his ESPN cheatsheet price is next spring
    Pineda – $9
    Kendrick – wouldn’t keep as he’d be $11
    Turner – cheatsheet price, probably wouldn’t keep but he should be back this week
    Smyly – $9, should be back soon

    Who would you drop of these? We can keep as many players as we want up to $100. We have two DL spots but 6 players on the DL is too much to hold on to.

    At least I got Peraza as soon as the news came out yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick, Turner and Smyly aren’t really keepers

      • Erik says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah I wasn’t planning on Kendrick for sure. You think Smyly is a streamer ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Streamer, yeah, and not worth $9

          • Erik says:
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            @Grey:

            Cool, so I could drop him at least and put one of the other guys in the DL spot then. I guess Kendrick would be my next drop if I need to as it seems there’s not a clear time table.

            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kendrick is droppable next, yeah

    • Polka

      Polka says:
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      as a Tiger fan that is a painful question-
      But I’m wearing a Bo Jackson Royals with Cheese Jersey to work today
      @Erik:

      • Erik says:
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        @Polka:

        Tigers fan here as well sadly.

  70. Trump Y'all says:
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    I think we need to start a fantasy weather league where the purpose is the draft cities with the worst weather. Points for rain, snow etc. Tornadoes and hurricanes are like HRs….
    I’ll trade you Alaska for Jersey?

    Sorry, i need less coffee today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trump, what do you think about The Huffington Post relegating you to the Entertainment section and refusing to put you in the Politics section?

      • Polka

        Polka says:
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        that hair alone should be in entertainment/comedy…tragic
        @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m admittedly fascinating by Trump’s candidacy… I can not look away

          • Polka

            Polka says:
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            He doesn’t need to raise money like he rest of the criminals and never filters his thoughts, I always want to see who he’ll piss off next??
            Simple White Folk-
            @Grey:

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, and his hair is spun from the whiskers of cat angels…

      • Trump Y'all says:
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        @Grey: The Huffington post is bleeding from its eyes and its ….whatever. My Politics are like my hair, made in a cotton-candy machine before each public appearance.

        My daughter, Ivanka, will be my running mate in 2016 and wear an American flag bikini until we win the border war

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love the sacrifice you’re making, Trump, I hope one day you put your name on the White House in gold and purple

  71. nightpandas says:
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    Would you take A or B? I need to pick one (or none)

    A. Give Jones/Miggy get Frazier/Brantley/Shields

    B. Give Tulo/Miggy get Frazier/Brantley/Kang

    leaning B, (15 team keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  72. SF says:
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    HI Grey,

    Another second base question: Grab Phillips, Deshields ,Ramirez,, Valbuena, Solarte, Semian, Cabrera, or Kike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phillips

  73. Trump Y'all says:
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    Geno Smith out 6 weeks with a broken jaw. Much like Megyn Kelly, he doesn’t know when to keep his trap shut

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Geno Smith? Is that a bad pizzeria name?

  74. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Had a nightmare last night. It was about Razzball (which means I’ve been sequestered in the house too long while the D.O.G. heals up). I dreamt there was another commenter on this site that went under the name, “The Babaghanoush Special”. The “Noush” and I became best of Internet friends, commenting on each other’s posts offering advice, sending links of old skool rap videos, spontaneous emojiconing…you know, the type’s of things BFFOTI’s just do! By the by, the advice “The Noush” would give had almost achieved an omnipotent level of trust. “Welp. The Noush likes Douchebag Anderson’s start tonight @ COL. Better consider it.”

    As the season progressed, I began noticing subtle connections between the players he was talking about and the teams in which they played for in my H2H Keeper League. I began phrasing comments to see if I could get “The Noush” to offer some inkling to my suspicion, but nothing substantial ever came of it. The end-of-the-season came; I made it through the 1st round of the playoffs and was squaring off in the finals against one of my fiercest rivals/best friends, “Niese & Desist”. It was a HELL of a two-week matchup. The kind of match-up that you take sick leave on a Thursday to watch your streamers in the get away games, and then contemplate taking off Friday cause the Cubs and Braves start at 1:10. Never done that…but anyway, it was championship Sunday morning and I needed to make a decision on starting/sitting a SP before rosters locked. I went onto Razzball, posed the question on Mike’s “Minor Accomplishments” post, hoping my steadfast BFFOTI would show up and give me a decisive opinion. Mike gave me some really good advice. “Shut up, Mike”, I said, continuing to mumble, “stupid, polite, really intelligent and always responsive, Mike.” Finally “The Noush” posted his response just a couple minutes before the roster lock. “I’d start him”, he said.

    I ended up starting Forkball McNuts against “Niese & Desist” and lost the championship. Welcome to Dumpsville…population one. Although the outcome was decided long before the conclusion of the ESPN Sunday Night game, once the final out was made, I received a text from the owner of “Niese & Desist” that only read “The Babaghanoush Special”.

    That’s when I woke up yelling “ROOOOFFFFIEEEEEEDDDDD”. Mrs. Nincompoop was obviously startled and asked me, “What the hell! Are you okay?” I was still out of it, but apparently responded, “yeah, I got roofied man. I got roofied.” Just thought I’d share.

    P.S. Is it okay if my team name next year is “Promise Keepers Playa”? That made me schnort coffee out my nose.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Awesome! I don’t want to say this is weird, but I had exact same dream, but the commenter’s name in mine was Babaganoush, with no H…

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: What does the extra “H” mean? Hate? J-FOH?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…Yeah, maybe that was JFOH in a taqiyah!

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Grey: Nice multi-religion vocabulary! Starting to make some sense…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s a slow burn on our culture spelling things differently… Take it from us English speakers, same spelling of the word, different meanings is way less confusing!

              • Peter Nincompoop says:
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                @Grey: Totally! Sigh.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I invade dreams like Freddie Krueger

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And you have a red/black sweater…I can totally see that!

  75. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Since the wife is in Jersey, I bingewatched ‘Ballers’ on Sunday night. Never been a fan of The Rock (never disliked him either), but the show is pretty solid. Granted, its football, but the take on sports agents and financial management is done really well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Wow, I hated the first episode, stopped watching after that…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Rob Cordry is great in that show. It’s little absurd but what do you expect from marky mark

        • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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          @J-FOH: Yeah, he’s hilarious. And @Grey, there’s a dude who is like an amateur golfer in Florida or something that I think you’d find inspirational.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I doubt I go back to it, I really didn’t like anything about the premiere…

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Its been said before, but I thought that it got better after the 1st episode.
        Speaking of TV, I occasionally find myself searching for ‘The Returned’ on Netflix hoping that I somehow missed that season 2 has been released.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It felt like a bad sports ripoff of Entourage… I’m dying for the 2nd season of the returned, too… Ugh, it was so good!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mrs.Featherbottom: I like it, the D-Lineman is a former UCLA Bruin

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @J-FOH: Cool – didn’t know that. I never got into Entourage, felt like it glorified the frat culture that I never found appealing in the first place.

  76. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What side do you like more?

    Garrett Richards and Krod or Strasburg?

    I don’t need krod considering I have 6 closers… Wanting to see if you like Strasburg significantly more than Richards rest of season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras

  77. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Keith Murray’s ‘The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World’ happens to be today’s random stream – its held up surprisingly well for being old enough to drink.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m listening to Cuban Linx Part 2 on Nick’s suggestion and it’s really good, I might like it better than the first one too (Nick also did)

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Nice, I’ll have to check that one out too. I noticed that a lot of the solo projects from Wu just started to sound redundant. Its always fun to find one that is original.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, as I was telling Nick yesterday, I’m done with that kung fu shizz… But the album is solid, for sure

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey:Yo VII, saw your convo after last night with Doc Noisewater, I already told you about Czarface, member? Played you the RA feature track, ‘under seige like you ridin’ Casey Riback trains, my rap brain, is G Rap, Kane’s’, but yeah Czarface is definitely worth it. I feel like I wasted a ‘caught you at the perfect time to get you to listen to an album you haven’t heard’ on that Raekwon album, even though it’s pretty good. Really just wanted to make the point it’s way better than part 1

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you caught me at a great time, you see what I said about About Me? I love that song, that’s my jammy jam! I do faintly remember Czarface, I definitely remember the Rugged track…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Yeah I saw late last night, it is a dope track. I think it’s a Dre beat?…Put Czarface on the list….yo, should I post roast here or email?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Post the roast!

        • Geat White North says:
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          @nick the dick: Can I be adopted? I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Right? It’s insane, and we don’t even know the people

            • nick the dick says:
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              @Grey: Feels like you know them too well now though, huh?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I coudl see me coming in and saying something like I know them well, and them being like, “Who’s this joker? Roasting’s for family,” then beating me up.

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @Grey: Haha but that would turn into The Roast Of Grey, and wouldn’t that be awesome!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I don’t know, your family takes the gloves off!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Geat White North: Thanks, Great! We got room for all!

  78. Hack-E says:
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    Can u please rank Franco, K. Davis, Dom. Brown, Burns, Lind ROS?

    Which catcher to roll with: Santana, Castillo, Grandal?

    Thanks for your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind, Davis, Brown… Grandal

  79. EA says:
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    Alex Gordon? Drop or continue to stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have him stashed

  80. Joe says:
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    Would you drop Shaw for K.Davis? I got Allen, Miller, Gregerson, Kahnle, and Machi. Was holding Shaw as a handcuff for Allen but seems like a waste without some news of an imminent change.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  81. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I got Revere for SAGNOF purposes and just filling my 2B/SS position with Phillips while Kipnis is on the shelf. Would you swap out Phillips for Peraza and then drop Revere for a better bat on the waiver wire? I know it depends on who’s on the waiver wire, but in essence it would be a guy like Choo, Tucker or Hunter? Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Mattingly to play Peraza, so nope

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: I would love to hear what you’d say to Mattingly, if you ever crossed paths at your favorite taqueria in L.A. Thanks for the advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

      • Simply Fred

        Fred Barker says:
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        @Grey: You pegged him. Matts benched Peraza tonight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So ridiculous

  82. Crock says:
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    Encarnacion/Carlos Santana/k-rod or jupton/dee gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  83. JoeG414 says:
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    I don’t know why, but I got a feeling about Chris Colabello tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re Ms. Cleo of fantasy baseball

  84. Jon says:
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    Question about some Pirates: Drop Aramis Ramirez or Neil Walker to add Josh Harrison?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can lose Aramis if he’s a bench bat

  85. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Ian Desmond for Greg Holland in a keeper? I need another closer for the H2H playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  86. Johnny says:
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    As I’ve mentioned before, thanks to you and the tools on Razzball I have a huge lead in my H2H each category league w/OBP instead of AVG. I’ve almost clinched a first round bye so I’m trying to optimize my team for the 9/14-9/27 time period. I think with A. Gonzalez and Hanley have health issues their owner might accept the following trade. The question is, do I want to do it. They both have better schedules than the players I’m giving away and Hanley gives me some nice additional flexibility, but like the other owner, I’m worried about their health too. The difference is that I can wait a month for them to get healthy. So would you do this:
    A Gonzalez (3vCOL, 3vPIT, 4vARI, [email protected]) plus
    Hanley ([email protected], [email protected], 4vTB, 3vBAL)

    For

    Fielder (4vHOU, 3vSEA, [email protected], [email protected]) OR Votto ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected], 4vNYM) plus
    Pence (3vCIN, 3vARI, [email protected], [email protected]) – only 12 games all at pitcher’s parks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon side

  87. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    “Fernandez confident he’ll pitch again this season” …. for one 80 pitch game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  88. Great White North says:
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    Stream the Guy on the Couch @ MIA (Nicolino) tonight if a W is all I am after?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Steven Wright @ MIA tonight. The comedian was the guy on the couch in Half Baked. I thought I was being memetically solid here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never saw Half Baked

          • Great White North says:
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            @Grey: Can’t really recommend it, but it does have a few funny moments.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sky tried to get me to watch it…I just couldn’t

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey: You’d rather watch ‘Beaches’ so ‘Half Baked’ isn’t really your thing, Grey.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Beaches is a tour de force for Midler, Hershey and Mayim Balyik

                  • Great White North says:
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                    @Grey: I bet you watched Blossom more than Punky Brewster.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Punky scared me, always getting locked in a refrigerator…

                • Great White North says:
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                  @Sky: The job quitting scene is one that makes me giggle the most, and the way I wish I had quit every job I ever had, or have.

                  BTWs, Sky, I use your Draftkings articles to find batty calls, like Valencia today. Seems to work well for me, thanks for the good work.

            • Great White North says:
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              @Great White North: Steven Wright’s impression of a bowling ball is pure gold in my humble opinion. Any thoughts on the pitcher he shares a name with as a streamer this evening in MIA?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, he’s brilliant… I wouldn’t touch him…

                • Great White North says:
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                  @Grey: Cool. I shall drop his ass and live to stream another day. Needed a batty call anyway after checking lineups.

                  For some odd reason, I think I wanted to stream the pitcher just to have my head filled with the comedian. And that MIA lineup looks like shit.

                  Lineups for the day are set. Now I need to go check out this nick the dick video everybody is talking about.

                  • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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                    @Great White North: i’m betting the real pitcher would think it quite funny if he were known as the guy on the couch. i know i would. Of course i could use a couch, so that might influence things a little. hmm…..

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You need to watch it, seriously

  89. phenomenot says:
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    Whaddya think:

    My Baez and Ozuna Cespedes in a keeper?

    To a non contender.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You just named three players

      • phenomenot says:
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        @Grey: apologies…chevrons did not appear

        baez and ozuna for cespedes

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yoenis side

  90. Green monstah says:
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    Howdy grey!

    H2h points, weekly league & redraft.

    Just lost howie Kendrick to the disgrace List; what are some some options to plug in going further? Here are a few I’m looking at Addison Russell (2b/SS) who’s now the everyday SS for the Cubs, Neil Walker, Jose peraza, asdrubal Cabrera (SS/2b), Enrique hernandez(OF/2b/SS), odor & lastly Jonathan schoop.

    I’d hate to do this but if Frazier doesn’t snap outta his funk this week are you benching him next week ? If yes , I can always move Kris Bryant from IF to 3b & plug someone else at IF

    Thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal… I’m not benching Frazier

  91. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey whats up man? Checking streamer as we speak you like carlos C at home toinght? off 2 CGs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you gotta start him

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: im fighting my yankee fan vortex right now just had to make sure

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Carrasco’s a must start right now anywhere

          • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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            @Grey: i sat CMART NOT totally upset, chose cueto at home again vs LAA on saturday

  92. goodfold2 says:
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    damn, only at mid 300’s by near gametime, and this isn’t due to all star break or 4th of july weekend this time. folks quitting on teams for sure it is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: it’d be more appropriate if somehow tony cruz in the world series cleated cueto into retirement. backup catcher justice.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  93. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Hammel or Nelson ros? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson

  94. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    which 4 of these if i own all CLE/CIN/NYY MI along with andrus (having traded mccann for him, even as i need 2 catchers per day, yuck that didn’t work out well). pick 4 out of lindor/andrus/DIDI/jose ram/phillips/suarez. OPS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor, Andrus, Phillips, Ramirez

  95. Joeg414 says:
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    Mark Zuckerman [email protected]
    #Nats say Harper was scratched with left knee soreness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uh oh

  96. zach says:
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    Trade my Kenley Jasen for Roberto Osuna and Joe Ross?

    I could use some SP but worried about innings limits with Ross during my playoffs.

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me, but Ross will likely be shut down

  97. Lubey says:
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    Yo Grey,

    You’ve prob been asked this but I was wondering

    Hicks or Davis

    Thanks brotha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Davis

    • Lubey says:
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      @Lubey: Also ROS
      Severino, Ross, Nola, Heston, Quintana

      Are you dropping any for Bassitt??

      You da man

      • Lubey says:
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        @Lubey: Throw Hendricks into those other pitchers too

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Heston after his home start tomorrow

  98. nick the dick says:
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    Who you want tomorrow, E-Rod vs Mia, Nola vs Ari, or Heaney vs ChiSox?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      E-Rod

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @nick the dick: those are all road games too, so nola and heaney would be weaker than if vs.

  99. danny almonte says:
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    Deep league fishing, need a OF for ROS… Paulsen, Chris Young, or Jennings

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings

  100. Bob says:
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    For tomorrow, Heaney is a -4.7 on SON for his start @CHW. You agree? Sit or start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  101. Bob says:
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    I’m in need of saves and I have a pretty solid rotation anchored by scherzer and archer so I can afford to drop a starter to activate Doolittle. Question is, who do I drop? 5×5 H2H scoring.
    Phil Hughes
    Mat latos
    Kyle Hendricks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them? Hughes

  102. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    oh sure, right when i play jose ram over andrus in 20 teamer andrus gets a homer! WTF! also, did anybody see how bad franco got hit/maybe hurt, he was hit by pitch and removed immediately. i’ll ask Mike too.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: got hit in wrist, and fell down in pain, this ain’t good for me in many many leagues.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: could very well be bait cutting time in non-dynasties if it’s springer’s type injury. Best replacement either way: lamb, solarte, valencia or could keep bogaerts/sano as starting SS/3B and add one of jose ram, lindor,kike for backup/util duties.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lamb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t see

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: x ray clean, but man, wrist/hand injuries must hurt something crazy for a person to be laying on the ground in pain but no break. he’ll probably still be messed up for 3-6 days though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed

  103. FrankGrimes says:
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    Good thing I streamed Buchanan tonight!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @FrankGrimes: gets me worried about iglesias for tomorrow, might go erod @ MIA over that.

    • Lubey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: That’s gonna raise the WHIP a little…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No you didn’t, c’mon

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Haha
        Did you watch the end of true detective?

        • Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:
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          @FrankGrimes: everybody knew velcoro was done when he turned off the highway to see his kid. and that kid looks about nothing like either his mom or velcoro, nor the rapist.

  104. Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:
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    does TEX know who diekman is and what he’s done all year over in PHI? He’s allowed better innings than freeman/dyson or more importantly, the closer of the future who’s been better than all of them, kela.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unlikely

  105. Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:
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    jesus, joe is not the boss today.

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