Dot dot dot.  Kicks an end table.  Picks up the phone.  Dial tone.  No one there.  Flips the TV channel.  Not really watching.  Picks up phone.  No one there.  Flips the TV channel.  Stops on a special about Tony Conigliaro.  Sobs uncontrollably.  Picks up the phone, dials, “Hello, I don’t want to be alone, please come over.  This is Grey.  Albright.  Momma Stanton, I’m your son’s stalker.  Please, don’t hang up.  We need each other right now.  Hello?  Hello?”  Guess it’s just us right now.  It’s lonely without Giancarlo Stanton.  And his mollywhoppers.  God, how I loved those mollwhoppers.  It’s late, I need rest, hoping for good news tomorrow.  Giancarlo, mi novio, we sip from the same mug, even if you don’t know it.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  OZUNA dedicate home run to Giancarlo.  OZUNA sign returned home run ball for dedication.  OZUNA sees stitches on baseball and cries.

Mike Fiers – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Look over your shoulder.

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer.  Hours of listening to Let’s Hear It For The Boy while silently lip synching in ‘Braun’ in place of ‘boy’ paid off.

Matt Clark – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s shown solid power in the minors and the Padres gave up on him, so there’s a chance here for something.  The Padres don’t just give up on anyone, they only give up on the best!  Clark’s prolly not much besides a temporarily hot bat.  He looks like a Quad-A player who got into a pitch the last two nights.

Corey Kluber – 8 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  At this point, if Kluber gives up a run, I expect to hear it’s a scorekeeper’s error, because Corey doesn’t make mistakes, scorekeepers do.  True story that I saw on PBS on one of those Nova programs.  In 1989, an Asian raver kid, Julie, broke open a glow stick to see what was inside.  From some people, she had heard it was slime from You Can’t Do That on Television, other people told her it was antifreeze.  Julie needed to find out for herself.  So, she broke the glow stick in half and it turned out inside was a small nebula galaxy.  When the galaxy hit the earth’s atmosphere, it created a vortex that swooshed around her like a 94 MPH fastball.  Swoosh and swoosh and swoosh.  Finally, when it came to a stop, the Asian raver kid, Julie, was wearing a catcher’s mask and mitt and Corey Kluber was standing beside her.  She looked at him and he said, “Time to pitch.”

Yan Gomes – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Was totally expecting him to play both sides of the doubleheader.  Why, Fantasy Master Lothario, you ask.  Because they play him every day.  His knees are overused like the compliment ‘Meryl Streep is brilliant.’

Carlos Santana – 3-for-8, 3 RBIs and his 26th and 27th homers.  Oye como yay!

T.J. House – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  House surgically removed the Twins, finally taking advice from Willie Mays Hayes II.

Kyle Gibson – 3 IP, 7 ER.  Too bad that while the Indians were scoring runs they didn’t play on the Jumbotron a video of Kirk Gibson fist pumping in slo-mo.  MLB really could take some cues from WWE.  There’s no enough aggressive obnoxiousness in our game today.

Lance Lynn – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 2.73.  He was the tough luck loser to Johnny Cueto (8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.15).  Prolly for the best since the Reds pitchers will physically assault you if you try to outpitch them.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA down to 1.99.  Yeah, he’s straight butter on Oprah’s thighs that Stedman’s hot-breathing on.  On a real baseball note, does any team score 3-5 runs anymore?  It’s like every game is 1-0, 2-1 or 8-1.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  You know how a group of fans get together in costume to support one player, e.g., the Wolf Pack, Padilla’s Flotillas.  When are we going to get Semien’s Facials?

Sean Doolittle – Expected back on Friday.  The Saga of The O’Flaherty can come to an end.  O’Finally.

Scott Kazmir – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Solid bounce back after a few miserable starts that made me think he was nursing an injury.  The Stream-o-Nator is obviously excited about seeing him take on the RAAAngers in O.co.  He doesn’t instill the same amount of faith as I had earlier in the year, but that’s still a no-brainer start.  Hey, my specialty!

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-3, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  He will be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  I know what I’m doing this afternoon!  I sensed some sarcasm there, Random Italicized Voice.  No, I know what I’m doing this afternoon.  Going for a haircut.  Cute.  What, you like my hair long?

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Only thing better than watching LaRoche hit a homer, is watching it while Anne Murray plays in the background.  Did I say that aloud?

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  On our Player Rater, Rendon’s the 2nd best 2nd baseman and 2nd best 3rd baseman and within reach of number one.  Yup, pretty incredible season.  Two years ago, Segura was the number one shortstop.  Okay, Cust kayin’, but still.

Bartolo Colon – 3 IP, 5 ER.  Colon…Thar she blows!

Daniel Murphy – Left the game after being hit on the wrist. Were yesterday’s games sponsored by Target?  Murphy’s wrist X-rays came back clean.  If only Giancarlo was so lucky, they need all the King’s men just to put him together for the X-rays.

Tanner Roark – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K.  Roark against Colon is a matchup Tattoo secretly dreamed about.

Alex Cobb – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 2.75.  Had a no-hitter going until Krispie doubled.  Damn, damn, double Krispie is delicious, but not like that, Young brother.  Cobb has righted the ship, and looks like the starter I thought he was in the preseason without the wins, but there’s no accounting for those.

Yunel Escobar – 3-for-3, 4 RBIs and two homers (5, 6).  Member when Longoria had games like that?  I think it was three years ago when the Rays clinched the playoff berth.  Escobar has been a tad hot, hitting over .300 in the last week.  Could be a real short-term schmotato.

Carlos Beltran – Missed Thursday’s game due to his wonky elbow.  How about I just update you when Beltran or Josh Hamilton are actually in the lineup?  Save ourselves some read/skimming.

Brett Gardner – Sounds like he might come back this weekend.  His final test will be saying, “Gardner’s come to rake,” and seeing if he says it only wincing at its corniness and not due to his abdominal pain.

Chase Headley – Left the game after being hit in the face.  How many games was Fiers pitching in?

Krispie Young – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games (10th overall).  As I said yesterday, Krispie gets smoking hot for extended periods of time.  The platoon shituation in New York’s outfield isn’t ideal, so you may need to platoon him.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy, but he could’ve been.  Hot schmotato alert!

Michael Pineda – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.20.  There’s 40 pitchers with ERAs lower than 3.19 with at least 80 IP, and 62 pitchers with ERAs lower than 3.50.  Yes, pitching is so deep.  If you have an ERA over 3.50 in your fantasy league, you haven’t paid attention since May.  Thanks for still reading though, that’s cool!

Dustin Pedroia – Underwent wrist surgery and expects to be back at the start of spring training.  The pediatrician that operated on him said that it was the hairiest baby arm he’d ever seen, but was happy to finally get rid one of his rum raisin lollipops.

Brock Holt – Went to see a concussion specialist.  The specialist’s name is Torii Hunter and he sprayed a water bottle filled with Gatorade on Holt’s head and now he’s as good as new.  In the waiting room was Carl Everett.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 runs, and expected to play 2nd base regularly the rest of the year.  I’d like some of that eligibility for next year.  You Betts I do!  Ever get old?  No, no it won’t.

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Show of hands who thought he retired?  Middlebrooks, why are you raising your hand?  Oh!  I see.

Clay Buchholz – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 5.19.  Guarantee there will be people next year who ask about him.  Buchholz could have a 4.20+ ERA in three separate seasons and people will still ask about him.  Oh, wait, that’s saying the same thing because his ERA has been that bad in 3 separate seasons.

Lorenzo Cain – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  For the last week, I’ve been rollin in a Benz-o with Cain, Lorenzo.  Junkies on waivers with a baseball bat, I tried to get away but I couldn’t get far cause a man with a tow truck repossessed my 5th outfielder.  Oh, shizz, DJ Grey with the mash-up.  Cain needs to be platooned for the days he sits, but is worth carrying if you have room.

Starling Marte – Left the game after being hit in the arm.  If it would’ve been my arm, Giancarlo’s face would’ve been there, too.

Francisco Liriano – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks.  This is funny (not funny).  When I ranked Liriano as the 20th best starter, I gave him a line of 3.24/1.25/188.  His line right now:  3.53/1.28/161.  With three starts left, it’s conceivable he’ll come close on all three.  Of course, he only has 5 wins, but he really turned his season around after his early struggles (had a 4.72 ERA on July 13th).

Leonys Martin – 2-for-3 and a slam (7) and legs (27).  With Ron Washington run out of town on his own devil’s dandruff, I bet Leonys becomes a starter next year and puts up top 40 outfielder numbers.  Really, the only thing stopping him now is the everyday counting stats.

Jake Peavy – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, ERA on the Giants at 2.29, ERA overall 3.93.  Peavy playing his career in the AL?  Journeyman.  Peavy playing his career in the NL West:  which cap do I wear on my Cooperstown plaque?

Buster Posey – 3-for-5, 1 RBI.  Posey’s been solid right?  20 Homers, .309 average.  He’s basically 4 homers, 20 RBIs and 15 base hits away from his MVP season.  Does he feel like an MVP this year?  No.  Remember after his MVP season people were ranking him in the 1st round?  So, since he’s that close to his MVP season, will people be foolishly ranking him crazy high again?  My guess is yes, but since less people will be influenced by the MVP (not that it means anything for fantasy), I don’t think he’ll be that high.    This was brought to you by Afternoon Musings wit’ Grey Albright, sponsored by Afrin.

David Peralta – Aiming to return Monday.  I’ll make sure to mark my iCal on my iWatch cause my iTeam needs some very light speed and power, iThink.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  Forget Jake, it’s Lamb town.  Hmm, not sure about that one.  Lamb, you are a baaaad man.  Scratch that.  Jake, your shish kebobs are ready to be skewered!  Yeah, that’s good.  Now, I take a nap.  *claps hands*  I’m back!

Cliff Pennington – 2-for-3, 1 run.  I watched a piece of this game yesterday and Pennington’s stroke is so quiet through the zone.  Must be those years of playing golf at country clubs.  Too bad Cliff Pennington never got to play with Brandon Webb, after growing up with his brother, Ty.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 11th steal, and his 5th steal in the last ten games, and hitting near-.400 in the last week.  How many Pollocks does it take to turn on a hot schmotato?  One Pollock to hold the hot schmotato, 400,000,000 to twist the stadium.

 
  1. Cheffe says:
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    Jemile Weeks played 2nd Base for the Red Sox. Betts played RF!?

  2. Andre says:
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    Grey,
    On a bye this week…assuming Stanton in done for the year who do I grab to fill the spot? Hitting categories are H, Runs, HR, RBI, Steals, and Avg…only have 12 moves left on the year

    Gattis, Lageres, Pollock, Josh Hamilton, Myers, Trumbo, Cuddyer, Gardner, K. Davis, Hosmer, billy butler, or Johnny Peralta?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andre: Cuddyer

  3. Prez says:
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    poor grey..

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Prez: he needs a collective over the internet hug

      • @J-FOH: but now he can leave the breathing straw at home. the lord works in mysterious ways, after all…

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Prez: I’m spooning him right now..he’s a mess

      • Phil of the Future says:
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    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prez: There’s strength in numbers, even if there’s only two of us with 47 aliases…

  4. Philbert says:
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    In h2h with 5×5 scoring using obp, would you take Leonys over Lagares for playoff hopes? Liked what Lagares did last week but Leonys looks like an opportunity now that he’s getting regular time! Would be looking for runs/steals mostly

    Thank you.

  5. Chill town Rob says:
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    Why is streamonators so blehh on House’s next start against the stros?

    • gareth says:
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      @Chill town Rob: House is in the “small sample size” category right now and the league hasn’t adjusted to him yet. Sure hes been great his last 4 starts, but hes an unheralded prospect and regression should rear its ugly head at some point.

      Love his Fu Manchu look though!

  6. The Animal says:
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    ESPN, 5 cat standard, H2H, League ends 9/21.

    Would you dump R.Martin or D.Navarro for W.Rosario?

    Also would you drop W.Myers or J.Lagares for any of these:
    J.Segura, G.Parra, Jed Lowrie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Animal: Hold on catchers… Myers for Parra if you need steals

  7. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Twins have a very high occurrence of left handedness

    • ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: and, as a decade-long twins fan, gotta mention the serious case of hate-your-fans-dedness… byron buxton, i love you!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Who else didn’t understand that at first thinking it was something to do with the baseball team and LHPs? That’s what being a baseball junky does to you!

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Swfcdan: Lets ALSO not forget their serious case of pitcher anti-K-rate itus.

  8. Tigres says:
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    What happened in MIA – pitch just get away from Fiers? Or something more diabolical? No time to look for details on the interwebs, I’m relying on you Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Got away, no one would purposely hurt mi novio

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    On bye this week, but assuming the news on Giancarlo is bad, which OF do I grab for next week? 9 moves left this yr.

    Betts
    Soler
    Stubbs (7G in Coors)
    Crawford (3G in Coors)
    Pollock
    Lagares
    Blanco

    TB, BB, K, NetSB count. If I go with a speed guy I may also grab a LaRoche to plug in at Util (over Dozier) for some power.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Pollock also gets 4G in Coors.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: And in my other league, 6×6 (OPS), also replacing Giancarlo:

      Crawford
      Stubbs
      Dunn
      Gardner

  10. Venezuelan Winter Leaguer says:
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    One week left to win the championship! I’m so close Grey and so much thanks to you!
    Now, SON likes Iwakuma’s next start @LAA but I don’t trust him, should I drop his ass and start Odorizzi at home instead?

  11. Mike says:
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    I need one pitcher to stream this weekend. Already grabbed Volquez vs the Cubs on Sunday, but need one more:

    Salazar vs Det on Sat
    Dickey vs TB on Sat
    Garza vs Cinci on Sun
    Leake vs Mil on Sun
    Santiago vs Hou on Sun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d look at SON… Are these all away games?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        What is SON?

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: for future reference (unless you want to save this page or bookmark it), above in “tools”

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry…

        Salazar (home) vs Det on Sat
        Dickey (home) vs TB on Sat
        Garza AT Cinci on Sun
        Leake (home) vs Mil on Sun
        Santiago (home) vs Hou on Sun
        Chase Anderson (home) vs SD

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Anderson, Salazar

  12. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS) H2H, replace Baez with any of the following for next week, or hold?

    Rutledge (7G in Coors)
    Jose Ramirez (HT’s choice)
    Aybar
    Rollins (if he returns this weekend)
    Segura

  13. Swfcdan says:
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    “1-for-3 and his 4th homer. You know how a group of fans get together in costume to support one player, e.g., the Wolf Pack, Padilla’s Flotillas. When are we going to get Semien’s Facials?”

    HA!

    Rendon or Billy the kid in a roto OBP keeper? Both currently $0 and re-signable obviously.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Damn! I have Rendon, made a deal involving BIlly start of the year when he was still a question mark, but at least I also got Gausman back then.

        They’re close though right? Both have been exceedingly awesome this year, tonnes of future value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re a coin flip

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    “2-for-5, 2 runs, and expected to play 2nd base regularly the rest of the year. I’d like some of that eligibility for next year. You Betts I do! Ever get old? No, no it won’t.”

    Get in, finally ballclubs are thinking about fantasy owners for once. They want to give him 2B eligability for us next year, thank you John Farrell!

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    Simply frightening. Hope both Stanton and Headley will make a full recovery. At least Headley was able to walk off the field.

    You also gotta wonder if Fiers and McGee will be ok mentally after that. Roger Clemens wouldn’t flinch even if he killed someone, but as far as I know, neither F nor McG are sociopaths.

    The crazy thing is I have Stanton, Fiers, and McGee. So ya not a good day.

    Today the lineup I am running out there is: Iannetta, Lind, Altuve, Longo, Mercer, De Aza, Fowler, Avisail, K Vargas.

    A first place team. Oh boy I am in trouble.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Papa Smurf, you’re in first place? Quite the turn of fortune for you, no?

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Two years ago I was in first by 15 pts with one week to go and lost by 1.5 pts cuz the other team caught fire and all the breaks.

        Now, who knows. Typical smurf luck to lose my best hitter and have one of my SPs nail him and possibly be mentally messed up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

  16. John Rubino says:
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    Having been a daily reader of this site for the last few years, my confidence was high enough to join my first money league this year. It wasn’t much, just $50 – but hell, its money.

    A week ago I had an 11.5 point lead on the league, and I was preparing a “Thank You” post to Razzball. After having drafted Fielder, Bruce, Gyrko, and B Miller (hold on, why was I thanking you again? Oh yeah…) I’ve made 50 more moves than the 3rd busiest team in the league, picking up schamato after schamato. Taking Rudy’s preseason posts to heart, I’m one of only 7 teams slated to hit the innings cap, and one of only 2 teams on pace to hit the games played cap on every position except catcher (-4).

    By the end of last night I found myself with a 1 point lead and news of Stanton out for the year. After watching the replay about 40 or 50 times I was so worked up I sent my Uncle Vito in the Bronx a simple text message, “Mike Fiers: Get Him!”

    This morning I woke up to a reply of, “I couldn’t get Michael Fiers if I was f***ing Michael Fiers.”

    FMFL and FU Fiers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Rubino: It’s so close to the end, you can win with waiver replacements for Stanton

  17. Brett says:
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    Gray

    Are you starting Jason Hammel today?

    • gareth says:
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      @Brett: I would. After a shaky start as an Athletic he’s turned it around and has been very good lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: I have no idea of his matchup

      • Toe Knee says:
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        @Grey: @seattle Paxton

  18. Art Vandelay says:
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    Would you start Wood @ Texas or Carrasco @ Detroit? SON doesn’t like either, but both have been awesome lately.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Art Vandelay:Grab some Wood there, bub.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Art Vandelay: Im starting both

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: you are my hero. I’m starting both and Holland. In a 6-6 tie, close race h2H 12 cat.
        Tumbling dice baby!

  19. de nachos says:
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    OZUNA has 3 HR in 18 AB against Hamels, we might see some more caveman clubbing tonight. Then watch Hollywood give him the “Bryce Harper old school” treatment and the understandably on edge Marlins dugout literally rip Hamel’s head off Mortal Kombat-style.

  20. Andre says:
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    Grey,

    On a bye this week…assuming Stanton in done for the year who do I grab to fill the spot? Hitting categories are H, Runs, HR, RBI, Steals, and Avg…only have 12 moves left on the year

    Gattis, Lageres, Pollock, Josh Hamilton, Myers, Trumbo, Cuddyer, Gardner, K. Davis, Hosmer, Billy Butler, or Johnny Peralta

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Andre: it’s safe to assume he’s done. His face is broken in a bunch of pieces.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andre: Cuddyer, answered above

  21. Snacks13 says:
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    Grey,

    1A. Turned down sex last night w/ my gf to rosterbate for the playoffs.. Gotta love this time of year!

    1B. Would have continued to rosterbate but have a moves limit so I watched “The Imposter” on Netflix…

    2. Streamed Leonys Martin for his slam and legs yesterday and now I want to keep him and play him over Alex Gordon.. Sound sane?

    3. Picked Betts at SS to replace Rollins (who replaced Tulo) instead of Xander or Mercer… Whoops

    4. Frank Thomas’ voodoo has kicked in at the wrong time for Grande Doler…

    5. Sit Adrian Gonzalez vs Bumgarner? Could start Martin, Gordon or Ploufe…

    6. i would be eliminated and onto fantasy football if it weren’t for Razz. TY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Snacks13: 1. Ha! 2. Nope 3. It’s okay 4. Yup 5. Martin 6. YW

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Snacks13: you need to do both, otherwise you’ll wake up after a month of FF and be screwed.

  22. gareth says:
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    Giancarlo Stanton – you think they shut him down for the rest of the year or he comes back soon and wears a “phantom of the opera” type mask and terrorises pitchers again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: He’s done for the year

  23. gareth says:
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    What was the origin of the OZUNA blurb?

  24. gareth says:
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    I have tears for Fiers right now.

    Thanks to him, Stanton joins Uehara, benoit and Daniel Murphy as a roster spot that’s now doing nothing.

    Who’s the next victim on my team?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: You shut your mouth…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I won’t open my mouth until Giancarlo’s back playing baseball

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: A vow of silence for Saint Giancarlo. Amen.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m a monk and Giancarlo is my God…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Only you don’t have to shave a bald spot into your head, just your mustache

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Can’t do it, I quit

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Grey: Not as pious as we all believed you to be…heretic!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Looks who’s talking… Me!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Might be John Travolta’s best role yet

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I liked the dancing one

  25. moldyforgoldy says:
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    do i bench carrasco tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moldyforgoldy: I’d start him in most leagues, or drop him

  26. Spencer says:
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    Would you start both, neither, or one of these guys today. 10 team H2H, IP,WHIP,ERA,K/9,QS

    Ventura vs Bos
    Carrasco @ Det

    • gareth says:
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      @Spencer: Ventura.

  27. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @gareth: I’m beginning to think you’re not really a cat.

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @gareth: Who told you that?

  28. sniff test says:
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    I have 3 starts today but SON is meh on 2 of them. Hamels vs. Mia (Start), Wood at Tex (?) and Latos at Mil (?). I’m looking at the wire and could pick up Nuno at home vs SD or CJ Wilson at home against HOU to replace any of these options.

    • SportiveTricks says:
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      Dark days. Am I the only one who cannot bear to drop lovely Giancarlo?

      Also, I’m in a big old SP pickle.

      I’m benching Carrasco against Price tonight, but starting Paxton against Hammel. Thoughts?

      @sniff test:

      I’m also curious about Nuno ($13.6) and Wilson ($13.5) since SoN is kind of bullish on them.

        • SportiveTricks says:
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          @Grey:

          Meaning Nuno and Wilson, right?

          Or did you mean Pax and Carrasco? And if not, do you think benching Carrasco and starting Paxton is wise?

          I understand you’re distraught about our beautiful man today, Grey, so I’d like to tell you how much I appreciate your wisdom and humor. And your commitment to responding in the comments is amazing, I literally feel like we are friends.

          Love yas!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha… I’d start all of them in some leagues… Paxton, Nuno, Carrasco, in that order

            • SportiveTricks says:
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              @Grey:

              Word, I’m all in with all of them. Wilson is actually the most attractive to me since I’m desperate for Ws.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sniff test: I’d start all 3 of them, Nuno’s fine too

  29. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who do you like for next weeks final week? Cosart (has 2 starts : mets and nationals) or stroman?

    Also who do you like better for utility? Lagares or pollock?

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan:

      Hutchinson also has 2 starts.. I can only have 1 of the pitchers ;

      Cosart, Hutchinson or stroman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: Who does Stroman pitch against? Lagares

  30. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey,

    Really sorry about Giancarlo. Hopefully he can make it back soon. At least it wasn’t the eye socket or something.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Yeah, sounds like he’ll be fine for next year

  31. Harry says:
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    I have 1 more move left for this week and need some pitching help, I have 2 stream-o-nator approved options between Chase Anderson vs SD tomorrow or Yusmeiro Petit vs LAD on Sunday.. I think Chase.. right?

  32. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Hey Grey remember last night when i wrote this

    “Whats your prediction…..PAIN”
    I think its my fault your boyfriend got bitch slapped with a baseball., for that i apologize

  33. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I think the fantasy gods got made that Gincarlo was passing your homerun prediction. Such a sad day. Here’s hoping all the players involved bounce back.

  34. can't fight fate says:
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    Anyone else had Fiers pitching and playing against Stanton? I had mixed feelings, at first I gloated, ( I did not see the video) basically because I told my opponent earlier in the week that he needed a bench player, and not stream pitchers, then I immediately felt stupid for mixing fantasy baseball with real life events. Then when I saw the video, I just felt bad for both Stanton and Fiers.

  35. JMAC says:
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    I’m in a very competitive H2H 5×5 OBP matchup as the higher seed, so all I need is a tie. I have 4 add/drops left. Currently, I’m up 2 in K’s and 2 in W’s. I have 5 total starts left and he has 6, and he’s not afraid to stream. I think my best strategy is to just use my 4 add/drops to try to get the players that are the highest K guys with a favorite for the win.

    C.J. Wilson V. Houston fits that, but do you think he’s in the top 4 waiver wire pickups over the next 3 days? Is he worth one of my 4? ERA and WHIP don’t matter at all unless his team explodes, so I’m strictly going for K’s and W’s.

    Also, I’m leading 11-10 in steals and if he ties me or beats me I also lose the matchup. Is there anyone you think is capable of stealing a bag or two over the next 3 days (I know its impossible to predict) My top options are to drop Khris Davis (and use one of my 4 remaining) for someone like Leonys Martin or Lugares.

    My team is only back 2 in RBIs and HRs but my team is way worse with Goldy, Tulo, and Cargo on the DL than the team that got me here.

    Sorry for all the info. Thanks again for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC: Lagares… Wilson’s fine, you’ve given no other options though

  36. gareth says:
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    Drafted both Goldy and Stanton. 2 Razzball favorites. It completely sucks both in real life and fantasy what happened to them.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @gareth: I think a lot of us had both. I also lost Jo fer. (Only ace I drafted)

  37. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Post All-Star break for Cobb:

    71.1IP, 70 K’s, 1.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .203 BAA, 5-1 record in 11 starts.

    Tasty.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: well his team is dog doo. They couldn’t even give him a win after throwing a 7.2 inning no no. 4 run lead. That loss of a win hurt my team pretty bad

  38. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Yep I think the Marlins should have beamed every Brewer, in order, until one was lost for the year. Plenty of extra pitchers with expanded rosters. After Fiers hit the 2nd guy he should have dropped to his knees and begged the Marlins bench for forgiveness. Instead he talks shit? I think Seppuku would have been a more reasonable response from him than how he handled that. End Rant…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slim: Totally

  39. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey:

    Stubbs (7 gms at home next week) or Lagares ROS pts league?
    (Thanks for everything this year.)

  40. Bye Felicia says:
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    Exit FantAsy Baseball > Enter Fantasy Football

    9/11/14 Never Forget Folks Never Forget.

    I can’t go on without Giancarlo :(

    Hugs for Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Of course you can go without him for two weeks unless you were out of it already

  41. Cram It says:
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    On the flip side of the Fiers/Stanton awfulness was the Colon/Werth near awesomeness. Bartolo plunked hitters after a HR…twice! The second being Werth, and it looked for a second Werth was going to charge the mound. Colon, rightfully, got ejected immediately and as he left the field walked pass Werth within like 10 feet. They never made eye contact :( God I would have loved to have seen them go at it! What a sad day of HBP’s.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: Werth could of lost a hand punching that head to toe marshmallow man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Colon should be in the WWE

  42. Mike says:
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    I need one pitcher to stream this weekend. Already grabbed Volquez vs the Cubs on Sunday, but need one more:

    Salazar vs Det on Sat
    Dickey vs TB on Sat
    Garza vs Cinci on Sun
    Leake vs Mil on Sun
    Santiago vs Hou on Sun
    Chase Anderson vs SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Answered above, still need details

  43. Need your expert advice (again). Who you liking more for Saturday; 7 Chase Anderson ARI vs SD (10 T Ross), 11 Kyle Kendrick PHII vs MIA (26 B Hand), 14 Danny Salazar CLE @ DET (21 K Lobstein), or 18 Miguel Gonzalez BAL vs NYY (24 S Geene). Need to stream one thanks!

  44. Magnitude says:
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    You starting Gausman today vs NYY? H2H playoffs so I don’t want to take any risks with who I throw. I’m thinking he sits for me.

  45. Lopes says:
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    Need to have a term in the glossary about a good game that the pitcher was taken out with 5.2 innings thrown, so he doesn’t get QS points. Something like what peavy did

    • Lopes says:
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      @Lopes:Or a National League Pitcher who was taken out solely to get an extra at bat for the team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lopes: I’m all ears

  46. CheddarBob says:
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    Drop Escobar for Lowrie?

  47. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Heading to the championship next week. With Stanton down I’m contemplating taking a flyer on Rusney Castillo. He should be up by then. It’s either him or Tavaras. What do you think?

  48. Bye Felicia says:
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    Chris Davis suspended for using roids. Ummm duh he hit 50 dongs last year!

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Bye Felicia: It was adderall and it’s only 25 games

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Addy’s are the new greenies, although greenies were pretty amazing!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Red Dye #2 is the shizz

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Well Played as usual!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Good thing Crush is on the only team I didn’t make playoffs. My Brother is set to face me next round and he just lost Stanton & Crush, Hey “Cram” you want front row on next weeks match up? I got 2 left.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

  49. Wilsonian says:
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    So Chris Davis just got suspended for 25 games for amphetamine use. Awesome. Now I’ve lost my 1st baseman, unless Rizzo comes back. So here’s the question, who do I pick up for him:

    Cuddyer
    Trumbo
    Tex
    Howard
    Pearce
    Kendrys (unfortunately Kennys isn’t/aren’t available)
    McGheeeeee

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks, he is in Colorado all next week when I really need him most.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  50. The Big Yabu says:
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    Start McCarthy @ Bal and/or Latos at Mil?
    Thanks!

  51. Clint says:
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    So, with Chris Davis suspended, I need a new bat for the playoffs in my 10 keeper h2h pts league. Hitter-tron likes Cuddyer for at least next week but Kendrick, Bogaerts, Adams, and Reddick are also available. Who’s my Doug for a title run, guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I’d go Cuddyer for a week at home

  52. ERad says:
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    SON is meh on Ventura $6 – throwing him at home?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  53. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Think this got lost in the shuffle above: 6×6 (OPS) H2H, replace Giancarlo with who for next week (on bye now)?

    Crawford (3 @COL next wk)
    Stubbs (7 @ Coors)
    Dunn
    Gardner (looks like returning this weekend)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stubbs

  54. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, pick three to start tonight, thanks.

    Werth vs Gee
    Bruce vs Lohse
    Arcia vs Quintana
    Vargas vs Quintana
    Lagares vs Gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Vargas, Arcia

  55. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    SON hates Teheran’s start tomorrow at Texas. Gives it 3.9 pewps. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: Sweeeeeeeeeeet chaaaaaaaaaaaaaampionship.

  56. Frank says:
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    Pearce or de aza for the doubleheader today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza

  57. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Grey,

    As per the Stream-o-Nator, I am starting “Nacho” Vidal Nuno with my season hanging in the balance. Even with everything on the line, I couldn’t resist starting a guy that sounds like a villain played by Antonio Banderas in some shitty movie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • JAL says:
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      @Det. John Kimble: Same situation. Good luck to us both!

  58. Big League Wood says:
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    Stanton can borrow my mask.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s sweet of you

  59. gg says:
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    are you keeping Rusney, Avisail or Myers over the following 5?

    Brantley
    Soler
    Gardner
    Dickerson
    Rios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rusney maybe over Rios

  60. JJ says:
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    Is it time to drop Hosmer in a 12 team keeper league(we only keep 10)? I keep waiting for his “greatness” to emerge but alas nothing. I know that he is only 24 but he seems to only be getting worse. Do you think he would be a top 120 pick next year in a keeper league? I am afraid of dropping him and having him come back to haunt me next year.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barely a top 120 pick

  61. The JoGarza says:
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    As a big Marlins fan, last night really, really sucked. I was looking forward to Stanton becoming the first player in franchise history to win an MVP.

    That said, that’s one glorious headline, you bastard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy does the headlines… Stanton will still win the MVP some day

  62. Sniff Test says:
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    Batting soler vs Locke or Kenny’s vs Quintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

  63. DJ says:
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    Would you drop Pagan for Gardner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  64. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Orioles Magic must have used his magic stick to make Phenom disappear, no update today…oh well we still have goodfolds nightly ramblings to look forward to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Cram must be agonizing over this omission

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @J-FOH: DONT JUMP CRAM! DONT JUMP!!!!

  65. john says:
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    Well losing Stanton solved one drop for me fughdfghhvg****bleep.

    So now I have rizzo if comes back and puig and betts for last 3 bats. Pick up ozuna pollock Cain taveras for someone(puig).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

      • john says:
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        @Grey: for puig right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  66. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    for what its worth, 2 of those steals in that pollock stat were back in may

    kind of a stretch there grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, tis is true

  67. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Where the hell is “Grey is my Hero”
    SMOKE IT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoke it!

  68. Toe Knee says:
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    Someone in my league dropped Stanton for Nuno. That shouldn’t be legal. It just disgusted me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  69. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Expecting Marte to miss a day or two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why?

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: From getting hit on the arm by a pitch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hard to say, he’s day-to-day… Maybe one game

  70. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    speculating on steals for this weekend

    dyson, cain, pollock, james jones

    any suggestions?

    • Harry Hardenberg says:
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      @Harry Hardenberg:
      i mean who do you like best there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  71. john says:
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    Best projected start next tues..week long h2h semis
    Kennedy v phi 17.5 son
    Colon v Mia 16.6
    Peavy @ Ari 10.7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  72. Swfcdan says:
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    Davis you douchebag! Will he get 3B eligibility in most leagues next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How games did he start there?

  73. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Grey – Sorry to hear about your loss. I wanted to give credit where it’s due. You advised Liriano to the question below and he certainly paid off. Thanks!

    “Should I add one or two of the following for the rest of the week? Miggy Gonzalez, Porcello, J. Vargas, Volquez, Petit, Liriano, Holland, Cosart”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  74. gareth says:
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    Just dropped Stanton and Uehara. Ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Had to be done

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey:the silver lining of dropping goldy? His replacement was Chris Carter.

        Hopefully Giancarlo’s stand in/s offer me similarly surprising results over the last few weeks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  75. Toe Knee says:
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    Where does it say Mookie Betts is going to play 2b regularly? I know he could have played there last night but they played Jemile Weeks there last night. I would prefer him to 2b eligibility but not seen it mentioned anywhere but here.

    • Toe Knee says:
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      @Toe Knee: ok i found the article by John Tomase of the Boston Herald but it also states they still view Betts as an outfielder i don’t think its a lock he plays 2b the rest of season.

  76. gareth says:
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    Theres one guy in my rcl (guess who) who creepily picked up Carlos Gonzalez and Paul Goldschmidt last week then dropped them the same day, even though both players were done for the season. I fear the same fate wil befall Giancarlo.

    Maybe they get a kick out of seeing those big names briefly on their team. To me its just Fantasy baseball necrophilia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Toe Knee says:
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      @gareth: I’ve seen guys do that on last day of season so it looks like they had the best team. Guys not in the playoffs i mean.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Toe Knee: but G-Cat is talking about roto

        • Toe Knee says:
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          @J-FOH: thats just effed then

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Toe Knee: I may or may not have added Jo-Fer just to say hi

            • Toe Knee says:
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              @J-FOH: I drafted him everywhere that’s a bad memory for me.

    • Kid A says:
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      @gareth:

      *waves*

      Ours is not to reason why, puss-puss.

  77. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    With news of Gardner’s impending return (today or tomorrow), drop Betts for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  78. TadeuszKosciuszko says:
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    Finally funny Polish joke. Always appreciated.
    Na zdrowie!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re welcome

  79. Razzball junkie says:
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    Barely made playoffs and now need to drop Davis. 12 team H2H OPS instead of average

    1) Pick one to replace Davis…
    2) Should i drop Lagares for any of the following?

    Pagan, Aybar, Betts, Stubbs, Arcia, Chris Young, Gardner, Yunel Escobar, Pollock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stubbs, Gardner

      • Razzball junkie says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!! With your help might actually make it :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so!

  80. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I finished in 1st place, so I have a bye this week. Just making some last tweaks for my championship run.

    Three questions.

    1. I have Josh Rutledge. Drop him for Dilson Herrera, Jose Ramirez or Brad Miller?
    2. Drop Michael Pineda or Clay Bucholtz for Derek Holland?
    3. With Stanton gone, who should I pick up, Oswaldo Arcia, Avisal Garcia, Gregor Blanco, Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah 2. Buchholz 3. Avisail

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: what sized league do you own bucholez, but holland wasn’t DL stashed and/or immediately picked up weeks ago? seems like very deep league with a lot of people who gave up. If so you got lucky that you’re able to grab him.

  81. O'Skimpy says:
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    Agggh! Soler taking the weekend off. Advance notice would really have been helpful here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  82. J-FOH says:
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    Richard Kiel died. I’m bummed out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He had a good life, metal teeth and all

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: gonna go look for my copy of moonraker and follow it up with connaonball run 2

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Im so upset i can’t even spell cannonball

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I empathize

  83. gg says:
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    Josh Harrison or Baez as a MI util keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  84. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Nice getting bye weeks but it is F’N boring getting bye weeks…other then my dynasty leagues im going all RCL’s next year.
    I got alot a mo…i got alot a mo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: only thing worse than bye weeks is not having them since you know….

  85. royce! says:
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    Should’ve never gone Soler…in this week’s h2h playoffs, which I am losing 5-7, the closest batting category is runs, for which I am currently down 22-23. Was hoping a good weekend could net me runs, but it’s looking less likely now…I’m only owning eunuchs from now on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, know what will make you feel better? Ten days until Steve!

  86. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    are you starting any of the following tonight?

    wada at PIT
    carrasco at DET
    hammel at SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*******

  88. Jay says:
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    The lack of run support for Wood is offensive. I feel bad even insinuating offense by saying offensive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s egregious

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