After Rafael Soriano once again looked like his apologetic alter ego, Sorry-yo, Matt Williams said the Nats won’t have a set closer.  Let’s backtrack to August 18th, it was a day after the fourth time Soriano had given up runs in the matter of two weeks.  At that point, I wrote there was a problem, and I grabbed Drew Storen.  That was three weeks ago, and things haven’t gotten better.  So, why was I able to spot there was a problem with Soriano three weeks prior to the Nationals manager, Matt Williams?  Terrific question.  There’s a few possible reasons A) Matt Williams’s Oakleys are worn to shield TV cameras from showing he’s actually asleep.  B) Matt Williams can’t find steroids that make him smarter. C) There’s no C.  D) In a secret meeting in Bud Selig’s wood-paneled basement in Milwaukee in 1999, Major League Baseball declared that every team must have at least one Mark McGwire.  Matt Williams was elected to be Arizona’s Mark McGwire.  (Sosa was elected to be the Cubs’ McGwire, which is why he bleached his skin.)  The experiment to have a McGwire on every team was a success at first, but soon the players that were elected to be McGwire began to say, “I’m not here to talk about the past,” every time any question was asked.  The biggest offender of this was Matt Williams, so, rather than risk being found out, MLB made him the Nats manager.  Any of these reasons could be right, but it’s probably D.  So, with Soriano in trouble, the Nats could go to Storen, Tyler Clippard or Matt Thornton.  My guess is it’ll go in that order, and yesterday Storen got the clean save, helping his case.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (22, 23). Papa LaRoche would be so proud.  Papa Roach wouldn’t care.  That’s okay, no one’s cared about Papa Roach in ten years either.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, moving his ERA to 3.78 and his record to 8-9.  8/9 is August 9th, which is Jason Heyward’s birthday, but he was born in 1989, the same year Nathan’s Hot Dogs opened in Moscow.  Since Russians weren’t familiar with the concept of hot dogs, there was a steady stream of dogs running out of Moscow for fear of being eaten.  Those dogs were called streamers, which is what Gio Gonzalez is.  Coincidence?  Doubtful.

Josh Harrison – Missed Sunday after rolling his left ankle on Saturday.  He should be back in for the Pirates next game.  To paraphrase Redman, “Bluntly, that’s how he rolled an ankle.”

Pedro Alvarez – Went to be examined by a foot specialist.  His name is Dr. Scholl’s.

Neil Walker – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  I apologize profusely for everything bad I ever said about you, Walker.  Put down your bat, and let’s talk.  C’mon, you don’t have to keep hitting homers to prove me wrong.  We can be adults about this!

Jordy Mercer – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games and his 4th homer in the last eight games.  Not sure if there’s much here long term, but who cares about long term?  There’s three weeks left, just worry about now and grab Mercer!

Desmond Jennings – Likely out for the season.  He’ll have a hard time getting anyone excited about him next year, which, of course, will mean he’ll finally live up to his hype.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-6, 2 runs and his 19th homer.  Thank God for the occasional ground ball that he gets under.

James Loney – 4-for-6 and his 8th homer.  It’s a bad sign when I regret not dropping Longoria for Loney.  Like a street in New Orleans, I rue you, L0ngoria.  I rue you.

Kevin Kiermaier – 3-for-4 and his 10th homer.  With Loney and Kiermaier having big days, Tampa’s local sports news could’ve done a bologna tie-in.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-5, 7 RBIs and his 38th and 39th homer.  Scott Boras heard on the radio that Cruz hit two homers and he started singing along with Juice Newton, “Just call me angel…” but didn’t like that, so he switched the station and landed on Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’, which he totally rocked out to.

Casey Janssen – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 22nd save, after blowing a save on Friday.  Jays have a funny way of moving on from Janssen.  This is like when your best friend is dating a girl that he always fights with, so when you go out with them there’s lots of awkwardness and afterwards he tells you they’re breaking up.  Then, next time you go out with him, there they are again fighting.  Jays need to just get laid by a different girl so they can make a clean break.  In fact, I have a new girl to fix them up with that is easy on putouts, Aaron Sanchez.

Jose Bautista – 2-fro-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer.  He’s like Brigham Young to Dwayne Murphy’s Joseph Smith and Adam Lind (3-for-4) just won’t wear the magic underwear.  I swear that made sense in my head before I wrote it down.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Rubby De La Rosa (4 IP, 3 ER).  Lots of arguments with parents in the stands at this game.  Mom, “You took our kid to a game of Rubby/Dickey?”  Dad, “Our boy is old enough to handle it.”  Mother, “You better not be trying to make a pun there.”

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4 and his 5th steal, hitting over .350 in the last week with a homer.  Still doing his schmotato thing, you Betts believe it.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer, after hitting two homers on Saturday.  Somebody’s redeeming themselves with all of their H2H owners.

Andrew Romine – 2-for-4, 2 runs and two steals (8, 9).  Doesn’t play every day and is known primarily for his defense, i.e., Romine knows how to paint the fence.

Kyle Lobstein – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA is at 2.78.  Oddly enough, my level of interest in him is at 2.78 too, but that’s out of 100.

Julio Teheran – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER as he was outdone by Brad Hand (6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks).  The punishment for Teheran losing that badly to Hand should be a hand.  The Hand shouldn’t be able to Ty, win or come close to competing with Teheran.  Ugh, so disgusted I’m close to dropping Teheran.  Be cool, Grey, be cool!  I can’t, Voice of Reason, there’s not that much time left and I just need good matchups.

Michael Cuddyer – Will be activated from the DL on Tuesday.  I can guarantee you he won’t go on the DL again.  Rosters expanded, so when he gets hurt in three games, he’ll just sit on the bench for three weeks.

Wilin Rosario – Activated from the DL, so naturally yesterday Jackson Williams (1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer) started.  Wilin, just apologize to Walt Weiss’s daughter and let’s move on!

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th jomer.  Damn, so close.  I was typing that with my drool and almost typed it out.

Masahiro Tanaka – Threw a bullpen session on Saturday and Joe Girardi said, “You have to get him in games to resolve the situation.  That’s the bottom line because you can’t wait until next spring to resolve it.  So it needs to resolve, and we’ll do everything we can to get him in games before we leave.”  Here I am making an incredulous face.  You have to get a guy with a wonky elbow into a game?  Is this medical advice as seen on The Knick?

Brett Gardner – Day-to-day with abdominal pains.  He’s hoping to return early this week.  He said, “Just like you can’t stop a crazy ho, you can’t keep a good Gardner down.”

Shane Greene – 5 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 3.57.  Juicy gotcha krazy!

Danny Duffy – Threw one pitch, then left with an arm issue that’s requiring an MRI.  This is neither here nor there, since I don’t own him, but I would’ve been po’d, to the nth P degree if I had a starts limit and lost a start after one pitch because he couldn’t tell he was sore during warmup pitches.

Greg Holland – Had some triceps tightness this weekend, but he says he should be fine moving forward.  Sure, just sit on a conveyor belt.  Wade Davis got the save yesterday, and will continue to see chances while Holland’s tilting at windmills.  If you’re in a league where Davis is available, I’d grab him.  Feel free to get in a deeper league next year too, since Davis should’ve been owned in every league by around May 1st.

Yordano Ventura – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks.  So, you’re saying I shouldn’t have dropped him?  Message received.  I just didn’t love this matchup on the Stream-o-Nator, but I don’t mind his next and could grab him again, in that non-sexual fantasy way.

Juan Lagares – 1-for-3 and three steals (10, 11, 12).  I just went over my Juan Lagares fantasy on Friday.  The essence of that post:  Terry Collins challenged Lagares like Lee Majors challenged Gabe Kaplan in the Battle of the Network Stars, and Lagares accept the challenge.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .215.  I told you he didn’t retire in July.  *poorly covering the microphone to talk to my intern*  We’re sure he didn’t retire in July, then come out of retirement yesterday for one game?  Okay, I’m told he did not retire at any point this year.

Anthony Recker – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games…that’s he played.  The Mets had played a week of games since the last time Recker played.  Recker’s homered three times in his last five games, but that’s dating back almost a month.  Okay, you get the point, don’t want to be a broken Recker.

Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Has more Ks than innings in the 2nd half and a batting average against that’s around .210, and an ERA around 2.50.  Gonna be hard to not like him going into next year, as I liked him this past March.  If he disappoints in the beginning of the year again in 2015, might have to write him off as a 2nd half pitcher like I write off every meal with Cougs.  Here’s us at dinner, “Okay, we need to talk about business for 30 seconds so we can write this off…Ready…and…go!”

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 3.25.  Member when Great American Ballpark was a hitter’s paradise?  Who knew Dusty Baker’s toothpick was like the Indonesian butterfly making everything click.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Only twenty more in the next two weeks and we’ll be good.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs and two homers (21, 22).  How is he only 32 years old?  He looks like he’s at least 37.  Definitely a Latin 32, and maybe his name is really Fausto Carmona too.

Leonys Martin – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 26th steal, and three steals in the last two days.  Maybe now that the Rangers told Ron Washington to go blow and he said, “YES, PLEASE,” they will play Leonys every single day as he should be.

Derek Holland – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Hmm, okay, I’m willing to put aside past reservations and gamble, which sounds like a commercial for Mohegan Sun.  Stream-o-Nator likes Holland’s next start, and I’d stream him in most leagues.

James Paxton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 1.87, on an undercover cop.  His next start is vs. the A’s at home, and I get the feeling the Regression Fairies are going to be waiting for him there, but that’s based on my gut and I just ate chilaquiles.

Eric O’Flaherty – Didn’t pitch yesterday when the A’s finally actually adverbially had a save opportunity.  Turns out his back tightened up on Thursday.  Ugh, someone couldn’t mention this on, I don’t know, Thursday?!  Ryan Cook received the save opp, but promptly blew it.  Doolittle should be back any day now, so it might all be moot.  Love when I pick up a closer and he gets one save in 2 weeks.  Love it!

Dallas Keuchel – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. Jason Hammel (6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks).  The Stream-o-Nator hates both of their next starts, and since there’s very little time left, I could see dropping both of them in shallower mixed leagues.  You have to be that heartless, not as sung by Kris Allen.

Carlos Gomez – Could be ready to start on Monday.  Hey, that’s today.  You snuck up on me!

Matt Holliday – Sat out yesterday with back tightness.  He needs Jose Altuve to walk on his back.

Adam Wainwright – 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. division rival Brewers and Jimmy Nelson (5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks).  Exhibit A, why the Brewers don’t have a chance in the playoffs.  Exhibit B-Z was Ryan Braun (1-for-3) leaving the club during a crucial series, then threatening to sit out all weekend because he had a sore thumb.  Aw, poor Braun, did you get a metaphorical grease stain on your Ed Hardy t-shirt?

Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .268, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  Cardinals have your choice of unsung heroes, which isn’t the same as what David Bowie asked of The Wallflowers.  That’s to unsing Heroes.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th steal.  Pardon the wording, but Wong’s been jerked around all year, and for him to still have 11 homers and 20 steals is pretty remarkable.  Yeah, I like him.

Oscar Taveras – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, and a homer on Saturday.  Hasn’t been playing every day and don’t think he’s anywhere near his potential yet, but looks like a slight hot schmotato.

Matt Adams – 0-for-3, 1 RBI after homering on Saturday.  Turned out he didn’t have an oblique problem, he accidentally swallowed a spare rib.  Once he passed it like a gay porn movie being rewound in slo-mo, he felt good as new.

Glen Perkins – An MRI showed no damage on his neck.  The MRI did show a lovely décolletage, which made Perkins blush.  Jared Burton was supposed to act as the closer in media res, but had quick owners that grabbed him cursing like Elizabeth Taylor at Burton after he gave up three earned on Saturday.  Perkins could miss a few games (or more), but it’s not readily apparent who will fill-in for him.  I grabbed Burton, since I am Desperado, but it could be Casey Fien, who has been more F-I-E-N than F-I-N-E.

Kennys Vargas – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer.  Kenny +1 is definitely getting a sleeper post this offseason.  He may get one for each one of him.

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, which comes after a huge Saturday (4-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs).  Maybe I shouldn’t have dropped him on Thursday.  *dresses up like a soggy pasta noodle and walks onto the set of MasterChef to be berated by Joe Bastianich*

C.J. Cron – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  Had a couple of hits on Saturday too, but he’s platooning with Efren Navarro (2-for-2, 1 run) and Albert Pujols (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI).  Cron’s and Pujols should be messy and painful, but they’re not that bad.  Tests are still being conducted on Efrenylalanine.

Josh Hamilton – Was a late scratch from Sunday’s game due to his shoulder soreness.  Third game in a row he was scratched.  Unfortunately, the first two scratches revealed a cherry, but then there was a seven under the third scratch.  Damn.

Carlos Carrasco – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Pretty simple what’s going on here.  He has a 95 MPH fastball and a pitch black slider.  Oops, shouldn’t have used a thesaurus on lights-out.  His slider is ridunk.  It’s on par with Kluber’s slider, that has been called “killer,” “deadly”and “damn, ninja, you ain’t jokin’.”  Your astute questions, “I mean, he’s had this slider for a while, no?  Why is Carrasco suddenly so bad-ass-mammie-jammie?”  Good questions.  Cause he’s throwing his lights-out slider more, and throwing everything for strikes.  You throw a pitch in the zone that induces a ton of swings and misses, and it’s a recipe for success.  I’ve been saying for about a month now you should own him, that obviously hasn’t changed.

Jake Petricka – Missed the weekend’s games due to his wife giving birth.  The obstetrician knew Petricka had roots in Russia, but was very impressed during labor with his wife’s glasnost.

  1. nitro says:
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    Is Danny Santana worth holding on to?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @nitro: I’m holding him. Supposedly he’s quoted as saying he feels much better already and hopes to be back early this week. Fingers crossed!

      • Zeus says:
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        @Phil of the Future: in a league I need runs and bs would you start Santana or the generically named Latin MI for Cleveland ? Jose Ramirez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Zeus: Ha…. Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nitro: Sure, if you have room

  2. Spammer Jay says:
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    You know google is going to pick up this web page now for glasnost. Maybe you can get on the first page.

  3. Lemmingness says:
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    Points league,
    Who do I bench this week?
    Latos @ Mil
    Arrieta @ Tor
    McHugh @ Sea
    Kazmir @ CWS
    Shoemaker @ Tex
    A.Wood @ Tex
    Paxton @ Oak

    SoN dislikes all of these starts I think so I might be screwed no matter what this week. If David Robertson might have a better week than any of these guys (standard ESPN points scoring), I can take one out and put him in instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lemmingness: I’d sit Arrieta, and I’d lose Kazmir

  4. Lemmingness says:
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    Points league,
    Who do I bench this week?
    Latos @ Mil
    Arrieta @ Tor
    McHugh @ Sea
    Kazmir @ CWS
    Shoemaker @ Tex
    A.Wood @ Tex
    Paxton @ Oak

    SoN dislikes all of these starts I think so I might be screwed no matter what this week. If David Robertson might have a better week than any of these guys (@TBx3, TOR x4, standard ESPN points scoring), I can take one out and put him in instead.

    Thanks a bunch

  5. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for your update articles.

    Pick two to start tonight
    Werth vs ATL (Minor)
    Bruce vs STL (Miller)
    J Upton vs WSH (Fister)
    Duda vs COL (Lyles)

    Thanks.

    • Wilson says:
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      Typo, need to pick three to start (and sit one), thanks.

      • JWray says:
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        I have Bruce and I’ve lost all confidence in him. I’m sitting him, but that’ll mean he’ll have a good game now.

        • Wilson says:
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          @JWray: I benched him as well yesterday … and he homered… I really don’t know how to use him, haha.

  6. Tim Whatley says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Which pitcher should I go with this week…Paxton (SEA) at home against the OAK or Holland (TEX) at home against ATL
    Thanks

  7. The Animal says:
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    Two weeks left and I am in the final :-)
    That is very much thanks to the excellent team of razzball!!
    Couple of questions based on espn standard h2h , 5cat, league
    1) drop Kipnis for Mercer? Feel like there migt be more value in the latter for the last two weeks.
    2) I have to drop either Lagares, Stubbs or Myers. Which one to drop?

  8. JWray says:
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    Needs wins and I have Gray. He’s been off lately and I’m not confident about this start. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JWray: I don’t trust him anymore

  9. Grey who am I going to war with this week? H2H points weekly semifinal match..HUGE game man WE have to win, so pick wisely..LOL..cheers

    Sons #’s are next to player..

    BATS
    bench one of them:
    A. Ram 15.6
    D. Wright 10.5
    M. Trumbo 7.8
    J. Soler 4.2
    ARMS
    bench 5 of them
    Sale 29.6
    Strasburg 25.4 hmm, he is usually awful v the ATL??
    Fister 25.5
    Gallardo 24.5
    Salazar 23.2
    Fiers 21.3
    Verlander 18.8
    Shelby 16.7
    Kennedy 9.6
    McCarthy 7.7
    Ventura 7.0
    Paxton 6.6
    Shields 5.3
    Latos 3.1
    Miguel Gonzalez MINUS 9.8?? WTB, machine? Rotoworld has Miggy G listed as” Going Twice, STRONG PLAY”??

    Twostartapolooza Ralph Lifshitz

    has Miggy G in TIER 3 and kinda of meh..LOL

    HELP, man there are some tough calls in this lineup..WE have to WIN…

    cheers, MP

    HERE IS MY CONVO WITH THURSDAY GREY:

    Grey, I have my semifianl h2h weekly points league match, starting on Monday. I need YOUR expert opinion on which 10 SP”s I should start..I will also see what SON has to say on Monday before I set my roster for the week.

    Fiers, Mike
    Home: v MIA

    Fister, Doug
    Home: v ATL
    (@NYM

    Gallardo, Yovani
    Home: v MIA & CIN

    Gonzalez, Miguel
    Home: v NYY
    @BOS

    Miller, Shelby
    Home: v COL
    @CIN

    Salazar, Danny
    Home: v LAA
    @DET

    Sale, Chris
    Home: v OAK

    Shields, James
    @DET

    Strasburg, Stephen
    Home v ATL

    Verlander, Justin
    Home: v KC & CLE

    Kennedy, Ian
    @LAD

    Latos, Mat
    @MIL

    McCarthy, Brandon
    @BAL

    Paxton, James
    Home: v OAK

    Ventura, Yordano
    Home: v BOS

    Tanaka, Masahiro DL

    THANKS

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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Malicious Phenom:Not Kennedy, McCarthy, Verlander, Shields, Ventura
    Reply

    Malicious Phenom says:
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    @Grey: how about swapping out Latos and add in Verlander…would give me 16 starts for the week..
    Reply
    Grey

    Grey says:
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    I wouldn’t start Verlander anywhere

    • @Malicious Phenom:

      I could also drop an SP for Holland?

      ALSO I dropped Segura, (Schoop is also available) do I pick him back up over Danny Santana, who could miss a good part of the week..

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: You just now dropped segura?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Holy hell what is this monstrosity? Make a decision Mr. 14 titles since 1997.

      • @Cram It: shut up Cram, I have made my choices just curious what the big guy has to say…Who would your choices be big mouth? LOL

          • de nachos says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: list of things men shouldn’t count:

            1. number of drinks consumed
            2. number of sexual conquests
            3. number of fantasy titles

            • J-FOH says:
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              @de nachos: im tearing down the dry erase board in my room and sanding the bed post as I write this.

              • de nachos says:
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                @J-FOH: ha ha!!

              • Rumpelstiltskin says:
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                @J-FOH: make sure to first take a pic for the scrapbook ;o)

            • Cram It says:
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              @de nachos: I just recently threw out my little black book of sexual conquests.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Cram It: did you have stick figure drawings in it?

                • Cram It says:
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                  @J-FOH: Oh, that book I kept.

          • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: might want to think about whether responding to him will make him “go home”, pretty sure those types are like those dinosaurs that grow with water. only they feed on responses instead of water, esp angry ones. neat thing is unlike running into one of them in bars, you can just ignore them here.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: I can’t help. I’m too stupid to follow all of that.

          Frankly I don’t know how you won those 16 titles without Razzball. Did your magic 8-ball break?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: classic cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: So, you’re asking me the same question or something’s changed?

      • @Grey: I have now listed 4 hitters and I have the SON numbers for the SP’s..I didn’t have SON’s numbers last Thursday..

        The only huge surprise I see is Verlander at PLUS 18 and Miguel Gonzalez at MINUS 9..So do I stay with Gonzalez and still bench Verlanderr? BOTH have 2 starts..

        and this:
        BATS
        bench one of them, hitterrons numbers next to player name…thank man
        A. Ram 15.6
        D. Wright 10.5
        M. Trumbo 7.8
        J. Soler 4.2

        I think I bench Trumbo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I still wouldn’t start Verlander… He’s had positive numbers all year due to past years performances, yet hasn’t been good… Trumbo

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If that’s your other option, yup

              • Where Wallace At says:
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                Just to be clear…Miguel Gonzalez over Verlander?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes

  10. Sherm says:
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    Hey, Grey and crew, It’s time for a throw-in-the-towel song. Sung to the tune of the immortal Juice Newton, Angel in the Morning:

    There’ll be no champions in my land
    if my best acquisition was… Springer
    There’s no need to make a stand
    for it was I who chose to trade away Cruz… for Cano
    I see no need to pick up Kiermaier
    I’m old enough to know Quad Aaaaay

    Just lost me Rizzo in the morning… Rizzo
    When I’m already twenty points behind… first place
    Just lost me Goldschmidt before that… Au Schizz
    And picking up Kiermaier ain’t gonna do it… for me

    Thanks for a great year, and a round of dacquiris for you, Rudy and JB, the Carolina kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: Sorry it didn’t work out, thanks!

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    The term 007 was derived from 20007, the home zip code of many Washington D.C. agents.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I miss your Ben Stiller pic!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Phil of the Future: Ha ..not down with Mex smoking a cig in the dugout

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Don’t get me wrong. I love the Mets and this is classic Keith. I just liked pretending that you were actually Ben Stiller from Starsky and Hutch.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            DO IT

          • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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            @Phil of the Future: wow, i thought that was a Kenny Powers picture. It does look like Keith too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: 90210 is derived from Aaron Spelling’s personal masseuse’s phone number

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Interesting

  12. JeF With 1 F says:
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    A few bye’s this week so me and my boys will be hitting the golf course….stress free

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Hey, JeF! Enjoy your time off. Sorry for being a jerk most of the time. Take good care!

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Ante GALIC: if you were being a jerk i missed it

  13. Matt says:
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    Who’d you prefer out of these seemingly tough matchups?

    [email protected] Mil Friday

    Or

    Paxton vs A’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Paxton

  14. The Strolg says:
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    Duffy’s start on Sat reminded me of the first time I had sex.

  15. L-Boogie says:
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    Jose Ramirez or Schoop at MI? Start either over Phillips?

    Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @L-Boogie: schoop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: Depends on needs, Schoop is fine, yes, over Phillips

  16. Gator says:
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    Good stuff. Is Wheeler a top 30 pitcher in 2015? Wheeler or Wacha for 2015 keeper?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gator: wacha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Nah… Wacha if healthy in March

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Wheeler

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wacha

  17. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey and other members,

    Pedroia or Wong for this week?

    thanks

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: or Neil Walker?
      I only have 2 adds are prefer to use them on 2 SP Streamers. I am currently carrying Pedroia.
      Thanks

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Chris: Wong is fine if you don’t want to use an add on Walker

      • gareth says:
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        @Chris: I know he’s small, but carrying Pedroia is not going to help him. Make him walk. To waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Pedroia, don’t use an add on the other two

  18. Jordy says:
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    If we are thinking of the same incident on Battle of the Network Stars, it was Robert Conrad who tried to bully Gabe Kaplan.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @Jordy:Conrad looked like he was on roids and challenged Kaplan to race, then doughy Gabe embarrassed his ass by beating him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jordy: Oh, yeah! Ha…

  19. Phil of the Future says:
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    Grey!
    What up homey?
    I have to tell you, I am much more at ease lamenting when things go poorly for me, so I don’t quite know how to say this.
    Thanks to my disemboweling of my opponent last week and the guy a half game ahead of me losing saves for the week due to Holland taking a rest(his opponent had Wade Davis, painful), I grabbed a tie for the best regular season record pot. I am not disappoint. I can now go play golf with Jef while my players rest on their bye week before the semis.

    I can only say thanks for a second straight year of success due in large part to you and this site. You know your shite, mustache man :)

    I’ll have more lineup questions next week after the bye, so don’t think you’re rid of me yet.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Thx man! It’s been a fun year. I love the challenge of a 16 team league and this has been my favorite team in years. I’m glad I have something to show for it.

        Oh, and special mention to Chris Carter. I bought you on the cheap, and almost gave up on you in May. Not only did you end up being my MVP, but you led me on a journey of self-discovery I’ll never forget. Now please hit 10 more homers after my bye week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice… Chris Carter will get MVP votes this year (from fantasy owners)

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Yup.

  20. Günther says:
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    Wondering what Grey’s thoughts are of Josh Harrison going into next year. Is he worth a keeper in a 14 team league or has he maxed out on what kind of player he is this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Günther: He could be a keeper, depends on options

  21. MooseOutFront says:
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    Drop Rajai for Lagares? The king of SAGNOF would understand I think.

  22. MooseOutFront says:
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    Considering streaming one of these today. Is there one you would? (12 Team H2h playoffs. count losses)
    Salazar vs CLE (15.2)
    Gallardo vs MIA (11.6)
    Niese vs COL (11.2)

    As it sits I have 1 more starter going on the week than him so it’s not a necessity that I stream today.

    • gareth says:
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      @MooseOutFront: Salazar’s on a roll but that Angels offense has been scary lately. We know how Grey feels about Yoga. Possibly Niese of I were desperate, but he’s so mediocre. Expect 6 IP, 3 ER.

      I’d pass on them all.

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @gareth: Yeah gareth you’re capturing my feelings here pretty well. Decent chance for a W from Niese without destroying my ratios, but I usually prefer a boring stream like that later in the week after seeing what my real pitchers do for me.

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        Well my opponent just picked up Salazar so lets hope the Angles hulk smash his face today. :)

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @MooseOutFront: Yes, Salazar is vs LAA, as gareth points out. Salazar actually plays for CLE.

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. That’s where I was leaning. I appreciate your insights.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @Grey: Along these lines, I’ll go ahead and ask about tomorrow’s streamers today:

        Petit vs AZ (17.7)
        Elias vs HOU (12.9)
        Bauer vs MIN (10.8)

        You like any of these?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Petit

  23. Corey says:
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    H2H playoffs start today and I got Cuddyer on my DL. Given his Faberge egg durability, is it worth it to activate him at the cost of dropping Brett Gardner? Rest of my OF is Stanton, Billy Hamilton, and Christian Yelich. I think Yelich and Gardner have comparable skill sets so that makes me more comfortable dropping Brett for some of Cuddyer’s power. Plus, Gardner’s hurting right now.

  24. gareth says:
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    I streamed Carrasco yesterday, so it was a double joy to watch that start live. I also saw Razzball’s very own Mike at the Tribe game! The weather happened to be absolutely perfect for baseball.

    Basically an all round awesome day yesterday.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @gareth: Is Kluber going to win the CY Young this year? Or does he take second to EF HER?
      Either way. I wish I owned Kluber in at least one league. {sigh} My fantasy season was a mess. Now I’m depressed. Thanks Gareth. This is all your fault. I gotta call my therapist. Hopefully I see you guys next year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      what a game! kind of felt like Carrasco deserved a shot at one more batter, but what do I know?

      great to see you Gareth

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: did he clean your ears?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha…no but he cut all my fingers down to the knuckle. mkes It hrd/ to tipe

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: that kitty has claws

      • gareth says:
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        @Mike: You too Mike.

  25. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Drop Dilson for Mercer, Turner, or Rutledge? I really need RBIs and Rs. Which one can get me there without killing my avg?
    I held onto Segura too long and these are my best options.
    Thanks.

    • gareth says:
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      @Baezaworldseries: rut rut is not in corrs this week. Turner doesn’t play every day. So by process of elimination I’d go with the hot schmotato, Mercer.

  26. gareth says:
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    Loved the poo holes / crohns disease and rubby / dickey blurbs.

    Ah, the joys of Toilet humor and dick jokes.
    Never grow up Grey. Never grow up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Thanks! I’ll try

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Um, to not to grow up that is

  27. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    What’s up? Heading into the first week of playoffs.

    1. Start two.

    a. Paxton, James at home vs. Gray [6.9]
    b. Samardzija, Jeff at CHW vs. TBA [10.4]
    c. Odorizzi, Jake at NYY vs. Capuano [0.4]
    d. Shoemaker, Matt at TEX vs. Tepesch [2.3]
    e. Shields, James at DET vs. Porcello [5.6]
    f. Teheran, Julio at TEX vs. Nick Martinez [3.3]

    I’m leaning a, b

    2. Start two

    a. Paxton, James at home vs. Gray [6.9]
    b. Wood, Alex at TEX vs. Baker [2.5]
    c. Cobb, Alex at NYY vs. Pineda [6.4]
    d. Hendricks, Kyle at TOR vs. Hutchison [-6.2]
    e. McHugh, Collin at SEA vs. Elias [3.6]
    f. Odorizzi, Jake at NYY vs. Capuano [0.4]

    Am leaning a, b here as well.

    3. Start two

    a. McHugh, Collin at SEA vs. Elias [3.6]
    b. Paxton, James at home vs. Gray [6.9]
    c. Carrasco, Carlos at DET vs. Price [1.8]
    d. Cobb, Alex at NYY vs. Pineda [6.4]
    e. Gray, Sonny at CHW vs. Noesi, at SEA vs. Paxton [4.4, 0.7]
    f. Santana, Ervin at WAS vs. Zimmermann [5.1]

    Again leaning a, b.

    SON is down on Carrasco Vs. Price, McHugh at SEA Vs. Elias. Not trusting Gray for his two road starts. Not liking Cobb or Odorizzi away from the Tropicana.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: is this your scan tron?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  28. Qbert says:
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    Buenos dias grey. I could go for some chilaquiles myself.

    Anyway, still trying to solve my ackley problem (if it is one).

    Would you drop him for any of asdrubal, Wong or god forbid DJ lemahieu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Qbert: Can’t we all? Wong

  29. lightgrey says:
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    Okay Grey this is week 1 of da playoffs. No time for my shitty roster setting. H2H 5×5. 10 steamer. Who would u go with roster wise to round out the pitching staff. To help aide you I will put up my round 1 opponents staff. At first I was just gonna punt saves and go as much SP as I could since he dominates in saves. But with Holland not in right now I wonder if I can beat or even tie the Kimberly/Rodney tandem. He never picked up Davis. He has two 2 start pitchers in Kershaw and Volquez. I would only have Minor and Salazar. Which direction would yours truly go? who sits this week.

    Me. Strasburg/Sale/Kluber/Minor/Wheeler/Keuchel/Salazar/Kazmir/*Darvish :( 3 RP 3P 4SP slots. Perkins/Casilla/Quack/Sanchez/Petricka

    Him
    Kershaw/Iwakuma/Pineda/Ventura/Kimbrel/Holland/Rodney/Paxton/B.Norris/Volquez.

    Side note. Rank for utl. Eaton/Garcia/Cuddyer.

    Appreciate in advance. You have been a godsend this year btw. Even with losing Goldy/Rizzo/Darvish I’m still in it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lightgrey: Sit Kazmir, Petricka, Perkins… Garcia, Eaton

  30. gareth says:
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    Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez analogy.

    The breakable thing in a slo-mo scene in the movies that is falling to the ground and the character is flailing desperately to catch it before it hits the ground.

  31. The JoGarza says:
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    First off, that’s the first time I hear the words “Papa Roach” in about 5 years. Wasn’t he doing some show called Scarred about disgusting skating accidents? I’d rather watch Hannibal any day over what was shown on Scarred.

    Anyways, a big thanks again to the Razzball community for all the content. My questions severely went down this year, and that’s a good thing, since the plethora of tools were more than enough.

    That said, with playoffs in two H2H leagues kicking off, I got to be extra sure!

    So, Fartolo vs COL ($16.8) or House vs. MIN ($11)? For some reason I’m always weary of Colon.

  32. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Are we sure that was 3?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: pre mature G aculation

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  33. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Do we think there’s any bounce back here for Myers? He’s shown a little pop since coming back but his numbers are still pretty ugly.

    Thinking of dropping him, but he’s got some negligible keeper value (would be an 8th Round Keeper next season, which seems about where he should land).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: No idea of your options, but would try to hold him

  34. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Welp Grey my fantasy season is over, last weeks .5 loss killed me. Now theres some asshole in our league that got in with the same record as me but got in cause he had more overall points (I beat him twice this year)…so hes all jaw jacking saying the best team got in blah blah blah…anyways thanks for all the advice im glad I stumbled upon yalls website on accident and will be a loyal reader from now on…will you be writing all year round or stop when baseball is over? Do you write for the football department?

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: Take care, man! It’s only 5 months until pitchers and catchers report. The better man lost in this case, it happens about 1% of the time. The hole you have in your heart will be filled with something else soon and make you grow stronger.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: wait i thought you were the back up QB for the raiders…your like me with golf, i play but dont watch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too much time spent learning plays

  35. dem ribbies says:
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    Votto or VMart as a DH keeper going into 2015? same price.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: WOW! really.

  36. Spencer says:
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    I am going into my first playoff match up this week (had a bye as #1 seed last week) and I am trying to see if there in any fine tuning that can be done to my team. Mainly looking at 3 positions, RP, SP, OF. 10 team H2H, Hitters count R,SB,HR,OBP,RBI,SLG and Pitchers count IP,K/9,ERA,WHIP,QS,SV

    PICK 3 SPs
    D Holland
    C Carrasco
    J deGrom
    E Volquez
    M Fiers
    Z Wheeler
    Y Ventura

    PICK 1 RP
    C Janssen
    W Davis
    D Storen
    E Mujica

    PICK 1 OF
    K Calhoun
    C Blackmon
    D Span
    B Revere
    C Carter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spencer: No idea of matchups… Wheeler, Ventura, Carrasco… Mujica….Blackmon, depends on needs

  37. Frank says:
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    Playoffs and need to choose between one of these guys to play so its crucial…

    Jose Ramirez, Jedd Gyorko, Dilson Herrera, Rutledge, Alcantara, Justin Turner, or Wilson Flores

    Also Calhoun or Soler? Or one of the above instead of both.

    • Frank says:
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      Or D’Arnaud?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank: Depends on needs… Arismendy…Soler

  38. Swfcdan says:
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    Can you rank these 3 arms for next year and beyond in a keeper league:

    De Grom, Paxton, A Sanchez.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: It was actually Aaron Sanchez, forgot about Anibal haha. But you must be really high on Paxton, so im sure you’d take him there too.

  39. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Holy Crap Grey. I made the playoffs in my most competitive league (and most money) by a hair! Literally a half game difference! I’ve also had the WORST luck in this one and didn’t think I had a chance. What put me over the top???? The Juan Lagares lede! Those 3 steals on Sunday did it! Just fantastic. Do you sell posters of your face, or T-shirts of your gravatar? You should. Because you would sell a couple right away. The Legares lede wasn’t the only contributing factor, but I don’t want this to be a 3,000 word essay. Lets just say my religious watching of the minors coupled with your sage advice has me in the playoffs in every league. I stand to win quite a lot of money as well. Thank you!!!

  40. sniff test says:
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    quack or storen?

    • sniff test says:
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      @sniff test: this would be as a filler for freaks and geeks dad till doolittle comes back.

      • sniff test says:
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        @sniff test: i supose Mujica is an option too

        • sniff test says:
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          @sniff test: holy schnikies very recent wire has changed my question. Storen or Mujica over Oflaherty until Doolittle comes back or hold?

  41. Catching some flak says:
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    Do you prefer Gomes or D’Arnaud ROS? I had Travis and then I switched to Yan, but now I’m having second thoughts.

  42. Clint says:
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    2nd place with a 1st round bye in my 8 team, 10 keeper, h2h pts league (thanks Razzball!) and a guy just dropped Lester. I currently have one spare roster spot so I can either make a straight up claim for him or drop someone for him and use the spare spot I have for streamers those weeks (6 moves/week so I’d have 6 extra starts streaming/week). Here’s my pitchers:

    Liriano, Arrieta, Teheran, Minor, Gray, Wacha, Fister, Ventura, Keuchel, Shark, Salazar, Fiers, Cobb

    If it matters, my hitters are:
    Mesoraco, C. Davis, Altuve, Hardy, Seager, Harper, Bruce, Puig, Freeman, Bautista, A. Escobar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Drop Hardy and play Alcides

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:

        Done, sir. Still leaves me with the add Lester to the remaining spot and don’t stream, or drop one of the pitchers for Lester and have the extra spot for streaming question?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t dropping Hardy give you an extra spot? Drop Gray if you have to drop another SP

          • Clint says:
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            @Grey:

            Yes, I can add Lester on but then I wouldn’t be able to stream anyone those weeks. I guess my question is, is this a strong enough 8 team h2h pts pitching staff to win without streaming or should I dump someone after going after Lester to do it? So far this year, when I’ve streamed for 6 extra starts/week, I’ve won while results have been mixed if not.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Lose Gray to stream

  43. Adam says:
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    Who do you like better ROS to stream for saves? Redraft 6×6 (QS, ERA, Whip, SV, BB, K)
    I own Quackenbush as my 4th closer but Mujica, Storen/Clippard and Petricka are all available in my league…

    Hold on to Quack or give him the boot for a Mujica or Storen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Storen

  44. Phil says:
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    D Holland or Archer ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Holland, I’d go by matchups though

  45. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Thank you Derek Holland for giving Rangers fans one exciting game of Rangers baseball a week! Losing Wash was just another kick to an already severely bruised Texas scrotum. Pour a 40 out for the Old Skool Brotha :(

  46. Magnitude says:
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    Start Ackley (ankle) vs Peacock, Alcantara (slumping) @ Stroman, or Polanco (not starting every day) @ Kendrick?

  47. Mike says:
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    H2H weekly matchup

    Two start of Salazar this week with tough matchups or Alex Wood on road at Tex. Wood on road has been good but not great.

    I am facing price and greinke this week but I have Kershaw and Kluber

    I already have 1 extra start then my competition but really would like to cement Ks and Wins has I have better offense and should have better WHIP too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Wood

  48. A-Aron says:
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    Start Mookie (3 vs Bal, 4 @ KC) or Dickerson (3 @NYM, 3 @ STL)?

  49. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you rather have Mujica or Storen for the rest of the way?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: why did this change from like 10 posts above, up there it was mujica.

  50. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    H2H playoffs in my 5×5 (S+H) daily league. I have 4 moves for the week left. Here’s the roster:

    C: S. Perez
    1B: T. Frazier
    2B: Carpenter
    3B: Miggy
    SS: D. Santana
    OF: Ellsbury
    OF: Kemp
    OF: Revere
    UT: Morneau
    Bench: T. Gore (for steals)

    SP: Teheran
    SP: Ventura
    SP: Cole
    RP: K-Rod
    RP: Allen
    P: Familia
    P: Storen
    P: Casilla
    Bench: Ryu
    Bench: Fiers
    Bench: Minor

    There are a few offensive players I could add: K. Vargas, The Federalist, Arcia, Stubbs, Khrush, McCann.

    And a few pitchers that just hit waivers: Porcello, J. Vargas, M. Gonzalez, V. Nuno, Cosart, Wada, Volquez, McCarthy.

    Any roster adjustments or changes I should be making? I need some razzbrain assistance. Thx!

    • Lincecuminmypants says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: If it matters, K. Calhoun is available as well.

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  51. Playoffs?! says:
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    I am in a pitching conundrum…the final round of the playoffs is two weeks…and I have to decide between Latos, Hughes, or Roark for the final spot in the rotation. While I can alternate pitching spots between the weeks from my active/bench roster…if I don’t start Latos I need to drop him. Latos faces @MIL, Hughes is @CWS, and Roark is @WAS for the first week. Second week starts are Latos @CHC, Hughes vs DET (home) and Roark @ATL.
    Is Latos worth the one start? If not, Hughes or Roark? Thanks for the help.

  52. indigriles says:
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    Excellent read as always. NEED ADVICE. Should Carrasco be grabbed off the wirw over the likes of Salazar, orcello, or Fiers. Looking to for a title. Thanks in advance.

  53. Joe says:
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    I have a surplus of 1 at OF/Util. I have 3 OF slots and 1 Util slot, and I own McCutchen, Cespedes, A.Gordon, C.Carter, and Span. Yet Lagares is available. Would I be wise in add/dropping for him? Should I add/drop someone else instead?

    Other possible free agent add/drops include C.Ruiz, Navarro, Liriano, Ventura, Quackenbush.

    5×5, 12-team, H2H, non keeper.

    C – Ramos, 1B – Freeman, 2B – Valbuena, 3B – Longoria, SS – Miller, OF/Util (4) – Cutch, Cespedes, A.Gordon, C.Carter, Span.

    SP – Teheran, A.Wood, Shields, Fister, Fiers, Pineda, Stroman (streamin)
    RP – KRod, Feliz, Hawkins, Storen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Lagares over Span, hold elsewhere

  54. Lopes says:
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    I asked last night and J-Foh gave me an answer, just looking for a second opinion

    If you had to pick 1 to sit for outfield in a h2h playoff next week:
    Harper (ATL, @NYM) CarGo Lite (MIA, CIN) Marte (@PHI, CHC) Revere (PIT,MIA) Dickerson(@NYM, @STL)

  55. Philbo Baggins says:
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    In a 12 team mixed with standard batting categories except OBP, would you drop Elvis Andrus and take Betts?

    Play-off bound and trying to maximize my roster. I win steals almost every week and need to beef up RBI.

      • Philbo Baggins says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. de nachos says:
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    “cut my life into pizza. this is my plastic fork!”

    sorry I found that when I was googling if Papa Roach was a secret Christian band like P.O.D.

    now it’s stuck in your head, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: Funny, I Googled yesterday if they were a Christian band… Were they?

      • de nachos says:
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        @Grey: doesn’t look like it. it also looks like Insane Clown Posse’s Christian rockdom was BS, too. I kinda wanted that train wreck to be true.

        woah ok I’m falling down the evangelical rabbit hole now. Katy (Hudson) Perry’s big christian hit song was called “Growing Pains.” Holy Coincidence, Mike Seaver.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: who eats pizza with a plastic fork? wait now it’s stuck in my head…stupid nacho

  57. start this week, pick one..

    Danny Santana, is he healthy enough to play?
    Segura
    Schoop

  58. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like better for saves this week, storen or feliz?

  59. J-FOH says:
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    going the old gay porn in slow mo move. classic!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Just passing a spare rib, what?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: it hooks all the same

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  60. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: in a league where I need k’s, whip and era more than wins, need to start three of the following. Who do you like?

    Gray (5.1) – @cws, @sea
    Fiers (21.3) – vs mia
    Teheran (3.3) – @ tex
    Cole (17.5) – vs chc
    Lynn (12.4) – @ cin
    Salazar (22.6) – vs laa, @ det

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Salazar, Cole

  61. frankgrimes says:
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    I thought we politely agreed on a
    moratorium about making fun of matt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s making fun of him?

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: don’t be coy

        Two starts from gray or one from odorizzi for weekly line up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gray

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: there are so many to make fun of, which ones?

  62. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey,

    In a vacuum, Soler or Holliday for this week.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

  63. hankp says:
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    I need to pick one for weekly H2H points league. Kennedy @ LAD, Miley @SF or Odorizzi @NYY? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy

  64. JD says:
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    for saves rest of year, which 2 of these 3: Aaron Sanchez, Drew Storen, Quackenbush?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Storen, Quack

  65. allen says:
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    Apologize if youve already addressed this..been busy with life past couple weeks.

    I have a bye this week for playoffs…hold rizzo or drop him ? He has been in my bench spot rotting

    Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  66. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H keeper (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Sup Grey? Semis are finally here…

    1) My opponent beat me to Salazar, so here’s hoping he gets rocked by the Halos tonight. I’m thinking of picking up Petit for his two-start week (vs. ARI, @LAD) or Bauer (vs. MIN, @ DET) or Koehler (@ MIL, @ PHI) to counteract his pitching. He has 10 SP with 2 two-starts (Salazar, Garza) and I have 9 SP with 1 two-start (Scherzer).

    Should I grab Petit, Bauer, or Koehler?

    2) Should I drop Perkins? I really can’t afford to have him out for a few days this week.. my options: Qualls, Janssen, Storen, Feliz, Davis, Petricka..

    3) Here’s the other issue.. we’re limited to two moves for the week. Dropping Perkins & someone else for an SP will use up both moves. Rizzo is currently dead weight.. cost me a 6th rounder, and will probably cost me a 4th or 5th to keep next year. So, either I drop Rizzo or I drop an offensive player for a day (A. Escobar, Valbuena, Bruce, Wong) and then pick one back up (costing me 2 moves) .. or I drop Perkins for Petit, for example. I’m leaning the 3rd option. HELP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Petit, Storen, 3rd option

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Dude has K. Jansen, Holland, and Reed vs. my Robertson, Allen, Perkins. Does that change your mind on dropping Perk?

        Dropping Perk for Petit is the way I was leaning. Then I can wait-and-see what I need (Offense, SP, RP) mid-week for my 2nd move. Thanks for the advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop Perkins

  67. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10 team limited moves (20/yr) H2H, I finished comfortably in 1st and have a bye this week. 9 moves left; other playoff teams–all pretty even with one another–have 6, 0, 12, 2 and 2 moves. I want to have some moves in the bank to stream as necessary, but it’s about time to start tweaking my roster. Here it is:

    Hitting Cats–R, H, HR, RBI, BB, K, TB, AVG, NetSB

    C-McCann (C/1B eligible)
    1B-Ortiz
    2B-Cano
    SS-D. Gordon (2B/SS)
    3B-Headley (1B/3B) (picked up to replace Zimmerman)
    LF-Harper (LF/CF/RF)
    CF-Yelich (LF/CF)
    RF-Stanton
    Util1-Dozier (2B)
    Util2-Moss (1B/LF/RF)
    Bench-J. Castro (picked up when McCann was hurt, never dropped b/c of limited moves), Rizzo

    Pitching Cats–W, L, ER, K, HLD, WHIP, NetSV

    SP-Greinke, Cobb, Teheran, Kazmir, Keuchel, Porcello
    Closers–Allen, McGee, Britton
    MR–W. Davis, T. Watson

    So lately, 3B, Util and SS (Gordon keeps getting caught–only 2 NetSB in the last month) have been weak spots, and my SP have stumbled. Both of my potential semis opponents carry 6SP, 3 closers and 2 MR, and given the categories (with only W and K favoring more starts) I wouldn’t mind adding a RP or two. I see my potential drops as Castro, Moss, Rizzo, Headley, Kazmir, Porcello, Keuchel and maybe Teheran.

    Would you make any of the following moves RIGHT NOW, or wait until closer to next week to assess schmotatoness and matchups?

    Bats–Betts (SS/CF/RF), Hardy (SS), Rutledge (2B/SS/3B), Holt (1/2/3/S/L/C/R), Schoop (2B/3B), Aramis (3B), Castellanos (3B/LF), Miller (2B/SS), Lagares (CF/RF), Soler (RF), Wong (2B), LaRoche (1B), Dunn (1B), Kennys (1B), Eaton (CF/RF)
    SP–Carrasco, Fiers, Peavy, Odorizzi, McHugh, Salazar, Paxton, Ventura, Liriano, Holland, Wada
    CL–Sanchez, Mejia, Mujica, Quackenbush; MR–Boxberger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t make any moves right now

  68. I am all set for this last pick..PICK ONE:..thank you for all your help this year, now lets win this one for Razzball Nation!

    Shields, James
    @DET

    Kennedy, Ian
    @LAD

    Latos, Mat
    @MIL

    McCarthy, Brandon
    @BAL

    Paxton, James
    Home: v OAK

    Ventura, Yordano
    Home: v BOS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  69. Todd says:
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    I’m thinking about keeping Matt Harvey instead of Teheran. Am I overreacting, too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Todd says:
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        @Grey: I’m thinking about keeping Arenado instead of Teheran. Am I overreacting, too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

          • Todd says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

        • Toe Knee says:
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          @Todd: no

          • Todd says:
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            @Toe Knee: No to Harvey or Arenado? (Which do you like better than Teheran?) Thanks!

            • Toe Knee says:
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              @Todd: Love Arenado.

              • Todd says:
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                @Toe Knee: Thanks!

  70. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    1. Which 2 starts do you like best: Degrom vs. Col (Bergman) 15.5, McHugh @ Sea (Elias) 3.6, Haren vs. SD (Kennedy) 14.9, Vogelsong vs. AZ (Collmenter) 12.9?

    2. Since Gibbons is having is own personal Brokeback Bullpen ( “I just can’t quit you Casey Janssen.”) Hold Sanchez or grab Benoit as a stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      deGrom, Haren…. Hold Sanchez

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @Grey: Cool, thanks. I was heavily leaning that way on the starters. I’ll be doing the hole Cyclops’ monocle bit vis a vis the Toronto closing sitch and Benoit recovery.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  71. Frank White says:
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    Whats up Grey… Do you like Roberto Hernandez tomorrow vs. Cashner @ LAD)??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Np

  72. SMLV1 says:
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    LaRoche or Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LaRoche

  73. SMLV1 says:
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    Storen or Feliz for saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Storen

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @SMLV1: ROS

  74. royce! says:
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    14 tm h2h counting 5×5 plus k/bb and holds for pitchers. First round of playoffs, relevant to this question, my opponent has: Rosenthal, Melancon, Herrera, and Cody Allen as RPs. I have Street, Robertson, Wade Davis, and Andrew Miller right now. Would you play Mejia over Miller?

    Freaking Yahoo showed that I was playing a different team in the first round, which sucks because the team I am facing is a lot better. I’m just going to hope for the best, or at least that my suffering will be quick and painless…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d play Mejia

  75. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Save me, one last question.

    braun or dickerson

    Hitter-tron likes Braun. Dickerson will be in there for finals week…7 games at home and CK is not coming to town!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  76. ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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    By all that is holy that Matt Adams blurb just made me douse my computer in oil and set it on fire. Then I set my eyes on fire. Then I set my brain on fire. Yet that image is all I can see as I sit here stareing out of my still smoldering eye sockets…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  77. sniff test says:
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    I need to take the SON leap of faith over the next two weeks. Do you trust Petit at home against Miley and AZ? He recently got humbled at Coors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, I’d go with Petit

  78. Abe Iggleblunt says:
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    Least ownable OF/Utility in a 12-team H2H redraft league (bye this week, so this is for the following two weeks):

    -Raj
    -Yelich
    -Betts
    -Soler
    -Pederson
    -K Vargas

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

  79. sniff test says:
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    SON hates Alex Wood at Texas this week. Does SON know how bad Texas is?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It should

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @sniff test: Pretty sure it’s because Texas is such a hitters’ park.

  80. Toe Knee says:
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    I dropped Rizzo for Laroche last week i know the move was solid but yet it felt so nasty doing it.Redraft. I am streaming S Miller vs Cincy today any love there or too risky thx. Great work all year really enjoying first year here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  81. paul says:
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    i apologize if i am repeating myself with this question, but i believe that i asked it at the end of a closed thread yesterday….anyway….is RA Dickey worth owning in keeper leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  82. Mostsuckass says:
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    Speaking of Rubby, someone in my keeper league just dropped him. Would you drop any of these players to pick him up as a deep keeper, or would you hold?

    Chase Anderson
    Matt Garza
    Jason Hammel
    Kyle Hendricks
    Dilson Herrera
    Ender Inciarte
    Mike Moustakas
    Kohl Stewart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender if bench bat or just playing for next year

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Yup, I’m setting up for next year, and Ender is a bench bat. Thanks, Grey!

  83. Rob Brown says:
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    Rick Porcello or
    Scott Kazmir this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

      • Rob Brown says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man! Love the site. Problem is too many people in my league love the site as well.

        Be talked into a disinformation campaign? It is playoffs after all ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Thanks!

  84. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great read my man, first week of playoffs for me because of a bye week and im rolling out Stroman, Salazar and Sonny today. Followed by Bauer and Cashner tomorrow. There’s some word of Smyly possibly being shut down, what do you think? If not, i wanna try to grab him and drop Stroman then try and grab Stroman for his next start. The teams out of contention have stopped paying attention so it’s easier to dominate the wire right now. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly will probably be skipped or shut down, yeah…

  85. Furious says:
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    Appreciate the daily info and now have the week off in H2H playoffs and was wondering about my OF in my 10-team league.

    Have Duda and Soler but was wondering if I should drop Duda and Soler for Betts and Lagares.

    Rest of team: Gattis, Pujols, Rendon, Longoria, Desmond, Giancarlo, Dozier, and Kennys.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Soler for Lagares if you need SBs

  86. Wake Up says:
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    So I’m on my nine and a halffth beer last night, this chick walks over to me and she says, she says, hey there beautiful modelly stud, I says to her, I says, names ain’t nothing but a number babe, she says to me, you mind if I become lucky 2,703 tonight, I says to her, I says, I’ll give you the best three to five minutes of your life darling, but after that, I got my 22 fantasy baseball championship to win!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: the classics never die

  87. Razzball junkie says:
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    Drop any of Carl Crawford, Ozuna, Duda, or Gardner for Lagares? Drop Yadi for d’Arnaud? 12 team H2H, OPS instead of ave. Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with JFOH

      • Razzball junkie says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys! Do you think that I should with Yadier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Yadier

  88. Jacks says:
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    You’ve heard of dump to win, but has it ever really worked? Had half my squad on LT DL by halfway point and wound up doing 3 major dumps as well as some minor ones. All of a sudden I’m in second, just 4 points behind 1st. Unfortunately used my last FA pick a month ago and we have a 7/31 trade deadline …

    But, how do you feel about Kennedy at LA on Tues? I’m very safe in WHIP but could lose a point in ERA if he sux. No Ks. Wins are fairly important to me. But do you ever play a Padre to get a win? Replacement would be a DL guy like Harvey. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Kennedy

  89. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the great analysis. Don’t think I can ever safely roster Matt Adams after today’s piece. Got another SS question: drop Alexei Ramirez for Mookie B? Last week I was holding Alexei but want to revisit.

    • dizzystpizzy says:
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      @dizzystpizzy: Sorry, this is in a vacuum.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Alexei…

      • dizzystpizzy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks hombre

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: In a vacuum, I would look to Dyson…Never. Gets. Old…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: hehe

              • Wake Up says:
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                @J-FOH: Never!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Wake Up: sorry, i know you prefer the HA!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Wake Up: @J-FOH: @Grey: In a vacuum, I always take Hoover.

            • dizzystpizzy says:
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              @Grey: @Wake Up: I’m a woomba fan, for hygiene

  90. Wake Up says:
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    Ended up going with Avisail in the ole Glasnost 2 Glasnost…

    Expect a good week from him, just do it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that the boat race around the Aral Sea? Solid choice…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I thought you would approve…
        Our formerly H2H league has now been renamed Glasnost 2 Glasnost…some may ask why…others, others still remain, or remaned…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shizz is about to Popov!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: You are Smirnoff the hook!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ba-ba-babushkas!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: You Van Gogh Girl!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ear’s today, gone tomorrow!

  91. B says:
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    @ Grey — Arcia or Dom Brown to start next season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia, too early to say

  92. Wake Up says:
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    According to footballs, some ravens released me and rice…not sure why? I usually have more release from beans and rice, than I do from rice and me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looked like Billy Bob in Fargo in a Vegas elevator

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        ha

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Ha! You should try to get T Hole to interview him!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Great idea! “You, sir, are no Jack Kennedy!”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: would it open with him calling him Ray Pierce?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ray Rise

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you don’t know football. Pierce was his backup

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Interesting

  93. frankgrimes says:
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    phew almost streamed Danny today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whew indeed

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: I stayed away from him like you stayed away from Bruce

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @J-FOH: I dropped Bruce from all three of four teams long ago two made the playoffs
        He is now on my enemy list right below Ben Maller

        • J-FOH says:
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          @frankgrimes: I was being a smart ass because you owned him most of the year….I still own him

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @J-FOH:
            you have been quite snippy lately ha
            don’t forget me for the FCL next year yo

            • J-FOH says:
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              @frankgrimes: you’re a Giant and thanks for noticing.

              I’m holding Carnacs spot and waiting on others who had life get in the way this year. I’m trying to set up a deep leaguer with the crew. It will be a non RCL with FAAB and innings limit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  94. gareth says:
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    Salazar’s homer prone-ness rears its ugly head again.

    As I stated earlier, Salazar was way too risky a start against a strong Angels offense today.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @gareth:
      don’t go out on a limb or anything! ¯\_(?)_/¯

  95. Tim Whatley says:
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    Thank you Grey!!

    I was sooo tempted to pick up Salazar and his 2-starts up off waivers but you talked me off the ledge…..dodged a bullet there….
    he just got spanked by the Halos…whew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whew!

  96. MooseOutFront says:
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    Not only did I almost stream Danny today, but my opponent picked him up while I was mulling it over. Bwahaha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  97. mike says:
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    Hey grey, in a h2h playoff round, are you comfortable starting Fister today vs Atl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  98. John says:
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    Im guessing Ill mention this again friday or so but I am thinking of replacing PUIG, I have a bye and will be in the Semis next week and need every bat I can get. I will see how he does but at worst case by next Mon Tues I will have to move on if things dont change…. any must owns?

    1. Laroche Walker Kendrick Pollock Rusney KDavis if when comes up…..which 2?

    2. Rusney going to steal lot time from Betts or maybe just day here there?

    3. Swap out Sal Perez pick up Arnaud?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. LaRoche 2. Day or two 3. No

      • john says:
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        @Grey: drop puig for rizzo reports he’s trying come back??

        Also have mookie and maybe add rizzo Aldo drop Kennedy??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea what you’re asking

  99. Toe Knee says:
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    I guess you missed my Question earlier What do you think of streaming Miller in Cinci today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  100. Tim Whatley says:
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    D’Arnaud has been 11/20 in the month of September….
    sleeper alert for next year!

  101. Tim Whatley says:
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    Grey…what team do you actually root for (other than your fantasy team)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t have a favorite team

      • @Grey: everybody has a favorite team, never heard nobody not having a favorite team..Growing up in Jersey we all rooted for the Yankees, did you? Living in LA, you have many to chose from in Cali alone..Did you ever have a favorite team?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I used to be a Yankee fan

  102. dem ribbies says:
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    is Ben Revere a keeper in a 10 team shallow roster league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably not

  103. dem ribbies says:
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    is Ozuna a keeper in a 10 team shallow roster league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe

  104. Don Majkowski says:
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    Mujica or Quackenbush for saves ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mujica, toss up

  105. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    should i pick up gregor blanco and drop dustin ackley in his stead??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  106. Don Majkowski says:
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    Mujica Quackenboush or Storen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Storen

  107. dem ribbies says:
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    is Josh Harrison for real? would you keep him into 2015 as your 10th keeper? love the eligibility and kind of seems like he’s earned PT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep him probably, but without saying something like it’s between this guy and that guy, it means nothing…

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: gotcha. would you keep Harrison over Wil Myers, Charlie Blackmon or Alex Wood?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over Wood

  108. Hondo says:
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    Dammit Grey! Due to your excellent advice I have to sit,unable to make any roster moves due to your excellent advice while my 2 teams sit during bye weeks.
    As payback,I’m going to drink your daiquiri.

    • Hondo says:
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      @Hondo: PS=Can I get the Cougs cellphone #?

      Hey,I kid because I love you more than any man except Giancarlo.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If you wanna buy her shizz, then sure!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  109. Magic Mike says:
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    start/bench Jason Vargas tomorrow @Detroit? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench

  110. Tim Whatley says:
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    Any of these guys worth a keep in Keeper leagues for next year based on their (relatively) cheap salaries?
    ($260 budget, 12-team, mixed, roto)

    Alex Gordon: $14
    Paxton: $9
    Gausman: $8
    Derek Holland: $9
    Kazmir: $5
    Billy Hamilton: $11

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, Hamilton, Kazmir

  111. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Drop Krush or Eaton today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Depends on needs though

        • Jackie Treehorn says:
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          Thanks Grey. I can’t decide.

          It’s just a bench bat so I could flip a coin, but I’m leaning Khrush just because I’m ok on Power and he’s not facing any lefties this week. Eaton is facing some tough matchups vs. OAK though.. damn.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  112. dem ribbies says:
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    Frazier or Machado at 3rd for 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  113. ERad says:
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    H2H strategy question:

    It’s the semi-finals and my opponent already has a strong pitching staff and has 4 pitchers with 2 starts this week (Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez, Yovani Gallardo, and Jon Lester) and also has Chris Sale, Ervin Santana, and we have a 4 player max pickup per week so he can also stream a few pitchers if needed.

    Here’s my staff with matchups:
    Sonny Gray @ CWS
    Mike Fiers @ MIA
    Francisco Liriano @ Phi
    Lance Lynn @ Cin
    Gio Gonzalez @ NYM
    Yordano Ventura – BOS
    Jason Hammel @ SEA (stream)
    And then I can also stream 4 pitchers if needed.

    Here’s my question – we only have a 15 min innings pitched per week – so I can stream and throw my entire staff and hope for the best, or just pick the top two starts (Fiers $21.3 and either Liriano or Gio both $16) and try to lock down ERA, WHIP, K/9 with two really quality starts. I’d be sacrificing W’s and K’s obviously by doing this, which is the risk…. any thoughts here?

    Thanks again for all the help this year, best site out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just throw everyone

    • dem ribbies says:
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      @ERad: I had a loaded SP staff and this exact strategy sunk me this season. If you have saves as a scoring category you can also load up on dual eligible SP/RP like Britton, Mejia, CHC Ramirez, KC Davis and TOR Sanchez and start them in your SP spot. b/c they only see 1 inning unless they get blown up, your ratios should be safe and you can chase saves too (if saves count in your league that is).

  114. Henry says:
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    Drop JJ Hardy or Baez for Lagares?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lagares

      • Henry says:
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        @Grey:

        Need to drop either Hardy or Baez for him. It’s redraft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hardy

  115. BootsyBaby says:
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    Rest of this season – Dexter Fowler or Avisail? Could use SBs and HRs, barely clinging onto 1st place in BA.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @BootsyBaby: avisail

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

  116. J-FOH says:
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    I just want to say I take absolutely no credit in starting Kole, Howdy, and Alberto today but sometimes you just luck out with you plays. I am really only writing this to annoy Kid A, you know Kid, kinda smart…kinda sassy…kinda kind when the stars align.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really a play when you just own guys all year

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: exactly, just a little sprinkle of sarcasm and trying to annoy the Kid Eh

        • gareth says:
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          @J-FOH: its quite apt that KID A backwards is A DIK.

          Just KIDding around! He’s ok really, and it’s actually fun being in an rcl league with him. Never boring.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @gareth: best gareth comment ever

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @J-FOH: it’s quite possible he only named himself that due to that Red Rum reminiscent thing.

  117. gareth says:
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    The entire Indians pitching staff were peg boys today.

    At least the weather was nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  118. gareth says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Safe to lose Uehara?

    Or hold as Farrell stated he should be closing again by the end of the season.

    I’d be using the spot for streaming.

    This whold situation is giving me an Upside down emoji :-(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose him unless desperate for saves…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: what percentage do you give on him getting his job back in a week ish? And ultimately pitches how many innings?

        Ive noticed koji really doesn’t pitch many innings each year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe 50% chance he saves 3 more games, and that’s the over/under

  119. Jimmy says:
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    Start Locke tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  120. gareth says:
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    G3!

    I apologise if the one i did earlier was a “premature G aculation.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: are you seriously apologetic for screwing up a self-imposed, self-celebratory, numerically induced notice, since the number was in error? this is great.

  121. dem ribbies says:
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    If you had to keep 2 of the following at the same price who would it be?

    Brantley, Avisail, Myers

    • tals23 says:
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      @dem ribbies: Brantley and myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley, Myers

  122. tals23 says:
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    Keeper league….should I drop Brandon Crawford for Dilson Herrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  123. Johnny Podres says:
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    Cut J Hamilton or Puig for Cuddyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  124. Jose Arcadio Buendia says:
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    Semis for H2H standard league and only have 2 moves left. Need some strategy advice.

    Bats are hurting due to Pearce and DesJ boo boos. Possible adds:

    Wright, d’Arnaud, Rutledge, Wong, Martin, Parra, Schoop, Dunn, Valbuena, Khris, Dayan Dayan Dayan… ???

    Pick one of these guys up or save the moves for a stream late in the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice avatar and username… Khris over Jennings, save last move

      • Jose Arcadio Buendia says:
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        @Grey: Gracias por todo. Salud!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Salud!

  125. Hot Rod

    Jimmy says:
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    Made it to the finals in my rookie year (! thanks razz!), trying to plan pitchers for this 2 week stretch. Torn about Arrieta —- stream-o-nator says Arrieta only $0.3 @ TOR (Buerhle) but $15.8 vs Cueto. Do you have faith in these numbers? I would have thought it would be the opposite with the way the jays are playing (and melky now out) and Cueto being a good pitcher…thoughts? THanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Arrieta there

      • Hot Rod

        Jimmy says:
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        @Grey: I don’t trust him in either spot so I think he will stay benched. Also – McHugh in SEA tomorrow? He has been playing better of late, and his best K’s of the year were in SEA at start of season. SON not a fan but against Elias I’m thinking it’s worth a roll of the dice?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d throw McHugh

        • Hot Rod

          Jimmy says:
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          @Jimmy: ps great article on Bloomberg about the Astros a week or so ago, highlighting their reliance on moneyball style stats in recent years driving their trade and drafting decisions (and why they lead league in defensive shifts, nearly double the 2nd highest usage). Also points out how McHugh’s improvement through this seasonhas been a result of less fastball more curveballs…definitely worth a read

          http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-28/extreme-moneyball-houston-astros-jeff-luhnow-lets-data-reign

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks for sharing! Hopefully that doesn’t hurt his arm down the road

  126. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Would you drop Bruce for Rios? Also Jose Ramirez or Josh Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…Rutledge

  127. de nachos says:
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    Anybody get a look at Salazar’s start today? Squeezed? Pitch tipping back? Or just suckatude? I have one transaction left in a H2H and have to choice to make.

    Pick up Shields against DET on Wed or
    hang on for Salazar’s next start Sat (also DET) and drop him for a Sunday stream.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I watched a little bit, he just looked junky… I’d stream, can’t trust him…

      • de nachos says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Suckatude it is. Also 100 years of Suckatude is fitting with Sr. josé arcadio above.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  128. SteveNZ says:
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    Stroman. Me. FCL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I stayed away because I have an unreasonable fear of the Cubs lately. Well played to keep me off your ass

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: As much as I’d like to take all the credit, it was a SON call as much as anything – the $ value looked too good to ignore.

        The margins are pretty fine in this league – have been all year…

        • J-FOH

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          @SteveNZ: I cant believe I’m actually in final discussion today and can be 10 points behind you by Wed. I seriously think that 3 SB performance by Hamilton I left on my bench when I went dong chasing could end up costing me.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @J-FOH: It may well do, though I have been chasing steals a bit lately if that makes you feel any better.

            • J-FOH

              J-FOH says:
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              @SteveNZ: I passed cram today for the RBI lead. WTF, how do I have 6 points in HR’s and 12 in RBI?

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @J-FOH: luck. and/or what teams your RBI producing type guys play for.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: @J-FOH: 2 weeks from now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  129. Fungazi says:
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    Perfect! The Danny S-bomb on my opponent’s team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  130. Hondo says:
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    Storen!

    The reason my keyboard sticks.

    Was that wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be ‘was that Wong?”

  131. Nico says:
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    Would you drop Kazmir ($5.1 vs CHW), Archer (-2.5 vs NYY and -3.7 vs Tor), or Porcello (2.4 vs KC) to pick up Kennedy (10.8 vs LAD), or hold? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazmir

  132. Carlos says:
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    Grey:

    Who is my drop?

    D. Storen
    N. Feliz
    A. Sanchez
    J. Petricka

    I have Doolittle coming off the DL and need to make room for a starter.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez

  133. goodfold2 says:
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    just saw lucroy just after his team got beat 3-1 in games at home to likely seal their fate for season say that “MIL is better team than STL”. hmmm. interesting thing to say when your team just lost 14/17th’s of games. They were winning division by 5 games or more in early -mid august so all they had to do is play near .500 and win division easily. If i was a MIL fan i’d want to punch him in the face if i saw him in the street for saying things like that when his team has pretty much given up. It’s not exactly easy to lose 14 out of 17. Now it’s possible that his wife dropped some luggage on his head recently and if so i’m sorry for calling him a giant dumbass. I love owning Lucroy and his top 4 hitterishness. But dude needs to be kept away from microphones and other recording devices. People actually hear the things he says and it’s embarassing. Also prayer circle (Satanic Mass?) against the Superfluous H and Fatt Adams (i really didn’t like seeing that 3 run shot), as i’m playing them in my biggest league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I can get behind that prayer circle

    • Kid A says:
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      @goodfold2:

      A prayer pentagram, maybe?

      Let’s do it.

  134. Scooterboy says:
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    Looks like Rollins is out with a Hammy Strain. I’m in the Championship finals in our private league. Who should I replace him with? These are all on waiver wire.
    Alcides Escobar
    Javier Baez
    Arismandy Acantrara
    Jody Mercer.
    Thanks for the input.

    • Scooterboy says:
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      @Scooterboy: Sorry Grey , I just noticed above that you think Mercer is a good grab. Do you think he would be better than the others I listed?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Kinda depends on needs, Alcides is the safest

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

      • Scooterboy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again, and thanks to you and all the other posters on this site for all your hard work this year. You and the other posters, have gotten me into the finals for the second straight year in my private league, and 8 out of my 10 espn leagues i’m in the winners brackets. Now if I can just finish the job.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! No problem, let’s bring home the wins!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Scooterboy: good job. nice show.

  135. Kid A says:
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    Anything good right now Donkey. Please.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Kid A: I live in an igloo. Frostbitten everywhere. bleh.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha! JFOH mentioned you above, I didn’t really understand what he was saying

        • Kid A says:
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          @Grey: I’ve no clue either. When he and the cat go skipping off on one of their dimwitted tangents, I tend to not follow.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
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            @Kid A: you always follow

  136. goodfold2 says:
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    this week in playoffs i’m playing against schlub team that has these guys. if i don’t win steals against this it ain’t right.
    lucroy/freeman/walker/prado (he starts prado in a 10 teamer, yeah)/ superfluous H/hunter/braun/bourn (9 out of 15 on steal chances this year)/desmond/fatt adams.
    i’ve got (hopefully) enough guys like mookie/harrison (injured though)/jones/alcantara/gordon to get some steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  137. nick the dick says:
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    Was watching Shark Tank and the guys on it had a business called Rugged Maniac. A sign that I needed some Razzball? Thats how I took it. Boy do I want one of those shirts they had on that said ‘I’m a rugged maniac’. So, sonuvadeactivation I shoulda got Cuddyer in there today but hey at least I started Stroman and not Salazar! I lose Avisail to get Cuddy in there right? And shizz, Sanchez isnt even the closer de jour to own anymore huh? Just like that? Had O’Flar all this time and couldnt believe after no kind of news for 2 weeks he all of a sudden needs a backeotomy when a save pops up. So I grab Sanchez and Janssen goes and gets the save. I’m tired man, so tired. Storens the guy now I see, you sure? Fine, i’ll play along. Alright, quick one liner for hip hop of the day. ‘You walk around like you some kind of thuggy guy, no you aint Diddy but I can make you see through puffy eyes’. Well that about covers it, mic’s dropped….

    However, Foh! Been trying out some Mac Dre and alot of it isnt really my cup of tea but I definitely really like these:
    http://youtu.be/MvsRucP32Q4
    http://youtu.be/zMKPZN5tdlk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that episode… Totally…. Awesome lyric! I Googled it, Celph! I liked Back to my Mission…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Ha had to throw a Celph jab at ya. Im with you on Mac Dre tho, not my favorite, although I liked those 2 tracks there. I heard back to my mission, id meh it. But back to MY mission, lose avisail to start cuddy is fine right? Or is losing that shlub baez the better move

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, lose Baez

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Cool danka….geez, you mention Mac Dre and J Foh doesnt come running. I’m worried…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  138. Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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    oh my shit, would’ve loved that Gray win. F you O’Flaherty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  139. Kid A says:
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    O’Flaherty, where art thou?

    I can’t feel my face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  140. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    NL only, worried dilson is gonna lose playing time with murphy coming back soon. Reaquire Hill for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: noticing spangenberg better option.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  141. Wilsonian says:
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    Are we cutting Dozier for Wong to try to get into, and win, the playoffs next week?

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Wilsonian: that would’ve been my answer in april (would’ve very promptly looked stupid and been laughed at). not saying it’s dumb idea now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  142. Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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    damn, even for a catcher, this guy is streaky. after he first got those glasses (when he hit nearly .500 over around 24 at bats) i grabbed him over other low level underperforming (at the time) catchers. he proceded to go about 2/27 on my rosters with 2 singles. now he’s back again (so his glasses may be working again) 5 homers in last 6 games, and other hits too.

  143. frankgrimes says:
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    that Stroman shutout looked dominating
    when I draft him next year hope he doesn’t go Cole on me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, totally

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I just dumped Nathan for Storen.
        was that dumb? HA

  144. goodfold2 says:
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    good call on MIG. best streamer day i’ve ever had this year in this league along with stroman, both have later in week matchups too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  145. JoeG414 says:
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    Buehrle home vs the Cubs Tuesday-Stream? I really need K’s but he’s the best option as a FA. Could also use some help with my era and whip. 6×6 roto.
    Whata think: stream or no stream?
    As always many thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.
        Now who to cut for him W.Flores or J.Rutledge, only need one SS.

  146. Hal Incandenza says:
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    ROS: Mercer over Ackley?

    Cuddyer over Howard?

    Thanks for the great daily read, Grey!

    PS – You make me wonder what Matt Adams has to pass to make him feel right as rain. An unopened sleeve of Chips Ahoy!?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: Mercer…and despite Cuddyer’s advantageous home field, I’d go Howard. He hasn’t looked this good over an extended period of time in a minute

  147. Mello Yello says:
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    Drew Storen like a MoFo man! Wow…that is a one man closer by committee.

    Springer is absolutely murderballing my hopes and dreams this year…and I really need an excuse to bench Puig, who has also done a fair share of murderballing to me lately.

    Is Strasburg back to being in a 5-keeper discussion? It’s like every time I’m writing that off, he becomes brilliant, and then I get sucked back in, and there’s a very real possibility he struggles again next year like he did this year…I know, lots of Nationals talk here…

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