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MLB’s Best Lineups of the Past Decade (Part Two)

Joel Dorcas | April 14th, 2022

On to the bests of the best. These assemblies of position players have put up some impressive offensive totals. How will they be remembered compared to decades that will follow? Will home runs continue to dominate the game? Until then let’s play homage to these five great lineups! Feel free to let us know which teams should have made the cut, enjoy! Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | March 15th, 2020

The Minnesota Twins finished the season with 101 wins crossing the 100-win mark for just the second time ever (102 wins in 1965). The Bomba Squad set the Major League record for homers in a season with 307, but they couldn’t get past their playoff kryptonite in the New York Yankees and fell 3-0 in the ALDS. That was last year. Now, let’s look forward to the 2020 season, whenever that starts.

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Blockbuster Three-Team Deal Involving the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Twins

John Lepore | February 4th, 2020

News just came down that the long-awaited trade of Mookie Betts has been agreed upon. As per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the deal includes a few other players, cash, and three teams. Let’s break it down.

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Podcast- MLB Hall of Fame and Astros/Red Sox Reactions with Joe Ricotta and Johnnie Black

Tom Greene  | January 24th, 2020

It’s been a while since I tapped into doing some MLB Content! So, I thought I’d get some reaction to the ongoing Astros and Red Sox scandals along with some Hall of Fame talk.
For that, Johnnie Black (@jball0202) and Joe Ricotta (@theriot326) join the show for some analysis.

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Josh Donaldson Signs With the Minnesota Twins

John Lepore | January 14th, 2020

Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins for four years at $92 million with a fifth-year option. The former MVP had a bounce-back season with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year prove-it deal worth $23 million. Let’s take a look at what his new squad is getting.

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Offseason Episode 1: Astros Cheating Scandal and Free Agent Predictions w/ Johnnie Black

Alex Kielar |November 20th, 2019 

Alex Kielar and The Scorecrow creator Johnnie Black discuss the cheating allegations against the Houston Astros, including what sort of punishment/s they might potentially receive. Also, hear what we had to say about the top 15 free agents and where they might land. We also discussed the biggest needs of their teams, the Yankees and Twins, including what they will look like next year. Find us anywhere you find podcasts and be sure to follow us on social media! Continue reading

Minnesota Twins 2019 Season Recap

John Lepore | November 18th, 2019

The Minnesota Twins finished the season with 101 wins crossing the 100-win mark for just the second time ever (102 wins in 1965). The Bomba Squad set the Major League record for homers in a season with 307, but they couldn’t get past their playoff kryptonite in the New York Yankees and fell 3-0 in the ALDS. Let’s take a look at how the season went, and what’s on the horizon for the Twins.

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Final Destination: Where Will Stephen Strasburg Go?

John Lepore | November 3rd, 2019

Stephen Strasburg has opted out of the remaining four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals. The World Series MVP is now a free agent. So after walking away from $100 million, where will the 31-year-old righty go now? Let’s take a look at the likely destinations.

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MLB DFS – Money Monday Picks

Joey Ricotta | October 7th, 2019

With all four divisional series games on the docket today, we’ll touch on a few players you can use for DFS lineups. Whether you’re playing the Classic or Showdown style contests, these players are options. No more introduction and straight to the picks. Here are my favorites for today’s games.

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MLB DFS: ALDS Game Two Slate

John Lepore | October 5th, 2019

Today we have a couple of Game Twos. I will run down the players who should return value and will get you points whether you are playing a Classic matchup or a Showdown in MLB DFS. There may be a Captain or two in this group and we know how valuable a cheaper option can be. Let’s get to it.

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ALDS Preview: New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins

John Lepore | October 4th, 2019

Two teams that won over 100 games this season will begin their battle in the Bronx tonight at 7:07 ET. This series should be full of scoring as the Yankees and Twins were #1 and #2 in HRs (Twins 307-Yankees 306) and runs (Yankees 943-Twins 939). The pitching will have to be on point for both sides as mistakes in the field and on the basepaths will give the other side extra outs. Neither team can afford that with the firepower these squads have. Let’s break down the matchup.

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DraftKings Around the Horn October 4th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |October 4th, 2019

Postseason baseball is in full swing and we’ve already had some very exciting contests. Let’s make it even more exciting with some daily fantasy. For the most part, hitters will be matched up against premium pitching so finding offense isn’t as straight forward as on regular-season slates where you can target against weak pitching staffs’. Let’s get to it and go Around the Horn! Continue reading

MLB Wild Card-Division Series Preview with Alex Kielar and Johnnie Black

Tom Greene | October 2nd, 2019 

The MLB Postseason is here! I brought in Yankee fan @AlexKielar and @jball0202 to break down the early rounds of the Postseason.
We begin with surprise and disappointment teams, then break down the Wild Card games. We also ask, “Should the Wild Card round be one game or a best of 3?”
Afterward, we break down the Division Series and hand out the awards.
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DraftKings Around the Horn September 19th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |September 19th, 2019

Tonight will be a good night to practice what it will be like once playoff baseball begins in October. Way fewer games to pick from for our starting lineups. All toll just five are on the docket for the evening slate. Pretty straight forward, we have an ace going for Cleveland against the woeful Detroit Tigers. As for bats, three powerhouse offenses should be targeted as they are all in good spots against a left-handed starter. Let’s get right to it and go Around the Horn! Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn September 18th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |September 18th, 2019

Tonight we have flamethrower Gerrit Cole and his 0.82 ERA in September as the easy favorite as the number one starting pitcher, in turn, we will have to find value at SP2 to pay up for Cole. As for bats, the Twins, Cubs, Indians, and Astros are all in good spots and will likely lead the way as popular options to target for offense. Let’s take a trip around the diamond, let’s go Around the Horn! Continue reading

MLB DFS: Arms, Bats, and Stacks for September 17th, 2019

Joey Ricotta | September 17th, 2019

With the MLB season winding down, we won’t have many more opportunities to take advantage and make some money playing DFS. We need to capitalize on the remaining opportunities. That brings us to tonight’s slate of 14 games, starting a little later than normal at 7:05 ET. On the docket, we have a game at Coors Field which we always have to prioritize one way or the other, as well as some pitchers in good spots. To save you time and research, I went ahead and put some work in for you. The daily grind keeps rolling and we aren’t slowing down for anything or anyone. It’s time to get right back to it. Here are some of my favorite DFS plays for tonight’s games. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 23 and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | September 9, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Mitch Keller, SP PIT 

(37% CBS, 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)

9/10: @ San Francisco Giants (69-74) 3rd in NL West

9/15: @ Chicago Cubs (76-66) 2nd in NL Central

I know this is cheap and a bit lazy being that I used Mitch Keller last week, but he was hit on the hand by a line drive in his outing on 9/03 and was forced to leave the game after only 1,2 innings and striking out 3 batters. This forced him to miss most of his first start and all of his second, but he is slotted back into the rotation and on track for Tuesday 9/10 and Sunday 9/15, so why not?

Firmly solidified as the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect and ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball, Mitch Keller carries an electric skill set and an array of plus offerings. But since his callup on 5/27, the results have been lack-luster, pitching to a butt clenching 8.62 ERA 1.98 WHIP. While his 11.86 K/9 is encouraging, Keller has never really been known for his control, which is evident from his 3.45 BB/9. This is slightly higher than his 2.83 BB/9 minor league career mark, but not terrible for his first exposure to major league hitters. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 22 and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | September 1, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Mitch Keller, SP PIT 

(37% CBS, 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)

9/03: Miami Marlins (48 – 87) Last in NL East

9/08: St. Louis Cardinals (75 – 59) 1st in NL Central

Firmly solidified as the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect and ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball, Mitch Keller carries an electric skill set and an array of plus offerings. But since his callup on 5/27, the results have been lack-luster, pitching to a butt clenching 8.62 ERA 1.98 WHIP. While his 11.86 K/9 is encouraging, Keller has never really been known for his control, which is evident from his 3.45 BB/9. This is slightly higher than his 2.83 BB/9 minor league career mark, but not terrible for his first exposure to major league hitters. Continue reading

Locks, Stacks, and Barrels: MLB DFS for August 30th, 2019

John Lepore | August 30th, 2019

The baseball season is a grind. It’s every single day. We will approach DFS the same way and be winners at the end of the season even if we have our hot streaks and slumps. Every day there are safe bets that flop and values that hit big, but we need to stick with our strategy in evaluating and playing. Let’s take a look at what we have today.

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Into the 80s with Tom Greene- Minnesota Twins

Tom Greene | August 29th, 2019

Two days after the Atlanta Braves joined the 80-win club, the Minnesota Twins join the party. In Atlanta, there seems to be some doubt as far as the pitching goes. In Minnesota, fans and broadcasters (like Jenny Taft, Jamie Hersch, Marney Gellner, Dawn Mitchell, Jamie Erdahl, and Kevin Gorg,) are simply excited that this season has exceeded expectations. Of course, this is said on one condition. Our @jball0202 expects championships in Minnesota, and nothing else (maybe championship-style writing from me? I do my best.) Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn August 28th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |August 28th, 2019

We will get to pitching momentarily. First up is a glance at the highest implied run totals for today’s 11-game evening slate. A massive run line of 14 runs easily leads the way as the Boston Red Sox, who all of a sudden are running along very nicely (8-3 in their last 11), visit Coors Field and the Colorado Rockies. Twins-White Sox are at 10.5, Rangers and Angels as well as Pirates-Phillies are both set at 10 and the Indians-Tigers chime in at 9.5. Let’s break down some picks, hop on board, we’re going Around the Horn!

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Week 21 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | August 27th, 2019

Not too many shake-ups in this weeks power rankings. We do have some change in the middle, but the teams listed are the ones that we will see playing in October.

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Saturday in the Ballpark: MLB DFS Picks for August 24, 2019

Joey Ricotta | Aug 24th, 2019 

“Saturday in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July.” You’ve heard the popular song, sung by the group Chicago. If you haven’t, then skip this entire introduction and watch the video below. Now that we’re on the same page, I figured today would be a perfect time to lighten the mood. Last night was god awful for me. I was a Max Kepler home run that went just foul past the right field foul pole, away from cashing in all across the board. Instead, I wound up losing a decent chunk of money. Oh well. It happens. That’s the baseball DFS grind. And believe me, it is a grind. But there is no time to dwell on the past. Tonight looks like a fun slate to wipe the slate clean and get back to our winning ways. I remixed the song just for this slate. – “Saturday in the ballpark, it feels like the Fourth of July.” I’m expecting all of our home runs to be fair and fireworks to follow. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks that will get the party started. Don’t forget to enjoy the real song as well. Continue reading

Week 20 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan |August 20, 2019

We are slowly approaching September Call ups. This is how the top contenders have ranked in the Week 20 power rankings.

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September Call-Ups: AL Central Edition

Alex Kielar  \ Aug 17th, 2019 

With September looming and pennant races tightening, it’s almost time for major league rosters to expand from 25 to 40. So I am going to give you a series of articles breaking down the likely most impactful September Call-Ups for all 30 teams. Now for the American League Central.

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MLB DFS: Core Plays and Stacks for August 15, 2019

Joey Ricotta \ Aug 15th, 2019 

A nice and easy slate of games on hand for tonight. What makes DFS easy? Nothing. But we feel like it’s easier when there aren’t as many games being played. It helps us narrow down our research and eliminate overlooking good match-ups. With that said, you still never know what is going to happen. That is the beauty of sports. That is the beauty of baseball. Anything can and most likely will happen. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying to predict how the games will go. Here are some guys in good spots that I’ll be using as Core Plays tonight. Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn August 8th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |August 8th, 2019

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins headline the MLB schedule tonight. As for the DFS landscape, we have a pitcher that can provide salary relief for some bats that are running on all cylinders of late. No time than the present to saddle up and go for a rip. Scorecards, crackerjack, sunflower seeds, we’re Going Around the Horn! Continue reading

The Chicago Cubs’ August Survival Guide

Tom Greene \ Aug 7th, 2019

The trade deadline has come and gone. The National League Central remains highly contested. The Cubs bullpen, per some fans, seems to be in disarray. However, with all that being said, the Chicago Cubs are in first place in the division. Wrigley Field has been the friendly confines that it advertises to be… for the Cubs. The road hasn’t. Just a few days into August, here are three things the Cubs should do to stay in the race for the division title. Cubs fans, here’s your survival guide to the month of August. And no, watching the Bears isn’t on this list. Sorry, coach Ditka. Continue reading

Post Trade Deadline Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan |August 5th, 2019

Barring any late-season injuries, the final rosters are set after the trade deadline has passed. A familiar face in the AL has soared right to the top and a surprise team is slowly making its way into the top 10. Here are the new rankings.

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DraftKings Around the Horn August 2nd, 2019

Joel Dorcas |August 2nd, 2019

No real weather concerns to kick off the weekend for Friday night. A full slate of games to breakdown so let’s jump right in and go Around the Horn! Continue reading

What Teams Need To Give Up To Land Noah Syndergaard

John Supowitz| July 30th, 2019

There was a lot of expectations in Flushing this year: Wilson Ramos, Jed Lowrie, Robinson Cano, with a Cy Young deGrom, the Mets looked to be a force in that heavy National League East. Unfortunately, the familiar injury bug and some players not living up to expectations have them in fourth place. They have said Noah Syndergaard is available, and a few teams could use an ace quality pitcher like him. He won’t come cheap; The Mets will look to rebuild their franchise as a result of trading him. Here’s what some teams may need to give up to land the Syndergaard. Continue reading

Now Is The Perfect Time To Get And Trade Bo Bichette

Antonio Losada | July 30th, 2019

After trading Eric Sogard to Tampa Bay on Sunday, Toronto wasted no time in calling up über-prospect Bo Bichette, who was actually pulled from the Triple-A game he was playing for Buffalo.

Such was Toronto’s anxiety to get its last shinning youngin’ to the Majors, and such should be yours to make him available to suitors in case you happen to have him in your fantasy team or are still able to acquire him in case he’s still free out there. Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn July 26th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |July 26th, 2019

Plenty of games with run totals hovering around ten and eleven Friday. Ideally some exposure to Yankees and Red Sox bats is a good strategy to take but the high prices make it difficult to fit them in. The Cardinals and Twins, amongst others, offer up some interesting pivot plays to make room for pitching. Make sure to grab your scorecards, pens, and paper on this mega-slate, let’s go  Around the Horn! Continue reading

Week 17 Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 22nd, 2019

We have a new number one in the power rankings. It is a familiar face and should come as no surprise. With the trade deadline approaching, there is going to be some serious movement in the rankings as we approach the playoffs.

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 16 (7/22 – 7/28)

Matt Bishop | July 22nd, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Adrian Sampson, SP TEX

(16% CBS, 4% ESPN, 6% Yahoo)

2019 Season Stats:

(6-6) 4.92 ERA 1.45 WHIP 7.42 K/9 2.04 BB/9

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MLB DFS: Tough Tuesday Picks for July 16, 2019

Joey Ricotta | July 16th, 2019

When I first looked at the pitchers lined up for tonight’s full boat of games, I may or may not have vomited in my mouth a little bit. With this many games, you wouldn’t expect it to be such a struggle to find good pitching, from a fantasy perspective at least. The pitching we would normally pay for at certain ranges is priced ridiculously high because of the lack of pitching overall. Nothing against Lance Lynn, because he’s been terrific so far this season, but when he’s the highest-priced pitcher on Draftkings, you know it’s going to be an uphill battle and similar to pulling teeth to put together some solid lineups. The best advice I can give, don’t watch any of these guys actually pitch. Not because they are terrible pitchers, but because you will drive yourself crazy. Watch the games you have hitters from unless there is some correlation between the two and then I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sorry but suffer away. Now, let’s get into the toothaches and picks for tonight’s games. Excuse me. Locks and Stacks. Continue reading

Week 16 Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 16th, 2019

 

The Trade deadline is quickly approaching. Most of these teams listed will look different in two weeks. But for now, let’s rank them as is.

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Trade Deadline: Big Arms on the Block

Frank Ammirante| July 16th, 2019

This year’s trade deadline should be eventful because of the abundance of talented pitchers available on the market, such as Matt Boyd, Marcus Stroman, Robbie Ray, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, and Noah Syndergaard. There are a number of contending teams seeking to improve their starting rotations, including the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, Twins, Dodgers, and Astros. Let’s take a look at their top prospects who could be the centerpieces of a deadline acquisition. Continue reading

Best offseason signings at the break

Marcos Mendoza | July 12th, 2019

As we hit to the end of the first half we take a look at some of the best offseason signings. Continue reading

Team Grades: American League Central

John Lepore | July 11th, 2019

We are giving our team evaluations at the All-Star break. Here is the AL Central and how they have gotten to where they are and where they are going the rest of the season.

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Post All-Star Break Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 10th, 2019

 

We are officially back to real baseball. A wonderful weekend in Cleveland has come to an end, and we have teams to rank. Continue reading

The AL’s Best Team on July 1st. The NL’s Best Team on July 1st.

Tom Greene | July 2nd, 2019

On the first of June, the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers stood atop their respective leagues. Both were rolling. Both had comfortable division leads. Now, on July 1st, a team has overtaken the Minnesota Twins for best in the American League. Thankfully for our @jball0202 and my friend @Audra_Martin, the Twins still hold an eight-game lead in the American League Central. So, it certainly wasn’t the Twins fault they don’t hold the best record in the American League. This new team has just been on fire. Let’s break down who the best teams are on July 1st. Continue reading

Week 13 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 2nd, 2019

 

 

1. New York Yankees (54 – 28)

New York Yankees Franchise Logo

The Yankees went to London and promptly kicked ass. They scored 29 runs over the pond. The Yankees are red-hot and with a healthy (sort of) team, we can only watch as they get hotter.

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RISERS AND FALLERS

Scorecrow Staff | June 28, 2019

It is almost the half-way point through the 2019 MLB Season. Many household names remain at the top of the statistical leaderboards, while others have poked their heads up and surprised the baseball community. If it is a well known stud or a no name bud, you still have no idea how they are going to perform in the second half. Regardless, the Scorecrow MLB Baseball staff got together to give you our risers and fallers for the second half. If you have any questions or would like us to write about someone, please hit us up, as always, on Twitter: Continue reading

Leaders in Pull Percentage

Kody Clawson | June 27th, 2019

The launch angle revolution has changed the way many hitters approach the game. Fly balls are more important than ever, and hitters are trying to drive those fly balls with more force. To accomplish this, many hitters are pulling the ball more than before. Because of this, I decided to peruse the pull percentage leaderboard to try to find some interesting names, and honestly, all the top names are interesting in their own right. I kept to the top three names this time around. Continue reading

The Worst Contracts In MLB History: AL Central

John Supowitz| June 27th, 2019

Chicago White Sox

Outfield – Eloy Jiménez – 6yrs $43 Million

Before contract: .000 AVG, Average Home Runs Per Season, 0 Average RBI Per Season 0

After contract 2019: .253 AVG, Home Runs Per Season 12, Average RBI Per Season 29 RBI

The White Sox gave Jiménez a contract without ever stepping onto a major field. They have a lot of promise in the Dominican slugger, but the start of his career has not met expectations. Currently sitting at a -0.1 WAR his 28.4% strikeout rate is highest of any his professional seasons.

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Week 12 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | June 25th, 2019

 

1. Los Angeles Dodgers  (54-26)

Los Angeles Dodgers Franchise Logo

The Dodgers continue to stay red-hot. They have the best record in baseball and the best team in baseball. Cody Bellinger continues an unreal season. You know this team is special when they have won three straight games off a rookie walk-off home run. Continue reading

MLB DraftKings Around the Horn June 20th, 2019

 

Joel Dorcas |June 20th, 2019

With the National Hockey League and NBA wrapping up their season’s a lot of attention will be now placed on Major League Baseball. The 2019 season has been a good one to-date with the usual suspects, Yankees, Astros, Dodgers rolling along just fine. Plenty of baseball awaits us for the long hot summer and plenty of teams will be making a push, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and maybe even the Cleveland Indians will look to make plenty of noise going forward.  That’s the grand scheme, we are here for DFS, so let’s break down Thursday’s schedule and go Around the Horn! Continue reading

Week 11 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | June 17th, 2019

We once again have a change at the top spot for this week’s power rankings. You can find my week 10 power rankings in the link below.

Week 10 Rankings

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Starting Pitchers That Need An Opener (Part One)

Givanni Damico | June 17th, 2019

Some pitchers are absolutely dominant to begin a game. Many even carry it into the middle and later innings. Unfortunately, there are those guys who just can’t get through the opposing batting order more than two times. Today, we will focus on these players who specifically can’t get through the order for the third time. You won’t see names like Edwin Jackson on here who is bad no matter how many times he has gone through the order.

For those who don’t know, the opener is a pitcher, usually a reliever, who starts the game and pitches an inning or two to allow for the starter to only have to face the lineup two times. Let’s get into it.

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