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This was a fantasy baseball league put together by the FSWA, Fantasy Sports Writers Association.  (Grey is in the FSWA and Rudy is unlicensed.  Hopefully they don’t kick out Grey for hiring non-union labor.) We drafted this league together, which made for some disagreements in our two styles of drafting.  That was quickly mended when we realized it was only a 12 team league and we could get a stacked team no matter how many top chefs were cooking in this quickfire challenge.

C:  Mike Napoli
C:  Brandon Inge
1B: Ryan Howard
2B: Jose Lopez
3B: Chipper Jones
SS: Ryan Theriot
MI: Felipe Lopez
CI: Mark Reynolds
OF: Carlos Beltran
OF: Carlos Quentin
OF: Adam Dunn
OF: Cameron Maybin
OF: Ryan Spilborghs
UT: Fred Lewis
Bench: Colby Rasmus

P: Jonathan Papelbon
P: Felix Hernandez
P: Scott Kazmir
P: Jonathan Broxton
P: Erik Bedard
P: Troy Percival
P: Wandy Rodriguez
P: Randy Wolf
P: Fernando Rodney
Bench: Kenshin Kawakami, Joey Devine, Chad Cordero, David Aardsma
DL: Max Scherzer

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

First off, this league is 5×5 with SLG and OBP instead of HRs and Average.  We put up a bit of a fight to have that changed, but our protests fell on deaf ears.  With those two category changes, it makes our Ryan Howard and Adam Dunn selections even purdier.  Put them up to the light; they shine!  It doesn’t help the Inge selection that much, but a bit.

We selected eleventh overall and Miguel Cabrera almost made it to us in the first round after Manny Ramirez was taken 4th and Jimmy Rollins was taken 6th.  As confusing as Manny was in the 4 slot, it wasn’t as confusing as Rollins over Howard, Miggy, Braun, Utley and Sizemore.

Pitchers flew off the board in this league.  To give you an idea, Nolasco, Beckett, Billingsley and Lackey all went in the 6th round.  (This was after Lackey’s injury had surfaced.)  We decided to go with the upside of Kazmir and F-Her.  (Note:  We drafted Devine prior to the injury announcement.)

All told, we drafted 5 Mariners.  Sucky guys on sucky teams is the new black!  Luckily, Endy Chavez was not one of the drafted Mariners.  (When Don Wakamatsu named Brandon Morrow the closer, we dropped two of our Mariners.  Betcha you can guess which two.)

Our team is well-balanced with power and speed.  And we have Felipe Lopez, what’s not to love?  Our pitching is riskier than either of us would’ve preferred, but neither of us wanted to get caught up in a run with pitchers flying off the shelves that early.  In a 12 team league, we should be able to fix potential pitching holes with waiver wire pickups.

  1. BSA says:
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    This has been a great addition to the blog.

    Seeing what your teams look like along with all the blogs and replies to comments helps to fill in the blanks and I don’t have to say, “Huh?” as often.

    It also looks like this this recent team ‘s draft was a lot easier for you to get what you wanted.

    I never realized what a challenge roto was until the past two RCL teams.

    My name is BSA and I am a recovering H2H with strangers fantasy baseball junkie. Thank you Razzball and Rotisserie for kicking me in the teeth.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Thanks! I tend to think no one really cares what our teams look like, but I promise the people that are running the leagues that I’ll make at least one post talking about them.

  3. BSA says:
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    @Grey:
    I see the business side of that, from their perspective because I am sure out of the total number of commenters and lurkers your audience fits right into their target market and they get some new business from you posting your team.
    I would imagine there are others out there in fantasy land that like seeing how you draft in different situations.

    Kind of like it would be a wicked pissah to have one of your razzball league players on my RCL team. Could make for a long season…..

  4. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Your offense could be silly good. I like how you don’t overbuy for CI’s, Catchers, but take what the draft gives you. The pitching staff is really sketchy but you’d have offense to burn to the other teams. And you could sell one of your closers easily enough.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, I could definitely see a scenario where we trade a closer.

  6. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    Wow, I ended up with Napoli, Inge, Howard, Felipe Lopez, Cameron Maybin, Fred Lewis, Colby Rasmus, Felix Hernandez, Brandon Morrow, Max Scherzer in a league with the same position categories as this league. Quite interesting to see a team with so many common players as my team.

  7. Steve says:
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    @Grey: IMHO, it’s great to see what your teams look like.
    Brings PEDS etc to life.
    It’s where the Razzball rubber meets the road, if you will.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: That video is almost as bad as watching Rodney.

  9. Freak says:
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    Presenting your FSWA Advisor, Matthew Berry!

  10. p0rk burn says:
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    @Grey: IowaCubs tried to trade me Rodney like I was some sort of rookie. I showed him and took Marmol instead.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Always a step ahead of everyone.

  12. Reality says:
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    You apparently proved yourselves wrong, as that team is in no way “stacked.” You have injury risks, guys with questionable playing time issues or who you are trusting to rebound, and overrated pitchers galore.

    And this was in only a 12 team league?

  13. Zebo says:
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    anybody watching the bosox rays game? I can’t see it live, how does Shields look? I just know he was getting pounded.

  14. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Zebo: 92 pitches in 5 innings, I’d say he’s looking strangely Kazmirish.

  15. @Reality: I suppose stacked is a relative term but going from NL/AL only and 15 team mixed leagues to 12 team definitely gave us that feeling. You don’t think our offense looks stacked for a 12 team league using OBP and SLG (no AVG and HR)? We have Ryan Howard, Carlos Beltran, Quentin, and Dunn with enough speed in the lineup to compete. Not seeing any major playing time issues or injury risks either aside from Chipper (which is why we drafted Reynolds as well).

    No argument that our pitching is vulnerable. We’ve got 2 great closers in Papelbon and Broxton. F-Her/Kazmir are a good 1-2 whose ERA/WHIP can be helped by the closer duo. Is Kazmir a risk? A little I suppose but all starters have risk (you want to argue that Kazmir has more risk than Lincecum and Hamels?) Bedard is more of a risk but great upside if he can stay healthy. Wolf, Wandy, and Kawakami provide 6 solid starters that, combined with the bullpen, should keep us competitive in Wins/Ks/SVs and decent in ERA/WHIP.

    We’ll see how the league goes. I’ve felt a lot better about past teams that ended up getting rocked….

  16. Steve says:
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    Tiny Time gone after 3 – what’s up with that?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: It’s on in the background. He’s given up a few balls that just dropped in… Hasn’t looked awful. He will probably be glad to be out of Bawston though.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Too many pitches.

  19. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: So will Carlos Pena. Awful!

  20. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ah. Forgive me – last year he would have been good for at least 60 more ;-)

  21. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Fire up your stat-tracker…

  22. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: I find these really interesting. Good to compare strategies, etc. I’m interested to see you so heavily invested in Reynolds this year, for example. Money, meet mouth.

    Also, again with the top closer in the first few rounds! I’m guessing you took Paps in the 4th! Cannot condone.

    I do like the 100-homer Belt-Quent-Donkey OF, though.

    @Reality: Show me a team with no injury risks, no guys with questionable playing time issue, no guys you are trusting to rebound, and no overrated pitchers, and I will show you a 6-team mixed league.

    You’ve laid the gauntlet, Captain One Comment, now show us your roster.

  23. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Beckett looks niiiiiice. Oh hold on let me take off my Sawx glasses.

    Nope, that wasn’t it, he still looks niiiiice.
    8Ks after 6 IP.

  24. Grey

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Rudy’s a big believer in a top closer, so we went with it. I believe in the guys I push on the rest of you; Reynolds is no different.

  25. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Just goes to show, one day does not a season make. I knew what I was getting into when I put him and the Prince of Whiff on the same team. Hippo, you have no right to complain.

  26. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Grey: You awarded yourselves the Paps Blue Ribbon.

    Thankfully, with the 4th pick overall, the Fighting Fanta Pants selected Mr. David Wright, thus ending any internal dissension about the draftability of Mary Reynolds.

    But y’all more or less sold me on the “poor man’s Chris Davis” argument.

  27. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’m going to have an ulcer within the next 100 games with this ESPN Fantasycast.

  28. Reality Redux says:
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    How am I supposed to show you my roster? I am not in the league. It’s not a standard 5×5 league either, so my telling you about the teams I’m fielding wouldn’t mean squat. Maybe the three monster OFs were overkill, when you’re fielding Mark Reynolds who was benched in favor of Tony Clark at CI, have Fred Lewis at UTIL, and Colby Rasmus as the one bench player in case Chipper gets hurt or someone else loses playing time?

    The relieving corps has two studs who I see people overpay for in every draft, when guys like Qualls are going dirt cheap, and a whole bunch of garbage. In the case of Devine, probably Tommy-John’ed garbage. It’s not like people haven’t known about injury issues and Devine for a while. Investing in Detroit and Mariner relivers seems like a bad idea. But, who knows. Maybe Chad Cordero will recapture the magic.

    I like the starting pitching, but with so many pitching options this year, I keep looking back at the offense.

    I don’t have a crystal ball, and I could be dead wrong (hell, I am often enough). Just my two cents.

  29. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Yahoo seems easier to follow, could be just cause I’m used to it. I’ll give ESPN some time but with a name like Fantasycast, I expected a fully stocked mini-bar and a casting couch………….

  30. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ooh that! I thought I called down to the front desk to restock the bar. I’ll get right on that.

  31. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Maybe I can interview Mary Reynolds on my casting couch?

  32. Doc says:
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    I agree that Stattracker is MUCH better than Fantasycast. Isn’t that something you wear after Chris Ray gets shelled on opening day?

  33. BSA says:
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    @Doc: Eh, maybe I’ll see it next year when I do more teams.

    I still need to watch how the roto points move and relate to stats.

  34. Freak says:
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    Free is always better than not free.

  35. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Reality Redux: In your league, who do you target at the tail-end of the draft? Sure, it would be nice to draft Pujols, Utley, Hanley and Wright in the first few rounds, then fill your team out with top-flight starters and rock-solid relievers. But it’s my experience that it’s hard to avoid gambles, risks and longshots once the cream’s been skimmed.

    Point is, it’s easy to look at another person’s team and say, “This was a bad choice, that’s stupid, this guy sucks, that guy will get injured.” But it seems your criticism boils down to: The bullpen is shaky — except for the two studs. The offense looks wobbly — except the stacked OF. And you like the starting pitching.

    You can always post your roster from whatever kind of league you play in, if you’re looking for reciprocal opinions. Unless it’s fantasy jai-alai. Trust me, no one hear knows the first thing about jai-alai, as I have learned through bitter experience.

  36. BSA says:
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    @Freak: Free is the key!

  37. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Ugghhh!

    She’s working at the front desk right now as I’m stuck at Ft LostInthewoods. Maybe if the mini-bar is stacked she’ll appear that way too.

  38. Doc says:
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    I forgot I paid for Stattracker last year. I have it now, but maybe it will run out sometime soon.

  39. Steve says:
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    @Doc: I think it’s free for the first couple of weeks.

  40. Reality Revisited says:
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    “In your league, who do you target at the tail-end of the draft?”

    Not Fred Lewis, Mariners and Detroit Relievers, or guys who have elbow issues before spring training even starts.

    Sure, it would be nice to draft Pujols, Utley, Hanley and Wright in the first few rounds, then fill your team out with top-flight starters and rock-solid relievers.”

    It’s not hard to find solid relievers, even on a free agent wire. And if you have take three stud OFs early, you’re stuck with The Riot at SS and Mark Reynolds at 3B, and if Chipper Jones goes down, your infield is basically Ryan Howard and a bunch of stiffs.

    “Point is, it’s easy to look at another person’s team and say, “This was a bad choice, that’s stupid, this guy sucks, that guy will get injured.””

    I don’t think your team sucks. I think it’s good. But it certainly isn’t “stacked,” and I question some of your draft targets. Don’t take it personally. I’ve had a lot of drafts that the day after, I look at and go: “this not only isn’t as good as I thought, it sucks.”

    “But it seems your criticism boils down to: The bullpen is shaky — except for the two studs. The offense looks wobbly — except the stacked OF. And you like the starting pitching.”

    Yup. And I think you could have corrected if you’d focused less on starting pitching, which this year is very deep sleeper-wise.

    “You can always post your roster from whatever kind of league you play in, if you’re looking for reciprocal opinions.”

    Nobody knows who I am (although I have three whole posts now, yay), so nobody gives a shit about my drafts. You, on the other hand, are Razzball writers!

  41. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: @Steve: April 19. If you buy it in one league it’s good for every league. Provided they’re all Yahoo of course.

  42. @Baron Von Vulturewins: Oy, yes, I’m the one who believes in the top closer.

    @Reality Redux:
    It’s overpaying for top closers if you think they are only good for saves. Re: Qualls, he is MUCH worse than Papelbon. Pap has been at about 0.95 WHIP the past 3 years, Qualls is more like 1.20. Pap is a bet for 2.00 ERA. Qualls more like 4.00. Figure they each go 60 IP and we’ll give starters 200 IP. These differences equate to a SP-equivalent difference of 0.60 ERA and 0.08 WHIP. In a 12 team league, that’s worth about 1.5 points in ERA/WHIP points before you get into how much riskier Qualls is vs. Pap (i’d say he’s a 50/50 shot to get 25 saves) and the higher K’s. But I’m the minority on this site this one…everyone else likes to dabble in crap closers. Definitely workable (if less beneficial to ERA/WHIP) in 10-12 team but could kill your team in 15+ leagues (where the FA wire is picked dry)

    We’ll see with Mark Reynolds…i have a feeling Tony Clark isn’t the full season solution and Tracy is a big injury risk. Still seeing 30/10 from him. Fair enough on Devine…took him in the crappy closer rounds…already dropped Cordero (this was before Morrow)….

    You think Fred Lewis is a bad UTIL? What leagues do you play in? He’s hitting 3rd for SF, stole 21 bases last year, and is decent for OBP (~ .350). And I am bullish on Colby’s power/speed combination. If he isn’t playing enough by the time our first injury hits, we’ll pick up someone else….

    Thanks for chiming in….hope the defense of our team had at least some helpful nuggets….

  43. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Reality Revisited: Ooooh, snap! Now we’re all interested. Post your team in the forums and you too can become a Razzball writer.

  44. Freak says:
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    When did Hippo become a razzwriter?

  45. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Freak: Hehe, I play one on TV.

  46. Overkill point on why anyone who thinks that taking a top closer always amounts to overpaying:

    Frankenpitcher 1: 289 IP / 3.58 ERA / 1.25 WHIP / 250 Ks
    Frankenpitcher 2: 260 IP / 3.78 ERA / 1.26 WHIP / 239 Ks

    Frankenpitcher #1 is 2008′s Brandon Webb and Brian Wilson
    Frankenpitcher #2 is 2008′s Jonathan Papelbon and Randy Wolf

    An ace closer can turn a scrub starter’s ERA/WHIP/Ks into nearly the same as when your Ace is sullied by your scrub closer. Webb was a 3rd round pick last year. Papelbon more like 5th/6th. B Wilson was drafted. Wolf was undrafted.

  47. @Rudy Gamble: Rudy i would like to say “TOUCHE” on that one… I am a firm believer in NOT taking a closer like PAPELNUTS early, but the arguement you bring to the table is solid…

    I just can’t find myself passing on Kemp/markakis/quentin/ETC for papelbon! excuse me PAPELNUTS….

    i guess its whatever helps you sleep at night…

  48. How about Beckett, SOLID…. and i bench shields, not that hard a decision, but still, gotta ge those innings in my league.

    God i hate rooting for the red sox to win! LOL i need to trade beckett for someone else studly….

  49. Reality Redone says:
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    I like this Frankenpitcher game. I think I’ll play (I’m going to ignore wins and saves).

    Frankenpitcher 1: 274.3 innings pitched, 268 Ks, 3.35 ERA, 1.10 WHIP.
    Frankenpitcher 2: 221.2 innings pitched, 243 Ks, 3.133 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

    Frankenpitcher 2 was assembled from pitchers who are being taken way too early in drafts, Papelbon and Kazmir, and frankenpitcher 1 is from the typically undervalued Brian Fuentes and Ricky Nolasco, both of whom represent good risk/reward possibilities this year.

    So … assuming everyone does pretty much what they did last year, these frankenpitchers seem fairly equal to me. Sure, there’s a bit of a drop-off in K-rate, but pitchers are always injury risks, and I could avoid having Mark Reynolds and Fred Lewis anchoring my power positions.

  50. BSA says:
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    @Tony Y: Bite your tongue until it bleeds Boston Red.

  51. @Reality Redone: We drafted Papelbon #59 and Kazmir #86. So we missed out on Abreu and Ryan Zimmerman. Would definitely trade Lewis and Reynolds for those two but prefer those as options vs. the pitchers around when we picked up Reynolds and Lewis (George Sherrill and Mike Pelfrey).

    As for your Frankenpitcher, that would be great except:
    1) Everyone in the league is looking at waivers for a hot pitcher.
    2) No one drafted Nolasco last year. He was picked up after several solid starts showed he was worth owning. So taking Nolasco’s whole year is complete fiction.
    3) If you are that good at spotting breakout pitchers, then you should wait until the end.
    4) Nolasco was drafted #72 – 14 picks before Kazmir.
    5) I predict Nolasco’s spends significant time on the DL b/c he throws so many goddamn breaking pitches. Riskier in my eyes than Kazmir.

  52. Tired of "reality" identity says:
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    I find it fascinating Nolasco went ahead of Kazmir. Clearly looking at the entire draft would benefit any reasoned analysis.

    Your telling me that Nolasco could have been picked up for free supports my position, not yours. In any event, I think I made my point . . . though I can’t remember now what it was originally

    This pseudonym will now be retired.

  53. @Tony Y: I wouldn’t pass on Kemp/markakis/quentin for Paps either! Honestly, this is the first time i’ve drafted him. At #59 I think he’s a better value than the SPs that were on the board at the time. I do like to get at least one top 5 closer though just as a solid saves + ERA/WHIP foundation. I’ve got Lidge in a 15 team league. Still pissed I got outbidded for Lidge (and ended up with Cordero in my NL league).

  54. @BSA: LOL I hate boston!!!!! CLEVELAND FAN! But fantasy wise i’ll root for beckett all day long!

  55. @Rudy Gamble: LOL ya they probaly weren’t there in a 15 teamer, we cant all play in 6 teamers like reality redone

  56. BSA says:
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    @Tony Y: Yeah, I’d be pissed too if I was a fan of the Indians. HA!

    Cleveland Rocks!

  57. Steve says:
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    Yahoo saying that Motte likely to get the day off today…

  58. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Reality Revisited: Hmmm, not my team. Just an interested commentator.

    People post their rosters on here all the time. Go look in the forums — it’s true! You will even find my 12-team roster, which is ABSOLUTELY MONSTROUS. Not a single hole.

    Truly stacked.

    Stack. Ed.

    @Rudy Gamble: I enjoyed Frankenpitcher. I do admit that the “Don’t pay for saves” school is now overcrowded, and thus suspect.

    The offensive options this year in rounds 4,5, and 6 — i.e. the Fancy Closer rounds — were uninspiring to me, for the most part. I took (respectively)(and respectfully) Peavy, A. Ramirez, and C-Bills in those rounds.

    But when people talk about “loading up” on offense and taking pitching in rounds 10 and later, I don’t quite understand how that works. Jacoby Ellsbury in Round 4, or AGonzo in Round 5, or Furcal in Round 6 hardly seem like slam-dunks — not so much so that they absolutely necessitate passing on pitchers, even closers, in those rounds.

  59. @BSA: I can’t tell sarcasm or “cleveland rocks” LOL

    I dont think the injuns have a chance this year as much as it pains me to say, but Hopefully Lebron can bring home a title, its the cavs or nothing right now!

  60. BSA says:
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    @Tony Y: Sorry can’t support you there either – Go Green!

  61. Josh says:
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    Anybody starting Chris Young tonight vs the Astros? He finished spring looking really bad…

  62. Doc says:
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    @Josh: I’m waiting on Young until he shores things up. He plays the Dodgers.

  63. Martin says:
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    hey edwin jackson is throwing a gem right now

  64. Doc says:
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    @Martin: Jinx, Rolen HR

  65. BKK says:
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    Pirates are making Lohse look like a Wihner

  66. Yanks Farm? says:
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    Lyon looks like shit. Not as much like shit as the tigers defense (I just saw Magglio take 4 steps forward on a hard hit line drive over his head, then run back and barely catch it. made a routine catch look like a web gem).

  67. Eric W says:
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    Ian snell is getting shelled razztastic!

  68. BigFatHippo says:
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    Yadier Molina just hit a homer off a guy named Donnie Veal who should be pitching for Manatee Community College.

    Is it safe to say that Veal needs to be taken out of the pen?

  69. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: JP Howell, Nunez, Downs, Arredondo, Zumaya.

    Rank em please, and thank you.

  70. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Downs, Arredondo, Nunez, Howell, Zumanity.

  71. madx34 says:
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    papelbon……could u pass the free salad please?

    it is $12 for that wonderful donkey flavored vinagriette??

    i will have two please

  72. albertalbert says:
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    @grey

    Loney and Dukes are both available. Should I drop Nelson Cruz for one? which?

    btw – loved that fake Dukes convo in the dugout…

  73. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: To be stuck with these options, oh the humanity!

    Waited too long for closers, guess that’s what I get.

  74. madx34 says:
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    @Rudy …..Lidge —solid?? since when?
    the dude was GREAT last year according to his 48 for 48 or whatever not counting all star game…but for 3 yrs prior i must say the first term that comes to mind is BRAIN FREEZE

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: bedard looked great for 4,got the win and k`s,got tired but i like what i see for a late flier with upside

  76. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Just goes to show – you can never trust anyone called Lyon.

    Too soon to drop his sorry ass though, right?

  77. Grey

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    @Steve: Wouldn’t drop him, but I would bench him for a few until we see Rodney avoid his first implosion.

  78. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @Grey: To be fair, he was relaying the bids to me, so he got distracted.

    The drinking? That’s his own fault.

  79. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s a warped reality where you’re moving Lyon you the bench (sigh) and Sherrill into a roster spot.

  80. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Lyon TO the bench…

  81. BSA says:
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    @Steve: I got his twin – go sit down and get me my cigarettes.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***Miguel Batista is getting the save.

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: ive got motte in both leagues hope he pans out or ill be lyon him down to..

  84. Doc says:
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    Batista relieved Morrow.

  85. royce! says:
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    Between two teams, I’ve got Nunez, Lyon, Morrow, and Okajima. Somehow I thought typing that out would make me feel better, but it just made it worse. I wonder if it would make me feel better to find out their combined stats for the day…

  86. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Doc: Looks like Morrow walked the sacks full. That’s not good. Batista’s in now.

    I say Morrow lives to close to… morrow.

  87. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah spoke to soon on the bedard win,,come on batista

  88. madx34 says:
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    @ Grey

    i would like to add my first request to RAZZBALL Definitions. I play a ton of softball and our big cleanup hitter is a usually reliable Puerto Rican dude. Of Course he isn’t a 100% reliable and when swinging for the all so glorious fences he pops up to short quite a bit which unleashes a very loud and echoing…. “AWWWWW C”MONNNNN!!”
    (way before it became an ESPN commercial.)

    I would like to submit —-
    “AWWWWW C”MONNNNN!!” as the definition for when you have a top fantasy pick in position to spew great fantasy success and in return you get a total kick in the nads failure…….eg. beltran hits into infield fly rule with pop up to third with bases loaded and one out—–”AWWWWW C”MONNNNN!!”

  89. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Oh, snap.

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    **By the time I added Batista to all of my teams, he blew the save. Ha!

    @madx34: Hmm… Not totally sold.

  91. Yanks Farm? says:
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    @Steve: Too late. The damage has already been done

  92. john says:
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    gotta love being doubly screwed over by Morrow and Lyon on the same day…i wonder if they called each other before their games to make sure they were on the same page?

  93. madx34 says:
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    @Grey….next time u see fantasy production go by the wayside—make sure u don’t think ”AWWWWW C”MONNNNN!!”

  94. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey morrow is striking out over 1 per inn.pitched

  95. Garrett says:
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    The Napoli situation is getting annoying.. drop him in a 12 team one catcher league for someone like Navarro or Salty? I like Napoli better but if he’s going to split with Mathis like this I’d rather grab Navarro.

  96. Steve says:
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    Oh – I am rather liking Haren as a 5th round pick in my H2H league right now…

  97. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i was just admiring that stat line,,tried getting him from roob,might offer a 2nd bagger

  98. RT says:
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    Grey. Did you really grab Batista?

  99. Yanks Farm? says:
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    Okay, so Inge and his C eligibility are starting to look sexy in my 14-team mixed. I fear the night will end and either him or Nomar are gonna get picked up. Also, would you think me stupid if I started playing Kendry Morales over Adam LaDouche at least until the end of April?

  100. john says:
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    Is Franklin worth owning over Lyon now?..Or should I just sit on Lyon?

  101. BKK says:
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    Rotowire is suggesting that Jim Johnson will be setting up for Sherrill now after one bad outing…you think? Is he worth hanging onto? I know the Baron dropped him, I was going to wait but the are other things I’d like to do and Ray is kind of crampin’ my style. I’d hate to give up on him after one bad outing against the Yankees.

    Thoughts anyone?

  102. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: is Carlos Lee a historically slow starter? He is o fer 8. My offense yesterday: 5 for 21. Today: 4 for 24. Great.

  103. Steve says:
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    Poor effort from Wolf in PETCO. Boooo!

  104. Eric W says:
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    @Steve: ya but Chris Young looked good besides the fact that he has the ugliest delivery in the majors.

  105. BKK says:
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    @Zebo: These early days are tough watching as you look at this miserable stat lines. Carlos started out 1 for 8 last year and a bunch of 1 for 4′s before he started to get it going. He is a pretty consistent .300 hitter so don’t sweat it.

  106. cubbies299 says:
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    Is Miguel Batista a legit add? It’s a 14-team holds league and I have Brett Gardner, Lyon, and Swisher as my most expendibles.

  107. RT says:
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    @Zebo:
    Lee is a stud.

  108. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @BKK: You mean Chris Ray? Yeah, he’s droppable in all but the super-deepest leagues. He may yet close down the line but that will be several Sherrill meltdowns from now.

    @BKK: It’s 0-fer-8. Don’t sweat it. If he went hitless in two games in July you wouldn’t even notice.

    Two words, people: Edwin. Jackson.

    If I hadn’t dropped Ray for Mr. Good Face yesterday, I’d be dropping him for E-Jax today.

  109. BKK says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ya, sorry kinda made that confusing, yes Chris Ray. I guess, he’s just a Mr. B.

  110. BKK says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I mat regret it tomorrow, but I just dropped Ray for Uehara. He can pitch against the Nats, we’ll see how he does against the Yanks. Feel free to ridicule, but I just can’t get into another DET pitcher. Already have Verlander…eeeeeeeeeeccccchh!

  111. RT says:
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    uh… how does heath bell not come in to close it out for SD? anyone watching that game?

  112. RT says:
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    nevermind. i’m an inning behind. doh.

  113. JavaBeanHead says:
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    Inge, you guys like him? Interesting case. He made some adjustments to swing in off season. He hits better when he plays at 3B, which he will be at all year I think. He didn’t like going from catcher to 3b last year. This stuffs is just from stuffs I’ve read. What say you? you like him over Hernandez or Shoppach? What do you see him topping out at?

  114. Grey

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    @RT: I grabbed Batista at the expense of no one in particular, then he blew the game. Such is the life of the save vulture.

    @Yanks Farm?: I’d play Morales over LaRoche.

    @john: I’d take Franklin over Lyon.

    @BKK: Ray’s eh right now. Johnson’s not much better though.

    @cubbies299: Eh, Batista’s pretty terrible too.

    @JavaBeanHead: Inge is terrible outside of 2 catcher leagues. I like the two you mention more.

  115. john says:
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    @Grey: done..hopefully he’ll do better than Lyon’s 27.00 ERA, with not even a K to hang his hat on

  116. cubbies299 says:
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    @john: Thank god for the Corpas hold… I thought I was gonna get the “revenge of the guys passed over for closer job” implosion…

  117. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’ve got that sinking feeling on Chris Davis. Holy hell, I knew he’d come with a lot of K’s but there were supposed to be some hits mixed in too. He’s probably headed to my bench until I see improvement and if he’s not careful, he’ll be headed to the bench in Texas too.

  118. Grey

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    @Frank Rizzo: It’s still early, but remember this guy K’d more than Dunn in the minors. (Without the walks.)

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