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We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2010 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2010 Marlins Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Marlin Maniac.

1) Cameron Maybin looks like an unrefined five-tool stud like a young Burt Reynolds.  Yay or nay?  15 homers and 20 steals in 2010, you taking the over or under for each?

I’d say a push on those numbers for Maybin. I think 15 homers is a very good possibility, but may be around his upper limit for this season. I have a feeling like he won’t be pushing the basepaths so much this year, so I may take the under on those 20 steals. His spot in the lineup will be low in the order, and probably won’t give a whole lot of SB opportunities.

2) Josh Johnson showed up on the Verducci list.  We have our own take on Verducci. I’m sure this gives you pause on Johnson in 2010, but how much?

I have a little concern for Josh Johnson, but not enough to label him a major injury risk. He did seem to tire at the end of last season, but the peripherals were solid into the late months, and I would not take any month splits too seriously anyway. I think you’re looking at another excellent year for JJ.

3) Ricky Nolasco’s K/BB is a thing of beauty.  His FIP last year says he’s extremely unlucky.  I think if he avoids injury, he can be great.  What’s your prediction for Nolasco for 2010?

My thoughts on Nolasco’s 2010 performance? 3.80 or so ERA, strikeouts on 22% of his batters faced, walks in 6% or so of his batters faced, and a very happy fantasy owner. I share your sentiment on Nolasco being very good in 2010.

4) Is Gaby Sanchez the opening day starter?  What kind of numbers do you see from him in 2010?

Gaby Sanchez is likely to be the Opening Day starter at first base, but I don’t expect a whole lot. Projections have him at around the same wOBA as Jorge Cantu, but he won’t have the RBI opportunities to rack up good numbers in that respect. I also don’t think he’ll play the full season, since I think the Marlins will find someone to hit righties occasionally for him. Expect some 450 PA and maybe 12 home runs and a solid average and OBP.

5) The Marlins seem to change their stadium’s name every year.  This year they will play at Sun Life Stadium (subject to change depending on post time), which was previously Land Shark Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Pro Player Park and Joe Robbie Stadium.  What do you think the name of their 2011 stadium will be?  A) Mets South Stadium B) The Very Humidor  C) Obama’s Health Care Park D) Does it matter, no one goes anyway.

I’ll take the last choice. I’m going to a game or two this year, but I don’t live down there, so I have an excuse. Get out there and watch the Marlins at (insert name here) Stadium!

  1. peter says:
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    Anyone been mocking at (not towards) ESPN? In ESPN’s draft app, there is a tab for you to see how your team stacks up against the others, based upon ESPN’s projections.

    I’ve mocked a number of times there, always using the Razzball 300 and positional rankings, often employing Rudy’s BRAN-strategy. Each and every time, ESPN ranks my team as the worst (or 2nd worst) of the draft. Which I take a great sign (see below).

    Speaking of mocking, anyone seen ESPN’s “Mock 2.0? piece by Cockcroft? This stuff mocks itself… from Christopher Harris taking Lincecum with his first pick and Crawford with his 2nd. Or Nate Ravitz taking Mauer in the 2nd round and Ichiro in the third. Or Karabell taking Pedroia in the 3rd and then Phillips in the 4th?

  2. Scott says:
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    I like it how the “Marlin Maniac” doesn’t live in Miami.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: I haven’t seen the Cockcroft post yet, but will read. Usually good for a laugh.

    @Scott: Ha! I know… Classic Marlins fan.

  4. majortommy says:
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    @Scott: hahaha I thought that was funny as well. Maybe he wanted to start a team sight and the Marlins were the only ones without one.
    @peter: they value speed way too much at ESPN. They must mock trying to validate their awful rankings. Like the owner of Yugo driving a Yugo just to make the point that this is a quality car!

    GREY- Being from the north east the Yankee V Red Sox debate is always raging. In a perfect fantasy vacuum would you want Pedroia or Cano? Dumb and self-serving question I know, but one that needs to be answered.

  5. majortommy says:
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    @Grey: You’re one of them aren’t you? I need a pair of Roddy Piper’s glasses from They Live set to Sawx fan!

  6. peter says:
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    @majortommy: Looking at the results of their draft, I can’t but hear a cross between Tim Gunn & Grey’s Podcast voice in the back of my head “…too much time in the monkey house.”

  7. Cheese

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    @Grey: Re: Nolasco. My league will be including K/BB as a stat. Would you bump Nolasco up a tier? I assume you’d also bump Verlander up a tier as well? And I also assume that stat would greatly hurt Kershaw’s value, and bump him down a tier? Fair evaluations?

  8. Beau says:
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    What are peoples feeling on nathan in a draft before the whole final deadline for his surgery? Worth a last round flier or just wait and burn a waiver pickup? What about a FAAB league?

  9. majortommy says:
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    @peter: hahahahahahaha
    what are you trying to say about Grey’s “preference”. he told me he and Rudy were just old college buddies.

  10. peter says:
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    @majortommy: Just that it’s Tim Gunn’s line, quoted by Grey.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @majortommy: I grew up a Yankee fan and they’re my team if arm is twisted, but I don’t really root for teams as much as players.

    @Cheese: I would bump him up only slightly. Maybe an arm or two. Verlander’s already high. Would bump down Kershaw slightly.

    @Beau: Last round flier is fine. You’ll be dropping last round fliers in most leagues anyway.

  12. majortommy says:
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    @peter: Is that where Grey got the line from? Does that man watch every reality show on TV? Grey, you looking forward to the new Kirstie Alley show.

  13. Nathan says:
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    So I just finished my first official draft in a public Yahoo roto league, and LOVE my team. Obviously, it’s a very Razzball-inspired team – I’m more curious what you think of the timing of my picks. I thank you in advance!

    C: Napoli (15)
    1B: Morneau (3)
    2B: Ian Stewart (9)
    SS: Jose Reyes (4)
    3B: Wright (2)
    OF: Braun (1)
    OF: Cruz (6)
    OF: Quentin (11)
    Util: Dexter Fowler (12)
    Util: Nolan Reimold (14)
    BN: Ian Desmond (22)

    SP: Verlander (5), Hamels (7), Jiminez(8), Oswalt (16), Sanchez (17), David Price (20), E. Santana (23)
    RP: Street (10), Aardsma (13), Lyon (18), Kerry Wood (19), Mike Adams (21)

  14. Grey

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    @majortommy: I’d like to see a show where a celebrity gains weight.

    @Nathan: You know how I feel about your team. It’s great! Love the hitting and pitching. Good upside guys late and solid base early. Well done.

  15. The Dude says:
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    @Scott: To his credit they are the “Florida Marlins” not the “Miami Marlins”. So if he’s in the Sunshine State someplace I’d give him a pass.

  16. majortommy says:
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    @Grey: I’m just a baby when I don’t hear the answer I want. Just ask Nicole Jensen about the scene I put on at the diner when I asked her out and she said she just wanted to be friends back in college.

  17. majortommy says:
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    @Grey: That would be Brilliant!!! Someone really little too. Like Natalie Portman(there is a show title in her last name somewhere). Wait wasn’t Anna Nicole Smiths show about her gaining weight?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @majortommy: Probably have to take your word for it.

    I’m actually drafting right now. Team so far:

    A-Gon
    Reyes
    Dunn
    Kemp
    Carl Lee
    F-Her

    EDIT: Letter

  19. Beau says:
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    @Nathan: Wow, my how oswalt has fallen. Nice looking team, very solid.

  20. Falcon says:
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    Grey,

    I may have missed this, but where do you recommend drafting Strasburg and Jason Heyward in 5X5 mixed leagues?

    How soon is too soon, or is this entire season too soon?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Falcon: I’d take Heyward in the end rounds.

  22. Matthole says:
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    @Grey:What pick did u have?

    When is razzball getting an iPhone app….how do the football guys get one before the original?

  23. Grey

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    @Falcon: I’m assuming 12 teams.

  24. Ali says:
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    hey, I can’t seem to register for the forum page – what is the answer to the secret question? “Razzball is dedicated to Fantasy……..”

    Am i being stupid or what? Please help!

    thanks

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Matthole: Cause Chet’s in charge. I think baseball’s will be soon. I have the 7th pick.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ali: Baseball

  27. Lava says:
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    Not to distract you from the draft, but I read the Gaby Sanchez question as if you were asking his best friend if he’s single, and whether or not he’d be into you.

    He totally is, Great, don’t betray his trust!

  28. Nathan says:
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    7th pick and taking Kemp, contrary to what your own rankings say!? Kemp’s upside must have gotten the better of you. We all know how you feel about upside, after all.

  29. Grey

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    @Lava: Gaby’s a hot girl name, so I’m on board.

    @Nathan: Yeah, same tier… Like to mix things up.

  30. eltoo says:
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    Relieved to see that you to kemp there. Last night in my keeper league I traded my 1st and 3rd round pick for him. After the trade the other manager sent me an email saying he thought this was going to be a big problem for him this year: http://www.nationalenquirer.com/rihanna_chris_brown_matt_kemp/mikewalker/64552 On second thought I should be relieved that someone in my league gets their fantasy info from the national enquirer while I come here.

  31. Grey

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    @eltoo: Be awesome if Chris Brown showed up at Dodgers games and did the “Swing batter batter swing” thing to him.

  32. brad says:
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    @eltoo: that link made my day. thanks.

  33. brad says:
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    follow up on heyward question: how much higher would you bump heyward in a keep 5 league?

  34. Lava says:
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    @Grey: The only Gaby I can think of is the character Britney Spears played on How I Met Your Mother.

    I’d take Gaby Sanchez over her.

  35. Eddy says:
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    So does my going to the Marlins games make me a rockstar of sorts since it’s such a rare phenomena?

    And I’d love to see the finished product of your current draft Grey!

  36. Grey

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    @brad: 7 to 10 rounds.

    @Lava: True

    @Eddy: You’ll see it when I post it in the next couple of days.

  37. Rabbit says:
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    Following up on some points made about J Borbon in the comments to the previous post–I think the Razzball Glossary could use a term for a guy who was a real sleeper earlier in the pre-season, but as the season opener draws closer he gets more and more press from mainstream sites like espn and cbs.sportsline, so that even casual fantasy baseballers have heard of him–like J-Bo. Maybe “napper” or “waker.” “Napper” nicely connotes a guy who was only a short-term sleeper, while “waker” indicates the guy’s current status of no longer sleeping. I’d proabbaly go with “napper” which I think sounds better. I think Borbon and Stewart may be the top two Nappers this year.

  38. Grey

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    @Rabbit: They become sleeper sells (Sleeper cell), I believe. I was just waking up when that Borbon convo bombarded me in the comments but I could’ve pointed out that I wrote that last post about a month and a half ago and Borbon was still much later at that time. Alas…

  39. Stephen says:
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    For all you White Sox fans, your top prospect, Jared Mitchell, is going to be out the whole year. Here is the news via Rotoworld:

    White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left ankle on Tuesday.
    The surgery was called a success — as they all are — but the 21-year-old is expected to miss the entire 2010 season. He’ll begin rehabbing in approximately 4-6 weeks. Mitchell suffered the injury while making a spectacular catch last Friday. It’s a tough blow for Mitchell, who was selected by the White Sox in the first round of last year’s First-Year Player Draft. He was recently ranked as the organization’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America.

  40. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I think the only thing Matt Kemp is risking this year by getting tangled up with her is exhaustion.

  41. Nathan says:
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    Man with all the trouble Chris Brown was in for beating up Rhianna that one time, imagine what would happen if he injurred Matt Kemp fighting him. Not that a guy who beats on women would ever lose a fight to a professional athlete, but still.

  42. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What pick did you get Reyes with?

  43. Grey

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    @Steve: 5th round, 14 teams.

  44. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wow. Nice value.

    Hmmm – I just took him at #40 in a slow 12-teamer (not a mock, fo’ realz) I’m doing.

  45. Grey

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    @Steve: That’s solid. When he steals 45 bases in 5 1/2 months, we’ll be smiling. Note to Reyes: Please don’t disappoint me.

  46. brett says:
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    No mention of Mike Stanton? Isn’t he a potential may/june call up?

  47. I drink your milkshake. says:
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    @Grey: Grey, just wanted to clarify, that in a 5 keeper league you’d take Heyward at 140-160 (roughly)?

  48. I drink your milkshake. says:
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    @I drink your milkshake.: My bad, I misread the post. Take him 120-150?

  49. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I still haven’t forgiven him for The Great Disappearance of 2007.

  50. Mickey says:
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    Love these. Are you going to be able to get all 30 teams in by opening day.

    10 down.

  51. peter says:
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    @Grey: I remember when you traded for Reyes last May. Ahh… those heady days.

    I’m playing in a points league for the first time (it’s h2h). I don’t know if these are customary settings, but in this league, SB is worth the same as a single (1 pt), a CS is -1; HR is 4 pts; RBI and R are 1 pt each.

    On the pitching side, IP is 1.5; W is 10; SV is 7, BB/H is -0.5, ER is -1, Loss is -3 and BS is -4; QS is 5; K is 1.

    I’m thinking that I shouldn’t bother with trying to draft speed. And I’m thinking that I should try to get as many closers as possible. Sure, draft 3-4 great SP, but then just grab closers and middle relievers. Am I wrong?

  52. Grey

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    @Mickey: We’re hoping to, but we’re way behind. Might go into the beginning of the season slightly.

    @peter: Why would you remind me about that trade? I agree with your thinking.

  53. Commish Cauda says:
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    @peter: that sucks. with -1 for CS, a successful Steal should be at least 2 pts. I play in a 16-team league that gives 3 pts.

  54. Dingo says:
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    @peter: Even better is the fact that Cockroft rated Crawford the “best value” of the second round. After all, if Cockroft rates him as a top-five (!) player, then there’s really no possible way that he can’t be a great value in his opinion, no matter when he’s picked.

  55. Dingo says:
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    @Dingo: Well, that’s a silly misspelling.

  56. Dave (in Hawaii) says:
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    @peter: I won a similar league last year. High batting average guys like Craplanco work pretty well in that format, a lot better than then low batting average high steals guys that end up being around at the same time in the draft. Towards the end of the season I also fielded 5 closers and just streamed pitchers chasing wins. Middle relievers aren’t that great since they don’t get decisions. a couple of IPs and Ks is chump change when a Save is 7

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    @Grey: ha, thanks.

    One more for you: Who do you see leading off for the Brewers? I almost had Escobar penciled in but Gomez has 7 steals already and Weeks is still healthy.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brett: Gomez is a terrible baseball player. Can’t imagine he’ll last at the top of the order longer past May.

  59. ChiliDavis says:
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    Hey there, first time commentator, long time reader. Wanted to let you know that i love your site, keep up the good work.

    Question for everyone, since Reyes is probably gonna start on the DL, which MI would you propose I target on the wire? A few I’ve narrowed down to are: EverCab, Prado, Barmes, Sizemore, Izturis. There are lots of others (and they all seem yawnstipating at best) but these are the ones I was thinking about. 12 team, H2H. Obviously I lose steals w Reyes down so EverCab?

    Thanks all!

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ChiliDavis: Thanks for the kind words! EverCab…

  61. Nathan says:
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    @ChiliDavis: I have had to deal with the same question. I would go EverCab, since obviously you tried to get steals from the SS position. Grey projected Reyes for 45 steals, so a month of EverCab before that would get you at least another 5-10.

    Also, it sounds like Ian Desmond has been tearing it up in spring training, so that’s another name to look at if he makes the team.

  62. incognithole says:
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    @Grey: what do you think is better value pick/would you rather target: cano/phillips in rd 4 or beckham in rd 8

    thanks

  63. ChiliDavis says:
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    @Nathan: Thanks man. I guess I’m struggling with the decision bc its a H2H league. If EverCab doesn’t get at least a steal or two each week then he screws me. Prado would give me position flexibility which is good since all my BNs are pitchers (we have 2 MI spots instead of 2B and SS), and he has better power, avg, OPS numbers. Side note: can’t believe I’m asking about Prado…

  64. Tony says:
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    @Grey: BANANA OR APPLE? YES I’M DRINKING! TEACHER! DRINK! GOD ITS TAKING FOREVER TO GET TO MY REAL DRAFTS, RCL WATCH OUT!

  65. shydog says:
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    can we get some of these fine folks answering your questions added to ‘from da bleachers’. …andy van slyke? is still my fave.

  66. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Can you give me the over/under on these three?

    Leagues Grey is taking part in: 5
    Leagues Grey will probably win: 6
    Players that will screw Grey over: 2

  67. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, as always great stuff! Any new updates on the Montero splitting time with Snyder? I have a chance to possibly get Soto. I like Montero, but I am worried about the playing time. Looking forward to buying you many rounds of Daiquiri’s this year!

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @shydog: I’m assuming at least once a day you go to another site and tell them to link here, right? All right, I’ll add Where in the World is Andy Van Slyke.

    @Eddy: Over, Under, Over.

    @Tony: Ha!

    @Carl Spackler: No word on Montero. Snyder’s the backup, just worried it may be 2 games/week rather than 1. Go with Soto later if you can.

  69. Tony says:
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    12 team mock, ESPN, getting ready to dominate my RCL league, HA! check it out, from the 4th pos:

    1stp4 AROD
    votto
    sizemore
    grandy
    wainy
    adam jones
    nolasco
    quentin
    cargo
    Dolla Dolla BILLingsley

    just filled my UTL spot with BORBON, couldn’t help it…. and i have IAN STEWART QUE’d up so with his 190 something espn rank i’ll get him to fill my 2B slot…..

    i’m leaving the draft bc i need to grill and drink some buddies…. critique my first so many?

  70. Carl Spackler says:
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    So at this point would you rank Soto above Montero?

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Looks fine up to there, CarGo seems a bit early, but not terrible.

    @Carl Spackler: Nope

  72. Mark says:
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    Hey Grey I am in an 20 team mixed 7X7 h2h. The cats being for hitting: R, H, HR, RBI, SB,AVG, OPS, and k.
    Pitching:Extra cats being K/BB k/9 and HOLDS.

    Now My speed is only Weeks and Zobrist, maybe Josh Hamilton can get 10-12.

    NOw before I continue, I have read the H2H guide. But it seems to apply to a samller 10 team leagues where you can stream with relative ease, find guys on waivers, but obviously the deeper the league the tougher streaming gets and getting power throughout.

    I really believe that the key to H2H is consistency, which means avoid hitters who strike out a lot because they are more slump prone, getting power guys who hit in the middle and have some speed. Essentially try to get 5-tool guys. With that said I waited to long for speed, and pitching; my lineup is as follows:

    V-Mart(Contract year, one of two catcher who will play everyday)
    Teixiera
    Zobrist
    Drew(Post Hype, family issues last season)
    Cantu(Great before injuries last season)
    Quentin(Injury Risk)
    Hamilton(let me not jinx this one)
    Snider(Thought he was a better version of Lind before last season))
    Weeks(Tired of his injuries but the speed/power)
    Andy LaRoche(POST HYPE, why has he failed?)

    Pitching(Again waited too long)
    Liriano(Upside)
    Hughes(Upside)
    J. Sanchez(Upside with k’s)
    Ollie Perez(Last time he had to save his career he did)
    Wood
    M. Gonzalez
    Motte
    Gregg
    Cueto(Needs stamina)
    Maine (Beside Santana, hoping atleast one other Met arm rebounds)
    Latos(Upside but a Padre)

    For pitching I went K’s and upside because I realized I waited till mid 200’s to start building my arms. MIght as well go for upside that late taking assumption guys wither rebound, improve on last year or upside.

    Now do I need speed?
    Woo concerns you the most?
    Should I trade for pitching or cross my fingers?

  73. Mark says:
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    #78: I mean 8×8 H2H

  74. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Better 2B target – Brandon Phillips in Round 6 (yes there is a strong possibility he will be there!) or Stewart in Round 9/10?

  75. Grey

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    @Mark: “Now do I need speed?” You have no speed. And the guys you have Weeks and Zobrist aren’t really speed guys. What’s Weeks going to give you? 20 steals at most?

    “Woo concerns you the most?” — You have no pitching. You explained in the intro about needing balance and all of that. Where did you draft balance? You drafted injury risks and a catcher and Tex. Not sure I understand the key to consistency you were talking about.

    Should I trade for pitching or cross my fingers? — Don’t think you have the pieces to trade. Maybe you’ll get lucky and Zobrist will start strong and you can trade him. Or see what you can get now.

    @Bill Lumbergh: Phillps

  76. sean says:
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    @Grey: Disappointed that this entire post was without a single reference to Maroone.

    Any chance of a FAAB strategy post?

  77. Grey

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    @sean: Who ya gonna call? FAAB post will be forthcoming.

  78. Eddy says:
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    @sean:
    God how I hate that bullpen break song.
    @Grey:
    I’ve been targeting Soto in my mocks even when Montero is available. Do you think I should keep doing this or revert back to Montero?

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    @Grey: More of a philosophical question here:

    In my league one guy traded Javy Vazquez, Dan Haren and Jair Jurrgens for A-Rod. There was a lot of dispute over this trade. Some said that the team that dealt the pitchers was foolish to deal his top starters for one (albeit awesome) player. They said that he was putting all of his eggs in one basket and ruining his staff.

    Another camp claimed that the guy who dealt A-Rod was foolish because he dealt a huge bat and rare commodity for some pitching which is less valuable and easily picked up based on matchups throughout the season. Chime in.

  80. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Hey all-
    Should I stick with Rauch (who I picked up when I dropped Nathan) or drop him for Leo Nunez (who is on waivers)?

    Thanks everyone!

  81. Grey

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    @Eddy: Go with Soto later, so wait until Montero’s taken.

    @floridamach1: It looks like a needs trade. I don’t have a problem with it.

    @Bill Lumbergh: Go with Nunez.

  82. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    I just had my office league draft tonight and was hoping for a Razzball critique. 14 team Yahoo head to head w/ c, 1b, 2b, 3b, ss, 3 of & 2 util. I was drafting from the 6th spot:

    C – Soto (13)
    1B – Fielder (1)
    2B – Stewart (9)
    3B – Beckham (8)
    SS – Alcides Escobar (15)
    OF – Holliday (2)
    OF – Werth (3)
    OF – Granderson (4)
    Util – Cruz (6)
    Util – Bruce (11)
    SP – Wainwright (5)
    SP – Hamels (7)
    SP – Slowey (12)
    SP – Ervin Santana (16)
    SP – Tim Hudson (17)
    CL – Valverde (10)
    CL – Franklin (14)
    CL – Capps (19)
    B – Joba (18)
    B- Madson (20)
    B – Bard (21)
    B – Medlen (22)

  83. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Well here’s my squad in my money league, picking from the seven hole:
    1 Fielder 1B
    2 Kinsler 2B
    3 Rollins SS
    4 Morneau U
    5 Lind OF
    6 Cruz OF
    7 Jiminez SP
    8 Hamels SP
    9 Pence OF
    10 Stewart 3B
    11 Oswalt SP
    12 Adam Jones B
    13 Slowey SP
    14 Soto C
    15 Nunez RP
    16 Price SP
    17 Dotel RP
    18 Capps RP
    19 Cueto SP
    20 Rauch RP
    21 H. Bailey SP
    22 R. Tejada SP/RP

    I’m not feeling so good about this squad. Many of my pitching targets were snapped up a round or two earlier than I had anticipated from the mocks. I lost out on guys I’d been drafting regularly in mid rounds as number 3s like Nolasco/Billingsley/Baker, as well as guys I’d been drafting in the late rounds, such Santana/delaRosa/Sanchez. Oswalt/Slowey were supposed to be my number 4/5 starters, instead of 3/4. I guess I’m okay with Price as my 5th, but liked it better when he was my 6th. Anyway, my offense is pretty stacked with Razzball favorites. I usually never take any offensive bench players, but A. Jones in the 12th is batshit crazy. Maybe in retrospect I should have reached for DeLaRosa there? I might be a bit shy in strikeouts. With Kinsler and Rollins I should be ok in steals, but if I start losing ground I’ll just go SAGNOF with someone like Gardner and work him in a few times a week. Fowler went undrafted, should I drop Tejada for him.

  84. duder says:
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    5×5 keeper league, I have the first pick of the 6th round.

    Should I take Nelson Cruz or Jonathan Broxton?

    3 OF spots, 4 RP spots in this league. I already have Braun, Reyes, McCann, Gallardo, Nolasco.

  85. Grey

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    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Looks pretty picture perfect. Great balanced outfield and solid 1st baseman and solid upside picks. Your pitching staff is counting on a bunch of bounce back, but I like all of those guys to do it. Well done.

    @mc serch: How many teams?

    @duder: Cruz

  86. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the reassurance. I thought I might have gone w/ too many risky picks, whether it be youth or health. I’m not sold on my pitching staff for obvious reasons, but it is h2h, so I think I’ll be able to make it work. The biggest post draft regret is that I had the chance to draft Dirty Sanchez in the 14th but took Franklin thinking that Sanchez would slide another round or two… of course he went a couple picks before me in the 15th which lead to my run of picks @ SP: Ervin Santana, Hudson, Joba… Appreciate the feedback. One draft down, two to go..

  87. mc serch says:
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    Sorry, 12 teams

  88. Grey

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    @mc serch: I see what you’re saying about your pitching staff. I kinda like Dorn’s team better and that’s a 14 team league. So your team obviously has some issues. Not crazy about Morneau at UTIL, don’t think your staff really is that weak, but it’s definitely got question marks. Your hitting looks fine, I’d lose Tejada for Fowler.

  89. mc serch says:
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    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: nicely done! well executed draft right out of the razzball playbook. love the power/speed combos, everyone’s chipping in on steals! gonna have to tinker a bit on the back end of the pitching unless you’ve called all comebacks correctly…I like your chances on Slowey and Santana, not sold on Hudson.

  90. matthole says:
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    @Grey: I missed the boat on the late run of closers….think theres too much upside? Thanks

    1. (10) Ryan Howard
    2. (15) David Wright
    3. (34) Robinson Canó – phillips taken right before;rest gone
    4. (39) Jayson Werth
    5. (58) Jon Lester
    6. (63) José Reyes
    7. (82) Adam Jones
    8. (87) Ubaldo Jiménez
    9. (106) Hunter Pence
    10. (111) Heath Bell
    11. (130) John Danks – panic pick
    12. (135) David Aardsma –
    13. (154) David Price
    14. (159) Nolan Reimold
    15. (178) Johnny Cueto
    16. (183) Alcides Escobar
    17. (202) Jonathan Sánchez
    18. (207) Geovany Soto
    19. (226) Garrett Jones
    20. (231) Colby Rasmus
    21. (250) Delmon Young
    22. (255) Kevin Correia
    23. (274) Scott Sizemore – to fill in for reyes DL
    24. (279) Cameron Maybin
    25. (298) Ian Kennedy
    26. (303) Justin Masterson
    27. (322) Kenshin Kawakami
    28. (327) Robinson Tejeda

  91. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Well….really? Since our corners and c are the same, I’d certainly take my Kinsler/Rollins over RD’s Beckham/Escobar by alot anyday. Also my Morneau beats either of his utility guys. .300/30/100 with upside from the Utility spot is what will hopefully get me where I need to go on offense. I did the same thing with Tex and Votto last year and it worked real well. RD’s Holliday/Werth/Grandy prob beats my Lind/Cruz/Pence but I’d say my top 5 starters are better. Closers are closers. Having said all that, I def agree that RD picked a strong squad for a 14 teamer, no doubt. I will pick up Fowler tomorrow and maybe package an OF and a close.r for a starter.

  92. Mark says:
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    I look at Cantu, he was tearing it up before the injury last year, a theme that has haunted him in his career. I tend to look at a guys high and low side. Cantu’s low seems to be 16 home runs, which he did last year, but healthy I think 25 is a distinct possibility.

    I worry about Nolasco, he reminds me of David Bush, the peripherals will always be better than his number. Just an outside opinion, based on what I have seen from the guy. I know Nolasco is a better pitcher than BUsh, but I really worry about him especially when he goes in the top 100-120 of most drafts.

    Also I remember reading Josh johnson was on your injury list, although you don’t seem too worried, but he is only a couple years removed from serious arm issues. The workload has to catch up with him this year. I really think he was overworked last year considering his past issues.

  93. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    @mc serch: Thanks man… Definitely tried for offense that brought both power & speed as much as possible. I had really good results in h2h last year with 20-20 or 25-10 hr/sb type bats. Your team has 7 guys that are on my roster too, so it’s safe to say I like your squad as well. My pitching staff could all visit dr. Freeze by June, but if wainy/hamels can be solid along with a few comebacks from my 3,4,5 sps & some free agents.. I could end up with an above average staff. I agree with you about jones being too good to pass on in the 12th round too. I think he could go off this year to the tune of 300-100-25-90-25.. Kemp-lite

  94. Grey

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    @matthole: How many teams?

    @Mark: You worry about Nolasco and Josh Johnson and you took Liriano as your first pitcher. And you have Oliver Perez on your team. I think you might be deluding yourself about your team. Not trying to be harsh, but in July there won’t be time to fix it.

  95. matthole says:
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    @Grey: 12 team 5×5

  96. Grey

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    @matthole: Into the 320s? Seems like a real deep 12 team league. Yeah, Danks is not a good pick there then your whole staff sorta came off the tracks. You have two starters then a whole lot of upside. Not sure about Kawakami but it’s real late, so it’s fine. The hitting looks nice though, solid.

  97. matthole says:
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    @Grey: 28rds=3.5hr draft. kendry morales was accidentally taken first overall instead of pujols…lucky we’re all friends.

    – i was surprised reyes fell to 6th rd since we’re all from nyc – apparently, pple think he could be out till june….andrus was taken in the 8th.
    -Dempster, Oswalt, Garza, Anderson, jurrjens, Baker, Shields all went between Bell and Danks (and ian stewart).

    thanks again for the draft help

  98. mc serch says:
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    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Yeah, it’s funny, we both went to school on grey’s wisdom. Worked out well for me last year, woulld like a repeat. Here’s to hoping you’re right about Adam Jones! 25 bags would be nice from him.

  99. Steve says:
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    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: My H2H (Yahoo) league is expanding from 12 to 14 teams this year, so very useful to see how you put your team together.
    Any trends you noticed in your 14-team draft? Any positions absolutely flying off the board? Any guys you needed to jump on/could let fall a couple of rounds?

    Thanks!

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