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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 Phillies Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of The Fightins.

1) Word out of P.A. is that Ryan Madson will open the season as the closer. What’s the over/under for saves for Madson in 2010? What torturous device would you like to put Lidge over or under?

I will set the over/under for Madson saves at 8 in 2010, and then I will turnaround and bet $10,000 on the OVER (-110) because I think he’ll get somewhere in the mid-20’s. (Lidge blows)

And since he’s such a religious buff, I’d like to put Brad Lidge OVER the Judas Chair.

2) With Crapolanco taking over the 2 hole in the lineup, what kind of numbers do you see him putting up in 2010?

haha, crap in the 2-hole. Good one.

If there’s one thing you can say about Placidome is that his head is gigantic. If there are two things it’s that his head is gigantic and he’s consistent. He doesn’t strike out often, he walks even less, he doesn’t hit homers, or knock runners in. But if your fantasy league hands out points for advancing runners with a productive out or committing errors in the field, Polanco’s your guy.

3) Last year we asked you, “Cole Hamels avoided injuries and got above 30 starts in 2008. But does the 262 innings in 2008 worry you? Can he stay healthy in 2009?” You were, um, a bit optimistic. Now’s your chance to go double or nothing. 2010 — bounce back or thank God we got Halladay?

I’m still optimistic, yeah. The thing that worries me is once guys like Jayson Stark and Buster Olney started calling him a sleeper, he immediately became overvalued. He still hasn’t perfected a third pitch (his curveball is suspect and his cutter gets mocked by Roy Halladay’s cutter), his fastball isn’t what it was in 2008, and when a batter can fight off the fastball and sit on the change, he’s in trouble.

His velocity was in the mid-80’s when he finally started throwing last spring training. At least it’s up to the low 90’s this year. If he can get that up a few more mph’s, it makes his change that much more effective and he can get away with that shitty curveball of his.

I say bounce back year, just not too bouncy.

4) J.A. Happ was one of the luckiest pitchers last year, according to sabermetrics. Are you concerned about his 2010 or do you think sabermetrics is just nerdy way of saying, “I can’t get laid?”

It says a lot about Jay Happ that he was a 12 game winner with the best ERA among Phillies starters and he only started ONE postseason game last year. And that was a -10° game in Colorado where he lasted a measly three innings.

Happ was lucky last year. It always seemed like he was working himself out of a 2-on, 1-out jam every couple innings, but he has a the kind of delivery where he hides the ball well and induces a lot of bad swings from guys. He’s a good fourth starter who will win double-digit games just because the Phillies offense is so damn good.

Although I don’t see him duplicating his under-3.00 ERA from last year.

I got nothing against sabermetrics, either. Granted, you’ll never find me plugging stats into a formula to figure it out myself, but if something interesting is presented to me in a easy-to-read manner, I’m all ears.

That’s not to say that I can’t make fun of their pasty skin and nerdy glasses behind their back, because I do that as well.

5) With Myers gone, which Philly is being relied on to keep their pimp hand strong?

Charlie Manuel, yo. That guy don’t take no fuss.

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  1. GopherDay says:
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    Shoot….I’m pretty invested in Hamels this year, he NEEDS to bounce back!

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Yeah, you and me both. I think this guy is being a bit conservative. I’m on the Hamels’ wagon this year.

  3. Tom Emanski says:
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    You know what INSANE in the membrane? That Jay Happ was the deal-breaker in the Halladay sweepstakes during last year’s deadline. He is so overrated, even more than the word overrated.

    Grey, how many SBs do you project for Sean Rodriguez? He kinda stopped stealing in the minors but he’s in Tampa now so you never know.

  4. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I think your the reason I am so invested in Hamels! Hehe

    I think He really has something to prove this season, and I think he’ll prove it.

  5. GopherDay says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Ha! I know! Happ simple sucks!

  6. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey, I was able to ditch Krispie for Ryan Raburn in a OBP/SLG league. Considering Raburn is literally eligible at EIGHT positions, what are your projections?

  7. Ben the M says:
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    Man it would be a lot more fun to be a Phillies fan than a Mariners fan right now. Halladay, Hamels, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Ibanez, Werth, Victorino….that is an awesome fantasy team.

    I have a 20 team 5×5 h2h keeper league (6 keepers) draft that is coming up. All of the keepers are locked in and I am putting together my draft sheet. I have the #3, 7, & 19 picks in the first round, and was wondering if you could rank these guys for their overall keeper value (the top 11 on my draft sheet)

    Billingsley
    Strassburg
    Bruce
    Heyward
    Butler
    Pena
    Kubel
    Garza
    Baker
    CarGone
    Uggla

  8. Tony says:
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    @GopherDay: @Tom Emanski: so what if Happ was lucky last year but comes out and corrects his UNLUCKINESS? I mean we’ve seen the guy for 1 year? He’s 27 years old this year. I understand all the underlying stats, and i know grey dislikes him, and i wouldn’t waste an early pick on him, BUT i took him in the 20th round? I mean he sucks like he’s supposed to OK, he doesn’t? He changes some things? 20th round gold. IDK i think because of the “comaraderie” (sp?) on here happ’s been totally written off….. I’m hoping he is one of the guys on the do not draft list that proves otherwise…

    if not i dump him LOL

  9. Big Dumps says:
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    Callaspo or Sean-Rod?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Last I heard he was a bench player. Eh.

    @GopherDay: Probably

    @Ben the M: Be nice to know who you already have.

    @Tony: You sound like a Happ owner.

  11. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How many steals do you think Brandon Wood can get? 7-10?

  12. Ben the M says:
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    @Grey:

    My Current keepers:

    HanRam
    Votto
    Zimmerman
    Holliday
    Felix
    Wandy

    I am more interested in the most valuable players than how well those players fit on my roster at this point. Once I get their overall values set Ill adjust for my needs. Please also add Ian Stewart to that list.

  13. Awesomus Maximus

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    “Chipper Jones has been scratched from the Braves’ Wednesday lineup due to an ingrown toenail on his left big toe, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

    Injuries are like Pokémon to Chipper… Gotta’ Catch ‘Em All! I think this officially makes his collection complete, BTW.

  14. ThePensive says:
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    Reynolds/Cruz vs. Youkilis/Bruce, H2H keeper–which side do you want?

  15. Tony says:
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    @Grey: HAHA i wasn’t hiding it…. 20th round? I’ll take my chances the phillies knew something about the kid.

    If not like I said if i dump my 20th rounder big deal….

    LETS GO HAPP!!!

    haha sometimes you have to go against ALL logic……

  16. sean says:
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    Jayson Werth is one of the under-recognized fantasy stars out there. If his name was Grady and he put up his 2009 line of 98/36/99/.268/20, he’d be drafted in the first half of the first round.

    Can anyone who follows the Phils talk about whether he/she thinks he will raise his average? His .304 BABIP last season was nearly .025 lower than his career .327. His 20% line drive rate was consistent with career average. His ground ball/fly ball rate is dropping (understandably) as he increases his power, but all told he looks like better than a .265 career hitter to me.

    Also, I’d like to see him run more (20/23 in SBs last season, stole 20 in 150 fewer ABs in ’09). Is his speed for real? Is Manuel hesitant to let him run in front of the bottom third? Any indication as to whether he’ll have to continue to sacrifice speed for power (as we normally see in prime power years). Maybe it’s because he didn’t really come onto my radar until a couple years ago, but he seems a lot younger than 30 to me.

  17. Tom Reale says:
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    @Grey: from the last post…I hear that if Berkman is not prepared correctly…he too, can be fatal
    re: Hamels- I like him for a bounce back as well…but, only if you can get him late enough…he is rising fast

    re:Happ- I agree with Tony…the guy is starting to become underrated…he’s gotta be worth a late round flier

    re: Lidge- I highly doubt that Madson gets 20 saves…anyone remember him trying to close last year? He was great as a setup man NOT a closer…Believe that’s called a Cuddle Boy round these parts…Lidge blows and Madson sucks!

    re: Charlie Manuel- the clip is worth the watch…in fact any opportunity you have to hear him speak is worth the listen…I don’t want to accuse him of anything but, if the headline appears, that he hacked his mother and her lover to death with a lawnmower blade…I will not be surprised one bit!

  18. Ben the M says:
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    @Grey:

    Thank you much!

  19. sean says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Weak effort on the Pokemon reference.

  20. ThePensive says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey–does it change it either way if Haren is added to the Reynolds side, and Verlander to the Bruce side? I’d be getting the Bruce side (I think he might break out in a big way), and I have Lincecum already so I’m not too concerned about the downgrade in WHIP from Haren to Verlander.

  21. royce! says:
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    That Charlie Manuel video was brilliant… but can you interpret his last sentence for me? I mean the part starting, “ooh, I gotta…”

    @Tony: I agree that picking him around 240 is justifiable, but I don’t think that it’s just the camaraderie that has people here down on Happ– most projection systems expect a severe correction and have his ERA at the mid-4s. But I will say this- Jurrjens had remarkably similar peripherals (K/9 and BB/9 almost identical) yet it seems everyone has him ranked much higher than Happ, even though Jurrjens poses more of an injury risk. Jurrjens also had a relatively low BABIP and high strand rate.

  22. Grey

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    @sean: I think everyone thinks last year was his ceiling, including me, because of his age. He had a great success rate on steals, so that’s good.

    @Tom Reale: Agreed on Manuel.

    @Ben the M: No problem.

    @ThePensive: Why are you pushing this trade? What does it do for your team that you think you need?

  23. Cheese

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    Just read…

    “The initial plan was for McGehee to hit second, but that’d leave the team with too little production behind Fielder. Now it looks like Escobar or Gomez will bat second, with McGehee in the fifth spot.”

  24. CoreyII says:
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    Speaking of Lidge (and Kinsler earlier today). Does anyone have any idea the timeline on which teams have to put guys on the DL if they are going to start the year disabled? Will they wait until opening day, or should I expect my roster slots to open up sooner? (sorry if you have already answered this question earlier)

  25. Grey

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    @Cheese: Thanks for the update! I think it’s gotta be Alcides hitting 2nd.

    @CoreyII: In the next few days. By Monday at the latest.

  26. PhillyYorker says:
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    My Longoria for Adrian Gonzalez?

    I know by ADP I am getting the shorter end, but I can replace at 3rd moreso than what I have at first, if that makes sense.

    As a Phils’ fan, let me say, Madson does blow. Baez will be saving games before the end of April.

    Werth scares me. Big hole in his swing. Great eye, tho. Don’t thing he comes close to last year. I see .269/25/79/17.

  27. @Grey:

    I need cheap steals. Austin Jackson seems as good a choice as any?

  28. Awesomus Maximus

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    @sean: Thanks for the feedback.

  29. Maitland says:
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    @royce!: I think Jurrjens is a good comparison for Happ. They had similar minor league FIPs, Happ had a better K/9 throughout the minors (around 9, compared to JJ around 7).

    I definitely think there is some room for improvement with Happ. I don’t necessarily think he’ll post an ERA under 3, but, it seems like people dismiss him way too easily.

  30. @Grey:

    Its him or Melky Cabrera basically. Slim pickings

  31. Grey

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    @Elijah: Jackson it is.

  32. airlifting says:
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    12t league, draft was on sunday….how much FAAB would you bid on sean rodriguez & cameron maybin?

  33. ThreeFingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Traded Stubbs and EverCab for Buerhle – I needed an arm and QS counts. Will grab AJacks off of waivers. Nice move or am I smoking krills?

  34. @Grey:

    Gomez is such a hack, I couldnt imagine him being a 2 hitter in Mil.

  35. airlifting says:
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    was just offered JD Drew for F.morales…

    current have an OF of mccutchen, lind, bruce & blanks
    closers are papelbon, wagner, & lindstrom.

    yay or nay?

  36. Awesomus Maximus

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    @royce!: If it makes you feel any better, I’m avoiding both Happ and Jurrjens. =P

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @airlifting: You have 4 worthy OFs, do you need another? If so, it’s fair.

  38. airlifting says:
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    eh, not really…i am not terribly interested in drew. it’s an OPS league, so it’d be nice to have him for that.

    i’m somewhat power strapped in a way; IF of montero, butler, utley, zimmerman & alexei. only worthwhile bench player is beltre. only reason i’d do it is because preseason value of a one-month closer is enticing for someone who doesn’t have him.

  39. Tom Reale says:
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    @royce!: I believe he was saying something about how he loves mustard on his french-fried pataters…

  40. Lines says:
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    Is Reimold worth holding onto at this point? I reached for him on draft day, but I need an everyday outfielder… otherwise I’m starting Nyjer Morgan. Blech.

    Right now, I’m sitting on:

    C – Posada
    1B – A-Gon
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Werth
    OF – CarGo
    OF – Nyjer Morgan
    UTIL – Morneau

    BN – Reimold, the ghost of Eddie Gaedel

    SP – Lester, JJ, C-Bills, Kershaw, Sanchez, Cueto, Scherzer
    RP – Soria, Cordero, Mike Gonzalez, Frasor

    My question is: Do I try to flip Soria, Cordero & 1 SP (probably JJ or Kershaw) for Prince Fielder, freeing me to trade A-Gon & Mike Gonzalez for Adam Jones & Matt Wieters? I’d be punting saves, but my H2H league counts holds and I could pretty much own those every week with what I pull off the FA list. I hate spending my summer chasing saves anyway. I also hate my outfield, my shortstop and my catcher. And sharks. Sharks are scary.

    My thanks to anyone who has an opinion.

    PS, My girlfriend kicked ass in her first draft. I’m proud, but a little worried that her team will be better than mine.

  41. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @Grey: A SP of Haren, Kershaw, E. Santana, Jonathan Sanchez, Price and Carlos Zambrano.

    Standard 5×5, with an innings limit that means you don’t want more than 5/6 SP for the year.

    Would you swap out any of the above for: Sheets, Lilly, Latos, Marcum or Morrow? How would you rank these last 5 in likelihood to ‘break out’?

    Cheers! TQ4M

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Lines: Nice, is your girlfriend a Razzballer? That’s a big to pay for Jones and Wieters. I’d just troll for an outfielder.

    @TheQuestforMerlin: I’d hold tight for now. Latos, Marcum, Morrow, Lilly…

  43. Dad says:
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    @royce!: “Ewwww I gotta run over this guy.” Great video.

    Spring training needs to end. I can’t take this anymore. If i hit refresh one more time to see if Beltran/Wood have been DL’d by Yahoo! i’m going to freak. For those with Berkman, he has been.

    I know Yahoo! can only DL when the MLB team officially does, so i guess my question to anyone is, how late can teams wait to (or when do they usually) “officially” DL guys? I have a couple important pick-ups to make.

  44. Grey

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    @Dad: By Monday is the latest.

  45. Ben the M says:
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    Grey last week you mocked my dynasty team and told me to trade Santana/Haren for some pop and also wanted me to get rid of Beltre. I have been working to do both of those things and was just sent a counter offer of

    Beltre/Haren for Votto/FraGu

    I have Morales/Konkerko at 1B/UTL right now but I shouldn’t have any trouble moving Konerko to free up a spot for Votto. Do I pull the trigger?

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ben the M: I like that trade for you.

  47. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    If you’re looking for an active and competitive, but fun dynasty league – that drafts late tonight – click on this one and read the latest message board post for some information.

    Through the owner vetting process, teams available include: Braves, Dodgers, Astros, and possibly White Sox, Rangers.

    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/leagueoffice?leagueId=210466

    e-mail me soon @ dw.reds@gmail.com and mention razzball if you do. Thanks.

  48. mc serch says:
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    Not sure anyone cares, but Rotoworld says the RZE to the DL with broken finger…out 6 weeks.

  49. preptime says:
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    @Grey: who do you like most out of this group: Garret Jones, Corey Hart, Colby Rasmus. I am guessing Jones, but I’d like to hear your input.

  50. ThreeFingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: I tried but I figured EverCab would be on the bench anyway most of the time with Desmond filling the MI slot. If Desmond sucks, I’ll go get Aki or McGehee.

    Do you think Starlin Castro might be promoted if Theriot and/or Fontenot suck?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mc serch: First, ODB. Now The RZE.

    @preptime: Jones

    @ThreeFingersBrown: Maybe on Starlin, but wouldn’t be for a while. Lots of rope for Theriot and Fontenot.

  52. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Thankya.

    @Lines: The sharks comment made me spit out some pop.

  53. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    OBP league
    I give Pena, Uggla, Johan

    Get Utley and Zach Attack

    I can lose the power

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: re: Alf – ha!

  55. Frank Rizzo says:
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    How hard to SP’s go after it in their final tune up before the start? Baker got slammed by the Rays, including Sean Rod going 3 for 3 in the leadoff spot. I don’t expect him to be leading off but should we be impressed by his 3 for 3 against Baker or not? I’m really considering him as a bench player with potential for more. The 2b/OF eligibility makes him so tempting.

  56. sean says:
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    @Grey: Is that with a $100 budget? I’ve got a $50 bid in on S-Rod with $1000. Kosher?

  57. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I have power too much power on this team. I also can’t think rationally about Chase Utley, my mancrush for him is huge. (If he had a stache like mine, I would lose it!!!!).
    This is my offense, does Uggla/Pena/Johan for Utley/Zach still look good?

    C Geovany Soto, ChC C
    1B Adam Dunn, Was 1B, OF
    2B Dan Uggla, Fla 2B
    3B Gordon Beckham, CWS 3B
    SS Hanley Ramirez, Fla SS
    IF Carlos Pena, TB 1B
    OF Matt Holliday, StL OF
    OF Grady Sizemore, Cle OF
    OF Julio Borbon, Tex OF, DH
    OF Garrett Jones, Pit 1B, OF
    UTIL Colby Rasmus, StL OF
    Bench
    Brandon Wood LAA, 3B
    Nick Swisher, NYY 1B, OF

  58. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah I’ve been thinking that for a while but just wanted to make sure that I avoided something like, “dude, you look like Alf.” ‘Cos it’s the bubble or whatever that makes it look like Alf.

    Anyhow– Looks like SEA is gonna start Lopez at 3B.

  59. Grey

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    @sean: That was with a $100 budget, yeah. $50 sounds high. I’d go with $40.

    @Frank Rizzo: I don’t think any SPs really go 100%.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Eh… So you’re going to Swisher or Wood at IF?

    @royce!: Now I’ll have a hard time looking at it without thinking it’s Alf. Yup, on Lopez.

  60. GopherDay says:
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    To anyone with knowledge: I have been having some trouble with the war room. I’ve entered the rosters of every team and the projected batting and pitching totals are all up there, but the projected ranks aren’t working. I’m not sure if I did something or I need to do something to get them to work. Help is greatly appreciated.

    And grey….I’ve asked you this before, and I can’t believe I didn’t bookmark it or something, but where is the article you wrote about average needed stats. Thanks! (And I promise I won’t ask for it again!)

  61. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is anyone a believer in the Andruw Jones project going on with the White Sox? Is he just Watch List material right now?

  62. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: yeah, it’s OBP was gonna use Swisher… hmmm, any ideas?

  63. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Thank you….thats my problem, I just never can find the right thing to search in the handy dandy search tool you have. I am eternally grateful!

  64. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: 12 team h2h league with a 5 man bench but only 2 can be pitchers. Rank these 3 for my bench.

    Sizemore, Headley, Freese.

    I don’t need any one stat or any position.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: Sizemore, Headley…

    ***FYI, I’m about to start drafting a team. Help each other, would ya?

  66. royce! says:
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    @timSTi: I’d keep Headley b/c of 3B/OF eligibility and more experience (ie, less likely to get demoted).

  67. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: Johan, Pena, Swisher for Zach, Ultey and Chris Davis. That look ok?

  68. Awesomus Maximus

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    “Mat Latos has been named the Padres’ fifth starting pitcher, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.”

    Guess the elbow is okay.

  69. Tom Reale says:
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    Possible mid-May post header…The Lidge is over, the Lidge is over, biddy-bye-bye!

  70. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey:Point taken. Andruw Jones = Blech.

  71. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: WTF? Why did the “P” in my point taken turn up an emoticon. Now I feel stupid.

  72. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: I cant think of a way to make it better, not sure this gets accepted.

  73. quimmy says:
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    Got an offer, thoughts:

    I give: Hamels/JRolls/Rasmus
    I get: Either/Wainwright/S.Drew

  74. Tom Reale says:
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    @quimmy: you get the better pitcher and more power…what does your team need?

  75. GopherDay says:
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    @quimmy: Post your team so we can get a more accurate picture of what you need.

  76. royce! says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I think the emoticon appeared because there was not a space between the colon and the “P” starting your sentence. I’m going to test my hypothesis…

    @Frank Rizzo:P

  77. royce! says:
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    Yep. Case closed!

  78. Tom Reale says:
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    @royce!: ;p

  79. SamYo says:
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    I’m kind of worried owning Price/Bucchholz/Hughes as my pitchers, drop any of these for Latos ? The AL East effect scares me. Thanks.

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SamYo: Lose Buchholz for Latos if you like.

  81. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    General info: The War Room has it’s plusses and minusses. It is loaded with Grey’s projections. So, if you just lined up your thirteen (example) hitters, displayed Grey’s projections next to each, and added them up, you would have the projected stats for your hitters. The War Room does that for all of the teams, which allows for ranking by categories and overall ranks.

    If you find you have trouble with the ranking table (it’s not my ownership and there were various versions), you can ignore it and look at the table above which shows the raw totals (which you can easily rank by hand).

    Some minusses: If a guy wasn’t a closer when Grey ranked him (or vice-versa), the table still reads what Grey had originally. Unless everyone takes a close look and gets each bench player on the bench, it can be somewhat skewed. It won’t account for streaming; just plugs in the season projections.

    Plusses: It does give a decent overall idea of which cats you may be weak or strong in relative to the league. It can help you target who might be a good manager to trade with.

    BTW: It would probably take you about 2 hours to input the data for your league’s draft.

    I like it; but, I am a spreadsheet guy.

  82. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: You can try sending your War Room to me; I’d be happy to take a look.

  83. GopherDay says:
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    @Simply Fred: Okay I sent it to you, tell me if you have any problems with it.

  84. GopherDay says:
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    @Simply Fred: Thats the problem I’m having with it. The ranking system. I can do the math, just for my own benefit, but if its an easy fix it would be nice.

  85. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Simply Fred: A “War Room” is great for exactly the reasons you stated, so long as you also understand where it’s lacking (as you also stated).

    I had been working on my own spreadsheet setup before I found this site. Since I don’t use Excel (I use Numbers, Mac), I can’t use the War Room, so I completed the project. I also use almost all of Grey’s projections, making tweaks where I strongly disagree and when situations change (Frasor is named closer, etc.).

    I also added in a little “Head-to-Head” section that I don’t know if the War Room has. I did this because my main league is H2H. If I put in my team name in one row and my opponent in the next row, the section fills with the projected totals for each scoring category, and then tells me what the +/- is. It just gives me a general idea… like if I need to bench a speed guy in favor of a power guy, if I can afford to bench a closer or two, etc.

    There probably aren’t any (or many) other Mac users around here, but if anyone else can’t use the War Room like me and wants to try my Numbers version, let me know. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

    http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/6086/screenshot20100331at446.png

  86. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: Done and sent back.

  87. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Zimm and Johan for Wright and Garza? I’m not a huge fan of the trade, but is the downgrade from Johan to Garza bigger than the upgrade from Zimm to Wright?

  88. GopherDay says:
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    @Simply Fred: Thank you very much, Sir! Yeah, I hear you on the hitting and pitching differentials. Thats what I’ll probably do, enter the top 13 hitters and top 9 pitchers.

    Some teams have a huge hitting bench, while others (Like myself) don’t have any bench players and have a bunch of pitchers. But thank you very much!

  89. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, thats what I was thinking. I was trying to trade Johan and Stewart for Wright, but he didn’t want that. I think I’ll just hold tight for a while.

  90. Simply Fred

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    RE: War Room. In order to get a level playing field, advise entering the first 13 hitters and 9 pitchers (leave the rest on the bench since managers have different numbers of excess players; i.e. a guy who has 3 bench pitchers would get a false high reading for pitching vs one who has bench hitters).

  91. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: You are welcome. You owe me. How about one Ryan Braun for a Pedroia?

  92. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Who to drop for Mike Cameron,

    Reimold or Hart?

  93. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: No not the real R. Braun! :-)

  94. GopherDay says:
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    @Simply Fred: Wouldn’t it be annoying/strange/kinda cool if there were two Stud players with the same name??? Like there was a 1B Albert Pujols that plays for the cardinals and like a 3B Albert Pujols that plays for the Rangers and they were the #1 or #2 fantasy picks.

    I can see it now…who are you going to pick second overall? Well I really hope Albert falls to me, but I might just have to settle for Pujols.

  95. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: Ryan Braun at the clerk’s office today changing his name–not sure if he’s going for Albert, though. :-)

  96. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Who do you like better for a H2H league bench in need of HR, RBI, and OPS. Nick Swisher or Hideki Matsui?

  97. GopherDay says:
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    @Simply Fred: At my dynasty league auction last year, someone nominated Ryan Braun (Pitcher) like 5th overall, and without thinking twice, some guy bid $48 dollars on him. Needless to say, he was heckled, then we bashed the guy that nominated him, then heckled at the guy that spent $48 dollars on a pitcher who had never pitched an MLB inning.

  98. Simply Fred

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    @Awesomus Maximus: Not a mac user myself, but congrats–a lot of work I am sure. Yeah, once I download the War Room, I make a separate copy where I overlay projections for Saves, my own preferences, etc. Looks as if you too are seeing the benefits of having the league spreadsheet picture!

  99. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Grey – Who do you see winning this trade:

    Votto, Kuroda, Doumit for Soto ,Chris Davis ,Rasmus ,Peavy?

    Thanks

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    @GopherDay:
    Haha wow that’s hilarious! I wonder what went through that guy’s head when he realized his mistake.

    I did a draft where some dude who wasn’t aware of injuries actually drafted Nathan in the 8th of quite a competitive league, and then got bashed on it ’till like the 15th round

  101. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: How did your draft go?

  102. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Thats what I thought. Trades in the hopper.

  103. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: My apologies for distracting you from it.

  104. Martin says:
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    @grey- I drafted reimold in the 13th round of a 12 team draft. Should i really drop him? If so should i pick up sean rod instead. Also corpas is getting the closer job from the rockies. What do u think we can expect from him?

  105. GopherDay says:
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    @Martin: What happened to Franklin Morales?

  106. BKK says:
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    @Martin: @GopherDay: This is all I can find about Corpas:

    “Corpas a candidate to be cut?: AOL Fanhouse reports that Rockies RP Manny Corpas has pitched so poorly this spring that he may not break camp with the team. ” That was March 24th.

  107. Grey

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    @Martin: Hold Reimold for now if you like. Morales is the closer for right now.

  108. chilidavis says:
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    drop Reimold for Blanks?

  109. GopherDay says:
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    @SamYo: @BKK: Thats what I thought….thanks!

    Grey, Johan and Stewart for Votto?

    Should I try Johan for Morneau?

  110. BKK says:
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    @chilidavis: I would, especially if you can’t wait for him to get healthy.

  111. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: My bad…..Because you told me my pitching was too strong and I needed some improvement in my IF and OF slot. So I’m shopping Johan around, just seeing what I can get.

  112. Grey

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    @GopherDay: I’d take Morneau if you have extra pitching.

  113. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Simply Fred: It was a lot of work, but it got me even better acquainted with a deep field of players. I think I’ll do it again next year. Having a single place to look and see a teams strengths/weaknesses is an enormous help… for both matchups and trading purposes.

    Only point in the War Room discussion here that I disagree with is only including 9 pitchers. I factor in all pitchers when doing my totals. If someone is projected to beat me handily in Ks and/or Ws, I’ll look to see if they have more starters than the innings cap (or starts cap in my 2 H2H leagues) will allow them. But if they’re like me and carrying 5-7 SP and 4-5 RP total (meaning bench spots included), then I want to assume that, also like me, they will keep the closers active when their respective teams are playing, and activate SPs when they get their starts. If they do this, they will get numbers from all 9-12 pitchers… not just 9 of them. I don’t think it’s a smart idea to discount those numbers when projecting the points for your league.

  114. Dean says:
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    @grey (and anyone else that has an opinion): I’m still referring to your SP rankings a fair amount and am wondering how/if you feel differently about Slowey/Cueto/Lilly/and Liriano’s place in them.

    I’m in an OBP, 2 catcher league and thinking about unloading one of them for Russell Martin. Slowey is my favorite of the bunch but I like the upside of the other 3 as well. Given that the four of them are competing to be my #5-6 SP I think I can afford to deal one for the catcher upgrade Martin likely provides.

    Your thoughts? Do you still rank them in this order: Slowey/Cueto/Lilly/Liriano?

    Thanks for any help

  115. Grey

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    @Dean: Don’t feel differently about the SPs. I wouldn’t own Martin.

  116. BKK says:
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    @Martin: @GopherDay: Further to the Corpas myth (not sure where you got your info Martin:

    Huston Street, P, Colorado Rockies Wednesday 3/31, 6:35 PM CT
    Huston Street has been shut down and is no longer playing catch, according to Troy Renck’s (Denver Post) twitter page.

    Our View: It is yet to be disclosed if Street suffered a setback in his recovery from a shoulder ailment. It seems more likely that Franklin Morales will open the season as Colorado’s closer.

  117. grandysdandy says:
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    i just did this deal in my keeper league…i have longo @ 3rd…

    did i do good???

    Arod/Choo/Garza for J-Up/Holliday/Sherrill (holds)

  118. PJtres says:
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    @grey…

    can you rank these guys in order of who you would pick up???

    Masterson, Maine, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Volstad, Meche
    thanks!

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