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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 2011 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2011 Cardinals Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Redbird Rants.

1. With David Freese, I see a guy who could hit 20 homers and bat .300.  Though I seem like the only one outside of his family that sees this for Freese.  Am I being too optimistic?

Too optimistic? Maybe. But there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about David Freese. He was hitting .296 before his season ended prematurely in June. Freese looked like a solid ballplayer, reliable with the bat and in the field. Injuries got in the way. And those injuries left Cards fans skeptical about Freese’s ability to be the everyday third baseman for this club. Give the guy another chance before saying he’s fragile. If he stays healthy, I think he can hit .300 like he did last year and his entire career in the minors. The prediction of 20 home runs is why I say it may be “too optimistic.” Freese had only managed four home runs in 70 games in 2010. He struggled with his power. And it’s hard to see him putting it all together in his second season – first full (hopefully) – to find his power stroke. He has the potential, but power is often the last thing young players develop. I’d say a .275 to .300 batting average and 10 homers is realistic and a positive sign, especially if he plays 150 games.

2. My prediction for Colby Rasmus in 2011 is he will either go 25/15 or he will wake up one day with a scorpion in his bed placed there by La Russa.  What’s your prediction?

I’m with you on this one all the way. Rasmus showed flashes of greatness last year despite his problems with La Russa. At 24, Rasmus is one of the exciting young talents in the game. He can hit for average. He has power. He can run. He has all the tools to be an All-Star in center field for years to come. The only question: Does he have the character and work ethic to match his talent? Some of that comes out of his constant battling with La Russa, but Albert Pujols also saw him as a spoiled punk. He seemed to change after Pujols sat him down to talk. Hopefully, Rasmus is fired up to prove he’s as good as everyone says. If he matures at all, he’ll coast to a 25/15 season, something he missed by two homers and three stolen bases last year. The Cards need him to develop into a base stealer, considering Pujols led the team with 14 in 2010. I think Rasmus could go 25/20. But if he hasn’t matured, it might be in his best interest to miss the Cards first flight to Arizona for a Diamondbacks series.

3. In the trailer for the new Roland Emmerich movie, there’s a scene where a pimply teenager jumps out of his car and runs for his life, screaming, “Jaime Garcia is falling back to earth!”  Total fiction or plausible scenario?

Very plausible. As much as I loved how Garcia performed in 2010, I want to see it again this season before I call him the next big thing. Garcia was brilliant. He mixed his pitches like a veteran, and rarely got rocked. But he finished his season in early September due to pain his left elbow and he has already had Tommy John surgery once in his career. Arm problems with young pitchers can’t be ignored. And baseball is so tough and unpredictable. One season, a player can look like a Hall of Famer. And the next, he’s trying to find a job. One-hit wonders are just a part of sports. Take for example, Alan Benes. He went 13-10 in 32 starts as a 24 year-old rookie for the Cardinals in 1996. Benes would only start 35 more times in his eight-year career, compiling a 29-28 record. Arm trouble forced him to miss most of the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Fast forward to 2010: Jaime Garcia, 23, ties Benes’ rookie record for wins with 13. Will the same fate derail Garcia’s career? Only time will tell, but there is reason for concern.

4. This is a complete gut call but I think this year Jason Motte saves more games than Ryan Franklin in 2011.  Could be something to that or I need a gut check?

This is a tough one, but I think Franklin has enough to get the job done in 2011. As long as Franklin can get by, Tony La Russa is going to stick with him. He has been a decent closer for about three years and after getting through 2010 with 27, I think he’s capable of nailing down another 20 this year. I’m ignoring his soon-to-be 38-year old arm and his plan to retire after this season, and going with my gut feeling here. La Russa will trust Franklin to start the season as the closer. He won’t make a change unless he absolutely has to. Franklin should have incentive to go out with some pride.

5. The French established a village back in the 17th century that later became St. Louis because they were looking for a port city to take advantage of fur trading.  (Thanks, Wikipedia!) If La Russa and his PETA leanings were around three hundred years ago, how would he react to the French?  1) He’d find the smallest Frenchy and bat him ninth.  2)  He’d share a few glasses of wine with them then when he tried to ride his horse back to his teepee, he’d fall asleep.  3) Treat them the same as he treats Colby Rasmus.

I’ll go with No. 3. Can’t imagine too much good will for anyone taking advantage of animals.

  1. NewBVick says:
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    Gut check time sir. LaRussa is as stubborn as they come when he makes a decision.

  2. Freese said his power outage last season was because of lingering pain in his ankle from a car accident he was in right before spring training. Supposedly one of the two ankle surgeries he had last year was supposed to fix that.

    He averaged 25 hr per 600 plate appearances in the minors, so the power is there. Could be a huge year hitting behind Pujols, Holliday, and Berkman/Rasmus. Just gotta hope he stays healthy, but it’s tough to count on a guy that just had two ankle surgeries.

  3. Neidecker says:
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    16 team league, 5 keepers, 5×5 h2h league

    Team A is keeping Robinson Cano, Jason Heyward, Jose Reyes, Felix Hernandez, Aroldis Chapman

    Team B is keeping David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, Justin Upton, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tommy Hanson

    Who gets the better deal in this trade?

    Team A receives Youkilis and #3 overall pick
    Team B receives Cano and #66 overall pick

    Team B also has #2, #18, #19 overall after losing #3

  4. Lobster Cola says:
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    Grey, how would rankings on starting pitchers change (relative to positional players) if one were playing in a league that counted “quality starts” instead of wins? Thank you!

  5. Curt says:
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    Which Two????………Desmond Jennings, Chris Sale, Dominic Brown or Freddie Freeman??…..Keeper league 5×5, 14 teams

  6. mr baseball says:
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    Nolan Reimold one of your ex- almost favorite players is starting Spring hot with 2 homers and 4 walks in 13 plate appearances
    Thats hot for him

  7. in says:
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    I agree with you Grey, Franklin won’t finish the season as closer.

    Also, a question:

    $6 Joe Nathan
    or
    $5 Domonic Brown

  8. Wake Up says:
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    Keeper question. In a 16 team AL only league. 10 x 10. Final keeper, should I go with Longoria or Ichiro? My team is a little speed-lite and I could use extra average. Also, HRs and RBIs count against us in this league. My other keepers include Billy Hamilton, Vince Coleman, Otis Nixon and Brett Butler. Thank you for reading this all, if you made it this far. Oh, and I would like to give a shout out to Brian Wilson’s beard. Not to Brian Wilson, who is probably still lying in bed, just to his beard. When I was in high school I too used the jet black “Just For Men” beard enhancer. My beard wasn’t coming in that full just yet and I really wanted to make it darker and fuller to impress the ladies. Looking back, I wonder if they found it as weird and creepy on me as I find it on Brian Wilson? No, no I am sure it looked cool on me, I must just have been before my time.

  9. I get the biggest kick out of the #5′s. The humor is great!

  10. Eddy says:
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    @Lobster Cola:

    For the most part, everything stays the same. The elite guys will still do well (Felix becomes even more valuable) and the crappy guys, well, are still crappy.

    There are a few outliers, however. Guys like Kuroda, JJ and Wandy are pretty great at QS.

    I suggest going to ESPN.com and filtering the leaderboards by 2010 QS to get an idea. Though, much like W, don’t let QS be the deciding factor when looking at a pitcher.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tokyo: Agreed.

    @Neidecker: B

    @Lobster: Top pitchers get a boost.

    @Curt: Brown, Freeman

    @mr baseball: Thanks for the update!

    @in: Brown

    @Wake up: Longoria

    @Bob: Thanks!

  12. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    good luck in your up-coming draft .

    send out for some ice cream , it’ll soothe the nerves . ha !

  13. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: He is a better fit with Coleman and Nixon?

  14. chata says:
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    @chata:

    what ever happened with that girl ?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chata: Thanks! Who? Catgina? We’re done. Had a date last night. Didn’t go bad, but I think she might be racist.

  16. Wilsonian says:
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    Wondering what you thought of this 8 Team mock. I know I f-ed up by taking Braun first and ending up with YOOOOOUK instead of someone like Prince, A-Gon, Tex, Howard at first, but other than that, what do you think? I also know it’s gonna be SHORT on average and a bit upsidey – meaning I’m not real happy and my F up on my first pick threw my whole draft. I do like my pitching.

    C – Wieters
    1B – Youk
    2B – Hill
    3B – Wright
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Braun
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Pence
    UTIL – Krispie
    UTIL – Stanton
    BN – Reynolds
    BN – Rasmus

    SP – Kershaw
    SP – Lester
    RP – C. Perez
    RP – Lyon
    P – Kimbrel
    P – Hanrahan
    P – Hamels
    BN – Marcum
    BN – Gio
    BN – Dempster
    BN – D. Hudson

  17. GopherDay says:
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    @Wilsonian: It’s an 8 Team mock…You’re going to have a stacked roster regardless.

  18. Giant JJ says:
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    20 teams 5×5 (i have the 5th slot)
    c
    1st miggy
    2nd aaron hill
    ss
    3rd panda
    mi
    ci
    of justin upton
    of ichiro (i know, i screwed up there)
    of
    of
    ut
    ut

    9 pitchers (ive taken none yet)
    types of players available to me in the 6th and 7th round…
    oswalt, sherzer, bills, marcum…
    valverde, broxton, FRod, axford…
    beckham, steven drew, mark reynolds, hart, rasmus…

    whats next? my thinking is reynolds (6th rnd) and sherzer (7th rnd) then grab two closers in the 8th and 9th rounds.

  19. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    I think racism is a good excuse to ask for “time off”.

    Except you’ll have to break it to her in a “It’s you, not me” fashion.

  20. Bellhorn's revenge says:
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    Heya Grey,

    I’m in a league where the IP limit is 1700
    Roster is C,1B,2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, Util
    SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P BN BN BN – Standard 5×5

    I was thinking of just punting starting pitching and streaming all year because the rest of the league doesn’t seem to realize how high the IP limit is and I can win Saves, K’s and Wins through sheer IP advantage and then have the best hitting and a bunch of closers.

    Should I try this or just go for a balanced team supplemented by only some spot starts?
    Thanks man, you got Adonis DNA and Tiger Blood

  21. Eddy says:
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    Oh, and this comment was from last night’s thread, you never got a chance to look at it.

    “Don’t know if you’ll catch this comment.

    Besides Wainwright and Miggy, have there been any considerable changes to any of your rankings? It’s been a few weeks since I updated the excel sheet that has all your rankings, and with my first draft coming up Sunday, I want to be sure I’m up to date.

    If so, are all (positional rankings, top 100 and top 300) of them updated to reflect the changes?

    Thanks. I wish you guys the best of luck this weekend. Remember that no matter what happens, we’ll always be here to crack some Karabell jokes with you guys.

    Maybe I’ll call in Sunday evening and make fun of him if they allow me.

    Razzball represent!”

  22. vinko says:
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    Uh Oh, Utley has cortisone shot in the knee!

  23. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: Do you like Peavy as a post injury sleeper? Fingers crossed – he pitched yesterday and isn’t headed for the DL today.

  24. Wilsonian says:
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    @GopherDay: oh, I know. But I’m in an 8 team league (also in a 12 and 16 before I get beat by some people in here) and wanted to know if this was a decent team by 8 team league standards. I’m assuming my leaguemates are a little smarter than some of these guys (who took John Buck with the 93rd pick and also drafted Omar Infante).

  25. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hope you’re giving Dusty plenty of advice.

  26. Eddie says:
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    @Carl: Doh! Thanks for the heads up, Carl.

  27. GopherDay says:
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    Grey, is there any hope for EverCab this season? Bartlett hurts like heck, but the potential didn’t just leave him…or did it?

  28. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: Do you think both Moustakas and Chisenhall get called up this summer? I’m in a 16 team keeper, so I want to grab at least one of those guys. 3B is a wasteland…

  29. Tony says:
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    @Eddie: im liking moustakas, the potential for monster power is there at a cheap price… both should play tho, i mean com’n its the Indians and Royal!

  30. Eddie says:
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    @Tony: I should clarify: We don’t have a minor league draft, so I’d need to use a bench space on either of these guys. I’ve done it before and profited – I held Stanton for 7 weeks before his call up last year, and now I’ve got him for the next two years at the league minimum.

  31. Greg Gallagher says:
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    @Tony:

    Choo says the Indians goal is to make the play-offs this year. To which Junior Soprano would have replied: “Yeah, and I want to bang Angie Dickinson. Let’s see which one of us gets lucky first.”

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    @Eddie: Moustakas should get called up mid-summer if he doesn’t get the job out of spring training (Which he likely won’t). If they are both sitting there, grab Mous. Even if Chisenhall get’s the callup, he won’t have the hype (in case you try to trade him) or the numbers moustakas will.

  33. royce! says:
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    Just read Domonic Brown broke his hamate bone in his right hand.

  34. J says:
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    Grey, couple of things/questions. Any chance we ever get a podcast? The FantasyFocus is starting to make my puckerdonut tighten. One more thing, isn’t a catgina just a pussy? Sorry to be crass but, you know.
    Love what ya do – keep on keepin’ on.

  35. Wally says:
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    12 team 5×5; I have the 2nd pick:

    Would you rather start your draft with Hanley/(Teix/Howard/Fielder)/Youk or Miggy/Kemp/Youk?

  36. Eddy says:
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    I’m typing this from an iPad at a crowded Apple store. I will now step away from the iPad and give the greatest present in the world to the next person (or child?) who engages it: Razzball.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Re: Domonic — DAH!!!!!

  38. Greg Gallagher says:
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    @Eddy:

    I’ve been trying to remember recently how I first stumbled across Razzball.

    I can’t, and it’s driving me nuts.

  39. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    All ready invested in some leagues?

  40. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    sorry , had to go to work .

    the girl i’m referring to was the one you sent out for ice cream ,
    while you were doing a mock draft on a blog-talk show ,
    about 2 or 3 years ago … (maybe for 911 or baseball generals) .

    and while that’s all i know about her ,
    i really liked that girl .

    you been through so many women … (sigh) .

  41. royce! says:
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    I saw that Brandon Allen is getting some time at LF this spring, and apparently Gibson has been pretty impressed by his “athleticism.” Could be the next Kyle Blanks! (sorry. self deprecating Padres humor). Think Allen could get enough ABs playing LF and 1B to make him fantasy viable in a 12-team league with a CI spot?

  42. Commish Cauda says:
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    In light of the Domonic Brown news, rank these bats for deep mixed:

    Ben Francisco, Scott Pods, David Murphy

  43. GopherDay says:
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    RE: Dominic…BOOOO!!!!!

    I have him in a keeper, so I’ll probably still keep him and then put him on the DL…But still…GAH!!!

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chata: she’s been history.

    ***guys, you need to help each other for a day. I’m in Arizona doing LABR.

  45. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    wait a minute , mister inter-web .
    don’t you mean that she’s been ‘archived’ ?

  46. Eddy says:
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    ***There remain 6 open slots for the 3/10 Razzmock!***

    It’s at mockdraftcentral at 7 p.m. EST.

    Password is razzball.

  47. royce! says:
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    @Eddy: Just signed up. Thanks for hosting another razzmock.

  48. Eddy says:
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    @royce!:

    No problem. I just hope that we can get a full room.

  49. mr baseball says:
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    20 TEAM DRAFT

    moehawks

    1. (14) Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B) – will have to wait out his slow start
    2. (27) Justin Upton (Ari – RF) – best avalilble
    3. (54) Chris Young (Ari – CF) – solid numbers
    4. (67) Mark Reynolds (Bal – 3B) – Good Power
    5. (94) Jose Tabata (Pit – LF,CF) – I see runs and steals here
    6. (107) Shaun Marcum (Mil – SP) – all the better pitchers are gone
    7. (134) Daniel Hudson (Ari – SP) – I see strike outs – next pitcher taken was Tim Hudson after Hudson
    8. (147) Starlin Castro (ChC – SS) – last shot at a shortstop
    9. (174) John Axford (Mil – RP) – closer number 1
    10. (187) Craig Kimbrel (Atl – RP) – last solid closer on board
    11. (214) Jorge De La Rosa (Col – SP)
    12. (227) Edwin Jackson (CWS – SP)
    13. (254) Chris Sale (CWS – RP) – gamble here
    14. (267) Chris Iannetta (Col – C)
    15. (294) Danny Espinosa (Was – 2B) – I think he starts and good value at pick 294
    16. (307) Justin Smoak (Sea – 1B) – last utiltiy spot filled
    17. (334) Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    18. (347) Ryan Kalish (Bos – LF,CF) – bench
    19. (374) Julio Borbón (Tex – CF) – bench
    20. (387) Kyle Farnsworth (TB – RP) – could be steal of the draft
    21. (414) James McDonald (Pit – SP)
    22. (427) Mark Ellis (Oak – 2B) – bench just in case Espinosa fails
    23. (454) Rich Harden (Oak – SP) – you got to have faith
    24. (467) Wade LeBlanc (SD – SP)
    25. (494) Brandon Allen (Ari – LF) – why not

    most teams drafted a bunch of weak hitters for their bench – I drafted a bunch of weak pitchers instead but I still can get wins and K’s out of them so as weak as my pitching staff looks it might work – Instead of streaming pitchers – I can stream off my bench – not much on the free agent market thats for sure

    YOU HAD TO FILL – LF – CF – RF in this deep league

    SO WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THIS DRAFT – 20 TEAMS

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP)

  50. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    My Hill + Soria for his Pedroia + Colby Lewis.

    C- Matt Wieters
    1B- Prince Fielder
    2B- Aaron Hill
    SS- Alcides Escobar
    3B- Evan Longoria
    IF- Mark Reynolds
    RF- Andre Ethier
    CF- Matt Kemp
    LF- Jason Bay
    OF- Colby Rasmus
    U- Adam Lind

    BN- Bourjos
    BN- Espinosa
    BN- Tabata
    BN- Ka’aihue
    BN- Dan Johnson

    P- Kuo
    P- Gregerson
    P- Minor
    SP- Haren
    SP- Zimmerman
    SP- Nolasco
    RP- Soria
    RP- Feliz
    RP- Kimbrel

    BN- Shields
    BN- Adams
    BN- McGee
    BN- Walden

    12- team H2H 6 x 6 (OBP, HR, R, RBI, Steals, XBH, QS, ERA, WHIP, Ks, K/BB, SvHd)– Pull the trigger?

  51. mr baseball says:
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    @ Grey – no rush on looking at my draft – enjoy the day – worst comes to worst – I can post it another day – bring back some Arizona Ice Tea for the gang

  52. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Tom Thumb: If I counter with Hill + Kimbrel for Pedroia is that too much?

  53. Eddy says:
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    FOr those that would also like to follow the drfat real-time, follow Siriusxmfantasy on twitter. They tweet the price of every 5-6 players.

    (e.g. L.A.B.R. AL Auction Results: #JonLester $27, #JoakimSoria $22, #JustinVerlander $21, #MarianoRivera $22, #JonathanPapelbon $20 #fantasy)

  54. amscalone says:
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    @ Grey and whomever else:
    10 team 10×10 h2h 7 keeper. If I wound up with a starting lineup that looked like this, what would be the major complaints?

    C: M. Montero
    1b: P. Fielder
    2b: A. Hill
    3b: E. Longoria
    SS: E. Andrus
    CI: A. Lind
    MI: D. Jeter
    OF: C. Gonzalez
    OF: M. Holliday
    OF: J. Upton
    OF: H. Pence
    UT: B. Gardner

    SP: T. Lincecum
    SP: Y. Gallardo
    SP: U. Jimenez
    SP: B. Anderson
    SP: R. Romero

    RP: F. Rodriguez
    RP: R. Franklin
    RP: D. Storen
    RP: some middle reliever

    Thanks.

  55. paulzone says:
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    12 team roto. 5×5. Let me know what you think and any glaring weaknesses. much appreciated!

    c-posada
    1b- konerko/lee/berkman (start only one of these dudes)
    2b-uggla
    ss-andrus
    3b-wright
    of-braun, cruz, werth
    util-vlad
    bench-raburn, pods

    sp-gallardo, scherzer, marcum, hughes, garza, peavy
    rp-valverde, street, gregg, sale

  56. royce! says:
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    @mr baseball: I don’t think that anything necessarily “went wrong” with the draft. You have a bunch of likable names, which is hard to accomplish in such a deep league. However, your team projects to have a sever problem with AVG. Your first four picks could have a combined .250 AVG two months into the season, and you don’t seem to have anyone that could really balance out their combined downside. I do like the Smoak, Espinosa and Allen late picks. They could become very valuable in a 20-team league.

    On the pitching side, you put together a fine rotation for a 20-team league. The only thing I would really be concerned about is WHIP. If Marcum and Hudson excel, they could balance out De La Rosa and Jackson, but it seems risky to me. Love the James McDonald pick at 414.

    Is this a roto or head-to-head league? If the latter, I think it mitigates some of the problem areas for your team.

  57. royce! says:
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    @Tom Thumb: Not Grey, but either would be good for you. Hill could surprise based on his down 2010, but in a league that counts OBP and XBH, Pedroia is gold. I had him in one last year and never lost when he was playing. If he’s willing to take Kimbrel + Hill, take it and run.

  58. royce! says:
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    @amscalone: I think your major complaint would be how easy it will be to win. Romero and Anderson are sort of wild card (the former being an injury risk, and the latter being generally risky), and you could have stronger closers, but in a 10-team league I’m sure you could roll with any punches and grab someone off the wire if the need arises.

  59. Carl says:
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    @Eddy:

    Just joined as well. Thanks for hosting!

  60. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I have created a couple of TUNA (Totally Unofficial Not Affiliated) Razzball Commenter Auction leagues to see if there is any interest. No prizes, no trophies, just some commenters looking for a competetive auction.

    I realize many of you already compete in several leagues so I don’t know if there is a need for this.

    I’ve set the drafts for Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm ET and Tuesday, March 15 at 7 pm ET, trying to avoid conflict with the REAL RCL drafts.

    So, if you are interested, send me an email letting me know which date you prefer. And if you are interested but would prefer another day, we’ll see what we can do.

    vinreich@zoho.com

  61. ChiSox says:
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    Grienke or Gallardo in a points league?

  62. Knucklehead McSpazatron says:
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    Hi Grey,
    I’ve got to keep 9 from my team in my keeper league (in no particular order):
    OF – Marlon Byrd
    OF – Andrew McCutchen
    OF – Austin Jackson
    1B – Miguel Cabrera
    2B – Chase Utley
    3B – Pablo Sandoval
    SS – Marco Scutaro
    C – Geo Soto
    DH – Mark Teixeira
    B – Jorge Cantu
    B – Erick Aybar
    B – Julio Borbon
    B – Adam Lind
    B – Curtis Granderson
    B – Carlos Ruiz
    B – Conor Jackson
    ———————–
    SP – Mat Latos
    SP – Francisco Liriano
    SP – Matt Cain
    LHP – Johan Santana
    RP – Heath Bell
    B – Ryan Dempster
    B – Phil Hughes
    B – Jeff Niemann
    B – Gavin Floyd
    B – Edwin Jackson
    B – Tommy Hanson
    B – Leo Nunez

    I’ve been thinking the best 9 are: McCutchen, Cabrera, Utley, Sandoval, Teixeira, Hanson, Latos, Liriano and Cain

    What do you think? Thanks!

  63. elwood blues says:
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    In an NL 4×4 12 team league..
    does it make more sense to trade Latos for Wilson.. or Victorino for Wilson?

  64. Brad says:
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    I really appreciate the work you do Grey.

    I just traded Hamilton for Kemp in my keeper league and my league mates are all laughing about it. They also laughed last year when I traded Mauer for Ryan Zimmerman before the season started. They laughed again when I moved Mariano Rivera for Tulo last August.

    Its only my second year in a 10 year old keeper league and I have a good chance of winning it. My pitching is weak, but they will all be reading out of four month old magazines at the draft. I hope they never find your site.

  65. Howard says:
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    Anyone have trouble getting into MockDraftCentral tonight? I’ve been trying for a half hour and the server seems to be down or overloaded.

  66. Tom Thumb says:
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    @royce!: Thanks for the input. He wouldn’t budge on taking Soria but in a SvHd league the saves don’t bother me. Sucks losing that WHIP and ERA but I needed another decent starter and Pedroia outperforms Hill in XBH, OBP, SB, Runs and close in RBI.

  67. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Tom Thumb: That is, I made the deal of Hill and Soria for Peds and Lewis

  68. Ray says:
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    no Grey at LABR NL only draft? is Rudy handling the draft solo?

  69. Eddy says:
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    @Ray:

    I think Grey is next to him.

    Through the first round, they did not get anyone. Votto was nominated from their camp and ultimately went for $41, aka $1 more than Pujols.

    I think they may take the stance that Jason Grey took yesterday that waited about 55 minutes before his first pick.

  70. Steve says:
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    They have Pujols at $40 and Braun at $37, is that right?

  71. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Gio Gonzalez is looking sharp so far this spring. 5 innings w/10Ks and no hits allowed – the 2 walks are kinda ehh, but so far so good!

  72. Eddy says:
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    Razzball team with Jose Reyes at $29.

    Ambrosius has 3 SS: Hanley, Tulo and Rollins.

    No clue what he’s doing.
    @Steve:

    Forgot Braun’s, but Pujols went at $40.

  73. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Just finished my keeper draft, 10 team Yahoo league 5×5 and would like your critique?

    I have also have one more pick and wanted to know where you think I could use a filler. I was thinking Cecil,Homer Bailey, Logan Morrison or Buerjos?

    Víctor Martínez
    Adam Lind
    Robinson Canó
    José Bautista
    Stephen Drew
    Josh Hamilton
    Corey Hart
    Chris Young
    Kevin Youkilis
    Aramis Ramírez
    Reid Brignac

    Roy Halladay
    Dan Haren
    Gio González
    James Shields
    Edwin Jackson
    Jonathon Niese
    Mike Minor
    Jorge De La Rosa
    Carlos Mármol
    Joel Hanrahan
    Matt Thornton
    Neftali Feliz

    Thanks

  74. Ray says:
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    I like Carty’s pitching

  75. charlie batch says:
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    Please tell me what I need to improve my team.

    1st pick, 10-team yahoo h2h categories. 5×5, with Ks & BBs added for batters, and L & CG added for pitchers.

    c – arencibia (24)
    1b – pujols (1)
    2b – raburn (18)
    3b – reynolds (8)
    ss – reyes (3)
    if – morneau (5)
    of – kemp (2)
    of – heyward (4)
    of – pence (6)
    util – chris b young (9)
    util – fowler (25)

    sp – gallardo (7)
    sp – oswalt (10)
    sp – scherzer (11)
    rp – axford (14)
    rp – perez (15)
    p – brett anderson (12)
    p – gio gonzalez (13)
    p – daniel hudson (16)
    p – craig kimbrel (17)
    bn – volquez (19)
    bn – edwin jackson (20)
    bn – ian kennedy (21)
    bn – cueto (22)
    bn – mike minor (23)

    tried picking as many of your sleepers as possible, haha. Missed out on tabata by 1 pick!

    As always, thank you for your help Grey. Dont you get tired of answering questions? haha

  76. VinWins

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    @Eddy: Thanks for the link! Team is looking good, but have spent a lot too.

  77. BKK says:
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    @Eddy: @VinWins: I like what they have so far too, but so much for not spending over $30 on a player. I can’t believe they have both Braun and Pujols. Clearly, this is Rudy’s draft, this is more his style than Grey’s.

  78. Steve says:
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    @Ray: He has a bunch of spots to fill and only $2 left. And another guy is over $260 already. How does that happen?

  79. Steve says:
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    @BKK: I think even Grey would allow some elasticity when it’s NL only and 13 teams. Those are gret prices for those two I reckon.

    @Ray: Oops. The spreradsheet has just been updated/corrected!

  80. BKK says:
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    @Steve: Oh, I agree on that point. But that is the point, Grey doesn’t believe in taking pitchers early in snake drafts, and doesn’t like the Studs and Duds approach either. But it seems to be working for them.

    I’m liking Davenport’s team as well though.

  81. chata says:
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    @BKK:
    @Steve:

    if i had to guess , capuano is a Grey pick .
    and maybe Rudy let him over-spend for morrison
    to off-set the walker pick .
    wouldn’t surprise me to see Grey pushing for reyes , though .

  82. BKK says:
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    @chata: Team looks really good, if Mesoraco displaces Grandal on the 40 man roster, he could hit some dingers for their squad.

  83. wilsoniam says:
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    grey, are you hitting the panic on utley yet? i have him in a keeper, and was just wondering if i should move him before serious injury news, or if thats just an overreaction?

  84. Mr2Bits says:
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    @wilsoniam:

    Injections in the knees during Spring training is not a good sign. Not saying its time to panic but I would be looking for a backup or someone who thinks he will be able to make it through a full season.

  85. Grey

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    @mr baseball: For a 20 team league, the team looks really strong. Only small issue, not sure I agree with the Sale gamble. Could pay off though.

    @Tom Thumb: Looks good for you.

    @amscalone: Don’t see how you’re getting that team, but if you are it’s solid.

    @paulzone: 1B

    @ChiSox: Gallardo

    @Knucklehead McSpazatron: Looks right on those 9.

    @elwood blues: Latos

    @Brad: Thanks for the kind words!

    @Mr2Bits: Looks like a much deeper league than 10 team, which isn’t good. Looks bad on average, and I don’t like a lot of guys on your team, but you know that from reading the site. Morrison…

    @charlie batch: Looks like a really solid team. I wouldn’t look to improve it yet.

    @wilsoniam: It’s not great, but what are you moving him for?

  86. Giggles McGehee says:
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    Trust your instincts w/ Gio Gonzalez not some redic projections. This is the year it all comes together.

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