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Another week in the books, my fellow pretend baseball heads.  The chase for wins continues this week with a stellar group of entries comprised of 9 guys whose combined career starts don’t even equal the other person’s.  I can’t even remember what I was doing in 1986 when Jamie Moyer started his first game. Oh… I remember now it was called being a kid and getting dirty and stealing cars.   Stuff we all did and never got caught for, boys being boys type stuff.  It is kind of weird to imagine the same player being in the fantasy pool from my year one start into fantasy in 1989, til this year.  Crazy stuff.  He needs to get out of that pool ‘cuz he is going to be all wrinkly.  Even if you hate the Rockies, you have to root for Jamie a little, just don’t do it too loud; he frightens easily.  So enjoy the week to come and happy fantasy scavenging.  (Pitchers and matchups change so please be aware.)

One Start Streamers :

4/25

Kyle Drabek @Bal – Hammel

Luke Hochevar @Cle – Tomlin

Barry Zito @Cin – Arroyo

4/26

Philip Humber vs Bos – Doubront

Rick Porcello vs Sea – Noesi

4/27

Danny Duffy @MIN – Pavano

Jake Westbrook @Mil – TBD

4/28

Randall Delgado vs Pit – Bedard

Two Star Options:

Jamie Moyer (@Pit vs McDonald, NYM vs Dickey) – Moyer will be in Pittsburgh and Denver this week throwing a baseball unfast.  I hope he doesn’t wear out his feet peddling his car to the games, he needs his strength.

Lucas Harrell (@Mil vs Greinke, @Cin vs Latos) – I personally think it’s great that the ‘Stros are giving the kid from ET a chance.  No word on if they gave his bike with a basket a job in the transportation department.

Bartolo Colon (CHW vs Peavy, @Bal vs Hunter) – 15 straight scoreless innings, and he threw 38 consecutive strikes in his start on Wednesday.  That to me is crazy.  I can’t do anything 38 times in a row with out the help of visual aides. This is the only piece of actual stat in this article, so you’re welcome.

Henderson Alvarez (@Bal vs Hunter, Sea vs Vargas) – Remember 2 weeks ago when I said it would be his only appearance on this weekly format. Well, the gist of it is I lied, because people still don’t have this guy rostered enough so your stuck listening about him.

Chris Capuano (ATL vs Jurrjens, WAS vs Zimmermann) – Oooh, 2 starts at home, I still think I would take Paul Lynde to block.  We come for the K’s and stay for the apuano.  Oh wait,  damn you phonetics. Somewhere in heaven, Charles Nelson Reilly is jealous of Paul Lynde being mentioned.

Bruce Chen (Tor vs Morrow, @Min vs Liriano) – To me Bruce Chen is like the guy who still buys Zima at the liquor store.  You see it as being available in the store, but wonder who ever buys it.  Now you know, but you really shouldn’t.

Jason Marquis (Bos vs Lester, KC vs Sanchez) – I ran into Marquis at the Wawa ordering a quesadilla after his start against the Yankees and asked about his 2 start week.  He said, “You know me as the b-i-z-m-a-r-q-u-i-s,  I go for what I know doin’ a show for human beings, I’m guaranteed to roc,k I make the ladies scream and shout.” “Nobody beats the bizzzz.”  Floored, he autographed my 6″ sub in oil and vinegar.

R.A. Dickey (Mia vs Buerhle, @COL vs Moyer) – A knuckleballing New York guy named Dickey, I thought Rudy did away with all that type of riff-raff.  If he can keep the ball in the park he will be successful.  That dynamite piece of advice brought to you by obviousness and wig-wam socks.

Clayton Richard (Was vs Zimmermann, @SF vs Cain) – My first rule of fantasy streaming is don’t trust a guy with 2 first names. Second rule is always check for an Adam’s apples. Cuz, you never can tell with the advancements in modern medicine. Wait, are we still talking about streaming pitchers?

Jason Vargas (@Det vs Scherzer, @Tor vs Alvarez) – The Hawk and Animal special of the week. This guy is pitching better than I think anyone is giving him credit for. Yeah, he’s a Marginer and is away from home this week, but I say fiddle faddle.   Trends come and go, that’s why I am still hanging onto my Jordache jeans.

  1. quimmy says:
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    great article!

    quick question, looking to sell high on Cespedes right now while i can. i have been offered melky in one deal and markakis in another. would either one of them qualify as a good get for Cespedes or should I hold? as an extra bit of info, my offense is really balanced, i have alot of pop and alot of good avg, so cespedes batting 220 isnt going to kill me.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @quimmy, Hold for me Cespedes has more ability to overwhelm then the other 2

  2. JungleMike says:
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    Is Latos worth the 2 starts this week in ROTO? Shit, is he worth keeping at all? It’s quite a shallow league with only 6 teams.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JungleMike, 6 teams, fringe. He is usable in his second start this week against Houston.

      • JungleMike says:
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        @Smokey, That’s what I was thinking, too. There’s just so much pitching still around.

  3. BucLover says:
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    Thanks for the two-start articles. I use them often.
    I’m in a Yahoo h2h where one of the guys in the league is giving away good hitters for closers/speedsters. I’m thinking of offering him Street/DeeGordon for Jeter/JUpton. What do you think of the trade? Of course, Upton’s thumbs worries me, but I’d love to get him if he can get healthy.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @BucLover, No problemo. It’s a win trade for you if you can afford to lose some saves/steals

  4. quimmy says:
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    @Smokey, thx smokey. one more question if u dont mind. which side would u rather have in an obp league:

    cespedes and lind
    or
    konerko and schaefer

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @quimmy, Schaefer doesnt do much for me at all. I’d take the Cespedes side.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Smokey, Though it’s close. Hit submit way too premature.

  5. EK says:
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    Pls rank:

    E. Santana
    Chacin
    Volquez

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @EK, Ervin, Volquez if home, then Chacin. Volquez last if not

  6. L-Boogie says:
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    12-team, 5×5, weekly lineups. too many good pitching options this week.

    Def starting Bum (NYM, SD) and Garza (StL, Philly)

    Which 3 should I start of:

    Gio (LAD): Best pitcher vs best team
    Marcum (Hou): its the ‘Stros. How can I not start him
    Lynn (Cubs): Red hot
    Peavy (Oak, Bos): 2 starts but does Boston scare me?
    Volquez (Wash): eh

    Thanks dude.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Gio, Lynn and Marcum

  7. EK says:
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    Dunn or Lind?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @EK, Dunn for right now

  8. Alcesto says:
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    Yo, is anybody sending Vogelsong out there at the Mets? Does it seem like the mets are getting their bats going?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Alcesto, Sit for me.

      • Alcesto says:
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        @Smokey, I appreciate the response. In a vacuum, which side of this trade do you like, longoria and capps for CarGo and garza? Thanks again.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Alcesto, Longo

  9. golfnut says:
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    Justin upton for bruce, kendrick?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @golfnut, Seems fair to me, who would Kendrick be replacing at 2b presumably?

      • golfnut says:
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        @Smokey, kendrick is my utility guy….of or if guy….

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @golfnut, Are you getting Upton here then? I would hold then for now

  10. MrHappyTime says:
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    Danks, Bedard, or Duffy tomm as a streamer?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Danks based on match-ups

  11. JungleMike says:
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    Another question…. (or two)

    6 team ROTO league… I just picked up Headly to replace Youkillis as my 1b/3b spot.. thinking about dropping Youkilis all together for another pitcher since Latos is sucking hard. Thoughts?

    Also…. Chris Perez or Huston Street? I’ve got Rodriguez & Valverde, also.

    Thanks!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JungleMike, 6 teamers are kind of play the hot hand because the waiver wire is littered with talent. I would hold on Youk for another week, if you can add Headley now and lose someone else sure. Perez

      • JungleMike says:
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        @Smokey, Thanks man. I dropped latos for Headley and I’ll wait and see with the Youk.

  12. Chunk says:
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    Lidge looks dizzy.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chunk, call Kim Novak

  13. Hawk says:
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    For the 11.5% of ESPN players who still own Rick Porcello, and likely don’t read this site which begs the question “why post it here” and the answer is “Because they are dumb so why should I help them”

    They can get rid of him now:

    1IP, 10H, 9R (8ER), 1BB, 1K today

    Ouch.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Hawk, Yea he is a mix and match guy for me, definitely a sit versus Detroit today.

  14. EK says:
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    Pls rank for SS:

    Aviles
    Cozart
    Aybar
    Escobar

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @EK, Cozart, Aviles, Esco, Aybar

      • EK says:
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        @Smokey, where does Furcal fit in?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @EK, Behind Aviles, for now. An injury has to happen right?

  15. jack says:
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    Dare to run out Holland at home vs NYY and TB this week?
    Frank Frank might get the hook soon … Parnell or Rauch?
    Thx!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @jack, Depends on other options, Rauch

      • jack says:
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        @Smokey, Now it looks like Holland just has one start vs NYY. Maybe you can rank top 6 of my staff for the week? Hamels, Hanson, Garza (stL and PHi), Anibal, Lynn (@CHC), HenAlva (Sea and Bal), Holland (NYY), and Harrison (TB). thx

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @jack, Hamels,Anibal, Hanson, Garza, Harrison, Lynn

          • jack says:
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            @Smokey, high on Harrison! BTW, this is a 4X4 with no Ks, so that probably pushes 2 start HenAlva into top 6?

            • Smokey

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              @jack, Maybe based on that but I have Harrison ranked higher than Hendo.

  16. johnny o says:
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    10 owners, 5×5 roto 6 sp 3 rp, 1 p.
    Motte, frank frank, balfour. Do I add H Rod? Who do I drop?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @johnny o, Hold for now.

  17. ball says:
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    10 team al only 5×5

    Trade Ervin Santana for H.Santiago and J.Benoit?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @ball, ehh wish wash. If it counts holds u have my blessing

  18. Ace says:
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    deep NL-only but loaded roster

    will i regret cutting john mayberry jr?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ace, I hope not

  19. Chunk says:
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    If humber throws a perfect game, should I drop ejax for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely…

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, Of course I’m in Chicago and have my mlbtv blacked out. Has he looked sick? Pitch count is nuts.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Chunk, Good thing I recommended him last week. Haha

          • Chunk says:
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            @Smokey, Nice call, wish I listened haha

  20. Public Enemy #1 says:
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    Think LaHair moves to the OF and Rizzo gets the call to play 1b now that Byrd has been shipped off to Boston?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Public Enemy #1, I think Brett Jackson gets the call eventually

  21. chiasports says:
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    GREY YOU ARE THE MAN!!! LOL

    saw you were high on getting two hummers in a week for free and i agreed so i picked him up asap.ill probably get most points and for sure a much needed win thanks to you! I RECIEVED 74.33 POINTS IN MY LEAGUE FOR HIM THIS WEEK !

    anyone else out there who picked up hummer and got that pg…. bow to the god right now and post….THANK YOU GREY!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @chiasports, More like smokey but same family

  22. chiasports says:
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    P. Humber SP CHW 4 @ SEA 0 (F) 96 PC, 9 INN, 9 K, W, CG, NH, PG, SO TODAY 66 WK 74.33

  23. Chris says:
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    What do you think of this trade?

    Give

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Tommy Hanson

    Get

    Hunter Pence
    Howie Kendrick

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chris, Meh. I wouldn’t give up on giancarlo yet

  24. Denys says:
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    what’s up with braun this year? reportedly playing with an illness? … right, steroidlessitis?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Denys, I mean my herpes flares up now and then too…lol.

  25. Terrence Mann says:
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    Nice call on Humber, fine sir.

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @Terrence Mann, I streamed Humber on all my teams this week. :)

      Doing the same with Capuano this week..
      .I’ll be here to cuss you out next weekend.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Terrence Mann, i deserve all of it I am sure haha

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, Thanks.

  26. Kane says:
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    Drop Espinosa for Aviles? Also, drop Goldschmidt for either Reimold or De Aza? Thank you!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Kane, Other options for CI or 1b? Reimold is peaking no way he keeps elite status right?

      Was high on de aza to give 10/30 but maybe thats me and looks pretty good right now. I’d hold right now

  27. Kane says:
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    Votto at 1B, and Youkilis/Gamel for CI. Also have Zimmerman at 3B. I’m shuffling players in and out because of nagging injuries that are killing me between Phillips, Youkilis, Zimmerman, J. Upton, and Stanton….and its only April!!

    • Smokey

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      @Kane, I’d hold for a while Goldy will have a hot flash moment where he mashes 4-5 HR’s in a week. Don’t over react and go with a hot schmatatoe.

  28. slappy says:
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    Headley or Rasmus for the rest of the year?

  29. DrEasy says:
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    Dan Hudson to the DL, any idea who’s going to be the #5 SPin Arizona in his absence? Looking for someone to pick-up in my Razzball league. :)

    • Chunk says:
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      @DrEasy, Humber or Burnett could be sneaky adds, if young guns like lynn/drabek/milone are all owned…

  30. nightpandas says:
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    who’s a better DL hold: J De La Rosa or B Anderson

    • Chunk says:
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      @nightpandas, DLR, I think he’s back sooner

  31. BlinkULDHC says:
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    Danny Duffy is extremely underrated. The hardest thing to find are high K/9 starting pitchers. Even if Duffy ends up with a 1.30 WHIP and 4.00 ERA, his K/9 should be at least 8.5-9.0. You pair Duffy with a guy like Johnny Cueto and his 3.20/1.10/6.0, you’ll get two SP who combine for roughly 3.50/1.20/7.2, i.e. the production of two Shawn Marcums.

  32. Junior Ortiz says:
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    Been holding Andrew Bailey on my DL. Now Daniel Hudson and Sergio Santos have been disabled. In a 12-team league, I’ve still got Frank Francisco, Street, Hank-Rod and Casilla to get saves.

    Of Bailey, Hudson and Santos, which is the most droppable in favor of streamers?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Junior Ortiz, Bailey

  33. mc serch says:
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    hey smoke! great work here at razzball….i noticed no mention of detwiler in possible streams this week….not buying into the hype or dont like the matchups?

    • Smokey

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      @mc serch, I like him, he gets the Dodgers and Billingsley it looks like.

  34. Black Beard says:
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    What’s your take on Edwin Jackson this year? Is he a must be owned in a ten team?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Black Beard, 10 team he is a tweener, more of exploit match-u[p type until he shows that he can be consistent from start to start. Which may be never

      • Black Beard says:
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        @Smokey, better speculative add ROTW: EJax or Parker? Mostly looking for upside.

        • Smokey

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          @Black Beard, I tend to shy away from rookies first starts. So EJax this week at least.

  35. Doug Ault says:
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    I just traded Pujols,Moustakas and Stanton for Fielder and Longoria.
    Good deal, or did I pull the chute too soon?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Doug Ault, Think you did ok

  36. Steve says:
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    Hey Smokey – hope you’re still checking this post. Got a Holds question. League is 12-team , H2H.

    I’d prefer to set-and-forget my Holds guy. I currently have Crain, but seems that Reed and Thornton (who are owned) are seeing most of the opportunities.

    Do you like any of the guys below over Crain?

    Qualls
    Jared Burton
    Tony Watson
    Ryan Cook (most intruiging to my way of thinking. 3 Holds so far, great ratios, A’s seem to play a lot of close games)
    Burnett
    Mujica
    Brothers

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Steve, I would probably stick with Crain, tho trying to understand when and how the Sox use their relievers is a crap shoot at best. I like Cook but he isn’t a K pitcher.

      • Steve says:
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        Hmmm. Doesn’t the fact that Cook maybe has a more regular shot at Holds make up for his low Ks?

        • Smokey

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          @Steve, Maybe, maybe not. Predicting holds is tough like predicting wins. But I did just pick up Cook in one league this morning so you have my blessing there if you wanna go in that direction and we can laugh at each other in 2 weeks.

  37. Tate says:
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    Should I pick up Bard or Latos off the waiver wire?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Tate, Who would you drop, How many teams?

      • Tate says:
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        @Smokey, 10 teams would drop my streaming pitcher spot who at the moment is Colon
        Or thinking I should pick both of them up and drop Neise or Edwin Jackson.
        I have as my closers: Putz,League, and Perez. In this league we can play a max of 3 closers at a time. So I may not need Bard as a closer if he becomes one but may be an upgrade over Perez.

        • Smokey

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          @Tate, Latos is an interesting grab just for speculation that he is off in the early going. I don’t think Bard is rosterable without having a for sure closer spot.

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