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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 2012 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2012 San Francisco Giants Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Trevor Cole from Giants Baseball Blog and their GiantsCast.

1) I’m slightly crazy with my Madison Bumgarner fantasy this year.  I know it’s a lot to ask a Giants fan to temper my enthusiasm, so I won’t!  What’s your prediction for Bumgarner this year?

Your excitement is completely justified. He’s legit and I really expect him to come into his own this season. It’ll be his second full year in the bigs and judging by the way he ended 2011, he’s in for a real breakout this year. He really only had one abysmal start in 2011, vs. the Twins in June during interleague play, in which he was knocked out in the first inning. All he did was come back his next outing and strike out 11 in a dominant win over Cleveland. In 2011, he wound up at 13-13 with a 3.21 era, a 1.21 WHIP and roughly a strikeout per inning while cracking the 200 innings barrier. And as solid as those numbers were, I expect further improvement in 2012, especially if the Giants offense improves. I think 15 wins, a sub-3.00 era and 200+K’s are certainly attainable for the 22 year-old and that’s about what I expect from him. He get’s overlooked a bit because he’s in a rotation with Cain and Lincecum, but I think 2012 has some big things in store for “MadBum.”

2) How’s Buster Posey’s rehab going?  Better yet, will he play more than 50 games this year?

Yeah, I think he’s a pretty safe bet to play in over 50 games this year. I’d look for him to get a lot more time over at first base, just to ensure he doesn’t have too heavy a catching load, too early on. Buster will be fine and will be out there behind the plate on opening day, barring a drastic set-back. The real question is, what kind of form he’ll be in.

3) If you look at Aubrey Huff’s year-in and year-out numbers he tends to alternate good and bad years.  This held true in 2010 and 2011 too.  Besides this anecdotal flimflammery is there any reason to think Huff is good in 2012?

Well, the Giants are surely banking on him returning to form, and it’ll be awful tough for him to be worse than he was in 2011. The thing that really rubbed Giants fans and his teammates the wrong way last year was that it didn’t seem to bother Aubrey that he was struggling so badly. In fact, he was quoted in September saying “some years you’re good, some years you aren’t”, which in other words says ” oh well, I’m not having a great year this year, but we won the Series last year so it’s OK”. That has kind of fueled Huff this winter, and he’s supposedly worked harder this offseason than any other in his career. One of the major complaints about Huff was that he showed up completely out of shape in 2011, and now he’s trying to get back to that 2010 form. He even has sent the Giants management and training staff weekly updates and pictures of the progress he’s making, and he appears to be in much better shape this time around. I expect Huff (in a walk year) to be around .275 with 20 homers and 80 RBI’s by seasons end, not great numbers but a marked improvement over last season.

4) How many at-bats does Nate Schierholtz see and what kind of numbers does he put up?

I think this is a question yet to be determined. The Giants have kind of been hush-hush on what their outfield plans are, but general consensus is that Nate will enter the year as the starting right fielder. However, if Brandon Belt and Aubrey Huff are each hitting, come the end of spring, the Giants could end up moving one of them to left field and re-shuffling the outfield accordingly. I really like Nate, but he’s a very streaky player, and I’m not sure he’s cut out to be an everyday, 500+ at-bat player. I think he’s the ideal 4th outfielder because of his defensive flexibility, that cannon of an arm and his streaky good bat. At times in 2011, he looked as if he’d be go on to hit .300 by the end of the year, then he’d hit a slump and drop back down, then get hurt. No matter what, Nate will get his at-bats though, and if he does take advantage of getting the starting job early on, he could certainly entrench himself into that right field gig full-time. In a lot of ways, he reminds me of former Giant Randy Winn, and Winn didn’t really come into his own and become an all-star player with Seattle until his late 20’s. The same could hold true for Nate Schierholtz.

5) What semi-plausible scenario would upset you more as a Giants fan?
A) Brian Wilson reveals a crystal meth addiction.
B) The Giants name Barry Bonds as hitting coach.
C) Pablo Sandoval trips over Bruce Bochy’s enormous head and falls on Tim Lincecum.

The only one of these things I’d actually like to see happen is Barry return as the hitting coach for this team, and I think any Giants fan would be on board with that as well. This offense has been a rough one to watch the last few years, even when they won the series, they didn’t have a top-notch lineup. I mean, Bonds was one of the best all-around hitters of his era before steroids became a factor, and there’s no doubt he’d be an asset at teaching the approach he took at the plate to the young Giants hitters. Now, unlike Mark McGwire, Bonds would probably never consider taking a lowly hitting coach job, but it was actually bantered about quite a bit on sports talk radio and Bay Area sports tabloids last summer when the team’s offense was sputtering. Barry Bonds is still a huge part of the Giants family, so who knows, maybe he does re-join the organization in some capacity…. I guess, pertaining to this question, B or D would be the worst scenario for the Giants.

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  1. Steve says:
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    Did he just say that Huff is is the best shape of his life without trying to say Huff is in the best shape of his life?

    Just joking Trevor – I’m invested in some Giants so I hoping they do well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Hehe

  2. Grab belt now while you can still get him for peanuts. Stud by season’s end.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Khang Do, Hope so

  3. chata says:
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    “… and with 2 months still before opening day, there’s plenty of time to still bring him along at a slow pace. Buster will be fine …”

    you sat on this article for almost 2 months ?

    January Grey screwed the pooch .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, It’s a time capsule.

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    The question remains – how many games will Belt play this season. Encouraged my wife to pick him up in all leagues.

    One more in the list of ESPN issues – are other leagues having problems with their league transaction/message board posts lagging about 12 hours behind? You can check out transactions by clicking on the View All Activity Link, but this is a pain in the neck. Not that Yahoo is without its own annoyances. For months leagues have been plagued with duplicate messages being posted, and Yahoo dumps so many files that my computer slows down to a crawl after about 15 minutes, which makes 15 second lineup changes into an ordeal that goes on and on and on…

    • chata says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts,

      “that is so 27 seconds ago” .

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @chata, Ha!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Not just you man think its the whole ESPN fantasy community. ESPN better get this sorted before the games start.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @TheNewGuy, I would hope so. And it would be nice to replace the moronic censor. I think that it is Sister Hildegard from my 6th grade class in Catholic elementary school.

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Geez make a decision on the chi sox and Nats closers already. This wait is agony for us fantasy owners, especially in leagues where both H-Rod and Lidge are available for 1 spot, and you dont know which to gamble on.

  6. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Does this look like it could be a staff that cleans house in a 10 team league?

    Greinke
    Shields
    CJ Wilson
    Beachy
    Beckett
    Motte
    Betancourt
    Farnsworth
    Putz
    (Thornton/JJohnson)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, You need another starter…

      • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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        @Grey, it’s a 200 start league. I figure I’ll deal off my excess later in the year for an SP or two. In the mean time I’ll likely play the abundant waiver wire and spot start SPs throwing in Petco, Safeco, O.co, Miami.co, SF.co, Minn.co etc. Basically I have 35 to 45 starts to fill over the course of the season. That’s essentially three spot starts every two weeks, which seems reasonable.
        In shallow daily leagues I think people get too hung up on needing to get all their stat targets from their drafted team. Personally, I’d rather have a little flexibility to grab a hitter or SP with a dream match up or just to plug in a good set up man to help aid my ratios a bit.

  7. Project_badass says:
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    12-team, roto, 5×5

    Who do u like better, Thames or Vernon Wells?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_badass, Thames

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    2nd base questions,castilla,beckam,aviles or take a flier on hughes

    • royce! says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, I vote for trading me a closer for Ackley or Walker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, Beckham

  9. Mr. Rickey says:
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    12 Team 5X5 standard Roto league. Concerned about my OF:

    McCutchen
    Stubbs
    Heyward
    Bourjos
    Wells
    Tabata (Util or OF)

    Available on waivers are:

    Thames
    Schierholtz
    Quentin
    Fowler
    Heisey

    Would you make any moves?

    • Paul Wilson says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Mr. Wells, let me show you the waiver wire. Ta da! Hello, Mr. Non-Vernon Wells!

      • Mr. Rickey says:
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        @Paul Wilson, Which non-Vernon Wells do you favor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Thames

      • Simply Fred

        Simply Fred says:
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        @Grey, Thames’ AVG HR Dist was 409 last year, EXCELLENT. His no-doubters–to–just-enough ratio was 2.00, which actually bests Stanton’s 1.88. He is legit. (SMALL sample size, yes. :-) )

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Simply Fred, Good info, Fred…

  10. Jack says:
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    Do you think either K. Gregg or M. Lindstrom have any chance of overtaking J. Johnson for saves? And if so, which one is more likely? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Yup…Lindstrom…

  11. SerranoRules says:
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    Pablo Sandoval – how good can this guy be if healthy and conditioned?
    Big Fan…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SerranoRules, I’m pretty generous in my rankings…

  12. R.P. Angstmann says:
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    In a lineup balanced with speed and power,who do you drop,Wells or Tabata?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @R.P. Angstmann, Tabata

  13. Ken Plane says:
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    I know that spring training stats can be taken lightly but, Stauffer has been awful. If you had to drop him or Lily, which would you cut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ken Plane, You can’t wait until Lilly goes on the DL?

      • Ken Plane says:
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        @Grey, Sadly no DL slots.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ken Plane, I’d keep Stauffer…

  14. MrHappyTime says:
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    Aviles, Cozart, or A Escobar at ss?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Cozart

  15. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: Thoughts on this team- #3 pick overall. 16 man league h2h 5×5:

    Mccann
    Duda
    Cano
    Pablo Sandoval
    Furcal
    Daniel Murphy 2B/SS
    Todd Helton 1B/3B
    Mccutchen OF
    Beltran OF
    Markakis OF
    Boesch OF
    Josh Reddick Util

    Pitchers
    Price
    Latos
    Bailey RP
    Kuroda
    Cueto
    Addison Reed RP
    Mike Leake
    Salas RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony, Team’s got some major holes and flyers on guys I’m not that crazy about…

  16. Anthony says:
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    ESPN league ….

  17. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: OOps – ESPN LEAGUE – I had #5 Pick

  18. whippersnappers says:
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    Random question for you. Assuming David Murphy is the Rangers starting left fielder is he a major sleeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @whippersnappers, Not really major… He’s a 30-year-old 15/15 guy…

  19. TheSoloRush says:
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    Hey Grey. No questions about Belt? I take that as a bad sign for his chance of making the team.

    @Grey: if Aroldis Chapman makes the rotation, where would he slot in your SP rankings?

    Trying to decide if I would drop Dempster to pick him up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheSoloRush, It’s no sign meaning anything… Aroldis would be around 60th overall…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        blogger (Red Legs Review) said , on the 29th , that aroldis
        is likely going back to the pen .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @chata, Yeah, I don’t doubt it at all. With Madson injury, they need bullpen arms and don’t need starters.

  20. Wilsonian says:
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    Hey man, looking to send along some donations but the usual daiquiri button is gone. I feel like I’m abusing you like a red-headed step child and would like to donate to the cause. Am I supposed to just continue abusing this site without providing you with menial compensation?

  21. impaulsible says:
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    Yahoo reporting that Henry Rodriguez is closing

    Sat, Mar 31
    RHP Henry Rodriguez is going to move to the closer’s role while RHP Drew Storen is out. The Nationals placed Storen on the disabled list late in spring training due to elbow inflammation. The team’s not sure when he’ll be back, but Rodriguez’s fastballs are pushing 100 mph. He’s also got a back-breaking curve.
    (Yahoo! Sports)

    • Eddy says:
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      @impaulsible, Success!

      • impaulsible says:
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        @Eddy, GREAT Success! makes me feel a lil better about drafting the dubious duo of Frank Frank and Thornton as my first two closers

        • Simply Fred

          Simply Fred says:
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          @impaulsible, from yesterday’s post:

          “# 68 Simply Fred Says:
          March 30th, 2012 at 11:32 pm
          Henry picked up his 3rd save of the spring:

          8 pitches
          8 strikes
          0 balls”

          tea leaves are there to be read…

          • Simply Fred

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            @Simply Fred, from Grey’s Buy yesterday:

            “Henry Rodriguez – Could get saves, will get Ks, could hurt your WHIP. 6 of one, half dozen of another and six of a negative. That’s 6, which is not a prime number. Oh, no!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @impaulsible, Nice!

    • Black Beard says:
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      @impaulsible, wow. I’ve looked for reports of this elsewhere, but Yahoo seems to be the only outlet carrying this. Has anyone found confirmation elsewhere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @impaulsible, Yeah, would be nice to see this somewhere else before dropping Lidge…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, OK to drop Reed for him though, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @impaulsible, Whaatttt?? Bloody hell typical closer shituation, chasing saves isn’t fun actually. Can’t believe they chose a rook over Lidge…and now H-Rod is gone in my leagues too…t y p i c a l…

  22. wovenstrap says:
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    9-team league, custom full stats (e.g. you get a point for a HBP) with almost no prep, using just your tiers spreadsheet (as will become evident):

    C Avila
    1B Konerko
    2B Pedroia
    3B Bautista
    SS Castro
    OF Braun
    OF Bruce
    OF N. Cruz
    UTIL Morse
    UTIL L. Morrison

    SP Greinke
    SP C.J. Wilson
    SP Latos
    SP D. Hudson
    SP G. Gonzalez
    RP Jansen
    RP Santos

    Bench Kipnis
    Bench Bourjos
    Bench Arencibia
    Bench A. Sanchez
    Bench Marcum
    Bench Beachy
    Bench Peavy
    Bench Worley

    Our league always depends on SP performance, and my front-line pitchers are not really quite good enough. Other than that, what are my weak spots?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wovenstrap, Your pitching is more than fine… Hitting looks solid enough too… One of the rare occasions when I see a team that is actually very strong in average… You’re good on power too… Pretty light on speed, but you can fix that in-season…

      • wovenstrap says:
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        @Grey, Thank you so much. It’s not 5X5, so the speed aspect is moot. In our ESPN league, every player would get a given number of points. 2.6 per day is about the waiver wire threshold…. a lot of players who do well in 5X5 get dragged down by Ks, GIDPs, and so on. A top SP would average about 25 points a day, there are maybe 10 pitchers in MLB who do that. Greinke and Wilson were around 18.5, the rest around 15/16. I don’t think another team in my league was able to get a staff with no guys dropping down as far as 12-13, as I did. But other teams have 1 or 2 20+ SPs, and those guys win championships. Thanks again! I think the spreadsheet led to a damn good team, but it’s tough to reconcile 5X5 rankings with our system…..

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @wovenstrap, BEST…ROTATION…EVER

      In fact its too good, you’ve got 8 guys!

  23. jimmy says:
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    bumgarner’s arm is going to fall off sooner then later with his heavy reliance on the slider. I predict at least 2 DL stints

  24. beardcrabs says:
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    where is D?

    Let go GI-ANTS!!!

  25. stumanji says:
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    Re: question 5, in the words of Grey, “There is no D.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stumanji, Ha!

  26. Tyler-"JamesJ" says:
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    Grey, Let me know any concerns about my hitting draft? What do you think about J.D. Martinez? I grabbed Carl Crawford in the 15th round expecting him to hit the DL. I have a BA concern with my team overall, and he seems to be flying under the radar playing for the Astros. Great Podcast by the way! “trumbo-ner”=classic.

    C Saltalamaccia
    C Lucroy

    1B Votto
    2B Jemile Weeks
    SS Jimmy Rolins
    3B Longoria
    CI Aramis Ramirez
    UT Adam Lind

    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Jayson Werth
    OF Chris Young
    OF Carl Crawford
    BN Colby Rasmus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tyler-“JamesJ”, Thanks! No idea how many teams… JD will be fine for counting stats…

      • Tyler-"JamesJ" says:
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        @Grey,
        11 Team, 2C, 1MI, 1CI, 5OF, 1UT, 5BN. I used all of my bench except Colby Rasmus ( 25th round) for Pitching. I can move Bonifacio to the outfield to grab a MI if those stats out weigh an OF. 2nd year in an executive league (think retire-ees with nothing to do)where the Altuve’s to the Bourbon’s have been taken for upside. I THINK my team is weak in BA, but maybe wrong? Any suggestions …

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Tyler-“JamesJ”, Hitting looks pretty well balanced… Average should be fine as long as Longoria bounces back as expected…

  27. chata says:
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    halladay against the blue jays , down in clearwater ,
    but the winds are blowing out to all fields .

    could be lots of HRs today for toronto .

    • chata says:
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      @chata,

      no rain , yet , in clearwater
      but they put the tarp on , ‘cuz the wind
      was whipping the infield dirt around .

      halladay may not be back … down 2-0 after 2 .

  28. bubblegumbobbie says:
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    is utley totally droppable if i have another dl guy but no 2nd baseman worth noting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bubblegumbobbie, Depends on league size…

  29. transientbeingz says:
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    Grey, rank the 4:
    Henderson Alvarez, Nicasio, Cahill, and J chacin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @transientbeingz, Chacin, Cahill, Nicasio…

  30. Vottomatic says:
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    @Grey: I could use another pitcher. So, would you pick up Samardija or Matusz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vottomatic, Samardzija

  31. Jon says:
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    @Grey, I’m in an NL-only league where you only roster 19 players and must own a player from each of the 16 teams (can’t own any more than 2 from one team). I know the format is unusual, but what do you think of my team?

    C Soto CHI
    1B Votto CIN
    2B Uggla ATL
    3B McGehee PIT (if you had any suggestions for some NL sleeper 3B picks, I’d really appreciate it)
    SS Reyes MIA
    OF Victorino PHI
    OF Young ARI
    OF Cuddyer COL
    B Altuve HOU
    B Bay NY (Mets were rough – wish I’d gotten Duda here)

    SP Kershaw LA
    SP Bumgarner SF
    SP Gio WAS
    SP Beachy ATL
    B Luebke SD
    B Garcia STL
    B Cahill ARI
    B Worley PHI

    RP Axford MIL

    Thanks!

    • Jon says:
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      It’s rotisserie, by the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, I’d prefer Alvarez over McGehee, no idea who’s available though… Team looks pretty well balanced on hitting and pitching…Really not bad at all…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. Alvarez was taken right before I took McGehee… we were all scrambling for Pirates at the end.

  32. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, i will have to DL Pineda. Who would you pick up instead: Niese, Capuano, Sale, Hughes, Gee, Billingsley, Nolasco, Humber…yeah i know lots of useless buddies but i still have to fill the spot.

    • Grey

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      @Moscowitz, Niese or Sale…

  33. Principal Blackman says:
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    Hello Razzballers, any and all advice is welcome and appreciated.
    I’ve got a draft tomorrow for my deepest, craziest league. I inherited this abandoned keeper team last year. It’s a 14-team league with 27-man rosters. There are no waiver wire/FA pickups. Once a team is drafted it is set until a supplemental draft occurs roughly 1/3 of the way into the season. There is also a second supplemental draft roughly 2/3 of the way through the season. Players may be kept for up to 3 years at a cost of 1-3 picks. Players who were drafted as pure rookies may be also be kept for 3 years for picks 8-10. I don’t think anybody on my roster is worth my 1-3 picks except maybe Kinsler, especially with Pujols, Miggy, Braun and Fielder all being thrown back into the draft pool this year. At the end of last year I traded for extra picks in the 4th and 11th rounds as well. I’m trying to figure out if it is worth keeping Moustakas, Pineda and Jesus Montero with my 8-10 picks. According to the rules of our league, they each have rookie keeper eligibility for one more season after 2012 so long as they remain on my roster.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Principal Blackman, that should read “…rookies may also be kept for up to 2 years…”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Principal Blackman, I can’t figure out your question.

  34. Simply Fred

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    Useless stat of the day:

    #1 team for runs scored in spring training–wait for it

    wait for it–

    Padres at 182, 18 more than Cubbies.

    Oh, yeah, Marlins with nice round number of — 69.

    • Simply Fred

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      @Simply Fred, do NOT bombard Grey with:

      “What’s wrong with the Marlins?” :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simply Fred, Wow, that is pretty random… Only explanation I have is Padres regulars are a tad better than everyone else’s minor leaguers and players fighting for a job.

      • Simply Fred

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        @Grey, go figure. I was thinking about streaming Capuano against the lowly Pads and ran across that tidbit that made me think…hmmm…think I’ll watch a couple real games first.

  35. captainpyper says:
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    my RCL outfield is Pence, Maybin, Markakis, Crisp, Melky, Wells, Raburn. (IF cabby, phillips, beltre, castro) My OF makes me nervous, am I in trouble?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @captainpyper, Looks like it could be a challenge for your OF.

  36. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Kelly Johnson or Espinoza for 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa

  37. TheNewGuy says:
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    What a shituation in DC, how they can trust a kid over a proven closer in Lidge is beyond me. And now of course H-Rod is snapped up in all my leagues…Any other closer shituations worth monitoring? Reed worth a pickup in place of Lidge now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Is the Rodriguez thing official?

  38. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In my 12 team H2H league with Saves+Holds instead of saves I have t0o many RPs. Currently I’m rolling with Santos, Street, Jansen, Romo and Jim Johnson. Which one should I throw out to the wolves? Johnson is the actual closer but Romo should put up a better ERA/WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SwaggerJackers, Johnson

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey, Just to be clear – hold onto Johnson or drop Johnson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @SwaggerJackers, Drop

  39. chata says:
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    hahaha .
    votto tries to teal 2nd base in a spring training game .

    my guess is that he’ll get 4 SB’s this year ….
    2 of them being ruled “defensive indifference” ,
    if not attempted at his home ballpark .

    • chata says:
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      @chata,
      edit*
      teal = steal

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @chata, are we allowed to hate on votto on this website…

  40. elwood blues says:
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    Well I just moved my $1 jay for a $14 i.desmond. Hope it pays off. NL Only 4×4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, It’s a’ight…

  41. Slam says:
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    Got offered Halladay, Daniel Hudson, and Billy Butler for Miguel Cabrera and Luebke. I am in a bad way with starting pitching, my best SP is Garza now. I don’t know if Butler can really make up enough of the void to justify trading Miguel for Halladay and Hudson. WHat do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam, Not a good trade…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Slam, I actually kinda like that deal. Luebke and Hudson are pretty much awash so its Halladay and Moobs for Swiggy. If you have a decent 1B to replace Swiggy id probably do it. Butler should have a big RBI year in the Royals decent lineup.

  42. Slam says:
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    sorry, league counts slugging, obp, and quality starts as well as 5×5

  43. mike says:
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    Grey, I want Razzball T-shirts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike, The schmohawks we were dealing with absconded with our money, so no shirts right now…

  44. elwood blues says:
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    is mike leake making the rotation? Anyone know?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, I don’t see why he wouldn’t…

      • elwood blues says:
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        @Grey, redleg nation was pondering that one, which surprised me. I need to decide tonight whether to keep him at $5.

        • elwood blues says:
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          @elwood blues, and what about Colvin at $5.. i picked him up when I traded my $1Jay .. is he worth keeping as my #5 OF. I was thinking of throwing him back and seeing what I could get in the auction.

          • elwood blues says:
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            @elwood blues, well instead of Colvin I picked up Fowler at the last minute.. hope Dex hits better than he has this spring.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @elwood blues, I’d want Fowler over Colvin.

  45. Dim says:
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    JUpton, Garza & Cahill or Cespedes, Greinke & Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dim, It’s fair… Upton…

  46. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Don’t feel down about your buy recommendation on Liriano, Grey. Unlike last year in spring, Liriano’s velocity is hot and his command is precise. His K/BB rate is beautiful. Over the last several years, when he’s had poor control in spring, he’s been awful. When his control is on point, well… it’s why we keep drafting him to our teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, I want to get in on the ground floor of that one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Does it come in draft?

  47. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, in my league holds count aswell as saves.

    I have two closers in Axford and Francisco, one soon to be one in Greg Holland. I think he will end up having as many holds as saves which i am ok with.

    Robertson and Adams are my relievers.

    Now Francisco is borderline to me. I dont like his stats and i think i could get more out of Marshall or even Thornton and Balfour than out of Francisco. Would you drop him for one of these guys?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, I wouldn’t right now…

  48. TheNewGuy says:
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    Grey would you think Reed has any chance of snagging the CWS closer role. Would you add him for a starter in Hochevar? 16 teamer.

    Really wanna hit on one of these closer carousel shituations!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d add him over Hochevar.

  49. HR POOL says:
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    Got the first pick in my homerun pool tonight (4 points per HR, 1 per RBI) no other stat counts, no pitchers. Who do i take? Pujols, right? Positional scarcity is not a factor either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HR POOL, Sure

  50. Fletch says:
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    Some goof dropped Morse in my H2H pts. league and I have the one slot at waivers. Do I use my one slot or save it?

    Who would you drop to get Morse out of Storen, N. Walker or Ackley? I’m actually leaning towards dropping Ackley. I’m weak at closer and may keep Storen in hopes he’ll be fine.

    Thoughts on Henderson Alvarez for the season? Debating between Alvarez and Harang as my last starter. Thanks!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Fletch, Yes use your waiver for Morse. He might only miss a week. You’re getting a possible top 50 player for free. Doubt that comes along often, unless you’re in a two team league. Drop either Ackley or Walker. I’d slightly lean Ackley, but it’s a coin flip.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Fletch, Do it but keep Ackley, he’s a better bat in similar offensive environments ie bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fletch, Drop Walker… I’d go with Alvarez over Harang…

  51. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Andrew Bailey apparently has some thumb injury. Who’s the speculative add?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, Actually, just saw Bard WILL make the rotation. Melancon then?

      And Melancon better roster spot over Perkins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melancon…

  52. Eddy says:
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    Also, is Drew Smyly a name worth keeping an eye on? Won the 5th spot for DET and I didn’t know his A and AA numbers were that good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  53. MrHappyTime says:
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    I really want to make a play for Yu Darvish in my league. Would you give
    up Mark Reynolds for Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  54. vinko says:
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    Grey,
    will you check out my post in the forums?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When I get home later…

  55. Justin This says:
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    Great, down goes Bruce! F’n broken wrist!

    • tHe sHiT says:
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      @Justin This, Where did you see this?

      • vinko says:
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        @tHe sHiT, it’s an April’s fools joke.

        • tHe sHiT says:
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          @vinko, Yeah i realized it a little while ago. After freaking out for a couple minutes.

          • Justin This says:
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            @tHe sHiT, guilty…nice rush though, no?

  56. Steve says:
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    If you’re a save chaser would you rather have Melancon or Rodriguez?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Or do you drop Cahill or Peavy from an 8-man h2h (12 teams) rotation to get Melancon? Already have Valverde, Betancourt, Thornton, Johnson, Brox and Henry as relievers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d hold…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Steve, Lol you and youre save chasing Steve, you’re as bad as me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodriguez for right now…

  57. flashingrob says:
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    12 team – 5×5 roto league – How’s it look? What can I look to do to improve?

    Carp (Stl-P) is avail and wondering if I should drop Buchholz and hope Carp outperforms Buchho over the season?

    C Miguel Montero (Ari – C)
    1B Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
    2B Brandon Phillips (Cin – 2B)
    3B Adrian Beltre (Tex – 3B)
    SS Troy Tulowitzki (Col – SS)
    OF Justin Upton (Ari – OF)
    OF Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    OF Cameron Maybin (SD – OF)
    UTIL Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    BN/DL B.J. Upton (TB – OF)
    BN Edwin Encarnacion (Tor – 3B)
    BN Geovany Soto (ChC – C)
    BN Alexei Ramirez (CWS – SS)

    SP Jon Lester (Bos – P)
    SP Adam Wainwright (StL – P)
    RP Heath Bell (Mia – P)
    RP Brandon League (Sea – P)
    P Brandon Beachy (Atl – P)
    P Matt Garza (ChC – P)
    P Clay Buchholz (Bos – P)
    BN Max Scherzer (Det – P)
    BN Vinnie Pestano (Cle – P)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching looks pretty weak, and I don’t think Carp’s gonna help that…

      • flashingrob says:
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        @Grey, gratsi. Who would you be looking to trade or is all hope lost already? Won the league last year on good luck…Grandy, ellsbury and Beckett came through in a big way obviously. Help me repeat?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @flashingrob, Nothing’s lost before the season starts… You can lose Pestano for Carp, then DL him and pick up the best arm available… Your league’s shallow, I’m sure there’s arms out there….

  58. Lubey says:
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    @Grey or anyone who would like to help!!

    Grey, love your work/stache and Im def going with your rankings again this year. Just wanted to get your advice on my league settings. The commish loves to tweek little things every year and Im always a step behind on his new trends. These are the settings…….

    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/leaguesetup/settings?leagueId=231680

    After seeing the settings, would there be any specific players that you would move or lower in your top 300 rankings??? Thanks for the info! Much appreciated.

    ps: it is a weekly head to head league if that helps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words, but I’m not gonna be going to links, sorry.

      • Lubey says:
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        @Grey, Thanks for the response regardless. I swear the link isnt porn. Nut cups gave me an idea of guys to go after.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Lubey, Okay, cool…

  59. chata says:
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    that voice ad on the bottom right hand corner of the page
    is a pain in the ass

    • Lubey says:
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      @chata, What is humans suddenly vanished from the Earth?????????????????????????????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, I’ll look into it, sorry…

  60. Steve says:
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    Quick search doesn’t turn up too many thoughts on Phil Hughes. Which is probably not a good thing…

    What are your thoughts on him, given he’s set to be a part of the Yanks rotation?

    Should he be owned in a 12-team H2H league, or is he wire fodder?

    Would you have him over Peavy, Cahill or Filthy Sanchez? Or would you drop Rasmus from your bench to pick him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t have him over any of those guys… I’d hold Rasmus for now too…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Should a person really pick up Bruce Chen for his Opening Day start? He’s pretty much f***** me every time I’ve started him.

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    In case anyone missed it, Tulo got plunked on his elbow today. X-Rays show no damage, and he’s day to day. I saw my collective fantasy hopes this year flash before my eyes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, And then Jim Tracy blew the funk up on Jimenez. Calling for his head, basically, and more or less calling him a bitch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… That’s awesome…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Just seen the video. Pretty clear to me that he threw at him deliberately.

  62. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, pick 2 Juan Nicasio, Mike Leake, Chris Capauno, Tommy Milone, Henderson Alveraz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone, Leake

  63. Carl Spackler says:
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    Sorry it’s H2H 5×5 league. Thanks

  64. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Look at your Trapper Keeper, now look at the Desmond Jennings highlights, now tell me again that spring training doesn’t matter… through that enormous grin under your moustache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, he’s a beautiful thing.

  65. royce! says:
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    Watching the Orioles/Rays game today, I realized that the Orioles may be the only team to have a hat with a hat on it. I like to think that the hat on the hat has a hat on it, etc. That’s some postmodern regression shizz!

    Oh, and also, this is a fun site for browsing, if only to be reminded of old mistakes:

    http://sportslogos.net/logo.php?id=2909

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, Great site, that. Terrific stuff.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Oh my word. Hard to argue with the alt-text:

          Indianapolis Indians Logo – A baseball with blue hair and a white headband with a feather

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve, I’m happy to argue with it; it omits the red hesher stache! A headband and a wispy mustache? Makes me want to spend more time in indianapolis!

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