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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 Pirates Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke?

1) So 2011 wasn’t the best year for Pedro Alvarez.  Okay, might’ve been the worst.  Can he fix his insane strikeouts and get his career back on track?  Is he even the starter? 

Honestly? I have no idea if he can fix himself. I think that a lot of his problem is mental; he really bears down hard on himself when he gets into a slump and overthinks things in the box and that gets him behind in the count and when that happens he’s totally screwed. Clint Hurdle has a pretty good track record as a hitting coach and he’s shown a willingness to work with Pedro in the past, so I’m hopeful that they can do something to get him back on track. At this point, I’m hoping he can turn into a Carlos Pena/Ryan Howard masher who puts up huge homer totals to offset huge strikeout totals and a low average. I’m not at all sure if he’s capable of that, but I haven’t totally given up hope. As for whether or not he’s the starter … I think we can say that it’s his job to lose for now, but that he definitely could lose it out of spring training. The Pirates can petition to get him an extra option year because he moved through the system so quickly (I think), and assuming that’s granted they do still have some leeway with him for now.

2) Last year Casey McGehee looked to me like a Baha Man.  That proved to be accurate.  So what are the Pirates going to do with him?  Does he play 1st?  3rd?  Bat off the bench?

Remember all those at-bats that the Pirates threw away on Josh Harrison and Chase d’Arnaud last year? Actually, you probably don’t if you’re not a Pirate fan. Josh Harrison and Chase d’Arnaud are allegedly big league baseball players, though, and they were awful last year as utility men in the absence of Alvarez. McGehee’s role depends mostly on Alvarez, but for right now I’d assume that his job is going to be to play against left-handed pitching on one of the corners. Garrett Jones definitely needs a platoon partner at first base and Alvarez might need one at third, so there should be plenty of at-bats for McGehee in a platoon role. Most of McGehee’s struggles last year were against lefties (.413 OPS), which doesn’t match his career numbers at all, so he should bounce back at least a little bit.

3) I ranked The Dread Pirate as high as humanly possible.  My projections for him are 95/25/100/.275/30.  Care to make a case that I’m actually being conservative and he’s going to steal 40 bags and hit 30 homers?

Not really, no. If I had to guess, I’d say that 30 homers is more likely out of him than 40 steals but I think that’s probably a stretch, too. PNC Park is really rough on right-handed power and I’m just not sure McCutchen has the brute strength required for 30 homers in the park, but I could be wrong. He does have a pretty short, sweet swing that generates a lot of power and he tailed off quite a bit late in the year last year, so he might be capable of something in the 25-30 range. The reason I kind of doubt that he’ll get to 40 steals is just that he’s not the leadoff guy anymore, but that does depend on the other guys. If he bats in the three-hole with Walker and Alvarez behind him and those two guys hold their own at the plate, he probably won’t steal a ton of bases to maximize their chances at the plate. If he’s batting fourth and Alvarez is a disaster again, they might let him run wild. Still, I’ll stick with 25-30 being the range he ends up in in this category, too.

4) I’m going in on Jose Tabata again this year.  I also love Alex Presley.  Please tell me McLousy isn’t going to screw up all of this outfield love.

I sincerely doubt it. The Pirates have been awfully good at getting the right guys playing time and Presley and Tabata definitely enter the year as the starters in left and right. McLouth’s just a depth guy and one that I think the Pirates are hoping will benefit from a return to left-friendly PNC. That said, I’m much less sold on Presley and I’m torn on Tabata. Tabata, I think, could make a solid leadoff guy if he can stay healthy for 140-150 games, so your guess of 30 steals/7ish homers might be a good one. He wasn’t great last year, but he did draw a ton of walks and went on a couple absolute tears, so there’s definitely potential there. The health is a problem though; he’s been hurt pretty much every year he’s been in the Pirates’ system. Presley just strikes me as the kind of guy that looks great in the minors because he can hit .330, but suddenly he’s a starting left fielder with a .270/.320/.400 line and you’re talking yourself into him having defensive value to justify his presence in the lineup everyday while for some reason Clint Hurdle insists on batting him second and just sucking the life out of ever Tabata leadoff walk. That said, if Tabata gets hurt or Presley falters, there’s a pretty good chance that Starling Marte is the one that will replace him in the lineup everyday. Marte’s an interesting prospect; he absolutely tore up Double-A last year and even though his strikeout/walk total is out of whack he’s very, very raw (he didn’t come to America until 2009, when he was already 20). He seems to be getting better every year. He’s supposed to be even faster than the Dread Pirate (to the point that it looks like he’ll play center and McCutchen will play left once he gets called up) and he’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on in Triple-A. If he can get his strikeout total down a bit and still produce in Triple-A, he’ll be in Pittsburgh at some point in 2012.

5)  When I hear Charlie Morton, I think of salt.  When I hear Rod Barajas, I think of Charo’s breasts.  When you hear Erik Bedard, what do you think of?

French-Canadian wheelchair assassins.

  1. Brian says:
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    Neil Walker will be useful for those who punted second base – he’s somehow entrenched in either the 3 or 4 spot in the order so will end up in the leaders in RBI among second basemen. I’m thinking he’ll hit .270/70/12/95/7, and I’m not even expecting a good season – just a function of playing time.

    I think Clint Hurdle wants more stolen bases this year – I look for everyone to run a little more than in 2011. Tabata, McCutchen, and Presley are the three guys with a perpetual green light.

    Also watch for Pirates pitchers – this is a good pitchers’ park, so Bedard especially should be useful against certain opponents. And I would use any Pirates starter against the Astros, none of them are that bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, RBIs are fickle, 12/7/.270 is pretty terrible… Lawrie did that already and the season is still 2 weeks away…

  2. Amigo Miguel says:
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    DFW reference, NICE!

    • peter says:
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      @Amigo Miguel, Les Assassins des Fauteuils Roulants! Only at Razzball…

      • Alex

        alex says:
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        @peter, yesssss! first pop culture IJ reference I’ve seen since I began reading the book. I am 500 pgs through and very proud of myself and proud i noticed it. cool cool cool.

    • Pat says:
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      @Amigo Miguel, YES! I’m happy that a few people knew what I was talking about. I feel like such a lonely dork when I drop references like that and it flies over people’s heads.

  3. Bourne says:
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    French Canadians prefer to be called Acadians because they were trying to make their own country but didn’t want Americans to know they were French. I think they also have a flag that looks like a french flag with a Canadian leaf on it.

    Why aren’t you concerned about the Dread Pirate suffering from CTP and only getting more like 85/60 in runs and RBIs? Your projections would be career highs in everything but SB and AVG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne, It’s a concern, but he has 25 homer, 35 steal potential and that makes a lot of concerns go away…

  4. Wake Up says:
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    Wow. I didn’t realize how much I like the Pirates OF. Now all they need is an INF and some pitching and some Charo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, She is wonderful…

    • Steve says:
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      @Wake Up, Good heavens.

  5. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Hey Grey

    In my 10 team std 5×5 roto we get to pick where we want sit come draft day (tomorrow). Pitching is usually overvalued by the other managers, so I want to take advantage.

    After looking at your top 30 and pairing suggestions, I am having a hard time deciding where at the table would be the best area to draft from (beginning, middle or end). I really want to establish a good hitting foundation with those first 3 picks. Where would you prefer to sit given an open table to choose from?

    Jones’in for the next podcast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buge Hoobs, I like the turn the best, so I guess that’s the end, yah?

  6. Andrew says:
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    14 Team League (H2H)

    Currently in the middle of the draft.

    My Pitching staff is currently: Cliff Lee, Matt Cain, Tommy Hanson, JJ Putz, and Jason Motte.

    Is trading Hanson and Putz too much for Garza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

  7. Tony says:
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    grey just posted a tulo deal in the forums, i appreciate any help, im pretty torn…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looking now…

  8. bazzrall says:
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    I have a guy wanting to bail out of the Wright train, given the injury. It’s a keeper, and he wants Moustakas. How should I approach this?

    You cracked me up on the podcast. Seemed like you had a little bit of fun. ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bazzrall, Thanks! Moose can outperform Wright as soon as this year, so tell the guy you want something else…

      • bazzrall says:
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        @Grey, Wow, that’s quite the bold statement. You really think Moose Tacos can put up healthy-Wright numbers, or is that taking into consideration him missing a sizable chunk of the season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @bazzrall, Wright was terrible last year, and he’s already hurt to the point where the Mets don’t know when he’s returning.

          • bazzrall says:
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            @Grey, Makes sense. Guy thinks I’m crazy for not even wanting to do it straight-up.

  9. Curse of the Breambino says:
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    @Grey, who do you like more as a long-term keeper: Vance Worley, Mike Leake, or Daniel Bard? I held onto Bard at the end of last year hoping he’d be Boston’s closer… think he ends up back in the pen this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curse of the Breambino, re: Bard being a reliever — Maybe… He has the highest upside. Worley is the safest to have a solid season.

  10. Steve says:
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    Draft day is here at last. Hooray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeehaw!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I have two today, back-to-back. There’s a chance the RCL Original Recipe draft could start before my H2H one has finished…

        • vinko says:
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          @Steve, Can’t you find another rental??

          • Steve says:
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            @vinko, Ha! I’d like to be able to draft at least one team myself this season (emoticon).

            In truth, the H2H draft should only run a couple of hours at most – 12 teams but shallow rosters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Is this H2H one the original you came to Razzball playing with your old friends?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Yup – the very same. It’s our 10th year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, those old school leagues are always fun…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Indeed. Thoughts on 3B v OF for Bautista as per the above? Sorry to hassle but the draft starts in 30.

        • chata says:
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          @Steve,

          just got a message from espn .
          for our rcl draft , they will be pulling from our queues
          in inverse order .

          you might want to make adjustments to your queue .

          • Steve says:
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            @chata, Weird. Never saw that one. Must check my inbox.

            • chata says:
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              @Steve,

              it’s only for our draft .

              they must have figured that since you reside in an up-side down world (where winter is summer , and day is night) that sending you
              the notice was unnecessary .

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I know you’ve been over this somewhere, but if you draft Bautista are you looking at him primarily as a 3B or OF (assuming dual eligibility)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Looking at him as a 3rd baseman, definitely…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Probably won’t be an issue – I have the 10th pick.

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, Longo + Prince – pleeeeeeeaaasssse.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, That would be sweet…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, Longoria and Car-Go so far.

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Steve, Now Bruuuuuce and Konerko

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, Youk and Mad-Bum…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, Kendrick and Mauer

                    • chata says:
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                      @Steve,

                      keep up the good work .

                      p.s. was lying about that “inverse order ” thing .
                      don’t freak .

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, D Hudson and Bonifacio.

                      @chata – damn, just got done re-ordering my queue…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Team sounds pretty solid…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah – think it went OK. Posted the full team in the forums.

                      We just finished the Original Recipe draft too.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, I looked at the team (H2H one), looked good…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Thanks. Yeah, I got a lot of guys I wanted and think it can compete, but we’ll see…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, None of those leaguemates read Razzball, right?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Not as far as I know.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Wow – it’s getting narrow in here. I asked this in the forums too, so wherever you come across it first… In the ol’ H2H – where we count Holds, I have Pestano, G. Holland and Melancon, but really only one spot (two at a push) to deploy them in to. Would you lose one of these guys for Peavy?
                      I may have some WHIP issues with this staff (Filthy Sanchez/Cahill/Chacin) and may be a starter short anyway and the Peave has some nice projections…

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                      @Steve, And I should drop one of them for Crain anyway, right? Which one?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, One of my Holds guys I mean. Sorry for all these comments. Jesus – what a shambles.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Melancon…

  11. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: My daily h2h money league is a bit weird. Here are the scoring stats:

    Hitters: AB, R, H, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, Total Bases, AVG
    Pitchers: IP, W, L, CG, SHO, SV, ER, HR, BB, K, ERA, WIN %, BSV

    The positions are setup as C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL
    SP, SP, RP, RP, P, BN, BN, BN, DL

    In the past i have punted saves and rostered nothing but SP’s, about 5 or 6 of them along with a bench bat. I have used your approach of stacking up on bats early and grabbing the value arms. Am i using the right approach here? I won it all 2 years ago. It is a 16 team league with 60 max pickups. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, says like the right approach with your scoring categories…

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Great, thanks for the confirmation. Hope you are staying dry, i hate rainy Saturdays.

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, How do i get one of those picture thingys for my comments?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ThE sHiT, Go to gravatar.com, sign up and upload an image…

  12. Matt says:
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    I have a question. My keeper league is now only keeping 3 instead of 5. I was gonna keep:

    M. Cabrera
    Kinsler
    Hamilton
    Granderson
    Elvis Andrus

    Now I realize Elvis is the most expendable I think, but who should I keep between Granderson (one year wonder?) or Hamilton (Free Agent Season)? Who would your 3 be?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Miggy, Kinsler, Hamilton…

  13. Vinnie says:
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    Grey I can keep two of these three with my ninth and tenth picks. H2h one catcher. Napoli, hamels or Lawrie. Leaning toward ham and Lawrie.. Would love yr take drafts tomo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vinnie, Hamels, Napoli…

  14. Danno says:
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    I’m in a 12 team keeper league where we keep 7 players. In the draft round 1 is our 8th player and so on. I was offered Matt Cain and a 4th rounder for Cliff Lee and my 13th rounder. My team is built for winning this year, but I do not have a 4th or 5th round pick in this years draft. Would you recomend I take this deal? If I dont, I feel I might miss out on most of the closers that typically go in rounds 4-5 in our league year in year out so would feel the need to take 2 in my first 3 picks instead of focusing on hitting.

    • Danno says:
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      To give just a little more info, my keepers are Votto, Utley, H. Ramirez, Braun, McCutchen, Grienke and Lee….

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Danno, Sure, sounds fair…

  15. vinko says:
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    Surprise!! Quentin to undergo knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks.
    Hello, Kyle Blanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vinko, Shocking…

  16. nightpandas says:
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    Your thoughts on my draft? (keeping 7 this year, 15 team roto)

    keepers: Kemp/Pujols/Choo/Rollins/Aram

    drafted bats: Bruce/Bonifacio/JD Martinez/Trout/Espinosa/K Suzuki/
    V Mart
    drafted starters: Latos/D Hudson/Morrow/Cahill/J Sanchez/Danks
    drafted closers: Betancourt/F Francisco/J Johnson

    Need to add someone with V Mart on the DL. Pomeranz worth a look?
    (others Presley/Altuve/Gamel/Bedard/Floyd/Zambrano/Niemann/Niese/Dickey/Nolasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Pretty impossible to tell what your team is the way you listed it… Sure, grab Pomeranz if you need an arm…

      • nightpandas says:
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        @Grey, this better?

        15 team , 5 keeper rotisserie (7 at end of season)
        R,H,HR,RBI,SB,K,OPS
        IP,W,L,SV,K,ERA,WHIP,K/9
        Innings Cap (Min and Max)

        C- K.Suzuki
        1B- A.Pujols
        2B- D.Espinosa
        3B- A.Ramirez
        SS- J.Rollins
        LF- E.Bonifacio
        CF- M.Kemp
        RF- S.Choo
        Util-J.Bruce
        BN- JD Martinez
        BN- M.Trout
        BN-
        DL- V.Martinez

        SP- M.Latos
        SP- D.Hudson
        RP- R.Betancourt
        RP- F.Franscisco
        P- Jim Johnson
        P- B.Morrow
        BN- T.Cahill
        BN- J.Sanchez
        BN- J.Danks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @nightpandas, Yeah, much better… You have a solid team for 15 teams, the end of your staff might give you problems, not a huge fan of Danks and Morrow with Sanchez could be a WHIP nightmare. Your hitting is solid though, which is good.

  17. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    posted my rcl team in the forums .
    would appreciate your opinion .

    thanks .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Looking now…

  18. auction draft – the relief pitchers are not that cheap Grey

    taking that in account whcih 5 closers would you be interested in drafting without breaking the bank

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Really any that are getting saves, but Hanarahananan, Street, League, Motte, Soria…

      • @Grey, thanks – I can’t afford to spend $15 or more for a closer in a fake fantasy league when I can spend my money on a back up catcher instead – not serious here razz readers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want his mom’s number!

  19. (Antonio Bastardo) or ( Chad Qualls) get the 8th inning job ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bastardo…

  20. boomer19 says:
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    Hey Grey. I’m struggling with an RP eligible question. In one of my leagues we have to have 5 starters and 5 relief pitchers. How much more valuable does this make dual-eligible pitchers (Moore, Luebke, Feliz) going into the draft? Yes, Moore is listed at RP. I am not a huge fan of the format but whatever. Would you move these pitchers up a tier or two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d move them up a round or two, sure…

  21. Aaron says:
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    Help! I just got B.Posey in a trade, but I already have C.Santana and J.Montero. I’m not big on Posey for this year, and he’s on the last year of his contract in our league. My buddy offered me Lawrie for Posey/Hosmer. I have others worth keeping after doing a two-for-one, but should I make this trade? I’ve got a gut feeling that Hosmer is going to be awesome, but how does he compare to Lawrie in the long run? Thoughts?

    Must keep 5-10:

    C- C.Santana @ $5
    C- B.Posey @ $5
    1B- E.Hosmer @ $5
    3B-
    CI-
    2B-
    SS- S.Castro @ $10
    MI-
    OF- G.Stanton @ $5
    OF- D.Jennings @ $5
    OF- J.Heyward @ $5
    OF-
    OF-
    UT-
    UT-
    P- S.Strasburg @ $8
    P- U.Jimenez @ $5
    P- J.Zimmerman @ $11
    P x 7 more
    FARM- B.Harper
    FARM- J.Montero
    FARM- J.Profar

    I also have M.Scherzer ($5), M.Young ($16), P.Goldschmidt ($5). Plus, I have an offer of Gio Gonzalez for Posey on the table. I like Gonzalez a lot. What should I do? Thanks for any insight that you can give.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron, You’re not big on Posey, you have two other catchers, so why did you trade for him? Hosmer and Lawrie straight up is fair, Hosmer and Posey is you helping the other team… Posey for Gio is fair…

      • Aaron says:
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        @Grey, I gave up a couple players that I wasn’t planning on keeping for Posey, since his value seems to be pretty high in all the magazines, etc. I figured I could get something worthwhile for him. Looks like I may go with the Gio route. Thanks!

  22. THE MARGARET WHITE TRADE

    Mama, I was so scared. I thought I was dying . And the fantasy players, they all laughed at me and threw things at me, Mama when I accepted that trade

    Making a Margaret White trade – when the rest of the league laughs at you

    Carrie: Trades, Mama. They’re called Trades, and every fantasy teams

    Margaret White: They’re all gonna laugh at you.

    TRADE WENT THROUGH

    Mar 18 3:47am Carlos Gonzalez (Col – OF)

    FOR

    Dayan Viciedo (CWS – OF)
    Tommy Hanson (Atl – SP)

  23. every fantasy team makes them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, That’s hilarious…

  24. Howard says:
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    @Grey Who do you think has a better chance for saves, Crain or Fuentes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Crain

  25. UMFan says:
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    Joining a new league, its really unique.. its a 10 team homerun pool. The only two stats that count are homeruns (4 points each) and rbi’s (1 point each). There are obviously no pitchers, the positions are as follows:
    C, C
    1B
    2B
    SS
    3B
    5 OF
    3 UTL
    MI
    CI

    No bench, lineups set weekly, 260$ auction with 100$ FAAB

    How much of a factor should positional scarcity play? On a 260$ budget, how much would you pay for a top catcher like Napoli? Since you can technically have 5 Firstbaseman starting for you, im confused as to whether i should go all big bats (1B) or should i grab two guys like Cano and Napoli for positional scarcity? In this format how much does scarcity play a factor is what im trying to get at.

    Also, any really late 1$ sleepers that would work well in this format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @UMFan, Go for the best available power guys at all times… Wouldn’t worry about positional scarcity that much… The league isn’t that deep.

  26. vottomatic says:
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    @ Grey: What do you think of my team? This is a 12 team mixed auction league with a $550 cap.

    C) Napoli
    1B) Kendrys Morales
    2B) Kelly Johnson
    SS) Cozart
    3B) Evan Longaria
    INF) Howie Kendrick
    OF) CarGo
    OF) McCutcheon
    OF) Jayson Werth
    OF) Colby Rasmus
    UT) Moustakas
    SP) Bumgarner
    SP) Latos
    SP) Gallardo
    SP) Luebke
    SP) Dempster
    CP) Motte
    CP) Betancourt
    B) Jesus Montero
    B) Altuve
    B) Rios
    B) Trout
    B) Brandon Belt
    B) Bud Norris
    B) Mike Minor
    B) Brad Peacock

    • Grey

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      @vottomatic, Team looks solid. Your pitching is slightly better than your hitting, which isn’t always great, but your hitting looks fine, obviously Morales will have a lot to do with your success.

  27. Eddy says:
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    Soria experienced elbow discomfort and had to the leave game today.

    Drafting in a regular 12-team league tomorrow. Stay away from him? Still draft him? Worth spending a 23-round pick on Greg Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Damn… Worth grabbing Holland. I’d still draft Soria.

  28. anarchy burger says:
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    just did my main draft yesterday. i like my team. j bautista went number 8 to a guy that didn’t even want him. i know he doesnt like him he just took him because he slipped. i think i can trade b lawrie and g beckham for him. beckham is on my bench behind n walker. do u think i should offer it out?? this guy loves beckham…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anarchy burger, Sure, go for it…

    • anarchy burger says:
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      @anarchy burger, ps its a 12 team 5×5 with a ten man bench. g beckham has a round of 25 on him and the other guys would all go back in the draft next year. i kinda lke beckham this year though. hmmmmmm

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @anarchy burger, somebody should coach Mr. Beckham that loyalty to his son should not get into the way of how he manages his fantasy baseball team

  29. Steve says:
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    To the surprise of probably no one, Bryce Harper has been sent down.

    • anarchy burger says:
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      @Steve, who would you rather take as a keeper type of pick???? harper or ryan howard??

      • Steve says:
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        @anarchy burger, Assuming you’re covered at 1B, it has to be Harper doesn’t it?

        • anarchy burger says:
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          @Steve, my draft yesterday a guy took howard in the 9th. i took harper 14. i have votto, lawrie, lind as my corners.

          • anarchy burger says:
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            @anarchy burger, whats the over/ under on bryce harper eta???? june 1?? later ????

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @anarchy burger, Midseason

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @anarchy burger, Harper

  30. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, Holland or Broxton? Who is the guy that gets the ball in the 9th if Soria goes down?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to say… Could be either… Holland has better stuff… Broxton has experience…

  31. mcbainus says:
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    @Grey, 12-team mixed league. Roto 6×6 with OPB and TB instead of AVG. Holds are the 6th category in pitching.

    Round Pick Player
    1 8 Ryan Braun
    2 17 Evan Longoria
    3 32 Cliff Lee
    4 41 Jay Bruce
    5 56 Kevin Youkilis
    6 65 Lance Berkman
    7 80 Brian McCann
    8 89 Brett Gardner
    9 104 Gio Gonzalez
    10 113 Brian Wilson
    11 128 Andre Ethier
    12 137 Jordan Zimmermann
    13 152 Carlos Marmol
    14 161 Anibal Sanchez
    15 176 Jesus Montero
    16 185 Danny Espinosa
    17 200 Neftali Feliz
    18 209 Frank Francisco
    19 224 Zack Cozart
    20 233 Vinnie Pestano
    21 248 Jhoulys Chacin
    22 257 Alcides Escobar
    23 272 Nolan Reimold
    24 281 Scott Downs
    25 296 Danny Valencia
    26 305 Koji Uehara
    27 320 Gordon Beckham
    28 329 Trevor Cahill

    What do you think?

    • Grey

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      I like the team, but because you went with Lee I think it hurt your middle infield a bit… I like Cozart but teamed with Alcides is a bit risky… Those are the spots to punt though so it’s not terrible…

      • McBainus says:
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        @Grey, I actually agree with you completely. It is the first time I’ve taken a pitcher in the first 3 rounds in years, but there was no MI at any decent value practically at any time, so just made the decision to punt.

        Despite the gambles, I like where I got all of them in the draft. I got Beckham as a backup 2B and have two SS.

  32. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: In my 16 team h2h money league, should i target Heyward as my 2nd or 3rd OF out of 3 OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it could work…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, meant 2nd OF could work… 3rd is great but you may not get him there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice…

  33. aj says:
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    Im wondering if you know of an excel spreadsheet, program, or website that i can use to help me draft…like it takes so many k, w, h, rbi, etc. to win the category and i can plug in my players as i draft so i kind of know what i need to target round by round to give me the best team. I hope that made sense.

  34. Trevor

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    Grey, Looking for another critique on my recent draft. 12-team, H2H, 5×5, 2 Utility. Thanks again for all your help. BnY!!!!!

    1. (2) Albert Pujols
    (LAA – 1B)
    2. (23) Jose Reyes
    (Mia – SS)
    3. (26) Giancarlo Stanton
    (Mia – OF)
    4. (47) Hunter Pence
    (Phi – OF)
    5. (50) Alex Rodriguez
    (NYY – 3B)
    6. (71) Chase Utley
    (Phi – 2B)
    7. (74) Yovani Gallardo
    (Mil – SP)
    8. (95) Madison Bumgarner
    (SF – SP)
    9. (98) Chris Young
    (Ari – OF)
    10. (119) Joe Mauer
    (Min – C,1B)
    11. (122) Brian Wilson
    (SF – RP)
    12. (143) Anibal Sanchez
    (Mia – SP)
    13. (146) Logan Morrison
    (Mia – OF)
    14. (167) Kenley Jansen
    (LAD – RP)
    15. (170) Max Scherzer
    (Det – SP)
    16. (191) Peter Bourjos
    (LAA – OF)
    17. (194) Brandon Morrow
    (Tor – SP)
    18. (215) Colby Lewis
    (Tex – SP)
    19. (218) Roy Oswalt
    (Phi – SP)
    20. (239) Tim Stauffer
    (SD – SP)
    21. (242) Ryan Vogelsong
    (SF – SP)
    22. (263) Carlos Quentin
    (SD – OF)
    23. (266) Mike Leake
    (Cin – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BnY! Team looks real solid, think Bourjos wasn’t totally necessary with your Reyes and balance of power an speed, but it’s a good team… That was a small complaint…

  35. the grate one says:
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    grey, can you give me a line of what youre expecting from aviles now that the starting SS gig is his?

    thanks dude

    • Grey

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      He has very little power and some speed… Maybe 10/15/.275…

  36. Larkin Cunningham says:
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    I like your rankings a lot better than ESPN’s. So I was hoping you could give me your opinion on my fantasy team. I play in a 10-team roto league on ESPN.com. (If you’re wondering how I managed 3 top-10 players, it’s because i traded for Cano and Pujols)

    C – G. Soto
    1B – A. Pujols
    2B – R. Cano
    3B – K. Youkilis
    SS – S. Castro
    1B/3B – A. Gonzalez
    2B/SS – D. Jeter
    OF – H. Pence
    OF – M. Stanton
    OF – J. Bruce
    OF – B. Upton
    OF – J. Heyward
    UTIL – N. Walker

    SP – C. Sabathia
    SP – D. Haren
    SP – R. Romero
    SP – M. Bumgarner
    SP – J. Johnson

    RP – H. Bell
    RP – J. Putz
    RP – B. League
    RP – G. Balfour

    Personally I think my team is pretty loaded. Some fool in my league traded Pujols to me straight up for Prince Fielder. And I was able to get Cano and Heyward in exchange for Brandon Phillips and Drew Stubbs.

    But I was still hoping you could give me your personal opinion? Anyone you especially like/dislike? Any significant improvements i need to make?

    I appreciate any input you can give me.

    • Larkin Cunningham says:
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      A. Gonzalez stands for Adrian Gonzalez, not Alex Gonzalez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Larkin Cunningham, Yeah, this team is stacked. You don’t have just 3 top ten players but like an entire team of players ranked 100 and under. Gotta wonder about your competition when they’re trading you Pujols for Fielder. I don’t love Jeter but at MI it’s fine and there’s nothing else really negative to say…Well played.

      • Larkin Cunningham says:
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        @Grey, Good to know. My strategy has always been to single out the managers who seem to utterly despise their teams ;) It worked great for me this year because one kid had Jacoby and couldn’t get rid of him fast enough so he traded him to me for Jared Weaver. Then I was able to find a manager who was high on Jacoby so I traded him and Markakis for Stanton and Bruce!!! So essentially I gave up Weaver and Markakis for Stanton and Bruce.

        Works for me :)

  37. ticktacks says:
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    Hey grey, my OF is pretty terrible besides braun: brantley, da aza, hunter, boesch, viciedo

    14 team keeper lge, do you like carp over any of those dooshes?

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