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These are the leading hitters in the major leagues for April.  Do I think every hitter does the same thing every year?  No, I don’t.  But hitters do tend to follow patterns.  If these players were good in April last year, there’s at least a chance they will be good this year.  Also, as I went over in this spring training stats post, just because a hitter isn’t hitting in March doesn’t preclude a big April.  Anyway, here’s some top fantasy baseball hitters for the month of April:

Adrian Gonzalez – 22 homers pre-ASB in 2008, 24 homers in 2009, 18 homers in 2010.  Just wait until A-Gon starts getting crap in September and October for not being “clutch.”  Yeah, I put douchey quotes around a word, sue me.

Jorge Cantu – Was good for power the last two Aprils.  Was not good in any other month.  That’s Was (Not Was) for you crazy 80′s kids.

Bobby Abreu – As I went over the hitters that did well in April, there were quite a few that A) Did not do well the rest of the season and B) Are older guys that obviously tire as the season progresses and C) There’s no C.

Torii Hunter – See above, not C.

Alfonso Soriano – Has been better in the first half the last couple of years.  (Couple is a sneaky way of saying two, yet making it seem like it’s more than two.  Girlfriend, “How many dollars did you leave on that thirty dollar bill?”  You, “A couple.”)

Justin Morneau – April’s been historically his 2nd best month after May.  He’s Te(i)x’s other half.

Pablo Sandoval – I forgot he hit well last April (.368, 3 homers).  Probably because he did so well trying to erase any memory of it with his next five months.

Brad Hawpe – Has always been a 1st half hitter.  Let’s see it in San Diego though where he might not be *pinkie to mouth* Hawpy.

Ryan Theriot – In April 2009, .317, 5 steals.  Last year in April, .337 and 5 steals.  Knowing La Russa, a good April in the leadoff spot this year for Theriot could cement him in that spot for the whole year.

Kosuke Fukudome – 4 homers, .338 in April of 2009; 5 homers, .344 last year in April.  But then he says Fuk u to May!

  1. Wake Up says:
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    What no Teix?

  2. Dexter says:
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    To Grey et al. Just drafted, 14 Team, 6 x 6 roto
    (OBP, QS). Any suggestions/criticisms would be
    welcomed. Thanks
    C: Salty
    1B: Teixeira
    2B: Phillips
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Andrus
    CI: Lind
    MI: Espinoza
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Krispie Young
    OF: Tabata
    OF: Snider
    OF: Morrison
    UTIL: Colvin
    SP: Hamels, Liriano, Billingsley, Vazquez,
    Zimmermann, McDonald, Beachy
    RP: F. Cordero, Lyon, Rodney, Uehara, S.
    Burnnett

  3. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Niese to grab Madson or Contreras? I have Kershaw, Haren, Marcum, Volquez, Chacin, D. Hudson, and Kennedy already. My closers are pretty solid too but I figure I have more than enough starting pitching.

  4. Eddy says:
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    Ha! Fukodome’s blurb is great.

  5. Jesse says:
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    Yeah yeah, everyone knows H2H leagues aren’t as statistically integritous as Rotos, but for those of us in a league willing to sacrifice a little fairness for the fun of Head-to-Head, what about Razzball doing a piece on the batters who’ve perform best over Aug. and September?

  6. zzzzzz says:
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    thoughts on my draft?
    C-Wieters
    1B-Fielder
    2B-Desmond
    3B-Longo
    SS-Andrus
    MI-Raburn
    CI-Wright
    OF-J-Up, Holliday, Werth, Krispie
    U-Tabata, Snider

    SP-Lincecum, Oswalt, Hudson, Marcum, Scherzer, Lilly, Chacin, Beachy…
    RP-punt

    oh 10 team h2h mixed

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wake Up: Yeah, I know, right?

    @Dexter: Team looks real solid, might have a bit too much risk on pitching, but I do like those guys.

    @Nuke LaDouche: Madson

    @Eddy: That was Rudy.

    @Jesse: This is for H2H. You wanna draft guys now that are terrible in April but good in September?

    @zzzzzz: It’s a shallow league so the team looks great, but 75% of the teams probably look great.

  8. thepizzaman says:
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    12 team dynasty 5 x 5

    C—Soto, G ($17)
    1B—M. Cabrera ($50)
    2B—Uggla, D. ($21)
    3B—Zimmermann, R. ($26)
    SS—Escobar, Alc. ($20)
    MI—Figgins, C. ($15)
    CI—Sanchez, Gaby ($14)
    OF—Bay, J. ($16)
    OF—Jackson, A. ($13)
    OF—McCutchen, A. ($14)
    OF—Soriano, A. ($7)
    DH—Kubel, J. ($13)

    Bench

    C—Mesoraco, D. ($1)
    3B—Chisenhall, L. ($4)
    CI—Uribe, J. ($9)
    OF—Brantley, M. ($6)
    2B—Ackley, D. ($7)

    SP—Kershaw, C. ($22)
    SP—Cain, M. ($33)
    SP—Cahill, T. ($14)
    SP—Romero, R. ($16)
    SP—Pelfrey, M. ($12)
    RP—Bailey, A. ($20)
    RP—Rivera, M. ($32)
    RP—Uehara, K. ($11)

    Bench

    SP—Lowe, D. ($10)
    SP—Pineda, M. ($10)
    SP—Porcello, R. ($8)
    SP—Parker, Jar. ($5)
    RP—Hensley, C. ($3)
    RP—Kuo, H. ($6)
    RP—Mejia, Jenrry ($6)

    I like my chances for competing this year and especially in the future with some nice young talent that is cheap. I appreciate any feed back, thanks

  9. Dingo says:
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    Important question — is it less douchey to put words in quotes if you only use single quotes? I want to say yes, but my heart says ‘no’.

  10. Eddie says:
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    Grey,

    Would you recommend dumping Miguel Tejada for Alex Gonzalez or Cliff Pennington? Tejada just got dropped to 8th in the lineup and he’s hitting in a home ballpark that suppresses power. H2H points league that values power much more than speed (A solo HR is worth 6 points, a SB only 2, and every CS is -.5)

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @thepizzaman: Your outfield is pretty bad and I don’t like a couple of the pitchers you took. Overall, team looks just okay, light on power.

    @Dingo: Yes, but it’s twice as douchey if you only use one finger on both hand for air quotes during a conversation.

    @Eddie: Gonzalez…

  12. Jason says:
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    Talk about breathtakingly profound analysis…

    “If these players were good in April last year, there’s at least a chance they will be good this year.”

    Another victory for Razzball SEO!

  13. brad says:
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    @Jason: search engine optimization?

  14. JD says:
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    Hey what do you think of Nate McLouth this year? Is he worth a late round flier in hopes of him bouncing back?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JD: Eh, depends on the league, I’m not a huge fan though.

  16. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: Sorry to jump in on your convo…but 1 finger air-quotes. HA!

  17. Whaddya think of my team? 13 team mixed 5×5, round selections below (*indicates keepers from last year hence their value slots):

    C: Saltalamacchia (round 27)
    1B: Morneau (3)
    2B: Uggla (9*)
    3B: Longoria (1)
    SS: Desmond (11)
    CI: McGehee (5)
    MI: Alcides Escobar (20)
    OF: Rios (7*)
    OF: Kemp (2)
    OF: Choo (16*)
    OF: Andres Torres (14)
    UT: Morrison (18)
    UT: Colvin (21)
    Bench: Chris Johnson (22)
    SP: Oswalt (8*), Liriano (12*), Billingsley (4), Kuroda (13), Volquez (15), Kennedy (19), Beachy (25 — was Minor, whom I cut to get Beachy)
    RP: Axford (6), Nunez (11), Rodney (17), Hensley (23), Jepsen (24), Romo (26), Joel Peralta (28)

    Thanks for the feedback Grey! This is the razzballiest team I ever picked, I tried to stay ‘on script’ with your rankings and advice and stay away from the old fogey types.

    Also would you cut Joel Peralta to pick up David Hernandez in Arizona?

  18. poop says:
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    Grey what are you thoughts on Kyle McClellan have not seen anything so if you mentioned him already lo siento

  19. xtremehulk says:
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    Drop Minor for Cashner or hold for Jair to get injured?

  20. JoeyP says:
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    Jorge Cantu should open the door and get on the floor, than he should walk the dinosaur.

  21. mapwheel says:
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    Pretty good “list”, Grey. I can see you really did your “research” on this one. Keep up the good “work”.

  22. Nice “don’t trade for list.” Sorry to keep up with the theme inquiry for the day, but in a small 10 Team H2H League with a starter staff of Kershaw, Gallardo, Hanson, Marcum, Gio, Peavy, Vazquez and Bedard, and relievers Marmol, Kimbrel, Rodney and Chapman, I’m tempted to give up on Vazquez who’s looking all too like last years pathetic version of himself and grab one of Rauch or Madson. I can DL Peavy when the time comes, so I’d prefer to hang onto him. Show patience with Javier, or show him the door? & if so, for which potential season long/not just April closer? Thanks Grey. & the Mr. Wendal reference coughed up some coffee this AM.

  23. —also could grab Beachy…thanks again.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wake Up: Yeah, those people are terrible.

    @Fman99: Go with Hernandez. This does look like a Razzbally team, well played. I really don’t have any complaints.

    @poop: Search on the top left sidebar. I like him in NL-Only and deep mixed.

    @xtremehulk: Go with Cashner.

    @JoeyP: Ha!

    @mapwheel: “Thanks!”

    @zombie: Go with Rauch for saves, otherwise hold.

  25. ritzer says:
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    After nogotiations i have been offered
    give Morneau, Kinsler and Oswalt
    I get Agonz, Dan Hudson and L Scott(i can leave him out and pick up Bourjos/Ibanez/McLouth/ N Walker)
    My team b4/ aft
    b4: 1B Morneau
    2B Kinsler
    ut Hill Pagan
    Sp – Hamils, Liriano, Oswalt, Marcum, Gio Gonz, Zimmermann, I Kennedy, Niese.

    Aft: 1B Agon
    2B A. Hill
    ut Pagan Lind
    Sp – Hamils, Liriano, Marcum, Gio Gonz, D. Hudson Zimmermann, I Kennedy, Niese.

    I’m Natalie Imbrugliaed.

  26. Busta says:
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    I have two DL spots that will be used later this week. 12 team H2H points league w/weekly locks favoring power hitters…have 2 bench bats (Nishioka/Tabata) and 4 bench P’s (Vazquez/Beachy with Cueto/Bailey going to DL for a stint). Starting P’s are Kershaw, Gallardo, B.Anderson, I.Kennedy, RP’s are Marmol and Perez. Should I grab more P’s or another bat? WW options:

    Bats: Ibanez, D.Brown (DL), R.Davis, L.Scott, Morse, Kaaihue (Pena is my 1b starter)

    Arms: B.Norris, Wolf, Niese, Porcello, Bailey (DL), Stauffer, Pineda

  27. Hey Grey — feliz friday.

    Just drafted from the 14 hole in my 14 Team, 6 x 6 (OPS, Holds) H2H league, 30 man rosters. Even though Ive won this league the last few years, Im always very critical of my draft — appreciate your take if you get a minute… I punted closers, fyi.

    C: C. Santana
    1B: P. Fielder
    2B: A. Hill
    3B: ARod
    SS: Alexei Ramirez
    IF: C. Pena
    OF (3): J. Upton, J. Heyward, J. Tabata
    Util (3): J. Bay, N. McClouth, C. Maybin
    SP (6): Y. Gallardo, R. Oswalt, D. Hudson, J. Chacin, I. Kennedy, T. Stauffer
    RP (6): M. Adams, C. Sale, K. Jansen, J. Benoit, S. Casilla, O. Dotel
    BENCH: H. Bailey, M. Pineda, S. Burnett, J. Santana

    Thx,
    EL BURRO

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    Homer Bailey to the DL with a sore vagi…er…shoulder impingement.

  29. Question #2 —

    Andrew Cashner just landed the 5th spot in Chicago’s rotation. Loved his peripherals in the minors, he was also somewhat effective as a high K/9 guy in late inning relief duty last year.

    Can you throw out some projections for him?

    Thanks,
    EL BURRO

  30. 9-7 says:
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    12 team mixed keeper H2H point-based. Should I give up Greinke ($37 salary, i know, too much) for I. Kennedy ($2 salary) and Gardner ($1)… also I was offered Swisher ($2) in turn I give up Strasburg ($4) and Zimmerman ($2) I drafted Zimmerman and Minor on this team, of course. Feel free to chime in Grey, et al.

  31. Tom Thumb says:
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    @mapwheel: Sarcasm works better if you understand the use of punctuation in conjunction with quotations. Welcome to “English.”

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ritzer: Eh

    @Busta: Niese, Stauffer…

    @El Burro: Team looks like it’ll be competitive. Pitching looks very solid, hitting looks like it can get the job done.

    @Wilsonian: Thanks for the heads up!

    @El Burro: risk/upside/risk/good Ks

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @9-7: It’s Zimmermann with two N’s, I’m assuming. Neither trade is great.

  34. ritzer says:
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    @Grey Natalie Imbrugliaed – Torn

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ritzer: I got the reference.

  36. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    would you trade Kershaw/Dunn/ Tori Hunter for Holliday/Howard?

  37. Carns says:
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    I am going to drop one finger air quotes at the bar tonight on stupid, unimportants words in my sentences like ‘did’ and ‘of’ and ‘see’.

    What’d you give Gamble the day off? I was looking forward to an Expos Minor League Review.

  38. JP says:
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    H2H weekly.

    Drop Fuentes for Madson?

    My thoughts are that Madson’s a better pitcher on the better team, but Contreras might get closing duties. (Week 1: PHI plays Astros and Mets)

    Fuentes is the worse pitcher on a worse team, but he has virtually no competition for closing in Oakland, so he’s guaranteed save opportunities. Plus, knowing Bailey’s injury history, he might keep the job all year. (Week 1, OAK plays Mariners and Blue Jays)

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cashmoney: Yup

    @Carns: Rudy’s standing outside your door, dressed as the milk man.

    @JP: Nope

  40. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Grey-

    Auto-drafted money league team. (Don’t ask how it happened, I am more than displeased) But, I’m still going to win assuming you don’t quit your day-job so thanks ahead of time.

    Pick 3 OF to keep:

    Adam Jones
    Andres Torres
    Nick Markakis
    Logan Morrison
    Peter Bourjos

    Also I got 3 SS: Alexei, Jeter, or Furcal for the long term? Drop the others or UTIL them?

    Much obliged.

  41. zzzzzz says:
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    Which would you want: Hellickson ($1) or Latos ($8)?

  42. royce! says:
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    Latos to miss a start with shoulder soreness. Black said “it just popped up.” Even though it’s not in the worst context, I don’t like to hear about things “popping” when speaking about pitchers. Unless it’s when they’re inducing a pop up, I suppose.

  43. Steve says:
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    @Wilsonian: I’m no major league pitcher, but I caqn tell you that a shoulder impingement would make it pretty painful to pitch in the major leagues.

    Or any league.

  44. @Grey:
    Thanks — always appreciated…

    Im tempted to make a move on Cashner’s (10-12 wins/ 4.00 era/ 1.25 whip/ 180 k potential)…

    Also — whats your feel / read on Julio Teheran? I like what Ive seen to date…

  45. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I’ve had Latos on the trading block for a few days.I just saw an offer of Tim Hudson.I don’t think I’d bite normally, but with the news today of his shoulder issue I’m kinda wondering if I should take it before the news becomes more damning, and I end up eating him.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Whiskey Diet: Ha… Adam Jones, Andres Torres, Nick Markakis… I wouldn’t drop any of those SSs.

    @zzzzzz: Latos

    @royce!: Yup

    @El Burro: About a year and a half away from making any real fantasy contribution.

    @Doug Ault: I’d take Hudson before the news gets worse.

  47. potus says:
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    @ everyone:

    Pick one to drop – Romo, Fuentes, Contreras, Madson

    -YHL

  48. Swagger Jackers says:
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    @Doug Ault: Eating him? Ewwwww. The news isn’t THAT bad…I’m not too worried yet.

  49. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I countered with asking for Cain, but for all I know the shoulder news came before he offered Hudson, and he may even pull that offer, still go for Hudson?

    Yes,I am in panick mode

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: 10 runs in 10 IP in spring training, shoulder problems, I told you not to draft him this year… Yeah, it’s not good.

  51. little bunny foofoo says:
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    @potus:

    madson

    the others will get saves

  52. Steve says:
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    @royce!: A cortisone injection into the sub-deltoid bursar and he should be right as rain ;-)

  53. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I made the same mistake interpreting “To Serve Man” .-)

  54. robert mcilhatton says:
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    hey i saw this article on platoon players and it makes a lot of sense. If you can draft a guy like ian stewart or garret jones and then draft his platoon partner and get pretty nice stats. For example if you draft garret jones and start him on the days where there is a righty, you’ll get 15 homers, 59 rbi, 41 bb, 42 r, and a .260 avg. add those stats with matt diaz’s 5 homers, 15 rbi, 7 bb, 21 r, and 273 avg in only 121 ABs last year against lefties. doubling diazs stats to more accurately predict how many ABs he will get in ’11 and you have a line of 25 homers, 89 rbi, 55 walks, 84 runs, and a .265 avg. from two guys that will get drafted very late or wont get drafted at all. I was wondering if you knew a website where you could find a depth chart and see any platoon situations. thanks

  55. royce! says:
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    But Mariano Rivera also had it in 2005, and posted a 1.38 ERA and 43 saves, so… ignore my last post?

  56. Steve says:
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    @Steve: It’s also possible that these top-level, finely-tuned athletes are tougher than me…

  57. robert mcilhatton says:
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    and that was a down year for both of them in the average category, diaz has a career average of .335 against lefties and jones has a career .282 against righties so the average might be around .300.

  58. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Well, thank goodness. Wait, are you being facetious? I’m not versed in emoticon.

    My Padres season tickets are worth their weight in gold! [emoticon]

  59. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Just had one of those injections, though I’m not sure my condition is the same as theirs.

    And just to lay it to rest, yeah – they’re tougher than me.

  60. Dean says:
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    @Grey or anyone else with an opinion: I was just offered Daniel Hudson for my Rasmus in my QS/OBP 5×5 keeper league. I’m concerned I might be a bit light on SP. Do you make the deal with the following OF/SP:

    OF: Kemp, JUpton, Gardner, Rasmus, Venable

    SP: Hanson, Maurcum, Lilly, Wandy, Kennedy, Chacin, Zimmerman

    Thanks as always for any help.

  61. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Threw too many 96 MPH fastballs while playing catch with the kids?

  62. Dean says:
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    @Grey: On a related note, what are your thoughts about the following term:

    Rosterbation – the act of trading for the sake of trading, generally in the preseason, to pass the time prior to opening day. Is most effective when there is an absence of current statistical data to justify the transaction.

    Of course the nomenclature could use some wordsmithing but you get the idea.

  63. Steve says:
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    @royce!: That’s the more heroic version.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dean: Eh

    @Dean: I like the area, and know what you mean, but not sure if that’s the term. I’ll run it by Rudy.

  65. DrEasy says:
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    I made big mistake: initially decided not to play fantasy baseball this year due to some stupid New Year’s Eve resolution. Is it too late to join a decent Yahoo roto league anywhere? Not much time left for drafts, but if you have a spot have mercy on me and email me at: doctorrum [at] yahoo.com

    Thanks!

  66. Dean says:
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    maybe rosterbating has a better ring?

  67. DrEasy says:
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    @ Grey: Oops, didn’t know my email address would be converted to a link that spammers will probably delightfully abuse. Any way you can delete my previous post, please?

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Changed.

    @Dean: Roserbating is better.

  69. royce! says:
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    Rosterbating seems to close to Chronic Mastertrader. Probably applies to the same owners too.

  70. Dean says:
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    @royce!: good point. I did a quick glance and didnt see any overlap but if thats already there then the term is clearly covered.

  71. fitz says:
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    Beachy lights out again but guess everyone should completely avoid him because his name isn’t Mike Minor.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, do think so too.

  73. Dean says:
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    Although after a closer look they are different acts. I find myself compulsively looking to improve my team after the draft and before the season starts but mostly just out of boredom. I’m not trying to deal Jose Contreras and Brandon League for Soria.

  74. Dean says:
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    Beachy or Stauffer?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dean: Stauffer

  76. royce! says:
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    @Dean: I understand what you’re getting at, but I feel that most of the trading I attempt to do in-season is also out of boredom. Also, the term rosterbating, without further explanation, doesn’t itself convey that it is done preseason.

  77. Dean says:
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    @royce!: I dont think it needs to be limited to preseason. Making trades just for the sake of making trades. Theres at least a couple of guys in every league that over trade while not necessarily addressing needs just for the sake of shaking things up. I know I’m guilty of this.

    To your point, I think the vast majority of Razzball terms require some sort of definition to round out their context.

  78. chata says:
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    glad to see that you fellows have this debate well in hand .

  79. Mr2Bits says:
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    Not going to lye, I just had sex on the Beachy.

    Beachy 6.0IP 2H 1BB 6K 1.13 ERA this spring

  80. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Mr2Bits:

    Meant today, not spring. Damn beers

  81. wiudavis says:
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    M. Wieters $29
    B. Butler 2 $10
    K. Johnson 1 $5
    J. Reyes $54
    P. Alvarez 3 $5
    B. Phillips $39
    A. Pujols $119
    J. Upton 2 $11
    J. Werth 1 $22
    C. Young $25
    B. Harper $10
    G. Sizemore $1
    B. Matusz 3 $10
    U. Jimenez 1 $42
    M. Scherzer 1 $11
    F. Rodriguez $18
    J. Broxton $6
    J. Hellickson $20
    R. Nolasco 1 $13
    Y. Gallardo $21
    B. Morrow $13

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I forget, did you get on the same page with Cold War Kids?

  83. wiudavis says:
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    I did not mean to post that message just yet. Anyway that is my team of a 10 man 10×10 with a $500 cap. The guys with numbers before their value were keepers. This is a dynasty league and we must determine our new players “contract lengths” before the season starts. Weiters was also required to keep. I was curious what your thoughts are of my team. Here is my bench.

    M. Reynolds
    B. Abreu
    J. Bay
    M. Pineda
    J. Benoit
    O. Dotel
    F. Rodney
    M. Capps

  84. wiudavis says:
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    You are way to fast with your replies : )

    I am missing a Mike Minor or Zimmermann….I know this..haha

  85. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Think so. Sorry – can’t stop to chat – doing the auction keeper.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wiudavis: Well, it’d be a Beachy or Zimmermann now. I think your hitting is much better than your pitching, which isn’t a terrible thing in a 10 team league. Hitting, I like but you are light on steals and average.

  87. Steve says:
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    Or the keeper auction

  88. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Okay, good luck!

  89. Steve says:
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    @Grey: $36 on Reyes is restricting my movement like a tight pair of boxer shorts.

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Should always breathable, prêt-à-porter trousers when drafting.

  91. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Lost the connection while Kershaw was going for 25. Not happy.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That’s annoying.

  93. BPro says:
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    Hey Razzers,
    I wanted to roster 4 RPs until I know more about the Nunez/Hensley scenario – but I need another SP with Morrow aching. Who would you rather drop of Nunez, Lyon and Hanrahan.. I know they are all Brain Freezes but it’s pretty bleak for closers out on the market.
    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

  94. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Carlos Santana for a fiver isn’t, though.

  95. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Look at me with time to chat!

  96. Martin says:
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    @grey-just completed a 12 team mixed league draft. My team is

    C-Ianetta
    1B-Prince
    2B-Hill
    3B-Wright
    SS-Andrus
    OF-J.up
    OF-Cruz
    OF-Pence
    Util-Snider
    Util-Raburn
    Bench-Colvin
    Bench-Fowler

    SP-Hanson
    SP-Haren
    SP-Scherzer
    RP-Axford
    RP-Venturs
    SP-Daniel Hudson
    SP-Javi Vaz
    SP-Edwin Jackson
    SP-Tim Stauffer

    I like my team a lot but I feel like I need better closers and maybe less OF depth. Any suggestions who to trade and for whom?

  97. LMack says:
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    For the record, Dusty Baker better not hit Jay Bruce leadoff.

  98. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    “Rosterbating” was coined by the television series The League. They used it to refer to bragging about your roster during and after the draft.

    Wouldn’t want people to think Razzball is taking terms from other sources.

  99. elwood blues says:
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    Anyone:
    Is Latos keepable at $10??
    or do I try to trade him for something, anything.. I may be able to get Jordan Zim.. or should I just hold onto Latos and sell later?

  100. the rockstar from mars says:
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    grey-
    just finished my draft, 12 team-mixed-h2h, what do you think?

    C – Ianetta (21 round)
    1b- Cabrera (1-3 pick)
    2b- HIll (11)
    3b- Alvarez (6)
    SS- Al. Escobar (15)
    Dh- Lind (9)
    Ut – Reynolds (8)
    Of – Kemp (2)
    Of – McCutchen (3)
    Of – Tabata (12)
    Sp – Kershaw (4)
    Sp – Gallardo (5)
    Sp – Hamels (7)
    Sp – Hughes (10)
    Sp – Kuroda (14)
    Sp – E. Jackson (18)
    Rp – Kimbral (16)
    Rp – Hanrahan (17)

    Bench- Grady Sizemore (13)
    Rafael Furcal (19)
    Edinson Volquez (20)
    Matt Capps (22)

  101. Eddy says:
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    I didn’t read through all the comments, so maybe this has been mentioned, but Werth is slated to hit 2nd in the lineup this season. Don’t think it makes a real difference though.

  102. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:

    And Ian Demsond will leadoff.
    @Grey:

    Is this an upgrade or downgrade for Desmond?

  103. Wilsonian says:
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    Ok, so I’ve got me a few Cincinnati injuries on my 16 team H2H rotation and need to see what I do here.

    SP – Lester
    SP – Marcum
    SP – Gio
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Hanrahan
    P – League
    P – E. Jackson
    BN – Beachy
    BN – Cueto
    BN – Bailey

    Bailey and Cueto are both slated to start the season on the DL, and I only have room for one. Who do I drop Bailey for:

    McClellan, Tillman, Arrieta, Harden, Nova, Blanton, Hammel, Leake, Porcello, Narveson, Dice-K, Luebke, Buerhle, Harang, Zito, Wells, Kuo, Soriano, Hensley, Jansen?

    I know, shizz options. Standard 5 categories plus losses and Ks/9.

    Thanks man.

  104. Tweener says:
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    McClellan

  105. Dean says:
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    @DonSlaughtOnslaught:

    hmmmm, very very good point. guess I should watch the show. any good?

  106. Slappy says:
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    Grey:

    Hawpe by month:

    Apr .312/.411/.537
    May .288/.359/.494
    Jun .285/.369/.517
    Jul .279/.378/.472
    Aug .279/.380/.505
    Sep .235/.349/.420

    His August line doesn’t exactly agree with your evaluation. His swing otherwise isn’t exactly simple, so you need watch some vid of his swing, have it imprinted on your mind, and then when you see his swing is now out of whack and he’s going through one of his 1 week to 2 week slumps, he rides your fantasy bench. Then when his swing looks right again, back to fantasy glory.

    Lastly, re Brad at Petco, again: .281/.371/.451. He’ll work well there, much like AGon, i.e., he shows good power to the opposite field. He says that he likes hitting there, as the background allows him to see the ball well.

    For a bonus freebie, I really don’t know why Brad gets no love from some. From his MLB.com page:

    Seasons in Top 25 of Major Categories
    SLG
    2006 .515 (20th in NL)
    2007 .539 (13th in NL)
    2009 .519 (16th in NL)
    OBP
    2006 .383 (14th in NL)
    2007 .387 (13th in NL)
    2008 .381 (11th in NL)
    2009 .384 (18th in NL)
    OPS
    2006 .898 (18th in NL)
    2007 .926 (12th in NL)
    2008 .879 (15th in NL)
    2009 .903 (15th in NL)

    For another, the power to left, with the Pads broadcast crew guy reporting, “that’s almost Adrian Gonzalez like” (as I said above):

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=5633575

    For yet one more, for how I roll in fantasy:

    (1) 16 team H to H:

    B: R H HR RBI SB K GIDP TB FPCT AVG OBP SLG XBH

    C: JMart aka R. Martin
    1B: Tex
    2B: Tsuyoshi
    3B: Zim
    SS: Raffy
    LF: Gardner
    CF: McCutchen
    RF: Heyward
    3 Util: Freeman, Chipper, Hawpe
    5 Bench: Cust, J.D. Drew, Seth Smith, Theriot, M. Izturis.

    P: W L CG SHO SV BB K GIDP HLD ERA WHIP PICK QS BSV

    5 SP: Buchholz, Hellickson, Kuroda, Bedard, Anibal
    4 RP: FRod, Kimbrel, Venters, Kuo
    4 P: Gonzo, Peralta, Kenley Jansen, empty
    2 Bench: Niemann, McDonald

    (2) another 16 team H to H

    B: R H 2B HR RBI SF SB BB AVG

    C-Barajas
    2 1B: Fielder, Helton
    2 2B: Pedroia, Tsuyoshi
    3B: Alvarez
    SS: Starlin
    4 OF: Heyward, Stanton, Markakis, Swisher
    3 Util: Chipper, Hawpe, Damon
    3 Bench: Trumbo, M. Izturis, DeWitt (will be dropping DeWitt shortly)

    And now a testimony to knowing the scoring categories and the implication(s) of the same:

    P: W SV BB K HLD ERA WHIP K/9 RAPP

    2 SP: JP Howell, Takahashi
    2 RP: Valverde, FRod
    4 P: Kimbrel, Venters, Uehara, Saito
    Bench: Chris Young, Travis Wood

    The min IP is 7 IP. Chris Young and Travis Wood won’t see the active roster. Took them since I’d rather ponder their names riding my fantasy bench than, say, Mitch Maier (who can only serve to drag down the AVG/OBP/SLG should I be tempted to insert him into the active lineup). For those folks in the league who wish to pitch your 5-7 SPs, have at it. You’ll get more Ws, but I’ll get more RAPP, so that’s a wash. You’ll get more K’s but give up more BB, so that’s a wash. Leaving my relief crew to win SV, HLD, ERA, WHIP, and K/9. Remember that there are only 30 teams in MLB, so with 16 teams in the fantasy league, not everyone can even have 2 closers. I’ve got 3 now, and potentially 4 if JP Howell takes over closing for the Rays following his return in May. If that happens, I’ve got 4 closers and 4 HLD guys. As we all know, the RPs, the good ones, have a lower ERA and WHIP than most SPs, certainly better than a fantasy staff of 5-7 SPs, and they undoubtedly have the higher K/9 as well. So I’m looking at an entirely possible 5 win advantage a week in pitching. And Chris Young and Travis Wood double up as Monthy Python & The Holy Grail’s Sir Not Appearing In This Film.

    (3) my only Roto team, 12 team league.

    B: R HR RBI SB AVG OPS

    C: Santana
    1B: Morneau
    2B: Cano
    3B: Alvarez
    SS: Raffy
    CI: Chipper
    MI: Infante
    3 OF: Cruz, Swisher, BJ Upton
    2 Util: Freeman, Tabata
    2 Bench: L. Scott, Scutaro

    P: W SV K HLD ERA WHIP

    2 SP: Johnson, Kuroda
    2 RP: FRod, Valverde
    5 P: Kimbrel, Venters, Adams, Kuo, empty
    5 Bench: Bumgarner, Hellickson, Chacin, Bedard, McDonald

    (4) For one last one, another 12 team H to H.

    B: R 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OBP

    C: empty
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Tsuyoshi
    3B: Zim
    SS: Raffy
    3 OF: Heyward, Choo, Swisher
    2 Util: Pierre, Morneau
    2 Bench: Chipper, Freeman

    P: W CG SV K ERA WHIP K/9 QS

    3 SP: Gallardo, Latos, Kuroda
    2 RP: FRod, Valverde
    4 P: Kimbrel, Venters, Farnsworth, empty
    8 Bench: Hellickson, Chacin, Anibal, Bedard, Chris Young, McDonald, Pineda, Howell

    When JP goes on the DL then I pick up a scrub C. And when JP takes over as closer I shit can Farnsworth.

  107. Jesse says:
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    @Grey:

    Playoffs? Playoffs?!? I want guys that can perform best in playoff time, which is when H2H leagues are won. In 7 years in my league I’ve gone a cumulative 2-9 in playoff match ups and I am sick and tired of it. So yes, I could really care less how my guys are going to perform in April if I can expect them to deliver in September.

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