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Hello and greetings one and all.  Some of you may not know me so let me introduce myself.  My name is Sky and the reason I highlighted my name with a hyperlink is because I have a super-secret alter-ego.  So secret, it’s all over the internet if you wish to look.  You see, I also work over on the Fantasy Football side of the Razzball universe.  Over there, we yak about YAC whilst y’all babble about BABIP over here.  But occasionally, there is a solar eclipse and I wake to find myself here and by ‘solar eclipse’ I mean ‘Grey throws a black hood over my head and imprisons me’ and by ‘wake’ I mean ‘coming out of my chloroform hangover’.  As I may or may have not said before on this site, I’m Bi-Fantasexual.  Yup, a modern day Bo Jackson minus the muscles, money and athletic ability.  Trivial things.  Good, we now up to speed?  So now we’re no longer strangers but for the fact we’ve never met due to the internet which almost makes us Perfect Strangers.  I worked really hard to weave that last part into my lead.  It’ll pay off later, I promise.  As an aside, I look a lot like Bronson Pinchot and if you don’t believe me, you can ask JFOH.  Minus the rugged, island of Mypos good looks for sure…wait, what the hell?  Yeah, Fantasy Baseball.  Lost my shizz for a bit there.  So let’s get on with Josh Reddick and why he’s a good outfielder to target for your deep league team for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season…

In order to understand why furry-faced Josh Reddick is  a deep league sleeper for 2014, we have to decide who Reddick is.  Is he a late-blooming power hitter like 2012 suggested when he hit 32 bombs?  Or maybe he’s the wash up that destroyed plenty a team who drafted him high last year when he only hit 12 dongs while batting .226?  Or better yet, did he and fellow baseball messiah – Jayson Werth – merely trade places in 2013?  I mean, Werth was 34 and had quite the bounce back year.  Put on shades to go with that much derelicte, who could tell?  As quickly as Reddick seemed to become a popular name to draft last season he became a name to avoid for this season.  Fantasy Baseball is fickle like that.  You don’t even get past the ‘fool me once’ saying around here.  Unless you’ve got a very long track record or are extremely young, the masses never forget.  Y’all a buncha Hortons up in here!  Well, maybe I can’t get you to forget but I ask that you forgive this poor, grizzly soul.  You see, Reddick was felled by one of the biggest power zappers any hitter has to deal with: wrist issues.  Reddick did what any real life manager loves but any fantasy manager hates and played through the pain in 2013, leaving behind him a terrible end line that will leave his price at the draft table pretty depressed this season.  But his price depression is your chance for penny-pinching rejoice.  Oh and I didn’t just bring up Jayson Werth for beard jokes, people.  You see, Werth went through a period of time – mid 2000’s – where his career was in jeopardy.  He didn’t even play in 2006 and it was all because of his broken wrist from 2005.  But as we all know, he came back with a vengeance in 2008 and was a fantasy draft-day discount in 2009 when he hit 36 bombs.  And keep in mind, that was a broken wrist, not the strained one that Josh had surgery on in late October of last year.  To quote my 80’s doppleganger Balki, Don’t Be Reddick-U-Lous and pass on Josh in your deep league drafts this year.  Yes, that was the Perfect Strangers payoff.  And yes, I promise never to build anticipation for something that lame again.  And yes, I’m done.  Peace out!

Sky Sperling is a contributor for Razzball Football and Razzball Baseball. He’s also a lover of fine beer, fine women and fine-toothed combs. You can follow him on twitter @Sky_Razzball and in your most sweetest of dreams.

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  1. Josh O.

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    He’s got a great name. I’m in

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Josh O.: ESPN hates it. Tries to rename him Red@!#%$ every time.

      • Josh O.

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        @Sky: Even better

        • Sky

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          Haha

  2. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Hated him last year before season started. Like him this year. I don’t think he gets back to 30 homers because he’s going to have to adapt to the way he gets pitched and stop trying to pull everything. Using all field this sprain and healthy. Will still punish mistakes inside though with healthy risk. May employ some shift beating bunts and slaps, think it’s going to be an As thing this year, that will soften up the d.

    Main reason to like him is he’s a sneaky good base stealer. 20 of 23 over past 3 years. With fewer bombs and Ks and more time on base I see 15 and dare I say 20 bag upside?

    • Sky

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      @Oaktownsteve: Yeah, I wouldn’t count on 30 bombs again myself but he could hit 25-27 which in today’s game ain’t a bad showing.

      I hadn’t thought of the steals factor. That’s definitely a plus. I’d be more inclined to think 10 with 15 upside, though.

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Sky:

        On the steals it’s just a little hunch. I see him a lot and he reads pitches well, gets good jumps. I can just kind of see him with a mentality of “maybe I’ll shorten up in 2 k counts and get a knock and a bag”

        • Sky

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          Ah, I hear ya. I do also like he increased his BB% last year. Hoping that wasn’t a factor of swinging less out of pain/fear and more him becoming even more selective at the plate. TBD. But yeah, I could definitely see 15 if he stays healthy. Like you said, sneaky SB upside there.

  3. Shake N Bacon says:
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    You have healthy hips though right? Bo’s hips failed him and his career (sad trombone).

    Reddick isn’t available in my RCL league. I have a MASH unit happening right now with Kemp and Bourn possibly not being healthy enough to play to begin the season.

    For the first few weeks of the season, any deep league OF’s out there that you particularly like? (yeah I know that’s a really general question with LOTS of possible answers)

    I was looking at the opening week series for all teams and it looks like Red Sox and Baltimore OF’s are a solid bet playing in Baltimore. Though the weather might be crap and cold. I was thinking Daniel Nava or brittle knees (Grady Sizemore) might be an interesting play. Baltimore will probably run a few righties out there to start the first few games.

    • Sky

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      Boston OF…maybe. Ozuna? Hoes? Presley? Krauss? How deep is deep? That’s what she said?

      Might want to look and see what teams are starting a lefty and look at lineups/teams that typically platoon.

      Painful about your OF. Didn’t want to pick up Kemp for that very reason coupled with I don’t think the speed returns.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: I ended up getting kemp in the 8th round. Felt it was pretty good value, even if he returns to 2/3rds of the player that he was. I’ll take 20-25 hrs and 10-15 steals with decent runs and RBIs and .280-.290 average.

        Probably asking a lot, but I’m demanding gosh darn it!

        Yeah I’m going to go through the hitter tron too (will it be up at the start of the season or does it need data before it can spit out goodness?) to see if I can find some good matchups.

        I just need a starter in the OF. or I’m plugging Wong into my Util…..that just sounded very bad. Now I’m going to get flagged at work.

        • Sky

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          Ha, yeah, I don’t have as high of hopes for Kemp at this point namely because of the health issues at hand. I’m thinking closer to 25/7 is his upside at this point, in my mind, which feels like Khris Davis’ floor and Davis goes later.

          Rudy mentioned the other day that the goal for hittertron is to be up and live a few days into the season. Gotta have some stats to start with.

          You might get banned on twitter if you post pics of plugging a Wong in your UTIL, I’ll at least say that.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Sky: Khris Davis is my OF4 in that RCL league and Oswaldo is my OF5 (at the moment with Bourn and Kemp on the mend). I’m starting to dislike my RCL team, when at first I was giddy about it. Oh and Chapman got rocked…yeah not really feeling my RCL team at the moment.

            Umm, I’ll have to disagree with you on the wong and util pictures. Have you seen the people that JFOH follows?

            • Sky

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              @Shake N Bacon: That’s pretty awesome for 4/5. Wait, am I reading that right? 7 OF? If so, you gambled on a couple of underperformers and aren’t really paying the price.

              JFOH just follows boobs. If life/twitter has taught us anything: Boobs >

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @Sky: Yeah I didn’t trust Kemp or Bourn all that much so got Khris Davis and Oswaldo fairly late.

                Just for reference, here’s my RCL team:

                C – Gattis
                1b – Votto
                2b – Pedroia
                SS – Andrus
                3b – Middlebrooks
                MI – Villar
                CI – Moustakas
                OF1 – Harper
                OF2 – Domonic Brown
                OF3 – Trumbo (Was my CI)
                OF4 – Khris Davis
                OF5 – Oswaldo Arcia

                Bench OF – Kemp
                Bench OF – Bourn
                Bench MI – Wong

                P – Doug Fister
                P – Gerrit Cole
                P – Sonny Gray
                P – Tanaka
                P – Ventura
                P – Hunter
                P – Hawkins
                P – Meek (Oaktown Steve’s gospel is influencing!)
                Bench P – Chapman

                • Shake N Bacon says:
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                  Oh, I suppose Wong is in my Util spot, duh.

                • Sky

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                  Intriguing team. Not as big of a Kolton supporter as others. Just don’t know if he gets a chance to be an impact player and I think over the course of the season an MI with more PT could easily replace him. I’m also not huge on your 3Bs. Feels a little too risky to wait that late on them. And of course, Dom is a Tehol thing. Definitely not my guy. That said, Gattis at your C? Nice. Swing him in OF and ride a hot C for a while if/when they pop up on waivers for you and you’re looking good. Like the staff as well if you can get some saves. The Chapman loss probably hurts a lot now looking back at the secondary SV options you picked but you can still find them on waivers so that’s not too big of a deal. It’s still a strong squad and a good OF even without those other two. In fact, maybe all 5 of your OF get off to strong starts and Kemp is ready to come back. Shop him like it’s 2011!

                  • Shake N Bacon says:
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                    @Sky: Yeah RCL was my first draft and I realized how stupid it was to wait that long once Arenado was picked up. He was my target and I missed out on him because I was targeting Sonny Gray instead.

                    Yeah Wong was just a flyer, in case Villar started doing awful and Wong got the full time job and ran with it.

                    Good point on Gattis. I do like his position eligibility.

                    Yeah my closer situation is dire. I’m going to hang tight for now, try to pick up some saves from the waiver wire for a bit. By June if Aroldis isn’t back and if Hunter and/or Hawkins loses their job, I may be making some trades.

                    • Sky

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                      Understand, Nolan has been my safety 3B net as well. Feel like he’s a safe guy with upside/potential for this year.

                      So few 2B I’m willing to waste my time with this year. Someone off waivers is gonna outperform probably 50% of the 2B drafted.

                      Think the OF will still be a partial home for Gattis this year so long as his bat stays a good play.

  4. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Moustakas getting time at 2b this spring??? WTF. Yost is a mad scientist!

    • Sky

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      Haha…he just looked and said ‘Where’d Bonifacio go? Crap. I have to play Infante all year?’

      I’ll give you the ‘mad’ part of your statement, though.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: He must like Danny Valencia as well, to try and start both of those guys. Might as well sign Steven Drew…before the Tigers do.

        • Sky

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          I have zero doubts Danny is gonna be a nice stream against LHP this year at 3B/CI/UTIL if/when you need it. He played well for Baltimore in that role last year. Mous I just don’t see getting 150+ games. Very Brandon Moss-like if he gets things going.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Sky: Oh yeah, he’s a lefty slayer for sure. My frankenstein 3b of Middlebrooks/Moustakas might need another part attached to it (enter Valencia).

            Did I mention I’m not really feeling my RCL team anymore?

            • Sky

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              Haha I’m gathering that. Still alright with mine lets see how De does this weekend and maybe I change my mind

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @Sky: Dee could be a real game changer for a team that took a gamble on him.

                • Sky

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                  Yup. He was the original Billy Hamilton. We’ll see how it shakes out. At worst, I get some cheap steals to start the year with a crappy average. Chuck’em if he loses the starting gig. Nothing lost with where he’s going in drafts.

                  • Josh O.

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                    @Sky: Isn’t Justin Turner getting the start in the first game for the Dodgers at 2B? Doesn’t necessarily mean anything

                    • Sky

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                      Yeah, prolly against lefties. If he proves himself, he’ll gain the LHP at-bats. Miley is taking the mound in game 1. Can still pinch run/hit in game one but does put a small damper on him if this holds.

    • Oaktownsteve says:
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      @Shake N Bacon:

      “A Johnson! A Johnson! My kingdom for a(n) (Elliot) Johnson!”

      • Kid A says:
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        @Oaktownsteve: You typed that first without the parentheses, then decided against.

        • Oaktownsteve says:
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          @Kid A:

          I typed it first with then without then with again., you hunchbacked British regent you. Im about to lose New Mexico in the NCAA. So close on them and nc state

  5. Nico

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    I remember noticing that Reddick didn’t swing at first pitch strikes often last April, and pitchers were throwing balls over on the first pitch almost 9% more than the previous year (when he raked). I think he got more selective, which is good, and it showed in his K% and BB% (contact went up too). The reason I’m blabbering on is that I think he had to adjust to his new plate approach early last season, which caused his numbers to suffer in the first half. When you look at his second half numbers, in 55 less AB’s (165 v 220), he doubled his HR’s (8 vs 4) and his ISO jumped to .188 from .127. Needless to say, I think the Chronicles of Reddick I listed above show he could still be a 20 HR guy, with more walks and a better OBP… although his average still might hang around the mid .200’s. Stats are fun.

    Also, need Sky’s opinion on changing my commentor name here… Use my real name on twitter (@nicolas_kern) and referencing myself as uncle jessie on twitter takes up my 140 characters when I ask you guys fantasy questions… Make them the same or what?!

    • Sky

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      Haha, I didn’t even know it that was you, Uncle Jesse! You gotta change the avi, though. No weird baby in grown up boots if you go that route. Yeah, boost your twitter presence by calling yourself @Nicolas_Kern on here and named Uncle Jesse on twitter makes a lot of sense. Do it, Mr. Stamos!

      Interesting, glad it’s a change in approach. Still think if those factors are in place, if he’s not hitting 30 bombs and closer to 20, you’re gonna get an uptick in average unless his BABIP is horribly unlucky. In the end, still should be hitting in the top 5 of a solid lineup. RBI/HR/R should be solid and as OTS said, maybe some SB upside there.

      • Nico

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        @Sky: Speaking of avi, this might sound dumb, but how do I throw up an avi on here? My twitter avi needs to be retired! Check the reply name.

        Yeah, agreed. Ultimately, that jibberish was me agreeing with you and arriving at the same conclusion, but taking a different route. So kudos to us! In my 10 team, taking Reddick might involve ME taking it deep (ahem, if you catch my drift), but that’s why this post is about deep leagues and not 10 team yahoo leagues that I’m a part of… I always enjoy your posts.

        • Sky

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          Not a dumb question at all. Whatever email you use when you post here, use it on gravatar and claim said avi.

          Thanks NK(FJS)! I enjoy writing them, glad there’s mutual enjoyance (not a real word). And Reddick will be a guy you either drop in 2 weeks or ride through the season because he’s awesome even for a 10 teamer. OF is usually pretty fluid in a smaller league, though, so there’s that. Rather take a chance on upside later knowing you have a bevy of guys to choose from if it goes sour.

          • Nico

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            @Sky: Boom! Killin it today, Sky. First Reddick, then this. I’ll have to shorten my name on here too.. decisions decisions…

            • Sky

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              So shortening you mean just removing the stuff in (), yes? I’m surprised there aren’t more emoticon names on here. I’d go by ( . )( . ), personally.

              • Nico

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                @Sky: I’ll stick w 4 letters! Wait for the matching avi’s tho.. man will your mind be blown!

              • Nico

                Nico says:
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                @Sky: Testing new avi.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  GAAAHHHH!!!

                  Ps, that’s a sign it’s working

    • Oaktownsteve says:
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      @John Stamos:

      Nice comment. I think the other thing that happened to Red Dog is guys pretty much made sure not to miss middle in, low after getting that strike one. Righties attacked him with back foot breaking stuff in the dirt or above the letters in and any lefty with a curve slurve or slider was throwing it away and fastballs above the letters also. T

      • Nico

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        @Oaktownsteve: Good stuff. I’ll be looking for it this year.

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        @Oaktownsteve:
        This is the first person observational that I lack.
        So valuable.
        I’m coming home damnit!

  6. Kid A says:
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    Are you seeing the potential for an uptick in BA as well? If not, balancing him out with someone(s) to offset his average has got to be a consideration.

    If you are targeting other +Power/-Average players (Bruce, Alvarez, Moss, etc.) it could be difficult to find a way to work him in.

    Agree that the banged up wrist could be the cause of the BB% increase. If you grab him, you’ll know pretty quickly if he has it or not this year. If he is off, word will travel fast.

    • Sky

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      Depends if he hits for closer to 30 HRs vs hitting closer to 20. If he’s not hitting as many flyballs, the contact rates get better with his dwindling K% and increase in BB%. It would take an unlucky BABIP for him to not rise a bit.

      To me, drafts are about finding/gettin the hard to get stuff, namely power. I go power+ if/when I can and say blah to the average because come May I can work some trades that could recalibrate me. Keep in mind guys like James Loney can hit .300. Empty stats but they float out there for a reason. I’d rather get the stats and work backwards from there if I need to improve my team.

  7. Oaktownsteve says:
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    I think he can hit about .265

    • Kid A says:
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      @Oaktownsteve:

      This makes me happy.

    • Sky

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      That’s where I was leaning, actually. Not gonna see a .275+ guy without some major BABIP luck. Which is fine: I want my power and that comes from FBs.

  8. mp29k says:
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    I need to drop someone for Jason Castro (I must have Castro). I can let go one of the following:

    Khris Davis, Anthony Rendon, Michael Brantley.

    I am leaning Brantley.

    • Sky

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      Not a Rendon fan. If you don’t need a 2B I’d drop him. Otherwise what you said

  9. costaricanchata says:
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    would like to see him drop a few more K ‘s .
    speaking of which ??? … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHpZPaQB9KE

    also , on Grey’s last post ,
    i broke into your conversation with OTS (at your 10:10 am mark)
    to ask you a question .
    kinda silly to re-post here ,
    but will check back there , to see your opinion .

    off to the beach .

    • Sky

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      @costaricanchata: OMG…I’ve been found! *Runs and hides in shame…but with beautiful head of hair waving in the wind as I go!*

      I’ll have to take a look. I am in and out on other’s posts so I missed it.

      Enjoy some sunshine for me!

  10. de nachos says:
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    Funny as I picture you as a slightly more handsome Balki. His finest hour was in Beverly Hills Cop IMHO

    Reddick I’m still bitter he didn’t pan out as my $1 last year. Thanks for the revisit. Gotta have short memories in this obsession of ours.

    • Sky

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      @de nachos: As Oasis once taught you…well they shouldn’t have taught you anything really but if they did it was to not look back in anger. I redrafted Nelson Cruz this year at least once and I’d even redraft Ike Davis if it was clear he had the starting job in NYM.

      You might be underrating his more recent work, though: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345904/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2

      • de nachos says:
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        @Sky: *bows down* where do you pull that shiz from? Imagine if “quickly produce obscure but topical internet link” was a skill that paid as well as, I dunno, “hit tiny white ball into hole?” You’d be Rockefeller.

        • Sky

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          Ha! I now have a dream to aspire towards. Though I think that’s just being an intern on The Soup…

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            @Sky: The Soup is possibly the best show on television. What that says about our world, I don’t care to speculate.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Some evils are just best left unspoken…

  11. Thomas says:
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    Darvish or Cain and Cobb?

    • Sky

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      @Thomas: Depends on what the rest of your staff looks like. If you need decent + quantity, take the Cobb side. If you need an ace to balance out a messy staff you should stay Darvish.

  12. Dead Head says:
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    Sky how do you feel about Justin Ruggiano this year? He could be a sneaky 20/20 guy, who is also a bounce back candidate going to the Cubbies and playing nearly everyday. I like him a lot and feel him and Reddick are great deep OF options this year. Just throwin it out there! But would be interested if you think the same thing of him, as I have targeted a lot of guys you seem to like in Deep leagues. Hopefully we both don’t go 0fer this year cuz I’d be screwed haha

    • Sky

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      @Dead Head: I see the upside of 20/20 there but I don’t see him staying as a starter all year. he’s a .240’ish hitter starting for a bad team, in my opinion. Once youth starts being served, he probably goes to a contender and is on their bench.

  13. Big League Wood says:
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    Was waiting for a Deep Purple reference.

    Would you loose Bourn for Rasmus or Reddick? They seem to be the same guy…. Thoughts?

    • Sky

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      Can’t use all my deep league puns up all at once. I’ll get there.

      I’d go Reddick, personally. Think his floor is higher and think he’ll hit in a more favorable part of his own lineup if not to start the year, by the end of it.

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        @Sky:

        Sounds solid. Bourn is slaw at this point if that hamstring is already an issue.

        • Sky

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          Exactly

  14. Benny says:
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    Which side would you rather have in a dynasty league: Javier Baez and Rizzo or Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant.

    • Sky

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      Tough…really like Baez but I might lean Bryant/Soler there. Have slowly removed myself from loving Rizzo.

  15. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Strategy question. Never played a 14-team league before. Drafts this Sunday, won’t be nearly as fine-tuned read up as I will be for NFBC league draft next Saturday, but still have at least vague impressions of all MLB rosters. BTW, thanks Grey for last weeks answer snapping me out of my Mauer/prime Boggs delusion.

    Rosters are C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 2 UT, 7 SP, 2 RP. 6 Bench, 5 DL. Auction $260. Weekly H2H Categories (R, RBI, Total Bases, SB, OBP, ERA, WHIP, K, Quality Start, SV) Lineup set daily. Minimum 4 games started, max 7 per week, though can go over 7 starts if less than 7 going into a certain day. Know for sure that I want to put a premium on batters and multi-position eligibles in daily format. Do you think it’s a good gameplan in this format to: not overpay for Miggy/Trout, have Votto be most expensive player, get as many power-hitting 1B/3B/DH types as I can muster including Gyrko at 2B, get Billy Hamilton at only right price (have a feeling he’ll be reached for in this auction) but if not get Villar and if he works out great but if not use waivers and essentially punt that category on draft day since it’s not cumulative, and go studs/scrubs for pitching staff by focusing on winning rate stats and punting Quality Starts for now? I plan on using as many starter eligible middle relievers as possible that I can get on my roster throughout season. Would your strategy for 14-team league of this format be any different?

    • Sky

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      I’m not Grey but I’m sure he’ll see you thanked him :)

      Auction strategy I adhere pretty close to Grey’s approach. I rarely get many first or second round types but I get plenty of cash to spend on 3rd/4th rounders to fill out my roster. QS is a good starting point for valuation but don’t hang your hat on it as a determining stat: 6 IP and 3 ER is a QS. I wouldn’t go ‘studs’ at pitching either. Apply the same strategy you would with your hitting with your pitching: be frugal, plenty will fall to you. For example, here’s my 12 team, 2 C club I just recently drafted:

      http://razzball.com/the-league-of-street-cred-twelve-team-espn-auction-draft-results/

      In that post, there’s also a link to some of the auction prices that Grey/Rudy devised. Would be a good resource for you.

      • Operation Mindcrime says:
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        @Sky:

        Thanks! Avisail Garcia and Arenado, haven’t thinking about those type of players too much, but that roster even though 12-team 2-C does give me an idea of what to expect. I found this just now http://razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-espnmlb12-5X5OBP too though it won’t let me switch to 14tm 5X5 OBP. Do you think that in a total bases format, Carlos Gonzalez is a top 4 pick and vaults over McCutchen? Maybe Josh Hamilton in a “good” year/free swinging-bad ball hitter types like Vlad Guerrero?

        • Sky

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          I don’t see CarGo that way, personally. You might want to talk with Rudy/Grey about that; I’m not sure why the 14 team section doesn’t work and unfortunately don’t have control to help on that.

          Hamilton can bounce back but I think his .300 days are behind him. If he can hit .270 along with 27 HR and 100 RBIs, he’s going at a good value right now.

  16. I Want A Pretty Girl from Indiana says:
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    Thanks for the story @Sky. Got me thinking – which could be dangerous. I’m a big Reddick fan. Have had him on my teams for several years now and didn’t even mind last year (too much) because he was a late round keeper. Still have him in my deep deep league (20 teams), but missed him in my H2H 12-teamer. He went in the 18th after I picked Will Venable. Both can be kept next year for a 16 round pick.

    So I’m thinking about making a trade offer – Reddick for Venable. Sound OK?

    I’ll just lose some SB’s? He’s kind of like my lucky charm.

    • Sky

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      I’d want Reddick. Venable is pretty meh in my book. Above you’ll see Oaktown Steve giving some sneaky SB upside talk. Don’t know if I buy that far but you might get 10 or 12. If he can hit 25+ HRs and hit over .260, he’s worth it in my book.

      • I Want A Pretty Girl from Indiana says:
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        @Sky: Cool. Just need to figure out how to sell it to the other team now. He’s got Hamilton so not sure the SB angle will mean much. Thanks again.

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          Sky says:
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          No worries. Good luck!

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Sky: He gets points for a mean beard

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Style points are important in this game. PS, just picked up Justin Turner in our league because the Dodgers are fucking idiots. not only are they not starting Dee Gordon – whom they said they’d bat 9th to give him a fighting chance behind Puig – they’re starting Justin IN THE TWO-HOLE. Seriously. WTF is that? I get it, LHP on the mound but really? Justin Turner? Just why, Dodgers…secretly I hope he now goes 4/4 with a HR and 10 RBIs and Gordon pinch runs and steals 2 bags now, though.

  17. Dingbat says:
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    I finally had my auction draft tonight, and it was a bit of a wild and crazy ride. It’s a 10-team Yahoo league with 7×7 (H, OPS, K/BB, QS). Here’s the team I ended up with:

    C: Wilin Rosario ($4)
    1B: Eric Hosmer ($14)
    2B: Robinson Cano ($30)
    3B: Edwin Encarnacion ($33)
    SS: Brad Miller ($3)
    OF: Bryce Harper ($36)
    OF: Shin-Soo Choo ($18)
    OF: Jason Heyward ($16)
    Util: Starling Marte ($18)
    Util: Brian McCann ($4)
    BN: Will Venable ($1), Adam Eaton ($1)

    SP: Madison Bumgarner ($28)
    SP: Doug Fister ($8)
    SP: Danny Salazar ($8)
    SP: Hyun-jin Ryu ($6)
    RP: Craig Kimbrel ($20)
    RP: Addison Reed ($5)
    RP: Jose Veras ($1)
    RP: LaTroy Hawkins ($1)
    BN: Ian Kennedy ($1), Lance Lynn ($1), CC Sabathia ($1), Rick Porcello ($1), Joaquin Benoit ($1)

    My biggest mistakes were paying more for Harper than I think he’s worth, and grabbing two catchers. I grabbed McCann at a good value when I thought there was going to be a bidding war for Rosario, and when that didn’t materialize, I had to grab the guy I’m expecting to be the best catcher in the league. That left me short-stacked earlier than I would’ve liked, but I think I managed to address all of the areas of need for my team. I think my biggest weakness is my starting rotation, but I’m really confident in my top 4, and I think the other 4 SPs I snagged all have a good chance to return solid value as well.

    Any thoughts?

    • Sky

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      @Dingbat: There’s only a few guys I’m willing to pony up for at 2B this year and they go cheaper than Cano. Worried about that offense in Seattle. Worried you won’t get your value back on Heyward, either, but you have Marte to back him up so that’s not too bad. Reasonable upside on the staff but spending $28 on MadBum handcuffed you to not spending much on the remainder. Would prefer to have my lead SP at about $20 or less. Overall, would’ve preferred to see you come away with even more power – crazy, I know – but given it’s a 10 teamer, that might be a have/have nots area by the end of the season.

      The Harper pricing isn’t bad: top 10 potential. Hear ya about your 2 Cs; great value on both, honestly. Maybe flip one + Hosmer for an overall upgrade at 1B? Or perhaps move one of them for a good arm. I do like Rosario as well but just move whomever has the highest return value in the market.

      In the end, it’s not a bad looking team. If Hosmer takes a step forward, your 1B looks a lot better. 10 teamer, you’re going to need to be vigilant about surprise guys. Plenty of people on your roster probably don’t stay on one team for long (Eaton/Venable/Kennedy/etc)

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        @Sky: thanks for the feedback. I already proposed a McCann for Rizzo trade to the guy with a ton of 1Bs and Yan Gomes at C. That would definitely help my HR/RBI situation if accepted.

        Tillman and Pineda are available. Worth dropping anyone on my roster for either one?

  18. mauledbypandas says:
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    I have mixed feelings on this. If Gordong (of the Tom variety) does not do well, I am well and truly screwed for this year,. I feel like this is a common theme from the Dodgers. From Vin Scully on. Who is our 4th OF? Who is our 3B? Who is our play by play guy? who is our C? 2B? SS?

    • Sky

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      @mauledbypandas: Yeah, things will shake out the right way. If Dee sticks, I think some things get a lot easier. Move Hanley back to 3B, mix/match Gordon with Turner/Guerrero over the course of the year and keep Uribe around for bar nights so you look hot.

      Ellis ain’t a bad C as long as you don’t expect huge offensive numbers. He’d actually be a good 2nd bat in the lineup kind of guy. Very patient.

      Van Slyke just went 2/3 with a bomb. Your OF question might’ve just been answered. We both know that OF isn’t staying healthy this year.

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        @Sky: I was also riding the “maybe Dee Gordon will get to play with the big kids” train. But with this opening game having him firmly ensconced (it’s a good word… use it!) upon the bench, I had to cut my ties with the skinny-minnie.

        It is absolutely impossible to keep a guy on your roster who is in a time share unless you have daily lineups and deep benches. I have neither in my main league, thus and therefore, Ho, Ho, Ho, Dee’s gotta go!

        I replaced him with wunderkind, Kelly Johnson, who gets a short porch in left at Yank$$ Stadium, and a full time job at third, replacing the disgraced cheater, cheater, steroid-eater, ARod. I love having a guy that qualifies at 30 different positions on my team. I can plug him in anywhere!

        So yes, I replaced 50 stolen bases with 10 in my projections. But I replaced a .233 batting average with a .235 batting average. That’s a win!

        • Sky

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          @JoeC: Haha…And now he’s 3/4 with 2 runs and an RBI and got to bat leadoff.

          Kelly Johnson will streak at some point. If he starts hot, I’d look to move him as fast as possible. The guy is beyond inconsistent. Haha, but like you said, he’s gonna hit around .230 overall.

          I still have hope for Dee but only on teams where I need speed.

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            @Sky: God damn it. He would just have to go and shake his hiney after I dropped him, eh? Now I want to pull the dreaded “dropped a guy, reconsidered, used waiver claim to pick him back up” move. It’s a specialty of mine!

            And the thing is, I need his speed! Like in a baaaaad sort of way. My team will probably top out at 100 bags if I don’t get some more baserunners. But seeing him not starting the first game spun me into a death spiral of misery. I can’t have a part-time player in a weekly league!

            I’m gonna go join Grey in the oven.

            • Sky

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              Hahahahaha…4 teams, 4 Dees. That’s me so far. Weekly I can see where he’d be an issue. Have him on my bench and rotating him with Alcides/Villar at short in my deep keeper (2 at every IF position). Basically my main source of speed is those three guys. That said, I wanna see how it plays out. If he’s as bad as Yunel Escobar by mid-April, no harm done. I just move on.

  19. mauledbypandas says:
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    by the way, I saw Justin Turner last year at a Coney Island gam eand he has a wonderful man beard

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      Sky says:
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      @mauledbypandas: Turner has the ‘I house squirrels in this’ look going for him

  20. Jake says:
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    Razzballers, give me some advice!

    I’m in a 12 team NL only 6 player keeper league ($260). Who should I keep with my 6th keeper?

    F. Freeman $26
    H. Bailey $13
    E. Young $5

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      Sky says:
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      @Jake: Freeman

  21. Bobby says:
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    Hey sky I’m in a ESPN h2h league, trying to set up the pitching categories-

    So far it’s as follows for pitching:

    Outs recorded: 1.0

    Wins: 5 points

    Loss: -5 points

    Earned runs: -2 points

    Saves: 5 points

    Strikeouts: 1 point

    Walks issued: -1 points

    Was thinking of adding complete game, no hitter or perfect game too but didn’t know how many points to for those categories

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bobby: If you’re asking my opinion:

      CG, no hitter and PG are the absolute worst stats you can add, especially in an H2H setting. They don’t happen often enough that you can justify calling them fantasy stats. You’re adding luck into your game by putting them in.

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        @Sky:

        How do you like how I have the rest of my pitching categories/ points set up?

        For batting I have it as follows:

        Single: 1 point

        Double : 2 points

        Triple: 3 points

        Home run: 5 points

        Stolen bases: 1 point

        Runs batted in: 1 point

        Runs scored: 1 point

        Total bases: 1 point

        Would you take away any of the batting category?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Bobby: Hey Bobby, sorry for the delay in response; was working on major house projects all day yesterday. Honestly, I do not play points leagues. I would suggest you hit up Josh O. with that question as I think he’d give you better insight:

          http://razzball.com/author/josho/

  22. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Reddick will never be the FBB player that he is in real baseball until there is a fielding factor (which would never be fairly done).

    Reddick is not popular with the average fan who focuses on batting stats.

    He is a huge real baseball asset. He is the best outfielder to play in Oakland since Joe Rudi (and he has a better arm) Yes, I think he is better than either Murphy or Hindu (Dave Henderson) ever were (Hindu was great)

    He will never have the season again as he had at the plate 2 years ago – And he won”t be as bad a last year, this year.

    AVOID in FBB Unless a 240s BA and 17 – 21 homers in 500 plus ABs
    is helpful to your cause.

    ESPN Rules question – Must players be drafted in Active slots to receive their stats already achieved — The OZ games are presenting this question to arise —- Or is there a time for us to adjust our rosters after draft???.

    • Sky

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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: I think we’re gonna have to disagree here, Ghost. Minus the ‘real baseball player’ comments, of course. He really is a good player. You’ve statistically linked him to his 2013 season and then said he wouldn’t be as bad as it. Those two statements paired don’t add up to me. Plus he was hurt, as I stated; a very large factor in where his power went. He may not reach 30 HRs ever again but he doesn’t have to to provide value. I still see a 25 HR guy with 10 SB to tack on and about a .260 average. That plays well with most FBB teams.

      Your last statement: here’s what I’m assuming we’re talking about. You’re assuming you draft Van Slyke and you get a HR even though your draft is after the game. That doesn’t make sense to me. They’re not on your team when they hit the HR so you shouldn’t get the stats. No different than FA pickups would be my guess. But that’s just my understanding/thinking on it.

  23. Anthony says:
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    12 team H2H league, it’s really deep, like 35 man deep! I have a quick question for you man. My rotation is Kershaw, Darvish, Strailey, Samardzija, Garza, Liriano, and Santiago. Depth is of most importance in this league and I can trade Darvish for Cain and Cobb. Would you pull the trigger on that? Thanks man!

    • Sky

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      @Anthony: I don’t think adding one more pitcher changes your depth enough to move off a 240 K guy, personally. Hold and keep your eyes peeled on the FA pool. 35 man rosters is deep but there’ll be nice surprises here and there and stream-worthy arms, especially given it’s H2H.

  24. Alex says:
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    Hi Sky, let me know what you think! Some weird stats in this league, 12 player H2H. We’ve got K/BB ratio, holds, and total bases are extra cats.

    First 6 picks are keepers from last year. Only restriction is you can only keep 5 moving forward (plus 1 more from round 7 on)

    It’samadmadmadmadbum

    1. (10) Robinson Canó ? (Sea – 2B)
    2. (15) Paul Goldschmidt ? (Ari – 1B)
    3. (34) Manny Machado ? (Bal – 3B)
    4. (39) Bryce Harper ? (Was – LF,CF,RF)
    5. (58) Starling Marte ? (Pit – LF,CF)
    6. (63) Matt Holliday ? (StL – LF)
    7. (82) Ian Desmond (Was – SS)
    8. (87) Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    9. (106) Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    10. (111) Josh Donaldson (Oak – 3B)
    11. (130) Jason Grilli (Pit – RP)
    12. (133) Kris Medlen (Atl – SP)
    13. (135) Johnny Cueto (Cin – SP)
    14. (154) Tony Cingrani (Cin – SP,RP)
    15. (159) Salvador Pérez (KC – C)
    16. (178) Jim Henderson (Mil – RP)
    17. (183) Brett Gardner (NYY – CF)
    18. (202) Dexter Fowler (Hou – CF)
    19. (207) Zack Wheeler (NYM – SP)
    20. (226) Neftali Feliz (Tex – RP)
    21. (231) Taijuan Walker (Sea – SP)
    22. (250) Erasmo Ramírez (Sea – SP)
    23. (255) Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)
    24. (274) Josh Rutledge (Col – 2B,SS)
    25. (279) Oscar Taveras (StL – RF)
    26. (298) Yonder Alonso (SD – 1B)
    27. (303) Omar Infante (KC – 2B)

    I have since picked up Pineda/Paxton/Gregerson for Rutledge Medlen and Alonso. Scheppers just got named to the Rangers starting rotation, might pick him up, just not sure who to drop.

    No CI/MI sots, just 2 Util.

    How did I do?

    Worried about speed for sure.

    • Sky

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      Hey Alex, sorry for the major delay. Was working on some house projects yesterday.

      I don’t see a reason to go after Scheppers. He just got named a starter, not the opening day one. Hold until he proves something.

      Medlen was unfortunate because your team isn’t very firmly anchored on top with SP. But you were smart and took a lot of high upside pitchers late to counterbalance that so that could turn out just fine for you.

      I’d chuck Infante for something as well. You have Desmond/Cano. I don’t know when you’d sit either, let alone Cano. You don’t need MI bench depth. Pick up another high upside arm or speed bat.

      Always a little confusing to see it in draft format rather than roster format (don’t reformat, just saying) but my initial impression is you have a very solid team with little speed but you can make up for that in season if you’re observant of waivers. Plus it’s H2H and TBH plays more into a power hitter’s wheel-house than it does the speedster types. Punting isn’t always bad in H2H when the cats start getting over 5×5; but still, scour waivers. Billy Burns might be a surprise speedster for OAK if an OF fails or gets hurt. Keep him tabbed. If Kluber/Walker/Wheeler/Cingrani take leaps forward, your team looks very good.

      • Alex says:
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        @Sky:

        Awesome Sky, that’s the most in depth response I could have hoped for. The draft has already happened, so it’s not like I’m on any kind of time limit now. I was fairly confident coming out of the draft, but I’m worried about my pitching, and as I said previously…practically no speed. Probably stream steals.

        Why no updates on the games in Australia? Dbacks/Dodgers are already a couple games into their season!

        What do you think of Santos in a holds league? I’m from Toronto and a Jays fan so naturally…I stay away from anything Jays related when it comes to fantasy (that’s how it works right?) but Santos was SO good last year.

        • Sky

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          @Alex: Yeah, like I said: SB can come and go in H2H. Bombers wanted, work backwards towards saves/steals is my motto.

          Ha, Grey will cover the doubleheader on Monday no doubt. There was literally no way to cover the Saturday am game for Saturday morning and we don’t do roundups on Sundays.

          Don’t worry about being a homer there. Picked up Sergio Santos a couple of years ago when he closed and enjoyed the hell out of it. You should to. Great Ks/ratios.

  25. JoeC says:
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    Okay “Sky”, if that’s really your non-name… my theory is that you’re in Witness Protection, having ratted out the Giacomo family in New York. You dirty squealer! Or perhaps you are the body double for Jonah Hill. I am undecided.

    So I am gonna ask you a “baseball” question, and by “baseball”, I mean “fantasy baseball”, which is not really “baseball” at all. In other news, I just broke my quote button on my keyboard. Thank god they make penii of sturdier stuff. Well, mine at least.

    So to my question… and you have to admit, I almost never ask questions. I’m not telling you to decide if I should engage in a 7-player trade involving keepers and having salary cap implications. I’m keepin’ it simple, which I know you like, because who doesn’t enjoy the simple things in life, like good, fresh, out-of-the-hive honey? Except for the bee stings on the eyeball part. Those smart summin’ terrible!

    Let us hasten to the question… because there has been a noticeable lack of hastening forthwith (which I’m certain I’m using incorrectly)… in your Utility spot, who gets the nod: one, Adam LaRoche, who only rolls his joints with the finest Jamaican lamb’s bread, or your personal leather-clad Gimp, Joshua of the Reddicks?

    Please submit your response in a 1,000 word, double-spaced essay with appropriate references and a table of contents. Do this for me and I will tell my Italian cousins to give you a quick death when they find you (cause you know La Famiglia never forgets!).

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      @JoeC: HA! I’m actually in New Hampshire in a little cabin in Crawford County…

      Joe C, even if/when you ask questions, I don’t answer them. We both know this. When giving the chance for a Red dick in my UTIL, I go Reddick every time. I think LaRoche’s lamb bread is toast. Butter it and feed it to the children for their morning supper.

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        @Sky: Ah, the bridges of Crawford County. I know them well. You don’t need honey then, you have that amber gold up they got up in thar. I tell you I hadn’t lived until I tasted REAL maple syrup. I was raised in the trashiest of whiteness and Aunt Jemimah and Mrs. Butterworth was the high point of my syrup education. That all changed when I finally made it to the Granite State (during an incredibly and horribly humid September).

        Food of the gods. When they said “ambrosia”, they meant “maple syrup”. I could drink a jug right now! Do they have a maple syrup vodka? I’d drink that. You can have your “bacon-infused” vodka. Who in the hell wants bacon in their drinks? Weirdos, that’s who. VLPs.

        To wit, to the “advice”. Damn you. Damn you all to hell! You blew it all up! I was hoping you would answer “LaRoche” and tell me to pass the dutchie on the left hand side. But you obviously have your biases for men with beards.

        Does it matter that LaRoche has grown himself a beard too? (http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/03/07/exploring-adam-laroches-beard-from-5-different-angles-photos/)

        This fact HAS to affect your “advice”. It has to!

        Sigh. I suspect that you’re right though. Even if LaRoche returns to 2012 form (which, being two years older, is unlikely), I can still get the same production from Reddick with more Runs and many more SBs. Sigh.

        By the way, New Hampshire’s state motto is the only one of the 50 that I’d have tattooed upon my arse. “Live Free or Die!” Hellz yeahs!

        • Sky

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          I want Bacon in everything!

          Philosophical question to ponder: If a man does not have a beard…is he really a man? LaRoche return to form has me thinking of 2010 more than 2012. I think he could do that…but that’s his ceiling in my book. I’d rather just go with the younger guy.

          You seen Breaking Bad yet? I’m totally referencing it with my statement. And that Live Free or Die! is one of the episode names. Now THAT is the best show on TV. But only a slight lead over The Soup.

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            @Sky: But really, how can a man have a beard in this age of Brazilian waxes? Are we making up for the lost foliage upon mother gaia’s mons pubis?

            See, that’s the thing about philosophical questions. The answers are oftentimes simply more questions. It’s a never-ending, navel-gazing, Chinese finger puzzle. No tanks! Been there and been done that in my twenties. That way lies madness, my friend.

            Let me tell you my Breaking Bad bonafides… I saw the ORIGINAL pilot episode when it first ran on the TV. It was purely random chance that I turned to that channel, at that precise time, to see Walter White in his infamous tighty-whities, in the middle of the desert, with a Winnebago. “WTH is this?”, I thought to myself. Also “I am hungry”. I also thought that to myself. There was no answer.

            So yes, BB is in my pantheon of TV-viewing pleasures and I can legally say that I’m an OG when it comes to that show. However, I lose all credibility when I admit that I never watched an episode of The Wire until it was completely done with its 5 season run. Sometimes I’m ahead of the curve and, other times, perhaps even most times, the curve smacks me in the head Chapman-style. But not as hard, because it’s a breaking ball.

            “bacon in everything”? Oh. You’re one of *those*. Your kind must be stopped! Have you no decency, sir? Bacon-flavored ice cream? What will they think of next? Bacon-flavored lube?

            I should probably be quiet. I don’t want to give them any ideas. I’ve already said too much. They’re probably homing in on my location rig…. [END OF TRANSMISSION]

            • Sky

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              Beards are a response to the metrosexualism of the modern man. It is in line with the Bohemianism we see when social structures become too restricted, thus near demanding a jarring schismatic response. Class over!

              I still haven’t watched an episode of The Wire. If your street cred is lacking, I have a negative balance in my account.

              Are you a bacon in few things or bacon in no things guy? I mean, they’re both wrong in my eyes but one of them could be a kosher reason and there’s nothing wrong with that. Like I’d tell my wife about Shockers, you’re missing out. And by Shockers, I mean Wichita St…yeah, that’s it…now where’s my bacon-flavored lube…

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                @Sky: Well alright there, Professor! I am getting edumucation at Razzball and not just about my fantasy… baseball teams.

                You should watch The Wire. Stringer Bell and “Here comes Omar” needs to be in your mind mulch.

                I am a bacon where bacon belongs guy, like at the breakfast table, next to a pair of over-easy eggs, on a BLT with plenty of mayo and phat tomato slices at the lunch table, or wrapped around succulent shrimp as a party favor.

                Sure, you can put it on your ham or wrap your meatloaf in it or whatever the frack you want to do, but don’t go mixing it with the milk group, the doughnut group or the fruit group. It just don’t go, homie! Bacon is a square peg leg and there are many white whales to chase.

                Yes.

                • Sky

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                  @JoeC: You can’t hold bacon back! Bacon is the food equivalent of ‘where does a 500 lb gorilla sit? Anywhere it wants’ yarn. Bacon Maple Bars are the doughnut of legend, my friend. Dark chocolate with bacon bits? Amazing. If only life were this simple, people would get along better:

                  http://mdbiznews.choosemaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/push-button-receive-bacon.png

                  I haven’t avoided The Wire at all, just only have watched stuff streamable on Netflix for anything that’s not on NBC/ABC/CBS. If/when it’s on there, I’ll have to clear my schedule for a few days and watch.

  26. Bryce Krispie says:
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    Hey Sky Im in a 16 team mixed H2H. Standard Positions (3OF)+ 3Utility 4 starters 1 reliever. We keep 12 each year. I was holding chapman but think I can get him back because I have extra picks in early rounds from trading. We draft 12 players in a snake format. I pick one in the first 3 times in the second twice in the third and twice in the 4th
    I have
    Santana hosmer rendon segura machado beltre stanton harper tavares Teheran and Kershaw. If I throw chapman back I can keep Murphy at second Ryu or Avisail Garcia. Any suggestions?
    Reply

    • Sky

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      @Bryce Krispie: Hey Bryce, yard projects all day yesterday. All this to say, mea culpa on the delayed response.

      Keep Ryu, target Avisail in the draft.

  27. Frank White says:
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    Sup Brotha… I did my draft for my 10 team mixed h2h points league and here it is..
    Matt Wieters
    Prince Fielder
    Gyorko
    Wright
    E. Andrus
    Adam Jones
    J. Bruce
    Alex Gordon
    Utility- M. Cuddyer
    Desmond Jennings
    Bench- Brandon Moss
    Leonys Martin
    Josh Reddick

    Bumgarner
    Alex Cobb
    Homer Bailey
    Matt Moore
    Masterson
    Samardzija
    Jimenez
    Dillon Gee
    I feel like I made a couple mistakes at the end where I missed out on a couple better guys but what do you think??? Also, Would you make any changes and if so where?? Thanks!!

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      Oh I forgot to add Glen Perkins and Alex Wood

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        Also, Do you think I should drop Reddick and maybe add another pitcher like Hutchison, Scheppers, Erasmo Ramirez or Wandy Rodriguez?? If not Reddick then which Batter or batters?? 2- I thought you would love this team cause I went by most of your rankiings.. Lol.. Do you like my pitching or who do you think is a mistake??

        • Sky

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          @Frank White: Hey Frank, sorry for the delay. Was working on house projects all day.

          First off, they’re Grey’s rankings not mine. Just a clarifying statement there.

          Team doesn’t look bad for a 10 teamer. Those are really shallow leagues. There’s always talent on the FA pool. That said, team doesn’t look bad at all. Gee is going where higher upside guys are usually going in the draft. I haven’t seen a need to take him so far this year, personally. If you’re trying to pick up someone, drop him and add an arm. I’d go for Erasmo.

          Jimenez and Moore are high K, bad control guys. I’ve been avoiding them in most drafts as well. Shark still has upside. Hopefully he can recoup a bit of how he started last year and not how he ended it. Bum/Cobb/Bailey/Masterson are a solid SP1-4, though. Just need a couple of those other guys to pan out and it’ll look good.

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            Well I cant use the wire until the 25th (2 days) but do you think I should drop Reddick for Erasmo?? As I remember last year since pitchers get 20 a win and 1 point per K and inning , usually I would HAVE 3-4 bench guuys on the pitching side cause more pitching equals more points. Do you think I should trade Masterson for Ventura?? I want Ventura bad ever since you guys blew him up.

            • Sky

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              I already told you above what I’d do about Reddick/Erasmo.

              That would be a very bad trade. He’s the 5th starter for the Royals. You’re trading the opening day starter for the Indians who almost struck out 200 guys last year for that? Doesn’t make much sense…if you want him, you should be doing a much smaller move than that. SP5 or SP6 on your team. Ubaldo? Shark? Only reasonable trades in my book if you’re really wanting to get him

              • Frank White says:
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                Thanks Man!!!

  28. Craig Waring says:
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    I need in on an ESPN $100 Roto league. I’m good for the $. Anyone??

    cwaring@slgl.com Thanks, Craig

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Try posting in the forums as well. This post is now 2 days old, you probably won’t find someone right now.

      • Craig Waring says:
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        Thanks!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob. Might wanna hit up the morning post on Monday as well. Fresh week/set of eyes on the lead post might help.

  29. guidedbyvoices says:
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    hey sky,what do y’think about this deal?

    10tm h2h keeper….8×8 w/OBP,TB and XBH…..

    I have Wieters,AGon,Cano,Longo,Segura,Myers,Eaton,Victorino,Castellanos and Tulo.

    I have Uehara,Balfour,Axford and Soria for closer.

    i give up Tulo/Uehara for Harper.

    thnks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s fair depending on how high the other guy is on Harper. Think you could get away with a lower end closer, though.

  30. SDB says:
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    Hey Sky,

    How would you rank these players for bench/stash in a deep roster 12 teamer with 4 bench spots…

    Dustin Ackley
    Daniel Nava
    Rickie Weeks
    Drew Hutchison
    Grady Sizemore

    I’ve got each of them except Grady, wondering if i should drop one of the first 4 for him.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

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      Hard to say as I don’t know your team’s needs. Weeks/Ackley I’m assuming are MI backups for you. I could see jettisoning Weeks for Sizemore but I don’t expect much from either.

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        @Sky:

        Yes, They are MI backups. Here is my full team that I drafted yesterday…

        C: D. Navarro
        1: A. Pujols
        2: J. Lowrie
        3: P. Alvarez
        S: T. Tulo
        M: B. Miller
        C: P. Sandoval
        O: M. Holliday
        O: A. Garcia
        O: K. Calhoun
        O: D. Nava
        U: D. Ortiz
        U: B. Butler

        B: M. Moustakas
        B: D. Ackley
        B: R. Weeks

        P: M. Bumgarner
        P: A. Cobb
        P: J. Teheran
        P: M. Wacha
        P: D. Salazar
        P: S. Gray
        P: A. Wood
        P: D. Smyly
        P: Y. Ventura

        B: Drew Hutchison

        It’s a custom H2H league with friends, 7×7 scoring. Add to the normal 5×5: Total Bases and OBP in batting, at OBPA and K/BB for pitching.

        II punted Saves, and Steals somewhat.

        With that context, any thoughts?

        Appreciate it!

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          @SDB:

          Oops, forgot my 5th outfielder..

          O: N. Markakis

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Can give Sizemore a go over Weeks. Think Weeks might be in a platoon and on the wrong side of it. Nice pitching staff but looks like it affected your hitting. It’s hard to tell who you took in the 1st round, usually not a good sign.

          • SDB says:
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            @Sky:

            Ok. Weeks is who I was leaning toward letting go.

            This draft I went out on a limb and ignored rankings and drafted who I wanted regardless. Turned into a lot of reaching but I figured: how often do final stats match rankings?? Never!! :) We’ll see how it works out. My first 10 of picks went like this…

            1. Tulo
            2. Pujols
            3. Ortiz
            4. Bumgarner
            5. Holliday
            6. Butler
            7. Alvarez
            8. Cobb
            9. Teheran
            10. Wacha

            • Sky

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              Honest opinion: think you’re in for a rough year. Here’s to me being wrong but that’s a lot of pitching for the first 10 rounds and not a lot of guys who are young or have stayed healthy on the hitting side.

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              @SDB:

              My strategy this year went like this:

              First, take corner and utility power with high avg and high obp (except alvarez for obp)
              Second, go on a pitcher run.
              Last, fill in outfield and middle infield wit upside and batters near the top of the order.

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                @SDB:

                haha. I may indeed be in for a rough year.

                Thanks for the thoughts. Good luck with your teams!

              • Sky

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                Yeah, doubt Pujols will hurt you in OBP but E5? Chris Davis? Those guys have been mashing last 2 years. You could’ve taken care of your CI power issues without taking Pujols that early and taken him later. There’s reaching and then there’s ruining your chance at having the guys you want PLUS some stability. Either way, to each his own. I do wish you luck. But I do expect to hear some follow up from you by early May to tell me where this put you. I don’t hear back, I’m putting you down for it went pretty badly.

                • SDB says:
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                  @Sky:

                  For sure I’ll get back to you on how it’s going. Here’s some guys I skipped over for each of my reaches.

                  Took Tulo at #4, over Mcctuchen, Chris Davis, Goldy, etc.

                  Oops, too Ortiz #21 (not Pujols)…over Longoria, Gomez, Freeman,

                  Took Pujols at #28 over Kipinis, Wright, Stanton, Bautista…

                  Our Draft Procession:
                  http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/draftrecap?leagueId=59252

                  • Sky

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                    You took guys 10+ picks above where they were going. Could’ve had Tulo in the 2nd if you really wanted him and taken Goldy for your statement of wanting a guy with high OBP/power at the CI. You stated a strategy but avoided guys that would’ve helped you pursue it and overspent on a guy that won’t. Could’ve had your cake and eaten it too, instead you just went for particular guys. Either way, let me know. I hope I’m wrong this team will be in 9th or 10th come beginning of May but I wouldn’t be surprise by it at all.

                    • SDB says:
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                      @Sky:

                      Yes, I absolutely took guys I wanted. Shouldn’t we? …I know I know, not at the cost of a better team.

                      There was a lot of reaching involved, but I got to thinking… the final standings are always way different than pre-season rankings. Does a difference of 10-20 spots in the rankings mean that much? That has to be statistically insignificant. I haven’t run regressions on it, but I’d wager that average varaince per player is somewhere around 20-30 picks from their preseason ranking…. that variance narrower in the early rounds and wider as the draft rounds get later and later.

                      Anyways. Again appreciate all the thoughts! I’ll get back to you late May and link you to the standing :)

                    • Sky

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                      Sure, you should but like I said, you just wanted cake. You may not get to eat it and you could’ve had both. That’s all. First two rounds I want stability. You took an SS who has only one season that he’s played over 150 games and a 38 year old UTIL…that’s kinda beyond safe, IMHO. MeThinks you’re also from Boston at this point…you a bit of a homer at the draft table? :)

                    • SDB says:
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                      @Sky:

                      lol no I’m not from Boston, nor a RedSox fan. I’m from Pennsylvania and a Pirates fan.

                      There was a method to my madness, and my madness involved hoping that Pedro Alvarez is this year’s Chris Davis.

                      I knew If I took Davis or Goldy at pick #4, knowing my league since they’re my friends, Tulo wouldn’t be around at pick #21. So I thought… forget Davis and Goldy, I’ma reach for Pujols who put up great numbers while hurt all last year and couldn’t definitely be a 90 run, 30 HR, 100+ Rbi, .290 hitter this year.

                      Ortiz at pick #21… since I was basically punting Steals on purpose with categories Runs, Rbis, HRs, Total Bases, SBs, Avg, Obp … I was thinking with two Utility spots, Ortiz puts up 2nd round numbers. Why take Longoria when I’m going to reach for Pedro in round #7?

                      And so on.

                      This might turn into a disaster. But we live and (hopefully) learn!

                    • Sky

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                      Ah, just saw the Ortiz and Nava and thought ‘great, another BoSox or die guy!’

                      It’s your team and I wish you the best of luck. I just hope you have another one you can enjoy through the summer (wink, wink). Have a good one!

                    • SDB says:
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                      @Sky:

                      Thanks again. Nice chat. This is my only team. Its our 5th year playing fantasy baseball. I’ve made the playoffs every year and won the championship once. Though I’ve never veered off the rankings as far as I did this year so time will tell if I’m as smart as I think I am :) haha.. it might be a rude awakening!

                    • Sky

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                      No prob, you brought the topic of interest so conversation was easy to have. Only one team? Now I’m really hoping I’m wrong! Don’t want you drowning your sorrows all summer!

  31. Fister Furbush says:
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    Hi Sky, what do you think of my team?
    12 Team-H2H-ESPN

    C- Evan Gattis
    1B-Paul Goldschmidt (R1.6)
    2B-Dustin Ackley (last pick)
    3B-Manny Macho Macho Machoado (9th round) (Todd Frazier is the backup)
    SS- JJ Hardy
    OF-Bryce Harper (19th overall)
    OF-Ryan Braun (32nd overall)
    OF-Coco Crisp/Nelson Cruz/Khris Davis
    Utility_ David Ortiz (45th overall)
    Utility- Mike Napoli

    SP-Jose Fernandez (58th overall)
    SP-Anibal Sanchez
    SP- Francisco Liriano
    SP-Mat Latos
    SP- Hisashi Iwakuma (late)

    RP- David Robertson (late)
    RP-Steve Cishek (late)

    • Sky

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      @Fister Furbush: Hey man, working in the yard all day so sorry for the delay on this but looks like a very powerful squad. Might be a bit light on steals but H2H, that doesn’t concern me. Overall, I like this squad. You got plenty of hitting and seemed to get great arms to boot. This team should be very competitive all year.

      • Hawks Fan says:
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        @Sky:

        Thanks Sky, I appreciate the compliment!

        Maybe I could critique your team from your most competitive league? Lay it on me!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, no worries my man. Your thanks is good enough!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              You need to work on your sales pitch!

              Wow…didn’t know someone could put their vibrato in the wrong parts of a warbly love song but she found a way…

  32. Frank White says:
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    Morning Sky.. What are your thoughts on Drew Hutchison?? I need another pitcher and They’re saying he’s been killing it in the minors and will be in the starting rotation for the Jays..

    • Frank White says:
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      Or should I grab Scheppers??

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Scheppers isn’t good

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Don’t mind Hutch as a flyer. Depends who you’re dropping to get him

      • Frank White says:
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        I got 2 bench batters so I’m dropping Reddick

        • Sky

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          I’d rather have Reddick than most team’s 5th starter. I wouldn’t drop Josh for Hutch or Scheppers.

  33. Frank White says:
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    Oh and my only Closer is Glen Perkins and when I grabbed Alex Wood I thought he was another. Do I really need another closer right now or OK to wait?? Most to all are taken I think unless you know a sleeper. 10 team so there should be a lot of pitchers available if you can throw me a name or so please..? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Frank, we’ve been over this before. I can’t play 20 questions about who is or isn’t on your waivers. It’s a pointless endeavor. You have to do a bit of legwork and see who’s available on waivers/closing for their teams. Take a look at mlbdeptcharts.com. I believe they list it and they’re a reliable source of lineup info overall.

      • Frank White says:
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        Sorry I understand but I just really wanted to know if only having Perkins is OK for now?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It kinda has to be unless there’s someone on waivers. It’s H2H so you’re not in dire straits.

  34. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    My guy, Sky! Quick hitter for you: I have a couple of guys at the end of my roster that I just don’t know how to feel about. Those guys are Carl Crawford and Rajai Davis. I’m in a 12-team H2H and we start 2 UTIL players. As of now, I have Lucroy in one of those (Santana is my C) and the other would belong to Crawford or Davis. I have some power in the form of Fielder, Beltre, Bruce, Myers, and even Desmond, but I’m thinking I need some speed (hence the Davis pickup). I have Altuve, Desmond, Crawford, and Zobrist for speed (ish?) but I’m thinking of losing Crawford for Reddick since nobody wants Crawford in a trade.
    Your thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Bump! I’d take Reddick there. I don’t trust Crawford’s health over the course of the year and don’t think he gives back what most want him for: Speed.

      • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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        @Sky:
        Thanks for the advice! Sounds like I might be making a drop soon. What do you think about Davis? Will he start for the entire year? Lots of speed there if he does..

        • Sky

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          No prob. Davis won’t start the entire year but he’ll be valuable enough to start for the steals that he’s worthy.

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