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Also known as the Bond movie no one remembers, and the start you won’t soon forget. Speaking of bad movies, remember that movie starring David Bowie as an alien in search of water who falls to Earth. I think it was called “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”  Brandon Morrow did his best David Bowie impression last night as he came crashing down to Earth, getting lit up by the Mighty Texas Rangers for 6 ER in 0.2 innings, inflating his ERA to 3.47. After coming off a 3-hit complete game shutout last week the confidence level was high, but we all knew the regression was coming. With a 4.18 career ERA you have to know that his sparkling 2.63 ERA this year was due for an increase. Sonava(didn’t)bench!

Morrow has been a bona fide fantasy ace this year but if we take a closer look at his match ups to date B-Morrow hasn’t really faced a legit offense. Taking into account that Morrow has yet to face divisional rivals New York or Boston, (the Red Sox versus whom he has an 11.45 ERA against over the past 3 years!) we’re looking at a perfect sell high candidate. DROP EVERYTHING! SELL! SELL! SELL! No seriously, I’m not saying sell him for a VHS copy of “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” (although it’s probably pretty rare), but if you can get some top value for Morrow’s performance this year so far, I’m definitely considering all offers. That said, I am a huge Brandon Morrow fan (Ks for days! yays!), and I tend to own him every year, also I tend to draft him way too early every year, but if you choose your starts carefully he can be as good as anyone in the game. If I can’t sell high, Brandon Morrow is a more than capable fantasy starter  based on his past strikeout potential alone, but I will definitely be choosing my match ups more carefully in the future.

Josh Hamilton - 1-for-3 with his 19th homer as the Rangers had a good ol’ fashioned 14-run Ho Down in Arlington. Finally, he homers again.  /Exhales. It’s safe to get him back in your line up now.

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-5 with a HR and 2 RBIs. “Yo, Adrian!” You used this joke last week! Wait! No, that was Gonzalez, not Beltre. Completely new material!

Nelson Cruz4-for-5 with a HR and a whopping 8 RBIs. I benched him because I needed a steal. Hand. Meet Face. Over and over again. Yes, I am an idiot. Yes, this one is hard to swallow and will haunt me for a while. Yes, you may still ask me for fantasy advice if you dare. And no, I didn’t get that steal. FML.

Edwin Encarnacion2-for-4 with his 15th HR. Edwin apparently spent some offseason time on the same planet Bowie’s character was from.

Ryan Dempster7.1 IP, 1 ER, 6Ks. Moves to 0-2 on the year, still winless despite a 2.14 ERA.  The Cubbies have scored a total of 16 runs in his 8 starts. Dempster, Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez are reportedly starting a phone help line for pitchers with zero run support.

A.J. Burnett - 5.1 shutout innings, got the win with 6Ks. A.J. is the no.2 starter on my initialed players team (C.C. is no. 1, J.A Happ is no. 3, there’s quite a fall off..), but on my fantasy team he’s just a perfectly capable streamer, especially when he’s playing the Cubs, see above.

Tim Hudson - 6.2 innings, 7 ER, 6Ks. Oh, Timmy, you shouldn’t have. Really, you said you were healthy!? Why!?

Ryan Zimmerman2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. The RBIs are nice but its about time Zimmerman hit a Homer, man. (That didn’t rhyme as well as I hoped it would).

Bryce Harper1-for-3 with 2 runs. Every baseball analyst everywhere: “Another hit for the phenom! And did you see him play all nine innings! Just wow!”

Tyler ClippardGot his 2nd save in as many days pitching a scoreless inning striking out two. He’s the best arm in the bullpen and the clear choice for closer. If Clippard performs as well as we’ve seen him in the past, the job could certainly stay his when Drew Storen returns this summer. So those of you still Storen Drew on your DL, monitor Clippard closely.

Tim Lincecum5.2 IP, 6 ER, 5 Ks. Grey told you not to buy earlier today, but it sounded like he was still on the fence. Well, I’m not buying as long this stoner keeps getting rocked.

Giancarlo Stanton2-for-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs, now batting .289. His 10th HR in May! Remember back in April when we were worried “Don’t Call Me Mike” Stanton’s bad knee would force him to sit out every other day and might limit his effectiveness? It’s time to look back on those days and laugh. Ho hum!

Lucas Duda1-for-3 with a HR and 2 runs. The Dud-a bides. Shomer Shabbos!

Johnny Cueto4.2 IP, 11 hits, 5 ER. BOOM! BAM! POW! That’s the sound of Cueto falling back to Earth, followed shortly by Brandon Morrow and David Bowie. Not even ground control could keep them from falling.

Troy Tulowitski - 3-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. He’s aliiiive! HE’S ALIVE!

Joey Votto 4-for-4 with a run to raise his average to .314. Sigh, my team needs RBIs Jo-Vo! Not average! Get with the program!

Matt Joyce2-for-3 with the grand salami as the Rays lit up Jon Lester (4.0 IP, 7 ER). OK, Morrow, Bowie, Cueto, Hudson and now Jonny Lestah!…geez, I own all these guys (except Bowie); are the fantasy gods sending me a sign? Lester has to be better than this, consider it your buy-low opportunity.

Jeff Francouer -  3-for-4 with the slam and eggs with a side of mash (3 hits!), Or in Frenchie’s case, a Croque-Madame with a side of crepes!

Jason Hammel6.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 Ks and his 6th win. Against the right match up, Hammel has stuff as good as anyone. The Royals are always a pitcher’s right match up.

Adam Jones1-for-4 with 2 RBIs as the O’s score 8 runs. The Orioles franchise center fielder signed a $86 million dollar, 6-year contract extension today. Nice job by Baltimore locking Adam Jones up as he enters the prime of his career. And well, Adam, good luck being on the Orioles for the next 6 years. After realizing what he’d done, Adam G.O.B.s was quoted as saying, “I’ve made a huge mistake.”

Adam Dunn 1-for4 with his 15th homer as Big Donkey makes all those who shunned him on draft day feel like an ass. A.J. Pierzynski (initialed players’ team starting catcher, sorry J.P.) and Dayan Viciedo also homered in this one after Big Donkey instructed them both to, “Watch how it’s Dunn.”

Cliff Lee7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks threw 111 pitches but the Adverb ended up with the no decision. Serious Lee!?

Prince Fielder3-for-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs as the Tigers crush the Twins, scoring 10 runs and collecting 16 hits but zero home runs. Tigers, welcome to the Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome. You will now only hit for contact. Miggy Stardust was 1-for-3 with 2 runs.

Rickie Weeks 1-for-4 with a HR. His 5th of the year and just his 2nd in May. Still batting .157.  Braun and Hart also homered in his game. They just couldn’t let Rickie have the spot light even for one day. Sorry Rickie.

Albert Pujols - 1-for-3 with a 3-run homer, his 6th. Pujols…homering again. Universe…normalizing. David Bowie can go home now.

Howie KendrickPinch hit to score the go ahead runs in the 9th. Wowie-Howie! Now let’s get that average above .270!

Scott DownsPitched a clean inning to pick up his 4th save. Downs looks like the closer, but I wouldn’t drop Frieri just yet, he may have just been busy, “Rolling out! Looking for the best diners, drive-ins and dives!”

J.D. Martinez2-for-3 with a HR and 2 RBIs. Nice game, J.D., but even on my initialed players’ team you’re on my bench.

Nick Swisher – 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer, his 8th. Te(i)x and Cano homered as well. I singled Swisher out because he looks the most like David Bowie (which is to say, not at all), but gimme a break I got a quota to fill! (That’s nine!)

Josh Reddick1-for-4 with his 13th homer. Reddick? More like Medic. Right? As in, “We need a medic, because this guy is sick right now!”

  1. Kratos says:
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    4×4 no runs.
    Give EE/Markakis/Peavy get Tex/melky/Latos. Close/fair?
    12 team weekly

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Kratos, Fair. I like the tex side better though

  2. Traded a Fister for a BJ says:
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    Looks like Carlos Santana is likely headed to the 7 or 15 day DL. Rod Barajas looks like the best C on my WW. Any other suggestions? Doumit is there too but hasn’t played lately.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Traded a Fister for a BJ, I might give Yan Gomes a look if he’s available, but Barajas has been playing well lately.

  3. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Time to drop Walden now? With the demotions of Marshall, Walden and H. Rodriguez and Santos on the DL, I’ve been left picking up scraps. I’ve picked up Frieri and Clippard and still have Walden and Santos. Would you drop Walden for Cishek, Hernandez, Wilhemson, Parnell or Lopez?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Probably safe to drop Walden now, especially since you own Frieri (I’d hold onto Santos). I might pick up Cishek or Hernandez if I was speculating for saves.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, looks like League lost his gig, Wilhelmson would make a good add if this is the case.

  4. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    I don’t know why anyone would start Morrow against Texas. I don’t start anyone against them. They ate Jared Weaver for lunch. I guess what I’m saying is. Quality starts come and go. He’s developed into a decent pitcher. One bad start against the best offense in the league isn’t go to make him pitch above a 4.00 ERA all season like his career ERA would insist.

    • Tony says:
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      @Tggq21, you’re right about not starting anyone vs. TEX, sure they might be roy halladay, clayton kershaw, or cc sabathia and one of the best SP’s in the league, but vs TEX? not worth the gamble. Especially if its @ texas, then you’re just asking to get 2 touchdowns dropped on your head.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Tony, It’s true. But I had injuries and no bench spots to put Morrow in. It was either pitch him or his batterymate, Henderson Alvarez. Truly a “choose your poison” proposition. I chose wrongly.

        Luckily, death was not on the line (but my ERA/WHIP was!).

  5. draftchicken says:
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    I cannot find the answer to the anti-bot question for forum registration. The question starts with:

    Razzball.com is dedicated to fantasy…

    The about page says: ‘Razzball is a fantasy baseball blog dedicated to providing usable tips, advice and commentary for winning your fantasy baseball league. You’re welcome.’

    That doesn’t seem to work. What works?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @draftchicken, baseball

    • Kratos says:
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      @draftchicken, Go cry somewhere else!

    • JoeC says:
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      @draftchicken, “sexy time”

  6. Dan says:
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    Im in a deep 12 team league with a very small bench (3 player bench + dl)

    Is there any reason to keep Jesus Montero? I have Santana (and regardless of the injury) nobody recognizes Santana as a top 3 Catcher let alone the high prospects of Jesus Montero.

    So my question is, is it better to just outright drop Jesus? Because he doesnt seem like more than 9-12th best catcher.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Dan, In a non-keeper league if there are players performing much better than Jesus on waivers I would not hesitate to make a switch.

  7. Justin says:
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    Can you rank these pairings I am thinking of targeting in a trade in order of value ROS?

    Longoria/Shields, Stanton/Cain, Tulow/McCutchen, Cargo/Gio, Andrus/Price, Miggy/C.C.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Justin, All good can’t really go wrong with these duos, it’s about need, but I guess Stanton/Cain, Miggy/CC, Tulo/Mccutch, Cargo/Gio, Andrus/Price, Longoria/Shields

  8. Dan Pants

    Blairtch says:
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    In a non-keeper league if there are players performing much better than Jesus on waivers I would not hesitate to make a switch.

  9. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team. Been offered Sandoval for Lynn. Already have Beltre, Youk, and Bautista. Should I make this deal even though he’s still two or three weeks away? My pitching staff is Weaver, Wainwright, Gonzalez, Peavy, McDonald, Lynn.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, If you have the utility spot to play Sandoval I definitely make that trade.

    • JoeC says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Double plus yes.

  10. Jon says:
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    Would you own Cishek over David Hernandez or Frieri?

    Also, wondering who would you start tomorrow in H2H league? I own Capuano, Milone and Drabek and I’m worried about W/ERA/WHIP. Thanks!

    • blairtch says:
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      @Jon, I’d want Frieri of those 3. And I’d go with Capuano v. HOU. Drabek and Millone have pretty rough match ups tomorrow.

  11. Jon says:
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    Second question, who would you keep on the bench among these players (assuming positions are of no importance):

    AGon, Adams, Hosmer, Espinosa, Kendrick, Rollins, Chris Davis, Zimmerman, Lawrie, Scott, Alonso

    Choose any 3 to sit.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Jon, Adams, Scott, Kendrick. And that’s me quoting Grey!

  12. Jacob says:
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    Just traded Eithier straight up for cliff lee
    I needed a starter
    How did I do?
    Thought this is trading Eithier high…
    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Jacob, Yes! I like it! Well done

  13. LuigiBall says:
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    Gallardo,Peavy,Latos,Moore,Holland,Norris & Samardzija! You know what they all have in common?They all have been dropped in my yahoo league during the season & picked up by me.The only guys left in my rotation from my draft are Darvish & A. Sanchez.
    The plan was to stream the whole season,like I usually do,but now I have 9 starters & I don’t stream anymore.I’ve been doing the stream strategy for years now & this has never happened to me.My team is stacked with hitters,but I need one more closer{Tyler Clippard}he’s on the waiver wire.Which Starter should I drop? {5×5 H2H league}

    Oh & I tried trading already,but nobody wanted to trade

    • Blairtch says:
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      @LuigiBall, smardzija, moore and holland could all be dropped in favor of clippard, probably in that order

      • LuigiBall says:
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        @Blairtch, Thanks bro

  14. Jacob says:
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    Morse or Cespedes ROS?
    Was thinking of picking one off waivers to stash as hey seem to be coming of DL in next 2 weeks
    Thanks!!

    • Blairtch says:
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      @Jacob, I like morse over cespedes

  15. ruah says:
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    Smoak heating up, like him over Y Gomes?

    • Blairtch says:
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      @ruah, Yeah, until gones is getting consistent playing time i’d go with smoak over gomes

  16. jokerman says:
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    Keep up the weekend posts. Can you rank the following OF’s: Blanco, Span, Avery, Brantley

    • Blairtch says:
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      @jokerman, Avery, blanco, soan, brantley

  17. K!cks says:
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    order these three: Moreland, Maybin, Boesch

    • Arbinator says:
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      @K!cks, Depends on needs but I’d ride Moreland for temporary need hot streak, Boesch ROS, Maybin if you’re reeally desperate for steals but there are probably better SAGNOF options out there

  18. JR says:
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    Just got offered a trade in my 12 team h2h keeper league. My Votto, Moustakas, granderson, and romoro for his Hosmer, Lawrie, Kemp, and Moore. What side of this would you take?

    • Arbinator says:
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      For a keeper league I’d take the Hosmer/Lawrie/Kemp/Moore but know that it could cripple you for this season if Hosmer and Moore dont start to turn their seasons around.

  19. JoeC says:
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    Razzball updates on the weekend? You’ve just added Alyssa Milano on top of the cake that holds Megan Fox inside.

    Thank you!

  20. airweino says:
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    Offered Reddick/Buccholz for Lincy. Need OF help although I am in 1st. Consider it or hold?

    • blairtch says:
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      @airweino, I might give Lincecum one more start and I hope I can sell him higher than this. That said, I like Reddick, not as crazy about Buchholz this year.

  21. Hats for Bats says:
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    Stick a fork in LaHair?

    • Arbinator says:
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      @Hats for Bats, Depends on how deep a league but yup

  22. knighttown says:
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    Guy offering SP. Has Lee, Lester and Lincecum. I assume I have them in the right order? He wants a bat.

    I’d consider moving Lawrie, Hosmer, Boesch, Blanco, Harper.

    Give me a good first lowball offer I should start with…

    • blairtch says:
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      @knighttown, If it’s a keeper league I might offer Hosmer or Lawrie for Lee. If it’s not keepers, maybe you can get Lee for Harper?

  23. jack says:
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    Garza getting pounded by Pirates after losing his manhood to the Stros earlier this week. What am I supposed to do with this POS? I know if I bench him he will throw a CG shutout. Holy inconsistency!!!

    I really HATE it when a stud pitcher loses his stuff for an extended period of time. Get it together Garza!

  24. stoops says:
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    Cozart or Rollins?

    • blairtch says:
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      @stoops, Like Rollins ROS, but Cozart is playing better right now

  25. ruah says:
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    Inge coming back off the DL tomorrow and was killing it before…rehab game yesterday 5-5, 2 HRs, 2 2Bs, 7rbi….looks like he’s on track. Grab him over a somewhat hot Frazier at 3B?

    • blairtch says:
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      @ruah, Yeah, I might ride Inge while he’s hot and hopefully Frazier is still there when Inge cools.

  26. joe from point pleasant says:
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    -Would you do Felix for Gio and Wainwright?

    -Would you do Felix for Beachy and CJ Wilson?

    -Would you do Felix for Cliff Lee straight up?

    I am looking for a yes or no answer for each of these trades, and I’d also like to know which one you like the best overall.

    Thanks!

    • joe from point pleasant says:
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      @joe from point pleasant,

      12 team h2h points

      5 keepers

    • blairtch says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, yes, no, no.

  27. Jack says:
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    Who’s the better add for saves: Wilhelmsen or Russel?

  28. Tim says:
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    Just when I thought I couldn’t love this site anymore, you guys throw in an A.D. quote. But bashing Adam Jones’ decision to extend his contract with the O’s?? COME ON!

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