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Two top ten finishes in a row!  You gotta stop letting me doubling up Razzball Nation!  Now I can leave the roadkill rest in peace and afford to make SPAM or canned sardines gravy on my big biscuits.  SPAM is pretty much good on everything, right?

We’re back with another RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE CAN YOU BEAT RUDY GAMBLE contest, getting you one step closer to the $100,000 Sweet Spot for a shot at a $20,000 top prize – which is like, two million cans of SPAM.  Tickets to the Sweet Spot are $100 otherwise, so you’re winning a huge value if you can can the Razzball players.  First time I’ve ever said “can can” without meaning the dance, which according to Wikipedia is “physically demanding.”  After years of malnutrition and roadkill dinners, I guess it’s “can’t can’t” for me…  It’s the usual game, $5.00 an entry, up to two per person, and you can only get in through our exclusive link.  Spots 2-10 double up, and get you enough money to start eating healthier…

HItting up Guy Pearce’s time machine to get to last week’s picks:

SP – Matt Garza  W  7 IP  7 H  1 BB  4 ER  8 Ks  (22.95 Pts)

CI – Billy Butler   3-5  1 RBI  1 2B  R  (15 Pts)

MI – Troy Tulowitzki  1-2  R  2 BB  (9 Pts)

OF1 – Jayson Werth  1-3  R  2 BB (9 Pts)

OF2 – Carlos Gomez  1-2  2 R  SB  BB  (14 Pts)

UTIL – A.J. Pierzynski 2-5  1 RBI  (8 Pts)

TOTAL –  77.95 (Previous three weeks: 55.8, 60.4, 67.2)

Wooo!  A solid week from my picks, a solid 6th place finish, and a DraftKings just all around solid night last Friday.  Solid as a rock!  Or as a Brock… That’s what the B stands for… Thank’s random italicized detective!  Take that Grey, mine solves crimes!  While Garza didn’t exactly mow down the Astros, he surely didn’t drop a Turd Ferguson either racking up 8 Ks in a win and leading my team in points.  Even though none of my hitters had particularly big games, I got across the board production to double up my duckets.  Here’s to hoping I can at least do that again, but still shooting for that Sweet Spot Ticket.  On Friday I likey:

SP – R.A. Dickey ($8,700) – As I mentioned on this week’s podcast (and let’s just be glad I’m back so we don’t have to hear Nick does his Oklahoma schtick again) I think with Dickey’s price tag in the $8K range, he’s an absolute steal.  I’ve been all out on Dickey since only a few starts into the season, which you’d know if you saw my daiquiri-fueled twitter battle with JayWrong a few months back, but Dickey absolutely owns the Rays who he’s going against on Friday Night.  He pitched one of those complete game no-hitters with 12 Ks against them last year and in 4 starts against them this year has 24 Ks in 29 IP with a 2.48 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.  Knuckling in the pitcher-friendly Trop, I think Dickey is a sure-fire pitcher to go with Friday night.

CI – Miguel Cabrera ($6,900) - Listen, I know Cabrera is the most expensive hitter, but I’ve saved a few dollars nabbing Dickey and ready to put a big investment in the league’s best hitter.  Cabrera went on a huge homer binge over the weekend with homers in 4 straight games from Friday to Monday, and this upcoming Friday he’s hitting against James Shields who he’s owned in his career.  Miggy is 15-35 (.429) off him with 5 doubles and 2 homers, along with 3 walks and only 5 Ks against a power/strikeout pitcher.  I’m putting it all in he carries my O.

MI – Chase Utley ($4,300) - While Zack Greinke is turning what was a struggling season around, pitching in hitter friendly Citizen’s Bank has me seeing a guy with big power on the left side like Utley having a big game.  Utley is a career 3-7 off Greinke with a homer in there.  Just have a feeling.

OF1 – Jonny Gomes ($3,600) – With some big spending, I’m starting to tone down my budget with a cheaply priced Gomes going against the ghost of Andy Pettitte.  Gomes hits .357 off Pettitte in 28 at-bats, throw in 2 homers and 9 RBIs, and even as a platoony-tune, I think Gomes plays in this one as a righty hitting against the lefty with those nice career numbers (be sure to check Rudy’s suggested handy-dandy line-up tool Friday afternoon!).  Great power upside in Fenway for a cheap price.

OF2 – Robbie Grossman ($3,300) - I know, I know, I’ve spent more frivolously than Beyonce at a titanium straw or red toilet paper store…  I’m going to have to round out my line-up with some spot-starting scrubs – it’s tough to know who those guys will be two days in advance – so right now one of them will be Grossman, who’s playing every day and leading off for the Astros, which could bring him an extra at bat hitting atop the order.  He’s got some power, he’s got some speed, and is against Jerome Williams who isn’t exactly mowing em down anymore.  Nice cheap option.

UTIL – Billy Butler ($4,500) – Another guy I’m going with in what would’ve been quite the pitching duel in 2009, I love Butler going against Justin Verlander on Friday night.  Even when Verlander was good, Butler raked against him, with a career .424 4 doubles 2 homers 10 ribbies (yum ribs!) assault, and 7 walks to 8 Ks.  This season alone he’s 4-6 off him.  I don’t have Butler on any of my fantasy teams this year, and the assumption is he’s been a big disappointment, but you look up and now he’s hitting .289, with an unreal 61 walks to only 71 Ks for a fantastic .381 OBP.  Yeah the homers are down, but he still has 11 with an above-average, well AVG, this year.  Hoping for a double, a single and a walk in this game, which would be a fantastic 10 point game right there.

 

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  1. Willy says:
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    Hey JB… love your work!

    I’m in a pickle right now. I’m in a keeper league (salary based) and i’m just outside of top 3 for money. right now i can gain points in average and SB. I have an offer on the table where i would send Harvey and A Escobar and receive Segura and Estrada… Is this a deal that i should do? I love Harvey and wanted to keep him for several years, or at least until Boras get’s him really big money. Then again, I can certainly keep Segura for several years… Do i do this deal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Willy: Thanks man! Hmmm great question, I love Segura too, and tend to lean offense over defense. It looks dead even, but since Segura’s AVG and SB might get you into the money this year, I might pull the trigger on that one

      • Willy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB… I’m going to see if i can get a draft pick too… This guy is in first place with a nice margin and Harvey will cement his lead and pretty much guarantee top money

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Willy: I hear ya, well if you’re already out of reach of first and hoping to get a 2 or 3 spot, better that than nothing and i think it helps ya in the future with Segura

  2. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Man, there are a lot of nice SP options this week. I’d stay away from Dickey, JB!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I think I may just have to whip out my Wil(ly) Myers against your Dickey.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Just as Evan doesn’t get out his LONG wood and keeps Dickey in the park, because if there’s grass on the field, play ball.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Well with all the ladies using hardwood these days, it’s tough to differentiate age once you’re down there. Errrrr, that degenerated quickly.

  3. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    JB style
    SP: Kennedy – too cheap of a price not to run out there at home against the Mutts
    CI: Encarnacion – 4 game hit streak, with no HR…it’s gotta come.
    MI: Grant Green – Great value for a guy than should be able to get on base a couple of times and cross the plate
    OF: Ellsbury – Because Pettite’s gonna get lit up and I want a piece of that.

  4. Pacochu says:
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    There is a lot of value with pitchers tonight. I finished outside the top ten with both teams last week. Losing to JB is insulting, especially when he missed a podcast to spend time in Oklahoma. That state just rots brain cells.

    I have yet to win an entry to the big contest, only to have come withing one spot I win decent cake each time I play, but forking over the $100 is just crazy talk. Once I do that, I am ensured of a losing spot.

    I’m a Jays fan, so I have no faith in Dickey.I hope JB doesn’t put the mush on his by using him as a pick. I do like the previously mentioned deal on Eddie E though.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: Well you beat me with 50% of your teams this week, but another top 10 finish! Dickey stayed inside my lineup… deep inside…

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