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Seriously, I’m drooling over here.  Maybe it’s the medication.  Nurse Ratched, bring me my drooling bib!  Sorry, got locked up in the looney bin after how this week has started for me both in Draftkings and in my regular leagues.  How does a team have .252 OBP and .272 SLG% over four days when it has over 10 guys who hit 20 or more HRs apiece just a season ago?  I’d say bygones but I’ve been scrawling this on the walls here in the institution for the last few days in my own excrement cuz I just can’t figure it out.  Nurse Ratched, please don’t forget to set my lineups for today!  You know I can’t do it with this weird backwards jacket you have on me!  I’m not Kris Kross!  Though it is quite stylish…yes, where was I?  Ok, today’s slate.  We have the Minnesota Twins playing somebody, who is it?  Ah yes, the Twinkies are in Cleveland and Danny Salazar gets to make his season debut.  DK loves Ks and Twins look to be a good punching bag for both regular fantasy streams and Daily Fantasy ones so today’s matchup looks downright gorgeous.  What say you Stream-O-Nator?  Well, you didn’t have to shout it…and there’s no need for calling names, especially those ones.  Given that he’s at the low price of $8,800, you’ll have plenty of room for another arm and can comb over what the Hitter-Tron has to say on some top bats and not worry about not having enough bank to do it.  Oh and are you looking for some kind of tourney to play Salivate Salazar in today?  Well why not the big Razzball Draftkings Contest the guys over at DK put together for us.  Yes us!  Don’t you feel special being recognized like that?  I’m sure they would’ve named it after just you if they knew your name.  They’re cool like that.  But nevertheless, less chat and more choices.  Here’s some Razzball picks for Draftkings lineups on 4/4/2014 for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Shelby Miller, SP: $8,700 – Yes, Pittsburgh has been winning but that doesn’t mean their lineups have had much to do with it.  They scored a total of 7 runs over about a million innings against the Cubs this week.  Needless to say, they’re off to a slow start and Miller delivers those strikeouts.  Shelby K’ing round the Pirates when he comes (yee-haw!).  I give a slight nod to Gerrit Cole here as well but he’s definitely facing the more dangerous offense in the Cardinals.  Pitcher’s park or no, I wouldn’t double up here.

Jenrry Mejia, SP: $7,100 – A bit of a gamble?  Yep.  But ya gotta beat your tourney buds with some kind of low percentage owned wizardry and Mejia just might be the Unicorn Wizard that guides you to victory.  Definitely not a guy I’d 100% push for 50/50s or H2H.

Mike Leake, SP: $6,500 – The Mets lead the league in K% right now at 35.8%.  Mike Leake’s career K/9 is 5.94.  Impenetrable force, meet immoveable object.  If Mike can take advantage of a swing-happy NYM lineup and give you 5 or 6 Ks over 6 innings, he could return value and will most likely be very low on percentage ownership.  He can also take his last name on your lineup for the day so not for the faint of heart.  No Grandpa, you can’t start Mike in our DK H2H today!

Carlos Gonzalez, OF: $5,700 – It’s Big Name Friday on the Hitter-Tron as the top ten guys looks like someone took Grey’s Top Ten Rankings, put them on their iPod and hit shuffle.  CarGo just happens to be sitting atop the throne on this fine day.  He’s also atop the OF DK throne, money-wise.  I’m pretty certain his ownership will be high, just will be a question of if he goes HAM whether it matters all that much.  Oh wait, the game is being played in Colorado you say?  I’m working on my Rockies stack as we speak…

Evan Longoria, 3b: $4,700 – You don’t need metrics to explain why you go Longo when Joe Saunders is taking the mound.

Brandon Moss, 1B/OF: $3,700 – Not gonna lie, I didn’t even know Chris Young was still pitching, let alone for my own PNW team.  His career GB% is at 27.3.  I’m not gonna give you his FB%, it’s kinda clear it ain’t good.  He may luck into a good start giving the pitcher’s park he’s throwing in for the day but I’ll take a piece or two of the Athletics lineup just in case it turns into a flyball freakshow in Oak-town.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

The main pressing game on the slate for rain looks to be yet again a Detroit one as they take on Baltimore at home a day after having to postpone their game against KC.  I don’t know if y’all know this, but they make these retractable roofs for stadiums nowadays…

Doing Lines In Vegas

COLvsARZ at 10 is your prized game this week.  Get greedy and load up.

HOUvsLAA at 9 is near the top of the charts for offense on this day but I’m guessing they’re expecting the Angels to lead the charge.  I’d be more inclined to believe the Angels’ pitching gives up a fair amount themselves, especially the bullpen.

TBvsTEX at 8 1/2 as Joe Saunders takes the mound for Texas.  I could see this game pushing the over and that’s just from the Rays offense in the first inning.

TORvsNYY at 8 1/2 as Masahiro takes the mound for the first time…I don’t think I want any part of either offense as the Yanks have stumbled out of the gate offensively and Tanaka looks to be the real deal.  I see you, under, and I fart in your general direction

  1. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Sky: My team is off to a horrible start. I think, Jay Wrong is manipulating the league standings – in his favor, of course. Is this considered cheating on RazzBall???

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Jay Wrong uses a particular algorithm. He won’t show it to me or tell me what it does but he calls it the ‘Jay Wrong shall win at all costs’ algorithm.

      • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        @Sky: I Should have know it. Probably, all sanctioned league management technique by the LIdless Eye himself.

        I saw a title on RazzBall’s “How To” Books for Sale List = “Why Lose At FBB – When You Can Be The Commissioner Of Your Own League And Win Every Time You Play.”

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Jay Wrong was the Ghost Writer on it, no doubt.

  2. Hawk says:
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    I own Yordano Ventura in several money leagues. He got rained out yesterday. Instead of just skipping his start, Ned Yost said “He’ll be used out of the bullpen until his start on Tuesday”

    Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – bothers me more than when managers take young starting pitchers and put them in bullpen. Nothing good EVER comes out of this.

    EFFUUUU NED YOST. EFFUUUUU.

    Just had to get that off my chest.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m here for you…yeah, would’ve been nice to get a start against the White Sox instead of the Rays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, so annoying

  3. Joe G says:
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    Sky who is better alex gordon or Billy butler?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gordon for the steals, Butler for the average. Equal on power. Just depends on needs.

  4. theearly90s says:
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    where’s the love for Bonifacio ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s hot right now but he’s faced 2 LHPs in his first 3 games. He doesn’t hit RHP well for his career, I think he’s a higher risk than you need to take on and will probably have high ownership % to boot.

      • theearly90s says:
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        Good stuff Sky, keep it up!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  5. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Hoping the StL/Pitt game isn’t rained out. Rain expected tonight there and also in New York. If those two games get rained out, the SP’s look friggin turrible (barkley).

    So looks like we only have 9 or 10 contestants for the big tourney tonight on Razzball. Will they seriously pay out that much to the two 10-12 teams? If so, i might as well put in a 2nd lineup.

    Didnt see you in there yet Sky?

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      Sorry, meant the big Razzball tourney on DraftKings tonight…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I was picking up what you were putting down :)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      PIT game might get pushed back but the weather reports make it look like it’ll play. Really hope that NYM weather doesn’t go that route. Would really suck.

      I don’t know if its a GPP game and that’s why I haven’t signed up yet. Would be really weird if it were and we were all competing for no good reason.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: Yeah it was a $20 buy in. i would assume if it didn’t play, then we would get the $20 credited back to our accounts. I feel kinda good about my lineup tonight and was hoping to use it in one tournament or another, but didn’t want to join another higher $ buy-in tourney if this one went through.

        Anyway DK would let you know if it is GPP?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’m about 95% certain it isn’t. I’ve emailed to see if it can get moved to the general lobby so we can get it filled. We’ll see what response I get.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’m getting them to push it out into the lobby. Should fill now.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Sky: Cool. Thanks Sky. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you don’t earn your Razzball paycheck!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              What can I say, I work hard for my people!

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @Sky: Have you ever considered politics?

                Tehol could run your smear campaigns against your competition.

                basically he would tweet their names and follow it with #Disgrace!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Haha, I’ll start working on my thumb point in the mirror!

                  • Shake N Bacon says:
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                    @Sky: I’m taking a chance on Shelby and the cards. Weather be damned!!!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I built a backup lineup that avoids NYM and PIT for the night just in case but yeah, I still have those arms in my current tourney lineup.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Wutup brotha!! I never gambled baseball so this can’t be a stupid question. Lol but what do those spreads mean?? Under over??

    • Frank White says:
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      Oh also, can you bet on individual games on draft kings?? If not then what’s a good site to gamble on including cards and all that?? I live in Jersey

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        They only do daily fantasy for various sports and I don’t gamble via poker stuff so I’m not the right person to ask.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Vegas is saying that the came in Colorado, for example, should reach 10 runs or more. Under would be the game scoring 9 or less runs total.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah I know what Under/Over means but yeah I was wondering if that’s what those numbers meant. Thanks though! Hey I’m about to pick my lineup for draft kings and I noticed lately a lot of your player advise are for the day games and you post it pretty close to deadline. I swear I’m not being ungrateful but I was wondering if you can throw some advise for more guys during the late games?? I respect your advise and that’s why I ask for more advise.. LOL. Thnx!!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s not targeted at early games and I actually suggested an Oakland stack last night and today. I’m just trying to point out the best matchups to exploit and where you might want to steer clear of when/where I can; nothing slate-specific.

          • Frank White says:
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            I’m sooo sorry bro.. I just noticed when I was trying to fill my lineup that it was dated for tomorrow. I was wondering why none of your guys or the guys on the stream o netor matched.. LOL Sorry dude my bad!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No worries

  7. kidbr9 says:
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    Hey Sky,

    I’m in an 18 team mixed league, super deep rosters. Hardly anything out on the waiver wire. No DL spots. What would be your order between Chris Colabello, Jeff Baker, and Yangervis Solarte? never thought I’d be clamoring for any of these clowns, but with rosters this deep and PT/ABs at a premium, it is what it is.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      All LHP hitting specialists. I’ll say Solarte in case he becomes something more. An 18 teamer with no DL spots? Your commish is cruel.

  8. 740 says:
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    Hi, was offered Josh Hamilton for my Lind, Eaton…Thoughts? BTW: 10team h2h 5×5 cat

    Thanks!

    • 740 says:
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      @740:

      so sorry i meant ROTO!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s got just as bad of LHP vs RHP splits as Lind. Think I’d rather just keep the Lind side.

      • 740 says:
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        @Sky:

        thank u sir!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob!

  9. Pacochu says:
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    Weather does look a little screwy tonight. Too bad we couldn’t get enough interest for the contest among Razzball folks. I know last year they ran and paid out even when not full.

    I liked Leake tonight, but that rain looks like it will hit and stay right at game time. I was thinking of going with Tanaka, but I’m a Jays fan. I think the offense will want to produce for their home opener, no matter how cliche that sounds.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They moved it to Public so it should fill.

      Yeah, the Leake/Mejia sitch sucks for sure. Might have to go after Tanaka for the K’s. I’m sure they’ll want to perform but there’ll be a mystery on the mound for them. I could see them struggling.

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey guys,
    I’m in 14 team H2H points league. I have Pujols and Votto. (1B & U) I have been offered B. Butler and Kenley Jansen for my Votto… what do you think?
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @RicoSuave: Don’t think that’s a good trade

      • RicoSuave says:
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        Thanks, I was a bit hesitant on that one!
        gotta trust the Razz-Crew!!!!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, no prob. good luck!

  11. Frank Own uh.. says:
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    so Castro is hurt at the C position…got him last round in a 5×5 H2H 10 team…they say he won’t play all weekend…do I hold him or just go ahead and pick up Zunino and roll on? thanks and sorry for a question about Catchers!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      10 team, you can probably toss him aside just fine. Zunino should be decent, hopefully Castro is back on Monday and you can pick him back up, though.

  12. Frank Own uh.. says:
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    Thanks!! that’s my hope too!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No prob and good luck!

  13. Pacochu says:
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    It looks like they’ll get the games in Pittsburgh and NY both in. They just pulled the tarp off in NY and the teams are warming up. That’ll mess with my roster.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Only problem is if there’s a rain delay, you lose your pitcher for the night…decisions!

      • Pacochu says:
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        @Sky:

        It looks like Oakland was the big winner in the rain delay/postponement sweepstakes. It was such a late game that people couldn’t really wait and got stuck. Second place had Straily. I went with Miller and Leake….ugh.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Pacochu: Yeah, I had an OAK stack last night. Chris Young is just terrible. Basically is screwed me in thew worst way imaginable.

          Can’t believe the Pirates couldn’t hit against the Cubs but found a way vs the Cards. Life makes no sense sometimes.

  14. Joe G says:
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    Sky would you trade Carlos Beltrán and fransisco liriano for freddie freeman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Joe G: I’d hold

  15. Fister Furbush (Hawks Fan) says:
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    Hey Sky, I’m drafting 4th in my main money league on Sunday on cbs. H2h points. Who would you take out of these guys?

    Cano
    Tuli
    McCutchen

    I’m leaning towards one of the top 2

    Thanks man.
    GO HAWKS

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Fister Furbush (Hawks Fan): LOB!

      Since I don’t play in points leagues, I’d be confused why Tulo or Cano would go over McCutch. It may be something I don’t understand, but it would be Andrew for me.

  16. Frank White says:
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    Sup sky.. Should I trade Matt Moore for Salazar?? Or too premature?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Hey Frank, it’s not too premature. But you’re trading enigma for mystery. Moore is safer by history alone but I’m not a huge fan of him so I’d make that trade, personally.

  17. Joe G says:
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    Sky i lost Wilson Ramos should i hold him? And i have russell Martín in catcher position since Jason Castro is out by the week…..should i pick against Jason Castro or should i pick yasmani grandal o yan gomes?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Castro has the better lineup slot. Want him over both but for me it’s Gomes/Yasmani

      • Joe G says:
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        @Sky: should i hold Wilson Ramos in the DL?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          If you have the DL room, sure.

          • Joe G says:
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            @Sky: would you trade cingrani for Jonathan lucroy?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Joe G: I wouldn’t

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