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After seeing Edwin Jackson pitch yesterday, I felt as happy as this guy on the inside.  I ran around my block yelling “Yuuuuupppp” like Dave Hester in Storage Wars.  I went to Coldstone Creamery and got a low fat sundae that had 2700 calories and I ate it (with extra jimmies)!  Yesterday, Jackson’s line was 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners and 13 Ks.  He’s now 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 20 Ks in 14 innings.  Giddy up, snitches!  Sure, like I tell my girlfriends, beware the small sample size, but I liked Jackson throughout the preseason.  Wanna see where I wrote my Edwin Jackson fantasy in sparkle dust?  Click on that link-a-ma-thingie.  Right now, Jackson is owned in 29.1% of ESPN leagues.  Even when you consider 40% of all ESPN leagues are already abandoned, it’s still too low.  BTW, if other fantasy sites tell you to pick up Edwin Jackson now, tell them to go eff themselves, Razzball told you back in January.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Lastings Milledge – White Sox designated him for assignment.  That assignment is to stop sucking.

Trevor Cahill – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Blue Kays.  Here’s what I said in the preseason, “Makes sense that Cahill can’t even buy a K in his last name.  In 2009, Cahill’s K-rate was 4.53.  Last year, it was 5.40.  It’s a good trend but I’ll wait until 2012 when it’s actually up to something presentable.  No Ks is a than, but no thans.  He’ll probably have an ERA over 4.00 in 2011, but I’ll be generous and give him… 2011 Projections:  8-9/3.90/1.15/130″  And that’s me quoting me!  I’m still on board with all that.  His xFIP was high last year and his K-rate was atrocious.  Now the interesting thing about Cahill — and, yes, when I say interesting, I probably mean not that interesting — he had a solid K-rate in the minors.  If Cahill strikes out guys this year, I’d only rank it a 5 on a scale of surprising.  Or about as surprising as food poisoning from all you can eat sushi.

Ricky Romero – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Even though he pitches in the AL East, I’d own him because RR Cool Jay is doing it well.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  This was against the Indians, but Lester is a bona fide number one against any wahoos.

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Carmona looked good which isn’t a compliment to him but an indictment of the Sox right now.  Somebody cover Ted Williams’ frozen head, he shouldn’t have to see the Red Sox like this.

Sam Fuld – 1-for-3, 3 steals.  To paraphrase Kanye, “Let’s have a toast for those that steal three bags…”

B.J. Upton – 2-for-4, hitting .364 on the year.  Not sure what it is, maybe he was getting cold there in Longoria’s shadow, but Upton is about the only Ray currently hitting.  (Yeah, I went from Kanye to Bette Midler in the matter of two blurbs.  You’re welcome.)

Esmil Rogers – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Member when Rockie pitchers were unownable?  That was sooooo 2009!  Rogers works with a mid-90′s fastball, slider, changeup– Wait, who am, Stephen?  Rogers should have a mid to high 7 K-rate and be in the rotation for at least a month.  If he impresses, the Rockies will leave him in the rotation.  In deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues, I’d grab him to see if you can ride the lightning in a bottle or whatever that cliche is.

Jon Niese – 4 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His leash shouldn’t be crazy long, but this was a tough match-up.  You gotta give him a little more slack.

Wilson Valdez – 4-for-4, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs.  It’s always interesting to see how players react to the threat of everyday violence from their fan base.  So far Valdez has done okay in Citizens Flank, but I imagine that will end shortly.

John Axford – Everyone’s favorite closer to lose their job in the first week of the season now has back-to-back saves.

Shaun Marcum – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Not quite as dominant as I want to see him every time out *cough* like Edwin Jackson *cough* but this was a step in the right direction.  BTW, am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that the Brewers are playing Nyjer and Gomez at the same time?  Opposing teams just need to shine a flashlight onto a wall to get them to run off base.

Ian Desmond – Led off and went 2-for-5 with 2 steals.  Now 6 for his last 10.  Yeah, you probably shouldn’t have dropped him after three bad games.

Sam LeClure – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Doesn’t it seem like terrible pitchers do well on short schedule days?  Yeah, so that got me thinking… As many of you are aware, my IQ falls somewhere between brilliant and brilliantly stupid.  The technical term is “Hit or Miss.”  I wasn’t sure if this one theory I had was hit or miss, so I contacted frequent commenter, Simply Fred, like I was Tom Cruise contacting Ving Rhames to crack a safe.  I told him my theory — Hitters do worse on travel days (Monday and Thursday).  Simply Fred then went and did the ERAs for each day of the week. Turned out this theory was a miss.  There’s no correlation.

Scott Rolen – 1-for-1 with his 2nd homer.  Last year, 17 homers pre-All-Star break.  3 homers afterwards.

Alex Avila – Hit his 2nd homer in two games.  Now let the comments commence (say that fast 117 times!) about whether you should pick up Avila.

A.J. Burnett – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  If you ask me in the comments if you should start Burnett, I’m probably going to say no because I wouldn’t own him.  Or I’m going to say yes if you own him.

Adam Moore – Torn meniscus.  Simultaneously, the Appendix, Intercostal and Oblique scream, “Get in line!”

Adam Jones – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, HR and a steal for the always delicious slam & legs.  Yesterday, I couldn’t believe I was getting questions asking about dropping Jones or picking up a dropped Jones.  Really?  After 5 games?

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I hope this is because he had a short Spring Training.  I really hope so.  Do I think it is?  Yes, but I’m answering with my fingers crossed.

Nishioka Tsuyoshi – Fractured fibula.  No lie.

Luke Hughes – We have a new Aussie major leaguer.  Let’s hope he didn’t share a bed with this koala.  (Sorry, Snookie, that koala makes STDs look cute.)  Hughes hasn’t shown much power in the minors… or speed… or average, but he did hit well in Spring Training (6 homers).  I grabbed him in one league where I lost Nishioka.  As of right now, I would grab him in AL-Only leagues.  The inherent problem with Hughes is the Twins might just play Matt Tolbert.  And that’s The Tolbert Report.

  1. Steve says:
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    Just as well Milledge got that high-five in, in his rookie year.

    Might not get too many more.

  2. Hennessey says:
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    Great headline!

    Had you not been a fan of Jackson all pre-season, it could have been, “I’m sorry Ed Jackson, You Are Fo Reeeeal”

  3. BK says:
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    Edwin Jackson’s slider made my weenis tingle for joy! If he continues to command his fastball like that, it could be a really fun year to own him.

  4. chata says:
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    i can just picture you running down the street wearing those
    dave hester black cargo shorts .
    well , not really .
    i think they’re the only pair of pants that he owns .
    and being a junkster , he probably washes them in the bathroom sink .

    fracture fibula ?
    i’ve got your fractured fibula :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trXAvKeR5rw

    ask your dad about uncle tonoose .

  5. Amsterdam says:
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    ” BTW, am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that the Brewers are playing Nyjer and Gomez at the same time? Opposing teams just need to shine a flashlight onto a wall to get them to run off base.”

    Made me laugh out loud in the University library.. Always good for laughs and good fantasy advice. Thank you!

  6. Napoli is Free! says:
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    Fun fact about AJ Burnett… Over the course of his Yankee career, Mr. April is 7-0 with a 3.91 ERA in 12 starts in the first month of the season. Sell high on April 30th.

  7. Regrettably dropped Edwin Jackson for Beachy a couple days ago. Do I try to switch back?

  8. thepizzaman says:
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    Love the Dave Hester shout out haha yuuuuuuppppppppp!

  9. K!cks says:
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    @Mr. Punch:

    Why in the world would you do that? Jackson had a great first game! I’m sure its too late to switch back. Those 20 Ks look awfully nice on my score sheet.

  10. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @Mr. Punch: Yes. Hurry!

  11. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    Wandy or Travis Wood?

  12. jrt3177 says:
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    Better pickup for util slot – Beltran or A. Gordon? H2H daily 5×5 lg

  13. K!cks says:
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    Someone got spooked of Andrew Jones and put him on the wire. Is he any upgrade over my current OF… Francisco, Holliday, Abreu, Gordon, Huff? I fell backwards into your advice on EdWIN(ing), and now you have my undying trust.

  14. K!cks says:
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    *Adam Jones

  15. Carns says:
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    @jrt: Gordon for now. Gordon for later. Have you seen Beltran this year? He looks like he is being held up by half-chewed popsicle sticks. Seriously, I am waiting for him to collapse on the field.

  16. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @jrt3177: I second Carns.

  17. theevilempire says:
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    Team is really hurting. Longoria down. Sizemore down. Nishioka out. Need some stats, stat! Here’s my Craptastic team

    C-Wieters
    1B-Morneau
    2B-Kinsler
    3B-Callaspo
    SS-Jeter
    2B/SS-W.Valdez
    1B/3B-Smoak
    OF-Kemp
    OF-Wells
    OF-ManRam
    OF-Span
    OF-Bloomquist
    UTL-Lind
    BE-Longoria, Sizemore, Encarnacion

    Some moves I can do but don’t have the testicular fortitude to make without your approval:

    Drop Encarnacion and pickup Polanco or Rolen at 3B/1B?

    Drop V.Wells/ManRam/DenSpan/Bloomquist and pickup Boesch for OF?

  18. shibboleth says:
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    hey Grey, thanks as always. got a trade question for you: my zobrist for his reynolds. obp league with trips for the guilty pleasure.

    c- montero
    1b- votto
    2b- prado
    3b- beltrey
    ss- hanley
    ci- huff
    mi- alexei
    4of – uptone, uptwo, werth, rasmus
    2util- quentin, snider
    bn- zobrist, fowler, raburn, morrison

    tanks!

  19. xopchipili says:
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    Thinking of sitting Kennedy tonight. Meh first outing + Cinci’s lineup has me feeling squeamish. 14 team league, but 1250IP cap. Agree?

  20. Salty Balty says:
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    Start or no start for Kennedy against the Reds? I’m thinking no, Reds scare me and I have Scherzer going in KC anyway. Also, mucho gracias (thats Mexican for thank you very much) for the heads up on Jackson.

  21. shibboleth says:
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    @xopchipili, I am benching him… until he can keep the HR in check i’d rather be patient with him. the luxury of having him as a back-end starter is I can be picky until he starts putting it all together

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    i’m assuming those of us who watched phil hughes fall far enough to grab him despite grey’s warnings are sitting him today? just seems like a recipe for a red sox explosion. 1st home game, 0-6, unsustainable sub-.200 team avg, etc. i could see them just blowing up and going for 10+ today plus combined with questions about hughes’ velocity.

  23. ujoh says:
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    My current closers are Gregg and Rauch. I have E-Jax and people seem to want him for a closer. Not that I plan on trading him because I hate trading for closers, but what tier should I be looking at?

    12 team H2H mixed non-keeper.

    Thanks!

  24. xopchipili says:
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    EJax is available in one of my leagues, but thanks to some injuries I can only afford to drop Volquez for him. Anyone make this move?

  25. xopchipili says:
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    (alternatively I suppose I could drop A. Soriano or Rajai, leave my UT empty for a few days and then just make up a couple games later in the season)

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @xopchipili: i would. i would rank ejax and volquez approx even anyway going into the year, and ejax looks much much better thus far.

    @ujoh: if you traded him for a closer, i would try to get a $12 salad masquerading as a donkeycorn.

  27. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Lost out on Harang last might. Which Tribe HURL-er; Masterson, Carrasco or Tomlin? Thanks!

  28. chata says:
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    @xopchipili:

    how do you make up a couple of games later in the season ?

  29. xopchipili says:
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    @chata: find some folks on the waiver wire to slot in when my regulars have off days further down the line

  30. schlitzy says:
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    Jose lopez over raburn at 2b or eh?

  31. Rodger Dodger says:
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    I believe we were asked to comment on Alex Avila… can’t believe I’m the first. <>

    I watched that game against the song birds last night, and Avila does have a good looking, tight, strong swing. (Am I the only one feeling a little awkward right now?) I just … can’t… quite convince myself that he’s going to keep seeing the ball this well over the season. Plus, I think Detroit’s field will result in more outs than homers. I’d say he’s a good pick-up for all the Razzballers that punted catcher and missed out in the last round of their draft… that happened to me last year and I ended up with Pyrzineskiieee… not good. I’d drop some loser schmohawk for Avila. If he turns out to be another schmohawk… what did you lose? I’d guess 15 hr/.260 for the season. If he’s better than that, I’d draft him next year.

  32. Jack's Fantasy Burden says:
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    I own the incumbent Sean Burnett but another owner just dropped Drew Storen. Should I pick him up for his upsidiness??

    Could drop Jonny Venters or Chris Sale

    Also, when Grady Gaga returns, which of those guys is the most droppable?

  33. exno says:
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    Custom overall points league -
    Question: Axford or Chris Perez?

  34. Eddy says:
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    Ugh, they’re dropping Ellsbury to 8th today. He better start hitting.

  35. Richard Pryor says:
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    Not really sure why you were high on Liriano in the first place. I mean, you had him 9th overall. Higher than Weaver, Verlander, J. Johnson? Good luck with that.

  36. Badger says:
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    I’m in a heap of trouble. Having lost Utley in the spring and Nishioka last night, I’m out a 2B. The options on the wire could be worse, but they sure aren’t appetizing for a shallow mixed starter. Who of these names do you prefer for the remainder of the season? 10 team mixed, standard 5 cats + K, BB, TB, OPS.

    Raburn, Figgins, J. Lopez, F. Sanchez, Callaspo, Scutaro.

    Ackley is on my roster and the light at the end of my tunnel.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eddy: i feared that,but was expecting it,he might loosin up and start playing better,but no one on the team is hitting

  38. Learn Teixiera says:
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    This is my first year using a FAAB for waiver fodder. We have $100 for the year and I’m being pretty stingy so far. I’m watching players taht I want go to other teams because they are paying 2-3 times more than my bid. For instance, Jorden Walden went the other day for $30 or so. Are these guys overpaying and will they pay for it later in the season or should I sack up and start spending?

  39. Badger says:
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    One more… Same league, better shot at being steady contributor?

    Berkman, Beltran, Chipper, Crisp, Boesch

  40. henW says:
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    Stubbs + Cordero for Rajai davis + Justin upton 14×25 H2H
    prefer which side ??? thanks a lot for your answer : )

  41. OaktownSteve

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    @Grey: Another missed opportunity to get on the Cahill bandwagon. Guy has a lotta moxie. Mixing in a dandy curveball. The sinker is starting to look like vintage Brandon Webb. He’s commanding it really well and getting a lot of those called strike three where guys give up and there’s very late movement. I’ll take the over on 8 wins and the under on 3.90 for sure. Course as an Oakland season ticket holder, I’m entirely untrustworthy (on many levels).

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    If I’m picking up Jackson, would I be better off dropping Daniel Hudson or Gio? Thanks.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha

    @Hennessey: Headline was Rudy, nice on yours. Ha…

    @BK: Ha!

    @chata: Hehe

    @Amsterdam: Thanks!

    @Napoli is Free!: Yeah, saw that, was waiting until one more good start to say something.

    @Mr. Punch: Yeah

    @thepizzaman: Ha

    @RonWashington’sStache: Wandy, though I really like Wood. Hmm…

    @jrt3177: What Carns said.

    @K!cks: Over Francisco.

    @theevilempire: Rolen and drop Span…

    @shibboleth: I’d want Reynolds.

    @xopchipili: Sit him.

    @Salty Balty: Sit

    @ujoh: Don’t trade him for a closer.

    @xopchipili: Agree with Poon.

    @AnotherFalstaff: Skip them for now.

    @schlitzy: Eh

    @Rodger Dodger: Yeah, he doesn’t need to do much to be productive at catcher… 17 homers, .260…

    @Jack’s Fantasy Burden: Drop Venters and Sale.

    @exno: Perez

    @Richard Pryor: You see his stats from last year?

    @Badger: Figgy

    @Learn Teixiera: That’s overpaying.

    @Badger: Chipper for now.

    @henW: Upton

    @OaktownSteve: You might be right, he did look better last night than I’d seem him in the past.

    @Timequake: Neither

  44. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    They’re sitting Raburn again today.

    I have him at my MI slot for a 14-team league, and as my 2B for my 16-team league. Dropping him is out of the question, obviously. But should I look to trade him?

  45. Chupacabra says:
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    So, Edwin Jackson gets one sparkly start.

    I could pick him up and drop Scherzer. Yea or nay? (or braaaay?)

  46. OaktownSteve

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    @Chupacabra: I just checked the schedule and it turns out the White Sox have a whole bunch of games scheduled NOT against the Rays this year. Something to consider.

  47. trick dad says:
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    is it just me or does braun look ridiculously good this season? should I trade votto for him straight up? I have texeira at util right now.

  48. trick dad says:
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    sorry, non-keeper H2H 7×7

  49. ujoh says:
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    Raburn is killing me…..drop him for any of these guys? No room to bench him.

    Sean-Rod, Polanco, Callaspo, Valdez, F.Sanchez, Lopez, Espinosa….

    12 team H2H mixed non-keeper. Thanks!

  50. GTS says:
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    I have Raburn/Sean-Rod starting at 2B for me but I’m thinking I need an upgrade and my OF is fairly deep: Holliday, Werth, J-Up, Tabata, Pagan, Alex Gordon… (I can start 4 with one UTIL spot)

    Trade one and upgrade 2B? Target Uggla maybe?

  51. Tony says:
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    @trick dad: try tex for him, i wouldnt do votto for braun….

  52. Jermo says:
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    neil walker or kelly johnson for the season?

  53. Wilsonian says:
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    Looking at picking up a reliever who may get a save or two this weekend…who’s the snag?

    Storen
    Farnsworth
    Uehara
    Capps
    Venters
    Peralta

    Gracias.

  54. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @Grey: I have Roberts at 2B, and Raburn as insurance, would you drop Raburn to pick up Wood? I have lots of SP’s (Gallardo, Weaver, Liriano, Oswalt, Chacin, E. Jackson, Lilly, Volquez, Sanchez), so I dont think it’s a move I need to make. Thoughts?

  55. Mike says:
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    Is anyone starting Beachy tomorrow?

  56. Dirt says:
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    Out of these 3 players which 2 do I keep?…( I have Roberts as my starting 2b)

    Beachy
    Vasquez
    Raburn (Of and 2b eligibility, but won’t see much action with my team)

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    @Wilsonian: For this weekend, I think Peralta is your best bet. Everyone else on there is NOT their team’s closer right now. We don’t know who the Rays closer is, due to their impressive suction, but indications are that Peralta might get a crack at it.

  58. Hi Grey — If I can’t start Scherzer at home against the Royals there’s something wrong, right? Are you starting him?

    Also, I see a lot of questions about Raburn. Do you still believe he’ll prove his worth?

  59. Calogero says:
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    @Chupacabra: DON’T YOU DARE. Who do you have to drop other than Scherzer?

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    @Calogero: I know none of them are it, but do you (or anyone else) think that Peralta is ahead of Farnsworth? Everything I’ve seen is that McGee has fallen behind those two, but the Farns is still the #1(a).

  61. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Chupacabra: is max really your worst player? there surely is someone else.

    @Enrique: i’m holding on raburn for now. mainly cause the other options on the ww are so bad, i would rather take raburn’s 3-4 starts per week in the short term in hopes that he gets full-time PT later. i mean, what are you really gonna get anyway form those guys off the wire outside of ABs?

  62. Smell The Golve says:
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    Using a “Jimmies” reference eh, Grey? Haven’t had a chance to get your book yet but you’ve dropped many Northeast US references in the past and now this so you’ve got to be from either NY, NJ, CT or Mass is my guess. Perhaps that will help in clues to revealing your true identity. We can make it like the puzzle pieces from Lost where the ending will probably be a 50/50 split between those who hate it (surprise you’re Bruce Vilanch!) and those who love it (TBD).

    Now on to my fantasy question.

    Have Brandon Morrow, Brian Matusz both sitting on my bench and DL waiting for them to come back.

    Is Matusz drop worthy to be replaced with Edwin Jackson?

    I have enough innings I can play the match-ups with Matusz to avoid the games against Yankees (and presumably the Red Sox and Rays in the future but right now I might prefer actually playing him against those Mongolian Clusterphucks of a team right now).

  63. the grate one says:
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    grey, in a keeper is kemp pretty much equal to j up (and vice versa?)

  64. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Nice shoutout!

    BTW: Cracked TWO safes for Tom just last week. :-)

  65. Hey Grey, I hate to ask about pick-ups and drop-offs this early in the season, but do you think I should add any of the following: Zimmermann, Cecil, Beachy, or Edwin J, in exchange for CJ Wilson, Ian Kennedy, or Volquez?

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    @Calogero:@Wilsonian: I’d have to disagree with you there. Peralta already has come in multiple times late in games when the Rays were down multiple runs. Why does ESPN think this is a closer situation? Is this the playoffs?

    More importantly, I asked Grey something like this the other day. He said pick up Farnsworth over Peralta.

  67. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @ChrisV82: I’d go with Edwin over Volquez.

  68. slam says:
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    do you think it’s unwise to start COlby Lewis tonight?

  69. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man.

    Who wins:

    Team A gets – Hill/Wood; Team B gets – Zobrist/Kuroda (and what if Team B got Bills instead of Kuroda?)

    Thanks.

  70. Calogero says:
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    @Wilsonian: What Pooch just said is true to some extent. They haven’t had a save situation, but Peralta has been used in the non-save situations that are usually reserved for a team’s closer. If a team only allowed its closer to pitch in save situations, it’d be easier to tell. But with the Rays now, we have to look at context. On 4/5, Farnsworth came in to pitch the 8th with TB down 4 runs. They scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th, and Peralta came in for the 9th. I don’t know many teams that throw their closer down 4 runs in the 8th, but I have seen closers used down 2 in the 9th.

    On both 4/2 and 4/5, Farnsworth pitched in the 8th and Peralta in the 9th. On 4/6 Farnsworth didn’t pick and Peralta came in in the 8th, down 3-1. I’m not sure if there’s any conclusions to draw from that.

    That said, Maddon himself has said that it’s a committee. But with nothing else to go on, there are indications that Peralta is more likely to get at least the first chance.

  71. OaktownSteve

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    On Farnsworth and Peralta, seems to me like Peralta is he better pitcher. Seems like that might be a deciding factor if not in the short term, at least in the long term.

  72. slam says:
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    also, gardner is a free agent in my league, who should I drop to pick him up? 10 team keeper:

    mauer
    mig. cab.
    sean rod
    casey mcgehee
    jose reyes
    teixiera
    raburn
    tabata
    chris b young
    jaay bruce
    pence
    carlos pena

    felix hernandex
    volquez
    kimbrel
    nunez
    ryan franklin
    brandon league
    edwin jax
    hellickson
    billingsley
    gallardo
    colby lewis
    brandon beachy….

    i have cueto on my dl so I’ll have to drop someone when he comes back

    thanks for the help

  73. ltf says:
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    I got offered Matt Thornton for my Kyle McClellan. I need a closer, but I am loving his 2-starts next week against Arizona and Los Angeles. Just curious if anyone makes this trade.

  74. @Grey: I didn’t notice the “new post” message and posted in Dunn’s Appendix Works A Walk. So then I went and posted the same thing in 2011 Astros Fantasy Baseball Preview. Why you givin’ me the silent treatment? If I have to paste this one more time, my keyboard’s gonna’ be as gummed up as my very first issue of Swank.

    ——

    12-Team, Roto, 7×7 (OPS & K, QS & K/9) – currently have Greinke/Cueto/Peavy/Jimenez giving me nuthin’ at SP. Would you drop MMD (on my BE anyway) and pick up Correia, or just hold tight?

    Real World, Vegas, 7 strangers (picked to binge drink and spread VDs in a hotel) – if memory serves, the season opener showed (in the “this season on the RW” montage) that Dustin’s gay porn past is discovered by a roomie on the interwebs; I don’t think he reveals it. That’ll be so much better…

  75. Tony says:
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    @ltf: a closer for a guy you just got off the waiver wire 3 days ago? I’d probbaly take the closer. McClellan could jaime garcia this year or he could flop his next 5 starts, no track record, i’d go with the closer….

  76. Chupacabra says:
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    My pitchers are:

    Halladay
    Liriano
    Gallardo
    Kershaw
    Gio Gonzalez
    Sherzer
    Ricky Romero

    So the consensus is I do not drop Sherzer and add Edwin Jackson. How about Gio or Ricky?

  77. Grey

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    @OaktownSteve: Could be

    @Wilsonian: A

    @slam: Beachy…

    @ltf: Sounds good.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Sorry, if I answer questions on a dozen different posts it’s too taxing. Hold tight… Yeah, they “discover” it. The quotes there mean MTV is sick of Dustin holding the info so they point the roomies towards the site.

  78. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Lose Raburn for Callaspo or Wigginton or Mora?

    14 T, h2h

    Preciate it.

  79. Doc Pounder says:
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    Will it be worth owning Arencibia with his 3 days a week playing time,or pick up Buck?

  80. supernova says:
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    Grey
    I was offered my Mo Rivera for Stubbs, good deal for me?

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @slam: beachy, or raburn if raburn doesn’t have 2B eligibility for you. if raburn has 2B eligibility, then s-rod and move raburn to 2B

    @Chupacabra: who are your low end hitters?

  82. NVChris says:
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    Grey, anyone…

    H2H points leage, and next week I have to SIT one of these SP options.

    In no particular order…

    1) Dempster @Hou, @COL
    2) Dice-K vs TB, vs TOR
    3) Gallardo @WAS
    4) Edwin Jackson vs OAK
    5) Jonathan Sanchez vs LAD

    I am starting Sabbathia and D. Price (2 starts) for sure, and have to field six SPs.

    Who do you suggest I bench?

  83. Big Nate says:
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    Desperate times at SS for my squad. Pick one from this heap of hot garbage: Alcides Escobar, Erick Aybar, Miggy Tejada, or Orlando Cabrera….

  84. GTS says:
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    Sean-Rod or Jose Lopez?

  85. Pooch says:
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    kila or encarnacion to fill in for longoria short term?

  86. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: with all the Farnsworth v. Peralta convo, are we still going with the Farns for the present time?

    Also on that trade, still Team A with Bills instead of Kuroda?

  87. Calogero says:
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    @Big Nate: Alcides sucks less, I think. Looks like the Royals will let him run more than Milwaukee did.

  88. Wake Up says:
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    I’m thinking about dropping Pujols. His AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS are all on a 3 year downward skid(4 year if you count this year and I count this year!). I don’t currently own him in any leagues because I was avoiding him this year and I didn’t randomly have the first overall pick or finish last last year to get the first pick, but I’m aggressively pursuing trading for him now that I can buy low and then drop.

  89. artie says:
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    Pick a side please:

    Phillips/Lind Reyes/Stanton

    Thanks.

  90. ken plane says:
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    In a vacuum – trade Markasis for D. Hudson or Oswalt. Enough , OK or not enough

  91. projectbadass says:
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    12-team 5×5 roto 4-player keeper (lose the round u drafted them in)

    Would you trade Smoak (23), Jose Lopez (27), and Krimble (15) for Stephen Drew (8) and Alex Gordon (27)? I am already light on saves (Krimble, Franklin, farnsworth, rodney, fuentes) and position eligibility doesn’t matter

  92. Chunk says:
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    Start Wandy vs FLA (Nolasco)? Wins and Losses are scored significantly. I’m ahead of schedule on innings pitched (1500 cap) and I’m also throwing Anderson tonight.

    I’m thinking about just sitting him for the whole first half, which I wish I had done last year. Why do I keep drafting this guy?

  93. vinko says:
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    ESPN is reporting that Matt Tolbert will remain the back up behind Luke Hughes.

  94. Chunk says:
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    @ken plane: In a vacuum, a curveball won’t break, rendering Hudson more valuable (1% CB for Hudson vs. 17% for Oswalt.) In the kind of vacuum you’re talking about, I’d say definitely not enough for Oswalt, MAYBE enough for Hudson if they are desperate at outfield and live in Baltimore. Probably not though.

  95. Casey Blake's Beard says:
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    Looking for a backup SS/MI. Aviles was just dropped so I could use my #1 waiver on him. Also available: Raburn, Escobar, Brignac, Hardy, Tejada, Peralta, Bartlett, Theriot, Pennington, Alex Gonzalez, Betancourt, Hairston, Jr, Felipe Lopez, Jamey Carroll, Wilson Valdez, Renteria, Tolbert, Luke Hughes.

    Drop any of the following for any of the above? ManRam, Mark Trumbo, Danny Espinosa, J Vazquez, James McDonald, Matt Capps (holds not counted).

  96. Casey Blake's Beard says:
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    Also, drop Vazquez or McDonald for Esmil Rogers, Michael Pineda, Narveson, Kevin Correia, Bedard, Tillman? Harden or Webb could also be added to DL. (Plenty of DL slots free.)

  97. @ThePoonTycoon: I’ve got Hughes going in an AL-only league today. Bid $15 for him. Yeah, after his first start, it’s hard to have any confidence in him today. I wonder if maybe he’s a warm weather pitcher so April isn’t doing him favors. Oh well, I can’t bench him so hopefully he doesn’t get lit up….

  98. chata says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    love all the talk about save opportunities for rays’ closers(?) for this
    weekend .
    the team is winless and they’re traveling to chicago .

    from that original list , i’d go with storen .
    i think he has a better chance .
    but chasing saves is like chasing stolen bases , imo .
    good luck .

  99. chata says:
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    what a waste of time …..

    the fenway opening ceremonies not only introduced the bat boy ,
    but , also , each of the board of directors of that fsb group that partnered
    up with lebron .

    however , the organist is getting a lot of playing time .

  100. cubfever7 says:
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    You mean I’m not the only guy who watches Storage Wars? Dave is okj sometimes–but there have been several episodes where I couldn’t understand why some of these douches didn’t just stop bidding and STICK him with a shit locker.

    I still don’t trust Edwin at the Cell–sorry.

  101. chata says:
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    for 4 hours , this morning , weei has been trying to guess who would
    throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch for fenway’s opening day .
    apparently , the sawx kept it as a well guarded secret .

    turns out it was carl yaztremski , mlb’s last triple crown winner .
    well , old carl strolled to the mound from inside the green monster ,
    and on his way in , they played “oh happy day” …. when jesus walked …

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    wow getz moved to #1 escobar 9th

  103. cubfever7 says:
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    I realize I’m about as smart as a rookie on storage wars–where doth one find the new followup post? I don’t see it anywhere.

  104. dja says:
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    would you give up cordero for pence in a h2h?

  105. Wilsonian says:
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    @chata: I’m just chasing saves for the weekend. I’ve got my bats set and was close in saves and had room for one guy. Just thought I’d give it a shot. Also, I’d prefer Storen too. Word is, his fastball got back up to…er…speed, so that might help him out.

  106. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: ouch sorry rudy. it’s a rough one. glad i benched him this morning.

    i wasn’t wanting him but he fell so far in the draft, it was take hughes with some upside or boring old low ceiling SP. i went with hughes as my SP4.

  107. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    Ah the vastly under-utilized storage wars reference, featuring Adam Dunn’s long lost biological father, Darrell Sheets.

  108. @Grey: Oh, no doubt. I’m sure the producers got fed up and finally just sent an email from a new Hotmail account to one of the ‘mates tipping them off.

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