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Greeting all, and welcome to another thrilling post centered on points leagues. Never forget the fact that points leagues’ stats almost always translate into Roto success as well so don’t feel blackballed or ashamed for reading these posts. You don’t have to conceal it from your Roto playing friends anymore. There are millions of Roto players trapped in the proverbial closet who are dying to announce their true desires and join points leagues. Your parents and close friends may know, but it’s time to let the whole world in on the secret. I love points leagues for the fact we don’t have to roster the likes of Taylor Clippard or Dave Robertson, and again I ask you to now to come out the closet and join the fastest growing type of fantasy baseball league. Given Sky’s rapaciousness for adding hot young studs on the waiver wire, I’d say he’s a prime candidate to be Razzball’s second openly points league playing writer. It’s Ok SKY!!! Let it be known, young stallion. You were meant for oh so much more than a 7th place finish in Roto scoring. Before I get carried away (if that didn’t already happen) let’s move on to the girth of what these posts are truly about: The playas.

Matt Wieters - With 17.5 points through Thursday the man whose college teammates at Georgia Tech referred to as “God” is having a beautiful week and I fully expect it to continue. Now this is one of my all time favorite stories so I will include the link here. If you’ve forgotten the hype surrounding this former golden boy, please refresh your memories by reading that article. “God” was quoted in saying “I set expectations for myself. And they’re high expectations. Godly expectations. That’s what I’m working hard every day for. It’s to live up to my expectations and to truly become universally known as God throughout the world.” I may have doctored that quote a bit but anytime players refer to someone as “God,” and these are players at a high level university mind you, playing against the best competition their entire lives, so again, if they refer to someone as “God” I tend to believe Wieters is special talent like few others. I repeat, Wieters’ teammates referred to him as “God.” GOD!!!! I have never and will never get over this, obviously, which may be why I continue to draft him high every single year. The walk-off grand slam Thursday night was not for the feint of heart. Millions of woman across the world simultaneously orgasmed as that ball was obliterated out of Camden Yards, Gilpin included. I tell you here and now, we are witnessing the re-emergence of “God.” He has risen! Sing Hallelujah, sing Hallelujah!

Buster Posey - Posey was last season, what “God” was supposed to be. “Never again, never again” sang the angels down from Heaven. With 3 points, on the week and 0 homers on the season, Buster is making contact with fewer balls than Britney Griner. We all know he can and will turn it around at some point, just don’t expect what you obtained from him last season.

El Oso Blanco - Has anyone purchased the movie rights to “the White Bear’s” story yet? Quitting baseball and wandering the vast lands of the United States in search of life’s true meaning? Discovering he was meant to play baseball years later, and returning to the sport only to dominate like he never left it? What an amazing tale to be cherished for many a life time. This reminds me of when I was stripping for a living down in Mexico, even occasionally jerking off a donkey or 2. One day I received a solitary piece of mail, delivered by courier pigeon as we had no other way of sending messages down there. The letter had no return address, nor did it say who it was from. What it did contain, was Grey’s very first Razzball article, and that very next day I said good riddance to those donkey wangs and adoring female fans, and set off to become a fantasy baseball writer. Ok, I’m lying. I jerked one more mule before I left, but I needed money for chalupas and churros for my long journey back to the states.

After witnessing Gattis’s game winning home run last night, I am officially hooked. I know they have Freeman and McCann returning shortly but I don’t see how they can keep this “bear” out of the lineup. Ride him while you can and hope he sticks. My gut says he will.

Ross Detwiler - Asking me if I think Detwiler is the real deal is like asking R. Kelly if he likes urinating on the faces and in the mouths of teenage girls. I’ve been on the bandwagon since last year and I’m never getting off baby! One might assume I’m joking, but one would be wrong as “Det” dropped 25.5 points in his start this week and he’s only given up 2 runs thus far in 20 innings. Obviously Ross is not a K monster by any means but he just gets the job done. He should be owned in all leagues. Ross is Boss.

Tony Cingrani - 17 points in your first major league start is nothing to blow your nose at, but maybe to blow your load to. Cincy has a nice pitching staff but a couple more starts like this and it would be hard to send him down. My guess is that once he faces a real lineup and not the Marlins, he will get lit up,  but I’ve been proven wrong before. Only once, but still, that means there’s a chance. Why I do like this young Italian better than Jose Fernandez, is the fact that he plays on an offensively stacked team and has a chance to win every game he starts, whereas Fernandez can easily get you those negative 5 points that comes with a loss since he has those pathetic Marlin position players behind him.

Dougie Fister - I once loved Fister like a brother but it’s hard when he’s dominating me in unspeakable ways in multiple head to head matchups this week. I think NFL star Kerry Rhodes’s lover says it best: ”If he loved me like a brother, then he F#!@ed me like a wife.”  Powerful words my friend. Powerful words. Anyhoo, Douglas has a nice lineup behind him and is one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. Start with confidence. The moral of this story you may humbly ask? Never F!@# your brother. Things can get weird.

Mike Trout - Ahhh, the one they call “the fish.” With a solid 9 points already this week, Trout is now frothing at the mouth like Magic Johnson’s kid at a “Thunder From Down Under” after hours show. If your wife or girlfriend was there in the mid 2000′s I more than likely had my shaft in her hand… at the very least. I was the star attraction back then so don’t go all Chris Brown on your chick Ok? I’m expecting Trout to explode as he was my preseason MVP pick for a reason. It is time.

Mike Stanton - That shoulder injury had me quivering like Christian Slater after he found out he absolutely sucked as an actor, but everything seems a go now as “Giancarlo” is back in the lineup. He may even decide to park one this week. But as I said last week, don’t expect anyone to pitch to this kid, or for him to reach 100 plus rbi’s.

Dominic Brown - Once knighted by me as “Sir Dominic,” I have since stripped him of title and dumped him upon the stank trash heap of waiver wire bums. I’m positively sickened by the fact Brown hasn’t been able to reach even a tenth of his potential in the big leagues and I just can’t take the heartache anymore. I suggest you do as I did and be as I be.

David Wright - Quietly having a nice start to the season. I don’t pay much attention to guys I never even consider drafting but Wright has 24 points already this week and may be in line for a big season. Until he gets hurt anyway.

Barry Zito - Did you know that going into his last start, Zito was on an 11 game winning streak? Did you know myself, and countless others who have despised him and spit on the ground he walks upon, finally gave in and added him for his last start against a meager Brewers lineup? Did you know Zito have up 9 earned runs in 2 and 2/3 of an inning? Did you know he gave up a grand slam to Yuniesky Betancourt, one of the worst hitters in all of baseball? Did you know I’m back to hating him with the passion and fury of one million burning suns? Did you know that I’m going to advise you to drop him if for some reason you have not already? Well if you didn’t know, now you know.

Matt Cain - What’s wrong with Matt Cain? No, this isn’t another paragraph of questions, though that’s an intriguing thought. Putting up a goose egg this week after that dud two starts ago is not cool Matty. Not cool at all. That being said, Cain will be fine going forward and put these flaccid performances behind him, never to be thought of again. A nice thing about head to head leagues right? If it’s in the past, it’s forgotten. Don’t panic.

Thank you for joining me on this magical journey and as always your comments will be responded to in a timely fashion. We may speak on baseball of course, but also life, love, fine wines or even donkeys. Have a blessed weekend my friends. May “God” bless you.

52 Responses

  1. Brendan says:
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    12 team mixed league what on “God”‘s green earth do I do with Timmy Lincecum even as his national holiday start is coming up?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Brendan: I’m sad to say timmy jim could be done. He is a on waivers on 10 team big money league I’m involved in so that’s not a good sign but I would probably continue to roster him unless you could flip him for something of value. I believe he still has some upside so prob just want to hold there bud

      • Not Brendan says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Perma-bench it is! Thank you sir! I so badly want to play him verus the Padres but I’ve been burned too many times before (it’s a keeper league and I kept him *sad trumbone*)

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Not Brendan: padres? oh that’s tempting man. is it weekly or daily? if daily i might throw him in there

          • Brendan says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: it’s weekly. my rotation is Brett Anderson, Mike Minor, Justin Masterson (pick up gonna regress hard), Ian Kennedy and Justin Verlander. Then Timmy on the bench and Fiers down in the minors for the time being. I’m afraid of starting masterson and timmy now haha.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Brendan: Oh man I feel you on the Masterson thing. that last start was my worst nightmare althogh I felt before season he could have bounce back year. this next start could be telling. I’m extremely nervous

              • Brendan says:
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                @Tehol Beddict: especially in a points league with -1 for hits allowed and walks. it was painful to listen to and I’m a Red Sox fan sigh. I’m hopeful he can be alright but extremely nervous as well.

  2. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Ha, now that’s a funny article.

    Two serious questions though:
    1) Drop Dominic Brown for Nate Schierholtz while he’s swinging a hot bat? (In points league or roto)
    2) Would you drop Jon Niese for Detwiler? (In points league or roto)

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: no, i would not drop Brown for Schierholtz. hold if that’s your best option. Niese or Detwiler hmmmm. Probably have to go with Niese for now but if Detweiler balls out again in a tough matchup next week, I’d say yes. if you have another scrub to drop I would do so

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: I ain’t got no scrubs…or STDs.

        Right now the OF waiver wire is thin. Brown is rocking a bench spot anyways so he’s probably a good person to just sit and wait on.

        I have Cingrani and Jose Fernandez as my two pitchers ranked below Niese. I just saw that Detwiler is owned in my league so I’d have to trade. Per your response below, looks like I should just hold for now.

        Gracias Senor Tehol-io

  3. Shake N Bacon says:
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    A third serious question:
    Would you trade Cingrani for Detwiler in points and/or roto leagues?

    • Hooverville says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Depends if you need K’s or WHIP help. Detwiler will have a much better WHIP, Cingrani will have much better K’s. ERA could be about the same, 3.3-3.5 range. I’d probably lean Cingrani, but I am a fan of rookies with skill.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Hooverville: Thanks for the response Hooverville. Yeah I get excited about prospect pitchers with higher K-rates. The WHIP and probably more innings pitched would make Detwiler a smarter choice. But I like risk baby!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Yea i’m more about upside no matter how costly it can be. Detwiler is very solid but lacks that elite shizz so I’d probably hold Cingrani, but watch for when or if he may get sent down which could cost you getting nothing for him

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Thanks for the advice. I’m hoping Cingrani sticks around in that rotation. But with Dusty there, who the hell knows what will happen. Dusty may mistake the skinny Cingrani for a toothpick and snap him in half in his mouth. That could be a metaphor for what he did to the careers of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    So Kerry Rhodes is gay? We (me and some other Jets fans) had pondered that on a forum some years back. He fits the stereotype.

  5. D Rich says:
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    El Oso Blanco!! I have to thank you personally telling me to grab this monster. I agree I think he sticks around. Anytime the black community in the ATL loves you, you know you’re a legend. I too have had the same murderous thoughts about Domonic Brown. It’s hard for me to just drop him but his trade value is what maybe erik bedard haha…what do you suggest I do in a 12 team keeper league?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @D Rich: Riiiiiiiichy, Gattis will bring us glory, women and cash galore! Im holding on brown for another week or 2 considering I drafted him in every single league and even took in the 8TH ROUND in razzball elite league. Shame on me. no trade value right now unless someone covets him. search around or just keep

  6. FillyP says:
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    Would you trade Craig for Fister in a 12t 7×7 (XBH/OBP + IP/QS) ? Craig is currently riding the pine on my team. Was hoping to hold out for a better pitcher, but not sure if that’s possible..

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @FillyP: without question. I’ve never owned Craig and for that I’m extremely proud. pull trigger on that ASAP

  7. Joel says:
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    Brother, I am taking a chance with Ortiz this season and am now in the position to have him back from the DL. If you had to drop Arencibia or Sal Perez, who would you choose? My gut is leaning towards dropping J.P (as a Jays fan, I know better I suppose).

    Anyway, thanks for the solid advice thus far. Diggin the posts!

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: Oh, and who would you rather have: Ryan Dumpster or Tony Cingrani? Dumpster is avail in my league.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Joel: regarding the second question, I’d probably rather have Tony C just because it’s the national league, but he could always be sent back down so dempster may be more safe and had a great outing last time. J.P./Perez are very similar players but I think Perez may have a better overall year but I;ve always loved J.p. i dont think it’s gonna kill you either way but Perez is more than likely more safe. Glad you’re liking the posts bud. thanks for reading.

  8. Not Brendan says:
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    is Chris Davis (ATL) for real?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Not Brendan: Chris Johnson you mean??? I don’t think so. But ride him while he’s hot. He could continue to have a nice run here for a while and the lineup is stacked so he could end season with nice overall stats.

  9. Hotrod says:
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    Start/Sit?

    Ryu @ BAL
    Pettite @ TOR
    Chacin vs. ARI

    • LT

      Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Hotrod: I have confidence in every starter I choose to roster so I’m starting all of them. Grey said to sit all 3 though, so there’s that haha

  10. Kid A says:
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    Hola Cielo,

    I like to keep one floating spot for a two-start thrower each week in a 10 team league. Best grab IMO looks like Quintana (like his arsenal/matchups). Would be dropping Cingrani for him (throwing all Fastballs will catch up with him faster than a bullet). Whaddya say, Whaddya know?
    Also, an idea: throwing together the next weeks 2-start options and ranking them. Would be a mighty helpful feature.

    Cheers

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Kid A: oh buddy you read my mind. I will check with Grey the Boss Man and see if he will allow me to rank the two start pitchers. I love quintana as a 2 start pitcher as I’ve owned him in 16 team dynasty league since last season. He’s an impressive young fellow. i feel you on Cingrani and quintana going twice would be better. tough to let a possible stud like that go but yea id say he starts gettin tagged a bit

  11. In says:
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    Would you trade bumgarner Michael young and Stubbs for Beckett Luther and Alex Gordon??

    • In says:
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      Altuve

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @In: that’s a tough call my friend. young has been solid and bumgardener a beast but i could care less about stubbs. nice start for gordon and beckett. I’d say sure go for it

  12. Frank Grimes says:
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    you should have checked Zeets career numbers pitching at Miller Park before you decided to take a flyer on him.
    your takes are fun tho thanks!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank Grimes: Oh tell me about it. I was balls deep in a chocolate love sandwich and made a move real quick without researching the opponent. it will never ever happen again. Glad you like Frankie

  13. Alex says:
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    Nice read, appreciate it.

    7×7 with QS, Ks, OBP, SLG too.

    Is Freeman for Gio or Josh johnson okay if i need pitching? Can slide Ike in at 1B and have grandy coming off DL for util.

    What about freeman and gattis for posey?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Alex: I approve both of those trades

  14. Matt says:
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    Is it crazy to trade for Cueto. Would send Alex Gordon.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Matt: I dont think crazy. He should be fine

  15. Eric says:
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    I currently have Reyes and plan on dropping him. This is a points/salary cap league so multiple teams (30) can own the same player. Which of theses SS would be the best add:

    Lowrie
    Andrus
    Rollins
    Cozart
    Hanley

    We only have 6 transactions for the year so I have to make each one count.

    Here is the scoring:
    Hitting Points
    Single 1
    Double 2
    Triple 3
    Stolen Base 2
    Caught Stealing -1
    Home Run 4
    Run Batted In 2
    Run Scored 2
    Walk (or HBP) 1
    Strikeout -1

    Thanks!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Eric: I would say Hanley number 1 though I love Jed lowrie but he’s never played over 100 games.

      1)Hanley
      2) andrus
      3) Lowrie
      4) Rollins
      5) cozart

  16. Enrique says:
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    Hello Tehol, thanks for the great advice as always, my OF consists of AJax, Hamilton, Heyward, and C.Crawford is my UTIL I also have Dexter Fowler which has taken Hamiltons and Heywards place most of the season, are u worried about Hamilton or Heyward, Willingham and Melky are on the wire should I make any switch, thanks again.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Enrique: I think you are good buddy. WIllingham interests me and should end up better than fowler power wise but I like where you stand. I expect Heyward and Hamilton to bounce back in a major way

  17. Eric says:
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    Hanley’s initial prognosis was 8 weeks, so that puts him at May 22. Do u forsee a sooner return to action?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Eric: well supposedly he is trying to come back by the end of this month but if you don’t believe those other options should be fine and maybe cheaper salary wise.

  18. Eric says:
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    Funny thing is Rollins & Andrus are more expensive. I worry if this is the year Rollins tails off. Andrus only has 2 extra base hits so far. Lowrie & Cozart are cheaper, but I don’t trust them. Supposedly Hanley was hitting with power at BP today. I would think he beats the May 22 date by 1-2 weeks at worst. The lineup around him is improved. Here is the link about Hanley’s BP & prospects of an early return.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130419&content_id=45221160&notebook_id=45221364&vkey=notebook_la&c_id=la

  19. Brendan says:
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    I need to ask you on your opinion of how Masterson did in his start?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Brendan: I liked what I saw though it could have been much worse. his last inning he had 2 on no outs and picked a guy off second then got double play ball. nice start on the road. positive start. i threw him

  20. Enrique says:
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    Tehol, ive been debating a while on this trade and need your expert advice:
    I get: zobrist, Chris davis and chris perez
    I Give: david ortiz, brandon phillips and andrew bailey

    12 team h2h mixed thanks

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Enrique: no problem buddy! I like this trade though Phillips is killin it right now and ortiz might explode, but bailey could and probably will give back the closers role and chris perez has looked better this year. Davis has eligibility at more spots giving him more value than ortiz in my opinion and he looks like he’s finally figured it out. I like zobrist as well. pull that trigger Enrique!

      • Enrique says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: thanks tehol already did, hanrahan is in the wire so ill pick him up i guess. Another quick question, Brett anderson and Vogelsong are killing me Ervin Sanatana, Kyle Kendrick, and Travis wood are on the wire as well as Ike Davis should I move any of the two pitchers for any of these guys? I could use C Davis as Of

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Enrique: oh wow. yea id grab ike for suer. and I like travis wood quite a bit but i cant reccomend dropping brett anderson. grab ike though for vogelsong and lets wait and see what happens with brett anderson

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