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Frenchy’s back, Jordan Schafer’s going to hit 161 home runs (accounting for one rainout, of course) and McCann’s going to win the MVP.  Oh, and Lowe’s winning the Cy Young.  Unanimous.  Spring has sprung and baseball’s back.  It’s a good time to be alive.  Aren’t you glad you didn’t eat any peanuts in the last three months?  They’re poisonous, ya’ll.  (It’s a wonder Jimmy Carter’s still going strong.  He is a superhero.)  Right now, I feel like putting some tilapia on the grill, an Olde English in an oversized cozy and kicking back for the next six months while the sounds of baseball dance in my head.  Oh, and win all my fantasy baseball leagues; that would be nice too.  The number one thing you don’t want to do in the next few weeks is overrate anything you see.  You’re not winning your league in the first few weeks, but you can sure as heckfire lose them.  As inviting as Jordan Schafer seems right now, don’t drop Milton Bradley for him.  Even if Milton does the devil’s work.  Jordan Schafer’s an intriguing name in deep leagues.  Just don’t jump out the window until you see how real the fire is.  On the other hand, don’t ignore what goes on these first few weeks.  This is when The ’08 Nadys (<–great band name) emerge.  Anyway, here’s what I saw this weekend for fantasy baseball:

Joey Devine – Aching Joey Devine is out for 60 days.  Punt!  Not worth holding a “potential” closer who may not be back for a while.

Gary Sheffield – Omar Minaya must’ve heard Sheff was raised in a Latin district of Tampa.  Not worth looking at in anything but the deepest of leagues.

Ichiro Suzuki – Bleeding ulcer, out until April 15th.  Endy Chavez will be batting leadoff on opening day.  Good to see the Mariners have a Plan B.  See Razzpoll on the bottom right for possible reasons behind Ichiro’s ulcer.

Derek Lowe – 8 innings, 0 runs.  Had a 2.88 ERA last April and has started off this one on a good note.  Next start, Washington.  Yum.

Josh Anderson –  Will get the nod for the Tigers in the opening today.  Has little power, but speed to burn — SAGNOF.

Brandon Morrow – Will close from the onset of the year.  If you think you’re being cute with Aardsma or Mark Lowe or Batista, you’re not.

Elijah Dukes – 4th outfielder to start the season.  Was on the Fantasy Baseball Buy/Sell on Friday as a Sell.  I wonder if Dukes is angry.

David Freese – Just when you think you’ve got LaRussa figured out, he plays Brian Barden at third in the Cards first game.  It’s only against lefties… supposedly.

Jeff Francoeur – HR yesterday.  Could this be the start of something?  

Kelly Shoppach – Getting time behind the plate in the first game with Garko sitting.  Encouraging sign, except for Garko owners.

Brian Wilson – Boo-boo healed. Will get saves to open the season.

Matt Lindstrom – Ready to go for opening day.  Aren’t we all?

B.J. Ryan – No velocity, no cry.  He’s the closer to start the season.

Mark Reynolds/Justin Upton – Sitting tomorrow against the “tough” righty, Aaron Cook.  Let’s hope for a speedy collision between Chad Tracy and Eric Byrnes.

Brett Myers – This time on the other side of a beating.  Was on our risky pitcher post.  Am I worried?  Not really, but I didn’t go near him in any draft either.

Mike Gonzalez – Our first Kazaam! of the season.  It’s good to be back.

  1. Steve says:
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    @Daily Round-Up: It’s good to have you back.

  2. Den says:
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    Shafer worthy in a 12 team mixed league? What are releastic expectations, I keep reading comparisons to Grady Sizemore.

  3. Scott says:
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    Sizemore, eh? I think FanGraphs is the guilty party on that one. But it’s hard to imagine Jordan Schafer reaching 20/20, much less 30/30.

  4. Tony says:
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    I love me some frenchy. Is he not one goofy looking b-tard when he’s at the plate?

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Zimmerman homered in the Sunday night opener last year, than sucked for four straight months.

    When Frenchy homered, someone in my league picked him up before he’d finished rounding third.

    Caveat: His new open stance looks awkward and he was pulling everything in sight. He did not look comfortable at the plate, homer be damned.

    Caveat 2: Myers and his not-ready-for-primetime hook yielded three homers in the first go-through the lineup. It was BP out there.

    Caveat 3: In 2007, when he didn’t suck, Frenchy hit 19 HRs. Ni-ni-nineteen. Nineteen.

    Caveat 3: After last year, when he did suck, me hate Frenchy.

    Already in our Razz league, someone got razzled by Jordan Schaeffer, who Jon Miller insisted on calling “Logan Schaeffer.” Maybe he’s really excited to see “Wolverine.”

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i spot started schaffer,looking for a cheap sb,ill drop him real soon for other daily fill ins,but he is still going to add a little fire to a braves team

  7. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: LOL yeah i know but i took him in the 19th round of my money league? The guy hit 29 the year before he hit 19 and drove in 100+ rbi’s in those two years. He can hit. I will take a flyer on him, wait i already did in my draft haha…. I do agree Myers did not look, he was throwing beach balls. I think the stance is a good thing for him. The longer he see’s the ball the better, plus if nothing else its a good placebo effect and makes him “think” he’s got something better going on…. If you ask me when they were showing his old stance/approach and his new one the overall mechanics were exactly the same. So he opens his lead foot a bit now giving him a better view of the ball. We’ll see if it works, its a long year… Baron is this another case of you’re bitter because you owned him during his “off year” LOL

    Yeah miller calling Schafer “LOGAN” was driving me nuts. He made that reference wrong and a couple others during the night. He might be getting a little past his time.

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Not happy about the Mark Reynolds situation. I’ll hold onto him for now but there are other players that play every day that I could roster. In a 10 team shallow league Reynolds may be a luxury on my team……especially if he’s not an everyday guy. That’s a nice reward the Dbacks are giving him for such a solid spring….”Good job kid, now take a seat on the bench.”

    I’m very interested in the Khalil Greene situation. If he’s batting 4th or 5th in the St. Louis lineup everyday he’s got to be a serious consideration don’t you think? Would you rather have Greene or Theriot as a backup SS?

    I’m not sure about keeping Shoppach either. Sandoval is my every day catcher but if I’m going to roster a 2nd catcher I’d like a starter who plays more than 1/2 of the starts on the season. Pierzynski is actually sitting on the wire, would that be a decent swap?

  9. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Adding to my question on catchers earlier……Ramon Hernandez and Chris Snyder are on the wire along with Pierzynski. Any of them better than a part time Shoppach?

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: indians sitting garko today victor at 1st shoppack cathing,,he`s going to hit more this year

  11. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Marma is on waivers. Is he worth a high (2nd) waiver pick up in a keeper league? i already have Gregg. Marma gets K’s with a low ERA, so even as a MR he has value.

    I also am interested in the answer to the Shoppach question, as there are other waiver alternatives.

  12. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Tony: Oh, I’m bitter all right. Frenchy is a perfectly good late-round/waiver pick-up, given he was a 10th round pick two years ago. He’s also very talented, and still young.

    I’m not entirely sold on the new stance, but then again, I am neither a scout nor a major league hitting coach. Frenchy’s line last night — 1 for 4, solo homer — was eerily familiar from last year, though: he’d do that every so often, then hang three straight 0-fer-5s on you. But he’s a good bet as a 3rd/4th/5th OF, if he can get back to where he was in ’07, with a little more power.

    @Frank Rizzo: Don’t judge too much from Opening Day lineup decisions, especially re: Shoppach. As a 2nd catcher, he and AJ are about equal, though Shoppach has more power and more upside. Ramon could be slightly better, in Cincy, though you might want to wait and see.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Marmol is worth rostering, though personally I wouldn’t spend a high waiver pick on him. You can probably get him as an FA in a few days.

  13. TomJ says:
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    It’s great to be watching meaningful ball again!

    Schafer and Frenchy were nabbed as soon as they touched home plate in both my 12 team money leagues as well. I actually wanted Schafer, but was too late. They must have had open laptops on while watching the game. Sheesh! Why didn’t I think of that!

    Of course, that type of FA claim will be happening all week and month. Most of the longshot athletes will fail, but for every mirage, there will be a Quentin, or Lee.

    I doubt Frenchy or Schafer have big years. Still, I have a little more confidence in Frenchy hitting 20+ and Schafer going around 15/15. I doubt either hits more than .270

  14. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’ve read Shoppach is going to catch when Lee and Pavano are pitching for sure. Educated guess says Shoppach usually catches the guys who have english as their 1st language? VMart would be catching for Carmona and Reyes always then? Is that crazy?

    Also, BVV, who do you want more as your backup SS…..Theriot batting 8th, or Khalil Greene batting 4th or 5th?

  15. Tony says:
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    I had sandoval and shoppach in my league and dropped shop a week or so ago. He’s still just chilling on the wire. I might snag him back up, but its at the expense of Daniel Murphy or Spillboroughs, which ain’t happening til i see whats going on i’m sitting tight…

    I am hoping for a big frenchy bounce back. My offense is already pretty stacked having someone like him pan out would be HUGE.

  16. 101 MPH says:
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    I picked up Jeff Francoeur for a buck during the final hour of my fantasy baseball auction on Saturday night. It seemed like a lousy idea at the time, as:

    1) I had no intention of purchasing him. It seemed too early to try to sneak through players that I genuinely wanted for a buck, so my intent was to throw out a player with enough name recognition to warrant a $2 bid; and

    2) I was on the tail end of a pint of Jack Daniels, and with the acquisition of Francoeur I was ready to swear off drinking at fantasy baseball auctions forever.

    But then I thought: Hey, if Ozzie Guillen can set his batting order while tripping on magic mushrooms, then I should at least be able to enjoy a few shots of whiskey during a 7 hour long fantasy baseball auction.

    The moral of the story: Friends don’t let friends draft drunk.

  17. BSA says:
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    For those just waking up and checking Razzball before MLB-

    Rays @ Sox postponed until Tuesday at 4:00

  18. sean says:
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    Re: Frenchy

    If Myers didn’t put that pitch thigh-high on the inner half, I think he’d have an awful hard time putting one out. The real key for guys with open stances like his new one is to see how they handle the ball away. He had plenty of time to get the bat around on that inside fastball because his hips were already open, so all he had to do was keep it fair with his hands.

    If he starts mashing balls over the fence in right center, or hits doubles into the power alleys, then I’d be a believer. But yoking one four rows deep down the line in Philly does nothing to show me a power stroke is back.

    Sun even shines on a dog’s ass some days…

  19. Frank Rizzo says:
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    OK, here’s another question since I’m already being a pain in the ace today. I’m doing a little streaming, hoping to double up on stats with tomorrow’s White Sox/Royals double header. Would you rather have Teahen, Butler, or Jacobs in your utility spot?

  20. Maitland says:
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    Jacobs…if it is a righthanded pitcher

  21. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: By back-up, do you mean bench player or MI? Really, it all depends on if you need steals or power. Overall I’d be more likely to go with Greene (which is weird, because I hate him). Who knows? Maybe he pulls a Felipe Lopez-in-St Louis and goes to town for a month or two….

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d go Butler. I’m assuming the Sox will throw Bueurhle and Danks — so Jacobs, as a lefty, is unappealing. I’d look at the splits but Butler seems like a streamable play to me.

    @sean: Good points. Raw power has never been Frenchy’s problem: patience, pitch selection and prolonged slumps have been. I’m sure he won’t be as bad as last year — but let’s say he bounces back to .270/25/90 — a pretty reasonable horizon given his past production. That’s positively Hawpeian — and the kind of production in the OF you can pull off the waiver wire any day, unless you’re in a NL East-only league.*

    *Joke ™ Grey

  22. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: if you can find a hawpe on the waiver wire any day of the week… let me know about that league next year i’d like to play.

  23. Peter says:
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    As it stands now an MLB.com article says that the dodgers line-up will have kemp hitting 7th, ethier hitting 4th.

    What do you think kemp’s SB totals will be out of the 7th spot?
    Will ethier be able to put togeather another season like last year hitting behind manny instead of infront?

    Speaking of dodgers, what do you think about Kershaw this year?

  24. Griff says:
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    @ sean

    You are correct on Francoeur. I’m interested to see what his plate coverage will be like with the new open stance. After the home run, Myers started pounding him inside off the plate.

    i think that’s what will see as pitchers get a book on him. They will throw it hard inside and frenchy will hook it foul. Then they will go soft away and he’ll fan at it. Every once and a while a pitcher will leave one on the inner half and he’ll hit it out.

  25. Tony says:
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    or “hawpe-ish-like” players….

  26. Freak says:
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    IowaCubs needs a slap on the wrist.

  27. Tony says:
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    @Griff: if he learns to step towards the outside pitch and drive it he’ll be fine, the fact his homer barely cleared doesn’t bother me one second as someone posted above, I’ll take a LASER BEAM any day over a towering shot. It means he’s stroking the ball not just getting lift….

    My concerns on francouer are is the dude a .300 hitter or a .260 hitter? Cause he’s been both in his good years. Or is he a HR on day 1/ back to the minors next month type guy? LOL

    I am hoping for .280 25-90

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    @Grey: Do you start Shields against Bosox, and Harang against Mets today?

  29. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Tony: I guess I need to find a new Brad Hawpe. Nominations, anyone?

    You know, the widely available, oft-picked-up and just-as-oft-dropped OF with decent stats but no sex appeal who’s always there on the waiver wire? They guy who gives you .280/20/80 worth of blahgasm?

    Recent notable Hawpeians include:

    Dmitri Young
    Michael Cuddyer
    Ryan Freel (for his multi-position eligibility in Yahoo! and the promise of SBs)
    Ryan “The Riot” Theriot (see Freel)
    Austin Kearns ’06
    and of course
    Brad Hawpe ’06 (from hence was born the concept)

    Hawpes of Tomorrow:

    Delmon Young (the Young brother blahfecta)
    Josh Willingham
    Jeremy Hermida

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Tony: .280-25-90 = HAWPE.

  31. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: In honor of my late, beloved ‘Arrested Development,’ I might call these players “Hawpe-Ons.”

    You’re going to get some hop-ons.

  32. Ashley says:
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    I don’t think anyone said Schafer would be Sizemore… They just have similar games. Schafer can probably put up 15/15 this year, and possibly 20/20 down the road. I doubt anyone expects him to be 30/30 like Sizemore.

    I wonder if the D-Backs will find a way to strike out 10 times against Cook today.

    And as a Braves fan, I still have no faith in Francoeur.. He already tried to pull everything, but now that he has an open stance it’ll only make it easier for him to pull everything he swings at. Unfortunately, it appears Francoeur learned more from Andruw than Chipper.

  33. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Greene vs. Theriot is merely a backup situation. With Drew as my starting SS, the other guy is just a backup. Where Greene will be hitting in that lineup makes him really interesting to me. I can’t stand Khalil either, but like you said about Lopez, maybe St. Louis will have the same effect on Khalil. Anything’s better than Petco.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Good to be back!

    @Den: 12 team mixed league with 5 OFs? He’s not quite ownable yet. re: Sizemore —

    (http://razzball.com/schafer-i-hardly-know-her/)

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, I had Schafer going last night in Razz. Ugh.

    @Frank Rizzo: People were dropping Victorino last April too when Werth started filling in for him.

    Why are you rostering 2 catchers? Do you have to? Shoppach’s fine to hold onto.

    Greene’s garbage.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Grab Marmol.

    @TomJ: Agreed, I’d prefer to take a flier on Frenchy, unless steals were my objective, then I’d grab Schafer.

    @101 MPH: Ha! Nice story.

    @Frank Rizzo: Butler

    @Peter: I wrote a whole post on this, search Kemp in the top left. I like Kershaw. Could breakout in a big way. Needs to keep BBs down.

    @Freak: Ok, I’ll bite. Why?

    @Zebo: Sawx game was called off according to the comments above. I’d start both though.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You’re awesome.

    @Ashley:

    (http://razzball.com/schafer-i-hardly-know-her/)

    Down the road, not right now.

    They make Cook look like a strikeout pitcher, for sure.

  35. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah but hawpe goes in the 11th to 12th round and i snagged Frechy in the 18th or 19th (by the way i am embarassed I can not remember which round, i usually can remember my draft pick by pick LOL)

    @Grey: @Baron Von Vulturewins: ALSO i know the red sox/rays game is postponed, but in my H2H yahoo league we need to get 32 innings in min, would you guys throw shields vs. beckett (because i own both)? Shields is pretty craptastic at Fenway and on the road in general…. Plus its probably not gonna be the best weather? Since it will be played tomm, at the moment i was gonna throw both and try and log the innings….

  36. Colin says:
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    I have Myers and Gonzalez, so it was tough to watch last night. Good thing about Myers was he settled down and his curve ball had more bite from the 3rd inning on. He was 1 strike away from getting out of the 1st so it looks worse than it really was.

    As for Gonzalez, he had no business giving up a hit to a loser like Bruntlett but he came back strong and had 2 clutch strikeouts. I’ll take the 8 K’s and hope my other pitchers can bring down my 6 ERA and 1.7 whip…eeegh.

  37. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: That’s a great question about catchers, and no I don’t have to roster 2. I’m not positive what to do. Sandoval is going to be my starter, and since I was afraid of a potential rookie flop, I picked up Shoppach as a backup. I’d like to just go with Sandoval and keep that other roster spot open to stream for good matchups…..including catchers on days that Sandoval and the Giants have off. I’d like to trade Shoppach but in this shallow 10 team Yahoo league, Ramon, Pierzynski, Salty, Snyder and Jojima are sitting on the wire…..no one’s going to pay for Shoppach.

    Would you keep Shoppach or just roll with Sandoval and keep a roster spot open for flexibility?

  38. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @101 MPH – yeah you should be able to enjoy a few shots of whiskey during a 7 hour long fantasy baseball auction; after all, Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on acid

    @Baron Von Vulturewins – “Hawpe-Ons” – awesome! Jack Cust is a great Hawpe-On about twice a year when he gets red hot. But some Hawpe-Ons graduate, like Luddwick. The key is not to Hawpe-off these rare gems when they are breaking through the cusp. And that is a rare skill; the type of skill that produces fantasy championships.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Just roll with Sandoval, get rid of Shoppach.

  40. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    How serious is Hamel’s elbow trouble? I have an offer to pick up Hamels and Gregg for Peavy. Should I bite?

  41. Ashley says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I wouldn’t.. Peavy was lights out in spring training, I think he’ll have a great year and he’ll most likely be traded to a contender. And Gregg will have an opportunity to get 30+ saves this year.

  42. Eric says:
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    I have Napoli, Iannetta, and Sandoval as my catchers. I can only start 3 of them. Sandoval doesn’t have catcher eligibility yet. It’s a standard roto league. Which two should I start when Sandoval gets eligibility. I drafted all three of them late. I really don’t want to carry 3 catchers and would look to trade one of them since they are all better than who’s out there on waivers. Someone would claim whoever I dropped. Who should I start/keep?

  43. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Ashley – I get Hamels and Gregg for Peavy. And I could use a reliever.

    i believe that Grey’s top tier had Hamels just a tad below Peavy. It sounds good to me, with the caveat that Hamels isn’t potentially damaged goods.

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    @Grey: My current 2B is Burriss, SS is Alexi Ramirez, back up 2B is Fontenot. As Jobacum is sent to the DL, I can pick up a guy. Who would you go with? Teahen or Butler? My 1B is Ryan Howard, my two Util spots are Votto and Derrek Lee.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Get Peavy.

    @Zebo: Teahen, and hopefully he gets 2nd base eligibility.

  46. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Rick Sutcliffe is a Razzball genius? It almost seems like this article could have been ghostwritten by Rudy Gamble:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/notebook?page=bbtn

    Here’s my favorite quote: “The Orioles finished in last place in 1991, but we were a game out of first on Sept. 1. That’s what I see Kansas City doing with Zack Greinke. I like their rotation. When you have Brian Bannister as your fifth starter, you are OK.”

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric: Lose Napoli when Sandoval gets eligibility.

    @IowaCubs: Ha!

  48. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: i like the shots idea,but would rather have patron @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hawpe-ons i like,im in a 10 team 7×7 roto with 3 of`s,got guys rostering 6 of`s and trying to trade them for closers,not happening with f.a of`s still out there as good

  49. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Nice Arrested Development Reference! Can we call Livian Hernandez types, “Liv-Ins?” As ugh, I can’t believe the the Mets have a “Liv-Ins” for their starter today or that pitcher was a such “Liv-Ins” tonight ,” 7IP, 5 ER, 1k and he’s starting again in 5 days! Damn “Liv-Ins”

  50. Eric says:
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    Thanks Grey

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: i like that to,kind a like ,give me some mo-yer,they just wont go away

  52. Ashley says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Oh, sorry misread the offer. I’d still rather have Peavy.

    No need to pay for closers, unless they’re an elite closer. Add Scott Downs if he’s available. Plenty of others will pop up i’m sure.

  53. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I Hawped-off Hanley in his rookie year because he had a slow week and JULIO LUGO was coming off the DL. 51 steals later…

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: No one should live in, near, or adjacent to Livan Hernandez, except in Razzsylvania, where Livan is king and Ponson is his man-at-arms.

    @AL KOHOLIC: 10 team w/ 3 OFs is probably too shallow to be hoarding OFs as trade bait. I’m sure you’ve got decent guys on the waiver wire right now. In my experience, only star OFs (i.e. top ten) are useful in trades, except as pot-sweeteners for some larger deal. No one gets too excited about trading for Raul Ibanez when they figure they can get a similar guy for free.

    @Paulie Allnuts: If you’re giving Peavy and getting Hamels/Gregg, this could blow up in your face, big-time. I’d pass.

    Q: Why is the other guy looking to unload Hamels plus, for a roughly comparable pitcher?

    A: He is nervous about Hamels. As you should be.

    Bonus Q: What’s the downside of loading up on Cincy Reds?

    A: 30% of your offense is facing Johan Santana, on the same day. And 66% of that 30% swing lefty. Let’s go Bruce/Votto/Philips!

  54. Denys says:
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    Johan just made Hairston Jr. look silly-willy. Why is it that I thought the Reds line-up was decent at any point in time… And wasn’t it last year that Dusty said Votto was at best a #5 hitter… So what’s he doing batting 3rd Mr. Baker?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Denys: I thought it was going to be a no hitter after the first two batters. Darnell McDonald? Um… Okay!

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    the reds ran the bases last year like edwin just did against church,got double off by right fielder

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    im not much on vetoing trades,latin 9 league 12 teams,just had a guy trade hanrahan for sagnof fred lewis just because taveras didnt start today

  58. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    With Brian Schneider’s 0-for-1 so far, I just got my first two points in Razzball!

    I feel like a proud papa!

  59. Denys says:
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    @Grey: I’m pretty much Dubayu-tee-effing this whole thing. It’s funny how up until this season everyone was all over Dusty Baker on playing his veterans too much but now I look at the line-up and think this roster is way too young. Plus Jay Bruce is probably the only one that makes any sense at this point.

    Harang is pitching pretty well… but we haven’t hit the 5th inning. Mark my words – watch him implode in the 5th.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: That’s too reactionary.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I had the Schafer homer last night and it killed me. Negative 16! Then Castillo and Schneider made it all better.

    @Denys: Honestly, I’m kinda surprised Johan isn’t pitching a perfect game.

  61. Denys says:
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    @Grey: Harang looks a little slimmer don’t he?

  62. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Ironically I think the two guys from last night’s game universally Razz-owned were Schaeffer and Francouer.

    Donk!

  63. jsp2014 says:
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    Punt Nunez if/when we see Lindstrom get MLB hitters out? Or wait it out a little?

    Days like this make dealing with 7 teams worth it.

    Wow just watched Chris Davis lose his bat into the stands swinging/missing at a Cliff Lee 88 MPH HEATER.

  64. Denys says:
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    Bruuuuucce. Goddamn that’s a pretty swing.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I might have to put Gabe Gross in for Schafer. He might be too risky.

    @jsp2014: Punt Nunez in anything less than a 14 team league. Lee hasn’t looked good either.

    @Denys: Before the double, I literally just said to Rudy on IM that Johan might throw a no hitter. Jinxed!

    EDIT: Homonym.

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: im not going to veto the trade,but yes my reaction was;rape;he`s just filling a utility spot and probably only until next game when taveras starts,,waiver wire has plenty of guys to fill in,but to each his own,hanrahan could get hurt tonight,but ill take my chances with han

  67. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC – Didn’t know about that trade in our league. (A.K.A. Asha’Man) But the only trade that I ever vetoed was last year, when some putz in our league was willing to trade A-Rod for Milton (It’s Just a Game to me) Bradley.

    @Grey – A Dan Murphy Homerun! Up your projections!
    Mr. Roto was on ESPN for a blip – one day, hopefully,you or Rudy. But then, you wouldn’t have any time for our constant queries.

    64 Denys – Catch The Naturals Gun Arm?

  68. Denys says:
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    yeah. i really like bruce again. might have to trade for him.

  69. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: remember we thought we’d need to draft an extra OF…

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: if it was later in the year ,id think about it,but i like ti trade alot also, @Steve: yeah i know,kinda worked in my favor as i loaded on pitching

  71. Freak says:
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    Maybe Grey was right about staying away from Lee.

  72. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Freak: Ya think?

    Cliff Lee: Hello?

    Reality: Yes. Is this Cliff Lee?

    Lee: Yes it is.

    Reality: This is reality calling. I was trying to reach you all of last year.

    fin

  73. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Freak:

    “Hello?”

    “Yes?”

    “Is this Dusty Baker?”

    “Yes it is.”

    “Hi Dusty. This is Mark Prior’s Arm. Why, Dusty? Why?”

    “Don’t call me at this number.”

    “I gave you everything, Dusty. Everyth — ”

    Dusty hangs up.

    fin

  74. jsp2014 says:
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    I just let out a big sigh of relief, knowing that Coco Cordero is capable of pitching a scoreless innings.

  75. Cubbies299 says:
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    Who’s your SAGNOF pick out of these guys: J Anderson, Boniffacio, and Gardner. OPS league, so I’m thinking Gardner

  76. Cubbies299 says:
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    @Grey: Thanks muchos gracias. I’m ecstatic that my troupe of Rockies (Ianetta, Tulo, Hawpe) has blown a mammoth load on my roto league.

  77. Cubbies299 says:
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    I hate that I’m saying this, but on a scale of 1-puntable, where do we see Nick Swisher? I only have 5 starters right now (Price in the minors and Kelvim on the DL). 14-team mixed and De La Rosa, Pursey, Micah Owings and Shawn Hill are on the wire. De La Rosa has solid K’s, Owings the control, and Shawn Hill is probably the most skilled (but his arm is made of glass). Unfortunately, I overestimated my pitching, had to drop 2 of them, and now have 5 hitters on my bench. Should I stay put or drop Swisher or Gardner for one. I’m thinking it might be better to solve this dilemma via the trade

  78. IowaCubs

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    BONIFICIO!

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @IowaCubs: yeah ,i picked him up when they pd the redsox game and started him for hopefully a sb,,4-4 4 runs 2 rbi 3 sb`s,,might sell high

  80. Cubbies299 says:
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    Whatcha think of Jody Gerut as the leadoff hitter for the Pads? I just saw him fight hard in a tough 9 pitch ab with kuroda. He was great in his stint last year, but probably in for a little regression.

  81. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Cliff Lee just got dumped in one my leagues! This was the league I said in a previous post is full of impatient owners! I got the number one waiver claim too! Not expecting Cy Young Cliff Lee, but something serviceable. WEEeeee!

  82. Grey

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    @Cubbies299: Eh, don’t even want him in a NL-Only league.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Yeah, you should grab him. Worst case is you get a solid #3 fantasy starter.

  83. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I might wait to the last second just cause something better could fall…… but prob gonna snag me some Lee

  84. G says:
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    Is this Emilio Bonifacio for real? I just dropped Kouzmanoff for him after seeing his crazy stat line? Smart move?

  85. Grey

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    @G: Eh, it’s not a great move.

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