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Mike Trout who?!  AL Rookie of the Year last year and runner-up for the MVP.  He also had one of the best rookie years ever.  I know, Random Italicized voice.  I was being facetious to show my excitement for Bryce Harper.   Like Bryce Harper is so good I’ve forgotten all about Mike Trout.   He’s the Angels center fielder.  He’s got a girlfriend, but I bet I could weasel my way in with my slanted words.  Forget it, Random Italicized voice.  Like you forgot Mike Trout?  I hate you!  Rudy’s mentioned this before, but there’s very few hitters that have top 20 overall potential.  You have to be able to hit 45+ homers (Stanton, Bautista) without killing you in any category or be consistently excellent across four categories (Pujols, Fielder, Votto, Cano) or have the potential for your homers and steals to total 50 (Trout, Braun, McCutchen, CarGo, Jones, Kemp, Upton).  It’s slightly early to put Harper in that last group.  But the potential is there, as he showed yesterday when Harper touched ‘em all once, he touched ‘em all Bryce.  If you own him, I wouldn’t let him go at any price.  Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jeff Samardzija – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  If the kids still said super as in good and not super as in ‘Super, I’m being sarcastic,’ they wouldn’t say super anymore, they’d say Samardzija.  “Yo, cuz, that faux hawk with the zig-zags in your hair like Bosworth is Samardzija.”  “Thanks, cuz, I got it at Samardzijacuts next to the Samardzijamarket.  The teased-out blonde does Samardzija work.  I’m now gonna don blue tights and a red cap and stand in front of a fan so I look like Samardzijaman.”

Darwin Barney – Hit the DL from his knee injury.  In the mean’s while, the Cubs’s 2nd base position will be a Lillibridge to nowhere.

Carlos Marmol – 1/3 IP, 1 ER and was pulled after 19 pitches.  C’mon, Sveum, I need him to throw 72 pitches and I get the virgins promised to me for sacrificing my fantasy team by drafting Marmol.  The Cubs need to build up Marmol’s trade value as a closer.  Well, they don’t need to, but they probably want to.  It would make the most sense from a bigger picture standpoint.  So, Marmol isn’t out yet, but it’s not to say I wouldn’t pick up Kyuji Fujikawa in every league, who secured his first major league save on only two pitches.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  It was a bomb that nearly reached the river beyond PNC Park.  I believe that river is officially, “Three Tears In A Bucket, Our Team Can Suck It” tributary.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-4, a run and a steal.  After stealing 15 bases in April and May last year and only ten in the final four months, I wish someone would read Castro the story of the tortoise and the hare.

Phil Coke – Got the save.  Leyland chose to manage the game yesterday, rather than go for multiple cigarette breaks.  He brought in Al Al’etc in the 7th, then Benoit for the 8th, who stayed in to face The Other White Meat in the ninth.  Then Coke came in to face the lefty, Morneau, and stayed for the righty, Doumit.  Right now, Coke has to be the favorite, much to the consternation of Pepsi people everywhere.  Though I don’t think this puts him at more than a 55% chance of finishing with 20 or more saves this year.  Leyland could still go to Benoit or Dotel to close the next game if it’s a righty heavy 9th.  Or if Leyland goes to Phil and Coke fizzles.  The only thing we learned yesterday is Al Al’etc has solid stuff, but is pretty far down the save food chain.  I’d rank them 1A) Coke 1B)enoit 1C) There is no 1C.  1D)otel.  1E)tc.  But this ranking of Coke is a fluid situation.

A.J. Burnett – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  That’s a K for every arm tattoo.

Collin Cowgill – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs with a grand slam.  A few things have to come together for a player to succeed.  They need an everyday job, they need to perform with the job and they’re preferably in the the top of the order.  Check, check, check out Cowgill!  We could have our first hot schmotato of the year.

Jon Niese – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks as he thumbed his handsomely manicured nose at the Padres.

Ike Davis – 0-for-5 as the Mets scored 11 runs.  Ticker tease!

Shaun Marcum – Could potentially return to the rotation this Saturday.  I wouldn’t Marcum down yet.  See what I did there?  See?!  Do you see?!

Clayton Kershaw – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks and he pitchslapped George Kontos.  Here’s what Awesomus Maximus, who runs our Twitter, had to say.

Carl Crawford – 2-for-4 with a run and a caught stealing as he hit leadoff.  Great to see him attempt a steal and hit leadoff.  Baby steps, Bob, baby steps.

Tyler Flowers – 1-for-3 with a solo homer.  That’s nice, I still don’t think he hits over .220 this year.

Chris Sale – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks as he matched up against another pitcher I don’t like in James Shields (6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks).  I would’ve liked to see a different result.  Like a 10-9 game, but I might have to think more long term.  At least that’s what this Fire God Redheaded Lady keeps showing me in the flames.

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks on only 80 pitches.  Strasburg made a deal with the Miami Mortals.  “I won’t strikeout 20 of you, if you’ll just make weak outs and let me save some pitches for September.”

Ryan Ludwick – Left with a dislocated shoulder.  I’d check just below your neck, but that’s me.  He’s going to need at least a 15-day DL, but it could be even longer.  Did I hear someone say Billy Hamilton?   Maybe, but when I hear Fun, it sounds like, “Tonight we are yum… So let’s set the wood on fire….We cook ‘em right up…Venison…” So maybe I’m mishearing the Billy Hamilton thing.  Right now, I could see Baker sticking with Heisey and leaving Hamilton in the minors.  With full-time ABs, Hesiey’s a solid NL-Only guy to grab with high-teen power and 7-ish steals.  He shouldn’t kill you in average either.

Ernesto Frieri – The game went 13 innings, but the biggest takeaway for me was The Sciociapath held back Frieri for the save.  So, for now, no one is photobombing the Angels closer picture.

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-4 as he started.  Injury Update #786 says, “There’s no injury.  All you other updates can blow me.  I’m Injury Update #1!”  Injury Update #787, “Hold on, IU, you’re not number one.  Sandoval feels pain when he swings left-handed.”  In the tourney of Injury Updates, we’re still waiting to see who’s gonna win out.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Wanna really torture yourself?  Own Gallardo in April.  Wanna really really torture yourself?  Watch him pitch.  Wanna really really really torture yourself?  Watch him pitch via his opponent’s TV telecast.  You need a month straight of meditation and yoga to get over owning YoGa for the month of April.  It’s crazy to think about benching your number two starter, but it’s mighty tempting when you look at his plus-four ERA in his career for April.

Norichika Aoki – 1-for-4, 2 runs and a solo home run.  Boom Norichika boom!

John Axford – 1 IP, 1 ER, 3 Ks and his first blown save.  Seems like old times, Chevy Chase.  Eh, I would’ve liked to see a clean inning from Axford since we own him everywhere, but he’s in no danger of losing his job.  At least not yet.  Who are the Brewers gonna go to, Jim Henderson?  He’s not the closer, he’s the Google question, “Did you mean Jim Henson?”

Dexter Fowler – 3-for-5 with a solo shot.  Would’ve preferred to see him hit a single and steal three bases, but beggars can’t be choosers, except for a rare breed of Hippiesmokeapotomas in the Pacific Northwest that sleeps on people’s couches and will only smoke the finest bud.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Solid start from Yo-lease, but I’d feel more confident (confidenter?) in recommending him if he threw more than 94 pitches.  I’d still wait to pick him up.

David Ortiz – Hoping to play in minor league games early next week because his heel feels more stable to run on.  He’s just gonna DH, what running does he need to do?  Put a bat in his hands and let’s get poppin’, Papi!  <–alliteration in lieu of wit!

Jose Iglesias – 3-for-5, 1 run and 1 RBI, then Iglesias sang, “To all the pitches I’ve loved before…”  I’d continue to ignore Jose, he’s a glovechild.

CC Sabathia – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks, hitting only 88-90 MPH where he usually hits 93-94.  After telling you not to draft him, here’s me going even further out on a limb:  CC will throw less than 120 innings this year with a 4.50+ ERA.

Jonny Venters – Best case scenario is he’s only out a month with a sore elbow…. Oh, who are we kidding?  He met with Dr. Freeze.  Venters better start playing soccer.

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and a homer.  Fr2 + E4 + D2 = I Man.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-3, a run.  I love Chris Johnson.  Sky loves Chris Johnson.  We just need Fredi Gonzalez to love him.

Dan Uggla – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a solo homer and in the same game Chase Utley went 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a homer.  The Ghosts of Past 2nd Base All-Stars paid the game a visit.  If only Joe Morgan could’ve been there to call them, Dan Utley and Chase Uggla.

Chase Headley – Yesterday, he took soft grounders.  So, he was practicing to field against the Padres?

Gerardo Parra – 4-for-5, 1 run with 3 doubles.  Parra and I have a lot in common.  We are both referred to as ‘Rico Suave’ by me.  Other than that, I don’t think a lot of him, but he does tend to get hot for a week or two.

Brett Lawrie – Jays said he could resume throwing.  Hope the Jays aren’t lying like when I thought I could resume Harvard.

Elvis Andrus – Rangers locked him up with an eight-year $120 million contract.  I wonder if Alex Anthopoulos consulted with Texas, telling them this was the best way to trade Andrus to the Angels or Yankees.

Felix Hernandez – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  And that’s the end of the round up for day one.  A lot prettier result than when I usually end things with — F-Her ‘n the A’s.

  1. Alky Sobrera says:
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    The night is dark and full of harpers. Wait… that’s not scary at all, it’s, it’s…paradise! Yonder alonso shoutout for jayright though, don’t leave him hanging!

      • Jay

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        @Grey: amen.

  2. Chris J says:
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    Pick up Cowgill and drop Lorenzo Cain?

    • Sully says:
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      Slow your roll and don’t have a Cowgill man! Enzo “Sugar” Cain is legit…if he can stay healthy.

      • Tio says:
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        @Sully:

        Don’t go crazy after 1 game.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Chris J: hold cain

      • Mark Robinson says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Did New Mexico ban Pepsi? What does Hater know?

  3. Matthew says:
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    Should I drop Martin for Cowgill?

    • Tio says:
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      @Matthew:

      Don’t go crazy after 1 game.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Matthew: go for it

  4. Lastros says:
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    Should I drop any of these pitchers for Fiers?

    Milone
    Estrada
    Beckett
    Vogelsong
    Cobb
    Jansen
    Perkins
    Parnell
    Boggs

    • Tio says:
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      @Lastros:

      Nope. Hold tight.

    • Matthew says:
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      @Lastros: That’s a pretty crazy question. Especially now that he’s in the bullpen.

      • Lastros says:
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        @Matthew:

        When did that happen? I drafted Fiers then dropped him, and I was wondering if I should pick him back up for his upside. I guess the answer is no.

        • Slapweasel says:
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          @Lastros:
          That’s funny, since he’s starting against Arizona on Saturday. Someone handed Matthew some spoiled-ass information.

  5. mike says:
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    What to do with Andrew Cashner? Will he start at some point soon? Drop him for Trevor Rosenthal?

    • supra says:
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      @mike: I think you’ll get some filthy innings from him out of the pen temporarily and he’ll be starting soon enough. When healthy, he’s prob 1st or 2nd best SP.

    • Hawk says:
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      @mike:

      Cashner will start but it might not be for a few weeks. If your league counts holds or you have a bench, he’s a good grab.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike: I’d prefer Cashner for right now…

  6. If you, me, and everyone else on Razzball and on most other fantasy baseball sites says the Cubs want Marmol to get a few saves so they can trade him, wouldn’t teams that might trade for him see through the ruse? Seems that another team might want Marmol because of his raw stuff and if they believe their coaches can get in his head and straighten him out like Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer. But I can’t see 4 or 5 saves making a team interested if it wasn’t already.

    Anyway, my questions: Is Cowgill an upgrade over Leonys Martin or Starling Marte? Or Jose Fernandez over Milone or Griffin? I’m guessing the answers are no, no, no, and no. But please tell me if I got one of my guesses wrong.

    • Sully says:
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      No, no, and YES! Fernandez is worth a flier on at this point because his ceiling is higher than Snoop at a, well, everywhere. Griffin and Malone will start there own law firm, they can be reached at 1-800-WAIVERS.

      • @Sully: Hey! That number doesn’t work!

        Heh heh. His ceiling probably is higher, but this is a redraft league and I wonder how many games a talented young guy can win pitching for the Marlins. My other SPs are Greinke, Scherzer, Niese, plus Milone and Griffin … I think I’m OK on Ks with the first three but worry about Ws and ratios. But I don’t know that much about Fernandez … what’s his learning curve likely to be like? Is he more of a keeper-type player or someone who’ll contribute this year?

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      @Enrique:

      The Cubs had a deal to send Marmol to the Angels that only fell through because Dan Haren failed his physical. He does have trade value, but not much unless he can command his wildness.

      Don’t panic after one game…hold Martin and marte. With Fernandez, I would wait and see but have a hard time putting faith in a prospect on a bad team (low run support, low wins). Milone and Griffin will be on a decent team with great home starts at minimum.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Enrique: He might be, i would hold on marte, leadoff hitter with everyday AB’s, if you are feeling the need to rosterbate then drop Martin for Cowgill, martin doesnt have a full time gig yet.

      Fernandez might be worth it, I’d drop Griffin first

  7. Curt says:
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    I wanna be a Cow-Gill!!!!!!!!

  8. c0wfunk says:
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    Drop gyorko for cowgill?

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: should I overreact to player news every day this season?

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @c0wfunk: Yes! Especially after the very first game. Cowgill is on pace to hit 162 grand slams this year don’t you know.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @c0wfunk: I love me some cowgirl cowfunk!!!!

    • Tio says:
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      @c0wfunk:

      If you do this, I will be picking Gyorko up off the wire and laughing all the way to the title.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Tio: yeah that was a pre coffee post.

  9. Rob says:
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    Love the OMD reference! The AL etc must pick up last week not so much! Think meditation will resolve it better than ” mediation”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob: Oops, thanks!

  10. Buffalo Runner says:
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    Ike Davis struck out 4 times to boot.

    • Tio says:
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      @Buffalo Runner:

      Disappointing given that the rest of the Mets had no problems hitting. This is what you get with Davis… lots of K’s but he could go off and carry an offense for a month.

  11. Adam Wainwright, III says:
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    Grey,
    Can you please list all the players that are in Yahoo and ESPN’s respective “player universes” that are droppable for Cowgill? Alphabetically would be idea, and sorted by position.

    Also, if you have Cowgill’s phone #, I’d really appreciate it.

  12. goodfold2 says:
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    now 1/5 of the way towards jyorko getting the yahoo 2nd basemanship merit badge; and was wondering after using M.Ellis for one day as a fill in just why he’s ranked worse than 33rd in 2nd basemen land? He’s hitting 2nd for a decent lineup. My league has TB’s, Hits, AND AVG, so even if the alternative (k.Johnson drafted as Gyorko backup) hits more homers (while batting in the 8/9 hole) wouldn’t a .270ish dude batting in good part of order be higher? It’s possible when the rankings came out the L.A. lineup wasn’t known yet.

    This spot will either be occupying a backup to a backup 2nd base spot or even Laird (if starting, and hitting), or possibly a 10th starter as a stream spot. This is all from a 16 h2h league. Coke is on waivers as some twit dropped him yesterday (earlier in day) to pickup Corbin so now Coke will be too hot for my 6th waiver spot to get (i already have Benoit). Ho hum.

  13. sanfran1966 says:
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    Any concerns the Nats removed SS after 80 pitches ???

    Smart management or is there an innings/ pitch cap ???

    • UncleLarryWalker says:
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      @sanfran1966: He got pulled in the 7th, nothing surprising about that. I think it was surprising he’d only thrown 80 pitches to get there though. Bottom line, i don’t think the count was an issue, they just went to the pen after 7.

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @UncleLarryWalker:

        Samarj, Felix, etc all went deeper and 100+

        The logic makes sense to get 7 out of a starter with that pen, however, I think he would have thrown the eighth based on pitch count and the domination of their line-up. If he was struggling or the game result was not an issue, then it better fits to pull him after 7.

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          @sanfran1966: my personal observation, and i could be wrong, but Strasburg hasn’t pitched a meaningful game since, late-August or early-September? I believe he got up to 93 pitches thrown in the spring, so they are still being a little touchy-feely as far as his stamina goes. Jordan Zimmerman at virtually the same exact point after being removed from Tommy John, averaged 96 pitches in 32 starts last year, and ended up with less than 200 innings. Why would they not protect Strasburg a little more? His inning caps and pitch counts may be lifted, but it doesnt mean that they are going to let him throw 110-120 pitches every single game. Still have to be a little careful. If he can get through the whole season this year, maybe flirt with 200 innings unharmed, I think next year they really unleash the beast.

      • Kobayashi Maru says:
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        @UncleLarryWalker:

        It was one out with runners on corners so they were planning to hit Tracy for some run insurance. A double play removed the need for the pinch hitter, but by that time, Clippard was warmed up. I wouldn’t read into it too much.

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          @Kobayashi Maru: Also… Every bullpen is fresh and crisp at the start of the season, so usually managers want to take advantage of that, and give some guys some work. my guess as was already stated Davey thought “with bullpen we have that is fresh for the season, no reason to stras on the first day of the season, lets give the boys some work and close it out routinely” whereas later in the year once the bullpen gets some miles on it, they will probably leave stras in longer.

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      @sanfran1966: no worries, he was due to hit leadoff in the bottom if the 8th so with only a two run lead Davey was playing small ball.

  14. Commish Cauda says:
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    Need an OF in a deep 16-team H2H-5X5 league

    Parra
    Heisey
    Gutierrez

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Commish Cauda: gutierrez most likely to keep job as it’s not predicated on an injury. Parra is probably best choice right now, but least likely to hold job going forward (when ross comes back, soon; when eaton comes back, later). gutierrez himself is by far most likely to get injured. Heisey’s on best lineup. I’d look up what part of lineup they’re all hitting in. Parra was lead off yesterday.

    • supra says:
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      @Commish Cauda: go Parra and ride a 2 week streak like Grey says, then find the next schmatato. FGut is not someone you’re gonna start all season, job or not.

  15. yeshcheese says:
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    Opening day! Razzball on the morning crapper is back! Grey in midseason form! Schmotatoes! Hippiesmokeapotomos! Opening Day Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @yeshcheese: I tried to explain to Mrs. Stevenson that I take so long on the crapper in the morning because I’m reading up on fantasy baseball, but she thinks I’m looking at porn, so I’m not allowed to bring my phone into the crapper anymore. Marriage is awesome, Grey! You should totally do it!

  16. cruisinkc says:
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    Start Hammel and Ryu today?

    • UncleLarryWalker says:
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      @cruisinkc: I’m starting Ryu! Good luck!

    • Tio says:
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      @cruisinkc:

      You could do much worse… I would temper Hammel expectations pitching on the road against D. Price.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @cruisinkc: Yes and yes!

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I’m starting Ryu, crossin my toes.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Project Merkin:
          1)the guy looks solid, thats physically and on the mound
          2) he’s pitching in Dodger Stadium
          3) He’s facing a so so offense
          4) there is no four

          • Project Merkin says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Hey I’m with ya. Just a lil nervy, that is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cruisinkc: Start both number one girl reader…

      • cruisinkc says:
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        @Grey: Good call on the Hammel start Grey, you rock!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries…

  17. Blue says:
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    Is this 12 team, 5×5 pitching staff inspired or merely crazy:
    J. Zimmerman
    M. Estrada
    M. Harvey
    L. Lynn
    A. Cobb
    S. Miller

    C. Kimbrel
    G. Holland
    M. Boggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Risky/high on upside

  18. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    @grey – Drop Erick Aybar for Andrelton Simmons?

    • Tio says:
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      @Splendid Sphincter:

      I’d hold Aybar as long as he is batting 2nd.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Tio: But Simmons is batting lead-off, so Simmons wins, right? :)

  19. Joe says:
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    Trade Harper for Jusin Upton and Desmond Jennings? It is a dynasty league in which I traded Fielder and Wright for Harper and Goldschmidt just a month ago, so I paid alot. No restrictions on keepers.

    • Taftball says:
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      @Joe: I probably wouldn’t have traded Fielder and Wright for Harper and Goldschmidt to begin with, but when you are trading Fielder and Wright for Justin Upton, Desmond Jennings, and Paul Goldschmidt, it makes it pretty solid. I say pull the trigger.

      • Joe says:
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        @Taftball: Just got offered Gio, Darvish and Kemp for Harper. Do that for sure, right?!?!?

        • supra says:
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          @Joe: yes, do that right NOW. Even in dynasty leagues, the goal is to win.

          • Joe says:
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            @supra: I did the deal. Got scared when Tio said NOT to do it. I feel like it is a no-brainer, as long as Kemp is good for 4 or 5 more years.

            • Taftball says:
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              @Joe: you made out like a bandit on that one. Nice trade

              • Joe says:
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                @Taftball: Thanks guys!

            • supra says:
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              @Joe: well done good man

    • Tio says:
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      @Joe:

      Don’t trade Harper in a dynasty league.

  20. HOFEDGE says:
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    Hello Razzball Amigos-

    In my Yahoo League we have added an N/A Roster spot. Will Myers, Jurikson Profar, and Yasiel Puig have already been claimed by other managers.

    Who should I grab and stash:

    Billy Hamilton
    Oscar Tavares
    or some other Schmo

    Thanks!

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @HOFEDGE: id grab taveras

    • Tio says:
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      @HOFEDGE:

      Oscar… get him now!

      • supra says:
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        @Tio: Oscar

  21. MattTruss223 says:
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    Iglesias’ 3 hits traveled a grand total of about 75 feet. None left the infield.

    I was more impressed watching Jackie Bradley. The kid didn’t get a hit, but drew 3 walks. His first major league AB, in the house next to the house that Ruth built, facing CC Sabathia, he goes down 0-2 and works his way to a walk. Impressive for a rookie. A lot is being made of his “great catch” really, he misplayed the ball and recovered nicely. Still getting used to LF. Nice first game for the kid though.

    It’s not going to get old seeing Heyward, BJ and Justin sitting in the Braves dugout. It makes me drool. J-Ups blast last night was a total BOMB. Dom Brown didn’t even move, just watched it sail.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @MattTruss223: Oh, and is it just me or did everyone’s team come away with ~ a .200 average yesterday?

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Kobayashi Maru:

        @MattTruss223:

        I’m there below the Mark Belanger line thanx to Kemp, Davis, & Aybar

      • Tio says:
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        @MattTruss223:

        Low averages starting the season is not unusual with all of the aces taking the mound.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @Tio: Understood, it was every single team I’ve got though, like an epidemic. There were some mighty fine pitching performances yesterday though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223: Yeah, someone in the forums mentioned how Bradley has as many 3 walk games as Crawford did on the Sox…

  22. Luke T says:
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    F-her in the A’s…niice. The King is the king, but that Brendan Ryan play saved a run. Probably one of the most underated shortstops out there. For real life baseball of course. At this pace the M’s will go 162-0 shattering their 2001 record.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Luke T: I predicted a wild-card berth for the M’s. Book it, Dano! ;)

      • Luke T says:
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        @JoeC:When they traded Ichiro I told my wife they will make the playoffs within the next three years. I would love for them to make my wife say “You were right” just once.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke T: He’s glovedad to all of the glovechilds out there…

      • Luke T says:
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        @Grey: That’s for sure! Couldn’t be said any better. I gotta brush up on my Razzball terms.

  23. Barry Heanbag says:
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    Infante or Peralta?

    • Tio says:
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      @Barry Heanbag:

      Yuck?? Really? Infante for average, obp, sbs go Peralta for power.

      • Barry Heanbag says:
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        @Tio: I know it’s a fun choice. One of them (or Mike Aviles) has to fill in while El Capitan rides the pine for another week. Such is the life of a fantasy baseballer.

  24. papasmurf says:
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    Hahahaha: Chase Headley – Yesterday, he took soft grounders. So, he was practicing to field against the Padres?

    And no white powder reference in the DET closer situation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Not yet, there will be time I’m sure…

  25. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    I am starting Hammel like 3 places. We are all in this together.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught: meant in reply to cruisinkc. I really Ike Davis’d that one.

    • JoeC says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Yep, completely underrated. May not get a win against Price today, but Rays offense is weak. Should be a solid start.

  26. NyJacob says:
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    Grey -

    I’ve been offered Jose Reyes + Jon Lester for my Ryan Braun. 10 team roto. pass/accept?

    Thanks.

    • Tio says:
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      @NyJacob:

      No.

    • supra says:
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      @NyJacob: pass

  27. Clint says:
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    Jackie Bradley, Collin Cowgill, and Aaron Hicks are all available in my league. Anybody on my OF-worthy roster worthy of dropping for any of them or stay pat?

    OF1: Braun
    OF2: Heyward
    OF3: Starling Marte
    Util1: Jon Jay
    Util2: Pierre
    Bench: Domonic Brown
    Bench: Matt Carpenter
    DL: Corey Hart

    Thanks guys!

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Clint: I dropped Pierre for cowgirl, Pierre is in a platoon and doesn’t bat leadoff.

      • Tio says:
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        @yeshcheese:

        Pierre hit leadoff yesterday.

    • supra says:
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      @Clint: Drop Pierre for Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I agree with yeahcheese… Pierre may sit a bunch…

  28. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    My glimmer of hope in the Al Al situation is that is was as high leverage as it gets. Based loaded, one out, up two I believe. So maybe if Smyly doesn’t get them in that mess Al Al is an option later; it also shows Leyland trusts him to not blow a big spot early. Probably just rationalizing by me, but I like pitchers who strike out every other hitter.

    • Blue says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught: I had him as a 23rd round keeper and just dumped him for Boggs. Season’s too short to wait around for a guy to rise up through two or three people ahead of him on the closer depth chart.

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @Blue: Yeah, no closers available in the leagues where I own him, so I will keep him as a high K MR for now and hope something shakes out.

  29. T Moore says:
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    O Great One… I genuflect…

    I grovel before you – shading my eyes from your well-spring of devine illluminations…

    Cowgill!!!!! By the sweet blister nipples of the blessed virgin, pure genius!!!

    I’m going to be really ill if he has a decent week…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Guess who pitches today? E S T R A D A ! ! !

  30. yeshcheese says:
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    So if a HR & SB is a slam & legs what would you call a HR & CG?

  31. Heaven help Tigers fans, but I think the closer will turn out to be Dotel.

    I’m thinking the save by Coke was highly situational … he faced lefty Morneau and then Leyland just left him in for Doumit. Parmelee, another lefty, was in the hole, and in any case broadcaster Rod Allen said Dotel was up and throwing (though when they showed the bullpen I couldn’t see it). I don’t think Coke would have gotten the call if the best hitter due up was a righty instead of Morneau (who hits near the Mendoza line vs. Coke but hits .400 against Dotel). And I can’t imagine a throw-back NL-style manager like Leyland saving his best LHP reliever when he might need him earlier.

    Still, Do-bleepin’-tel can’t be a closer on a contender, can he?

    Anyway, reading the Ley leaves, it’s hard for me to see Benoit or Al Al as the RHP closer candidate, since they were deployed before the final situation was apparent. Especially Benoit: I think Leyland likes him in the 8th (we know how he doesn’t like to change his lineup card), and he’s supposedly not durable enough to pitch back to back very often. If that’s true it has to be Coke/Dotel, with more Dotel than Coke, at least until the Tigers can trade for someone. Please let them trade for someone!

    • Tio says:
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      @Enrique:

      I see this being a true matchup play. Coke can’t get rh out. Based on usage, I would say Benoit/Dotel get the call for RH with Coke coming on for Lh. Al al lower down the list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Yeah, it’s tough to see Coke coming out of this with the most saves…

      • steve says:
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        @Grey:
        In one of my leagues, we have a holds/saves category. So, clearly this de-emphasizes the need for saves. One of my strategy thoughts is to grab 2-3 from benoit/al al/coke/dotel and benefit from multiple holds/saves each (close?) game that Detroit wins. Thoughts? Would there be a better team than Detroit to deploy such a strategy? Maybe LAA? Downs/Frieri/Madson?

  32. NyJacob says:
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    one last question Grey-

    think its worth holding Billy Hamilton? do you prefer other prospects for this year?

    Thanks.

  33. Brad says:
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    Weaver looked pretty good

    Trade question: was offered J.Upton for Peacock. Was gonna pull the trigger but then I remembered how crazy you were about him last year before his 6+ era in the minors. Plus, Upton wasn’t great last year…should I hold?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      There’s no need for an expert of any sort to tell you want the Justin Upton side by about 5 million miles…

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Brad: You must be referring to Jerry Upton, who is Justin, B.J., and Desmond Jennings’ eccentric uncle from Boca, right? Right?

    • Blue says:
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      @Brad: For a trade offer like that, the only checking you should do is Twitter to see if an injury occurred.

    • supra says:
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      @Brad: I’m assuming that “Brad’s” last name begins with a ‘Pea’ and ends with a ‘cock’. I’d have a hard time trading myself too.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Brad: Weaver continues to surprise me by not getting body-slammed by every team he faces. What is that 69 mph lollipop pitch he slings over the plate? Is that his Eephus pitch? Don’t understand why batters don’t treat it like the batting practice pitch that it is and deposit it in the seats.

  34. chillmodious says:
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    -1 to you for no reference to Mark Lemke in the Jose Iglesias blurb!

  35. Rachet77 says:
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    I’ve got a fever… (long Christopher Walken pause) and the only prescription…is more Cowgill

    • mark trowt says:
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      @Rachet77: weak, very weak

      • JoeC says:
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        @mark trowt: There’s always a critic.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Rachet77: we did that yesterday in the comments…..still never gets old

  36. chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey,

    We’re a whole day and a half in to the season and I’m already considering irrational roster/waiver decisions! Woo baseball!!

    One that may not be so irrational (but still hasty), is whether or not to hang on to Starling Marte in a 10-teamer with some *interesting* options on the wire. Would you lose Marte, my 5th OF, for any of the following?:

    Nick Markakis [sparkakis?]
    Matt Carpenter [sexy eligibility?]
    Domonic Brown [eh?]
    Cain… Sugar! [eh? again]
    Colin Cowgill
    Nate Schierholz
    Carlos Quentin
    —————————-

    I’m thinking long-term, but reacting short-term. Guidance appreciated. Thanks!

  37. chillmodious says:
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    “Cowgill is the biggest thing to hit New York baseball since Lou Gehrig. Save an Iron Horse, ride a Cowgill. Who are the Mets?”
    –baseball fan waking up from the coma he entered in 1961

  38. Howard says:
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    Fellow Razzers, drop Span, Stubbs or Saunders for Cowgill?

    • supra says:
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      @Howard: Yes3

      • supra says:
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        @supra: …that was supposed to be YES to the power of 3

      • Howard says:
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        @supra: Which one?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Howard: I’d rather keep Span

          • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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            @Wake Up: Agreed. He might score 100 runs with Harper and Zimmerman behind him.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Howard: If you gotta, drop Span or Saunders (that order, though you could argue the other side). But I’d hold for a day or two. This Cowgill might turn out not to be quite as hot as Anne Hathaway in Brokeback Mountain.

  39. rob says:
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    Save a horse, ride a Cowgill!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rob: Nice!

  40. Jamiehov says:
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    Big night for Estrada owners!

    • Project Merkin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Nervous excitement abound

  41. Wake Up says:
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    I’m in the middle of mediation right now…never even thought to try yoga….stupid biznitch can’t stop me from trying to look at my b-hole, whilst bending my backbone to rest my calves on my shoulders…I’ll effin show her!

  42. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Bautista Carlos Santana Teheran for Longoria Straily and motte. Do I consider this offer?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn Chris young
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Looks good for you…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: Do u think gaining Bautista in a dynasty isn’t wise since he is getting up in age? Also should I be concerned longterm that miggy might move off 3b?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the trade is in your favor and you should try to win this year…

  43. Dominic says:
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    Starting Cahill today vs. STL?

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Dominic: I am. He is a ground ball pitcher, and most of the Cards’ best hitters are righties any way. I always tend to throw my starters early for what that is worth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominic: If I owned him, I would…

  44. MattW says:
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    Grey,

    In a 5×5 H2H league with OBP instead of Avg, I am short an OF and have Cishek, Boggs and Grilli as Closers.

    The other guy has:
    Trumbo, Bautista, Hamilton, Victorino Cain Bradley and is short a closer

    Any thoughts on a good swap?

    Also, would you trade Machado for Trumbo?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattW: Any closer for any outfielder up until Victorino… Start at the best and work down…

      • MattW says:
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        @Grey: How about Machado for Trumbo, which side?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trumbo

  45. Jon says:
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    I already have Zimm, Lawrie and Frazier for 3B/CI/DH, but another owner made David Wright available for a SP. Would you offer any of these guys with the idea that at least one of those 3B will be injured at various points all year and I’ll have room for Wright? 10-team H2H, roster 30, keep 18

    Bailey, Milone, Hammel, Cobb, Gee, Doubront

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d offer them all, but they won’t get Wright…

  46. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Since everyone else is doing cowgill puns….so will I

    Cowgill Up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: To quote the great Neil Young

        Hello Cowgill in the sand
        Is this place
        At your command
        Can I stay here
        For a while
        Can I see your
        Sweet sweet smile….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very nice…

  47. Dingbat says:
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    Even Cowgills get the blues, so I don’t expect him to stay hot all season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  48. Kevin says:
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    $200 Keeper League. I can only keep one of them for 3 years:

    Shelby Miller at $6
    Matt Harvey at $11
    Zack Wheeler at $3

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  49. Dingbat says:
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    Also – I just traded Greinke and Pence for Goldschmidt and Samardzija. I’m disappointed that I’m losing Greinke before he even gets a single start in, but I’m excited to be getting Goldy and the Shark!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  50. Nico says:
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    I got an offer in my 12 team roto; I trade Frazier for Gardner and Marmol. I need speed and saves (I ended up with no full-time closers but have Fujikawa) and I have plenty of power (Fielder, Stanton, etc.). Is it too early to think about needs, or should I take it? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  51. uncdrew says:
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    Yay Baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yay, you!

  52. Carnac says:
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    Either my turban is on too tight or watching balls hit in Carlos Beltran’s direction makes me have Vlad Guerrero (c. 2009) flashbacks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Good call…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Carnac:

      Vlad looked like he was playing on stilts there towards the end.

      • Carnac says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah, his movement looked like two guys in a horse costume running around the outfield.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Carnac: I’ve seen that movement before, but that was at a retirement home play

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHAHAHA

  53. Adam says:
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    Just had draft…have Viciedo on bench..would u drop him for Dominic brown or Jackie Brantley?
    10 team espn standard
    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now…

  54. Adam says:
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    Julio Teheran was not drafted in my 10 team standard league
    Would u pick him up and drop a saves guy like Bbiggs or coke?
    Or drop a bench guy like John jay or David Murphy
    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jay

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Adam: I would drop all of them but boggs for Tehran, like right now but in order jay is the first to go, then Coke

  55. Nate Spurs says:
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    @Grey

    Should I make this trade,
    I would send: Yoenis Kinsler
    I would receive: Longo, Markakis, and Fister

    I already have Cano t 2B and my current 3B is Keppinger :( in a deep league. My other outfielders are Gordon and Aoki .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re paying a lot…. You can’t just do Kinsler for Longo?

      • Nate Spurs says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I thought I was reaching. I’m trying to dump Hudson with Kinsler for Longoria now but I don’t think it will happen.

  56. Jay says:
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    What is the better substitute for Ludwick: heisey, cowgill por David Murphy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cowgill

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: really not Murphy? is that because we know what Murphy gives us and Cowgill has more upside?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: trying to get into the mind of the madstache

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jay: murphy then Cowgill

  57. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I forgot it’s New Podcast Tuesday *doing the happy dance with no pants on*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  58. Atomic says:
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    I was just offered Harper for Pujols in 12 team mixed 5×5 redraft league. Is it too early for such a move? I have Ortiz and Alonzo, or can move A Gonzalez or Frazier from OF to 1B. Thanks! I love Razzball, and read it everyday!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Atomic: I would, whats your OF look like?

      You have 1B well covered already

      • Atomic says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:
        Start 3 OFs, have A Gonzalez, Choo and Frazier. Other team has Bulter at 1B. Thinking about counter offering w Gonzalez, but will probably get turned down. Thanks.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Atomic: I like the gonzalez counter. Grey is right it is too early, but thats also the kind of chances that win it all for you

          • Atomic says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Countered with Gonzalez and Coke and was turned down. Now asking about Longeria, we shall see. Hey, trading (or at least trying) is fun. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! It’s too early, yeah…

  59. Yeah I washed my hands of Gallardo, who wants a SP you want to bench for April. 2 years with him was enough.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is so frustrating…

  60. Steve says:
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    Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be Cowgills.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      But some mamas make babies in Reverse Cowgill.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: Zing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: I’m glad someone else did that one.

  61. Charles says:
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    3OF, 2 UTIL 12-team, h2h w/ OBP and Ks, no AVG. Who would you rather stash: Eaton (OF) or Hamilton (SS/OF)? I’ve got Rutledge at SS, Reddick at OF3, and Berkman at UTIL2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton for now…

  62. Carnac says:
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    “Siri, remind me to make a lowball offer to Gallardo’s owner at the end of the month.”

    “Ok, Carnac, I’ll remind you to offer your balls to a gay, lardo owner at the end of the month.”

    “*#$@#%”

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac: HAHAHAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac: the Starbucks in Silverlake really breeds creativity

      • Carnac says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Ha, yup! In my fantasy Razzball fantasy blog, Grey worked out of that place. Except he has since moved. Also, I don’t think he lived over there to begin with. I know I never did…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Carnac: did you follow him home, is that how you knew?

          It’s weird i know where that place is, next time I’m in the area seeing a customer I’m, going to yell CARNAC! and see if anyone looks up

  63. Eric W says:
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    Opening day and I think 90% of my power across all leauges came from Aoki, yay fantasy baseball is so much fun! *nervous laughter*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I got a small ulcer yesterday… Here’s to today being better…

  64. Josh says:
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    Grey,

    Jose Fernandez. 12 team 5×5 (OBP) $265 salary with $100 FAAB. We get to keep five guys at $5+ over this year salary. Guys picked up on FAAB have a salary of the winning FAAB bid.

    I’m pretty good on pitching this year. At what number could I both have a chance of getting Fernandez and still have him maybe be worth keeping next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try $7…

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:
        You read my mind. How do I know that you aren’t me, just an alternative personality of me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am you. You just don’t know.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*******

  66. LordaMercy says:
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    Should I stash the Cashner or swap for Jose Fernandez, Maurer, or Doubront? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez…

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*******

    • BigRon says:
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      @Grey: First year player here and I got carried away at the draft and I have a problem ALREADY! In a twelve team league with 6×6 category (Total Bases and Quality Starts added) I have too many batters and not enough pitchers BUT Im worried I could be dropping a potential batting gem to take a chance on an available arm. Please bare with me here…..

      Starting Lineup: Avila, Pujols, Weeks, Longoria, Rutledge, A. Gonz (LAD), A. Gordon, C. Davis (BAL), Pence, R. Zimmerman,

      Bench: D. Murphy (Tex), Bonifacio, M. Carpenter, A. Simmons, T. Frazier

      Pitchers: Gio, Sherzer, Lynn, Moore, Sanchez, Bailey, Cobb, Boggs

      Pitchers on Wire: Fujikawa, Iwakuma, Fiers, Hanson, Beachy, Cashner, Clippard, Vargas, Norris, Worley, Chacin, Bedard, Buehrle, Cook.

      Any advice? Help needed.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You shouldn’t have bench bats let alone that many…. Trade Davis fr a pitcher and inseert Frazier into your lineup… Take followups to the newest post…

  68. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Okay one have adam eaton want to drop him but don’t know who for was thinking maybe cowgill or chris johnson what do you think? Plus Matt Latos similar to YoGa has bad career april numbers should I avoid starting him this month especially against the angels on Wed.?

  69. Have you guys seen /heard what they did to the home page for fantasy . Efed it all up. Need Razzball nation to help us out and get the page changed back to the way it was . If you speak ,and nobody is there to hear it, does anyone hear it ……P.S. we will be converting to Razzball league next yr Fo shure

  70. Sorry clarify that CBS fantasy leagues , not the free ones

  71. i feel like this gets asked every year but:

    any chance nolan reimold is a post-post-post-post hype sleeper this year and has mixed league value as a 4th fantasy outfielder?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not a question of if he’s good enough to be, it’s a question of health and whether or not he gets a shot. He has a shot now, could be mixed league worthy at the OF4 level.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Listen to the podcast and bring questions to the newest post…

  72. Sean says:
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    I think Chase Utley is a top 5 second baseman this year, and if he plays 150 games this year, which I think he does after finally being healthy with his legs, I think he puts up something in the neiboorhood of 96, 26, 95, 15, .287. Anyone care to agree or disagree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you’re writing in from 2008… There’s a new post for followups…

  73. Brent says:
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    Like the Game of Thrones reference….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

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