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Happy Mother’s Day to all the folks out there today with mothers. No, not you pod people! And stop doing that Invasion of the Body Snatchers screech, I haven’t slept in days. Every Mother’s Day, I like to turn my bloodshot eyes toward the mother of all Razzballin’ terms – SAGNOF! Is there a question we scribes get asked more about than where to find the steals and the saves? Maybe, but I ignore all backup catcher queries. Sorry, it’s something they teach up at the fantasy baseball college.  When it comes to finding the elusive SAGNOF!, we’re going to have to wade into the deep end of the waiver waters. “Son, you just had a Hot Pocket, you gotta wait 30 minutes!”  Thanks, Mom, but I’m a big boy now, and my fake baseball life is infinitely more important than my real life, since I basically punted saves on all my RCL teams and I’ve been drowning ever since. Let’s fire up the Jammer Crammer© machine and see if there’s anything left for us SAGNOF! starved Razzaholics to salvage. Since it is Mother’s Day, I’ll let my mom give her opinion on each player. What greater gift can a son give his mother than an opportunity to say something on Razzball? Damn, I’m cheap. Keep in mind your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru’s mother calls fantasy baseball “Stratty-Matics.” Hey, she’s close, give her credit. It’s time for the SAGNOF! edition of Jam it or Cram it.

If you’re looking for some bonus jams and crams, check out Razzball Radio where Nick and your well turbaned Guru talk jams of the week, Manchurian Candidate, and we’re all left wondering why it’s so hard for the Guru to sit still. Out of Ritalin, thanks Obamacare!

 

Jam or CramAlcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals.

2014 Stats: 17 R, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 11 SB, .273 AV.

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 55% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. A dollar well spent.

The Gist: Alcides was a disappointment last year hitting just .234 with an OBP of .259. That would explain why he went undrafted this year. Now he’s just sitting there waiting for the SAGNOF! lovers to scoop him up. He currently has more steals than Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Andrew McCutchen combined.

Key Stats: Alcides hit .295 with 35 steals just two seasons ago.

Guru’s Mom says: “Is he Cuban? You can’t trust those Cubans.”  Mom, he’s from Venezuela. “Oh, that’s even worse! Your second cousin Johnny was kidnapped there. We said ‘keep him’.”

Jam it or Cram it: Escobar is hitting .273, the OBP is at .333 and he’s tied for third in the league in steals. As long as he keeps getting on base I’m loving the SAGNOF potential. JAM.

 

Jam or CramMatt Lindstrom, RP, Chicago White Sox.

2014 Stats: 2 W, 5 S, 10 K, 2.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP.

Availability: 50% Yahoo, 41% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $3. It’ll probably take more than this to get saves, but that’s what he’s worth.

The Gist: Surprised that Lindstrom is this under-owned considering everyone goes SAGNOF! cray-cray once the season starts. The closers gig is Lindstrom’s to lose on the South Side.

Key Stats: The 8:7 K:BB rate isn’t really what you’re looking for in a closer, but we can’t be picky at this point.

Guru’s Mom says: “Why don’t you put the Stratty-Matics down. I made you Hot Pockets and chocolate milk.”  You’re the best, Mommy.

Jam it or Cram it: It doesn’t look like Lindstrom will be losing the closers role anytime soon as he saved two games last week and didn’t give up a run. He should be owned across all leagues unless you’re playing fantasy cricket – what are you doing reading this!? JAM.

 

Jam or CramDrew Stubbs, OF, Colorado Rockies.

2014 Stats: 14 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB, .301 AV.

Availability: 95% Yahoo, 90% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. Ask your mom for a dollar. Tell her it’s for a Mother’s Day card.

The Gist: Stubbs won me some cash last week on DraftKings and I love me some Rockies – when they play at home. Stubbs is nice power/speed combo and over his last seven games he’s hitting .455 with a homer, three RBI, two steals and eight runs.

Key Stats: Stubbs K rate over his career is 32%. According to my fantasy baseball college textbook, that’s not good.

Guru’s Mom says: “We used to call your Uncle Pete ‘Stubbs.’”  Why’s that, Ma? “Ask your Aunt Carole.”  

Jam it or Cram it: Stubbs is a Platoony Tunes poster boy and playing time is the problem in a crowded Rockies outfield. If you have the room he’s worth a spot. JAM.

 

Jam or CramMark Melancon, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates.

2014 Stats: 1 W, 3 S, 10 K, 1.59 ERA, 0.76 WHIP.

Availability: 40% Yahoo, 34% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $5. Gotta spend when seeking the SAGNOF!

The Gist: Ok, there’s a good chance Melancon is gone in your league, but if he’s not go grab him now. Melancon may just steal this job while Jason Grilli sits on the DL. He’s blown just one save since taking over and Clint Hurdle will have some decisions to make come the end of the month.

Key Stats: Through 17 innings the K/BB ratio sits at 10/1.

Guru’s Mom says: “My favorite Pirate is Johnny Depps. If I was 20 years younger…”  His name is Johnny Depp, Ma. “I don’t care, I’d just be screaming Captain Jack all night!”  MOTHER!!!

Jam it or Cram it: With Grilli out until mid-May at the earliest Melancon is doing his best Kent Tekulve impersonation in Pittsburgh. Melancon’s ERA and WHIP are showing dominance and I predict he keeps the job all season. SAGNOF! starved? Trade a bench bat for him. JAM.  

 

Jam or CramEric Young Jr., OF, New York Mets.

2014 Stats: 21 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 12 SB, .220 AV.

Availability: 71% Yahoo, 71% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $0. Don’t get spend happy when searching for the SAGNOF!

The Gist: We had some jam love for Junior earlier this season when he was racking up six steals a week. Now he’s racking up splinters in his ass, chewing sunflower seeds on the bench. Mr. Met has the same amount of steals as EYJ this month.

Key Stats: Young led the NL with 44 stolen bases last season.

Guru’s Mom says: “I knew Eric Young Sr. back in my Rutgers days. You know, you could have been named Eric Young Jr. yourself.”  Mom??!!

Jam it or Cram it: Since Juan Lagaresreturned to the Mets outfield EYJ has been the odd man out with only seven ABs in the last 10 days. Hard to get us the precious SAGNOF! if you’re not on base. CRAM.

 

**BONUS TRACKS**

Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros: I took mom out for Chinese food and my fortune cookie read: You can’t steal first base…in bed. CRAM.

Hector Rondon, RP, Chicago Cubs: We jammed Rondon last week and the jamming continues…at least until I get sore. JAM.

Will Smith, RP, Milwaukee Brewers: Smith may not end up with the closers role, but he should. He’s on pace for 100+ Ks and leads the league in holds. JAM.

Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City Royals: It’s a Platoony Tune situation with JD, but the SAGNOF! ability is legit. JAM.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP, New York Mets: Really? Has it come to this? Someone tweeted at me last week wondering if Daisuke was worth adding. That’ll get you thrown in Twitter jail real quick, my friend. CRAM.

 


Thanks for Razzballin’, now go take your mom to lunch. After all, you are the reason she pees a little everytime she sneezes. Follow The Guru and his dirty turban on Twitter @TheGuruGS for fantasy roster 411’s, brushes with fame and his signature move – the scotch-fueled selfie.

 

 

 

 

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  1. malamoney

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    In order to pick up Rafael Montero I’d need to drop one of Jim Johnson, Ernesto Frieri or Melancon. I also have Street. We start only 2 RP, but given those 3, who knows which one is startable.

    Also not sure if Montero crack my lineup behind Felix, Strasburd, Greinke, Gerrit, Gray, Anibal and Stroman when we only start 4.

    I could drop Khris Davis who is now behind Braun, Cespedes, Gordon, Bruce, Kemp, Springer, Moss and Prado.

    Thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      Can you make a trade? Do you really need Montero? Team looks pretty good.

      • malamoney

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        @The Guru: Don’t “need” him. But would be great to have him if he comes flying out of the gates. At a minimum, I could trade him.

        Just pulled off 3 trades within an hour of each other last week.

        Adam Jones for Strasburg
        Shelby Miller for Bruce (before the injury)
        Bauer for Kemp

        • The Guru

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          You’re a wheeler and dealer, cool. Trade activity has been slow in my leagues. *yawn* I’d prob hold for now. Your team looks good. Especially the pitching.

          • malamoney

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            @The Guru: You like Davis to come around. And around enough to crack my starting 4?

            • The Guru

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              Davis would be the drop if you’re dropping someone. I have no confidence in him right now.

  2. DKulich44 says:
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    Isn’t Will Smith on the Brewers?

    • The Guru

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      Yes, he’s in Milwaukee. Good catch, cheers. Now pick him up. Ha!

      • Dkulich44 says:
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        @The Guru: appreciate it!

  3. Jiggy Nits says:
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    I HAVE to do this deal right?

    NL only 5×5 ROTO Keeps

    MY Ian Kennedy (8), Johnny Peralta (8), Chris Young (NYM, 10$) for HIS Rosenthal (7), Marte (10) and Hechavarria (1)

    • The Guru

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      Hey Jigs, depends on how the rest of your team is constructed, but I think I’d make the deal if I needed a closer and my SP/INF was good.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @The Guru: Kind of giving my life story here but you provoked me!

        Rocking Scooter and Gyorko @ 2B and Chris Owings is my other shortstop.

        I will be leaving myself with only: Jose Fernandez, Michael Wacha, Homer Bailey, Nate Eovaldi and Tanner Roark but I also have Alex Wood (who should be starting again soon), Billingsley on the DL, and Jonathan Gray (COL) & Eddie Butler (COL) in the minors.

        I didnt draft any closers and I’m 7th/out of 10 in saves… Right now Im gaining ground with LaTroy, Melancon (Jammin) and Rondon. Enough you think? Starters are easier to find than quality closers.

        I’m also 7/10 in steals and think Marte would be a great addition to my OF especially since losing Harper.

        Thanks for all your help in both football and baseball. I’ll be back in your RCL football league again for a rematch of last season!

        • The Guru

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          Cool, go ahead and make the deal.

  4. SMLV1 says:
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    Would you drop any of my 3 most used Bench Bats Springer, Phillips or Moss for Rollins, Ozuna or Bonifacio?

    12 team Y! standard league. My SS is Andrus, 2nd base is Dozier, 3rd base is Wright and OF is Stanton, Choo, Rios and my 2 Util I usually use Holliday and Rizzo.

    • The Guru

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      Your team looks pretty strong, why 3 bench bats? I’m curious. I’d prob hold though.

  5. Sun Tzu says:
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    Villar goes for double-digit HR’s and purloins 40 bags this season from your middle infield spot. Def Jam!

    • The Guru

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      Are you channeling the spirit of Jose Cruz or drinking Jose Cuervo? Ha! It could happen I suppose.

  6. S P says:
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    I was offered Alcides Escobar for my Bonifacio? I have Dee Gordon and Reyes already at 2B and SS. Should I keep the depth or try to improve my Reyes insurance policy? Is Escobar even any better than Bonifacio?

    • The Guru

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      Kind of a lateral move really. Right now I’d take Escobar only because he’s in a betterr lineup.

  7. Chicagifornia says:
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    Liriano, Tillman, or Kluber for Christian Yelich?

    • The Guru

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      Toss up between Tillman and Kluber. Think Tillman will give you more Ks. Trade Kluber.

  8. Nightpandas says:
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    Aah pizza pockets, those were simpler times…

    I have a need for speed (last in that cat)…no luck on the trade front…would you drop Smoak for any of the following? (Limited moves)

    EY2
    Lagares
    Cain Sugar
    Stubbs
    Dyson

    OBP and SLG league with strikeouts also a cat. Bench is currently Smoak/Polanco/Singleton with 11 to be kept

    • The Guru

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      Sweet delicious Hot Pockets, a pastry filled with mouth burning molten lava. MMMM…

      Oh, back to the SAGNOF search. If its just steals you’re looking for get Dyson.

  9. justin says:
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    howdy Guru & happy sunday!

    im in a 10 team h2h points league on espy, with a weekly roster lock.

    we start 4 outfielders, I’ve been streaming my 4th OF slot; as of now my 4th OF is desmond jennings.

    for week 7 stay w/ jennings or drop him for any of these names?

    Drew Stubbs

    Gerardo Parra

    Cameron Maybin

    Lorenzo Cain

    George Springer

    Shane Victorino

    Grady Sizemore

    Rajai Davis

    BJ Upton

    Nick Castellanos who has eligibility at both OF &3B

    Or Marcell Ozuna

    thanks guru & have great day!

    • justin says:
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      @justin:

      Also besides d-Jennings , my OF is as followed; Matt Holliday, Hunter pence, Michael Brantley, and Bryce Harper on DL

      • The Guru

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        Stick with Jennings, although the Hitter-Tron likes Springer quite a bit. I just can’t trust Springer yet.

  10. KCC26 says:
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    12 team H2H mixed league

    OF is: McCutchen, Adam Jones, Alex Rios, Blackmon with Polanco stashed
    SP are: Wainwright, Salazar, Liriano, Estrada, Kluber, A. Wood, Beckett, Chavez, and R. Montero

    Made an offer for Iwakuma. His owner countered with an Iwakuma for Rios offer. I love Iwakuma but am not sure that he is enough for Rios. Does my pitching need that upgrade? My offense has been awesome but pitching pretty meh with Liriano and Salazar struggling and Wood going to the pen. If Iwakuma isn’t enough, what SP would you target for Rios in a trade?

    • The Guru

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      Iwakuma is fair enough, but I’d rather have the bat. Think your pitching will be fine. Stick with Rios.

      • KCC26 says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks Guru! Yeah I generally hate trading offense for pitching. Here’s hoping my staff of one ace and a ton of #4 SP types are enough!

        • The Guru

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          You might try floating Blackmon out there for a Scherzer, Darvish, Strasburg, Greinke and see what happens. He is a hot name right now.

  11. Regan says:
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    Chase Anderson is dominating in first start for the DBacks. What’s he all about?

    • The Guru

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      The kid has battled elbow problems the last few years and has shuffled between a reliever and a starter. While he put up a 0.69 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 39 innings at Double-A I don’t see this continuing.

  12. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Is Will Smith worth dropping Joe smith for? svs n hlds league. I’m pretty good at both ,but I prefer the better pitcher to help the other ratios. ks/9 whip .

    • The Guru

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      I’d get jiggy with Will.

  13. Jvrox says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS, Dee Gordon or Rendon at your 2b slot. To make it just a little more interesting, I’d have dee at 1$ the next two years or Rendon at 8$ the next two years.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Nice problem to have, J. Am I the only one that thinks this Dee Gordon run comes to an end and he goes 0-30? At that price though I think I’m leaning Dee and praying to my Davey Lopes bobblehead.

  14. Bobbay says:
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    Hey guru- this week start Gerrit cole who has two starts ; or tanaka / cueto for one start? My other starter is Strasberg, I also have mad bum & wheeler too

    • Bobbay says:
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      @Bobbay:

      We start three starting pitchers it’s Strasberg , tanaka & cueto

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Look at all the pitching on Bobbay. Is there really a wrong answer here? I might sit Cole as his 2nd start is against the Yanks and I’m not liking that one.

  15. J-FOH says:
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    This a Jammy Jam Jam up in here today

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I went jam happy for Mother’s Day.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: put it on a biscuit

  16. stonepie says:
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    thoughts on picking up escobar or rollins and trying to trade segura while he still has some value? maybe i can get bailey back??? or hold both and cut segura if he doesn’t turn it around soon?

    • Jvrox says:
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      @stonepie: I traded segura for rios and haven’t looked back. Think people still believe he’s worth more than he really is is is move him, personally I’d move him.

    • The Guru

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      Segura has to turn it around. You van’t drop him and you’ll likely get nothing of quality in return. Ride it out a few more weeks.

  17. Sange76 says:
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    Ian Kennedy or Jose Quintana as a 5th starter in 12 team h2h points league?

    Thanks!

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:
      Oh, or Lackey….all three on the wire.

    • The Guru

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      Kennedy.

  18. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Is Rafael montero going to stay in the mets rotation? Need to pick up a starting pitcher but I’ve also already used 10 moves in my league where our maximum is 25.

    • The Guru

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      Hard to say. He seems ready, has a 3.67 ERA and ratios of 3.9 walks and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings atTriple-A. If his first couple starts go well he’ll stick. If he gets shelled he’s gone. Your guess is as good as mine. Personally, I’m going to pass on him.

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Yeah I’m thinking I’ll do the same. Thanks!

  19. Matt says:
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    Good to see a Jam on Alcides. I benched him in my weekly roto league and I’m really kicking myself! He has been a pleasant surprise this year!

    • The Guru

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      Yes, he’s been a great help on teams where I have friggin’ Segura. Ha!

  20. Max says:
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    Thoughts on Cody Allen? Seems like he has a good chance to runaway with CLE closer role

    • The Guru

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      It’s his gig now, but like we all know things can change when it comes to closers. Either way, I’ve added him where I can.

  21. Basement Artie says:
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    Mike Minor just got dropped in my league. Who should I drop for him, Joe Kelly, Rasmus, or Javy Baez? Non keeper league. Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Kelly. We won’t see him until June.

      • Basement Artie says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks a lot. Love your blog.

        • The Guru

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          Tip of the turban to you.

  22. Yu yu says:
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    Tough one for me

    Pick 2 of three for ROS

    Dickerson
    Middlebrooks
    Ozuna

    Is Allen going to get the closer role, when and will it be ROS

    Thanks

    Really value your perspective

    • The Guru

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      Tough question. Middlebrooks and Ozuna because I think they’ll play more games.

      Look like Allen will get a shot at it, but closer situations are tough to tell. Francona said Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski, and Scott Atchison could get chances, but Allen is better.

  23. P Lamb says:
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    Which pair in a keeper?

    Cueto/Hosmer or King Felix/Votto

    • The Guru

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      Felix/Votto.

  24. Dee Gordon and Sonny Gray for Kipnis and Alex Gordon?

    • The Guru

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      Dee and Sonny for me. Am I crazy? Maybe.

  25. Harris says:
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    I’m in a 10 team h2h. No DL. Is it time to cut bait on Liriano? Ian Kennedy, Beckett, Pomerantz, just to name a few. I can afford to wait and see if he turns things around.

    • The Guru

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      Don’t quit on him yet.

  26. Just Busted says:
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    Guru: Who comes out on top of this proposal: McCutchen and Ryu for Zimmerman, Sloarte and Cain?

    Cheers!

    • The Guru

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      McCutch by a mile.

      • Just Busted says:
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        @The Guru: I thought so…turned in my favor…dig it!
        Thanks, man.

        • The Guru

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          No prob, thanks for Razzballin’.

  27. coachgonzo says:
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    Someone just offered me kipnis for krod in my 8 team roto redraft. I have to accept this , right? Even though he is on dl. Razzballers your thoughts are appreciated. And happy mothers day to the special ladies in your lives.

    • The Guru

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      Damn, KRod has been good, but that’s too tough to pass up.

      • coachgonzo says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks guru! I accepted it and will try to snag j.Johnson, jansenn, rondon, balfour. or whoever emerges from the Cleveland mess off of waivers

        • The Guru

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          Cool! Good luck and thanks for Razzballin’. Looks like Allen’s going to get that Indians gig accrording to my Magic 8-Ball.

          • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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            @The Guru: please invite me into that league where a top 30 hitter goes for a closer (i don’t care how good said closer is, that’s even assuming K-Rod keeps these numbers up)

  28. Spring Blake says:
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    Yo guru, thanks for the read as always. A few questions:

    Would you rather start Pomeranz or Milone against CWS this week? Who’s the better hold going forward?

    Received an offer of my Cole, Tehran, Bruce for his Trout. 16 team h2h points.
    My OF was Trumbo, Harper, Bruce (Now grandy, solarte, khris davis, aoki) and my rotation would be Ryu, Kluber, Peralta, Smyly, Alvarez. Waivers are bare, but streaming is doable still, if risky.

    Thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Blake, I’d prefer Milone – especia;;y when he’s pitching at home.

      That’s a blockbuster kind of deal, but I wouldn’t do it. It’s more difficult to make up what you’d lose in Trout in a H2H league than the pitching you’d gain in my opinion. Tough to pass up I know.

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @The Guru: Sorry! I’d be receiving trout in that deal, so you would want the Trout side?

        • The Guru

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          Sorry, I misread. It’s the best player in the game. I think you can piece together the pitching. I’d do it.

          • Spring Blake says:
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            @The Guru: No worries, thanks for the advice!

            • The Guru

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              Good luck and thanks for Razzballin’.

  29. Scooterboy says:
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    In my 8 team H2H league, I drafted Goldy, Rizzo, and Pujols. A couple weeks later, I picked up Edwin Encarnacion off waivers when someone dropped him for whatever reason. I’ve been trying to trade one, since I can’t play them all. Have had no luck with offers until today, when someone offered me, Freddie Freeman/David Price/ Rafael Soriano, for my Edwin Encarnacion/Madison Bumgarner. If I accept the deal, i’ll still have the same problem of too many first baseman, but the deal sounds pretty good to me. Would like others opinions please. I thought if I make this deal, I’d keep trying to offer Pujols. Haven’t had much luck offering Pujols so far, mainly due to injury concerns. Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Seems like a bit of a lateral move, but at least you get a closer. I’d accept it in a league that small.

  30. The Thumb says:
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    Which two would you pick out of Rasmus, Dickerson, Alcides, Byrd? This is for my UTIL

    • The Guru

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      Alcides and Rasmus. You get steals/ runs from one and homers/RBI from the other.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @The Guru: is Dickerson’s playing time always going to be a problem? A CarGo, Blackmon, Dickerson OF could be one of the best in the NL if Walt Weiss paid attention!

        • The Guru

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          Yes, it is that’s why I didn’t mention him. They have to give Stubbs playing time and it wouldn’t surprise me if Cuddyer gets games out there as well when he gets back and they want him and Morneau in the lineup.

          • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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            @The Guru: might even go back to AAA when cuddyer’s back.

            • The Guru

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              Likely there will be a trade. Or Cargo gets hurt.

  31. Samardzjia and Chris Davis for my Jose Fernandez..10 team h2h points league

    • The Guru

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      That’s a close one especially the way the Shark has been pitching, but I’d stick with Jo-Fer.

      • @The Guru: i rejected and counter offered big papi and Mad Bum for Braun and Gio….what do you think?

        • The Guru

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          Fair enough if Braun is Braun.

  32. Lemmingness says:
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    10 team weekly points league,
    Who would you drop first between Aramis, Sabathia, and Gregory Polanco?
    I would replace Aramis with BPhillips and Sabathia with a streamer. Whomever I drop I can try to pick up next Sunday, but of course I’d have to outbid everyone else.

    • Lemmingness says:
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      @Lemmingness: Redraft league, btw. The other guys I guess I could drop are Gallardo and Liriano, and regardless I’ll be benching one of them.

      • The Guru

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        CC is on the DL. Can you DL him? If not, so long CC.

        • Lemmingness says:
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          @The Guru: My DL is Cuddyer and JHamilton, who I’m hoping to keep for the moment. Thanks Guru

          • The Guru

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            Give the slightly slimmer and more useless CC the boot.

  33. Green Machine! says:
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    Hey guru-

    Love your posts!
    Would you hang onto zach wheeler, or drop him? I like him but I’m very deep at pitcher & haven’t started him yet this season, we three SP’s

    If I did drop wheeler I’d either drop a bat or an upgraded pitcher.

    Bats I’d be looking to add:
    Jay Bruce, (someone in my league dropped him today ), Miguel montero (my catcher is Carlos Santana who’s been up & down), salty, stash jon singleton or george springer.

    Pitchers to add as upgrade over z. Wheeler:
    Iwakuma, CJ Wilson, rick porcello, willy peralta, john lackey, Ervin Santana , Dillion gee , or Nate Evovaldi

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Green. If you can drop him I’d pick him up for Bruce then DL Bruce and grab Iwakuma.

  34. J Boy says:
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    Got offered Robertson/Pomeranz for Haren , 14 team roto – need saves and have 4 stud SPs already – thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      I’d make that deal.

      • J Boy says:
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        @The Guru: thanks Guru – love the Razz

  35. James says:
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    Is Arenado, Ellsbury and Samardzija too much for Tulowitzki? Standard roto, keep any 12 players

    • The Guru

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      Seems a little steep for a player that’ll hit the DL at some point.

  36. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Guru – dom brown or khris davis ROS? is it close?

    thanks!

  37. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    and I know you’re a sox fan (like me) – so this may not be so straightforward – but I have to drop Pierzynski when I ‘ve got Ramos and Perez, right? Thinkin of trading him to the guy with Wieters in this 2 catcher I’m in

    • The Guru

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      It’s a toss up between Brown and Davis really. Guess there’s a slight edge to Dom.

      Try to trade AJ you might get something useful, if you can’t the go ahead and drop.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @The Guru: thanks! and quick one – since janssen was activated today, I’ve got to drop a pitcher – who do you think?

        – Eovaldi, Peralta, Fister, Salazar, Cain?

        • The Guru

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          Peralta.

  38. Doc says:
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    You think shaw’s save tonight meant anything along the lines if a committee?? I own Cody Allen and I know you mentioned above you think he’ll run with the gig (as do I). But would you drop Benoit/brothers to add shaw if you already have Allen??

    I own street and Hawkins and have been cuffing them since there is enough roster space to do so in my league, up to this point.

    Thanks man, enjoyed the jams and crams as always.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for Razzballin’, Doc. I’d hold for now.

  39. JoeG414 says:
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    As a Commish who’s policy is to let any trade go through, unless the rest of the league votes it down. These two deal just went down with the last place team and two others:
    1: Team A(Last place ) gives Molina, A.Jones ,Danny Farquhar and Uehara. to Team B for Puig, Y.Gomes and Brothers.
    2: Team A gives A.Reed, T.Hunter and Matt Carpenter to Team C for Cueto.

    Its a 13 Team daily mixed 6×6 (no holds) roto.
    Seems like both are way one sided.
    What should I do?

    • The Guru

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      If the league didn’t vote it down (and that was the rules set before the draft) than the deal goes down. I don’t see either trade egregious.

  40. Chicagifornia says:
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    12 team H2H: Gyorko or Middlebrooks, ROS?

    • The Guru

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      I’m a Sox fan and have no faith in Diddlebrooks. He also got hit on the hand the other night and they pulled him from the game Sunday. Go with a man named Jedd.

      • Chicagifornia says:
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        @The Guru:

        Roger. That’s how I was leaning, too. Thanks for the reassurance.

        • The Guru

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          No prob, I appreciate the question. Best of luck.

  41. Thorbs says:
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    Alcides and Everth Cabrera get thrown into a SAGNOF ring…who walks out?

    • The Guru

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      No one fights and they run in opposite directions. Ha! I’m putting my $ on Alcides.

  42. Snacks13 says:
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    What SP should I target for Rizzo? I want to move him bc I have 3 quality first basemen (A-Gon, Abreu) and can only play 2

    • The Guru

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      I’d target a solid arm that may not be living up to their opening ranking like Cliff Lee, Madison Bumgarner, David Price, Gerrit Cole. You might be able to snag one of those arms.

  43. Dorn says:
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    Cano and sonny grey for pedroia chapman eaton. Which side do u like?

    • The Guru

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      It’s still the Cano side, but that deal does look tempting.

  44. Dorn says:
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    Ya I’m considering doing this and trading cano.

  45. Dorn says:
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    Or cano and Bumgarner for pedroia chapman and pence???

    • The Guru

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      I understand peoples confidence waning on Cano, but he’s also very capable of going on tear. Watch, when the year is over he’ll have 20+ homers and 90+ RBI.

  46. JFK says:
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    Moss dropped today in a 12-team H2H keeper, and realized how strangely deep the wire is: Panda, Victorino, Byrd, Prado, Gyorko, DomBrown, Headley, Ramos, CoCo, Yelich, Aoki, Asdrubal, Alcides and Jhonny just hanging out.

    Just traded Votto/JUp/King Felix/Peavy for Abreu/Braun/Jo-Fer where Abreu (11th) and Jo-Fer (21st) are the only keepers, leaving me with:
    C – Lucroy/1B – Abreu/2B – Carpenter/3B – Machado/SS – Villar/OFs – Braun, CarGomez, Werth/Util – Pujols/Bench – Bonifacio, Bogaerts

    A) With the extra roster spot, who do you like to fill in until Braun returns? Victorino, Prado, DomBrown, CoCo (DL), Yelich, Aoki, Moss, Markakis or Byrd?
    B) Would you drop Bonifacio for anyone from the first list as a bench bat? I was using him for SAGNOF, but his speed (and everything else) has dropped off…
    C) There is no C.
    D) Swap Villar for Asdrubal, Alcides or Jhonny?

    Thanks!

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      @JFK: Re: D, I know you’re JAM-ing Alcides, but there seem to be so many differing opinions on the value of these four SS, so trying to gauge which one would contribute most across the board. SAGNOF is the highest priority from this position, but not at significant cost to the other counting stats. In a vacuum, would you rank them Jhonny, Asdrubal, Alcides, Villar? For SAGNOF first, in the exact opposite order? I’d like to hold onto Villar for the latter reason, but trying to take a measured approach.

      • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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        @JFK: braun likely back tuesday.

        • JFK says:
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          @Balmy Tundrastein: That soon? Sweet, thanks for the heads-up!

    • The Guru

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      A) Think I’d go Victorino. He’s heating up, hits at the top of the order in a good lineup and ballpark.

      B) If you’re looking for SAGNOF than Bonifacio is your man, but Vic will help as well.

      C) DRINK!

      D) You have the orders right. Hopefully Villar gets the average up.

      • JFK says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks for reading through all of that!
        A) I like the Flyin’ Hawaiian, but the injury concerns dropped him a bit in my rankings (I had him earlier in the season). I’ll give him another shot, though!
        B) No signs of regression? The multi-position eligibility makes him especially appealing as a bench bat, but I’d sacrifice that and the SAGNOF if it makes more sense to swap him out for a higher-upside player like Gyorko, Yelich, Headley, Ramos or DomBrown that could eventually supplant one of my starters (Matty Carp has been meh, Lucroy is good-not-great, and Werth is also an injury risk).
        C) Always!
        D) Thanks for the independent verification – I’ll hold Villar for now and keep my fingers crossed for more avg, less Ks. SAGNOF forever!

        • The Guru

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          No prob, thanks for Razzballin’ with us.

          • JFK says:
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            @The Guru: You guys are the best!

  47. Zar says:
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    I’m this close to dropping Lincecum….and then the SoN tells me his next start will be amazing. What do I do? Do I start him or sit him? I think I’ll listen to the SoN about Buerhle though…..

    • The Guru

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      Trust the SON or it’ll go all Terminator and chase us all down.

      • Zar says:
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        @The Guru: okay! Although if summer glau were to show up, I’d bench lincecum in a second,

  48. Oliver says:
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    What’s your take on Liriano? Time to give up on him?

    • Oliver says:
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      @Oliver: Sorry. Saw you already addressed this question. I’ll stick with him. He’s getting the Ks so it’s not all bad.

      • The Guru

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        It’s got to get better right?

  49. JFK says:
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    In another league where I’ve got wholesale pitching issues, I’ve tried to bandage the shituation by picking up spec closers and a couple guys to help w/ratios (3 SP/3 RP/3 P slots):

    SPs – Adverb, Hamels, Cueto, Kluber, Salazar, Fister, Smyly, Montero (dropped Perez), Holland (DL)
    RPs – Lindstrom, Loup, Qualls (dropped Santos), Brothers, Wade Davis, Britton, Familia (dropped Farnsworth), Crain (DL)

    Would you drop any of these guys for any of: Kelly (DL), Feldman, De La Rosa, Perez, Vogelsong, Erlin, Miley, Colon, Vargas, Skaggs? And if so, who for whom?
    I know, it’s a pretty ugh-tastic list – just trying to figure out if any of them AREN’T streamers…
    Also, of the drops I made today, would you want any of those guys back?

    Thanks again!

  50. chris says:
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    Hey Guru,

    What side do you like?

    Rizzo and Lincecum for Lester?

    • The Guru

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      Rizzo side.

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