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There have been some Hall of Fame names over the course of baseball’s colorful 2000 year history. C’mon, Guru, baseball’s not that old! Whaddya mean disembodied voice of Razzball Nation that sounds slightly like my ex-girlfriend Brenda? Why do you think the Roman’s called Caligula “Little Boots?” The dude couldn’t field, booted everything. Then he married his sister Helen Mirren. Thanks, Wikipedia (and Bob Guccione). We’re not talking names like the Babe or Dizzy here, I’m talking Pickles Dillhoefer, Johnny “Ugly” Dickshot and Heinie Groh. And whatever happened to Hall of Namer Rusty Kuntz – and where can I get his throwback? One player making a name for himself these days (and making us some DraftKings cash) is Scooter Gennett. The Brewers second baseman has been rolling lately hitting .376 over the last 30 days and has more runs scored than every other second baseman not named Anthony Rendon. Sure the Scooter is no Wonderful Terrific Monds III, but he deserves a spot in the Hall of Names and more importantly a spot in this weeks edition of Jam It or Cram It.

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If you’re looking for some bonus jams and crams, check out Razzball Radio where Nick “The Welsher” Capozzi and your well turbaned Guru talk jams of the week and Nick brings shame upon an entire nation.

 

Jam or Cram: Scooter Gennett, 2B/SS, Milwaukee Brewers

2014 Stats: 220 AB, 27 R, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 4 SB, .305 AV.

Availability: 87% Yahoo, 84% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $3. The cheapest ride in town. Next to Brenda.

The Gist: The Scooter is outperforming the hot rods like Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips and Aaron Hill this season. In the past two weeks, he’s put up nine runs, a homer, five RBI, a steal, and hit .405 with a 1.063 OPS.

Key Stats: Is the .360 BABIP a sign the regression faeries are coming for a visit?

Jam it or Cram it: Scooter has been a great find at a thin middle infield this season. While he’s a slight Platoony Tune, manager Ron Roenicke has continued to ride the Scooter against lefties lately. Remember when we all loved Jean Segura? We were all so young…three months ago. Leave Jean parked and get on your Scooter and ride. JAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Luis Valbuena, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats:  190 AB, 26 R, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 0 SB, .284 AV.

Availability: 95% Yahoo, 97% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. Even spending that buck somehow feels dirty.

The Gist: I like those guys with multiple position eligibility and have made a real effort to try and maximize at-bats this season. Valbuena certainly isn’t sexy as his .230 career average can attest. But is he worse than higher owned players like Brad Miller or Mike Aviles? Valbuena is on his way to his best season, but there is a reason he’s on his third team in seven years.

Key Stats: Valbuena is currently second to only Robinson Cano in OBP among second baseman this season.

Jam it or Cram it: Dear Theo Epstein, please stop wasting our time with the likes of Mike Olt and Luis Valbuena. We want Kris Bryant and Javier Baez and we want them now. Sincerely, Razzball Nation. P.S. CRAM!

 

Jam or Cram: Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

2014 Stats: 272 AB, 34 R, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 1 SB, .268 AV.

Availability: 50% Yahoo, 20% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $6. Depending how competitive your league is it might take a little more.

The Gist: Byrd is just not getting the love he so richly deserves. Beautiful plumage! Maybe it’s the PED suspension, maybe it’s just the general hatred spewed by you Philly fans towards anything not cheesesteak related. Byrd hit his 12th homer on Friday, has two in his last four games and is on pace to hit more than the 24 he doinked last year. It will be interesting to see if Byrd actually spends the entire year in Philly. My guess is the Byrd flies that coop come trade deadline. Hello, Boston?

Key Stats: Byrd’s flyball rate is the highest it’s been in his career. Back on the juice? Who cares, just hit bombs.

Jam it or Cram it: Prorate Byrd’s stats over 140+ games and we’re looking at close to 25 homers and 90 RBI. Once again we find the weird discrepancy between whatever fantasy site you’re playing on, but if the Byrd is loose on your wire and you’re hurting for power the Byrd is the word. JAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Eric Young, OF, New York Mets

2014 Stats:  160 AB, 30 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 17 SB, .231 AV.

Availability: 80% Yahoo, 81% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $2. If you’re hurting for SAGNOF! it’ll probably take more. I just can’t bring myself to do it.

The Gist: Since coming of the DL, EYJ has a hit in six straight games despite batting ninth, yes ninth, behind the pitcher last week. Interesting bit of strategy there, New York Mets. Maybe Mr. Met can bat ninth. Either way it doesn’t seem like the best way to utilize the one great skill Young has – speed.

Key Stats: Despite missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury, Young is still top 10 in steals.

Jam it or Cram it: If you’re starved for SAGNOF! go ahead and JAM. I won’t tell anyone. However, the outfield is a little crowded with Curtis Granderson, Bobby Abreu and Juan Lagares coming back soon. What a mess, but who knows, maybe the Mets can figure out a way to bat Young tenth. CRAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Alex Wood, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves

2014 Stats:  60.1 IP, 5 W, 63 K, 3.43 ERA, 1.29 ERA

Availability: 42% Yahoo, 76% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $2.

The Gist: The Braves shipped Wood off to Triple-A Gwinnett in favor of Gavin Floyd after someone slipped a mickey into GM Frank Wren’s Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby. Now Floyd’s elbow looks like it got caught in the thresher and Wood will get the start on Wednesday against the Astros.

Key Stats: Before getting sent down, Wood had a 63/15 K/BB ratio with 63 strikeouts in just over 60 innings.

Jam it or Cram it: The lefty Wood should be able to step right back into the Braves rotation and rack up the Ks with none of those damn inning restrictions. Wood could be a sneaky second half find if you’re hurting for a starter after this season of UCL ‘splosions. JAM.

 

**BONUS TRACKS**

Mark Melancon, RP, PIT: With Grill Cheese toast, M&M is a must JAM.

Danny Duffy, SP, KC: Was that another UCL I just heard exploding? CRAM. 

J.D. Martinez, OF, DET: Just Ducky Martinez has four homers in his last five games (as of this writing) and has been getting more playing time with the 79-year-old Torii Hunter limping around. JAM.

Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA: Some power, some speed (he had 17 steals at Triple-A this year), some CRAM.

Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC: Needs to be owned. Go do it now. JAM.

 

Let’s talk weird baseball player names or leave a question below. Feel free to stalk me on Twitter @TheGuruGS. Also, check out my blog for more dirty turbaned nonsense. 

 

 

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  1. Zar says:
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    Hey guru.

    Do you think I should drop McHugh or Frieri for Mejia? I currently have 8 Starters and 3 Closers. I’d look at dropping Lincecum, but he should do well against the Padres. I need some saves.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Me thinks Frieri is D-O-N-E as closer this season.

      • Zar says:
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        @The Guru: K, thanks!

        I can feel my ERA and WHIP soar with that drop.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Yes, feels good to get rid of him doesn’t it. Maybe the Angels will do the same.

  2. Henry says:
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    Do you think I should drop jj hardy for scooter?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      As big a fan I am of the Scooter, I’d hold on J.J. and hope his HR yesterday is a sign of things to come.

  3. lemmy says:
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    Time to sell high on Kemp?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sure, but depends what you’re selling for.

      • Craig Waring says:
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        @The Guru: I got Rosenthall for him, thoughts?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I prefer bats to arms, but if you needed SAGNOF! then you gotta do what you gotta do.

  4. Bob says:
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    Roto categories plus k’s for hitters

    ROS what order

    Bruce, Kemp, Dickerson, Jd Martinez

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      That’s the order. Bruce by far the best of the bunch.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    Just a drive by high five

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cheers, former hateful one.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: oh there is still hate up in here.

  6. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Guru–need quick advice: currently winning this week in ERA and whip (3.81 to 2.67 and 1.21 to 1.13). He just tied me in wins. Avg and OBP are so close they could easily swing the other way, so every cat matters…

    Sit/start MadBum and Ryu? Need the win, but any chance they melt down enough to kill ERA and WHIP?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Start ‘em both. If you’re going to die go down guns blazin’.

  7. Achilles says:
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    Should I drop Polanco for Dickerson in a 10-team, H2H redraft league? I need the power upside. I can also drop hitters like Matt Adams or Hosmer or pitchers like Roark or Hammel, although I would prefer to have more bench pitchers than hitters to get the counting stats. Thanks.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Gregory Polanco? My man crush? Step away from the bath salts. Drop Roark if you really want C-Dick.

      • Achilles says:
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        @The Guru: But its a redraft! LOL. My three OF’s are Rios, McCutchen, and Pence. Of my two UTIL spots, I always start Longoria (Beltre is my starting 3B) and either Polanco, Hosmer, or Matt Adams (Goldy is my starting 1B). Like I said, I would much rather keep pitchers because I can always start them but Polanco is supposed to be the man. I need more HRs and RBIs and figured I can keep playing the hottest bat. Thoughts?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Keep Polanco and the bats if you need HR and RBI. Roark isnt giving you homers and RBI.

          • Achilles says:
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            @The Guru: True, #goodlooks. And thanks

  8. Kansas City Busts says:
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    Hosmer or Butler ROS? I have Hosmer and Butler’s on the wire.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hosmer

  9. Allan says:
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    Drop Ross or Keuchal for Wood? Ross sucks on the road and Keuchal has looked bad past 2 starts.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Keuchal.

  10. nick the dick says:
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    Is taijuan really worth holding in a 10 team h2h if my staff is already scherzer/lester/wacha/teheran/ryu/yordano/archer/a. wood/arrieta/walker
    Uehara/cishek/allen
    Or should i just go grab melancon and square my saves away?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      You’re SP looks strong, I’d grab Melancon for Walker.

  11. Steeve says:
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    Mookie Betts call-up this week? Trust him more than James Jones?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sox are certainly dripping hints on Betts and as a Sox fan I’d like to see him get a shot. Not sure he’ll be better than JJ just yet. Hold.

      • Craig Waring says:
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        @The Guru: Sox fan? Nice! I’m in NH.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Meet me at Six Gun City!

  12. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I’ve been streaming OF’s with Cargo and Harper on the DL. I currently have Calhoun and Rajai but there are the likes of Eaton, Viciedo (i.e., J-FOH’s COW), Rasmus and Jackson on the waiver wire. What would the Guru do? Cheers and GO USA!

    P.S. I’m predicting a 0-0 tie for today’s USA/Portugal game.

    • The Guru

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      Think I’d hold for now. I’m a Calhoun fan and Rajai can give you steals if you need them.

      What is soccer?

  13. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league,

    Out of this list of pitchers:
    Cain, Leake, Jamie Garcia, Hutchison, AWood, Gallardo,
    Which three would you want for ROS?

    Also, Melancon or Britton?

    Thanks a bunch

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cain, Garcia, Wood. Melancon

  14. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    What’s your thoughts on a Jesse Hahn? Thoughts vs McHugh or Gausman?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Was Jesse Hahn the porn girl that used to hang with Sam Kinison? Like Hahn’s stuff and his ballpark. Gausman had a nice run, but just got sent back to Triple-A. He’ll be back later. McHugh is struggling with his command. All three are streamers at best. I probably prefer Hahn because he’s in the NL, but would only use him at home. Any one of them can go boom or bust depending on matchup.

  15. GG says:
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    Duffy blown UCL? looked fine in his start a few days ago. is he injured?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No, that was a joke. But, it’s been that kinda year. Duffy is a streamer at best and gets the Angels next – I’m not interested.

  16. Oliver says:
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    Hi!

    I’m in a keeper league where we can keep 4 guys plus a rookie as the last pick. I’m currently way out of contention, and the last place guy offered me:

    David Wright
    Prince Fielder
    Jon Singleton
    My choice of Heaney or Jimmy Nelson

    For my

    Gregory Polanco

    My current keeper level players are Goldschmidt, Puig, Posey, Bruce…

    I could try to trade Posey and Bruce for a high draft pick, and keep the best of the two rookies he offered me along with Fielder and Wright…

    And I like Polanco’s upside and am loathe to give up good rookies that can be kept with a last round pick..

    Any advice?

    • The Guru

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      Keep Polanco for the future. Prince has no future.

  17. Jake says:
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    Hey guru ! Who are you starting this week in a weekly h2h points on ESPN league at 2b pedroia or Dee Gordon? Dee has 7 games & pedroia has 6 games

    I was going to drop Adam Dunn who is my DH & plug Carlos Santana as DH who’s been sitting on my bench to add Andrew cashner, but just noticed Cleveland has 5 games this upcoming week.

    Thanks guru!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m going to keep rolling with Dee until he implodes. That Red Sox lineup is struggling.

      I approve the Dunn drop.

  18. Jonas says:
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    You think Duffy will get injured?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Probably the way this season is going, but the UCL thing was a joke.

  19. Red Barons says:
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    Y! 12-team 5×5 roto:
    Do I drop any of these for Arrieta?
    Beckett / Heaney / McHugh / Eovaldi

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      McHugh, Melancon.

  20. Red Barons says:
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    Sorry, second question: Joe Smith or Melancon?

  21. Joeg414 says:
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    Is this kid Panik a jam?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The kid was raking at Fresno. We’ll have to see. Seems like rookies either come up and rake or they struggle. He’s on the watch list for me.

  22. shawn says:
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    Is it worth dropping Dylan Betances for Alex Wood? Currently have Rosenthal, Melancon, and Cody Allen also as RP

    • shawn says:
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      @shawn: DELLIN* haha

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Yup, if you need SP.

  23. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Dickerson, Beltran, JD Martinez, or Billy Butler?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Beltran ROS.

  24. mcBlunty says:
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    been offered a trade, i get Ian Desmond I send Andrew Cashner

    • mcBlunty says:
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      @mcBlunty: should i do it, I am thinking yes, apreciate your thoughts though

      • The Guru

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        I’d make that dealio for sure.

  25. ty says:
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    LOL @ Rusty Kuntz What did you think of Heaneys performance the other night? is he worth holding on to or maybe going with someone like Alex Wood who is a little more proven. Heaney has the 2 start week next week which looks ok against this phils but the A’s make me scurd.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Ty, thanks for writing in. I thought Heaney looked pretty good, but I’m with you on the A’s start. I’m leaning Wood and see a good second half for him.

      • ty says:
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        @The Guru: thank you sir

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob and thanks for Razzballin’.

  26. Beyond says:
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    Who wins? Polanco & Longoria for Dickerson & Donaldson?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Longo/Polanco

  27. Jack says:
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    Love the Monty Python reference. A. Hill or Gennett in a 5×5 H2H OBP league?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks, Jack. I often wonder if my obscure references are noticed. Ha! Love Scooter, but go Hill.

  28. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Good s tuff im from Milwaukee and big scooter fan.

    This is what I have for potential pitching this week I can start 8 SP and 1 RP (Mcgee) or 9 sp
    Who sits? 5×5 (Oh and is Hunter ever getting the Closer job back?)
    Cobb 2
    Archer 2
    Eovaldi 2
    Roberto Hernandez 2
    Kuechel
    Lincecum
    Morton
    Ventura
    Whitley 2
    Porcello @ Tex
    Dice K @ Pit
    McGee RP

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, really fun watching the Brew Crew this year. Think I’d sit Dice K, Morton. And who knows in BAL. Hunter could get the gig back, its a Closepocalypse situation, but he’s dead to me.

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

  29. Steve says:
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    Would u drop Morse to pick up Ryan Howard?
    10 team standard
    Thx!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Yup, Morse is hurt.

  30. gordon shumway says:
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    Does your opinion of Valbuena change in an OBP/SLG league?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Depends on who else you have I suppose, but I’m not a fan.

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @The Guru: Got him as my 2b right now after gyorko finally became droppable. La Stella, Rutledge and Scooter are all available. I’ve got plenty of counting stats, so anyone who can help me out with obp/slg and perhaps give me an sb or two is worth it for me. Seems like I’ll be playing musical chairs at 2b for the rest of the season. Thanks for the advice!

        • The Guru

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          I’d go Scooter.

  31. Paz says:
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    Would you rather have Kendrys Morales or CJ Cron

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Paz: was literally just thinking of asking this right before i read it here.

    • The Guru

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      Probably about even ROS. Leaning Kendrys.

  32. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Allen or Melancon?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Melancon.

  33. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    scooter doesn’t qualify at SS, at least in yahoo, land of the easy to qualify at anything fantasy site. it’s a good thing yahoo doesn’t run free disability money, since those who bite their tongues once would qualify.

    • The Guru

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      Ha!

  34. Noah says:
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    Would you drop Matt Cain or Gio Gonzalez for Jake Arrieta?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No, I wouldn’t do that.

  35. fausto says:
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    Jam scooter over alcides escobar? Hurting for sb but might be missing phillips(heel) need a 2b. Id be plugging in bogaerts at ss for escobar.

    Jam j.d. martinez or brock holt over austin jackson?

    Jam Joe Smith over Frieri or hold both? Im rolling out cody allen, mejia, frieri for saves. Not really working out.

    Non keeper…drop singleton? Have rizzo edwin morneau

    Sorry that was a lot of jamming.

    • fausto says:
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      @fausto: bellisario too for saves.

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Thanks for Razzballin, Fausto. Hold, but pick up Joe Smith.

  36. Mello Yello says:
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    Jake Arrieta is a Vince Carter reverse 360 jam

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      On NBA JAM!

  37. Green machine says:
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    Hey guru this week which pitcher do you like the best? Jake odorozzi, Wei yin Chen (if I spelled it right), bartolo colon or Matt Cain?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I know Cain hasn’t looked like his old self, but I think he turns things around starting tonight.

      • Sweet chin music says:
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        @The Guru:

        Especially with cashner scratched tonight too, do you like Cain in a weekly league? His next start is vs reds I love his matchup tonight with cashner not pitching but not sure about that second start

  38. Tehol Beddict says:
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    do you know the difference between Jam and Jelly?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Your mom likes jelly.

  39. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    Rumors are strong for the return of T.D’Arnaud starting Tuesday of this week. Easy to bail on this guy with his ML numbers so far but I’m thinking there’s not enough ABs there to write him off yet. His bat profile was just too good for me to let him sit on the waiver pile (especially in a 2 catcher league).

    You think his bat will awaken enough to be one of the better #2 catchers in the 2nd half?

    • The Guru

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      I don’t know about better, but needs to be owned in a 2 catcher league for sure. He could hit 7-10 homers and .250-.260 ROS.

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