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Has the Derek Jeter Memorial Midsummer lovefest ended in Minnesota yet? I need an afterglow cigarette and one of those Jeter gift baskets after that All-Star reach around. Hey, as a Red Sox fan I can actually tip the turban to Jeter for a great career ( I just vomited in my mouth a little), but it’s not like Jeets is on his death bed muttering “Rosebud” or was the greatest player of his generation. Or was he? At least Adam Wainwright wasn’t grooving pitches to him for the last 20 years. With the fantasy DT’s settling in, I turned my trembling hands to Razzball’s Historical Fantasy Baseball Player Rater to check the numbers. I was surprised by what I found. No surprise that the top 3 fantasy players of all-time were Ruth, Aaron and Cobb, but it is interesting to note that Jeter ranks in the top 50 at No. 41. The Yankees captain ranks just ahead of Hall of Famers like Jim Rice, Paul Molitor, George Brett and should be Hall of Famer Pete Rose. According to the Razzball Rater, Jeter is the No.6 shortstop all-time ahead of Robin Yount, Barry Larkin, Joe Cronin and Pee Wee Reese. Now, as Jeter rides off into the pinstriped sunset, he currently ranks as the 22nd best shortstop in our fake ballin’ world. Not great, but still better than more heavily owned players like J.J. Hardy, Xander Bogaerts and Brad Miller. In honor of the departing Jeets, his “dating diamond”, the Midsummer Classic and the fantasy baseball DT’s, let’s jam or cram the currently under-owned (60% or less) waiver wire All-Stars.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Catcher, Kurt Suzuki, Minnesota Twins

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 73% ESPN

First Half Stats: 278 AB, 28 R, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 0 SB, .309 AV

Jam or Cram: Suzuki was an All-Star? Sure was, I saw Joe Buck introduce him and Erin Andrews confuse him for Koji Uehara. He’s Hawaiian, Erin, you dancing with dopes ditz! If you’re still playing catcher roulette and missed the Devin Mesoraco train (who saw that coming?) Suzuki has quietly put together a top 10 backstop season thus far, but won’t give you any pop or steals. I’d expect the regression faeries to come a callin’ in the second half as he’s been hitting about 50 points above his career average and his .328 BABIP is nearly 70% higher than his career. CRAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: First Base, Lucas Duda, New York Mets

Availability: 75% Yahoo, 47% ESPN

First Half Stats:281 AB, 36 R, 14 HR, 49 RBI, 2 SB, .256 AV

Jam or Cram: Check this out: Player A has 17 homers, 48 RBI and is hitting .240. Player B has 14 homers, 49 RBI and is hitting .256. Which one is 95% owned? Player A, Mark Teixeira. What is this 2009? Why no love for the Duda? Over the month of July leading up to the break Duda has slashed 300/.432/.600 with two home runs, seven RBI and his OPS over his last 40 games is 1.015 OPS. The Duda could hit another 10 homers the rest of the way with 30ish RBI. If you still own Mark Teixeira over Duda you may want to change out of your pinstripe pj’s and give the Dude a roll. JAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Second Base, Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers

Availability: 63% Yahoo, 42% ESPN

First Half Stats:282 AB, 40 R, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 5 SB, .309 AV

Jam or Cram: I’ve been riding Scooter most of the season and it’s been paying off. Even though he’s in a bit of a Platoony Tune situation, Scooter is still ranked higher than Dustin Pedroia, Jason Kipnis and Ben Zobrist in the first half of the season. He should be owned everywhere and could easily finish the season with 70-80 runs, 12-15 homers, 10-15 steals and a .300 average. JAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Third Base, Conor Gillaspie, Chicago White Sox

Availability: 85% Yahoo, 88% ESPN

First Half Stats: 258 AB, 36 R, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 0 SB, .326 AV

Jam or Cram: If you whiffed on third base this season (hello, Jedd Gyorko) the waiver cupboard is a little bare. Lonnie Chisenhall, Brock Holt and Casey McGehee are likely long gone, but Gillaspie is worth running through the jammer crammer machine. Gillaspie hits the break on a six-game hitting streak, with eight runs, three homers and five RBI. It would be nice to see him bumped up in the batting order and, if he continues to hit, that will likely happen. Deep leaguers, it’s an alright JAM, everyone else it’s a CRAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Shortstop, Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates

Availability: 86% Yahoo, 84% ESPN

First Half Stats: 292 AB, 34 R, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 1 SB, .250 AV

Jam or Cram: Has our fantasy season actually come to this? We’re seriously discussing Jordy Mercer? Perhaps the turban is wound a bit too tight today, but despite hitting .167 in March and April he’s managed to get the average up to .250 by hitting .330 over the last month and a half. Hey, shortstop is not a pretty position this season outside of Tulo and he’s worth a look in NL and deep leagues, but you’re not getting any power or steals. If the season has really come to this the whole season is a CRAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Outfield, James Jones, Seattle Mariners

Availability: 88% Yahoo, 77% ESPN

First Half Stats: 244 AB, 37 R, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 17 SB, .287 AV

Jam or Cram: SAGNOF alert! The pop is not there as Jones has yet to go deep this year, but he did hit 14 at High-A ball a couple years ago so he has the ability. If we’re picking up Jones it’s for runs and of course steals. When all is said and done this season he could finish with 30-35 stolen bases and not be a drain on your roster. JAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Starting Pitcher, Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

Availability: 46% Yahoo, 51% ESPN

First Half Stats: 113.2 IP, 8 W, 85 K, 3.01 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Jam or Cram: Roark has been a nice surprise in Washington, has more wins and a better ERA than teammate Stephen Strasburg. Among healthy NL starters with at least 160 innings pitched over the last two seasons, Roark has the third lowest ERA behind Kershaw and Cueto. You also have to like the option of being able to slide him into a RP slot. JAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Relief Pitcher, Jake McGee, Tampa Bay Rays

Availability: 56% Yahoo, 43% ESPN.

First Half Stats: 41.1 IP, 3 W, 7 S, 50 K, 1.72 ERA, 0.87 WHIP

Jam or Cram: It looks like McGee is the Rays closer for the foreseeable future. McGee had four saves in the two weeks leading up to the break and should be in line for more – that is until Joe Maddon sees Brad Boxberger walking around with his Nana. The velocity has increased this year, his K/9 are the second best of his career and he’s yet to give up a homer this season. When it comes to saves you just grab what you can and hope the SAGNOF gods smile. JAM.

 Thanks for the playing along, Razzballer’s. Questions, comments, reasons you hate the All-Star game welcomed below. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS and check out my blog thedirtyturban.net.

  1. The Theory says:
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    (As always, I appreciate y’all’s commitment to answering questions in these here comments. Thanks!)

    My 2nd base sitch is in a bit of a kerfuffle.
    12-team h2h team.

    I was able to pick up Scooter after Lawrie went down.
    But the mentioned platoon is kind of annoying and I don’t have a spare roster spot for a back-up 2nd baseman.

    Kolten Wong is the only intriguing option on waivers.
    Should I be riding the scooter or the wong?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Theory, thanks for Razzballin’. Despite the Platoony Tune, I think you’ll get more riding the Scooter ROS.

  2. Lemmingness says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Weekly points league,
    Possible for either Peralta or Alcantara to outperform the decidedly average Andrus for the rest of this season?
    Also, which two ROS between M.Cain, Hahn, and T.Walker?

    Thanks as always

    • The Guru

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      Hey Lemming, I’m a fan of the King and Elvis is too good to give up on.

      Give me Cain. *prays to Billy Swift bobblehead*

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Good call on Duda, I don’t understand all the hate. Is it because he plays for the Mets? Is it because his last name sounds like a 3 year olds description of poop? Would people like him better if he was Luke Duda? These are the questions I ponder each morning!

    • The Guru

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      Viva la Duda!

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: track record of not producing consistently? Goes on a hot streak..then goes on a longer cold streak all year

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @my sisters friend boyfriend: Maybe but for the first time in his career he’s in line for everyday PT. His batted ball numbers aren’t out of whack. He’s always had serious power look at the average distance per Homer/fly ball he’s had in his career. Power peaks early but players learn how to harness it. I think Duda is a good but as CI or a 4 OF option.

  4. Bob says:
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    Got an interesting offer this morning. Then it was retracted. And another took its place. Dealing with injuries in my pitching rotation. So very intrigued by the offer. Though wondering if I should give up the speed. In a h2h weekly league roto categories 6×6 with k’s for hitter and Qs for pitchers.

    Got offered Wainright and Frazier for Beltre and Altuvie first. Should I try to get him to put that up again?

    Then got offered Wainright and Gio Gonzalez for Scherzer and Altuvie. Thoughts?

    I still have Hamilton and can slot Rendon at 2b. But the weekly speed advantage I had would be gone.

    C-Ramos
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Altuvie
    ss-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Adrian Beltre
    OF-Billy Hamilton
    OF-Adam Jones
    OF-Carlos Gomez
    DH-Carlos Santanna(1b,3b,dh)
    b-Anthony Rendon (2b,3b)
    b-Ryan Braun
    B-Kole Calhoun
    b-Nolan Arenado
    b-George Springer
    Dl-Edwin Encarnacion (1b,dh)
    P-Scherzer
    P-Bumgardner
    P-Kluber
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    P-Dillon Gee
    RP-Robertson
    RP-Holland
    B-Jordan Zimmerman
    B-Mike Minor
    B-Francisco Liriano
    B-Yordano Ventura
    Dl-Tanaka

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bob: Pitching looks fine to me as it is.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d hold. The pitching looks good – sorry about the Tanaka thing.

      • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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        @The Guru: Try to unload Minor or package Annibal Sanchez, those are your two weakest pitchers in my eyes

        • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @I Be Teheran It Up!: liriano has been quite a bit worse than annabelle.

  5. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Sup Guru, looking at the FA pitchers in my H2H points league and who would make the best add short term and ROS?
    Dickey, E. Santana, Gallardo, Odorizzi, Eovaldi
    Thanks, and as a Yankee fan I must say Jeter is the true posterboy of this sport we love.

    • The Guru

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      Even this Sox fan can say Jeter s prettay prettay prettay good. I ‘m a big Odorizzi guy, but Santana in the NL on a contender is probably the best bet.

      • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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        @The Guru: was thinkin the same, Thanks Gu

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob.

  6. Dub says:
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    Which 2 of these 4 should I jam?

    Alcantara
    Pearce
    Holt
    Betts

    • The Guru

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      Pearce and Holt.

  7. Fistering says:
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    How would you guys rank Cain, Quintana, Bauer for ROS. I was offered abreu and Bauer for my Bautista, grey, and one of Cain and Quintana and trying to evaluate adding in one of Cain and Quintana. I would be able to keep abreu as 7th rounder next year

    • The Guru

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      Cain, Quintana, Bauer.

    • theone says:
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      @Fistering: i think its time to get over the “name”. This kid Bauer has been looking real good and has been throwing serious heat and the curve has been looking amazing. He worked real hard offseason and Tito was touting this kid all preseason. Hes special. Remember what Tito and his guys did with Ubaldo, kazmir, and what Kluber has become. Dont be surprised if Bauer takes next step to finish season second half and is on everyones drsft list next season. Cain has been going thru these struggles since last season and SF cant right his ship. Just remember how some of cle pitchers took off second half last season.

      • Fistering says:
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        @theone: thanks guys. Appreciate the feedback.

        • theone says:
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          @Fistering: saw him last night?! Im telling you when it comes to Bauer…..belieb lol. Let these owners waste their time with Cain and his cranky arm

  8. Big W says:
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    Hanley and J Harrison or Altuve and J Hamilton…

    ROS, which side do we like most?

    • The Guru

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      Hanley’s health is concerning – go Altuve.

  9. james says:
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    Since you brought up Jeter… I want to talk about his HoF credentials.

    I do not feel like looking up stats, but i know career he roughly is 250hr/300sb/3400hits/.310 over 20 seasons. He had a good glove early in his career, but has been a negative value fielder for the past 5-8 years (at this point almost a third of his career). He gets accolades for his leadership, so a lot of places put that as a kicker, at least he is not the Georgia Peach, and needs to be one of the top 10 overall to get in dispite his character issues.

    I know he is a SS, but there are so few SS in the hall, and 2b is an equally though, and even more rare HoF position (since, like now, so many players come up at ss, the best stick there, the rest get moved to 3b, 2b, or the OF…. or 1b power hitting if we are talking about Thome, how was that guy drafted as a SS, a whole different post).

    The best comp for Jeter is Biggio. Biggio had more homers and Sb (i think about 30-40 more HR, and about 50-60 more steals), but was a career 275ish hitter. They both played 20 years. So for their career, it is really a question of if you would rather have a .270 14hr, 20sb player, or a .310 12hr, 18sb player.

    Biggio was an Allstar at 3 positions, and i think he only got gold gloves at 2 (catcher and 2b…. and he was an above average CF in the twilight of his career). He was part of an organization that provided the only entertaining season that organization has provided in a long time (Lima Time… with the killer Bs). He played with only 1 other HoF player (maybe Berkman or Wags get in at some point, but i doubt either one ever gets in).

    Jeter has played with countless future HoF, and there are very few yankees regulars over the past few seasons that were not at least Berkman level (Soriano, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Wells, Petite, Brown… there is a laundry list of yankees over the past 20 years that are boarderline HoF players, only 1 real sure fire in Rivera).

    the knock I have on Jeter IS the clubhouse leadership. The yankees have had countless issues with steriods in the past 10 years. Starting with Giambi and going all the way to Melky only 2 years ago. If you want the bonus of being a clubhouse leader, you get the knock when the clubhouse has problems. With the yankees since 2000, there are plenty of knocks.

    I am not saying Jeter does not belong in the Hall, but like Biggio, he is not a first ballot Guy. I know there will be a push to get him nearr 100%, but the reality is that if biggio has struggled to get enough votes the past few years, jeter should not be any different.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for weighing in, man. Yes, Jeter is a Hall of Famer. However, if he played in KC he wouldn’t be getting the coronation that is. I mean the guy never hit 25 homers, hit 100 RBI once and never won a batting title or an MVP. Biggio is a good comparison and I’d prob rank Alan Trammel above him – and he’s not in the HOF.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @The Guru: I think world series play really is the difference between some hof players and non hof players. Jeter playing in 7 winning 5 is huge in deciding players. I think the 3 the Red Sox won will help Ortiz make it in. I also think the lack of titles really hurt Edgar Martinez and Biggio. I liken it to who’s the best QB question every year Well Brady and Montana got the rings blah blah blah. Just my 1.5 cents.

        • The Guru

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          Well put, Toe.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @james: No one that got what Jeter got in his final ASG isn’t a first ballot HOF’r. He’s been the face of the game throughout his career. Looking at what’s around him isn’t fair. Look at the man himself. He transcends.

      • The Guru

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        He can also walk on water and heal the sick.

      • Brian says:
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        @SallyCips: You have to look at what’s around him. Both the good and the bad. The Yankees had the highest payroll for 18 out of his 21 years (the other 3 years they were second). That’s a positive and negative. He has better stats and more rings because of it. Yet even hitting at the top of that perennial powerhouse, he only led the league in runs once. However, the Yankees could have signed anyone that wanted to play for them at any point in Jeter’s career. Yet they chose to sign Jeter. That says a lot.

        Biggio is a great comparison (he’s not in for the same reason Tim Raines isn’t – they were both overshadowed by even better players at their position and style of play – Alomar and Henderson).

        Another great comparison for Jeter is Cal Ripken. Cal had the same sort of intangibles as Jeter has. Cal has 2 MVP’s and ‘The Streak.’ Jeter never won the MVP (2nd once and 3rd twice), has multiple rings and his plays in the biggest media market in the world.

        I don’t look at Jeter as a dominant player and he never really dominated any one year or any one stat. But he was a consistently good all-around player. That’s HOF material. He’ll be a first ballot guy based on his image and team not his individual stats.

        • The Guru

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          He’s a first ballot for sure, but the NY market surely played him up better than he was.

      • james says:
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        @SallyCips:

        i think you are sort of making my point. he did not deserve this send off. he is not a first ballot Hall of Fame player.

        I do not see a first ballot HoF that he stacks up against. Jeter playing in any other town does not even make the hall. for most of the championships he was hardly the best player on his own team.
        96- That team was Tino, Bernie, and Oneil. Jeter had 10hr and 14sb (on a terrible percentage). he was just their young everyday SS, not thier star.
        98- was a pitching led team with a very balanced hitting. The stars of that team were Petite, Wells and Cone (irabu and El Duke were good too). tino martinez had 123 RBI that year with 28 homers… compared to jeter 19hr 30sb- and this was likely his best season. 8 guys on that team hit 17 homers (4 over 20)
        99- another good pitching team with El duke in his prime, clemens, Petite and Cone. I think this was the only 100 rbi season for Jeter. the only eye popping thing about Jeter was teh .349 average (remember this was the steriod era, everyone hit 20 points higher back then).
        00- Jeter was 5th on the Team in RBI, this was really a team with 7 great hitters in thier prime, Jeter was one of 7… hard to give much credit there
        09- that was simply an all star team. Jeter was 9th- 9th in rbi. 7 guys (not jeter) hit over 22 homers, That team won from spending huge, not just jeter.

        I see a lot of championships, but only see 2 where he was argueably the best on his team.

        • The Guru

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          Don’t think you can fault him for the lineup he was in. Other than A-Rod, Jeter was the best at his position and the years of consistency put him in the Hall on the first ballot.

          • james says:
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            @The Guru:

            I am not faulting him for his lineup, I am just not giving him a bonus for it. I think being a yankee has been a double edged sword for him. He won championships, but every one of those has been tainted by steriods. He is a clubhouse leader, but it is a clubhouse that has been involved in every major steriod bust in the past 15 years.

            My thought is if Biggio is not a first ballot, and Trammel looks like he will never get in… then how is jeter a first ballot guy?

  10. ty says:
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    Nice write up G, loved the show yesterday too..I hope you are right about springer ROS, i’m going to stick it out with him. I pulled off a trade yesterday, how’d I do? He got Beltre, JD-Mart and Lincecum. I got Sale and Brantley. I now have Arenado playing 3rd and My outfield is A.Jones,Brantley and Springer with Calhoun, K.Davis and Choo on the Bench. I’m also liking your Roark Jam. I’m thinking of swapping him out with A. Wood? But then I would have 3 National starters. Stras, Zim and Roark to go along with my other starters RYU, Acher, Grey and Beckett

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @ty: Im a big Brantley fan…i like that trade for you

    • The Guru

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      Thansk, Ty. I have no real data to back up my thoughts on Springer except his minor league and college numbers. It just seems like rookies either come out strong then average out of come out and struggle then figure it out. I’m praying to my Jose Cruz bobblehead Springer gets hot in the second half. I prob would not have done the trade as Beltre is the best in the deal, but Sale should shore up your SP and Brantley is a stud. Hold off on Tanner, you don’t want that many Nationals. Wood is a nice play. Good luck the rest of the way!

      • Ty says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks guys.. I know Beltres a stud but I’m hoping arenado’s home numbers make it interesting. He was having a good year before that freak injury

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @ty: Id keep wood though

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I jumped on board with Duda about two weeks ago…hes been sneaky good…even better in a OBP league. Im trying to convince Grey that Duda isnt Doodie.

    • The Guru

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      Join the Duda train!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @The Guru: Im having a hard time believing its possible the Mets made the right decision keeping him over IKE…so un met like.

        • The Guru

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          Don’t worry, JeF, they will find a way to mess it all up. Ha!

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @The Guru: Ha…im a met fan but root for the SOX due to my hatred for the Yanks….need some advise, what do i do on Bill Buckner day, i tend to celebrate like its a national holiday…but a small part of me hurts for my second favorite team.

            • P_Swayz on a horse says:
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              @JeF With 1 F:

              You don’t have a Mookie Wilson jersey you can wear?

            • The Guru

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              All is forgiven with Buck. Cheers!

            • ram says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: I suggest you put on replicas of the 3 World Series rings the Sox have won since Buckner missed the ground ball, drink a dozen Samuel Adams and take the subway to Yankee Stadium and tell all 20,000 Yankee fans that are showing up nowadays all about the 2004 choke. That would be a celebration (of course you need to wear a Buckner Sox jersey and a Buckner mustache).

              • The Guru

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                I like the way Ram thinks!

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @ram: I have a Buckner mets Jersey…hes considered a member of the 86 team.

                • @JeF With 1 F: I still so remember game 6 and Vin Scully’s call of, “Here comes Knight and the Mets WIN IT!!

                  • The Guru

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                    I had that memory erased with shock therapy. Thanks, Obamacare.

  12. AYL says:
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    I have a surplus of outfielders and need to bench 3 of the following each night:

    Bryce Harper, Billy Hamilton, Andrew McCutchen, Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez, Mark Trumbo, Khris Davis, Brett Gardner.

    One guy in my league is interested in Yelich for Cliff Lee and I could use some added pitching depth. What do y’all think?

    • The Guru

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      Sure you could make the deal. You might even be able to do better.

  13. Nathan Moore says:
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    I’m a disappointed Jean Segura owner that is hurting in pretty much every offensive category except for runs (1st in my league) and stolen bases (somewhere in the middle). I’m thinking about dropping Segura for Lucas Duda – the third highest ranked batter on the WW behind Eric Aybar and Drew Stubbs.

    Anyway, would I be crazy to drop Segura at this point to try and add some power to my weak lineup? I can’t imagine his play will improve very much after all the personal trauma he’s been going through.

    • Nathan Moore says:
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      @Nathan Moore:

      I should also mention that I already have Zobrist at SS. Segura has just been sitting on my bench for the last month or so.

    • The Guru

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      How much longer can we wait on Segura? On teams I have him that are winning I’be kept him hoping for a turnaround. The other teams I’ve dropped him as I need some counting stats to move up in the standings.

  14. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Heres a good comparison for Duda:
    Yahoo leagues

    Matt Adams: %owned 85%, AB-301, R-31, HR-11, RBI-41, Avg.-.329, OBP-.345
    Lucas Duda: %owned 25%, AB-281, R-36, HR-14, RBI-49, Avg.-.256, OBP-.352
    Only spot Adams has him is AVG and mainly due to the platoon early on for Duda…Dudas been at .300 over the last month.

    • The Guru

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      The Duda abides!

  15. BeastMode says:
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    Pick 2 for the balance of the season:

    – Dallas Keuchel
    – Phil Hughes
    – Clay Buchholz
    – Jake Odirizzi

    Great work and thanks as always!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @BeastMode: Odirizzi, Buchholz…no guarantees on either but like them best out of those four

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, beast. Leaning Hughes and Odorizzi here.

  16. J Boy says:
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    Hey Guru – I have both Mcgee and Valfour – if there are some moves I need to make, do you think it’s safe to drop Balfour? McGee is nasty, Balfour is stinky – thoughts?

    Note, my league is crazy competitive with saves.

    • J Boy says:
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      @J Boy: forgot to mention, my other option would be to drop Giles who I like, especially with a possible Paps trade on the horizon…thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Get rid of Balfour. He’s dead to me.

  17. SallyCips says:
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    Coupla quickies:

    Got Odorizzi and Roark on the wire, drop any of these for them: Ventura, Garza, Lincecum, Morton.

    Also how’s this trade offer sound: My CDavis/Ventura for his CLee/Prado. Need a 2nd ace type and 3rd base backup.

    Thanks, Guru!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Drop Garza, pick up Odorizzi. As bad as Davis has been that’s a tough one. I wouldnt do it. Think Davis is giong to bounce back in second half.

      • Sally says:
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        @The Guru: OK, thanks for advice. Been trying to trade Davis, but two of you Razzballers have told me to hold on the particular offers. It’s a toughie. He’s been so bad, but can be a monster.

  18. Clint says:
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    I picked up Alcides when Segura went on bereavement but now he’s back. Who is the proverbial jam/cram in my 8 team h2h pts league?

    • Clint says:
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      @Clint:

      One other question: I was hoping you’d talk about Brandon Moss on the radio show. He and Morneau have had amazing 1st halfs too and are leading batters in my 8 team h2h pts league. Where do you see them going in the second half?

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Praying to my Robin Yount bobblehead Segura bounces back in the second half. As long as Moss and Morneau are healthy they will continue to produce. Moss will be better.

  19. It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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    Denard span or Desmond Jennings ROS?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      They are real close. *flips coin* Jennings!

  20. osnam says:
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    Morning. So Trumbo just came off the dl and I need to drop someone. I was thinking about offering my Trumbo and Y. Ventura for Tyson Ross. Should I, or is that giving up too much? Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Seems a bit much.

  21. Ollie says:
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    The Guru!

    Segura has been painful to watch this year. I’m in first in one of my leagues despite starting him. It’s a 14 team, H2H points league with 4 keepers. Keep a player, lose the pick two rounds earlier next year. I put out a message and this is a trade that came back to me:

    His Tulo and Leonys Martin for my Holliday, Segura (keeper – 21st round next year), Scherzer (keeper – 7th round next year)

    The rest of my team is:

    C: Suzuki
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Gennett (WHOOO)
    3B: Beltre
    SS: Segura (just picked up Peralta as well)
    OF: Brantley
    OF: Holliday
    OF: Bautista
    UTIL: Abreu
    BN: Hamilton

    Starters: Scherzer, Hudson, Peralta, Gray, Hughes, Richards, Minor, Porcello, Wheeler, Martinez
    Relievers: Melancon, Street

    So the ultimate question here is, holy crap I can get Tulo, how do I not pull the trigger? I’m in 1st, flags fly forever. But, is the difference from Peralta/Segura greater than losing on Segura’s future and a stud pitcher in the 7th and possibly 5th round the next two years?

    You’re the man! Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      That’s a tough one to pass on for sure, but I think I’d counter with Gray or Hudson and see if he bites first.

      • Ollie says:
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        @The Guru:

        He sent me a text saying if Tulo was in the deal it had to be for Scherzer. Maybe I could get someone besides Martin. He’s got Bruce, Daniel Murphy? I could try to convince him to give Springer instead haha. Thanks for the input man!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Springer would be niiiccee. Ha!

          • Ollie says:
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            @The Guru:

            Not sure how, but I managed to get Springer out of it. He was going to drop Benoit as well so I said I’d take him too and he added him. If Street gets traded I guess Benoit is next in line for some saves? Trade ended up being:

            Tulowitzki, Springer, Benoit for Holliday, Segura, Scherzer

            Pretty happy.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Ollie: Nice Deal

            • @Ollie: IF, Tulo stays healthy, great deal for you, if not, not so great

              • The Guru

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                Nice deal. Now pray to your Jeter retirement barf bag Tulo stays healthy.

    • @Ollie: I hold, Tulo will get hurt at some point this season and I believe Sgura will dedicate this 2nd half to his son and have a HUGE 2nd half..

  22. osnam says:
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    Also, alex wood or Odorizzi? Thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      It’s close but I like Wood in the NL.

  23. Kevin says:
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    Would you trade away Tijuan Walker and DeGrom for Alex Cobb, thanks in advance.

    • The Guru

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      I would and wouldn’t think twice about it.

  24. fausto says:
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    Lost phillips so im left with howie kendrick/alcantera as 2b options. I grabbed harrison for sb and in yahoo has 2b,3b, of elig. which is great but he’s platooney/streaky. More rbi/sb ROS jam harrison or scooter?. Harrison/cron are my ci depending on who’s playing so id have to add a plouffe or another of his ilk. I just traded morneau.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Scooter.

  25. Simon says:
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    Thoughts on Rosario or Lucroy ROS? I need an upgrade at cathcer.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Lucroy for me.

  26. SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEighthToo says:
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    Between an innings cap and his elbow injury, I am a bit worried about Ventura being shut down. Available potential replacements include Buchholz, Hughes, Niese, Eovaldi and Roark. Make a move?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Grab Hughes.

    • @SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEighthToo: I keep Yordy, there will be no innings limit for him per his coach and he has been better than before the injury, he is also on a better team than the recently struggling Hughes…cheers

      • The Guru

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        I don’t believe it the way pitchers are babied these days – especially if the Royals fall out of it.

  27. Mike says:
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    Do is start Cobb or Kennedy tomorrow??
    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cobb

  28. Ben. says:
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    In a Keeper League would you trade Kevin Gausman for Hanley Ramierez?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sure.

  29. The Fridge says:
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    Rest of Season – Aybar or Alcantara?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Aybar

  30. KB says:
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    My CarGo for his Bruce/6th Rd. Draft Pick (6th is earliest round we can trade)? 16-team keeper league and I’m in 11th so it’s probably not my year.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sure, line things up for next year.

  31. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Leonys/Shelby for Stras

    weekly h2h points

    tur B(an) continued……

  32. stonepie says:
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    offered rios/shark for darvish.. he asked if i could do moss/shark instead. was going to pick up austin jackson to replace rios, now im thinking i could pick up either ajax or duda now to replace moss.
    would you do moss/shark for darvish?

    • The Guru

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      If you really want Darvish sure.

      • stonepie says:
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        @The Guru: which option do you prefer? maybe ill throw in keuchel or another turd to sweeten the deal

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I’d prefer keeping Rios.

  33. Bye Felicia says:
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    I’m losing in a fantasy league to a 67 year old grandmother. Does that mean I should hang up my fantasy cleats?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      It’s been that kind of year. Drink more.

  34. Eds says:
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    Springer/Singleton for Kh. Davis/Mauer?

    • The Guru

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      Davis side.

  35. Fistering says:
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    Saw some talk above about Brantley and segura. Like Brantley a lot also and trying to pry him away from an owner. Would u offer sonny gray and segura/alcides for Brantley? Id be left with one alcides or segura and also have Zobrist to slot in from time to time. Remaining pitxhers are Cobb, Teheran, Chavez, arrieta, Quintana, Cain, cashner. Thanks in advance

    • @Fistering: do you need an OF? who are your OF’s? Unless you need an OF I would keep Sonny..

    • The Guru

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      Depends on your lineup and position in the standings. Would he take Cain instead?

  36. Green monstah says:
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    Hey guru great posts!

    Which trade do you like better out of these two & which side do you like better on each trade/

    Trade 1:

    Matt Holliday for Jose Reyes (I’d be receiving Reyes)

    Trade 2:

    Hunter pence for Adam laroche (I’d be receiving laroche)

    I’d rather hold onto pence, the Holliday/ Reyes trade is something I proposed , the pence / laroche was what that same owner sent to me

    To me numbers wise Holliday/ Reyes aren’t far off, my other OF’ers are Harper, pence, Brantley, springer , polanco & Bruce ( we start 4) & Holliday too.

    My other SS is Alexei Ramirez , I could either keep or look to move him too – if I get Reyes

    Drop or keep aramis Ramirez? I’d be looking to add an extra starting pitcher either Matt Cain (who has two starts next week), Jacob deGrom( who may have two starts if not he’s been good lately), jake arrieta or Dillion gee. If I was adding a bat I’d be looking at Wong

    Thanks guru, have a great day!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Monstah, thanks for Razzballin’. Keep Pence and with your currnt OF the Reyes trade will help your SS position. Think I’d hold on Aramis.

  37. Hey Guru, thanks for being on today, 3 days is more than enough for baseball to be on hiatus, so what does Bud (dick) do, add another day…

    I needed a fix..thanks

    cheers

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m with you. It’s been a black hole in the sports world. I almost watched soccer! Luckily the sun came out and I had scotch.

  38. Justin Benjamin says:
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    Guru,
    Time to cut bait on Allen Craig? Do you see a turnaround? He’s wasting a bench spot and, sadly, Eric Hosmer and Brandon Belt appear to be better options on my team right now.

    If you were going to tell me that my 1B situation is a complete dumpster fire, that news has already broken…right along with my heart.

    • The Guru

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      Oof, that’s a gut punch. Is Duda out there? Hosmer may have the better second half of the 3.

  39. J Boy says:
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    Is it safe to drop Estrada or could he find his way back into the rotation with another clunker or two from Jimmy Nelson?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Safe enough, but depends on who you’re dropping him for.

      • J Boy says:
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        @The Guru: I need steals – just acquired Ellsbury and was going to go after Bonofacio or Everth for when they return. I also need to take CliFf Lee off the DL. MY other options aside from Estrada would be Balfour or Giles. Only need to drop one, what do you think?

        Also, who do you like more for steals – Boni or Everth?

        Thanks!

        • The Guru

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          Balfour is a drop for sure. Tough with the steals and those two. Is James Jones avail?

          • J Boy says:
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            @The Guru: no he’s scooped up, I’m in. 14 team roto, very competitive so not much appealing on waivers as far as swipes – those two are the best options right now. Boni due back next week but not sure on playing time for him. Everth is on the DL with a hammy, which obviously affects base stealing a tad – ha. Gun to your head, what do you think?

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Evereth

  40. J Boy says:
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    Thanks again!

  41. Papajeansegura says:
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    Duda, Ryan Howard, or Steve Pearce?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Papajeansegura: not howard.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      All are real close. Pearce has been hot. Let’s give him a go.

  42. ty says:
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    I’m back to the well …I need SB’s you think K.Davis for Marte sounds fair?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Yes, if you’re getting Marte.

  43. Ping pong says:
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    Jam or cram

    16h2h redraft

    Darvish
    Holliday
    Fransico

    For

    Beltre
    Zimmerman p
    Doolittle

    Staff would be

    Stras
    Zimmerman
    Wood
    Minor
    Colon
    Evoldi
    Chart

    Pen
    Chisek
    Krod
    Doolittle
    Betances

    Thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I like that trade. Jam

  44. Ryan says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Could really use your help here because this is a big move for me…Keeper League

    Shelby Miller + A. Rendon + Alex Meyer FOR S. Marte + Donaldson + Cueto

    Who wins ROS? Future?

    • The Guru

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      Maybe I am conservative, but I prefer the known over the unknown and I’m going Cueto side now and for the next 3 years.

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