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We are halfway through the fantasy season and it’s another week, another closepocalypse. Didn’t Smokey predict this back in March?! Andrew Bailey’s job was outsourced, Jose Valverde was sent packing, Heath Bell is absolutely stuffed and the Mariners closer by committee is as uncertain as a child’s bottom. That’s a straight up Ulysses quote my literate homies. SAGNOF! While in the real baseball world it has become quite obvious that saves are overrated, in our fake baseball world closers are one of those necessary evils. Kind of like root canals and prostate exams. Fortunately, I get both taken care of at the same place. One-stop shopping. Thanks ObamaCare! While closers can be a pain in the fanny perpendicular, I’m not one to punt a category. Even one as frustrating as the save. Who invented this dastardly stat? Apparently the dean of baseball beat writer’s, Jerome Holtzman is to blame. He invented the save in 1959. There wasn’t much to do in the late 50’s except “like Ike” and cower in the bomb shelter with a tin of beans and a deck of nudie cards. According to Razzball historian Paulie Allnuts, the very next year the term “Sagnoff” was first uttered by one Winston Greystone Albright II after drafting Moe Drabowsky with his first pick in the inaugural drunken fantasy draft at The White Horse Tavern in New York’s West Village. An ‘ol fashioned donnybrook soon ensued, but not a mustache was harmed according to reports. Thanks Paulie.  This week let’s run down some candidates for saves that just could mean the difference between fantasy glory and fantasy defeat. Time to jam it or cram it. Dr. Pfister, I’m ready for my… Do you really need to wear the dive watch?

Jam or Cram: Joaquin Benoit, RP, Detroit Tigers

Availability: 51% Yahoo, 57% ESPN

Current Stats: 30 IP, 1 W, 4 SV, 6 ER, 35 K, 1.80 ERA. 1.00 WHIP

Career Saves: 17

The Gist: After Jose Valverde was designated for assignment to Syria, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Benoit is his top option to close out games from here on out. Leyland then ripped the filter off a Camel Crush and said, “If I want minty fresh I’ll rub some Icy Hot on my taint.”

Key Stat: Benoit has averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings over the last four seasons.

X-File: The Tigers have been rumored to be in on Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon is rumored to be brushing up on his Bob Seger. Turn the page.

Jam or Cram: Benoit is the man. For now. Although his walk rate is up slightly this year (7.8%), Benoit has struck out over 30% of the batters he’s faced. Benoit has a chance to be this year’s Sergio Romo. Or is it Tony Romo? Damn. I say JAM.

Jam it or Cram it: Koji Uehara, RP, Boston Red Sox

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 81% ESPN

Current Stats: 30 IP, 0 W, 1 SV, 7 ER, 42 K, 2.10 ERA, 0.87 WHIP

Career Saves: 15

The Gist: The Red Sox haven’t moved all-in on Koji yet, but he’s getting the first shot at the closer’s role after Andrew Bailey blew 3 of his last 5 save chances. And why not, Uehara has a 42:7 K:BB ratio over 30 innings this season. Just don’t get in the way of a Koji high five.

Key Stat: The 38-year-old Uehara has only worked back-to-back games 6 times this season and is on pace for a career high 67 appearances.

X-File: Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Miller may still be in the mix. The left-handed Miller has the second-highest strikeout ratio in the major leagues with 15.0 strikeouts per nine. Miller has struck out 32 of his last 53 outs. He also houses a small family from Ecuador in his beard. What a humanitarian.

Jam or Cram: The last time the Red Sox scrambled for a closer, Grey suggested grabbing the Koji, I said get the Tazawa. It was like Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Tazawa won out and most of Japan was destroyed. Grey hasn’t spoken to me since. At least we’ll always have that time Jackie Bradley Jr. got three walks in a game. Sigh. JAM.

Jam it or Cram it: Oliver Perez, RP, Seattle Mariners

Availability: Yahoo 93%, ESPN 94%

Current Stats: 25.2 IP, 1 W, 1 SV, 3 ER, 36 K, 1.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

Career Saves: 1. Yes, Perez recorded his first save this year.

The Gist: While Tom Wilhelmsen may still be an option, it looks like the dreaded closer by committee in Seattle. Carter Capps, Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina all have a shot. However, the former Met starter, Perez, seems to have the best chance. In a related note Capps, Furbush and Medina is also a Seattle ballet company that does interpretive dance performances set to Alice in Chains music. As of this writing 33 suicides have been confirmed.

Key Stat: Perez gave up just one home run last year. This year he’s given up only two.

The X-File: With a 12.34 strikeout per 9 rate, Perez just might take this job.

Jam or Cram: Manager Eric Wedge says he’s not going to name a closer and hopes Wilhelmsen will take over in a week or two. For now, it looks like a lefty/righty combo of Medina and Perez. That’s not good news. Here they come to snuff the Rooster. CRAM.

Jam it or Cram it: Jesse Crain, RP, Chicago White Sox

Availability: 83% Yahoo, 96% ESPN

Current Stats: 32.2 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 18 HLD, 2 ER, 43 K, 0.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP

The Gist: Crain is the wild-card/bold prediction in this week’s jam or cram. As the White Sox fall further out of contention, the gentleman callers will be knocking at general manager Rick Hahn’s screen door. Rumored suitors include the Red Sox, the Tigers and the Reds. While Crain has never been a closer, teams may be willing to roll the dice as the trade deadline approaches.

Key Stats: Crain’s 0.57 earned-run average leads the American League. He has allowed only two runs in 32.2 innings to go along with 43 strikeouts, which puts him on pace to blow past his career high. Want more? Crain recently set a franchise record of 28 straight scoreless appearances and has not surrendered a run since April 12. I have not surrendered to the runs since…oops…damn you Taco Bell.

X-File: With a contract of 3 years, $12 million you can bank on Crain finding a new home at the trade deadline. I hear Detroit is beautiful this time of year.

Jam or Cram: We all know by now not to go kwazy spending on a closer. If you forget that, just check the SAGNOF tramp stamp on Tehol’s back. However, teams in contention don’t have the luxury of knowing Tehol like we do and will spend big to get Crain. Bold prediction? He’ll be on a contender by the end of July and could rack up 15-20 saves. JAM.

Other possible closers in waiting:

Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates: If the Bucs fall out of it, teams will be asking. Melancon has closing experience and currently leads the league with 22 holds. Not much else to say, but I suddenly have a desire to watch The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.

Scott Downs, Los Angeles Angels: Another lefty reliever that might get dealt at the deadline is Downs. He’s 37 and earning $5 million in the last year of his contract.  Downs won’t rack up the K’s, but has one of the best groundball rates you’ll find. Are you down with the sickness?

*Bonus Tracks* We can’t just talk closers this week. SAGNOF! Here’s some hitters to watch.

Brian Dozier, 2B/SS, Minnesota Twins: Has 4 homers in his last 7 games. #nothingtoseehere. Cram

Peter Bourjos, OF, Los Angeles Angels: 7 runs, 3 steals and a .444 average last week. He’s one hot schmotato. If that’s not true then Bigfoot and Elvis didn’t build this crop circle in my backyard. Jam

Pedro Ciriaco, INF, San Diego Padres: Was slam and leggin’ it last week. That was nice. Cram

Leonys Martin OF, Texas Rangers: Stole 4 bases and hit .435 last week. Why let someone else pick him up, don’t you know World War Z is upon us? Jam

 

Now give me some Electric Boogaloo action! Questions, comments and Razzball madness encouraged below. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS for daily jammer/crammers and fantasy roster 411’s until game time every day.

  1. Shawn of the mostly living says:
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    What about David Hernandez? Bell will be gone before I finish typing this

    • The Guru says:
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      Hernandez might vulture a save this week, but all signs point to the Putz coming of the DL next week.

  2. Crumpy says:
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    Drop Lorenzo Cain for Leonys?

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Looks like a good drop this week. ROS I’d give a slight edge to Cain.

  3. Dan Pants

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    Great stuff today! Very funny! I always appreciate when joyce and fantasy baseball can cross paths

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Dan. You’re challenge for next week is to work in a “Finnegans Wake” quote!

  4. Gareth says:
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    Drop Alex Cobb in a shallow League? How long will he be out? I’m hearing conflicting reports.

    Here are guys available to pick up (plus CBS ownership percentage) in my shallow 10 team Roto.

    Burnett, A.J. SP PIT 93
    Leake, Mike SP CIN 88
    Hudson, Tim SP ATL 85
    Kendrick, Kyle SP PHI 84
    Lincecum, Tim SP SF 84
    Parker, Jarrod SP OAK 81
    Dempster, Ryan SP BOS 81
    Cashner, Andrew RP SD 78
    Ogando, Alexi RP TEX 75
    Porcello, Rick SP DET 74
    Beachy, Brandon SP ATL 73
    Lohse, Kyle SP MIL 70
    Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN 70
    Pettitte, Andy SP NYY 70
    Cahill, Trevor SP ARI 69
    Lackey, John SP BOS 68
    Hellickson, Jeremy SP TB 67
    Parnell, Bobby RP NYM 65
    Cingrani, Tony RP CIN 64
    Straily, Dan SP OAK 63
    Betancourt, Rafael RP COL 63
    Street, Huston RP SD 63
    Rodriguez, Wandy SP PIT 63
    Pineda, Michael SP NYY 61
    Feldman, Scott SP CHC 61
    Haren, Dan SP WAS 58
    Jimenez, Ubaldo SP CLE 57
    Miley, Wade SP ARI 57
    Morrow, Brandon SP TOR 54
    Guthrie, Jeremy SP KC 53
    Kluber, Corey SP CLE 53
    Gee, Dillon SP NYM 52
    Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL 51
    Gregg, Kevin RP CHC 51
    Nolasco, Ricky SP MIA 51
    Lyles, Jordan SP HOU 51
    Phelps, David RP NYY 47
    Estrada, Marco SP MIL 46
    Norris, Bud SP HOU 46
    Wacha, Michael SP STL 45
    Quintana, Jose SP CHW 45
    Benoit, Joaquin RP DET 45
    Veras, Jose RP HOU 45
    Buehrle, Mark SP TOR 45
    Gonzalez, Miguel SP BAL 43
    League, Brandon RP LAD 42
    Valverde, Jose RP DET 39
    Detwiler, Ross SP WAS 39
    Brothers, Rex RP COL 39

    Who would you add if I Cobb is dropped?

    • The Guru

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      Cobb’s going to be out awhile. He hasn’t even thrown off a mound yet, let alone face live hitters. Why not use the Stream-o Nator and stream the spot for now. You certainly have plenty to choose from.

  5. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Please pick 3 ROS. Points league

    JJay, Kubel, EYJ, SSmith

    • The Guru

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      Kubel, Smith, JJay. I’m not feeling it with EYJ.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @The Guru: I dont see the ‘Stros trading Lyles. He’s still very young.@The Guru: Thanks. The only things with those three is they all sit vs lefties occasionally. My lineup sets weekly so even if they produce the other days it still gets me all torched up.

        Can you break it down again? Pick two of the three who made the first cut.

        • The Guru

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          Kubel gets one lefty this week, hitting .375 over last 7 games.
          Smith hitting over .350 with a HR last week.
          And Jon Jay and EJY are close, but I’ll take the player facing the Astros.

  6. Willie says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Would you add Ervin Santana who has looked good as of late & has two starts this upcoming week & start him over a struggling Cole Hamels? I also have Jordan Zimmerman, Matt Harvey who are must starts & David Price on the DL. Or would you not add Santana & start Grenike who’s on my bench

    • The Guru

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      I’d roll out Greinke this week.

  7. Brickroad says:
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    Anyone watching parts of this Cubs/Astros game? How bad do you feel for Lyles? God the Astros are horrid defensively.

    • The Guru

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      Astros lead the league in errors.

      • Brickroad says:
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        @The Guru: Oh I knew it was bad. I just haven’t had the privilege of sitting through the first few innings of an Astros game in quite some time. Routine fly balls and double play balls just butchered. Must take some patience from the Astros’ pitchers.

        • The Guru

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          I’d think the trade deadline can’t come fast enough for Lyles and Norris.

  8. Mr. Glass says:
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    would you drop Parra for Loshe in a H2H weekly points league my outfield is Zobrist, Stanton, Puig then I have Gordon and Myers on my bench along with Parra.. i like the fact Loshe has 2 starts next week but Parra has been hot…my rotation has been eh all year Ryu, S. Miller, & Verlander have been my best pitchers i also have Porcello, Gallarado, H. Bailey, Garza, & Wheeler

    • The Guru

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      It’s worth considering. How much love to you have for Porcello?

      • Mr. Glass says:
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        @The Guru: not alot but two starts are hard to drop i mean i could drop Porcello and then grab him again next week

        • The Guru

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          I’d drop Porcello and try the two starts from Loshe.

  9. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I’ve been fence sitting with Martin, i have Blanks for OF/CI, but I just picked up Michael Young who is on a little hot streak and I am having BA issues. my question is hold Young and drop Blanks for martin or drop Young for martin and slide Blanks to CI?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Jack, nice Sheik avatar! Do you follow him on twitter? Quite entertaining. Looking at the matchups and ballparks, I’d drop Young this week.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @The Guru: I do not but I will now. Yeah I wanted to bring back the classics….for me. It had a strange ripple effect for the fellow commenters. Many classic wrestlers popping up in the avatars.

        Dropping Young makes sense, i have Panda coming off DL this week and Frazier and Gyorko coming off soon after that,

        Are you baseball only or are you a fantasy football Guru?

        • The Guru

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          I noticed. Ha. Can I be Ivan Putski?
          Panda and Gyorko will be nice additions.

          Yeah, I’m a football guy, too. What ya thinkin’?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @The Guru: always looking for new people to bounce things off of. I get the honor of breaking Sky’d IDP cherry this year, I’m so excited, what do you think of IDP?

            • The Guru

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              I’m down with some defensive. It’s part of the game right? Why shouldn’t I get some points off defensive players. Beats the crapshoot of picking a kicker in my book.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @The Guru: I’m eliminating the kicker this year and adding points for carries to help boost all those garbage platoons.

                I hate team defense, about as boring as kickers. A lot of the guys I play with played football so they love the IDP

                • The Guru

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                  Sounds cool. But I’d never argue with the Sheik.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: Sheik has your back here and twitter and Maine if I ever go there, which I probably won’t. In California your turban is covered

                    • The Guru

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                      *High five* *Chest bump* *Camel clutch*

  10. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Need some stealzzzzz… Love the Rajai Davis platoon against LHP but he has gotten steals as pinch runner recently which sucks. Thus should I grab Leonys?

    • The Guru

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      Martin and Davis both had 3 steals over the past week, but you get more all around play from Martin. I would have suggested Peter Bourjos, but he hurt his thumb today. Damn.

  11. HEADDOWNGOLF says:
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    I’ve got to choose between two scabs…D Henderson(ARI) or F Rodriguez (MIL).

    Dumped Wilhelmsen cause I was sick of him destroying my ERA and WHIP. Have Perkins and Balfour as my other two set closers.

    I can’t make this decision…thanks

    • The Guru

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      Koji available? Benoit? I’m leaning K-Rod here.

      • HEADDOWNGOLF says:
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        @The Guru:

        lol at Benoit or Koji available!

        hell no

        Have to dump by Wednesday…hope to have some clarification by then

        • The Guru

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          If it’s saves your after than K-rod would be the guy. Putz is coming off the DL in ARI next week. Hernandez can help with K, ERA, WHIP ratios.

  12. LT says:
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    Any worth to the Kyle Gibson start this week vs KC? Pitching free agency is tapped clean in my league. Best available is Edwin and Doubront, maybe Pettitte. Side note, can you use you’re influence here at Razzball and make Ruben Amaro disappear? He is ruining my life. Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Sorry about your Phillies. Of the starters you mentioned, Pettitte is probably the best option.

  13. AB says:
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    Which DL stash do you like: Lawrie (have Zim) or Crawford (have Puig, Kemp)

    • The Guru

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      Lawrie is dead to me.

  14. Morgan says:
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    Just got offered his Kershaw for my wheeler and ellsbury, should I accept?

    • The Guru

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      If you want a #1 starter it’s fair.

      • Morgan says:
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        @The Guru: my starting rotation is latos, iwakuma, holland, Parker, porcello, wheeler, Teheran, gallardo. Do you think I need the upgrade?

        • The Guru

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          Make the deal if your solid in runs and steals.

          • Morgan says:
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            @The Guru: well I was gonna pick up bourjos once I traded him. So pretty much I’m getting Kershaw and Bourjos, solo deal, no?

            • Morgan says:
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              @Morgan: meant solid deal

              • The Guru

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                Except Bourjos hurt his thumb today. Haven’t heard how long he’s out for yet.

                • Morgan says:
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                  @The Guru: Okay so Revere is a free agent, do you think that would be a good pick up to sub in for ellsbury?

                  • The Guru

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                    It’s a fair deal depending on needs. I see Bourjos is day to day, x-rays on thumb negative.

  15. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I took your advice this morning and played EYJ and sat BJ Upchuck…..Iron Shiek says no ptooey on the Guru…..Guru number one!

    • The Guru

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      Think his hot streak is about to cool down. Iron Skeik #1!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @The Guru: whose had a hot streak?

        • The Guru

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          EJY had a good little week. But I’m no believer.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @The Guru: for a player on the Mets that is a streak. He’s decent, might not need him anymore, traded Howard for Revere yesterday, so I got a speed guy now, I’m getting killed in bags and no place to play Howard with the emergence of Lind, acquiring of Davis, Gonzo doing his RBI thing and Arrendado hanging around for Panda insurance…..wow that was a lot

            • The Guru

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              Looks like a good play. You should get 20+ steals from Revere ROS.

  16. Psychedelic says:
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    Would you trade Matt Moore for Bucholz in a dynasty league?

    • The Guru

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      No sir, I would not. Buchholz can’t go a year without an injury. Moore will win a Cy Young at some point.

  17. Steve says:
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    I own Gregg, Benoit on waivers. Gregg or Benoit for saves ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Leaning Gregg because he has been solid and has job security. With the Tigers situation who knows, Todd Jones could be closing before its over *sarcasm*.

      • Kyle says:
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        @The Guru: hahaha that’s awesome

  18. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Im leading OBP by .05 heading into tonight’s game. Question, do I roll Beltre and Beltran out there to try and snag the 1 HR I’m down or sit one/both? Guy Im playing has Carpenter and Craig. Hitter tron has a bad night planned for Beltre so Im thinking just Beltran.

    Thoughts are appreciated

    • The Guru

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      Anytime I argue with the Hitter-Tron I lose and the ‘Tron takes it out on my Roomba.

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @The Guru: Beltran only it is

        • The Guru

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          Good luck. Thanks for writing in.

          • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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            @The Guru: Anytime and always do

  19. Dubs says:
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    Advise on a trade? 12 team roto 6×6 keeper league. Im 12s in HR and RBI and doing fine offensively. I’m 1s in ERA WHIP and QS, and pretty far back in Ks.

    Want to give up Stanton in the first round for Scherzer in the 7th and Minor in the 15th.

    • The Guru

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      If you are ahead offensively that trade might make sense for you. Stanton is a lot to give up though. I don’t think I could do it sober.

  20. Yager says:
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    While jamming and cramming the closers, I don’t know if you had a chance to see Frieri blow up? He was then followed by Jepsen, who may be second in line for saves, and he was awful too. With Madson likely being shut down for the year, who do you speculate on saves if Frieri continues to struggle? Maybe Kohn? Or doo you think Frieri rights the ship?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Yager, I did watch the end of that. I think Frieri will be fine. He hadn’t given up a run since late May. Someday I’d like to see Downs get a shot at closing. Probably won’t happen.

      • Yager says:
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        @The Guru:

        I guess I only notice Frieri when he is getting lit up because I don’t own him anywhere.

  21. Jail says:
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    Hi Guru,

    Closepacolypse today for many good relievers. I have Grilli, Jansen, Street and just drop kicked Bell and Bailey while adding Benoit. Street can apparently only K Yasiel Puig and is making me nervous. I know a save is a save is a save, but I’m wondering if you would go three closers and bounce Street for a streamer, or if you’d hold Street until the next solid closer change came down the line.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      More closer meltdowns today for sure. I am going to hold on Street for now.

      • Jail says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks!

    • Yager says:
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      @Jail:
      In my opinion you have nothing to worry about regarding Grilli. He only has one blown save on the year, and over the last month he is striking out 2 guys per IP. Sure, he gave up some runs today, but he still got the save. In my leagues I would look for someone weak on saves and trade Street if you can, but I am in really deep leagues where saves aren’t available on the wire.

      • Jail says:
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        @Yager: Thanks Yager. Sadly no save for Grilli as he was brought in with a 4-run lead. Grilli is not the problem, but a guy like street is letting a lot of balls get put into play which gets scary and f’s up ratios. I think you’re right. I’ll see if I can turn Street into something useful.

        • The Guru

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          Might find a desperate SAGNOF-fer out there.

          • Yager says:
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            @The Guru:

            SAGNOF!

  22. Jayson says:
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    Hey Guru,,

    Would you add either Adam Lind, Will Myers, Shane Victorino by dropping Nate Mcclouth? My other players are Carlos Santana, Paul goldschmidt , Ben zobrist , David wright, Ian Desmond , mike Napoli, Giancarlo Stanton , Jason heyward, Alex rios, Dominic brown, David Ortiz,, I won’t say all the pitchers.

    If I did that would you start Adam kind over mike Napoli at the infielder spot ?
    If I don’t do any add’s I also have Adam Dunn- would you start Dunn or Napoli?

    Thank you

    • The Guru

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      Why not drop Dunn for Myers or Lind?

      • Jayson says:
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        @The Guru:

        The reason I didn’t consider dropping Adam Dunn for Myers or Lind because he still has some pop in his bat , yes he’s inconsistent but I thought his home runs would help him out.

        • The Guru

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          Yeah, Dunn might hit 40, but he just sucks the life out of every other category.

  23. AJ says:
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    Is it time to CRAM Verlander???

    • The Guru

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      NOOOOO. But the loss in velocity is troubling.

      • AJ says:
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        @The Guru:
        So need some advise this is my team re-draft
        C Matt Wieters, Bal C Draft
        1B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B Draft
        2B Josh Rutledge, Col SS, 2B Free Agency
        3B Manny Machado, Bal 3B Draft
        SS J.J. Hardy, Bal SS Draft
        2B/SS Nick Franklin, Sea SS, 2B Free Agency
        1B/3B Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B Draft
        OF Adam Jones, Bal OF Draft
        OF Hunter Pence, SF OF Draft
        OF Domonic Brown, Phi OF Free Agency
        OF Yasiel Puig, LAD OF Free Agency
        UTIL Carlos Beltran, StL OF Draft
        UTIL Adam Lind, Tor 1B, DH Free Agency
        P Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP Draft
        P Craig Kimbrel, Atl RP Draft
        P Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP Draft
        P Bobby Parnell, NYM RP Free Agency
        P Francisco Liriano, Pit SP Free Agency
        P Gerrit Cole, Pit SP DTD Free Agency
        P Matt Garza, ChC SP Free Agency
        P Matt Moore, TB SP Free Agency
        P Corey Kluber, Cle SP Free Agency
        Bench Jose Reyes*, Tor SS DL60 Draft
        Bench J.J. Putz*, Ari RP DL15 Draft
        Bench Wil Myers, TB OF Free Agency
        DL Ryan Braun*, Mil OF DL15 Draft
        DL Anibal Sanchez*, Det SP DL15 Draft

        I’m being offered Segura for Hardy and Myers which would be great with Reyes hopefully being back soon, it would help me in steals if Reyes can run….or he is willing to include Verlander with Segura only if I include Puig in the deal….since redraft I would normally jump on this trade but Verlanders outings have me worried…plus I’m loving the Puig but I can see him struggling with more experienced pitchers….should I take what seems to be the risky deal with Verlander and ship Puig away in hopes of a vintage Verlander return or take the safe route with just Segura…

        • AJ says:
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          @AJ: and of course there’s always the option of just holding and making little moves here and there with my MI and SP

          • The Guru

            The Guru says:
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            It’s a pretty strong team you have. I’d consider the Segura trade though.

            • AJ says:
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              @The Guru: Yea thanks..I wouldn’t want to unload but rather get a solid player and open up a spot instead of having productive players riding pine…just like I missed out on Myers assisted Grandsalami lol

              • The Guru

                The Guru says:
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                Good plan. I concur.

                • AJ says:
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                  @The Guru: yup my gut says stay away from Verlander for now but man oh man if he were to turn it around my team would be pretty much complete ..decisions decisions lol

                  • The Guru

                    The Guru says:
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                    Are you a gambling man? Do it.

                    • AJ says:
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                      @The Guru: yup gotta play to win!!!

  24. Ecstatic Giraffe says:
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    Should I drop Rutledge for Dozier? I’m in a non keeper roto league.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’ve had Rutledge so long on one team I am going all the way to end with him.

  25. Darcy Butler says:
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    “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
    ? James Joyce, Ulysses
    I’m assuming this goes for women as well. I’ve enjoyed tripping through the portals with your help and humor, Guru. Keep up the good work!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      *tip of the cap*

  26. Alex says:
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    Segura, c lee n marte n Rosario for cargo and hosmer n wacha n Cobb? Which side? It’s a keeper league too

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m leaning the Lee/Segura side. Especially for this year with Cargo’s health questions.

  27. Polish power says:
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    Is a James shields good value for Dom brown? I’m afraid of regression considering Browns free swinging ways? Non keeper 12 team mixed. Need ks and whip. Or is lance Lynn a better target?

    • The Guru

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      Think I’d aim higher and see who bites before going to Shields/Lynn. Maybe the Shark in Chicago.

  28. MB says:
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    whom do i jam ROS at util? blanks or arenado?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Jam Arenado. Enjoy.

  29. JoeG414 says:
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    Hosmer or Howard the ros? And how come my Avater won’t show?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d say its about even, I’ll lean Hosmer.
      For you Avatar to show up go to Gravatar.com and it will take about 10 minutes for it to show up.

      • The Guru

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        Howard’s dealing with knee issues as well.

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