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Jump in the Guru’s Hot Tub Time Machine and join me as we take a short spin through the space-time continuum back to the year 2000. *wavy lines wavy lines* Hey, what the hell’s going on? What’s that big balloon thingy? Ooohhhh, its 1937, my bad. Everyone back in the hot tub. Oh, the humanity. *more wavy lines* I want to welcome you all to the year 2000. They promised us Jetson cars and replicant strippers, but all we got was Creed and Battlefield Earth. No wonder crystal meth became so popular. Another popular pharmaceutical was anabolic steroids. And baseball was up to its shrunken testicles in it.  At the end of the 2000 season, 46 MLB players had belted 30 or more home runs. 15 players hit 40 or more. And Sammy Sosa hit 50. Lo siento Sammy, pero tienen pechos! Now everyone back in the El Camino hot tub before we hear “Smooth” again. Wait! Year 2000 JayWrong, bet a bundle on the Yankees in 5. Your future self will thank me. *yet more wavy lines* Probably would have been easier to just search all this online, but I was afraid Y2K might mess up all this important data. Taking a look at last year’s numbers only 26 players hit 30 or more home runs and only six hit 40 or more. Miguel Cabrera led the league with 44. Sammy Sosa hit 0. But he did win 205 pesos at a Dominican cock fight. ¡Viva! In 2013, according to ZiPS projections for the rest of the year, only 20 players will hit 30 or more home runs. Two players, Cabrera and Chris Davis, have a real shot at 40.  Commissioner Bud has officially pulled the plug on all the long ball fun. We got an official power shortage y’all. So, with homers in short supply, let’s head to the waiver wire and take a look at some potential power hitters. Either that or we can take the hot tub again and kidnap George Foster. Time to jam it or cram it.

Jam or cram: Raul Ibanez, OF, Seattle Mariners

Availability: 74% Yahoo, 58% ESPN

Current Stats: 60 G, 29 R, 18 HR, 44 RBI, .243 AV, .829 OPS

On Pace For: 37 home runs

The Gist: “Eating” Raul Ibanez remembers the year 2000.  He has just 28, living in Eddie Vedder’s Airstream and on his first go-round in Seattle. Now he’s 41, on his third tour of duty with the Mariners and Eddie won’t return his calls. “Eddie, it’s me Raul”. “Jeremy? I thought you were dead.” Raul may not get the keys to the camper, but he still has some pop in the bat. He has four home runs in his last six games.

Key Stat: Ibanez has 16 home runs and 38 RBI in 41 games in May and June.

A Gooey Factoid: If Raul can hit 12 homers, Ibanez has a chance to do something no player has ever done: Hit 30 home runs in a season after reaching the age of 40. I read that on a Twisted Tea label.

X-File: Ibanez just turned 41 years old. He is older than  Carlos Delgado, Johnny Damon, Aaron Boone and Sean Casey. Remember those guys? Don’t make me get the Hot Tub Time Machine!

Jam or Cram: Ibanez has played in 60 of the Mariners 81 games this season. If he continues to appear in games at the current rate, he will get into about 59 more games on the year. If Raul continues his current home run pace, that would give him 19 more homers on the year and a total of… 37 home runs. Hey Pythagoras, that’s what I call math. Jam.

Jam it or Cram it: Delmon Young, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Availability: 97% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Currents Stats: 48 G, 15 R, 7 HR, 25 RBI, .259 AV, .751 OPS

On Pace For: 22 Home runs

The Gist: Delmon Young is 9-for-14 over his last three games with a homer and 8 RBI. That will mean more playing time for Delmon on a Phils club that is about to have a team wide yard sale. “Hey, how much for this abacus?” “$6.” “What about this Cliff Lee thingy?” “$78 million.” “I’ll give you 20 bucks for both.” “Sold.”

Key Stat: Young had 21 home runs and 112 RBI for the Twins just three years ago.

X-File: Young is with his third team in four years. He was born a ramblin’ man. Trade rumors have him linked to the Indians. If we know Delmon, like we think we know Delmon, if he does get traded to Cleveland he probably won’t be drinking Manischewitz in the Shaker Heights area.

Jam or Cram: Delmon Young is in hot schmotato territory right now. Think you want to add him? Here’s what I think. *closes eye, slowly sizes up cue ball, methodically sinks eight ball in side pocket, takes long drag off Camel, blows smoke ring* What were we talking about? Cram.

Jam it or Cram it: Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston Astros

Availability: 77% Yahoo, 74% ESPN

Current Stats: 76 G, 37 R, 15 HR, 40 RBI, .229 AV, .775 OPS

On Pace For: 29 home runs

The Gist: Carter was one of our first jammer crammers. He only had three home runs back then. He’s hit 12 since. But we were all so young, carefree and easily distracted by things like Adam Dunn and Ike Davis. What a weary time those days were — to have the desire and the need but not the ability. That’s some tasty Ham on Rye kind of wordplay. Have a Pabst on me. To all my friends.

Key Stat:  Carter’s career 20.1 HR/FB% is almost double the league average. This year he’s at 23%. Jeez, more math. This abacus is coming in handy. Thanks Phillies yard sale.

X-File: Hey, Chris Carter invented the x-file! That’s the truth, but really, start him on the road against lefties. Platoony Tunes!

Jam it or Cram it: I may not be the sharpest muffin in the guitar case, but I do put my leg warmers on one sleeve at a time just like you and I know power when I see it. Jam. Do you have any bath salts?

Hold on, I gotta call my sponsor. This week’s blog has way too many triggers.

OK, we’re back…

Jam or Cram: Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers

Availability: 95% Yahoo, 98% ESPN

Current Stats: 55 G, 17 R, 9 HR, 26 RBI, .232 AV, .715 OPS

On Pace For: 22 home runs

The Gist: Since being traded to the Brewers from the Braves, Juan “Be Sure to Wear Flowers in your Hair” Francisco, has struggled. The power potential has always been there. Francisco hit 27 homers in 2009. The only problem is he was playing with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats. What’s a Mudcat?  Hell if I know. Let’s learn together right now.

Key Stat: In 525 career at-bats, Francisco has struck out 181 times. That makes Muddy the Mudcat cry.

A Gooey Factoid: One of Francisco’s home runs last week reached a height of 168 feet. The highest since 2011. The ball took 7 and a half seconds to land. Is this guy Roy Hobbs or Ray Guy? I think real baseball just caught me in their web of athletic supporting lies. Thank you Jeebus for fake baseball.

X-File: Hit 112 home runs over six seasons…in the minors. Muddy the Mudcat smiles.

Jam or Cram: Francisco seems to be one of those Four-A type of players. Too good for the minors, a suckhole in the majors. If “I Left My Heart in” Juan Francisco hits more than 15 home runs this season, I’ll send everyone that writes in today a lobster. They grow on trees around here! Francisco has never hit more than nine in a year in the bigs, so I’m liking my chances of winning this bet. However, I have just been informed by the Razzball fact checker that ‘Ol Juan had three homers, five RBI and hit .304 last week. Uh-oh. To the Hot Tub Time Machine!! *wavy lines3* If “I Left My Heart in” Juan Francisco hits more than 422 home runs this season I’ll send everyone that writes in today a lobster. They grow on trees around here! Cram.

*Bonus Tracks* Other possible power sources:

Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR: Has 14 homers on the year, but has been splitting time with Rajai Davis. SAGNOF! I like the Cheeseman against righties in AL or deep leagues. Jam.

Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC: Hit his 11th home run last week. Has some value against righties. Especially if the Cubs trade him to a team in contention. But…Cram.

Michael Brantley, OF, CLE: Brantley has three homers and three stolen bases in his last ten games. The Stream-o-Nator is not a fan this week. But, I got a feelin’. Jam. *editors note: Sometimes The Guru’s “feelin’s” are gas related.*

 

Thanks for the read Razzballer’s. Questions, comments, Bukowski quotes welcomed below. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS for the daily jam or cram and roster 411’s.

 

 

 

  1. If anyone wants to talk NHL Draft today I’m down @NickCapozzi

    Podcast will post on Wednesday this week #HappyCanadaDay #NHLDraft at the Beach

    • The Guru

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      Still mourning the Bruins loss. Hokey dead to me at the moment.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @The Guru: with ya on that guru, lost me some monay.

        • Funeral Crasher says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

          Betting on hockey? That’s like betting on a sparrow’s flight path!

  2. Travis says:
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    Chris Johnson or Rendon? Kyle Kendrick, Kluber, Erasmo, Tillman or Hellickson (kid shut down Boston and Detroit!)?

    • The Guru

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      Give me Rendon and Hellickson.

      • Travis says:
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        @The Guru: wheeler droppable for Hell-boy after today?

        • The Guru

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          I gave Wheeler another start and well, you saw it. Kick him to the curb.

          • charlie hustler says:
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            Realizing that no-one will read this, I will add my notes.. Command was far better. The splitter is beastly, but he crossed up the catcher at least twice and it cost him. Heat was 92-93 instead of 95+ and maybe they were reining him in a bit, but he was hitting his spots a lot and a couple of them were hit hard. They were speculating on-air that his coaching is confusing him. So, anyways, go ahead and kick away; hopefully I’ll get him on waivers.

            • The Guru

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              I like your optimism Charlie. I’d hold or grab him in deeper or keeper leagues.

  3. Jim says:
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    I think you taking the “Cram” on Juan Francisco hitting 422 homers is a pretty safe bet.

    • The Guru

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      I might win that one! Ha! But Chris Davis might have a shot at it.

  4. Nico

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    Guru! I need your fortune telling powers. All signs point to Longo being back in the lineup sooner rather than later, but I don’t buy anything the news says anymore… or major league clubs. My league roster is set weekly AKA tonight, and I was wondering what to do. Do I leave Longoria in for the week and hope for the best? Or do I get a replacement? Should I snag Kelly Johnson just bc I know he’ll get the starts, or should I look to a guy like Iglesias?

    Thanks in advance!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Uncle Jessie, thats a tough one for sure. I don’t think it was a good sign that Longo was in a boot the past 2 days. Iglesias has been hot average wise but not much else stat wise, and Johnson is bleah. I’d roll with Longo and hope for a few homers at the end of the week.

  5. alex says:
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    14 team h2h keeper league…..25 slots, get to keep 12 every yr….eaton n castro for segura? Which side ?

    • The Guru

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      Segura side. I’m starting to think Eaton is not going to amount to much. Segura looks like the real deal.

  6. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    With Lind down I’m in need of a 1B. I have a pretty strong pitching staff, would you trade Shelby miller for rizzo?

    • The Guru

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      If you can afford to give up an arm, yes sounds like a good plan.

    • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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      Or freeman?

      • The Guru

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        Liking Rizzo ROS.

        • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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          Done deal. Even greased a fourth round pick outta him for next years draft. Shit ya! Thanks my turbin friend

          • The Guru

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            No prob. Thanks for Razzballin’.

  7. alex says:
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    Gibson, wacha, skaggs…..please rank

  8. alex says:
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    Gibson, wacha, skaggs…..please rank

    • The Guru

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      Wacha, Skaggs, Gibson. But not a whole lot difference. Wacha is the one I’d want.

  9. alex says:
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    14 team h2h keeper league…..25 slots, get to keep 12 every yr…hosmer or butler

    • The Guru

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      Butler

  10. Huge Caulk says:
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    Did I just eff my team up? 12 team keeper OBP K/9 QS 6×6 first place…

    Traded Goldy/Veras/Joyce for Rizzo/Gordon/Romo/Burnett

    Seems like I was getting a lot in return… But I feel a part of me has died without Goldy…

    • The Guru

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      No need to put the head in the oven Mr Calk, but I like the Goldy side better. You’ll be fine though.

  11. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Is it time to lose Henderson for KRod? Seems like Henderson is working only the 8th and sucking ass at that.

    • The Guru

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      Damn closers!

      • The Guru

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        But I’d hold for now. I think there is going to be a busy trade deadline with relievers moving around.

  12. Ro_Bauti says:
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    Better streamer for Mon? J. Alvarez @ TOR (Dickey) or J. Marquis @ MIA (J-Fer)?

    • The Guru

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      I’m going to stream Marquis.

      • Ro_Bauti says:
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        @The Guru: I was leaning towards Marquis but J-Fer has been dealing and Dickey hasn’t put up back-to-back good starts. Thanks.

        • The Guru

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          No Problem, Ro. Appreciate you writing in.

  13. Mr. Glass says:
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    i offered reyes and ryu for Strasburg and i was countered Segura and Ryu for Strasburg would that be to much to give up for Strasburg seeing how i would still have Reyes to play SS..im in a H2H points League if that makes a difference (i asked Grey to but im not sure how long this trade will be on the table for)

    • The Guru

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      I wouldn’t make that deal.

      • Mr. Glass says:
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        @The Guru: what are some names i should be targeting for in return for Reyes because i do need pitching help

        • The Guru

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          Stras, Verlander would be nice. But Miller, Bumgarner, Sale might work. Or take a chance on Locke, Price, Minor.

  14. Mariner Mike says:
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    Hey, Guru hope your week-ends going well. Have Harvey,Kershaw,Scherzer,Corbin,Samardja,Cole,and just dumped Wheeler. Looking at picking up Miquel Gonzales or Jacob Turner off the waiver wire do you have a favorite of the two? Do you think Cole stay’s up with the Pirates? I could grab both and drop Cole if he’s no longer on the team. I am in a 10 team league. Thank you for your thought’s.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Mike, I’d hold Cole for now. As far as Turner and Gonzales go it’s close, but I’d take Gonzales ROS. They are streamers at best.

  15. Fireball Feliz says:
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    What do you think of Wilhelmsen? His last three outings have looked good, I picked him back up in a roto league hoping that he’ll regain the closers role soon. They can’t keep rolling Oliver Perez out there right?

    • The Guru

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      Unsure bullpens all over the league. The trade deadline should clear a lot of it up. I have heard the Tigers were scouting Wilhemson recently. Remains to be seen who gets moved.

  16. huge caulk says:
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    @The Guru:
    Didn’t mention it was a keeper league
    My thoughts before the trade were:
    1 Rizzo would come close to goldys production the rest of year… and still has room to improve ….The wind will be blowing out at Wrigley every day for the rest of summer.
    2. Myers has crapped on Joyce’s value.I think Joyce is looking over his shoulder and will be moved down lineup again soon.
    3. Veras is likely gonna get traded. And if he doesnt, the asstros scheduke is brutal coming up. I think he will be a setup man somewhere else…romo is an awesome closer obviously…
    4. Aj Burnett and his Ks are a huge asset in my league that rewards Ks. His injury is not arm related and I think he will back strong after AS break….

    5. My main worry is Gordon…. noticed on fan graphs after the trade his ISO is down to .126. The Royals are better now which may help counting stats. But I was looking on waiver wire and there are guys available not too many steps down from Gordon.
    Is my thinking flawed?

    • The Guru

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      No, you’re right in line with the way things are looking.

  17. David says:
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    Who has more value through 2015: Miggy at a 1st rounder or C. Davis as an 8th rounder? Thanks

    • The Guru

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      I’ll take Miggy. What if Davis turns out to be a Brady Anderson? I’ll take the sure thing.

    • Funeral Crasher says:
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      @David:

      You know how your teachers always encouraged you by saying that no questions are bad? Sge was wrong because she didn’t know about that question. Davis can’t hold a candle to Miggy, regardless of rounds in a draft!

  18. mike says:
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    have trevor cahill who has gone down the tubes.
    what do you feel about Nate Eovaldi as flyer replacement?
    In a NL 4X4

    • The Guru

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      Evoldi’s last 2 starts have looked good. ROS I’m so confident. He’s a matchup streamer at best.

  19. jose says:
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    guru do you like this trade i give edwin encarnacion and jason heyward for evan longoria and zack grienke i need pitching?

    • The Guru

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      It’s a lot to give up, especially with Longo’s health questions. I wouldn’t do it.

  20. Momuirnin says:
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    “My ambition is handicapped by laziness” And, so thank you Goo and God bless Razzball.

    • The Guru

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      *Tips cap* Thanks for reading and remember: some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

      • Momuirnin says:
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        @The Guru: @The Guru: Life is good here, my friend.

        • The Guru

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          Enjoy every sandwich.

          • Funeral Crasher says:
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            @Momuirnin: @The Guru:
            You all had a little something there for a minute. *sniffle* Beautiful…*choke*

  21. Pope says:
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    Guru, great shizz, as always. Just traded Alvarez for Hamels, and plugged Carter into his spot. Love the jam. Would you stream Pettitte tomorrow if you could in a 12 team H2H?

    • The Guru

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      Thanks Pope. Nice trade and good pickup with Carter. I like Pettitte in his next two starts against the Twins and Orioles. Jam.

    • Pope says:
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      @Pope: I’m leaning towards starting Miley instead (I have to choose one)

      • Pope says:
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        @Pope: And to be honest, the orioles scare me when streaming…. along with the tigers and cardinals

        • The Guru

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          You doubt the Steam-o-Nator? Be careful, it will kidnap your vacuum and toaster oven.

          • Pope says:
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            @The Guru: Haha! Well, technically SON has Miley valued slightly above Pettitte…. so my decision was made with both my vacuum and toaster oven in mind

            • The Guru

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              Good thinking!

  22. Field of dreams says:
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    Hey I have a pitching dilemma on who to start this week.

    David Price coming off the DL, who will face Astros & white sox.

    Jeff Locke vs Philly & the Cubs.

    Homer Bailey vs San Fran & Seattle.

    AJ Griffin vs Cubs & Royals..

    .. Next question I’ve been starting zack wheeler in the relief pitcher slot because he he’s both SP & RP eligible, would you consider dropping him since he hasn’t looked great & add Jeremy Hefner?

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Some nice pitching “problem” to have. Price and Locke are must starts out of three. If you can get all 3 in, find a way. I don’t see a big difference between Hefner and Wheeler. I might stick with Wheeler as he has more upside.

  23. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Jeebus, I hope Grey’s asleep, but this is the funniest f’n thing I’ve ever read on the internet. You had me waaay before the ’70s Oakland Raiders reference even. Awesome.

    • The Guru

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      Thank you much, Sir Tiddlesworth. Keep Razzballin’.

  24. Alex says:
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    Rajai Davis has played 4 games in centre field this year (35 innings of the 259.2 he’s played this year). He’s taking playing time from Melky Cabrera (and covering for a gimpy Bautista), not the cheese man.

    • The Guru

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      I stand corrected. Damn bath salts.

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        @The Guru:

        But on the topic of Colby, His K rate is still ridiculous, 35% or something. I think he’s got the best swing in the league WHEN IT CONNECTS, but boy are there some massive holes in it.

        Do we have any idea when ECab is coming back? I think I read he was coming back when first eligible, but now I’m reading Thursday at the earliest? Do you think he’ll be as valuable as he was early season once he’s back? I’m thinking of keeping him (22nd rounder), but the steroids issue is there…and I’m worried he’s just a flash in the pan and is just a SAGNOF pig with lipstick on.

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          @Alex:

          Colby is too good defensively. The Jays aren’t going to sit him unless his bat absolutely falls apart. He’s got power potential and plus plus defence…they’re gonna try and keep him in the lineup as much as possible, especially considering the lack of range in RF and LF.

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          I agree on Colby. But he does look pretty when he misses!

          As for ECab, they say mid-week against the Sox as a return. I still think he’ll be a valuable player ROS. Don’t think he’s a flash in the pan as he hit over .300 in 4 seasons at Triple-A. I own him in a couple of leagues and will decide on keeping him or not as the steroid stuff goes down towards the end of the year.

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            @The Guru:

            Ok thanks man, gotta remember to pull him off the DL. I just wish this Biogenesis thing could get cleared up.

            I was not aware that he had numbers like that at AAA. If he hits for average, that’s all I need from my shortstop (of course I’ll take 40 + steals). Much better than .225 or whatever minute BA that Castro is putting up for me while ECab is out.

            • The Guru

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              No prob. The Bio thing is going to drag on me thinks.
              Castro is damn frustrating for sure. I have him on one team and he’s just sitting on the bench while Iglesias hits .400. Bizarro World!

  25. ty says:
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    Love the Jam Cram…need help with pitchers upcoming week…5×5 roto..need W’s and S’s..need 5…I believe SON has starters in that order.

    LEE
    Sale
    Minor
    Garza
    Colon
    Cole

    Benoit
    K. Jansen
    Balfour

    • The Guru

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      Thanks Ty. I’d roll Lee, Sale, Minor, Benoit and Jansen.

      • ty says:
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        @The Guru:
        Thnx Guru…kinda new to this..Is there a rule of thumb when 2 good pitchers are going against each other (colon/garza) obv you only have a chance at 1 win possibly none. I guess start them both if you need their categories they offer?

        • The Guru

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          Its best to avoid crossing streams, but it’s not a hard and fast rule. Colon and Garza are about even this week. At least you will get one win. And probably a bunch of other stats that help.

          • ty says:
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            @The Guru: Ok cool…On a crazy side note, I’m in a league in CBS and for the past 2 days I havent been able to log into my account. keep getting a message saying the site is temporarily unavailable yet the other 10 teams have no problem logging in. My commish has been in contact with CBS but it doesn’t sound like they have an answer to my problem. Ive been able to set my line-up through my commish but its getting pretty ridiculous. I’m in 1st place and the other 10 could give a rats ass. Have you ever heard of anything like this?

            • The Guru

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              Wow, that’s frustrating. Have you tried logging in with another device?

              • ty says:
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                @The Guru:
                desktop, iPad , iPhone …different browsers.. I’ve tied everything. The only way I can get on to CBS fantasy is using my football account. Now there isn’t even an option to click on my baseball team. The league and my team are gone from the options to choose from. Not even the cbssports iphone app will let me in. Some weird shizz my friend.

                • The Guru

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                  Conspiracy theories abound! Especially with you in first.

                  • ty says:
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                    @The Guru:
                    Damn the Man! haha…The commish gave me his log-in info…They will all wake up and have minor leaguers on their rosters.

                    • The Guru

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                      Plotting revenge on my enemies is a favorite hobby of mine. Look out Tehol!

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    Hi there,

    This week (week 14), ill be able to activate Matt kemp off of the DL, who would you sit so I could get Kemp in the lineup?

    My other OF’ers are Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Heyward, Alex Rios, Dominic Brown , Puig & have Nate Mcclouth on the bench. I was thinking of benching Brown & add kemp to one of the OF slots, what do you think of that?

    Also should I still keep starting Puig, given now that kemp is back?

    Would you keep Mcclouth around or drop him? If I dropped him was looking into either Aaron hill, Willin Rosario , Adam Dunn or Danny Valencia– my others are (2b- Ben Zobrist, C- Carlos Santana, DH -Ortiz , 1b- goldschmidnt & 3b- David wright.

    • The Guru

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      Nice outfield. I’d keep them all or look to make a trade and upgrade where I’m weak. For the meantime use the Hitter-Tron for best matchups.

    • charlie hustler says:
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      The best part of this post is that Danny Valencia is part of it.

      • The Guru

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        Ha!

    • Funeral Crasher says:
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      @Bobby S.: How could you not quickly drop McLouth and add Hill?

  27. Jiggy Nits says:
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    10 Team NL only 5×5 roto keeper. Drop one: Nate Eovaldi or Edwin Jackson. Both 10$

    • The Guru

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      Tell Evoaldi to pack his things and hit the bricks. Jackson’s your man.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @The Guru: Ha! Love it. Thank you sir.

        • The Guru

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          No probs. Thanks for writing in.

  28. Kennedy says:
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    Good read Goo. And thanks for fantasy 411s on twitter. Sometimes you beat our local writers here on the line up changes.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for Razzballin’. Yes, I try to stay on top of possible roster changes throughout the day. Tell your friends. Well, maybe not the ones in your league. Ha!

  29. charlie hustler says:
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    I’m in one league where I’m struggling, mostly due to injuries, and my #1 trade chip is Stanton. Today I was offered Myers and Cole, for Stanton and Medlen. I don’t think that that is enough. Am I wrong?

    • The Guru

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      You should be able to get more. Stanton was probably your first pick.

    • Funeral Crasher says:
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      @charlie hustler: Absolutely agree with the Goo! Do NOT give Medlen and Stanton for Myers and Cole! You want Myers and Cole, but you want someone else to add to that offer…perhaps an average closer?

  30. Subs81 says:
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    Cole archer J Johnson Norris . Who to dump in a 6×6 where K AND K/9
    Are categories Unfortunately 1 has to go today

    I love archer against the stros this week and feel Norris will get traded to a better team So Ima leaning towards Johnson who blows up way to often.

    I start (9)Cain bumgardnr Gio Moore Mariano Mijica minor ryu and sometimes betancourt most weeks. Really need the k/9 in the standings

    • The Guru

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      Hard to trust Johnson. The Archer start against the Astros looks like a good stream this week. I concur with you.

  31. Jason says:
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    Start David Price, or AJ Griffin? I’m hearing price may be pushed back to wed

    • The Guru

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      Either way, Price vs the Astros looks tasty.

  32. Mike says:
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    Is it time to stash Adam Eaton from the D’Backs, George Springer from HOU or Carlos Martinez from STL? Im looking for a second half spark. Which of these guys figures to have the best chance at lighting the fire? and should I be poised drop Kyle Blanks, Shelby Miller (hitting rookie wall), or Nick Franklin for either of these guys?

    • The Guru

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      I’ve been trying to trade Miller, but don’t drop him. Eaton could be the guy worth stashing. Expectations were high coming into the year. Blanks or Franklin would be the drop depending on your team.

  33. MB says:
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    In 15 team dynasty, drafted Starlin in 2nd rd like an idiot. Was offered everth for him, do it?

    • MB says:
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      @MB: Sorry Jam Everth or Starlin in dynasty?

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        I like ECab better but the possible steroid suspension make me nervous going forward. In dynasty league I’d hold Castro for now, at least he’ll play next year.

        • MB says:
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          @The Guru: Good point, forgot about that. thanks

          • The Guru

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            No prob. Probably the guys reason for trying to move him.

  34. Funeral Crasher says:
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    10 team h2h keeper 12×13 categories….Pujols got dropped. I can easily win the bid, but not sure I want him. Got Butler and and AGonz already, and stacked everywhere else in hitting. Could consider dropping Bogaerts, Hamilton, or Gordon, but like I said, not that enthused. Thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      If Pujols is out there I’d want him.

      • Funeral Crasher says:
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        @The Guru: That’s my thinking, but would you drop one of those three to get him? If so, which one? I can hardly rationalize dropping Hamilton for someone who’s acting just like him. Bogaerts is gonna be SOOO good, and I worry a couple of my league-mates (rivals) will grab him. Gordon is good and supposed to be much better than this, but a good Pujols vs. a good Gordon is, of course, no match!

        Next, the question is whether or not I would spend enough to get him. I’ve got $23 in waiver money left, and the next closest is $20, with $12 being the next closest, but I wonder how much people will spend on him. That’s probably just a question for me, though, unless you would break the bank to get him.

        • The Guru

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          I don’t expect Bogaerts for at least a year. Maybe drop Gordon if you are in love with the prospects. I’m more of a win now guy.

          Spending on Pujols? I’d say he’s worth over $20 ROS.

          • Funeral Crasher says:
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            @The Guru: Well, I won last year. So, I’d definitely love to defend the title! :) I’m definitely willing to stash Bogaerts rather than letting someone else get him. I’ll shed some light on it for you: Would you drop Gordon to get Pujols if you also had Cespedes, Jennings, and Hamilton as the other options in LF, or would you personally still take the mild risk and drop Bogaerts to get him (I dropped Lincecum to get Bogaerts about two weeks ago.)?

            • The Guru

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              Yes, I’d drop Gordon for Pujols.

              • Funeral Crasher says:
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                @The Guru: That’s kinda the way I lean. Thanks so much for weighing in!

                • The Guru

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                  Cool, good luck.

  35. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Nice El Camino, i always heard they come with a pack of rednecks in the back….oh wait a minute, I have owned three of them in my life…..

    I like ibanez, but when to play him is the toughest thing about him and that .247 BA

    • The Guru

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      Jack, you are the coolest!

      Raul won’t help with the AV but you’ll get power if you need it. He’s what I was hoping from Ike Davis.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @The Guru: Yeah I liked my El Co’s a 65, 66 and 85 all fast as f**k and ready to pick up the hottest honey at the local trailer park

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          An El Co, 6-pack of Old Milwaukee and a girl with 3 teeth. Priceless.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @The Guru: I like too whoo them with a home cooked meal of mac and cheese with with a can of chili mixed in and some cherry cool aid….if this was twitter I would end this with #redneckpantydropper

            • The Guru

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              Now I’m hungry. I’m white-trash at heart.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @The Guru: I hear everyone raised outside a metropolitan area/suburban are all rednecks at heart. Thats why no matter where you go in a car you can always find a country station

                • The Guru

                  The Guru says:
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                  Well, dropkick me Jesus!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: is that pronounced Jeeeeezus

                  • Funeral Crasher says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: @The Guru: Relevant question for you two – Are armadillos pigs, or are they oversized rodents?

                    • The Guru

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                      More sloth. Taste like chicken.

  36. Funeral Crasher says:
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    New problem: I have Kershaw, Harvey, Wainwright, Zimmerman, Miller, Cole, and Latos. I’d like to try to get Fernandez or Sale in a trade from someone, while leaving me an open space for when Crawford comes off the DL. Who could I package along with Hamilton, HanRam, or Jennings who might have a fair chance to pry one of those two away? I’d love for it to be Miller, but I sorta think he’s rolling back down the value hill…

    • The Guru

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      I’m not a big HanRam fan. He should get you a pretty good starter. You’re staff looks pretty good though.

      • Funeral Crasher says:
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        @The Guru: You’d keep all of the above, including Miller, then, and not futz with it?

        • The Guru

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          Yes, I’d probably hold.

      • Funeral Crasher says:
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        @The Guru: …although HanRam’s my best option @ SS right now w/ Andrus playing the fool almost every day!

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