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Over the past few months we have jammed and crammed our way through players that have added some pop (Adam Lind, Raul Ibanez), some saves (Koji Uehara, Jose Veras) and some steals (Juan Pierre, Peter Bourjos) to our fake baseball rosters. Let’s forget my mention of Jackie Bradley Jr in week one okay? Thanks. But I have not always been a Razzballin’ Guru. In a former life I spent my working hours spinning the radio hits. Think Backstreet Boys and other boy band classics. *BBLLAARRGGHH!!* Just threw up in my mouth a little. The music may have sucked, but the payola was great! i.e. See The Guru’s swimming pool/pool table courtesy of Tower Records. However, most of my time on the dial revolved around rock radio. Think AC/DC, Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses and some occasional Motorhead. The problem was my share of program directors never appreciated my love for Pabst Blue Ribbon drinking, live sheep in the studio, the lesbian dating game or UFO guitar solos. All things I was fired for doing. To paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, “radio is a shallow money trench where good men die like dogs.” But I’d still argue morning drinking builds character and one of the greatest guitar solos of all-time has to be the plank spanking in UFO’s “Rock Bottom” (check it out around the 3:30 mark). I’m sure Eddie Trunk would agree.  This week let’s look at some jammer/crammers stuck to the underside of your waiver wire Chuck Taylor’s. They are the barely owned cast-offs, the red-headed step children, the “Lobster Boy-Alive” fantasy freaks of our baseball world. They will fit perfectly on my team. *cracks another Pabst* We have officially hit rock bottom. Time to jam it or cram it.

Jam or Cram: Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets

Fantasy Freak Show Name: The Hasidic Hercules

Availability: 68% Yahoo, 79% ESPN

Stats Last Week: Ike’s only been back a game as of this writing, but he went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs and two RBI.

The Gist: Ike Davis is like the bipolar girlfriend that keys your car, cooks your bunny and just won’t leave you alone. Have you tried Breakup.com? You fell in love early only to toss Davis aside for his unstable ways and affection for standing nine feet away from the plate. Yet, here he is again, promising this time everything will be different. “Remember the great times we had together? Like the time I hit 20 home runs in the second half last year? I’m not scared of home plate anymore. I went to a nice place in Las Vegas for help and hit seven homers in 20 games for you. Oh, and remember when I slugged .543 and had an OPS of .926, ‘member that?” But Ike, that was in 36 games…two years ago. “You shut your mouth you worthless piece of s#*t! Add me now or I’m drinking these four bottles of Drano. I love you! Know how I got these scars?”

Key Stat: Before the messy break-up, Davis was hitting .161 with 66 strikeouts in 55 games.

The X-File: Davis did hit .293 with seven homers and 13 RBI with a .424 on-base percentage in 92 Triple-A plate appearances. So, there’s that.

Jam or Cram: Maybe I’ve been too tough on Ike. He did put up great numbers in the second half last year. The Triple-A numbers were good and the hitch in the swing seems to be fixed. My fantasy team could always use some more power. I told myself I wouldn’t do this ever again. Here I go, violating my own standards before I even have a chance to lower them. What could possibly go wrong? “Hi, Guru. I’m moving in.” Jam.

Jam it or Cram it: Jonny Gomes, OF, Boston Red Sox

Freak Show Name: Indestructo – The man that wouldn’t die.

Availability: 99% Yahoo, 99 % ESPN

Stats Last Week: Gomes hit .412 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI.

The Gist: Jonny “I lost the ‘H’ somewhere in the birth canal” Gomes may be the Platoony Tunes poster boy. He’s a career .280 hitter vs. lefties, .224 against righties. Gomes also has a flair for the dramatic and helmet punting. Jonny is just a year removed from a .262, 18 home run, 47 RBI, and 46 run season. And that was playing in the black hole of the O.co Coliseum. BTW, whoever came up with the name O.co Coliseum should be introduced to Ike Davis.

Key Stat: Since June 5, Gomes has hit .365 with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers were of the walk-off variety.

The X-File: Gomes is in a platoon with Daniel Nava for playing time in left field. Adult roster supervision is required.

A Guru Factoid: Gomes has almost died six different times. It’s true. I read it on the interweb machine.

Jam or Cram: If you’re in an AL-only league or have the roster depth to carry him, I’d roll the dice on a jam for Gomes, especially against left-handers at Fenway Park. Otherwise, I’m going to pass. Besides, he only has three lives left. Make that two. Jonny’s in the driveway lapping up a puddle of anti-freeze. Cram.

Jam or Cram: Brett Wallace, 1B/3B, Houston Astros

Fantasy Freak Show Name: The Human Cannonball

Availability:  99% Yahoo, 99 % ESPN

The Gist: Grey shared his 60 minute Wallace fantasy last Friday, but let’s jam or cram him into our fantasy freak show. In six minor league seasons, Wallace has hit .309 with a .882 OPS.  Wallace was crushing it with at a .326/.398/.554, 11 home run clip at Triple-A Oklahoma City. And remember, what happens in Oklahoma City, well, nothing really happens in Oklahoma City.

Key Stat: Since returning to the Astros lineup last week, Wallace is 8-for-31 with three home runs and nine RBI including a two-homer game against the Rays.

X-File: Wallace is the same guy that went 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts back in April.

Jam or Cram: A week of hot schmotatoing does not make for waiver wire stampedes. In those AL-only and deeper leagues he’s a solid pickup, but I got a feelin’ the stars are aligning in a big way for Wallace and my power-starved roster. That advice was as good as gold my friends. And solid gold isn’t just a metallurgical purity or hot dancers in tights. It’s also an allusion to thumbs up rectitude. And Wallace is one of those.  Jam.

Jam it or Cram it: Manny Ramirez, OF, Oakland Athletics

Fantasy Freak Show Name: Mucho ManBoobs, The Testosterone Tornado, The Incredibly Shrinking Nutz

Availability: 100% everywhere fake ballplayers are sold.

Stats in Taiwan: Màn ní da .352, 8 Zhi quán lei da he, 43 fen dadian.

The Gist: After a short stint in the Far East, the original ManRam is back! My fantasy freak show has a star attraction. The Texas Rangers stepped right up and signed the twice suspended PED consumer last Wednesday to a minor league contract. Manny reported to the Round Rock Express last week and should play Sunday or Monday depending on when his “package” of “vitamins” shows up.

Key Stat: Manny is a lifetime .312 hitter and is ranked 14th on the career home runs list at 555.

X-File: The Rangers say if Manny hits in the minors he will get a legitimate shot to DH against righties. And I have a legitimate shot of nailing Jennifer Aniston up against the wall. Did I tell you my turtle is named Jennifer Aniston?

Jam or Cram: Manny says he’s “invigorated” by his time in Taiwan. Translation: He’s ‘roided to the max on some wicked Taiwanese concoction of HGH and ground up macaque balls. PETA is going to hate this blog. Apologies. Hey, stop throwing blood on my raccoon fur coat! I’d like to say jam. I really really, Seth and Amy really would, but this is going to end in a complete disaster with Emperor Selig stepping in to quell the “great disturbance in the force.” Or Manny goes and plays in Japan. Cram.

*Bonus Tracks* Other possible fantasy freak show attractions:

Juan Uribe, 3B, LA Dodgers: Uribe almost hit for the cycle Friday and drove in a career high-tying seven runs. He hit .375 for the week and .284 over the last month. He’s kinda freaky looking too, like a Dominican Fat Albert. Hey, hey, hey. Jam…if needed.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NY Mets: Hitting .471 in the last week and went 4-for-4 with a career-high five RBI Friday. Name is hard to type. Cram. It’s a reason! He’s also hitting .230 on the year.

Juan Francisco, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers: I said cram last week. “I left my heart in Juan Francisco” hit two more homers since then. Let me try again. Jam?

 

Thanks for the read Razzballer’s. Questions, comments, favorite guitar solos welcomed below. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS for the daily jam or cram and fantasy roster 411?s.

 

 

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  1. J!m Future says:
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    Was trying to decide between Wallace and Francisco as a short-term play in my H2H points league – ended up going with Francisco. Full schedule over the next week at home and AZ, while the ‘Stros have two off days and Wallace has to try to keep it going in STL and TB.

    I want to believe, but this is gonna be a tough week for Wallace to prove he’s not another Brandon Wood.

    • The Guru

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      I’d agree Francisco is the better play this week.

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Eddie Trunk references, got a little puke in my mouth from that, that guy treats Metal like it’s Renaissance art, which to some may be true, but in reality it’s just a sub-genre of Rock n Roll. That guy really needs to get a life. Good call on the UFO, haven’t heard that band name drop in a while. Oh yeah, good column, but you already know that

    • The Guru

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      Thanks Jack, yeah good ‘ol Eddie. He’s passionate about his metal. Not a bad guy though. I’d put UFO on my fantasy metal team. Not a #1 draft pick though.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @The Guru: no, but a strong bench bat that can come in and play some under rated defense. My metal years were from when I was 7 til 17 (1982-1993) and after Pantera it all sounded the same. Since we are on the Metal tip, I had the old i-pod on random last night and Y&T’s Mean Streak came on, didn’t even remember putting that on.

        • The Guru

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          We share the same metal years. The grunge guys pretty much put it out of its misery. Random iPod metal song of the day: Faster Pussycat “Bathroom Wall”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsjR8ynnIz8

          • The Guru

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            With the first pick in the Metal Draft, The Guru takes Black Sabbath, Birmingham, England.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @The Guru: With the second pick I take Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickerson at the helm!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @The Guru: the end was really near with that one, what no House of Pain? That late popular metal was bad, ie Cherry Pie. But hey, all popular music evolves into shit at some point then resurrects itself based on the fundamentals that got lost. But a by product of being popular is losing touch with what it was they were doing in the first place, there is always the exception, but hey what the hell.

            First metal music owned fringed on the rock/metal but hey, it was 1982 and what the hell did I know, I listened to what my older brother did, lots of Van Halen

            • The Guru

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              Well said Sheik. Van Halen 1 was the first album I ever bought with my own cash. The second…Blondie. Ha!

              With his next pick in the Metal Draft, The Guru selects AC/DC , Sydney, Australia.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @The Guru: Van halen 1 was the first copied cassette I got from my brother. First one I got as a gift per my request was Def Leopard Pyromania. Can’t recall the first I bought, I lived in a hand me down world. Lots of dubbed tapes. The first albums I got were all gifts, the Muppet Movie soundtrack and Hall and Oates!

                Damn, you got the too best, how could I overlook AC/DC, but I still listen to tracks off Live After Death at least every two weeks. So that speaks volumes for them to me. I want to say Judas Priest with my next pick, but I will have to go with Metallica pre black album. It pains me to pick that cause those guys are such dicks….on the flip side I have tattoos from a guy that has been flown out to do tattoos on James Hetfield.

                • The Guru

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                  It’s not easy being green, Sheik. Damn, You took my pick! I’ll go Halford and Priest with my third pick.

                  How many tats ya got?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: not too many yet, it’s more of a collection that blends. I waited til later in life when my head was a little more clear, and I was philosophically opposed for a long time too. I’m actually waiting to go in for my next session, there goes another grand all over my body

                    For my next pick, I’m going with a band i don’t love, or even like that much, but played an important role in the evolution of the game…Slayer

                    • The Guru

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                      I have two myself. Nice go with the Slayer pick. Never my cup of tea, but influential and true to what they are. My fourth pick is love for Lemmy, Motorhead. Although I thought about Deep Purple.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: speaking of Lemmy, have you seen his documentary?

                    Deep Purple, very nice call, Burn is listened to weekly by me. Funny, that a band can have three classic songs with three different singers. I love me the DP….I put them with Zepplin, very important to the Metal, but as an influence, I left them off the metal draft.

                    I hope none of those tats are away from the nads. when my daughter was 4 she asked me to get one and even picked the spot. Now she wants to know when I’m going to get her picture on me. I see a man in the future with her name on him that doesn’t date my daughter any more.

                    With my next pick I have to go Pantera

                    • The Guru

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                      Yes, the doc was good. Especially Lemmy apartment! Have u seen the Anvil doc? good stuff. Yes, Purple and Zep more influences than genre defining. Are we both avoiding Kiss? HA! I’ll go Guns n Roses next on the strength of Appetite and my pal Stephen Adler will be happy.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: I have not seen the Anvil doc, I bought it for 2 bucks but haven’t got around to it yet. Lemmy is rad, speaking of the tattoo’s, my guy has a framed picture of him in Lemmy in his workspace, one of very few pics of people in there, and I asked him why and he said, ” It’s Lemmy!” hahahaha, I always love that response.

                    not sure if this is fair, but I have to go Ozzy’s solo career next…..no KISS for you…or me

                    • The Guru

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                      Check out the ANVIL. Its good. Never met Lemmy, but met my share. Coolest guy Slash. Biggest a-hole, Joe Perry. I’ll allow the Ozzy. Next pick I’ll go Megadeath.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: I know a lot of people who have met Lemmy, but that’s also cause i live in LA and have spent a lot of time in Hollywood and friends who have had bands that play down there at the Roxy, which is next door to the Rainbow Room, where he hangs out a lot. I have never met any of the metal gods, only actors. I knew there was a reason I hated Aerosmith.

                    I hate to say it but I have to go with the Crue, the first two albums are strong

                    • The Guru

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                      I’ll agree on the Crue pick. They pretty much created that sunset strip thing. Im going Ronnie James Dio career work here. Rainbow, solo, Heaven and Hell an under rated album. Great guy too.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: damnit, Dio was my sleeper. I have to go to germany for my next pick, the Scorpions

                    • The Guru

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                      Nice one. Almost that time of the Heavy Metal draft to start going sleepers. Where are we? Ninth round. Say 3 picks left? Im going Slipknot because I like masks.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: like a gimp?

                    I’m going with Accept just based on the awesomeness of Balls to the Wall and me likey a little German metal attitude

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: fucking Canadiens, no offense Nick

                    I hate to go contemporary, and I don’t love them, but can appreciate their contribution and you do have slipknot, but I’ll take System of a down

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: I considered them, I think with my last pick i’ll go with Ratt

                    • The Guru

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                      Round n round! That was fun. Not helpful in anyway to our fantasy baseballers ha!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: outside of the regulars, the random commentors have been getting on my nerves lately, so fuck them….the dog days have arrived…next week we do a 70’s funk band draft

                    • The Guru

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                      I like the way you think, Sheik.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: until twitter, i say adios

  3. gareth says:
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    With his season long knee problems, would you drop aramis ramirez in a Shallow 10 team league? I have seager and rendon. I would be adding a starter. Aj burnett, who was droppped.

    • The Guru

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      Sure, why not. Rendon’s playing well, ha a homer today.

  4. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Currently in a QS league where we are tied with QS. I am currently winning ERA by .10….do I play Corbin today and hope to win QS or be ok with the tie and ensure a win in ERA? He’d have to go 6IP and give up about 2ER or less to not blow my ERA lead.

    • The Guru

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      Hate those ties! Corbin’s ERA for the month is just over 3. Hate to sit him though. Feel like gambling?

  5. Longotulo says:
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    Thanks for the info. Friends, please rank Griffin, Villanueva and Eovaldi. 12 team h2h. Thanks.

  6. The Guru

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    ROS its Griffin by a lot. The other 2 are matchup streamers at best. This week I’d roll out Griffin.

    • Longotulo says:
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      @The Guru: cool. I agree…my thought is the order I listed. Villanueva can get some k’s but he and Eovaldi play for shit bag teams. Thanks!

      • The Guru

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        Yeah, I wouldn’t own either of them. But I like those A’s starters, especially at home.

  7. Justin says:
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    Thank you for the great work! It is always appreciated. I need some advice.. just made this trade and I dont know is I sold myself short.

    12 team keeper league. Keep 7 at years end. Ops and qs are extra cats.

    I traded away Latos Garza and Gordon for Jupton Anibal and Cobb. Which side would you prefer and why? If you need roster info let me know. Thank you in advance.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks Justin. I’d take the JUp side because he’s the best player. Latos, Garza, Anibal, Cobb are all about even given Latos’ injury history and I like the upside on Anibal, Cobb for the future.

  8. AB says:
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    Thanks Goo. Who would you drop out of Jarrod Parker, Ian Kennedy, and Zach Wheeler?

    • Terse

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      @AB: I say Wheelz

    • The Guru

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      Depends on the league. In a keeper I’d drop Kennedy. But right now Wheeler would be the drop.

  9. Terse

    Terse says:
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    more good stuffz from guru.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Terse, thanks. Enjoy the heat wave!

  10. Brett says:
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    Ike or wheeler?

    Rizzo is my 1b my staff is Strasberg Cain minor grienke weaver bailey. Daily league where I like to have pitchers in my bench but is Ike’s upside worth a flier?

    • The Guru

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      I prefer the everyday stats of a bat. And as much as Ike has burned me, I’m leaning Davis here.

  11. ron says:
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    was offered his kemp, headley, and latos for my fielder, swisher, and lester. need some quick advice. take it?

    • The Guru

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      I’d want the Fielder side ROS, especially with Kemps shoulder. I also think Lester will finish strong.

  12. Schnarf says:
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    Great content. Keep it up.

    5 OF’er league. Who do you like better for the rest of the year: Eaton or Werth?

    Thanks…

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Schnarf. Eaton or Werth? Ugh. Prob more upside with Eaton, but I’m leaning Werth because he’s actually playing.

  13. Momuirnin says:
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    Oh, my. Giggle. Reading this weekly blog has become my guilty pleasure. I know I shouldn’t laugh (so naughty) but I can’t help myself. I can be a lady later… Speaking of later, I hope you will be helping me Goo when football season comes around! My sixteen year old son has already added me to his fantasy football league. He thinks I’ll be a easy mark. I need every edge I can get! I’m depending on you and the razzballers to keep me laughing AND help me kick some familial butt. Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thank you much. Sure, I’ll be your football Guru. Check out Sky’s rankings on the foosball side . Appreciate you Razzballin’ with us.

      • Momuirnin says:
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        @The Guru: “MY Guru” I like the sound of that. ;) I’ll start researching. Soon. First, you have to get me through baseball season.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Here to help, ma’am.

  14. Jake the Snake says:
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    Hey for extra power for this week & rest of the season would you add either Ike Davis, Adam Dunn or Juan Francisco?

    Keep Zack Greinke or drop him/ try to find a trade partner because my pitching is deep & if I could get something for him that’ll be great-
    Here are who I have for starting pitchers: David Price, Jordan Zimmerman , Matt Harvey & Hector Santiago (but I use Santiago as a RP since he is both SP & RP eligible ) or just keep Grienke around just incase a pitcher gets injured)

    If I do trade Grienke what would be fair?

    I don’t have a lot of holes with glaring needs;

    Catcher – Carlos Santana

    1B- Paul Goldschmidnt

    2B- Aaron Hill

    3B- David Wright

    SS- Ian Desmond

    IF- Mike Napoli

    OF- Matt Kemp

    OF- Giancarlo Stanton

    OF – Alex Rios-

    OF- Puig

    Utility- Dominic Brown

    DH- David Ortiz

    Bench: Nate Mcclouth , Jason Heyward , Ben Zobrist

    My first relief pitcher is Craig kimbrel

    • The Guru

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      I’d keep Greinke for now. I’m recommending Ike. Perhaps I’m just a dreamer. But the 20 homers in the second half last year is enticing.

  15. ferris says:
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    aj griffin or tony cingrani or too close to call or none ROS in 12 team mixed

    • The Guru

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      Griffin, especially when he’s pitching at home.

  16. ferris says:
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    oops, one more

    chris Johnson or Nolan arenado or too close to call ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Pretty even, but lets go Arenado with the homefield advantage.

  17. Marte or Carl Crawford ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Marte all day. Crawfords playing time is a concern and Marte is having a great year.

  18. sanfran1966 says:
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    What’s the word on Kemp? My stuck in the 70’s team (may re-name them Dennis Eck’s Lettuce) was making a run when he & A-Gon showed up last week…

    Under-rated tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ_kez7WVUU

    • The Guru

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      Eck has his own vernacular. Kemp is dealing with an AC joint, got a cortisone shot, but its the same injury that has kempt Clay Buchholz out since June. Kemp is day-to-day for now.

      Great Purple tune for sure. Someday I hope Ritchie Blackmore returns to the rock world and stops with the Renaissance Fair crap.

  19. ty says:
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    Love me some weekly Jay-cray. Great info as usual, Whats your take on Cingrani ROS. I’m thinking about dropping Cole and grabbing him for this upcoming 2 start week. Is he stream material or a solid starter. Thanx G

    • The Guru

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      I’m streaming both this week, but ROS go with Cingrani.

  20. ty says:
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    dropping Gerrit Cole

  21. Hondo says:
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    Nice intro.I can’t stand Metallica,but once I downloaded their entire catalog out of spite,then deleted it.

    • The Guru

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      Ha! I hope you got it for free too, just to piss of Lars.

  22. fitz says:
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    Hi Guru, Rendon or Arenado for 3B? Nolan is struggling but home games at Coors has me reluctant to cut him lose.

    thanks

    • The Guru

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      Like what I’m seeing from Rendon, but I agree, the Coors advantage has me leaning Arenado.

  23. Chris says:
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    Was just offered Allen Craig for Matt Kemp in a keeper league.. Is this an obvious “NO”?

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Actually it’s close ROS. I’d still want Kemp though.

  24. AJ says:
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    Tired of being weak sauce at 2nd base currently running Weeks…which offer you like best for Cano? Reyes/Cole or Adam Jones/Cole

    • The Guru

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      What’s your back up SS plan? I’d prefer keeping Jones.

      • AJ says:
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        @The Guru: currently have Hardy as one SS, Aybar just got dropped, Simmons is available and I’ve been eyeing Brad Miller, also Gyorko is an option he can fill in the SS/2nd base spot

        • The Guru

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          Cool, trade Reyes and Cole.

          • AJ says:
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            @The Guru: sweet thanks ill send it away see if he goes for it….so outta of those available players which one you like? I’m thinking Miller

            • The Guru

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              I’d want Simmons or Gyorko.

              • AJ says:
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                @The Guru: coo thanks

                • The Guru

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                  No prob, thanks for writing in.

  25. JazzyJim says:
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    Marte or Jennings ROS? How about long-term?

    • The Guru

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      Really liking Marte ROS and maybe going into next season. Will have to see how things shake out the rest of this year.

  26. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Arenado and pick up Headley?
    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      As disappointing as Headley has been, I’d do that. Fingers crossed for a good second half.

  27. bmoney says:
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    cliff lee + jacoby ellsbury for prince fielder.

    i am getting lee and jacoby.

    My team

    Carlos Santana
    Jean segura
    nick franklin
    eric hosmer
    starlin castro
    evan longoria
    jay bruce
    desmond jennings
    yasiel puig
    starlin matre
    brett gardner
    ike davis
    juan francisco
    wilson ramos

    Pitching –
    matt harvey
    max scherzer
    chris tillman
    bartolo colon
    gerrit cole
    mariano rivera
    heath bell

    thanks!!

    • The Guru

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      I’d make that deal. Seems fair enough. Can you survive the power loss? Better hope Ike heats up like last year.

  28. chisox22 says:
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    10 team h2h (espn). I have extra pitching and looking to add stability to my of. Currently have McCutchen, bautista, marte, crawford and granderson on th dl. Trying to trade Ryu for adam jones? Any suggestions? My sp’s are kershaw, lee, corbin, griffin, gio, ryu, liriano, norris, and buchholtz, cueto, and ogando on dl.

    • The Guru

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      If the guy needs pitching that’s a great trade for you.

  29. Frank White says:
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    Hey what up… Should I drop Lind for Juan Francisco?? Lind as been dying out

    • Frank White says:
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      I meant Juan or Ike Davis

      • The Guru

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        I could see grabbing the hot bat of Francisco. Then, when he cools down, add the next bat. ROS I’d give the nod to Davis. All pretty even though.

  30. Frank White says:
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    Also, Iv’e been keeping Erasmo Ramirez and Carlos Martinez on my bench for a while and they’re taking up room. The thing is I’m scared to drop them cause someone else is gonna grab em. Stick it out?? I know it said that Joe Kelly supposed to go to the Bullpen after that start but I don’t know

    • The Guru

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      Hey Frank, not sure what kind of league your in or what your rosters look like, but I’d drop them if you need help.

  31. James Skrmetta says:
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    Trading Jimmy Paige’s guitar solo in Stairway to Heaven for Eddie Van Halen’s in Eruption thoughts?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Seems pretty fair, but I’d stick with Page. That Allen Collins/Gary Rossington “Free Bird” solo has some power, too.

  32. JoeG says:
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    Please rate: Stubbs-OF, David Murphy -OF or Luke Scott-DH. Deep mixed daily roto.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Joe, ROS Murphy, Scott, Stubbs.

  33. Danny says:
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    In a H2H league I have been offered Verlander, Matt Cain, Hanley Ramirez and dominick brown for Miguel cabrera and David Ortiz. hanley would take cabrera’s spot at 3B. Domick brown would go to utility for David ortiz and cain and verlander would replace edison volquez and Gee.

    I hate to give up Miggy because he would be my one keeper for next year. i’m doing ok right now, im in second place. should i make this trade?

    • The Guru

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      He must really want Miggy. Thats a tough trade to pass up, but I think I’d hold. Verlander and Cain not themselves. Hanley is streaky and Brown will have a tougher second half as the Phils fall out of it. Hold for now. Good luck.

  34. troy says:
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    what do you think of my harvey for a cespedes and either aj burnett or derek holland? ive been shopping harvey to get some depth in my of but also get a solid starter in return, also in a head to head league and im going to make playoffs but worry harvey wont be there for the stretch run. what do you think?

    • The Guru

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      Sounds like a solid plan as Harvey will be shut down by the playoffs.

      • Troy says:
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        @The Guru: actually did a trade with same guy earlier so basically I gave my Harvey strasburg and victorino for beltre homer bailey Burnett and cespedes

        • Troy says:
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          @Troy: guys trying to make playoffs and its a very big league and a couple aces can carry u to playoffs so works out for him as well, he’s a buddy of mine lol so wish him the best

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