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If you were one of the Razzball disciples that had dreams of a 20/20 type season from Josh Rutledge please take your head out of the oven. Rutledge may have been sent packing, but things aren’t that bad. It’s not like you’ve been eating snow cones at Minute Maid Park. Besides you own an electric range. Worse thing you’ll do is singe your eyebrows and look like this. Hey, I was a Rutledge believer too. But I hedged my bet and put one of my kidneys on ice for him just in case something went terribly wrong. Damn, the cat’s eaten it. Gareth, bad kitty! At least I have a spare and that has Jedd Gyorko’s name all over it. I really need a middle infielder! If you were a Rutledge owner as well, we are in the same boat. And it’s about to hit an iceberg. Now stay still while I sketch you. The middle infield waiver options are stocked with guys named either Alexi or Alexei. Oh, there’s an Adeiny too. *sticks head in oven*

It was a sad scene in the Razzball Lounge last week as we collectively brainstormed ways to remedy what the memo called “the Rutledge Dilemma”. JayWrong: (takes long swig of Glenlivet) Guys, I could create some Jennifer Lawrence gifs. Those make me forget.  Smokey: (takes long hit from vaporizer) Does Rex Brothers play second? *coughs* Tehol: (admires self in mirror) Is there fantasy MMA? I want this guy. Sky: (places round in chamber, spins cylinder, holds to head) Here’s a game way more fun than fake baseball.

Desperate times call for desperate housewives of the waiver wires. While Rutledge marinates back in the minors, let’s dive deep into the middle infield options currently available. It’s time to Jam it or Cram it. Did I mention Chase Utley is out for 2 weeks?  *BANG* Sky?

Jam or Cram: Didi Gregorius, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

Availability: Yahoo 64%, ESPN 55%

Current Stats: 15 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, .333 AV, .922 OPS

The Gist: Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick “Monty” Hall said last week that he expects rookie Didi Gregorius to be the team’s everyday shortstop going forward. It took how long? Monty have you been reading Razzball in the can again? Didi is only leading Major League rookies in batting average and OPS. It doesn’t hurt that he’s hitting between Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt.

Key Stat: Gregorius has just 3 errors on the season. While that may not translate to fantasy stats directly, it does keep him in the lineup, and if Didi’s in the lineup we get stats and smiles. *note to self: form Razzball reggae band. Call it “Stats and Smiles”*

X-File: The rookie shortstop has totaled 10 multi-hit games in 22 appearances and has failed to record a hit just four times this season. He’s also from Amsterdam where a man named Jan also had 10 multi-hits this week but it means something entirely different.

Jam or Cram: I know we’ve been friends for a while now Razzballers, but if you don’t grab Didi I’m going to ruin our friendships brains out. JAM

 

Jam it or Cram it: Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Availability: 75% Yahoo, 72% ESPN

Current Stats: 23 R, 5 HR, 20 RBI, .230 AV

The Gist: Zack Cozart was once billed the Reds’ shortstop of the future. I guess the DeLorean got lost along the way because Zack is more Miguel Cairo than Barry Larkin. Cozart’s career average in the bigs is .245 with an anemic .280 OBP.  Here’s hoping Cozart’s numbers last week are a sign of things to come. In his past seven games, Cozart is hitting .364 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Cozart went 4-for-5 with two doubles against Matt Harvey last Wednesday raising his average 20 points in the process. Cozart may be the one player that wants to face Harvey every night.

Key Stat: Cozart is putting the ball in play in 77% of his plate appearances, but his BABIP sits at just .198. Translation: Schleprock.

A gooey factoid for ya: Between 1951 and 2004, only four players held down the shortstop position for the Cincinnati Reds. Four men, 53 years. Worst porno title ever. Name them and shots are on me.

X-File: The all-knowing, all seeing baseball cyborg known as The Hitter-Tron says Cozart is the #7 shortstop for the next seven days. Are you going to argue? You might hurt the one collective feeling left at Razzball.

Jam or Cram: What are the chances Cozart hits over .360 again this week? What are the chances Cozart attempts a steal this week? About as good as one of the five city workers standing around that manhole outside your condo being one of the Ghostbusters. If there’s something strange in your neighborhood…  I still say JAM.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Alexi Amarista, 2B/SS/OF, San Diego Padres

Availability: 97% Yahoo, 98% ESPN

Current Stats: 14 R, 3 HR, 14 RBI, .280 AV .768 OPS

The Gist: The Padres’ Alexi Amarista might be just what your Rutledgeless roster requires; a hot schmotato. But instead of a sticker that reads “fresh” it says “warning”. Whaddya mean Guru, he’s hitting .500 in his last seven games with 3 RBI and a couple of runs scored? Well researched, my droogs, but our dear Alexi is platooning at second and center. Adult roster supervision is required.

Key Stat: After hitting five home runs in 106 games in 2012, Amarista now has three in his first 38 appearances.

X-File: Take a look where Amarista has appeared through 48 games- 3B (2), LF (3), 2B (15), CF (18), PR (3), PH (12). Think the Padres are trying to find a spot for him?

Jam or Cram: It was either the band Chicago or the toothy Tony Robbins that said, “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” Cram the inspiration, Jam in desperation. Look into your soul to find the answer. *best if viewed from the bottom of glass*

 

And speaking of the bottom…

Jam it or Cram it: Nick Punto, 2B/SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Availability: 95% Yahoo, 94% ESPN

Current Stats: 12 R, 1 HR, 10 RBI, .323 AV, .807 OPS

The Gist: I’m sure the Dodgers never planned on Nick Punto playing six days a week or even three days a week, but “The Shredder” has actually been one of the few positives in Los Angeles (the Flying Pig Truck excluded). With injuries to Mark Ellis at second and Hanley Ramirez at third, Punto has filled in capably wherever needed. It’s hard to imagine him keeping this average where it’s at now considering Punto is a career .250 hitter. But it’s also hard to imagine “Dandy” Don Mattingly keeping his parking spot another week.

Key Stat: Has at least one hit in seven of his last ten games.

X-File: The multiple positions are a definite help in NL only or deep leagues.

Jam or Cram: Ok Razzballers, when it comes to Nick Punto I’m not going to pee down your leg and tell you it’s raining. I know how it is. My “friend” dated a girl into that. “He” was always doing laundry. Damn Match.com. The Dodgers are in trouble and 15 Nick Punto’s couldn’t save them. One Nick Punto won’t help you. CRAM

 

*Bonus Tracks* Starting streamers to jam or cram this week.

Jose Fernandez vs. TB, Jam. Jo-fer’s ERA is 2.48 in his last five starts.

Marco Estrada vs. MIN, Jam.  Brewers have won 4 of his last 5 starts.

Wade Miley vs. TEX, Cram. The Rangers’ hitting is top 5 in just about all major offensive categories.

 

Time for some weekend lobster bakin’ and Shipyard swillin’, but your humble Guru is here for questions, comments and inspiration. Follow The Guru on Twitter for the daily jam it or cram it @TheGuruGS

 

From Around The Web

  1. Traded a Fister for a BJ says:
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    Dietrich or LeMahieu ROS? Already have Stanton and got my eye on Yelich — would hate to roster 3 Marlins. But Dietrich looks better, right? Worried about his playing time when Solano comes back.

    Thanks. Above guys are owned except Punto and Amarista.

  2. Deck says:
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    I had a snowcone at minutemaid park last night. The first time in my life I have done this. Why are you mocking me?

  3. Abdoozy says:
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    Need some spiritual guidance here, o Guru.
    Filling in the back end of the pitching roster in a daily H2H ESPN 14 TM redraft (6×6 w/QS).
    Looking for streamers that might be worth keeping. Pick any three among the available:
    Cashner
    Odorizzi
    Straily
    Gausman
    Estrada
    Quintana

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      This week I would stream Straily, Estrada and Cashner. Thanks for reading. Cheers

  4. ferris says:
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    i have a moustakas-sized hole at 3B (nothing good on the wire – maybe matt dominguez?)

    6×5 12 team mixed (0ps is the 6th batting category)

    i tentatively made an offer of

    bautista for wright

    but i don’t feel great about it given that ops is a bautista advantage

    what do you think?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Without seeing the rest of your roster, if you need a 3B that trade seems fair.

      • ferris says:
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        @The Guru:

        in a vacumn, i’d rather have bautista than wright with ops as the 6th category (not to mention that joey bats is en fuego and wright is on a cold streak) but this will allow me to play kendrys morales (or alfonso soriano) every day rather than moustakas

        it hurts but it probably is for the best

        • The Guru

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          Agreed.

  5. slicke5 says:
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    Is Corey Kluber semi-for real? He’s dominating Boston today giving him 3 straigh QS. Only had 1 stinker on the year @DET.

    • The Guru

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      I might stream him depending on the match up and how deep the league is. ERA, WHIP just too high for my liking. If you streamed him against the Sox congrats.

  6. J Money says:
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    Didi or Cozart if you had a choice of both?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Didi.

  7. John Mycell says:
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    Jay Bruce for Allen Craig? I would be getting Craig, need avg, doubles, and less strikeouts. Am i getting killed? Will Craig start hitting for more power?

    • The Guru

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      I would not make that trade John. Bruce is heating up.

  8. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Indian closer Chris Perez leaves game with apparent arm injury. Pestano would be the closer in waiting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joe Smith… Pestano’s hurt

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Is he? I thought I saw him pitch yesterday? Oh, yeah, he gave four runs and velocity was down. Ouch

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          And Pestano it is.

  9. Abdoozy says:
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    2B question. Thanks to the suckitude of Weeks, who I dropped a couple of himself ago, I’m stuck with Kelly Johnson as the best of a bad bunch available at the time. The pickings are thin and nobody will trade away a viable 2 in this league. Here’s what’s available (besides Weeks of course):
    Bonifacio
    LeMahieu
    Ellis
    Barney
    Amarista

    I’m concerned about KJ as I’ve never been that impressed with him in the first place, and he has sat out the last two games for no apparent reason. Would you be patient or roll the dice? Mr. Goodface is tempting..

    • The Guru

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      I’d roll with Mahieu this week. I like his match ups this week and so does our robotic friend The Hitter-tron. http://razzball.com/hitters-weekly

  10. Matthew says:
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    Guru.

    12 Team 5X5 H2H

    I traded Harvey for Braun somehow with an OF of
    J Upton
    A Jones
    Braun
    A Jax DL
    Cuddyer

    Then traded Tori Hunter for Travis Wood for another pitcher to replace Harey and plan on trading for a tier 2 ish pitcher when A Jax comes back.

    Don’t ask just drafted well including having Phillips Votto and Machado on my team as well (fell victim to Rutlidge but wired Prado and Scutaro)

    My pitching consists of Scherzer Peavy Kiroda Bumgarner Niese Miley Wood Odorizzi

    Good trade for Wood? Figured I’d have too many hitters, I usually stick to 1 bench player maybe 2 in most my leagues.

  11. Matthew says:
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    Oh, and do you think Skaggs is worth a flier?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Nice team, Matthew. Hunter would just be a waste on your bench so good trade. Here’s Skaggs line at Reno: 5.23 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. I’ll pass.

      • Matthew says:
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        @The Guru: TY, in 1st, prett solid, I also have 5 closers haha I just need to work the Wire but I’ve been holding it down but I gotta see how things work without Harvey. Ty!!!

        • The Guru

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          No prob, thanks for reading.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Matthew: Skaggs is worth a flier.

  12. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Clay Buchholz scratched from tomorrows start with collarbone issue. Aceves gets the start.

  13. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Looks like this week is closerapolois. What order would you rank your waiver wire pickups between : O’Day, KRod and JSmith?

    • The Guru

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      KRod, Smith, O’Day.

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Pestano instead of Smith as I originally thought

  14. edgar says:
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    I got four spots who do I start?
    Cueto
    odorizzi
    liriano
    lincecum
    kennedy
    gausman
    straily

    I aslo got offered didi for my lirinano. Should I do it? I have alexi ramirez at ss

    • The Guru

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      Hey Edgar, start Cueto, Straily, Lincecum and Liriano. I wouldnt trade for Didi.

  15. joeg414 says:
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    I cut Drew last night (today he goes 3/4 3 runS :( for Iglesies. I also have LeMahieu,; is Bonfinfacio and or Laombardozzi better choices then those two.? 13 team mixed daily 6×6 roto. Also; i’m waiting for Reyes and Rendon to come back and come up for 10 games.

    • joeg414 says:
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      @joeg414:
      Also waiting on Rutledge .

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        I’d hold for now.

  16. abe says:
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    in an auction keeper league ($260 budget) with k/bb – would you trade a $2 mike minor for hamels straight up? my staff right now is – minor, jzim, moore, scherzer, fister. 3 keeper maximum and minor definitely seems like he’ll be one of the best pitching keepers.

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold Minor in a keeper league.

  17. joeg414 says:
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    So, you think that Iglesies is better than Bonfinfacio and or Lambardozzi ?
    I was thinking that they will give you more playing time. If you had to chose only one to pickup up?

    • The Guru

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      Not real crazy about any of them right now. But if I gotta choose I’ll go Bonifacio.

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Greys not answering so time to ask some of his peasants (kiddin!).

    A mid-tier starter you’ve more confidence in that I can dump YoGa for in a trade? Getting sick of watching the guy pitch. Yoga?! Could there ever be more of an oxymoron lol (probably wrong term).

    • The Guru

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      Trading him could be tough going for you, NewGuy. I don’t think he’s worth much to many right now.

  19. Alex says:
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    In QS league that also counts wins, how would you rank these folks ROS

    Marco, Niese, Milone, McCarthy, Hammel, J Parker

    Milone i would only start when he is at home

    • The Guru

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      They are in kind of the same tier but I’ll give it a shot here: Milone, Estrada, McCarthy, Parker, Hammel, Niese.

  20. Jack says:
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    Alcides Escobar or anybody mentioned above? Specifically Didi. TIA

    • The Guru

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      I like Didi until he cools off but its probably Alcides ROS.

  21. Oscar says:
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    Whats up with this cold weather up here in New England? And should I drop Mike Morse for a recently released Melky Cabrera? Great article Guru!

    • The Guru

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      Thanks Oscar, hows thangs? Yes, damn called up here. Not sure if you heard but summer is canceled.
      Morse or Melky? Depends one what you need but I’m leaning Melky ROS.

      • The Guru

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        *cold* can’t type, fingers frozen

  22. Yager says:
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    Jam or cram?

    I give cliff lee, choo, and mo rivera

    I get pujols and scherzer

    I currently have belt at first, and my OF would be holliday, brantley, and stanton when he returns, plan on playing crispy young until stanton gets back in a twenty team.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cram. I think Pujols gets DL’d this year and then you’ll kick yourself.

      • Yager says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thanks guru. Kind of an epiphany, Belt may end up better than Pujols. He is getting hot, could finally be the year!

        • The Guru

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          I want to believe in Belt then he plays and I want to hang myself with it.

  23. Kevin says:
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    I was offered Starlin Castro for my Corbin in a 10 team mixed.

    I already have Tulo but I figure if I pull the trigger, I can deal a SS to upgrade my current 3Bs, Lawrie and Frazier.

    My SPs are Lee, Shields, Sale, Minor, Bailey, Milone, Corbin, Gaussman.

    Do I make the trade? Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Yeah, give that a shot. Thanks for writing, Kevin.

      • Kevin says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thanks! Also for the very quick response. Recently added you guys to my RSS, keep up the good work

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          cool

  24. joeg414 says:
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    Whom is most worth keeping (on the bench) :Moustakas or Rutledge.
    And as always thanks for the help.

    • The Guru

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      Moose

  25. FrankGrimes says:
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    if wacha lasts til tomorrow on my league waivers would you drop Straily for him? I’m waiting so I can ‘cram’ in
    his two starts this week. I’m already waiting on Wheeler on the bench.

    • The Guru

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      good plan

  26. Ryan says:
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    Heyward is awful…would u drop for Dom brown,John jay,viciedo,bj upton or garret jones
    Thanks

    • danny says:
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      @Ryan: Dude… No.

    • The Guru

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      Heyward will heat up. Hold

  27. Cub says:
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    12 team keeper league. Trade took place of:

    Kemp, mike young and peavy for Cano

    Who wins?

    • Dan says:
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      @Cub: If you took out peavy, the cano side would still win

    • The Guru

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      Cano side

  28. Mikey says:
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    Guru –

    Gee or Edwin Jackson ROS? Play in NL only H2H Points League (W, L, QS, ERA, K’s)

    Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Jackson

  29. Josh says:
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    Gregorious or Arenado?

    • The Guru

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      Its Didi until Arenado shows signs of life.

  30. YouKnowMeAldo says:
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    Is JJ Hardy the best replacement of all? OBP league, where Ks count against you.

    • The Guru

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      If he’s still available yes

      • YouKnowMeAldo says:
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        @The Guru: Thank you!

  31. seattle sonics says:
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    Time to pick up M. Wacha? Better than Gausman?

    • The Guru

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      I’m sticking with Gausman for another start or two.

  32. low walk high k says:
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    i know this sounds crazy but who would u rather roster ros? dickey, colon or estrada?

    • The Guru

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      No on Colon, so it between Dickey and Estrada. Dickey could get the knuckleball working as the weather warms up and reel off 6 or 7 QS. Dickey

  33. mike says:
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    need a replacement for Vogelson.
    Candidates are:
    Tyler Chatwood
    Mike Leake
    Francisco Liranio
    Johnathon Pettibone
    Tyler Lyons
    Tyler Cloyd
    Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated!!

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @mike:
      Lirano

    • The Guru

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      Liriano has looked good. Pick him up.

  34. Matt says:
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    But not didi over aybar right? Need steals, avg, SLG and runs in that order.

    Thank you as always

    • The Guru

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      Right now I’m leaning Didi.

  35. Fister Furbush says:
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    nice

  36. Frank White says:
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    Morning buddy… Do you think Jim Henderson will be the closer and push K – Rod back to the bench when he comes back from DL??

    • Frank White says:
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      IDK if I should drop Jim Henderson. What do you think?

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        You have a DL spot? Who else do you have as closers?

        • Frank White says:
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          my DL spot is Jose Reyes and my closers are – Mujica, Heath Bell n K-Rod… 10 team mixed h2h points

          • The Guru

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            Hold for now.

    • The Guru

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      Morning Frank, I think it will come down to performance. If K-rod is lights out, he sticks. If he flames out, Henderson gets the job back. Also adding to the mix: John Axford hasnt given up a run in his last 6 appearances.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah but they always say axford is the 3rd.. I don’t want to have a closer that shares ya know> Lol. Anyway I know Jansen is back on the wire but He’s not doing to well right??

        • The Guru

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          If the Dodgers would just give Jansen the job I’d want him.

  37. Darcy Butler says:
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    Thank you, Guru for another humorous and informative post. From one of the desperate housewives of the waiver wires.

    • The Guru

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      No problem Desperate Darcy. Thanks for Razzballin’.

  38. Kyle says:
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    Do you trust Didi enough ROS to trade Andrus for OF or pitching help in a long term keeper? Or hold both?

    • The Guru says:
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      It depends. What does your roster look like? What type of league are you in?

      • Kyle says:
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        @The Guru: 16 team dynasty keeper, keep 12 guys as long as you want without cost. H2h 5×5; with OPS instead of avg and Net saves/holds

        Lineup is:

        C- Santana
        1b- Freeman
        2b- Phillips
        SS- Andrus
        3b- Miggy
        OF- Kemp, Heyward, McCutchen
        Utility- Gattis
        DL- Ajax
        Bench-Didi, Puig

        SP- Scherzer, Shields, Gallardo, Ryu, Shelby Miller, De La Rosa, Phelps
        RP – Valverde, Romo, Parnell, Walden, Cishek, Gregerson, Thorton
        DL- colby Lewis, Sean Marshall

        • The Guru says:
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          I’d hold for now. Hopefully Kemp and Heyward will turn it around.

          • Kyle says:
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            @The Guru: Thanks!

            • The Guru

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              No problem. Good luck rest of the season.

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