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Guru confession #434: My brain is good at sports, but my body isn’t. Watch as I try to steal second running like Laura Ingalls through a field of daisies. Damn, its hard to slide in these bloomers. Thus, instead of preparing my Hall of Fame speech, I am here writing to you, my gooey friends. My brain seems to do its best sports thinking in two places: driving fast to work listening to Kenny Loggins “Danger Zone” and at work… listening to Kenny Loggins “Danger Zone”. The big boss, let’s call him Larry Tate, sent this memo out last week: There is no room for fantasy sports in the workplace. I replied: When is bring your fantasy team to work day? *high fives, chest bumps, Harlem Shake* I didn’t get a response back. Doesn’t he understand there are early games, rainouts, snowouts, trades to accept, trades to reject and Razzball podcasts to listen to? If he can have an inflatable girlfriend, I say I can have 16 fake baseball teams. Hhiigghhwwaayy to the Danger Zone.
*in the event this is being read by Mr. Tate: The Guru is actually Brian in accounting.*

It may be early in the season, but you probably have a pretty good feel of the  good, the bad and the ugly on your team. April is way too soon to jump off the fantasy cliff when it comes to the star players that are having spring slumps- Giancarlo, Hamilton, Kemp. However, it’s never too early to stream that hot outfielder that could grab you some homers, RBI and steals. New memo just came in: It’s time to Jam it or Cram it. The Schmotatoes in the outfield edition.

Jam or Cram Daniel Nava, OF, Boston Red Sox

Opening Rank: Outside the top 400
Current Rank: 90
Availability: He’s out there in about 60% of leagues
The Gist: The best money the Red Sox ever spent was the $1 they gave to the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League to purchase the rights of Daniel Nava. Is the Golden League The Dollar Store of baseball? Nava has certainly been worth the money. Nava was platooning with Johnny Gomes to start the year, but with Shane Victorino hurting Nava has been playing everyday. Nava seems to have a flair for the dramatic too, hitting a 3-run homer to win Boston’s first home game after the Boston Marathon bombings. Nava is off to a great start .320/.429/.600. He won’t steal any bases, but will hit about 15 HR and help with average.
Key Stats: On pitches on the outer portion of the plate, Nava is hitting .600.
April Don’t Mean @&$%: 11 R, 4 HR, 0 SB, 290 AV
A gooey factoid for ya: Nava is only the fourth player to have hit a grand slam in his first at-bat, joining Bill Duggleby in 1898, Jeremy Hermida in 2005 ( the guy Nava was filling in for that day)  and Kevin Kouzmanoff in 2006.
The X-File: Nava could be a hot schmotato or a good stop gap until the player you drafted 200 spots higher gets going.

You decide: Jam it or Cram it?

Let’s continue talking schmotato  outfielders riding a hot streak and jam or cram Nate McLouth, Baltimore Orioles.

Opening Rank: Razzball #354, Yahoo #319
Current Rank: 64
Availability: McLouth is ready to spend a week on your roster in 75% of leagues.
The Gist: It is getting difficult for O’s manager Buck Showalter to keep McLouth out of the starting lineup. McLouth has multi-hit games in 3 of his last 5 starts to go along with 7 steals. His 4 steals helped me win a few games in head to head leagues this week. I’m going to give him another day or four then sell him to the Red Sox for a dollar.
Key Stats: McLouth is just 4 years removed from a 26 HR, 23 SB season.
April Don’t Mean @&$%: 16 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 SB, .297 AV
The X-File: With the lead-off position McLouth’s to lose and some big boppers behind him, anyone that likes runs and stolen bases will find McLouth to be a tasty streamer.

You decide: Jam it or Cram it?

One more schmotato in the outfield is Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels

Opening Rank: Razzball # 294,  Yahoo #327
Current Rank: 192
Availability: About 90% available
The Gist: Now that Bourjos  is healthy, he  has as clear a spot in the lineup and will get regular AB’s. While Angels Stadium of Anaheim isn’t a great home run park, that’s not Bourjos’ game.  He’ll grab some doubles, triples, steal plenty of bases and can score a bunch of runs in front of the what we expect to be a potent Angels lineup.  Bourjos can steal you 30 bases, hit 10-15  homers with a .275 AV.
Key Stats: Bourjos has hit .407 in the past week with an 8 game hitting streak. Bourjos has yet to attempt a steal but with his speed the steals will pile up soon.
April Don’t Mean @&$%: 10 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, .319 AV
The X-File: Trade rumors swirling in Anaheim as the Angels starting pitching continues to disappoint. Bourjos is the type of player that could land a good starter. The Angels traded Jean Segura last year for Zack Greinke. How’d that work out, Arte?

Now you decide: Jam it or Cram it? 

*Bonus Tracks* Jam it or Cram it SP streamers for this week:
Andy Petitte vs HOU, jam
Jose Quintana vs TEX, cram
Jason Hammel vs SEA, jam
Bronson Arroyo vs STL, cram

Results from last week:

Denard Span OF: 7 H, 3 RBI, 2 SB, .250 AV. I made a case to jam the Span. Not a bad week but disappointed in the lack of any runs scored as the Nationals have been slumping at the plate.

Brandon Crawford SS: 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. B-Craw has been a fine streamer at the SS position and is currently ranked in the top five at SS behind Rutledge, Segura, Lowrie and Tulo. Continue to jam with B-Craw.

As far as the SP picks for last week I hit on Ryan Dempster (jam), James McDonald (cram) and Tim Hudson (cram) but missed on Derek Holland (jam) who got pounded by the Angels.

Questions, comments, drink recipes are welcome
Look for my daily Jam it or Cram it and Streamers to Start Tomorrow on Twitter @TheGuruGS
And don’t forget it’s a new Razzball Podcast Tuesday with Nick, myself and the Razzball gang.

From Around The Web

  1. Chris Cross says:
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    Please help!

    Freddie Freeman and Giancarlo Stanton for Napoli and RP Chris Perez

    I have Nap and Perez

    • The Guru says:
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      Thanks for reading Chris. You get Stanton and Freeman? May I join your league of panic stricken owners? Make the deal quickly before he sobers up.

  2. Gareth says:
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    I have a roster crunch for week 5. My pitching is pretty stellar so I have some tough decisions on who to start and who to bench. Only 9 Spots available for 13 pitchers. the 4 other pitchers sit on the bench in a WEEKLY Cbs Format.

    Here are my 13 pitchers:

    starters:

    Felix (@ Toronto)
    Gio (@ ATL, @ Pit)
    Gallardo (PIT, STL)
    Estrada (PIT, STL)
    Morrow (BOS, SEA)
    Cobb (@ KC, @ COL)
    Lynn (CIN)
    Lincecum (@ Arizona)
    AJ Burnett (Washington)

    Relievers:

    Holland (7 home – CLE, TB, CHW)
    Betancourt (3 Home, 3 away TB, @ LAD)
    Street (3 Home, 4 away ARI, @ Cubs)
    Frieri (4 Home, 3 Away BAL, @ OAK)

    I am currently second on my league. The categories I need to catch up on are wins, Whip and Era. I am 4th in Saves and 3rd in Strikeouts.

    So which 4 out of these guys would you put on the bench this week?

    • The Guru says:
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      Hey Gareth, nice staff and a good problem to have I suppose. I’d sit Street, Lincecum, Burnett and Cobb.

  3. Ribbies says:
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    Thanks for the blog, first time/long time

    Curious for your advice: Im in a 14 team H2H andI currently have Gattis at catcher. I am being offered Strasburg & Wilin Rosario for Pujols & Shelby Miller. I’m tempted to take it, should I?

    Thanks

    • The Guru says:
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      Good to hear from you Ribbies. Without seeing your roster I’d hold with Pujols and Miller.

      • Ribbies says:
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        @The Guru: thanks. Do you think Pujols will turn it around? I’m doubtful.

        • The Guru says:
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          The foot injury is really bothering Pujols. I would not be surprised if they shut him down for a week. However, the bat will be back and he will be a top 15 Fantasy player by the end of the season.

    • The Guru says:
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      Nnniiiccceee!!! That’s going to be stuck in my head all day now. Beats Kenny Loggins though.

  4. Fister Furbush says:
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    Cashner @ CHC
    Or
    Jose Valverde 7 games vs HOU and MIN

    points league

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      For some reason my confidence level with Valverde is low. Maybe it’s the two- toned goatee he’s sporting. I am liking the Cashner and picked him up wherever I could. Roll with Cash.

  5. Pope says:
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    Agreed, I picked up Cash as well for his last start and I’ll stick with him. How do you feel about giving Konerko for Ike Davis?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Pope. While Davis is off to a frustrating start I’d make that deal. I like Ike and 30 something HR’s.

      • Pope says:
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        @The Guru: Ok thanks. I was thinking it was a good try to buy low on Ike too

  6. mcBlunty says:
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    trade offer, i would get Josh Donaldson and Ross Detwiler and would give up Wade Miley, my current 3b is Yuniesky Betancourt

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Seems fair. Pull the trigger Mr McBlunty.

  7. bash says:
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    Would u deal j Upton and Ike for mauer wil Myers and Yu?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hi Bash, thanks for writing. Upton looks like an early MVP candidate and Ike will hit eventually. I would not make that deal. It would take quite a bit more to pry Upton from my cold, pine tar stained hands.

  8. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Should I pick up haren and drop Villanueva? Haren looked alright yesterday and plays for the better team. Villanueva has been good but will he keep it up?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Another good outing from Villanueva today. I am not ready dump him for Haren.

  9. Darcy Butler says:
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    What are your thoughts on Barry Zito, and Kris Medlen. I have Medlen in a 20 team league and don’t know if he is worth anything. I have Zito in an 12 team league, Zito did very well at the start of the season and he is starting to drop a little. What should I do with them? Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hold on Medlen. Zito is a guy to start if its a good match up. Thanks for the question lady reader number 4.

      • Darcy Butler says:
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        @The Guru: I prefer lady reader number 1.

  10. Tommy Butler says:
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    I have Joel Hanrahan in a 12 team league and Andrew Bailey in a 20 team league. Should I drop Bailey when Hanrahan comes back or keep him just in case? If Bailey keeps the role should I drop Han or keep him just in case? Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks for writing Tommy. Looks like Han will get his closer job back on Tuesday but with a short leash. He was not impressive in 2 minor league outings. I would keep both for now. Once Han implodes and Bailey gets the job back then you can drop him.

  11. Kyle says:
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    Drop detwiler for cashner?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I am a Cashner believer, which is better than a daydream believer, so yeah drop Dets.

  12. druss says:
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    nice post guruji. since im from india adding ji at the end is a sign of respect. but im sure you know that already.;)

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Namaste Druss, maybe we can start a fantasy cricket page.

      • druss says:
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        @The Guru: sounds like a plan. never played in a 2 player league before.
        you following the IPL at all ?

  13. gareth says:
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    I’m from the uk, but give me baseball anyday over test cricket. Or as I call it “watching paint dry.” Makes me laugh when I hear americans say they think baseball is slow and boring. At least baseball is played to win! They should try Watching guys block a wicket for 5 straight days in a drawn test match.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      How about a curling fantasy page for our Canadian friends?

  14. gareth says:
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    Ok. I think I’m gonna bench lynn, morrow, cobb and lincecum. I need the saves. Thanks for the advise!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cool, glad we thought of it.

  15. ferris says:
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    in an nl-only, i have a star-studded top 6 in my rotation

    these are the rest of the SPs i have

    andrew cashner
    jose fernandez
    edwin jackson
    shaun marcum

    while i will take a stab at trading them, i may need to drop a couple to speculate in other areas

    who would you consider droppable in nl-only and in what order?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I would consider dropping (in this order) Marcum, Fernandez (because of potential innings limit), Jackson, Cashner. Thanks for writing Ferris.

      • ferris says:
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        @The Guru: do you think marcum is droppable outright for a non-elite 8th inning guy (like a storen) or do you think he has enough value to be worth trying to trade?

        • The Guru

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          I’d drop Marcum but you can try to make a trade, not sure anyone will bite. Give it a shot.

          • ferris says:
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            @The Guru: thanks for the advice

            who are your most likely non-closers likely to become closers in the nl? like clippard, rosenthal or storen? or a miami guy like ramos or dunn?

            • The Guru

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              Guys that may end up as closers are Axford, Jansen, Rosenthal, Hernandez. Care to take a chance with Marmol?

  16. Oppo Taco says:
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    what’s your take on these pitchers ROS? trying to figure out who’s the best options out of Ogando, Cashner, Cingrani, Corbin. Also I was offered Prado for Bourn/Cingrani. I would plug in Prado as my SS (Currently last in avg) think i can get more than prado? Also would that move leave me light in the speed cat? Thanks!

    C – Mig Montero
    1b – Goldy
    2b – Phillips
    SS – Jhonny Peralta (bleh)
    3b – Zimmerman/Arenado
    OF – Bautista
    OF – McCutch
    OF – J upside
    Util – Dom Brown
    Util – Michael Bourn/BJ Upton

    SP – MadBum, Shields, Harvey, Ogando, Haren, Cingrani, Cashner, Corbin
    RP (two slots only) – Street, Holland

    • The Guru

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      Hiya Taco, I’d roll with Cingrani and Cashner but I am an upside gambler. I am no Prado fan (did he have one hit this week?), I think you could find someone to bite on Cingranai while he’s hot and do better.

  17. Dirtyd says:
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    Better pick up: Cashner Cingrani or C Villanueva? Had to get the C in there.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Nice alliteration. These are 3 guys I’ve been able to pick up, stream, then drop fairly regularly. This week I’d roll with Cashner.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @The Guru: This must be a small league if nobody is actually keeping these 3. I was able to pick up Cashner in both a 30 person 10 teamer and a 26 person 16 teamer; likely only because i’m ahead of the curve due to this website.

  18. The Red Cyclones says:
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    What happens to Gattis when McCann is back? I have him in a two-catcher league with John Buck. I’m considering dumping Buck for Russell Martin, but should I look to dealing/replacing Gattis, or will he find a way into the lineup for his bat? 10 team H2H Yahoo, assists are one of the categories.

    • The Guru

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      Hold Gattis, the Braves will find a way to get him AB’s. I would keep Buck over Martin as well.

      • The Red Cyclones says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks! I appreciate all the great articles you guys put up.

  19. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Just got proposed Bumgarner for my David Price in a 12 team keeper league, take it or leave it?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Leave it.

  20. grif says:
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    In a roto dynasty league, should I drop Moustakas a pick up nolan arenado?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hold Moose for now.

  21. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    I also dropped Morse for McClouth, good move? At least for now?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Good for now. Use that spot to stream the hot bat. But it would be damn nice if McClouth could put together another 20/20 season. Monitor closely.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @The Guru: Exactly what I was thinking, thanks.

  22. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I have been wondering about Kenny Loggins for a few months now. Whatever happened to him? He was big in the 1980s and then vanished or so it seemed to me. He might have even died and maybe I missed that news. I could have done a Google search at some point sure.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I just called Kenny and he said, “Tell Mr Patterson about my new country band Blue Sky Riders.” I asked him to sing “I’m Alright” and he hung up. Best this Guru could do Wallpaper.

  23. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Alright, I’m looking to add some pop to my lineup. Pronk’s on the wire and McClouth is too. Which to choose?

    Next question: I have Marcum and Detwiler and will be dropping one of them tomorrow morning for Cashner. Which to choose?

    Thanks, team. See you in the early early AM.

    • The Guru

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      Keep a hot McClouth and drop Marcum. If this works out you owe me a 6 pack of Zima.

      • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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        @The Guru: I think McClouth hitting in the top of that order will pay immediate dividends so I was leaning his way for sure. Cash gets the Cubbies this week, too so I feel good about that one as well. Has Detwiler fallen from grace in these last two starts? I didn’t realize how many fastballs he throws. How has he not gotten drilled in every start when the hitters know what’s coming?

        • The Guru

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          yes, good point Bump, for me as a constant streamer Detwiler is best against certain match ups.

  24. HH points league……would you drop arencebia for J Montero? would you drop mcdonald for guthrie? Also who would you start as my last utility spot for upcoming week……Duda or Pedro Alvarez? (i dont get minus a point for a K for hitters)

    • cashner is also on wavier wire…..or him instead of guthrie?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      wow…let me think fast…keep Arencebia, grab Guthrie and roll the dice on Duda. If I am wrong, feel free to heckle Jack full of Hate for a week just for fun.

  25. Bander says:
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    Drop Brett Anderson for straily? If straily gets sent down again, would rather stream over hanging onto Anderson? Just don’t trust his health.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Ilike the way ur thinking to leave a spot for streaming. Use the SON and enjoy.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Guru: even if you’re in a 20 teamer, there’s somebody out there better than anderson. Even Smyly’s better.

  26. KDH says:
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    Hope its not too late for you to answer.
    CarGo for Adam Jones.
    I have Jones, would be receiving CarGo.
    Good trade?

    • The Guru

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      Hey KDH, cool trade offer. One to ponder a bit for sure. Straight up without seeing your team I would take CarGo.

  27. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Newby Razzballer … blogs deliver excellent insight … keep up the great work!!
    Looking to take advantage of some of that expert advice;
    5X5 League; 6 man keeper; head to head;start 5 OF/1 Utility/5 SP/4 RP
    My Team;
    C-Sal Perez
    1b-Au Shizz
    2b-Kipnis (A-Hill – bench)
    SS-E. Cabrera (Reyes – DL)
    3b-Frazier (Reserves – Machado/Arenedo)
    OF-Braun, Giancarlo, B-Harper, Choo, A-Jax (Reserve – Will Myers)
    Utility-Big Papi
    SP – Samard, Ryu, Gallardo, Niese, Jo-Fer, Maholm,
    RP – Riviera, Mujica, Cingrani, Cashner, Medlan
    Questions;
    1)Was offered his David Price/Mark Reynolds for my Machado, Will Myers, Mujica … thoughts? Would love to get Price, but I am really smitten with Machado and Myers particularly as potential keepers … am I valuing them to highly?
    2)Miguel Montero was just dropped … is he an upgrade on Sal Perez?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Dr Sauce, stay put with your team. See if you can flip Machado straight up.
      Keep Perez.

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @The Guru:
        Thanks … confirmed what I was thinking … sometimes my thinking gets a little crazy when dealing with young “potential”. How about Machado/Myers for Price/Allan Craig?

        • The Guru

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          Hey Sauce, feel free to ask me any questions anytime on twitter @TheGuruGS and I hope I can help. If was handicapping the next 2 years I am leaning Price/Craig.

  28. joeg414 says:
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    D.Phelps at home vs Hou and Hammell@ Sea
    Both jam?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The Guru says Jam.

  29. kratos says:
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    Aoki or Mclouth for 5th OF?

    • The Guru

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      Aoki is A ok. But if McClouth could live up to expectations…still take Aoki.

  30. Chris says:
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    This one is for grey…
    If you could keep any 3 players for the next 5 years… Who would they be?

    Thank you

  31. Longbeachyo says:
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    Hey guru, nice article. Have you happened to notice mr. Mclouth’s peripherals??? His swinging strike, and strikeout percentages are at all time lows! And conversely his walk percentage is an all time high! This schmo might have just figured something out. Even if/when his BABIP numbers come back to normal, he’ll still be looking at a career high obp. Think of all the steals and runs scored he’ll be getting on that offense. Thanks for helping me notice him. I’m excited to see what he can do ROS.

    • The Guru

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      Hi Longbeach, I try to feature jam or cram guys that may be overlooked. I try to leave it up to the reader to dig a little deeper. Nice work.

  32. Parker says:
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    yo whats up guru?

    you think Lorenzo Cain is worth keeping on a roster as a sixth outfielder? if not i’m promptly dropping him so dozier can fill for Tulo while he’s out

    • The Guru

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      Hey Parker, ride Cain while he is hot.

  33. jesse says:
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    In a 10-team mixed, do I hold Reynolds or try to trade him now? Methinks he could hit 80/35/80/2.60

    • The Guru says:
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      You could try to sell high, depends on your needs, but I like him for 30- 35 HR.

  34. Enrique says:
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    Hey Guru great article, quick question, I desperately need SP and have Josh Hamilton who’s killing me, should I sell low pr hold, if I were to sell low what type of pitcher should I be looking for, thanks for the advice.

    • The Guru says:
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      Thanks for writing Enrique. Hold for now, he will heat up then if you still need a SP you might get a Buchholz type of guy.

  35. Matt says:
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    Drop Grimm for Straily as a stash or will he be sent back to AAA? What’s the deal with Parker how many more chances will Billy give him before sending him down?

    • The Guru says:
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      I’d hold for now. No word on how long Parkers leash will be but he is droppable.

  36. Kody says:
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    My dilemma: I have both G. Stanton and J. Heyward in my league, both are on the DL, and we’re only allowed one DL spot. They haven’t been performing up to par, so any attempt to trade would mean me getting worse players. Dropping one means they’d most likely be picked up on waivers. Do I just leave a disabled guy in an OF spot for 2+ weeks? I’ve never had this issue before.

    • The Guru says:
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      Thats a tough position to be in. Looks like you will have to leave one of them on the DL and the other in the OF. Heyward will be back at the end of May. Giancarlo will be out at least 2 weeks.

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