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Yahoo’s current top 3 fantasy baseball stat leaders are Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera, and at number one it’s a man named Clay. Clay Buchholz? Miggy, I can see for sure. Upton? In this leftover Cinco de Mayo hangover haze you might convince me. But Clay Buchholz? Number 1? I’d ask the Razzball stat checker but he’s passed out at his abacus. Buchholz is 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 47 K’s in 44 innings to start the season. Thursday he was named the AL pitcher of the month. Last Wednesday Buchholz shut down the Blue Jays and sparked a minor Twitter war between the US and our toque wearing neighbors to the north. Some folks in Toronto were calling “shenanigans”. While I do appreciate me some good “shenanigans”, I am really more of a “hoopla” or “ballyhoo” man myself.  Shenanigan accuser and former MLB pitcher/writer/broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst tweeted whether Buchholz was getting the outs on his own or if he had the help of something sticky:

“I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick’em painted up his left forearm. Wow.”

Hayhurst guessed the substance was Crisco. While Buchholz did not appreciate being associated with fictional characters from “Major League”, he did admit his favorite baseball movie is “Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch,” then denied any shenanigans, hoopla or ballyhoo.

Jack Morris, the former World Series hero, Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster, and porn mustache aficionado added to the brouhaha saying he is convinced Buchholz was throwing a spitball. “They showed it to me and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ and I said, ‘Well, he’s throwing a spitter.” Joining the scuttlebutt was Red Sox broadcaster and baseball/mustache Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley saying Morris should “zip it” adding “Morris can’t even make it to the Hall of Fame.” Is that the retired baseball player equivalent to throwing down the jockstrap gauntlet? Annoyed with all the hubbub, Sox manager John Farrell slathered Vasoline on his bagel and said, “It’s rosin. Clay’s not loading up.” Then he asked, “Does this taste funny to you?” The Blue Jays come to Fenway Park on Friday. It’s a mustached steel cage showdown: Morris vs. Eck. Maybe special guest referee Grey Albright? Now that would be an old-fashioned hairy-lipped katzenjammer!

With Buchholz lubed up and long gone in your league, let’s enjoy a Bloody Mary brunch, grease our naked torsos up in canola oil, and talk starting pitching because it’s time for a little dab of Jam it or Cram it.

Jam or Cram: Andrew Cashner SP/RP, San Diego Padres

Availability: 73% Yahoo, 87% ESPN

Next Start: MIA, @TB

Stats so Far: 1 W, 2 L, 11 ER, 12BB, 20 K, 4.24 ERA, 1.37 WHIP

The Gist: Cashner popped up on the waiver radar after his start against the Giants where he went 6 innings with 5 K’s and only a run allowed. Fast forward to last Wednesday and Cashner gets beat around by the Cubs, giving up 4 runs and 4 walks in just 4 innings. Which guy do you get? Owning Cashner longterm is a no-go. He walks too many and has never pitched more than 60 innings. But I like the two start week against a Stanton-less Marlins and a Rays team that ranks 20th in average and runs scored.

Key Stats: Cashner has a tasty 7.7 K/9. Walks are the problem with 4.6 BB/9.

A Gooey Factoid: Cashner’s fastball has averaged 94.8 MPH, second only to Stephen Strasburg (95.2) among NL starters.

The X-File: The Padres have confidence in the hard throwing Cashner and he’ll remain in the rotation until he hits an innings limit or Carlos Quentin delivers a pile driver. Hey Carlos, he’s on your team, man.

Jam or Cram: I like the SP/RP roster flexibility especially in H2H leagues. Jam him into your lineup for Monday’s start at home vs. Miami.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Kyle Kendrick, SP/RP, Philadelphia Phillies

Availability: 59% Yahoo, 77% ESPN

Next Start: Tuesday @SF

Stats so Far: 3 W, 1 L, 11 ER, 10 BB, 29 K, 2.43 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

The Gist: Kyle Kendrick finds himself in unfamiliar territory: he’s the Phillies’ ace.  Kendrick has gone 6 innings or more in his last 4 starts with a complete game and only given up 6 runs in his last 35 innings of work. He’s so hot his house has been swatted twice this week. Philly phans are phunny. When manager Charlie Manuel saw the choppers in the air he told Doc Halladay to get his surfboard exclaiming, “If I say it’s safe to surf this beach Captain, then it’s safe to surf this beach!”

Key Stats: Opponents are hitting just .230 with an OBP of .276. That puts him in the top 25 for SP a month into the season.

The X-File: On a staff full of aces, Kendrick has been better than Halladay, better than Hamels, and better than Lee. It remains to be seen if Kendrick can keep this streak going, but he is worth a spot in NL and deeper 12 team leagues, especially with the SP/RP eligibility.

Jam or Cram: Is he a jam? Feel free to add him now, then hold me as I sing “More Than Words”.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Hector Santiago SP/RP, Chicago White Sox

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Next Start: @NY Mets

Stats so Far: 1 W, 1 L, 5 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, 2.29 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

The Gist: With Gavin “MacLeod” Floyd likely out for the season with an elbow injury, White Sox Manager Robin Ventura inquired where in the world is Hector Santiago? That’s him out on the mound skip. After Santiago tossed 5 1/3 of one run ball against the Rangers last week with 6 strikeouts, it looks like Ventura has found his 5th starter for the foreseeable future.

Key Stats: Last year Santiago showed he has some swing and miss stuff striking out 79 in 70 innings. He also walked 40.

A Gooey Factoid: Santiago is one of the few pitchers left that still throws a screwball. I can’t throw a screwball, but Flickchart says “The Big Lebowski” is the best screwball comedy of all time. The Dude abides.

The X-File: Santiago only has five career starts to his name and is a bit of a lottery ticket; you gotta play to win.

Jam or Cram: I’ll buy a ticket this week against a Mets team that has struck out 220 times this year. Jam, start, cram, repeat.

 

*Bonus Tracks*

Jam it or Cram it hitters for the week:

Ryan Rayburn 2B/OF Cleveland Indians: Hitting .591 with 4 HR in the last week. He’s a good fill in if needed. Jam

Adam Laroche 1B Washington Nationals: Moved from cleanup to 6th in the order after an 0-20 stretch with 10 K. Cram

Matt Joyce OF Tampa Bay Rays: 8 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI last week. Jam

Carlos Ruiz C Philadelphia Phillies: 1-12 since returning from his suspension. Available in 70% of leagues. I still say he’s one to own. Just not now. Cram

Questions, comments and Big Lebowski quotes are welcomed. Look for my daily Jam it or Cram it on Twitter @TheGuruGS

111 Responses

  1. Oz says:
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    Hey Guru, I was wondering when you think the following guys might get called up to the Show. I’m in a dynasty h2h points league and there’s never an SP available who’s owned in more than 2-3% of ESPN leagues, so I gotta get improved pitching via prospects.

    Zach Lee
    Jessie Biddle
    Carlos Martinez (when might he START?)
    Chris Archer vs Ordozzi (who has the edge to get called up first?)

    Thanks.

    • The Guru says:
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      Thanks for writing Oz. Scott Evans is our prospect guy and really knows his stuff. So much depends on injuries and performance. Good to see Martinez get the call up. Let’s see how he performs and he might get a spot start. Biddle is close. He was the Phillies minor league pitcher of the month. I think we might see Archer before Ordozzi.

      • Oz says:
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        @The Guru:
        Ok, I’ll definitely ask him soon. 1 More question, do u know what the Padres plan to do with Cory Luebke? I assume he’d move back to the SP rotation cuz SD’s SPs are so god awful right now. Is he worth grabbing now and ‘stashin on the DL if you have a spot? I grabbed Martin Perez and stashed him, do u think he’ll move back into the SP rotation in Texas?

        • The Guru

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          Luebke only started playing catch in April. Tommy John guys usually are not themselves for at least 14-16 months. Luebke had surgery last May. The Padres won’t rush him. Perez is still rehabbing his broken forearm in Arizona. He’s going to need 3 or 4 rehab starts before the Rangers start talking seriously about putting him in the rotation.

          • Oz says:
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            @The Guru:

            Okay, but what do u think are the chances Perez is left down in the minors vs brought up to start? I never really understood what was so impressive about him but he’s been highly rated by enough experts to cause me to pick him up. I know Tex is dealing with some SP injuries, will Perez start over Grimm or Tepsech?

            • The Guru

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              He’s not going to start over those guys if all are healthy and playing well. I expect the Rangers to go slow with Perez.

  2. Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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    Weekly roto league (6×6 w/ QS and K/9), was thinking of putting Cashner in one of my RP slots for an extra two starts. Whom should I sit, Frieri or Holland? KC has a full 7 games this week, but the California Angels of Los Angeles have a pretty sweet matchup in Houston. Other starters this week: C.Lee, Zimm, Milone, Ryu, Shark, Niese. Sit any of those guys instead?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru says:
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      Looks like a good week for your starters. I think you can afford to sit Milone.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Eric B. sans Rakim: niese should be sat in all situations until further notice (i.e. at least 2 good starts in a row)

  3. Nice Marmot says:
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    10 team 6×6 roto (OPS and K/BB)
    Mark Reynolds and A.J. Burnett for Prado and Parnell?
    We have both MI and CI spots so Prado’s eligibility is a plus…and I have to believe Reynolds and A.J. can’t keep it up all year

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I think you could sell Reynolds and Burnett high right now and get a better deal.

  4. JJ says:
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    Who are some buy low bats that Reynolds alone could return?

    I could use help in my OF

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      How smart is your league? Ha. I’ve seen a lot of panic from Stanton owners. You could try that or Kemp, Jay Bruce, Jason Heyward. Realistically you might get Aoki, Rios, Angel Pagan.

      • JJ says:
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        @The Guru:
        Pretty smart. I was thinking of trying for Bruce. But his owner is a huge Reds fan so im not sure it would go through

  5. Adam says:
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    Lorenzo Cain or micheal Saunders ROS??
    Have one slot open
    Thx!

    • JJ says:
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      @Adam:
      I would go with Cain

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Saunders will get you 20/20. Cain is off to a great start and has more upside. Saunders is more of the sure thing, Cain is the gamble. Do you like to gamble?

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        I like to gamble.

  6. c0wfunk says:
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    Grabbed Hughes to stream and he looked good yesterday.. Would you drop him for cahsner or Kendrick, (or maybe both.. Cahsner then Kendrick in the same spot?) I may be able to grab Hughes again for kc Friday and just cycle through, but a few other guys are streaming so its a bit of a chance.. Where do you rank these 3 together? They all seem to be reasonably the same with a risk of a blowup here and there.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for writing. You’re right, they are bit of the same. I’d drop him for Cashner and see if you can stream all three this week.

  7. c0wfunk says:
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    Also while I’m here let me get your thoughts on a trade I was offered: segura and Cobb for my bumgarner..

    I’ve been looking to upgrade my SS as Rollins has been pretty bad after the first week. Segura has some regression coming but may be better ros anyway.

    The rest of my staff is gallardo, niese, morrow, kuroda, cingrani, and I’ve got hughes In a streaming spot. Bumgarner really has been my only steady rock so far so I’m loathe to lose him. I could ask for a higher quality pitcher perhaps, he’s got felix, Harvey, Wainwright,… Maybe counter with asking for Harvey and segura?

    This is a 12 team head to head categories where the pitchers do w l qs whip era and k

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I would hold for now. Rollins will get it going.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @The Guru: thanks form talking me down. That was my first instinct..

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob, the ledge can be a lonely place.

  8. Joe says:
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    How stupid is it to trade David Wright, Aaron Hill and Chris Davis for Machado and Austin Jackson in a dynasty league? I am tied for 1st and want to win this year and in future. I have Kinsler, Zobrist and Asdrubal making Hill seem expendable.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Joe, thats too much to give up. Will he give up Machado/Jackson for Hill or Zobrist/Davis? Worth a try.

  9. Joe says:
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    He won’t! These guys like em young in my league. Thanks for talking sense into me!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I hope you’re not in a NAMBLA league.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @The Guru: North American Marlon Brando Look-alikes?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          The horror, the horror.

  10. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Guru, trying to swing a deal for Matt Cain, offering up Bourn and one of either Cingrani or Corbin. Im thinking of offering Corbin/Borun first but would you also be willing to trade cingrani and bourn for Cain?
    Thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Viva la raza, Taco! Yeah, try the Corbin/Bourn trade first and see what happens.

  11. Jimbo says:
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    What are your thoughts on Liriano and Ricky Romermo moving forward?

    Also, word on the street is that TB execs are going to scout myers in the coming day(s) to see if he is ready for the call. Should i pull the trigger tomorrow and pick him up?

    • The Guru

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      If I think too much about Liriano or Romero I start to feel nauseous.
      Rays need hitting but Myers isn’t much of a force right now at Durham. Hit .179 this week to drop him to .275 and has 37 K in 26 games. I think they wait until June to call him up.

  12. FillyP says:
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    12t H2H 7×7 with QS and IP

    Sup Guru? Should I drop Hammel or Griffin for any of the following:

    Tillman
    Feldman
    Vargas
    Westbrook
    Straily
    Slowey
    Norris
    Correia

  13. The Guru

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    I would hold this week. I am assuming you stream these guys and I like Hammel’s and Griffin’s match ups this week. But if I was going to drop one I’d drop Hammel for Tillman.

  14. Bucholz Sweaty Hands says:
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    Yo yo!

    Got offered Marte for Shelby, thoughts?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Buch, wipe that vagisil off your arm! Without seeing your team or league I tend to go hitter over pitcher. I’d take the Marte side all day though.

  15. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    Bumgarner + Bruce

    for

    Ryan Zimmerman + Adrian Gonzalez

    Is this fair?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d want the Gonzo/Zim side.

  16. Coitus Granderson says:
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    Who will have the best season of Slowey, Westbrook, Volquez, Ubaldo, McAllister, Maurer, Burgos, Feldman? Who has highest upside?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Can I say Cingrani? How about Cashner? I don’t like my choices. After todays game Slowey is going to get a lot of love.

  17. Tits McGee says:
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    Is Tillman better than Parker?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      He sure has been. Grab him if he’s out there.

  18. joe bob says:
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    Who do you like going forward, Vogey or Lilly?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Vogey

  19. joe bob says:
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    Thanks. I was thinking that way too.

  20. joe bob says:
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    What about capuano and lilly, going forward?

    • Kennedy says:
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      Can I say Tillman? I guess I’d go Lilly. But I hope I never have to choose.

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Its like a Sophies Choice but you don’t want either of them.

  21. Pops says:
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    Hi Guru,
    Zack Wheeler is starting to get it together. Las Vegas 51′s (Mets)
    Tuesday @ Reno 6.2 ip, 5h, 1er, 1bb, 8k
    Sunday @ Sacramento 6ip, 3h, 0er, 1bb, 4k

    • The Guru

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      It’s good sign for sure with the Mets staff struggling but for Harvey. Nice to see Wheeler getting the walks down. My guess is that if he can continue to improve his command a call up won’t be too far off.

  22. Hunter says:
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    Guru,what’s the deal with Gallardo? Just got a trade offer, his McCann and Gallardo for my Headley. I’ll do it if Gallardo is going to turn it around, but the clock has rolled to May, and he’s still pitching terribly, and worse, not really striking many out.

    • The Guru

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      Yes, each time he seems to turn it around he takes a step back again. Looks like his velocity is down a bit this year. And he’s never been good against the Cardinals. He was actually worse last April. I think he’ll turn it around.

  23. huge caulk says:
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    How bout this trade: 12 team keeper, HR, R, RBI, AVG, OBP, SB, WHIP, ERA, SO, K/9, K, SV

    I get: Bruce, Matt Harvey
    He gets: Giancarlo

    • The Guru

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      Hello Mr. Calk, whats the rest of your staff look like? It could pay off early, but what happens in late August when Stanton has 30 bombs, Bruce is hitting .250 and the Mets are about to pull a Strasburg on Harvey? It’s enticing but I’d hold for now.

      • huge caulk says:
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        @The Guru:
        Well since you asked…
        My hitting is superb, tops or near top in RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, R. Avg in HR. Only reason I got Russell Martin is for next week as VMart will likely sit with no DH vs NL and is off Mon and Thu…
        C Victor Martinez, Det C, DH
        1B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
        2B Yuniesky Betancourt, Mil 2B, 1B, 3B
        3B Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B
        SS Alcides Escobar, KC SS
        OF Matt Holliday, StL OF
        OF Norichika Aoki, Mil OF
        OF Matt Joyce, TB OF
        UTIL Paul Konerko, CWS 1B, DH
        UTIL Jean Segura, Mil SS
        Bench Shane Victorino, Bos OF
        Bench Carlos Beltran, StL OF
        Bench Russell Martin, Pit C
        DL Giancarlo Stanton*, Mia OF DL15
        DL Aaron Hill*, Ari 2B DL15

        My pitching is mediocre at best…good in SV, maybe a little better than avg in K and K/9, but sucky in QS, WHIP and ERA.
        SP Aroldis Chapman, Cin SP, RP
        SP Kris Medlen, Atl SP, RP
        SP Ian Kennedy, Ari SP
        SP Hiroki Kuroda, NYY SP
        SP Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP
        SP Wei-Yin Chen, Bal SP
        Sp Jose Fernandez, Mia SP
        Sp Justin Masterson, Cle SP
        Sp Tony Cingrani, Cin RP, SP
        Rp Andrew Bailey, Bos RP
        RP Joe Nathan, Tex RP
        RP Joel Hanrahan, Bos RP

        The WW is fairly meh, Slowey, Tepesch, Milone, Straily, Roberto Hernandez, Colon, Griffen, Tillman. Maybe I could grab Wheeler since this is a keeper.

        Wondering also if its time to drop Bailey yet? I wanted to see Hanrahan pitch well one more time to be sure…

        Appreciate your help…

        • The Guru

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          I like Tillman and Milone over Masterson. What about Hill, Konerko/Beltran for Harvey? Bailey gets an MRI tomorrow. If hes ok I think he’s the better pick over Hanrahan.

          • huge caulk says:
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            @The Guru:
            He doesn’t want Konerko unfortunately…

            He is apeshit for Segura and Escobar and keeps trying to throw in Andrelton Simmons cuz he knows I am a braves fan… How bout’ either Segura or Escobar + Beltran for Harvey?

            That also begs the question: who do you like better ROS, Segura or Escobar?

            • Huge Caulk says:
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              @huge caulk:
              You don’t like Hill? I am scared to roll with Betancourt ROS?

              • The Guru

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                I’m a Segura fan, especially in a dynasty league. Hill is alright. I’d do Escobar and Beltran for Harvey and Simmons. Maybe you can flip Simmons later if you want. Beltran is just kind of riding the bench for you.

                • Huge Caulk says:
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                  @The Guru:
                  Ok gonna give that trade a shot…

                  One more… Scutaro just dropped… Drop Yunieskie B for him or continue to ride the Betancourt wave…

                  • The Guru

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                    its a Scuta-no to that one.

                    • Huge Caulk says:
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                      @The Guru:
                      Thanks kind sir…

                    • Huge Caulk says:
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                      Ok made the trade from earlier…
                      Got Matt Harvey
                      @The Guru:
                      Now this other guy emails me congrats and that he loves Harvey and wants to trade…He has 3 guys I like: Strasbourg, Hamels, and Kinsler…. I was thinking along the lines of Harvey/Konerko for Hamels. Are you worried about Stras?

                    • Huge Caulk says:
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                      @The Guru:
                      Oh yeah, gotta pickup an outfielder/util now too..
                      Reddick, Ichiro, Donaldson, Ike Davis are the best on WW… How do you rank em’

  24. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    I own Guthrie, Morrow and Detwiler and want to scoop Tillman, Milone and Colby Lewis. Which would you hold and is it too early to grab Lewis in a league where stashing doesn’t seem to be a huge priority?

    • The Guru

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      Good to hear from you, Bump. I’d drop Detwiler for Tillman and wait on Lewis.

      • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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        @The Guru: Awesome. That’s the way I was leaning. Thank you sir!

        • The Guru

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          Sure thing.

  25. Hunter says:
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    The early returns on Liriano seem outstanding and The coaching staff seemed to right Burnett in Pittsburgh…would you drop the last guy on your roster to scoop up Liriano and see if lightening strikes twice?

    • The Guru

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      Looks like Liriano gets a call up on the 11th. Might be worth a roll of the dice. I don’t have much confidence on a guy with a career 4.40 ERA coming off an arm fracture.

  26. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    I am convinced rotoworld is hammered as they said Cobb lost and Chacin escaped with the win. Only problema is the Rockies lost by 5…

    NEWS: Jhoulys Chacin allowed five runs over seven innings in Sunday’s win over the Rays.

    ANALYSIS: It was Chacin’s first start since being placed on the DL last month. He escaped a three-run first inning to come away with the win. Had he not been coming off an injury, Chacin might have been able to throw a complete game, but the Rockies removed him after just 85 pitches. He has a 2.56 ERA in five starts this season.

    • The Guru

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      Not sure whats up with that. Cobb gave up 3 homers but looked pretty good with 6 K’s and got the W.

  27. Darcy Butler says:
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    You want a toe? I can get you a toe…

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No, Darcy, these men are nihilists. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

      • Darcy Butler says:
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        @The Guru: How about a White Russian? I can get you a White Russian.

        • The Guru

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          The rug really tied to the room together, did it not?

          I could play this game forever!

          • Darcy Butler says:
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            @The Guru: Is there fantasy bowling?

            • The Guru

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              I’ll ask the boss, but not sure what condition his condition is in?

  28. EK says:
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    Hanrahan or Putz ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Putz, I am not convinced Hanrahan is the closer if Bailey is healthy.

  29. Warren says:
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    For this coming week in H2H 5×5:

    Start 1: Zimmerman (5 games) or Arenado (7 games, 3 in Coors)

    • Warren says:
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      @Warren: jk, Arenado just has 6

      • The Guru

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        I like gambling with Arenado. Especially if he keeps hitting high in the order.

  30. GH says:
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    @theguru Scherzer/CGomez for Kemp in 14 team keeper??

    • The Guru

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      I’d still want Kemp but it is tempting.

  31. leftsideoverhere says:
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    Thanks for another interesting post. Tempted by Kendrick, who is available in one of my leagues and is scheduled for a two-start week, right? Would you drop Homer Bailer or Hyun-Jin Ryu for him, for this week or ROS?

    • The Guru says:
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      Thanks for reading. I’d hold Bailey and Ryu.

  32. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey whats up!! I talked to Grey and he told me to grab Cahill But the only thing is that he’s playing tonight and if I pick him up I won’t get him until tomorrow, So that’s fine but since he’s not gonna play again till the end of the week I figure I would just grab another pitcher that plays tomorrow then drop him for Cahill after that… Good idea? I was reading your blog on Hector Santiago. If you think I should do this then do you think he would be the guy for the job for the game he pitches tomorrow???

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      LOL.. My bad, That was alot of detail in there

      • The Guru says:
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        Hey Frank, I enjoy a good ramble, just read my blog each week ha. For tomorrow SON says start James McDonald vs the Mariners and I concur.

        • Frank Lynch says:
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          Nice you the man… Thanks.. I read on him in the yahoo notes and it said his start will LIKELY come Tuesday.. still cool? Also, Do you like Cahill? I’m dropping Grimm for him. Also this guy Drew Smyly is available for tomorrow too, still McDonald over him??

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Frank Lynch: smyly isn’t a starter, until porcello completely fucks up, which somehow he’s doing slightly better lately. Smyly is a good own for a few innings here and there. Good stats this year he has.

  33. Frank Lynch says:
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    Oh another thing. Someone just dropped Roy Halladay n is on waivers… Do you think he’s worth a pickup in case he gets that shoulder issue taken care of and comes back strong??

    • The Guru says:
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      I like the McDonald start tomorrow a lot. You could grab Halladay if you have a DL spot to stash him in. As for Cahill, I’d take him over Grimm. Smyly? Not a fan.

  34. danny says:
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    My offense is 1st comfortably, pitching sucks!!
    I can trade Marte for Fister and Aoki. I like Aoki because its a 10×10, we count BB and Ks.

    My sp – Hamels, Lynn, Estrada, Cingrani, JoFer, Ryu, and Milone.

    Move Marte for Fister and Aoki?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @danny: somebody’s crazy to give you BOTH aoki and fister? take that now.Aoki/Marte are about equal or even aoki may be better.

      • danny says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I should say it’s a keeper…his team is a disaster and would be keeping Marte most likely

    • The Guru says:
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      Hey Danny, sorry for the delay. Yes, I’d make that trade and sell kind of sort of high with Marte.

  35. Chris says:
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    Being offered hunter or l Cain for cigrani, who has better upside for this year Cain or hunter?

    • The Guru says:
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      Cain would have more upside but Hunter is more of the safe play with the lineup he hits in front of.

  36. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Lesson of the week: Never ask a man named “Huge Caulk” how his staff is.

  37. Frank Lynch says:
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    morning brotha!!! I’m trying to make a trade proposal to a guy in my league.I’m interested in Granderson, Burnett and Felix Hernandez. Not all of them at once but trying to make some kind of move. Anyway this is my lineup in a 10 team H2H points league and a win in pitching is 20 points + a point each for innings n K’s…
    matt wieters
    fielder
    altuve
    starlin castro
    Zimmerman
    Justin Upton
    MCcutchen
    Matt Holliday
    Carl Crawford
    Ethier
    Donaldson
    Jose Reyes DL
    Pitching – Mat Latos, Samardzija, Hammel, Matt Cain, Corbin, Iwakuma, Shelby Miller, Dempster, and Cahill.. RP’s – Jim Henderson, Mujica and Jansen
    So far I was gonna offer Ethier n Samardzija for Granderson or MCcutchen n Samardzija for Hernandez. Don’t know if I’m getting the better end of that but what kinda trades should I offer him??? Oh also I was gonna give him a player or 2 for Burnett n Granderson

    • The Guru

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      Don’t trade McCutchen. If you can get Grandy for Ethier n Shelby Miller that would be cool. Your team looks pretty good though. No way I would trade the Shark in that league.

  38. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Buddy!! Gattis, Alonso, Nava, Lowrie, Lorenzo Cain, Gerardo Parra and Hafner are all available on the wire… I got Donaldson, Jansen or MAYBE Ethier to drop if any of these guys are worth it. Do you like any of these guys to pickup and if so then who for???

    • The Guru says:
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      Grab Cain. I’d drop Donaldson or maybe even Ethier. He looks terrible. But definately get Cain now.

  39. RunnersDad says:
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    I play in a keeper league and currently am overall really pleased with my lineup. I am currently 5th in my league but lumped close to the top thanks to pitching and runs/sb’s. I don’t have too many weaknesses but am looking for some pop as I am ranked near the bottom in SLG and RBI’s. I have Oscar Taveras eating up a roster spot currently for his “future” value which kills my depth. I want to pick up Oswaldo Arcia for his current and future value to my team. Would you drop Nava, Betancourt, Prado, or Hosmer for Arcia? It’s a gamble and Nava and Betancourt have both been hot but any advice would help. Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for writing. I’d drop Nava. He only had 4 hits this week, no HR, no SB, and 3 RBI. Now that Victorino is healthy, Nava is platooning with Gomes in the outfield.

      • RunnersDad says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thank you so much for the reply. Nava has done well for me, but I am not of the belief that he can keep it up. Arcia should be a good player, just hope he sticks with the big club indefinitely. Great blog by the way. I found it a few weeks ago and really enjoy the format and information that you share.

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