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Mark Twain wrote there are three types of lies; there’s lies, damned lies and baseball stats. That’s from Huckleberry Finn, Page 84… I think. I’m not entirely sure as I went to an “alternative high school” in Maine which was a flannel-clad cross between Glee and Lord of the Flies. Now everybody sing “Don’t you Forget About Me” while I impale this pig’s head on a spear. Happy Mother’s Day!

*Now back to our regularly scheduled blog*

Most of the questions I received on Twitter over the past week were about what players to grab off the wire because there’s been another closepocalypse , what players to pick up that can help with stolen bases and one question about whether or not Terrell Owens was worth a roster spot on their fantasy bowling team. He is not. But let us use the lies of baseball stats to our advantage and take a look at some closers and base stealers. Also, since it is Mother’s Day, I’ll let my mom give her opinion on each player. What greater gift can a son give his mother than an opportunity to say something on Razzball? Damn, I’m cheap. It’s time for the SAGNOF edition of Jam it or Cram it.

Jam it or Cram it: Heath Bell, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Availability: 52% Yahoo, 38% ESPN
Current Stats:  2 W, 4 SV, 7 ER, 3 BB, 20 K, 4.11 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
The Gist: I don’t usually feature a player here that has such high ownerships throughout the leagues, but a number of people have asked about him so let’s take a look. Since inheriting the closer job from the injured J.J. Putz, Heath Bell has looked like the player he was in San Diego. Portly and prone to plowing your WHIP from behind? Not quite. Bell had 3 saves this week.  In Bell’s last 11.1 innings he has a 13:2 K:BB ratio. Bell’s improvement seems to be his trust in his fastball again which is up .5 MPH compared to last season.  In his first 13 outings this season, Heath Bell’s fastball made up 75 percent of his pitches thrown. Since becoming the closer he has thrown his fastball 80 percent of the time.
Key Stat: Opponents are hitting just .200 against Bell over the last 11 innings.
X-File: With Motte, Putz, Hanrahan all finished for the year, it has been a scramble to find closers. Bell just may be the “best” out there right now. This week should be a test as the D-Backs host Atlanta then head to Coors Field to face the Rockies.
Jam or cram: Jam for now, but I would stash David Hernandez if you can. I don’t have much confidence in Bell even if he is the man for now. I still see David Hernandez ending up with the job once Bell pulls a hammy while running in from the bullpen.
Guru’s Mom says: “Are you sure you have clean underwear? You don’t want to have an accident and people will see you have dirty underwear.” What about Heath Bell, Mom? “He looks like he his nickname could be ‘skid mark’.”

Jam it or Cram it: Jose Veras, RP, Houston Astros
Availability: 60% Yahoo, 64% ESPN
Current Stats: 14.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 16 K, 4 SV, 4.50, ERA, 1.14 WHIP
The Gist: With fill-in closers like Junichi Tazawa in Boston and Kevin Gregg in Chicago likely gone in your league, it may be time to take drastic measures and pick up Veras because you know, someone is going to have to close out all those Astros’ victories. When called on to pitch, Veras has been effective. He’s 4 for 6 in save situations with a 16:4 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.
Key Stat: Has minor league experience closing games. While in the Yankees system he had 21 saves in 2006. 2006? The best stat I can find is from 7 years ago? We are scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
X-File: Veras has played for the Rays, Yankees, Indians, Brewers, Marlins, Pirates, and now the Astros. There’s a reason for that.
Jam or Cram: Jam. If you are desperate for saves and I mean desperate in a way that you are considering trading away a bat for a closer, hold off and try Veras. I can see another 15-20 saves coming his way. No, really.
Guru’s Mom says: “One of these days your face is going to freeze like that.” But Mom, I just picked up Jose Veras.

Jam it or Cram itDee Gordon, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Availability: Yahoo 72%, ESPN 68%
Current Stats: In 7 games Gordon is hitting .280 with a home run, 4 runs scored and 3 steals.
The Gist: Dee Gordon is finally getting his chance this season with the struggling Dodgers. Gordon will give you a bit of everything; he’ll score some runs, he’ll run into outs. He’ll make a great play in the field, he’ll throw it into the dugout. A little bit of everything. However, he has 5 runs scored and 3 steals this week and will be in the lineup for awhile with Han-Ram on the shelf again.
Key Stat: Had 32 steals in 87 games last year but hit just .228.
X-File: Gordon is hitting second in front of Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp. This should give him ample opportunities to score runs and steal bases. That is if he can get on base. His career OBP is .303. Can he steal first?
Jam or cram: Jam. Vin Scully likes him so much he just “Hanely Ramirezed” his Depends.
Guru’s Mom says: “Last week your Aunt Dee told me she stole a canned ham by stuffing it in her bra.” Mom, Aunt Dee has been dead since 1995. “Ham, son?”

Jam it or Cram it: Juan Pierre, OF, Miami Marlins
Availability: 69% Yahoo, 48% ESPN
Current Stats: 16 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 12 SB, .248 AV
The Gist: Juan Pierre has been a exactly what your team needs on the base paths. Pierre has seven steals and seven runs scored since April 28th. He is also hitting close to .500 (7-15) in his last four starts. Keep an eye on Pierre’s matchups as Manager Mike Redmond has been sitting him against lefties lately.
Key Stat: Pierre has been successful on 12 of 14 stolen base attempts this season (86 percent). Pierre set a career high in steal percentage last season, when he successfully stole a base in 84 percent of his attempts.
A Gooey Factoid: On May 2, Juan Pierre  became the 18th player in MLB history to steal 600 bases.
Jam or cram: Jam. Watch me as I telepathically add him to my roster. Now dump a bucket of pig’s blood on my head and call me “Carrie”.
Guru’s Mom says: “I don’t trust the French.” Why Mom? “I don’t know, they lack a certain je ne sais quoi.” But Pierre is from Alabama.

*Bonus Tracks* Jam it or cram it starting pitchers this week:
Scott Kazmir vs NYY, Cram
Phil Hughes vs SEA, Jam
Francisco Liriano vs MIL, Jam
Jon Niese vs STL, Cram into further notice.

Ok Razzballers, I’m off  for canned ham and the Sox with mother. She invented a drinking game where you do a shot anytime someone says, “RemDawg”. We don’t let her drive. 

Feel free to comment or share your mom’s wisdom below. You can also stalk me on Twitter @TheGuruGS 

  1. cluke says:
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    Mike Morce is killing me! I have Oswald Arcia and Nate McClouth on my roster to plug in. Should I outright drop Morce and create a roster spot?

    • The Guru

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      Without knowing your roster/league, I’d say hold for now. He was off to a pretty good start before that hand fracture and just a couple years removed from a 30 HR season.

  2. Deucer says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Whatcha think?
    He wants my Jake Peavy (24th rd keeper) for his Alcides Escobar (10th rd keeper).

    I’m pretty soft at MI and deep in the OF and SP. Speed has been an issue since Jennings has started slow. Is losing the sexy Peavy keeper pick worth the upgrade of Aybar?

    mariskahargitay

    C: Chooch Ruiz
    C: AJ Ellis
    1B. Rizzo
    2b: Rutledge
    3b: Frazier
    SS: Aybar
    MI: Zobrist
    CI: Chris Davis
    OF: J Upton
    OF: D Jennings
    OF: Pence
    OF: N Cruz
    OF: Brantley
    DH: D Brown
    DL: Stanton

    SP: Zimmerman
    SP: Gio
    SP: Hammel
    SP: Tillman
    SP: Morrow
    SP: J Fernandez
    SP: H Santiago
    SP: Peavy
    SP: Z Wheeler
    RP: Frieri
    RP: Gregg
    RP: Ujehara

    • The Guru

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      How are ya Deucer? You can do better for Peavy. Rollins has started slow. I flipped Buchholz for him. Give it a try. Besides, Zobrist will heat up and I am a believer in Rutledge.

      • Deucer says:
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        Thanks! He actually has Rollins (and Cozart) so that’s why I’m after his SS. I’ll kick the tires on Rollins. You think he’s a better long term buy than Escobar, I presume.

        @The Guru:

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I like to win now. Ha. So, I think Rollins is the guy for now.

  3. cluke says:
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    ok, coolio, how about this then. Ive am solid in my Pitching but should I drop Cingrani, Hector Santiago or A. Cashner for a daily streamer . I have in SP depth… M. Harvey, Sale, Shelby Miller, M. Minor and P. Corbin AND Beachy on the DL.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hi Cluke, definite keep with Cingrani and I like what I’ve seen from Cashner. I don’t know your league or how “clever” they are, but Santiago is the drop to stream.

      • cluke says:
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        Im in an ESPN league- 10 team league, yea and it seems like a lot of bad streaming is commonplace. I don’t understand where they are getting there information from ..OR not getting it???

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    With Cuddyear on the DL, I think EYJ turns into a SAGNOF Jam It

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Jack, damn that Cuddyer to the DL hurts me in a couple spots. And I concur on EYJ; DEFINITE SAGNOF. You think we could get a free t-shirt huh?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @The Guru: they don’t make XXL, Jack is not a small mammal

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Is it too much to ask for SAGNOF thongs?! Tehol could model. He certainly is selling tickets to himeself.

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              It’s scary that I like the way you think. But, I’ll drink to that. And so will mom.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @The Guru: you should try me in person….drinks required

  5. Frank Grimes says:
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    Lowrie or Asdrubal? (ROS)

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Frank, you know your mom owns an Asdrubal jersey. You should not even have to ask. Besides, Lowrie will get mono before the season is over.

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @The Guru:you know my mom? she left me when I was four so happy Mother’s Day mommy where ever you are…

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          It’s ok Frankie, you only missed out on years of shame of needless embarrassment. Now listen to John Lennon’s “Mother” and tip your glass.

          • Frank Grimes says:
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            @The Guru: great advice love that song
            good thing no one can hear me crying since I live above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Sounds like great inspiration for your first Bukowski-esque poem; “Caught Between Shiny Balls”. Now write.

          • Hondo says:
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            @The Guru:
            D bag=you.Total douche.You’re a turd too.
            IF you have a Mother,I’m sorry she has a horrible,callous POS like you for a son.

            Or do you want to hear what I really think, douch?

            • DJC says:
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              @Hondo: Drop Lowrie for Gordon?? I enjoy your weekly thoughts and twitter page Guru and I found the above exchange rather humorous. I’m sure you are not a douch that your mother loves you. Hondo, obviously something above struck a chord with you and I am sorry for your pain.

              • The Guru

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                Thanks DJC, I suppose sometimes “tone” can be lost on a blog, but it is just fake baseball fun after all; no disrespect intended. As for Lowrie, I was loving him at first and now I’m kinda bored of him and if I need steals I’d drop him for Gordon.

                • DJC says:
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                  @The Guru: thanks Guru, always appreciate the quick response.

                  • The Guru

                    The Guru says:
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                    No problem. Thanks for reading.

                • Hondo says:
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                  @The Guru:
                  Sorry,bad day and you hit a nerve,no probs.

  6. Zico says:
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    At the bottom for the extra Jams/Crams, you listed Liriano vs. PIT. Considering he plays for PIT, should we be worried?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sometimes sarcasm can be subtle or subliminal. Ha

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        or a typo.

  7. Darcy Butler says:
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    Mark Twain also said “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me but I think she enjoyed it. ” It was sweet of you to include some wise words from mother on her special day.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m just a Connecticut yankee in King Grey’s court.

      • Darcy Butler says:
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        @The Guru: I imagine membership in King Grey’s court has a facial hair component. I see you as more of a soul patch kinda guy.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Have you been peaking at my Twitter page? Stalking encouraged.

          • Darcy Butler says:
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            @The Guru: Get some rest Goo, you look tired.

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Is this Jasonl Bourne?

              • Darcy Butler says:
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                @The Guru: Maybe…

  8. Mariner Mike says:
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    Have Longo and Tulo have Rutledge,A.cabarra,and Arenado as back ups. Is it good to have that much invested in back ups for these injury prone players? Also have Harvey,Kendrick,Ryu,Scherzer,Slowey,Samarja,Corbin as starters. Valverde,Holland,Mujica,Hernandez and Janssen as relief staff. What do you think of this staff any needs or comments. Again thank you for your help and comments.

    • The Guru

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      Howdy Mariner Mike, you have some pieces there. Been thinking trades at all? You might get something tasty for Tulo.

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @The Guru: Hey Guru,got me thinking(hard to do) but what would you think about a Tulo move(player or pitcher??) also what do you think of my existing staff? Give me a thought on a Tulo move, who would you target?

        • The Guru

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          What kind of league are you in? I’ve seen Tulo traded for Bautista and Kemp lately. I like the look of your staff. You could always try to trade for a “true” ace.

          • Mariner Mike says:
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            @The Guru: guru, in a 10 team league are you taking ace lke Verlander Kershaw type Tulo for one of these a fair trade? Position players would seem like I would need a lot for fair? Plug in A. Cabarra at SS and look for Ace and hittin’ of ?

            • The Guru

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              Normally I would not trade a bat for a pitcher, but when it comes to Tulo, he’s going to do you no good if he’s on your DL (where I expect him to be sooner if not later) so, yes, I’d make a run at a true ace and see what they say, then adjust accordingly.

              • Mariner Mike says:
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                @The Guru: Guru traded Tulo for Kershaw last night hope for good things thanks

  9. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Down 1 run and tied in SB for my OBP league today. Do I start Hamilton or Prado for the last spot?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      *Guru rolls dice* Hamilton

  10. Mariner Mike says:
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    Guru please check my reply, can’t wait for your thoughts. thanks Mike

  11. FillyP says:
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    How about dropping League for Cishek? He’s been absolutely miserable.. gave up another 2 runs today and I can’t see him holding onto the job much longer.

    • The Guru

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      just not many opportunities for him

  12. Nate spurs says:
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    Should I be worried about Votto? Joey really isn’t living up to his prestige/draft position thus far. He is the OBP king but he is not supposed to be Joe Maurer.

    • Jacks says:
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      @Nate spurs: I hear ya. I have Votto relatively cheap in a keep league (have had him for years). Likely would have won my league last year if I had traded him at the break for a huge bounty of pitching. So I have a lot invested in the guy. BUT I just don’t understand his obstinate refusal to pull balls with power. I get that you don’t want to pull every pitch. He’s not jumping on meatballs and driving them now.

      I think he’s overthinking everything. He’s pressing, trying to execute his strategy to the letter and being too picky. I don’t know if he’s even a 20 HR guy anymore.

      • Nate spurs says:
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        @Jacks:
        Thanks for the empathy. I think your input is spot on…

    • The Guru

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      He’ll turn it around *fingers crossed*

  13. Some Kid from Some City says:
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    What should i expect in return for Gallarado could use some offence in my outfield rollin with para gordon and McClouth right now while Stanton is rehabin

    • The Guru

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      Probably need a couple good starts in a row from him before you can get anything decent.

  14. Yager says:
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    I was offered Matt Moore, Vmart, and Nava for Crawford, Gardner, and Gregg. I have plenty of saves, and it is only a matter of time until Gregg is a turd. I only have Gattis at catcher and could use Vmart if he turns it around. I was also tossing around countering with, Matt Moore and Vmart for Crawford and Gregg. What do you think? I really would like to play EY Jr. and I would still have Choo, and Michael Brantley in the OF, also Stanton when he comes back in a 20 team mixer.

    • The Guru

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      seems fair enough

  15. Wilds says:
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    Made some trades – Time to blast or let me know I did ok?

    Got Cliff Lee for McCutchen
    Got Carl Crawford for Mark Reynolds 1B
    Got Hosed giving up Shields and Prince for Ryan Braun (but I had Ortiz on the bench and needed room)

    So Reynold, McCutchen, Reynolds and Prince for – Lee, Crawford, and Braun all told.

    • Wilds says:
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      @Wilds:

      So Sheilds, McCutchen, Reynolds and Prince for – Lee, Crawford, and Braun all told.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Wilds: I like the Crawford trade but in my opinion the Cutch for Cliff Lee trade wasn’t in your favor…

      • Yager says:
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        @Wilds: I would have to agree Cutch is a first round stud and Lee has been human this year. Can’t agree with that.

        • Wilds says:
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          @Yager:

          Yeah… Went a bit too far on that. Thanks for the thoughts. I’m in the lead at HR, R, RBI, and middle of the pack in SB and AVG…. but they should be on the way up.

    • The Guru

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      I think you reached a little my friend.

  16. Eric says:
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    Haha which of these catchers would you rather have for the rest of the season? 5×5 category league.

    E.Gattis
    R.Martin
    R.Doumit
    J.Saltalamacchia
    A.Avila
    C.Ruiz

    • Wilds says:
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      @Some Kid from Some City: @Eric:

      Martin has been good to me, but got hurt last week and will be on my bench this week. Looked great though and has done it in the past. (distant, but still).

      • Eric says:
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        @Wilds: Haha yeah, I’m really just looking between Martin or Doumit but I added the others just in case there was a reason to prefer one of them over the duo, thanks for your input!

    • The Guru

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      At the end of the season I think Ruiz will be the best of the bunch.

  17. Some Kid from Some City says:
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    what about me trading Zobrist for Adrian Gonzalez i have Segura as SS and Pedroia at 2B is that a good trade for me or should i aim higher for Jacoby

    • The Guru

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      I like it.

      • Some Kid from Some City says:
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        @The Guru: plus reyes on my DL almost forgot

        • The Guru

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          At the end of it all Gonzo will out perform Zobrist. I have Reyes DL’d on one of my teams too. Hoping he makes it back for a late push.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @The Guru: you have reyes,pedroia, and zobrist. so you spent the, what, 2-4 rounds grabbing middle infielders? More likely yr in a keeper league, and traded for one or more of those before this year. either way, good trade.

  18. Kyle says:
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    Jean Segura, know he was a top prospect (some pop and speed) but is the kid this good?

    Guy in my league is selling Cole Hamels
    Thoughts on
    I get Hamels and Adam Jones
    Give: Segura and Gomez

    • The Guru

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      I’m in the Segura fan club too, but I like that trade for you.

  19. Al Bundy says:
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    Milone has been a guy I’ve held onto since the draft, but I’m lukewarming on him after taking one to the chin today at Safeco.
    I could use his spot as a streamer or pick up a guy like Morrow, Cashner, JoFer, Hughes, or Holland. Currently have only one closer.
    Milone’s next start is home (where he’s been good) vs KC, any thoughts on my best move?

    • The Guru

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      If Holland is available and you have one closer that might be the move. What kind of league are you in? Personally, in a H2H league, I like having a rotating spot for streaming.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Al Bundy: if you have 1 closer you either should punt saves altogether and trade him, or gather up a few more. so holland, don’t forget about the bells/hernandezes/tazawas/fujikawas/ueheras/ of the world as well.lot of japs in there lately, huh.

  20. J-Lef says:
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    I’m in weekly roto 6×6 and was debating sitting Samardzija for the first time this year. He gets the Rockies at home. Would you run him out there or sit him this week and see if he can get through 5 innings without falling apart?

    Thank ye

    • The Guru

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      If he was pitching in COL I’d sit him, but he’s not so I’m starting him.

      • J-Lef says:
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        @The Guru: okay, thanks!

        • The Guru

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          No prob.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @J-Lef: COL only average hitting team on road, but beware of outgoing wind in cubs park. in first 2 games at STL past 3 days they got 4 hits total in first 2 games. then blew garcia up yesterday on homers in a pitchers park. smardzija’s only had 2 bad starts.

  21. Al Bundy says:
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    Thanks Guru,

    ESPN H2H points is the league.
    I dropped Papa Grande to stash Wheeler, maybe a bit premature… but I never liked the guy’s grandstanding anyway.
    Rotation is getting hard to trim.
    Lee, Dickey, Haren, Fister, Kendrick, Lynn, Milone, Nathan, Cobb, Wheeler

    • The Guru

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      Hey Al, I’d do that. Who are your other closers?

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @The Guru: On my team? Just Nathan, who’s been solid.
        Holland, Perkins, Valverde, Janssen, Bell are the top closers on the heap.

        • The Guru

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          I’d pick up Jannsen.

          • Al Bundy says:
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            @The Guru: Good advice. Thanks!

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Anytime Al, thanks for reading.

  22. wel says:
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    should I drop one of the following to open up a roster spot for a streaming pitcher? (if so, which one)

    Lorenzo Cain
    Nate McLouth
    Nolan Arenado
    James Loney

    I’ve got two bench spots for the entire team, so I gotta pick wisely who to give them to…

    • The Guru

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      This Loney streak is a mirage. Drop him.

  23. Pope says:
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    Hey Guru,
    Just traded Hamels/Grilli for Bautista
    Now I’m left with Cain, Darvish, Cobb, Morrow, Cahill, Tazawa, Jansen, and Parnell. I now have a spot to stream, but I’m looking for another pickup. Do you think I should grab two pitchers?
    I’ve got Perez, Goldy, Cano, Beltre, Castro, Desmond, Arenado, Choo, Cespedes, Bruce, BJ Upton, De Aza, Dee Gordon, Konerko. I feel like I may be too stacked in the outfield now…
    I was going to drop Konerko for Ike Davis if he clears waivers tomorrow, and stream Santiago/Tillman/Griffin. Thoughts?

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      @Pope: ESPN 12 Team H2H

    • The Guru

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      I like the way you’re thinking and Tillman is the pitcher I’d pick up.

      • Pope says:
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        @The Guru: Thank you sir

        • The Guru

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          Anytime your Eminence.

  24. J-Lef says:
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    At 5-0, are we seeing the real Patrick Corbin, or a sell-high opportunity? What would be a good return if so?

    • The Guru

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      Sell high. What are your needs?

      • J-Lef says:
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        @The Guru: Middle of the pack almost everywhere. Probably a closer would help the most. One guy has Papelbon, Johnson, Nathan and Valverde and is dead last in wins. Think Corbin for Nathan would work?

        • The Guru

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          They might bite on that. Addison Reed type might be more in play for you.

  25. G Penny says:
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    Drop Pauly K in a ten team OBP league? Mitch Moreland and James Loney are staring longingly at me from the free agent pool. Well, Moreland is. I’m pretty sure Loney is laughing for some reason.

    What to do with my C.I. slot?

    • The Guru

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      You know who I am going to stream at CI this week? Garrett Jones. Perhaps I am crazy but I just gotta feelin’.

      • G Penny says:
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        @The Guru: Do you believe Pauly is droppable? Is the slumpiness a slump or merely the first banked turn on a thousand foot waterslide to declining-skills-lead-to-retirementsville? LaRoche, Morales, Alonso, Carter, Loney, Moreland all available. The schmotatoey Loney doesn’t appeal to me as much as Moreland, who I feel could be for real; hits in a lovely lineup/ballpark, has a nice healthy OPS and 6 dingers…

        • G Penny says:
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          @G Penny: and Jones not available

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Ha! I agree with the Pauly analogy. Moreland it is.

  26. J Elk says:
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    Great piece, Guru! Do you think I should drop Gallardo and add Liriano?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks J, and nope.

  27. Spinelli says:
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    Guru!

    Plouffe and Middlebrooks have been real eyesores on my roster. You think any of em are worth riding out? or not?

    redhot loney and steady Parra on the wire in my OBP league. Thx.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Loney is a hot schomato, Parra for Plouffe I’d consider, Middlebrooks started to pick it up this weekend.

  28. TouchDownCityBaby! says:
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    Is Hosmer and Price too much for Votto?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Damn, two for one trades. But I’d consider that one.

  29. Clint says:
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    Getting a bit ahead here but considering he’s about to come off the DL, where do you see Madson fitting into the Angels’ bullpen? I’ve heard some say Frieri hasn’t impressed so Soshe’ll prolly insert him as closer as soon as he shows something, to others saying he’s only going to be a late inning guy this season. I could see pouncing on a guy like him if he’s healthy tippig the saves balance in your league because you know the Angels will get hot at some point like usual.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      If he’s on the wire, snag some sagnof because he’ll be the closer when the Angels get it together too late in August.

  30. Ed says:
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    Wheeler or Gausman? only room for one. Thanks.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Wheeler

  31. Gizmo says:
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    Great artickle !! Compliments from Slovakian baseball fans

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Slovakia? Thank you for writing from Eastern Europe. Do you have a baseball team there? I’m curious.

      • Gizmo says:
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        @The Guru: Yes, we have a national team and we can get MLB network on the computer here. I’m new to Fantasy Baseball but like your informative content and humour.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I tip a tin of Pilsner your way.

          • Gizmo says:
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            @The Guru: Dakujem velmi pekne

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Thank you Google Translate.

  32. Pope says:
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    Hey Guru,
    Thoughts on dealing Desmond/Matt Cain for Kinsler/Granderson?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Me likey.

      • Pope says:
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        @The Guru: Grace ias

  33. a1r fann1ng says:
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    ubaldo should have been on this list

  34. daniel says:
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    Moss has been killing me? Any suggestions for 3rd OF or you think he will level back out? Victorino and few others are available whats your thoughts?

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