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Satchel Paige said, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” Old Satch pitched until he was 90 I think. No? Someone ask Peter Gammons. “He pitched until he was 59.” *answers call with shoe, falls asleep in soup* Thanks, Pete. Last week a man who may or may not be 111 years old visited the Yankees on the field. Joe Girardi was tempted to start him at shortstop before Derek Jeter talked him out it. Jeter then crashed his Rascal down the dugout steps. He’s out another month. Old people are funny. Satch may be dead, but there’s plenty of other old wrinkled ballers still working their magic in the fantasy game. Mariano Rivera anyone? Looking pretty spry for 43. Did he follow Wilford Brimley into the Cocoon pool or something? He won’t get any older and he won’t ever die.

Last week we jammed or crammed the rookies suggesting young guns like Nick Franklin, Marcell Ozuna and we even mentioned that a certain Man Bear Puig was on the verge of a call-up and deserved some attention. *high fives Nana* This week let’s grab the early bird, swallow a handful of Joe Theismann super-beta pills and direct our now improved stream towards the sunshine boys. These players are 35-plus, owned in less than 50% of leagues, ranked top 50 in the Razzball Player Rater last week and may or may not sport Depends beneath their Under Armour. So, wake up Gammons, these gray panthers may still have some mojo left in them. Let’s jam it or cram it. Hey, you kids get off my lawn!

 

Jam it or Cram it: Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland Athletics

Sunshine Boy Status: Allegedly 40 years old, 15 years in the league, two-time All-Star, 2005 Cy Young Award.

Availability: 53% Yahoo, 55% ESPN

Last Week: 16 IP, 2 W, 7 K, 0.56 ERA, O.94 WHIP. The Razzball Player Rater has Bartolo ranked in the top 30 pitchers on the year. That’s ahead of Stephen StrasburgCC Sabathia and Mat Latos.  It’s true. I checked twice, refreshed, took a relaxing candlelit bath and then checked again. Razzball don’t lie.

The Gist: Did Bartolo Colon swallow Adam Wainwright when we weren’t looking? Colon looks 30 again. And yes, I’m taking about his head size. Colon is the golden oldie winner this week. In his 15th season Colon is 7-2 with a 3.14 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Colon won’t strike out a lot of guys, just 46 in 77 innings, but he’ll provide solid value to a fantasy staff in wins, ERA and WHIP. He’ll get a real test this week against the Yankees.

The X-File: Butterbean Colon is 4-0 with a 0.90 earned-run average in 30 innings pitched over his last four starts. He was also linked to the Biogenesis PED scandal when his alias “Manny Hulkamaniac Alzado” was discovered scribbled on the back of a Twinkies wrapper requesting more “young people juice.”

Jam or Cram: I was bored this week and attempted to put together an “all-roid” team by trading Justin Verlander for Ryan Braun to go along with Everth Cabrera, Melky Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta and Colon. When you have 16 fake baseball teams and you’re under house arrest, it is fun to shake things up sometimes. I’ll keep you updated. Jam.

 

Jam or Cram: Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado Rockies

Sunshine Boy Status: 39 years old, 16 years in the league, five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Last Week: 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, .333 AV, 1.153 OPS

The Gist: When Helton is not on drunken lottery runs he slathers himself in Icy Hot and dreams of 2004. Sorry Todd, it’s 2013. Helton is only hitting .241, but did raise his average from .217 over the course of a seven game hitting streak. Helton still has some power left in them creaky bones, he has six home runs on the year and 360 in his career. Hall of Famer? Not unless he gets some of what Colon’s having.

X-File: Roster supervision is required. Helton won’t play against left-handed pitchers. He only has four hits off lefties this year. Make sure to use the new Razzball toy: Platoony Toons.

Jam or Cram: Hey, even old guys get hot. It just takes a little longer. And a Cialis/Red Bull cocktail. Check out Helton’s Hitter-Tron projections for the next seven games. All ageism aside, that looks like a jam. For a week. Then cram. Unless Helton has some sort of Dorian Gray portrait stashed somewhere. Youth is but a mockery.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets

Sunshine Boy Status: 35 years old, 11 years in the league

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Last Week: 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .400 AV

The Gist: Marlon Byrd is the young whipper snapper of this week’s jammer crammers. Byrd has four home runs in his last seven games, pushing his average back up to .255. In a Mets lineup that struggles (hello Ike Davis) Byrd is providing some needed pop. Since May 1, Byrd is batting .278 with a .597 slugging percentage and a .935 OPS.

A gooey factoid: During batting practice last Wednesday, Byrd joked he was going to hit two home runs. Well, it seems Byrd is some sort of Carnac as he did exactly that. Byrd later predicted Ike Davis would go 0-4. Right again, Marlon. You need to buy some lottery tickets or something. Have Todd Helton drive you.

X-File: Byrd was top 40 for the week on the Razzball 7-day player rater.

Jam or Cram: Look for things to cool down. Marlon’s hot schmotato status has officially ended. I sure hope he had a vision and bet Palace Malice in the Belmont. Cram.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Willie Bloomquist, 3B/SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sunshine Boy Status: 35 years old, 12 years in the league

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 98 % ESPN

Last Week: 6 R, 2 RBI, .611 AV, 1.341 OPS.

The Gist: Utility infielder and bluesman Blind Willie Bloomquist has bounced around the league for years. He’s had 400 at-bats only once in his career. However, with injuries to Eric Chavez and Aaron Hill, Bloomquist will be playing. He should gain 2B eligibility to go along with his other two spots and that adds some value. Bloomquist is only a couple years removed from a 20 steal season in which he hit over .265 in 350 AB’s.

X-File: Groundskeeper Willie is 11-for-18 since coming off the DL and was the #11 ranked middle infielder for the week. Someone buy Willie a sarsaparilla.

Jam or Cram: I suppose you could do worse, but Wet Willie gets Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu in the next three days. That should put an end to that .600 average. Cram. Keep on smilin’.

 

Other members of the all-geriatric team:

Jason Giambi (43) hit .300 with 2 HR and 4 RBI last week.

Raul Ibanez (41) 2 HR, 7 RBI in his last 7 games.

Ichiro Suzuki (39) hit .350 last week.

Travis Hafner (36) has 10 HR and a .848 OPS on the year.

 

*Bonus Tracks* Streaming Starters:

Bud Norris vs. SEA: In Norris’ last two starts he’s given up three runs and struck out 13 in 13 innings. Roll him out there against the Mariners Monday. Jam.

Michael Wacha vs. NYM: Wacha allowed six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings last week against the Diamondbacks. He’s not quite in the circle of trust yet. Cram.

Jose Fernandez vs. MIL: Jo-fer is part of my Cuban invasion team along with Yoenis Cespedes, Puig and Jose Iglesias. Fernandez has 67 K’s in 65 innings. He pitched well enough to win Saturday against the Mets giving up one run in six innings. Jam.

Francisco Liriano vs. SF: Every time I’m ready to jump off the Liriano train he throws another gem. Not going to drop him yet, but may try to sell high. What’s the Buysellatops think? Jam.

 

Comments, questions, favorite Golden Girl? The Guru is here for you. Look for the daily jam or cram and fantasy roster updates on Twitter @TheGuruGS. You can also join The Guru on Reddit this Tuesday as we talk all things Razzball.

 

 

121 Responses

  1. Joel says:
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    Liriano or Colon?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I am leaning Liriano here. I could see 7-9 more wins, 100 K’s and an ERA under 4 the rest of the way.

  2. Bay of Puigs says:
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    In a standard yahoo H2H league, should I trade Profar for Puig? I have Phillips and Altuve already, but I also have Joyce, Bourn, Hayward, Harper (on DL) Cuddyer and Carpenter. Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      I’d make that trade. You are all set at second base. Harper off to see Dr. Andrews (never good) and Cuddyer is banged up too. Might land on DL again. Viva La Puig!

  3. Pat says:
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    I have Kendrick, Gyorko and Seager rotating between 2b/3b spots. Do you think any of these guys deserve consistent starts over the others or should I just play the streaks?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hi Pat, Kendrick is the guy I’d start all this week.

  4. Kevin says:
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    Would you send Puig for Trumbo to upgrade my current 3B of Frazier? 10 team mixed redraft. Stanton/Marte/Myers are my backup OF’s. Thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      With Stanton coming back Monday and Myers getting a call up within the next ten days I would make that trade. I traded Puig this week in a couple leagues for Wright and Tulo. Sell high.

      • Kevin says:
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        @The Guru:

        Wow nice work with those two trades. I’m trying Wright too.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          People are hot for some Puig for sure. Good luck.

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Please ran these cornermen, trying to decide if I should try and scoop one in a trade:

    Rizzo, Butler, Zimm, LaRoche, Tex, Morales.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      ROS I’d go Rizzo, Butler, Teixeira, Zim, LaRoche, Morales.

  6. John Mycell says:
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    Looking for Doubles and Avg and to upgrade Puljos, which side of this deal do you take:

    Puljos and Matt Harvey for Goldschidt (or votto) and Wilhemsen?

    (Slight chance I can get him to throw in Weaver on the Goldy side.)

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I want the Goldy side all day. We should all buy Grey a drink for his insight at the beginning of the year. Cheers.

  7. bobbo says:
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    Wow, thanks Matt Moore…

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Last two starts been damn ugly.

    • jacobo says:
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      @bobbo: yea same here. thinking about selling

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        I’d hold for now. All starters hit a rough patch. He’ll turn it around.

  8. Ty says:
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    Can I drop swisher please?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I don’t know your league but there has to be better out there.

      • ty says:
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        @The Guru:
        ha, sorry that was rather vague..I’m in a 5X5 roto league. Im actually sitting in 1st place and I had to use swisher in my utility spot this week because I have 3 injured players (utley, Stanton and crawford) luckily I have brown, goldy and miggy carrying the offense..I’m just trying to tighten things up. Guys on on my WW La Roche, Reddick, Doumit

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I’d take Reddick out of those 3. Stanton comes back tomorrow though.

          • ty says:
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            @The Guru: Thanks! You think Stanton is startable after that long layoff?

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              I don’t usually play a guy right off after a long DL stint, but I am going to risk it here with Stanton getting the Brewers for his first 3 games.

  9. BSW says:
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    With Kinsler and Price hogging my 2 DL spots would you cram Peavy?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Throw him in the cram pile BSW. He’s out 2 months, then rehab starts etc. Take a chance on a young arm like Cole or Wacha if you can.

  10. boston strong says:
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    in a weekly H2H points league would you start puig over Stanton or Stanton over Zobrist who seems to finally be heating up

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Puig is hot so I’m going to keep running him out there.

  11. Andrew says:
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    I can start 3 of the following this week (10 team 6×6 roto w/OPS)

    Braun (thumb, DL?), Stanton, Marte (hits/steals the past two games), Rizzo, Heyward, Carpenter

    I’m starting to pull away in steals so I’m leaning 1. Heyward, 2. Rizzo, 3. Stanton

    With all of these good bats, I want to make sure I have someone playing, so I’m leaning away from Braun, and starting a player once he comes off the DL from a long injury always scares me.

    • The Guru

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      I’d go with that. I agree on Stanton but I’m going to run him out there. The Braun thing is troublesome. They pulled him in the 3rd inning today.

  12. Kevin says:
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    I got Wright for Puig and Lawrie, woot!

    Send _____ + Moreland for Kershaw? Do I need to put Cliff Lee or Sale in there? Moreland is backup to Pujols…

    • The Guru

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      Nice trade. I flipped Puig for wright myself. Keep Lee, Try Sale and Moreland. Good luck.

  13. J-Lef says:
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    Great post!

    Would you sit or start the following this week:

    Samardzija CIN at home
    Shields DET at home
    Cole at SF
    Cingrani at CHC
    Weaver at BAL, NYY at home
    Parker NYY at home

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks J-Lef, appreciate the read. Samardzija, Cingrani, Cole, Shields I would start. I don’t trust Weaver and Parker is a maybe.

  14. Fried Fish Fan says:
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    Better pickup:
    Gyorko or Rendon?
    Ozuna or Maybin?
    5×5 H2H league

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Gyorko and Maybin. Thanks for writing in, Mr. Fish.

      • Fried Fish Fan says:
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        @The Guru: thanks very much Guru! My fish were more tolerable to watch this weekend against those struggling mets..

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Long season for you, but you have some good young players. Hope they keep them.

          • Fried Fish Fan says:
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            @The Guru: it’s been difficult we need Loria gone.. Quick follow up question, I’ve been offered Kelley Jansen for Jeff Locke and my only closers are Perkins and Valverde.. Cishek is also sitting in waivers but I don’t need to tell you how rough a season the marlins have had haha

            • The Guru

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              Yes, Loria is the devil. If you are set for starters and need saves I’d make that trade.

              • Fried Fish Fan says:
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                @The Guru: Harvey hamels gio greinke milone beachy Anderson locke straily leake wheeler skaggs (who I might drop) also wondering if Anderson is even worth holding at this point, thanks for the advice!

                • The Guru

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                  You could drop him and pick up Cishek (somebody has to close) or see if Rex Brothers COL is available for saves.

  15. scott says:
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    Couod you rank these SPs for ROS please? Scherzer, Weaver, Zimmerman, Greinke. Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No prob, Scott. Scherzwer, Zimmerman and it’s close between Weaver then Greinke.

  16. Gareth says:
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    I’m in a shallow 10 CBS roto and am having issues with DL players, particularly my infield.

    I need to fill a 2B, SS and MI slot every week. Unfortunately:

    I currently have Utley, Asdrubal and Starlin Castro. So Yikes.
    Lawrie and Aramis at Third. More Yikes.

    So the infield is an extreme mess of DL guys and ineffectiveness.

    On the flipside I have an Outfield Surplus now that I picked up Puig. I Have Stanton, Bautista, Choo, Adam Jones, Puig, Heyward, Swisher and Gardner. You have to start 5 Outfielders in this league, So I’m sitting at least 2 if one goes in the utility spot.

    Flip One for a desperately needed infielder upgrade?

    Who’s a good target to aim for? Some trade examples would be much appreciated.

    Finally, Is Bret (Made of Glass) Lawrie droppable in a shallow League?

  17. Gareth says:
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    One more Caveat – my league has no DL, so I currently have Utley, Asdrubal, Lawrie and Stanton clogging my bench, Which limits me making moves (especially streaming pitchers).

    • The Guru

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      Hey Gareth, Stanton comes off the DL tomorrow me thinks, so you have that going for you. Lawrie has been useless and that’s why I didn’t draft him. You could drop him or try to trade for something, anything of value. With your outfield Swisher is droppable and I’d try to sell high on Puig. This week I’ve flipped him for Ellsbury, Wright and Tulo in competitive leagues. Sell now while he’s hot.

  18. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Guru, another nice Jam or Cram session. I underestimated Colon’s season up until now. Just picked him up. thanks for the heads up!

    • The Guru

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      I am with you there Mr. Bacon. Colon’s year surprised me as I started digging around the numbers. Not sure how long it will last but I’ll enjoy it while I can.

  19. Mariner Mike says:
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    Guru, DeDe or Simmons,Crawford,Escobar,Iglesies at SS for ROS. Have DeDe thinking I could do better. Other guys on wire.Thank you for the thoughts!!

  20. The Guru

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    I’d go Escobar or Simmons. Didi and B-Craw have been fun fill-ins and streamers for me but…
    Once Middlebrooks comes back Iglesias will be fighting for playing time.

    Good to hear from you, Mike.

    • Mariner Mike says:
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      @The Guru: Simmons bats second for Atl. Escobar bats ninth for Tampa think will take Simmons thank you again for your reply always good!! Please jump thru the computer if you REALLY don’t like Simmons,thanks bro’

      • The Guru

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        Sounds good Mike. I thought you meant the KC SS.

        • Mariner Mike says:
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          @The Guru: You’re still recommending the Atlanta Simmons at SS Right? Thanks!!

          • The Guru

            The Guru says:
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            Yes, sir.

            • Mariner Mike says:
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              @The Guru: Thank you!!

  21. AJ says:
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    Bobby Parnell took another loss today…do you think it’s time to drop? In need of sum SP considering picking up Dempster,Santiago, Colon, Porcello or maybe even Oswalt..ROS?…I have Kimbrel, Soriano, Bell and Putz DL as closers…Thanks

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold on Parnell, but if you really need a SP ROS it’s Colon or Dempster. Think you will get more K’s from Dempster.

  22. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams. Alex Colome and taijuan Walker. Who is most likely to get called up, or are both of these guys droppable?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Our prospect guy Scott could give you the best answer, but he’s passed out at the 19th hole, so I’ll give it a shot. I think Colome will get another go round with the Rays. At Triple-A Durham his ERA is under 3 and he has 63 K’s in 59 innings. Hope that helped.

  23. huge caulk says:
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    12 team keeper h2h HR R RBI SB AVG OBP QS WHIP ERA SV K K/9

    Who wins this trade: This season and beyond…
    Harvey, Joyce, Kuroda Wood, Parker vs Choo, Iwakuma, Corbin, Holland

    • The Guru

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      I’ll take the side that has Harvey.

      • huge caulk says:
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        @The Guru:

        Wow, wasnt expecting that….

        Harvey or Strasburg, ROS and beyond?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I am waving the Harvey flag. I’ll take him the rest of this year AND next.

          • huge caulk says:
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            @The Guru:

            Are you as bullish on Jo-Fer? Could he be next years Harvey? Or should I sell very high after a good start?

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              I’m holding Jo-Fer and I’d considering flipping him for the right price.

              • huge caulk says:
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                @The Guru:
                I own Harvey and Jo-Fer and just wandered if I should sell very high…I just dont trust pitchers.

                • The Guru

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                  I agree. I don’t own any of the “aces”; Stras, Verlander, Kershaw. Greys pitcher pairings at the beginning of the year really helped. But the Peavy injury has hurt me on teams I had him so I grabbed Jo-fer. If you could trade Harvey for Trout or Miggy that would be fun.

  24. Mr.Brooks says:
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    What were your thoughts on ——–>http://cdn0.nflximg.net/images/9488/2289488.jpg

    :)

    A few more relative questions….
    Buying, selling, or holding on Braun? IF you sell, would you for Oscar Taveras & Puig in salary keeper (minor league keepers also)?
    Troy Tulowitzki & Matt Moore or Mike Trout & Zach Wheeler?
    Justin Verlander over or under 3.0era at the end of the year?

    • The Guru

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      answered below.

  25. ritzer says:
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    Do I give Jay Bruce to get Jason Heyward in a 14team H2H keeper with OBP?

    • ritzer says:
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      *edit
      Do I give Jay Bruce to get Jason Heyward AND YOVANI GALLARDO in a 14team H2H keeper with OBP?

    • The Guru

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      I’d take Heyward side. Too good to look this bad. He’ll come around.

  26. The Guru

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    I’m holding on the one team I have Braun. No one will touch him now so…. But I wouldn’t sell him for Puig/Taveras.
    I like the Trout side.
    Verlander ERA at the end…3.36

    • Mr.Brooks says:
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      @The Guru:

      Do you think Braun is suspended this year?
      Did you watch “Are we there yet” on VH1 this weekend, by chance?

      • The Guru

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        A suspension may be handed down, but I don’t see how he gets suspended this year with testimony still to come from Bosch, then the union will get involved, then appeals. It might be October before it all goes down.

        Didn’t watch it.

        • Mr.Brooks says:
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          @The Guru:

          Ok now i’m creepy. The satchel paige quote you used is referenced in the movie, I caught it this weekend.

          I’m betting one of two scenarios. Braun is on suspended to open the 2014 season, or the MLB turns a blind eye. As they did with McGuire & Sosa in the HR chase. The latter more unlikely.

          Thanks Guru

          • The Guru

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            Selig has his sites set on Braun and A-Rod. He’s gonna nail them. Prob for next season though.

            What movie was it?

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @The Guru: one would hope they’d need more evidence than a illegal drug dealer with his head in a noose and something to gain by claiming he sold them stuff. Unless he has taped conversations/signatures/receipts/video footage.

              • The Guru

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                Bosch is only testifying because the Feds/DEA involvement. They must have something. Wait. Is the government monitoring this? Drugs are bad. That is all.

  27. ferris says:
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    nl-only – i have excess SP

    what do you think of

    the smoking hot jordan zimmermann for the slumping shin soo choo?

    the smoking hot jordan zimmermann and the scorching maybin for the slumping justin upton?

    • The Guru

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      I’d try Upton first.

  28. Mariner Mike says:
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    Guru, have one more promise. Have both Longo and Machado at third. My OF is Ellsbury,D.Brown.Cespedes and Bautista. So you see I don’t have a utility spot for a third baseman. I am thinking about holding for awhile and see Longo’s health etc. In otther words I have no ball’s and don’t really know what to do. Any idea’s for the blind? Again thank you for the time!! Oh 10 team league.

  29. grif says:
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    I’m in a dynasty roto. Can anyone give me a good reason not to drop Josh Hamilton? His salary makes him untradeable, so trade is not an option. I’m seriously getting sick of his lack of production.

    • The Guru

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      Sorry, you are kind of stuck Grif. I’m going to try and be optimistic for you and say Hamilton hits 20 home runs, 65 RBI with a .265 AV the rest of the way.

      Don’t ask my pessimistic view.

  30. momuirnin says:
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    At my age, old wrinkled ballers who are still able to work some magic are a fantasy come true. Now it’s time to whip up a pitcher of Cialis/Red Bull cocktails and see what happens!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Another female Razzballer? Think you might be number 5. Welcome. And good luck.

      • Darcy Butler says:
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        @The Guru: who needs luck when you have a woman’s intuition?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Maybe you should answer these questions.

  31. HWY71 says:
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    Hey Guru,

    What do you think of Chad Gaudin? He pitched well in STL & AZ his last two starts. Start him against strikeout-prone Atlanta next week?

    • The Guru

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      I think Gaudin’s luck runs out.

      • HWY71 says:
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        @The Guru:

        Cool, thanks.

        Btw – Norris over Harang next week?

        Norris is dealing but I see Harang vs. Houston & think strikeouts galore. Plus Harang’s pitching at home. Your thoughts?

        • The Guru

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          I like them both as streamers next week but if I have to choose I’ll go Harang,

  32. Mariner Mike says:
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    Guru, would you check out my reply 6:02 sorry to bother but guy’s are bugging me. Guess they have a total misconception that I know something.

    • The Guru

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      Machado for McCuth would be sweet.

  33. Dude says:
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    Trade puig, victorino, medlen, berkman for machado, cespedes, hundley, ubaldo( I would drop ubaldo and hundley as I need room) fair? And who wins the trade?

    • The Guru

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      Seems fair enough. I’d take the Cespedes side.

  34. Dude says:
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    Looking to trade alex cobb, kris medlen, yasiel puig, coco crisp and shane victorino for 2 or 3 better players.. What pairs could I try trading and for who?

    • The Guru

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      I would think Puig could bring a good bat. I’ve seen him swapped for J. Upton, Wright, Tulo.

  35. Puig, cobb, victorino for j upton, carlos gomez. Good trade if I have pitching depth?

    • The Guru

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      That would be nice if they went for it.

  36. AJ says:
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    Would you trade Braun for Verlander? Or any Ace for that matter?

    • The Guru

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      Depends on my needs. Braun has a thumb issue and possible suspension looming. Not sure anyone would take him for an ace.

  37. magic mike says:
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    An 5×5 league using OBA. Keeper league. trade beachy ($2) for victorino ($8). victorino would play for will myers or LoCain. Beachy will be replaced by gerit cole or phil hughes.

    • The Guru

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      Seems fair.

  38. Win1forthe says:
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    Been offered the following…Moustakas for Lawrie and Heyward/Rodney/Rosario for Braun/Morrow/Grandal. Do both, either or neither?

    • The Guru

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      I’d pass. But the Heyward trade is enticing…but I’d still hold.

  39. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Just got offered Castro (19$) for my Ozuna (10$) 10 team NL only ROTO keeper 5×5 with BB instead of R. Am I crazy not to accept? I have Everth Cab at SS with no backup… Leading every hitting category right now with my biggest lead in HRS and smallest in average.

  40. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Looking to add a solid veteran starting Pitcher to offset my youngsters with potential
    Innings caps looming (Teheran, Wheeler, Cole). Not much available on the wire, but I’m
    Mostly focused on wins/ratios. Please rank:

    Westbrook, Pettitte, Porcello

    • The Guru

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      Petitte, Porcello, Westbrook.

  41. Matt P says:
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    You guys still up? Drop Josh Johnson for Cingrani or Feldman?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Matt, still up. I’m giving Cingrani a shot.

  42. Tommy Butler says:
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    Is Ryan Madson going to amount to anything this year? I have him on the DL. I don’t need to drop anyone right now but I am just wondering if I am wasting my time. Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for writing, Tommy. Best case scenario Madson is back in July. He’s only now starting to throw again. Looks like a lost year for him and the Angels.

  43. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    the lavender and chamomile bath salts are in the mail. Whats the deal with middlebrooks?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Jack my favorite curmudgeon. I love gifts. Middlebrooks was activated today and is batting 8th. He had a couple homers at AAA so maybe he’s finding the stroke. An optimistic view ROS would be .260 15 HR, 60 RBI.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @The Guru: you’re my favorite turban wearer, sorry carnac. Just saw it. Hoping he’s the guy he was last year and back to no pressure with papi being papi

        • The Guru

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          Thanks, Sir Full of Hate. I don’t think Middlebrooks has been healthy all year. Hopefully hitting down in the order takes some pressure off for now. I had Machado dreams for him to start the year. I dream big.

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