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The fantasy gods can be a cruel mistress, and after dealing a crushing blow Thursday night in a frustrating (ie stupid) brawl-induced injury, taking Zack Greinke from us, the gods have claimed their next victim, another newly acquired player and top fantasy shortstop, Jose Reyes. The gods work in mysterious Reyes. I know. Let it out. It hurts me too. Jose was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI last night and his league-leading fifth stolen base. Sigh, I guess you can forget about that 60 SB season now, or just keep holding out for Billy Hamilton. Reyes left in the top of the 7th with an ankle injury after sliding into second on a successful steal attempt. He’s heading to the DL for up to 3 months. Huge blow to Reyes owners and B-Jays fans alike. I had a feeling this team they assembled in the off season would never actually be on the field at the same time. Damn my soothsaying ways! Brett Lawrie is due back next week just as Reyes heads to the DL, and you know Bautista is no stranger to the injury bug either. But let’s focus on the silver lining, Bradley Cooper, I am no doctor, but judging by the OMFGPAIN-face Reyes was making and the reports I’ve read one month is a best case scenario. And naturally an ankle injury like this could seriously affect his ability to steal bases upon his return. Bad news all around. Womp womp.

Emilio Bonifacio and Maicer Izturis, as well as fresh call-up Munenori Kawasaki, should fill in for Reyes at shortstop in the meantime, but Jays GM Alex Anthopolous also mentioned the possibility of a trade. If I am you, and I own Reyes, I am devastated right now. But I also need to wipe away the tears and replace him. Can you replace Reyes production? No way Jose, but there are some options out there. Marwin Gonzalez has 5 hits and 2 HRs in his past three games and is owned in less than 10% of leagues. Jean Segura has some serious speed and is batting .458 through the first 8 games. Jean is owned in just over half of leagues. Brandon Crawford is available everywhere and is in the midst of a six game hitting streak. All three were featured in this weeks BUY. Those in deeper leagues might even consider Stephen Drew, who is available in over 95% of leagues. Drew returned from the DL this week and as long as he can stay healthy he looks to see plenty of time in an above average Boston line up. He’s not Jose Reyes, but very few are. My condolences for your loss, Reyes owners. Hopefully you find some other Reyes of light to replace him sooner rather than later.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball last night:

Giancarlo Stanton – DNP. Uh-oh. Getting an MRI after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder and will sit Saturday as well. Pretty much the last thing Stanton owners want to hear right now. They’re already in panic mode thinking Giancarlo will never see a decent pitch again in that lineup. Without Stanton, who will Marlins fan have to route for? Poor Marlins fan, he’s had a year.

Coco Crisp - 2-for-4 with 2 SB. Now has 4 HR and 4 SB, and as of Friday night he was the no. 1 player on the player rater. Go Go Co CO!  Oakland wins their eighth game in a row, now how did that happen? Sadly, things like this do not last and despite his magical season thus far Covelli left this game late with a strained left groin and is expected to hit the DL. It was fun while it lasted Coco owners. No.1! If only for a day…

Yoenis Cespedes - 0-for-2, 2 BB. Double blow to the Athletics. Left with a hand injury. X-Rays were negative but he’s day to day. He did play the first 11 innings so not much cause for concern here. Expect Seth Smith and Chris Young to fill in in the interim, but I’d expectpedes Yoenis to play next week. UPDATE: Cespedes to DL.

Justin Masterson – Complete game shut out, 5 hits, 7 Ks and moves to 3-0. Nick Swisher scored the lone run in the bottom of the ninth to give Masty his third win, and with this fierce Injians line up behind him, Justin is a good bet for a 15ish win season with not much else.

Jose Quintana – 7.0 IP, 1 hit, 7 Ks. Quintana flashed some sexy streamer value with some serious K-potential late last season and could be carrying that over to 2013. He’s got the Blue-Kays next week. Not adding Quints just yet, but I’ve got my eye on him.

David Dejesus – 3-for-5 with a HR. Just because Theo Epstein likes him doesn’t mean you have to.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-5 with the game winning double off Sergio Romo. The Cubs tried hard to lose this one, too, but Starlin was like, “No, not today! Today, we fight!” Just the kind of mentality those Cubbies need.

Carlos Villanueva – 7.1 IP, 3 hits, 3 ks. Grey told you to BUY him and Chuck Newtown goes out and does this. Grey’s a wiiiiiiitch!

Kyuji Fujikawa – 1.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 ER and the win. Carlos Marmol was quite impressed. But also concerned. It looks like the Cubs may really have found his perfect replacement.

Sergio Romo – 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 K, BS. Taking a cue from Tony and choking big time, Romo-style.

C.C. Sabathia – 8.0 IP, 8 hits, 1 ER, 9 Ks. Yankees win their fourth straight. Wait — what? How? New York actually pulled off a triple play in this one, which I guess could help your fantasy team if you own Sabathia. Let’s give it up for defense! woot woot!

Kevin Youkilis – 3-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI. I dunno, but Yankees fans cheering “Yoooouk!” It just don’t seem right. Am I wrong?

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 1 RBI. Grey told you to BUY him. Wow, Grey’s buys are popping up everywhere this week. Well, right now Manny is hot hot hot, he is mashing and he is awesome. Machado Man Manny Machado! Oh Yeaaaah! Eat slim jims, kids!

Julio Teheran – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks. Gave up a two-run homer in the first to Harper and it was downhill from there. Can we really blame the guy, I mean, do Harper home runs even count anymore, really? The stuff is there, so I’m not dropping him yet, but if he can’t get it done in Pittsburgh next week I might.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 with a 2-R HR and SB. His first slam & legs of the year! To all the doubters who said he wasn’t stealing bases, hard to steal bases when your hitting bombs y’all. Asked post game if Bryce thinks the HR/SB game will be a common occurence Bryce responded, “That’s an awfully silly question, sir? Would you mind rephrasing it?”

Ross Detwiler – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 5 Ks. Not the most exciting pitcher on waivers, but now has back to back solid outings against offensive powerhouses Cincinnati and Atlanta and he could be sneaky good on this Nats team. He’s available in about 80% of leagues and gets Miami next week. What are you waiting for! Det-wile you’re waiting here, someone else could be picking up Ross.

Ricky Nolasco – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 1 ER, 1 Ks. Oh Ricky, your starts have been fine, but just fine, you do not blow my mind. He gets the Nats next week, and if I’m a betting man, I’m betting on someone else.

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-5 with his 3rd and 4th HRs and 3 RBIs. That’s four more than Joey Votto, for those keeping track, ie me.

Mike Leake – 6.0 IP, 10 hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks. Let the countdown to Tony Cingrani begin! In all seriouslyness, as much as we want to see the young flamethrower, Leaker settled down after a 4-run second to pitch 4 scoreless innings.

A.J. Burnett – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Ks. Now has 27 strikeouts in his first three games. *drools. Not bad for a sneaky late round pick. And by sneaky I mean he stole Garrett Jones wallet while he was in the shower.

Jason Grilli – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 BB, 2 K and his 4th save.  It was a shaky outing but Grilli got it done (he did face a tough 1-2-3 of Choo, Phillips, Votto). My gut tells me the Grillimaster has 35+ saves this year. Really! Jason Grilli! If  the P-Rats can win that many games.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, SB. Oh Starling! Please believe me. I’d never drop you, so soon. But I’m seeing Marte is just 30% owned, and I’m also seeing he has 6 straight games with 2 hits, along with two stolen bases in that stretch. Has Starling found his groove? More and better stats to come, grab him if he’s out there. Grey told you to BUY him, so you might as well.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI. Hit a go-ahead homer in the 7th inning. More like Andrew McCLUTCHen, right?

Justin Upton – 3-for-5 with an RBI in the ninth to tie the game. Justin Upside is in the zone right now. Maybe he just prefers the beaches and peaches of GA to the desert sun and sand of AZ. Who would’ve thought?

Craig Kimbrel – 1.0 IP, K, with his 5th save. Don’t pay for saves! Except, of course, the 45+ saves you get from Craig Kimbrel.

Shelby Miller - 7.0 IP, 1 hit, 8 K. Another one of Grey’s BUYs. Moves to 2-0, and the rookie struck out Ryan Braun twice in this one, too. St. Louis’ second straight shutout and Shelby Miller Time is currently living the High Life. Kind of funny since he pitches his home games at Busch Stadium. Can only dream what he’d have done if this was a road game at Miller Park.

Mitchell Boggs – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 BB, 2 Ks and his 2nd save. I guess you should pick him back up now?

Evan Gattis – 0-for-4 and started at first base. Grey told you to BUY him. You can learn everything you need to know about the young catcher just check out, “Who the F#@* is Gattis?” Errr, trust me its very informative. The outfield and possible future first base eligibility is intriguing but Gattis’ real value is at catcher. Whoever he is.

Chris Johnson – 3-for-5 with his 1st HR. If your looking for a corner infielder, Johnson is available in over 90% of leagues and is batting .357 with a homer. He also had 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

J.A. Happ – 5.0 IP,  ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Good new, Jays fans. Happ got his second win but needed 110 pitches to get through 5 innings. Aaron Loup  pitched 3.0 IP for the save. Win a game, lose a Reyes. I keed, Toro, at least you didn’t lose a Zack Greinke and a Kobe Bryant in 24 hours like the LA fans. That’s gotta sting.

Lorenzo Cain - 1-for-4, RBI. Zo is available in over 85% of leagues and has a nice little five-game hitting streak. He has power and speed potential and could warrant a spot as your 4th or 5th outfielder. He Cain do it!

Glen Perkins – 1.0, 2 ER, 2 hits, BB. Entered the ninth with the Twinkies down 14-5, so you can blame Ron Gardenhire for ruining your ERA and WHIP this week.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6.2 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 6 Ks. Hishashi won the battle of the Japanese pitchers (Yu Darvish – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks) but the USA won the war.

Carlos Quentin - 0-for-4, 2 Ks. That was for you Greinke-owners. Karma is a 3-2 purpose pitch. Will serve an eight game suspension, which I’m guessing is about half as long as it will take you to forget about Greinke

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-4 with the slam & legs. Don’t ever say Kinsler doesn’t do anything for Yu.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-4 with his 5th and 6th HRs. Well, cock-a-doodle-doo, Fowler.

Josh Rutledge – 1-for-4 with a HR. Fowler and Rutledge’s home runs came in the ninth off Huston Street, who blew the save. It was Street’s 3rd HR in just 3.0 IP . Luke Gregerson is the handcuff if you’re feeling kinky.

Patrick Corbin – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 4 Ks and his second win. Corb’s second quality start in a row and gets the Yankees in New York next week. The way the Yanks have been playing, its hard to say yet if that’s a good match up or not,  but I’d probably hold off.

Peter Bourjos – 0-for-3 with 2 Ks as he hit lead off. Deeper leaguers and AL-only take note, Bourjos has some serious speed if he can ever get on base.

Tommy Hanson – 5.0, 8 hits, 5 ER, 2 Ks against the Lastros. Holy Schnikes, Tommy boy. Maybe the Stros aren’t as bad as we’ve been making them out to be. Still, Hanson is unownable in 12-team leagues and is looking worse by the start. Even with Hanson getting the Twinkies next week I’d stay away, there are better options on the waiver wire, so go check it out.

Bud Norris – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 5 Ks. If you had the asteroids to start him vs. the Angels, this Bud was for you. He gets a cushy matchup in OakCo next week, so he could be worth a flier if he’s out there.

Vance Worley – 7 hits, 7 ER. Didn’t get out of the first inning. Yeesh. That will kill your fantasy week. If you can’t start him against the Mets, who can you start him against? No one. The answer is no one. Not yet.

John Buck – 1-for-5 with a grand slam. His 6th HR. Another WTB! Buck now has more homers than all the Mets catchers had combined in 2012 (5). Depending on who your catcher is, Buck shouldn’t be on waivers during his power binge so I can’t blame you for making a switch if your starting a catcher is outside the top 10.

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI. Partner in crime and bro for life David Wright did his best Murphy impression going 3-for-5, with 2 R, and 4 RBI, just one hit shy of duplication. But really, you should have heard Wright’s Murphy-voice, he had the impression down pat. Classic DWright/Murph hijinks.

Prince Fielder - 4-for-5 with his 3rd HR. He’s just like Prince Joffrey–except he hits home runs instead of women, and I don’t hate him with the passion of all the fire and steel in all the seven kingdoms of Westeros. So I guess, he’s nothing like Joffrey. I admit, that was a shameless Game of Thrones mention. I can’t get enough of this fantasy crap, baseball or otherwise. Unlike Joffrey though, I own the Prince Fielder everywhere and think he’s primed for an easy 40 HRs. If there is such a thing as an easy-40 homers, Prince could do it. Last year was the adjustment period but now Prince is partying like it’s 2007, ie the year he hit 50. I say he does it again in 2013. That’s 50! 50 home runs! #boldpredictionsthatarentallthatbold

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

  1. bossmanjunior says:
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    Need helping filling out my line up today…

    Rutledge @Volquez (2-3) or Lowrie vVerlander (1-5)

    Hill vRyu or Gardner channelled

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @bossmanjunior: Lowrie is crazy hot right now but with JV on the hill I’d go with Rutledge. Hill sat out last night with a bruised thumb but should play tonight and if he does I think you have to go with him over Gardner.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Lowrie is sitting, so hopefully that made your choice a lot easier.

  2. Wake Up says:
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    That Reyes pic looks like a cross between Michael Jordan and a sad Nerdluck…

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wake Up: He does have an odd shaped head. I preferred the dreads. Always welcome a space jam reference. You think a nerdluck stole his fantasy powers?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Dan Pants: If it wasn’t for Nerdluck he wouldn’t have no luck at all…

  3. Bourne says:
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    I am in a 20 team dynasty with both saves and holds. Who is the odd man out of KRod, Marmol, salas, and heath bell?thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bourne: I wouldn’t touch Marmol but he could get some ugly saves. K-Rod doesn’t even have a team yet so I’d say him.

      • Bourne says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks Dan. I have waiver in to drop KRod for Marmol already. But KRod getting scouted by mil had my hopes up

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Bourne: His 2012 4.38 era is rough and he had only 3 saves, so hard to believe he’ll be helping your team in that category anytime soon.

  4. Eric W says:
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    Is it time to dump Cozart? In a 5×5 h2h leauge and he has just been sitting on my bench behind Segura waiting to get hot. Don’t really need the bench spot but I could pick up a serviceable reliever. Just a little hesitant because I am slightly light on power.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Eric W: Depends how deep your league, do you have a MI spot, etc. but I have no problem dropping Cozart in 10-12 team leagues if you have better options at SS and MI.

      • Eric W says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yeah it is 12 meant to put that in there

  5. Pullmyfinger says:
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    tampa scoring the 3rd least amount of runs so far in all of baseball,will this persuade them to call on Myers a little earlier than thought,like mid may

    • Dan Pants

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      @Pullmyfinger: Yeah, my guess is Myers is up not long after his 20 games. Memorial Day is a safer bet, but nows the time to stash if he’s somehow out there.

  6. Mike says:
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    Who is the play with Fujikawa sidelined, Camp or Russell? It can’t be Marmol, can it?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: I would try to stay away from that bullpen, but if I had to pick one I’d go with James Russell.

  7. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    So I’m in a 6 adds-a-week league and I’m maxed out. I have Carlos Gomez in my OF and Fujikawa as an RP. I’m thinking about swapping them out for Denard Span and Joaquin Benoit, respectively. Is Span for real? I’m hurting for SB (Cargo, Heyward and Ajax just aren’t running) and Gomez is murderizing my BA plus Span says he wants to steal more bases this year. Assuming he somehow makes it through the weekend on the wire, is this a no-brainer or do I need to hold on Gomez?
    P.S. The Fuji situation was just to let you know I plan to do it. He’s headed to the DL and I have that spot filled. I’d drop him now if it wouldn’t tip of my league mates that I’m in the business of yet another move.
    P.S.S. Why doesn’t yahoo give out those meaningless trophies for most moves made in your league every week? I’d have three of them in two weeks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: Yeah drop Gomez for Span and don’t look back. Benoit is shaky but better than an injured Fuji I guess and at the very least will see the next save chance in DET.

      And go check your trophy case, you just received a trophy for complaining about yahoo’s meaningless trophies. Nice work!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Dan Pants: unless the next save chance is on sunday, as he pitched and got 4 K’s today.

      • Mike says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Balls.

        (No Archer fans? Well, he’s a tough read.)

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Mike: How’d you get life insurance? Don’t they know you’re in the danger zone?

  8. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Athletics placed OF Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left hand.
    X-rays were negative on Cespedes’ left hand after he left Friday’s game, but the Athletics can’t afford to wait on him with Coco Crisp (groin) also dealing with an injury. Seth Smith and Chris Young will likely platoon in left field in his absence. Michael Taylor has also been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move. Apr 13 – 2:08 PM via rotoworld

    • JoeC says:
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      @Dan Pants: That sort of sucks, but then again, Cespedes wasn’t really tearing the cover off the ball either. However, giving Crispy Young more at-bats is a surefire recipe for disaster. That man cannot hit.

      The injury to Crisp hurts more, as who do the A’s have that can even come close to replicating his OBP and steals threat atop the lineup? Nobody, that’s who.

      Ah well, facing Verlander today. That’s one I’d bet my house on!

      • Dan Pants

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        @JoeC: X-Rays were negative but the A’s needed the extra roster spot to fill in their OF. Still waiting on Oakland’s line up card, but without Crisp, Lowrie, Cespedes and Reddick it should be pretty sorry.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @Dan Pants: reddick is starting.. He came back last night and had a hit and a fancy catch. so it seems he’s OK.

  9. the nature boy says:
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    espinosa comes alive,finnaly

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @the nature boy: If you own espinosa you gotta live with his streaky play. Maybe now he;s about to go on a tear.

  10. JoeC says:
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    Why are you giving credit to Leake for pitching 4 scoreless innings after giving up 4 runs in the first, but you’re about to drop Teheran for giving up 4 runs in the first two innings, then tossing 4 scoreless?

    Teheran showed some pluck there! He could’ve folded like a really well-ironed pair of slacks, but no, he fought through it and gave time for his team to come back and win that game. I was impressed and I own him nowhere.

    Give him some love!

    • Dan Pants

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      @JoeC: Well, Teheran is ownership is considerably higher than Leake and keeping an eye on Leake’s performance to gauge if/when Tony Cingrani gets called up. But I love Teheran’s prospects for 2013 and I’m sorry if it sounded like I was down on him. Kid is a stud in the making. Just a bit anxious waiting for it all to fall into place for him. Hopefully he takes some of that pluck into next weeks start.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Dan Pants: No need to be sorry, Dan. It’s a valid opinion for those who actually own him. I haven’t had to sit through his less-than-stellar first start that really was a handful of poo and then this, while not disastrous, at least not helping the ratios much, start.

        You’re too close, Dan. I’m pulling you out!

        • Dan Pants

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          @JoeC: Just when I thought I was out, your observation pulled me back in! I’m all in on Julio now! He’s the next Pedro!

          • JoeC says:
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            @Dan Pants: Heh, c’mon Mr. Bold Predictioner… he’s gonna be BETTER than Pedro! ;)

            Question: is it gay that watching Prince hit a home run gives me wood? (with the usual, Seinfield-ish “not that there’s anything wrong with that” qualifier)

            • Dan Pants

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              @JoeC: Nope, I can’t see how that’s the least bit gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Even the most hetero heteros enjoys long balls. especially prince’s

  11. Fratstar says:
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    Would you start Scherzer next week over 2 starts of Buehrle in a weekly?

    Also, what do you think of trading Chris Davis when he’s hottt?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fratstar: Go with Scherzer. If you can get someone to blow you away with a offer for Davis do it. But don’t sell too low, the power is legit, he could easily hit 35 HRs and drive in 90 runs.

  12. c0wfunk says:
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    My dream of an outfield of trout, Stanton, and cespedes has turned into a nightmare. I’ve got marte and aoki too and just grabbed duda as well.

    Alfonso soriano just came available on waivers, worth a claim? Emilio bonifacio is out there too.

    Or I could grab Marwin Gonzalez, Chris carter, yonder Alonso or Chris Johnson while there hot..

    Any name stand out? 12t mixed h2h

    • Dan Pants

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      @c0wfunk: I’ve always had a soft spot for Soriano but he can be streaky. As the weather warms up so will he though. I’d go with Alfonso. He stole a base today!

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Dan Pants: Saw that.. And 3 hits against bumg.. Seems promising. Hopefully my 7 of 12 claim dibs is enough.. Not high enough too worry about burning. Thanks for the advice.

  13. Project Merkin says:
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    Great job as always. Love the Saturday daily notes. I just had an idea. It might be too radical though, but if you like it, run it up the Razzball chain of command.

    Sunday Daily Notes.

    Thoughts on Bonifacio’s value now that he’ll likely get SS, 2B, and OF eligibility and urrrday playing time? The Jays have to stick him at the top of the order and tell him to run his boneface off (if he can ever get one friggen base), right?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Project Merkin: Oh god, yes, please. I need my 50 stolen bases from Boneface! And he could do it in 25 games too! Dude is CRAZAH-fast.

      Maybe this Reyes injury is gonna work out for some of us! (although I do own Reyes in one of my leagues.. ah well… can’t win ‘em all!)

    • Dan Pants

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      @Project Merkin: Thanks for the feedback, but whoa whoa. Sundays!? The sabbath? Slow down, Abe Lincoln, let’s not get ahead of ourselves with these “revolutionary” ideas. You know if there’s one thing baseball hates its change. And yeah, Emilio could be a great add seeing whats out there at SS. He’s been struggling so he’s out there in a lot of leagues. I could see him batting .260ish with over 30 SB and 80-90 runs, especially if he leads off every day.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Dan Pants: Haha, you’re right, you’re right. It was a silly thing to bring up. Keep up the good work on Saturday though. Such a different dynamic reading the notes while hung over.

        Boneface will get MI eligibility in ESPN leagues after today. Tomorrow I’m going to plop him in and bench Uggla, who I admittedly have a irrational love for, but he’s killin me.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Project Merkin: Yeah, knowing Uggla he’d blow up as soon as you dropped him. Gotta like the power potential in that lineup.

  14. JoeC says:
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    After watching Gattis at first base last night, I don’t think that experiment is gonna hold. He was Charles Barkley TURRIBULL. Dropped an easy foul popout, took his foot off the bag on a wide throw… Oso Blanco is not too fleet of foot. I get the impression he’s not that great defensively at catcher either, but I’ll have to watch him more to determine that.

    Seems to me like a nice trade chip for the Bravos as they look to rape someone like they did Arizona with JUp (worst trade ever? Very possible).

    • Dan Pants

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      @JoeC: That Miami trade dump comes to mind. Seattle traded Boston Varitek and Derek Lowe for Healthcliff Sloclumb and I’ve long regarded that as the worst trade ever. But trading Justin Upside has got to up there. Gattis hit another HR today so the defense may be bad but at least the power is legit. Probably why they’re trying him out at every position. When McCann and Freeman return its hard to see a place where Gattis could play everyday, but enjoy him while he’s hot I guess. His defense won’t hurt your fantasy team.

  15. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Hey Dan, good stuff today. I wonder which player gets broke today?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Guru: O all-powerful fantasy deities, please let it be Quentin.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Dan Pants: Any word on whether he’s appealing the suspension and missing the next Dodgers series? That’ll be a fun one to watch if he plays. God I hate that Quentin.

          • Project Merkin says:
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            @Dan Pants: Awesome. I don’t care what anyone says, that whole thing made me like Kemp a little more.

            • jason batteiger says:
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              @Project Merkin: he was yelling something about how even though Quentin went to Stanford and people are supposed to be smart that go there, what he was doing was not too smart.

  16. Ozzie says:
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    Best Reyes replacement (until I ridiculously overpay in a trade)?

    Marwin
    Kozma
    Valdespin
    Crawford
    Brendan Ryan
    Sogard
    Yunel
    Chris Nelson
    Mark Ellis
    Kelly Johnson

    The waiver wire is hot freakin garbage for MIs.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ozzie: I’d go with Marwin while he’s hitting, but you might have to play the hot bats all year.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Dan Pants: ellis or valdespin will end up better as marwin’s just finished 2 str days of no hits. Valdespin’s actually the best but only plays every other day or so.

        • Dan Pants

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          @jason batteiger: Yeah, like I said he’s gonna have to play the hot bat at shortstop all year, I like ellis better ROS, but Marwin seemed to be putting something together so I suggested him.

      • Ozzie says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I offered Machado (my CI) forAlcides Escobar and was countered with Escobar for Frazier (my 3B). I have Bautista who might pick up 3B eligibility and ill eventually get Hart to help at CI. Frazier is an overpay, but do I have to do it?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Ozzie: No, I think you can play the waiver wire for now. You should be able to find a buyer for machado once he starts to heat up,

  17. Lannister says:
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    Lost Cespedes to the 14 day cruise. Gotta get a temp. In my 14 team mixed league. Would you suggest Moss from Oakland or Jones from Pittsburgh. Using JUpton, Trout & Reimold

    • Dan Pants

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      @Lannister: I’d go with Moss.

  18. Bob says:
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    Why does Shelby not have SP eligibility on ESPN yet? I had save on my bench yesterday because I had to use him in a P slot. I looked it up, and ESPN basically said for pitchers they decide on a case by case basis. I mean the dude has been the announced 5th starter since opening day you clowns.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bob: Yeah, that would drive me nuts. “Case-by-case basis,” what does that even mean. Get on it ESPN. I tell ya Miller gets no respect.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Dan Pants: even with that i’d assume at 3 starts he makes it, so just wait 4 days at most. At least yahoo’s like that. I’ll be benching a closer every 5 days starting thur due to Cingrani’s RP status.

        • Dan Pants

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          @jason batteiger: Yeah, looks like cingrani may take cueto’s place.

  19. LuckyToBeBC says:
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    Ok so Reyes will hit the DL and I have no Bench bats, 1 DL slot held by Grandy. So i need to drop a SP ( Dempster, or Parker) and I need an add, dont know how long he will be out but I have the SS covered with my Util guys Prado, Rutledge. Obviously I take a hit in the SB dept.. So here who is available.

    Seager, Suzuki, Alvarez, Kubel, Soriano, Segura…Highest % owned group

    Span, Wells, Gattis, Rasmus… Off to good starts…

    Thoughts?? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @LuckyToBeBC: I like Span the most of this group. Soriano and Segura not far behind.

  20. Brendan says:
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    What should I do with Ryan Madson? Should I drop him? Try trading him? Here are my current pitchers. Dropping him would give me a spot to add a speculative guy or stream a pitcher. Also still trying to trade Arencibia for a closer or him and one of my SP for a struggling ace.

    SP
    Tim Hudson
    Lance Lynn
    Ian Kennedy
    Max Scherzer
    C.J. Wilson
    Jered Weaver
    Shelby Miller

    RP
    Jim Henderson
    Casey Janssen
    Ryan Madson

    • Dan Pants

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      @Brendan: Looking at mid-May return for Madson, and we don’t know if he’ll be inserted as closer or not right away. If you don’t have the DL spot, I couldn’t blame you for dropping him if you need the roster spot, especially for another closer. But if there is no DL or the spot is already filled by Weaver, you probably can’t afford to stash him for much longer.

      • Brendan says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Right now I have Madson in my DL spot, but I also have Jered Weaver, David Ortiz, Erick Aybar, and Hanley Ramirez injured right now. Yikes!

        • Dan Pants

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          @Brendan: Yeah man, I’d drop Madson and Aybar if you need the roster spots. Papi should be back soon and you can’t drop Weaver or Hanley.

  21. Chris says:
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    Yovani Gallardo dropped in my shallow league. Drop Roy Halladay for him?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chris: Yes, grab gallardo. Drop Halladay.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: I might try to find someone else to drop first, but I like gallardo over halladay

  22. Jason says:
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    What do you think about this deal
    Votto and asdrubel for Pedroia and wainwright?

    Also drop Hosmer for machado?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jason: I’d want the votto side, but its a totally fair trade. And yes, I’d drop Hosmer for Machado.

      • Jason says:
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        @Dan Pants: cool thanks. I have the votto side. But the trade got rejected.

        I have Hosmer too with freese still stashed on my DL. need to activate freese. So dropping Hosmer regardless. I gues what I meant to ask was freese or machado.

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          @Jason: sorry one more point on this. I also have homer bailey or Henley Jansen I could drop to roster both freese and machado.
          My staff is stras verlander Matt Moore minor iwakuma Jose Fernandez and bailey with papelbon romo Perez and Jansen for my RP. ken key isn’t a necessity but he helps my ratios and has good k’s. I would almost feel more comfortable dropping bailey

          • Dan Pants

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            @Jason: Thats a pretty awesome staff. I might drop Freese here, hold on to Hosmer and grab Machado. Its only been 9 games. But if you want to drop a pitcher, its still pretty early to do anything too drastic so I’d drop Jansen at least until he’s officially the closer.

  23. Ulysses says:
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    Would you drop Ike Davis for span? H2h category league and this would just be a bench guy.

    • Ulysses says:
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      @Ulysses: also thinking about marte …

      • Dan Pants

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        @Ulysses: Depending on how deep your league is all three players should be owned. I think power like Ike Davis has is hard to find later in the season, whereas speed is usually out there. So unless you already have a ton of power, I’d hold onto Davis until he starts hitting bombs. But don’t get me wrong, really like marte and span too.

  24. Ryan says:
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    Would u use Ryu(dodgers) just as a stream option? He was great last night but not sure i want to start him at Baltimore this week
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: I like what I’ve seen from Ryu, and although I wouldn’t start him in every scenario I’d probably start him in Baltimore, but if your hesitant Chris Davis will take him deep twice then sit him.

  25. Dan says:
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    Can I get a grammar check on these articles before publishing? Come on guys that’s embarrassing

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dan: I messed up. I really only get one read through before it goes to someone else and its read through and put up. I am not a English major but I will try to pay extra attention to my grammar in the future.

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