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Hold on one second, I’m breathing in that New Season Smell.  Hmm, actually I just smell a small gas leak.  Here’s hoping I make it through this post!  Baseball:  you make me feel like the only girl in the world!  Sticks and stones may break my bones but Ks and WHIPs excite me!  Okay, I lost my shizz there for a second.  I’m as excited as you, see?  Of course you do, unless you’re having your old lady read this to you.  Still, don’t overrate one day of stats.  Jeff Mathis will not bat .500 with 162 homers, Matt Holliday will not knock in 324 runs while helping Tony La Russa save stray kittens and Alex Gordon, who went 0-for-5, will not hit .000… Well, actually that might happen.  We’re only one game in.  Please keep shizz in perspective.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Capps – Twins announced that Matt Capps will share in the save opportunities.  Or Capportunities.

Russell Martin – 1-for-3 and a steal of third.  He hadn’t exerted so much effort getting to 3rd base since he caught Alyssa Milano on the rebound.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3, HR and he robbed a double by Brandon Inge aka Big Mike’s brother.

Tim Stauffer - 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Is that a Hodgepadre acting like a Road Scholar?  Not entirely.  Don’t take this the wrong way because I do like Stauffer a lot, but this wasn’t as nice a start as his ERA shows.  I’d still only start him at home for now.

Orlando Hudson – 0-for-2, Hit third for the Padres.  That’s not a compliment for Hudson, that’s an indictment of the Padres.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I think this might’ve been Verlander’s best game ever for the first month of the season.  Not even being sarcastic.

Austin Jackson – 1-for-4, 3 Ks.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see him K 170 times and hit .250.  Take from that what you will.

Yovani Gallardo – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  More than happy with this start.  @CIN is probably the third worst start after @COL and @PHI.  Assuming there’s no games @MOON.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-4, and the first slam & legs of the season.  Message to all teams with underperforming CFs.  Pick up Nyjer Morgan and it’ll scare them straight.

Rickie Weeks – 2-for-5, HR.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but he could be.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, turkey gobble.

John Axford – Blows a save in as painful a way as possible — 4 runs including a 3-run dinger to Ramon ‘The Prospblock’ Hernandez.  Trevor Hoffman is probably experiencing flashbacks from last year.  Takashi Saito would be the speculative handcuff.

Edinson Volquez – 6 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  More like Volqueef.  Gotta stay patient here.  One game.  Yadda3.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-5, HR.  The King of the Slam & Legs went without a steal yesterday, but those things will come.  Doode’s fast.  (<–illuminating!)  BTW, Stubbs went to UT and Rudy is living in Austin so at a Reds spring training game we were at, Rudy screamed to Stubbs, who was three feet away, “Hook ‘em horns!”  Stubbs didn’t even look.  Then Rudy yelled it again.  Still nothing.  Was like that Tom Hanks/Jon Lovitz SNL sketch.  Rudy’s eyebrows do come together in the most unappealing way.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-3.  Sandoval’s dropped a few pant sizes and lineup spots.  Honestly, I’d rather a fat Panda hitting 3rd-5th than a skinny one hitting 8th.  He’ll be hungry…..for Runs and RBIs!

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  He looks so much better than Lincecum, in both a straight and gay way.

Ryan Franklin – Blew the save as he gave up a homer to Cameron Maybin.  I’ve gone on the record as saying that Motte will be closing games by the end of the year.

Albert Pujols – 3 GIDPs and a pop-up with a man on 3rd and one out.  That’s it.  We waited 10 years to get him in a draft (NL LABR) and this is what we get.  Poo-holes!

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-5 with a homer then he hurt his leg.  The universe just won’t let him break out.

Erick Aybar – 1-for-4 as he hit 6th, which makes sense if you’re a Sciosciapath.

Fernando Rodney – Got the ugly save.  The Angels pen didn’t look so hot and that was before they even got to the closer that deserves no respect.

Jeff Francoeur – Frenchy homered and threw out a man at home.  It’s Bastille Day!

Darwin Barney – Won the 2nd base job in Chicago.  I grabbed him in one NL-Only league, but there I’m really just hoping for everyday ABs.  I’d expect numbers that make Crapolanco look spectaculanco.  BTW, could anyone love dinosaurs more than Darwin Barney?

Mike Morse – 0-for-4.  Wanna say, “Okay, it’s one game.  Don’t overreact.  Stroke your ‘stache and calm yourself.”  But, guys (and three girl readers), righty pitchers look like they’ve already decoded Morse.

Melky Cabrera – 3-for-4, but as frequent commenter GopherDay said yesterday in the comments, “I’ve figured out why the Royals picked Melky over Cain for the CF job.  They want to fill M. Cabrera into their scorecard and dream.”

Craig Kimbrel – Member all that talk about a Venters timeshare?  Kimbrel faced two lefties in the ninth for the save.  Oh, and he was nasty.  Sorry, need the hyphen.  Nas-tee.  Will be this year’s Marmol.

Nate McLouth – 0-for-4.  Good to see McLousy pick up where he left off.  I give him until May until he’s in a blahtoon.

Jason Heyward – 1-for-2 and the first player to hit a homer in his first at-bat two seasons in a row, according to Elias Sports Bureau.  Actually, they didn’t say that, but here’s something that was overheard at the Elias compound on Opening Day.  Bob in Human Resources, “This is the 20th year I’ve worked with all of you nerds and I hate every single one of you.”

Barry Zito – Was in a car accident.  Ironically, watching him pitch is like a car wreck.  Zito must’ve had the Jack Johnson music too loud.  I’m so mellow…I see the red light as yellow.

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  1. Jackie says:
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    Brilliant Bastille Day comment!

    Quick question. Can you rank the following in order:

    Vazquez, Garza, De La Rosa, AJ Burnett

  2. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Do you drop Andres Torres, Huff, Uehara, Romo or League

    for

    Belt?

  3. chata says:
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    it appeared as if maybin actually hurt his leg on that play he made in centerfield …. he got up and was running kinda quirky for a few steps .
    if i have my time-line correct , his homer came after that .
    not that it means shizz , as everyone clearly saw him come up lame , busting out of the box , a few innings later .
    it just surprises me that he had that much power , even after his hip had absorbed the shock of that impact .

  4. Steve says:
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    Got WHIP-ed by Volquez and Gallardo in the ol’ H2H. Could start Kennedy today, and opponent is starting Guthrie.

    a) What the hell, it can’t get any worse.
    b) It’s a long week, don’t make a bad thing worse.
    c)

  5. Viagra Falls says:
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    At this point in his career is Jeter still an upgrade over Furcal for what tier of SS’s they are? And how much would anyone give up in a trade for him?

  6. Steve says:
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    And welcome back Daily Roundup!

  7. JoeC says:
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    Speaking of Rudy, I was kind of disappointed that your book had no story regarding “the meeting of the Grey and of the Rudy”. I was kind of expecting an epic tale, ala JB and KG.

    Perhaps in tome #2.

  8. Viagra Falls says:
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    And by the way, as far as my question about upgrading to Jeter from Furcal and what to give up for him, this is what I have:

    Mauer/Morneau/Uggla/Beltre/Furcal/Heyward/Swisher/A.Torres/Huff/Gardner/McGehee/F.Freeman

    Carpenter/Hamels/Oswalt/B.Wilson/A.Bailey/J.Garcia/CJ.Wilson/T.Hudson/Capps/Lyon

    I appreciate Grey’s and everyone’s help with these questions, truly. I’m sure I will have a question or two more along these lines soon, so thanks a million. I need to fix up my lineup but like all people don’t want to get hosed in trades doing it. I’d like to know where you guys think the starting point for Jeter is in a trade and who should be the first guy, if needed, to sweeten it.

  9. Jordan73 says:
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    This may be a no-brainer, but I have to ask anyway. My two best closers are Papelbon and Nathan, but Kimbrel is somehow still swimming in the FA pool. Obviously too early to drop either of them, but I’ve got Bedard sitting at the end of my bench by himself. Should I drop the glass cannon for a loose cannon?

  10. JoeC says:
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    @Viagra Falls: Jeter is an upgrade over Furcal because he’s more durable and because he’s on a better offense.

    No idea how you should put a possible trade together. Unless your trade partner has a strange affinity for Freddie Freeman or enjoys owning half a closer (Capps), I don’t see how your deal could be anything other than a 2 for 2 swap (assuming straight-up is out of the question).

  11. JoeC says:
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    @Jordan73: You’re right, it’s a no-brainer! :)

  12. Cain Fan says:
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    As a 3 yr Kemp older I am pretty pumped. 2009 Kemp would have pressed and went 0-3 with 3 Ks and 1 CS. 2010 Kemp went 1-1 w. 3 BB, 0 K and a SB.

    Maybe there is some maturation taking place.

  13. chuck taylor says:
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    Darwin Barney….. future razzball hall of famer?

  14. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Kimbrel 2011 = Marmol 2010…so I should drop Axford for Kimbrel, even though Axford was ranked 2 spots higher in closer rankings?

  15. Christopher says:
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    I have Marcum, guy in my league wants to trade me Oswalt for him. Right now, rotation for this team looks like: Greinke, Marcum, Volquez, Kuroda, D Hudson, I Kennedy, DLR, Burnett, McDonald, Richard and Carmona.
    Take Oswalt for Marcum, right?

  16. Greytech Drafting says:
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    @Cain Fan: and Lince honestly looked scared to put anything even remotely close to him. Then he jumped all over a casilla pitch (foul) and casilla didn’t throw another pitch close. Kemp looked totally locked in.

  17. Salty Balty says:
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    Gonna start Kennedy today at Coors, stupid?

  18. Christopher says:
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    Drop Madson for which of these speculative picks for SVs: Saito or Motte?

  19. Dad says:
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    Well done, sir: “BTW, could anyone love dinosaurs more than Darwin Barney?”

  20. Dough Boy says:
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    Grey,

    Would you go Capps or Burnett to vulture for saves?

  21. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Motte or O’Day for holds? (with the outside shot at saves and obviously helping in peripherals along the way)

  22. Jangle says:
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    Terrific stuff, the Martin comment had me laughing out loud (Or LOL, as the kids say)

  23. BSA says:
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    Thank goodness you brought me back to earth today – I was afraid I was going to have to reconsider this Pujols draft.

    Thanks for our daily read – even though it pisses me off to know Steve read it eight hours ago and raped the Free Agent market before he went to bed with a smile.

  24. Tony says:
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    how about broxton’s “i’d rather give up a HR than a walk, im not worried about or talking about last year” comment…. Ya because walks = and automatic run broxton you donkey… how about you dont give up a walk or a HR and strike some guys Out!

  25. Cain Fan says:
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    @Greytech Drafting: If he keeps this up he will totally make up for last yr. I may even where his shirt jersey around this year.

  26. Cain Fan says:
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    @Viagra Falls: Need to know what the other guy needs. Is he weak in the OF or with power b.c it seems like you have a surplus of similar players (swisher, huff, mcgehee). I would package one of them with furcal and see if he bites.

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    The Barney line was nothing short of spectacular.

    Also, in Timmy’s defense (while I agree that Kershaw looked like a god out there) he had a Pinto league team playing defense behind him. Dubbya Tee Eff was Buster thinking trying to pick off Kemp while he was standing on the damn bag?!?!

  28. Mr. Rickey says:
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    You are in mid-season form already. The Russell Martin to 3rd base bit made me blow coffee out my nose.

  29. Christopher says:
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    @Salty Balty: It’s early in the season – gotta run him out there!

  30. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    I know the conventional wisdom is to draft NL pitchers, but between the A’s, Mariners and Angels slap-happy orders I wish I had more AL West pitchers.

  31. SwaggerJackers says:
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    I’m glad I played Alex Gordon (0-5) instead of Trumbo (0-4) in my utility spot yesterday. Tough choices.

    Where can I go to get early reports of whether Trumbo is going to be in the lineup everyday? I usually play weekly leagues.

  32. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    @Greytech Drafting: And, although Posey made a bad through on the SB, he had NO chance of throwing Kemp out. Casilla seemed pretty fast to the plate, too.

  33. Rickie Weeks Lover says:
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    Now who’s the schmohawk?

  34. TJ says:
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    OMG OMG OMG.

    Pujols was 0/4 for me last night. Do I drop him for Brandon Belt???

  35. Kevin says:
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    Great day of baseball yesterday, other than that I’m a Brewers fan. Ouch!

    Anyways, in a league that values Holds, who’d you rather have today:
    Darren Oliver (TEX), Shawn Camp (TOR) or Jeremy Affeldt (SF)

    Pickings are certainly slim. It’s probably just a coin toss.

  36. Eddy says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    Actually, blame Sandoval. Replays showed that he was calling for the ball. Posey, trusting Sandoval’s terrible instincts, threw it to him.

  37. NewbieRazz says:
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    Kaz Matsui hit homers in his first at bat 3 seasons in a row (2004-06) with the Mets. It’s about the only memorable thing he did. Though I can’t blame Elias for overlooking Kaz…or the Mets.

  38. Eddy says:
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    By the way, I also like how a Razzball Dummy is sitting at 2nd place in our Razzball league because he owned Axford.

    Grey, I’ll ask the same Kennedy question, but I’ll give you my current background.

    Had Volquez, Kershaw and Weaver yesterday. Have 22 Ks to my opponents 1K and a 2.21 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. My opponent has 0 in both due to Mariano.

    He has Lackey @TEX, Marcum @CIN and Shields vs BAL on Saturday. I have no one until Hamels, whenever that is.

    Start Kennedy and risk my ERA/WHIP and build on Ks, or sit?

  39. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Good stuff as always Grey.

    Stauffer was a couple of Albert seeing eye singles (instead of DPs) away from an ugly stat line. Happy I got a QS out of him though. Rasmus looked good in that game. I hope you’re holding shares of Colby this year…

    Panda in the 8 makes me extra happy I drafted Rolen with my last pick… and that Infante is 3B eligible. Things may get ugly for me at 3B quick.

    @Grey: Axford’s blown save was really spectacular. Who do you think is more likely to get a save? Frasor or Saito?

    Would you drop any of these guys for either: Brantley, Burrell, Coghlan, Beachy, McDonald, Madson

    This is 14 team 5×5 roto with OBP instead of AVG. Every closer and almost every setup man have been claimed.

  40. donnie baseball says:
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    As for Morse, there’s usually a good reason why teams are so reluctant to give players like that an every day shot. And I’m sorry Grey, but I think Raburn falls into this category. But for every one of those there’s a nelson Cruz, who’s being held back for no good reason. And I think Kila falls into this. Even though his stats didn’t show it yesterday he was hitting the ball hard.

  41. Cole says:
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    The Axman Sucketh

  42. ujoh says:
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    First things first – let me complain about Yahoo! and their awful site. I play in a weekly league and we did our draft on Sunday. Had the first free agency waiver auction on Tuesday before the season started, but any pickups for the first week – which runs from yesterday to next Sunday – had players land on my team on Monday. So, because I draft in a “stars and scrubs” style, I didn’t have a full team. And won’t have a full team for 4 of 11 days in a H2H league! I’ve played in this league for about 7 years now and this is the first time this has happened. Yuck Fahoo!

    Anyway, I have Rauch as my second closer right now (Gregg). I punted the position in the draft because I’m always on the waiver hunt. Here’s some available guys…

    Capps
    Motte
    Farnsworth
    Sale

    Any of these guys worth dropping Rauch for? I can’t really drop anyone else, and Franky Frank is already throwing off the mound so I don’t feel like waiting. Could also pick up BIG Z as he has RP status.

  43. The eyebrows reference was gold, Jerry… GOLD! Of course I had to re-read it several times in Jon Lovitz’ voice… and then go find an audio clip of it on the interwebs: http://bit.ly/gSWatV (<–you're welcome).

    Do you like Belt or Smoak as a pure upside grab? I currently have Smoak but I'm trying to think of another Seattle hitter not named Ichiro who has a chance of getting on base or knocking in runs this year… still thinking…

  44. Just Another Steve says:
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    Kaz Matsui was Heyward before Heyward was. Cust kayin’.

  45. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Just Another Steve: I caught Kazmania for a minute there back in ’04.

  46. peter says:
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    @Just Another Steve: Was thinking the same thing. Kaz Matsui hit a HR in his first PLATE APPEARANCES of 2004, 2005 and 2006. Before that, Ken Griffey, Jr. was the only other player to hit a HR in his first AT BAT in 3 consecutive seasons.

  47. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Hopefully this is the sign of a CY Young season for Verlander given he is traditionally awful in the first month.

  48. peter says:
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    @3FingersBrown: After that 2004 HR, I was pretty sure Matsui had Adonis DNA. And that was way before Charlie Sheen discovered it.

  49. Eddy says:
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    FanGraphs provided an interesting little guide that determines how many PA a player must accrue before you can determine a stat of that players.

    This is to help combat or urge to label a player a bust/break out in only seven games.

    50 PA: Swing %
    100 PA: Contact Rate
    150 PA: Strikeout Rate, Line Drive Rate, Pitches/PA
    200 PA: Walk Rate, Groundball Rate, GB/FB
    250 PA: Flyball Rate
    300 PA: Home Run Rate, HR/FB
    500 PA: OBP, SLG, OPS, 1B Rate, Popup Rate
    550 PA: ISO

  50. Just Another Steve says:
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    I caught Tazmania once. Had a Devil of a time with it.

    Peter, I had no idear about the Griff. Why must the Elias Koteas Sports Bureau fail me so?

  51. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Josh Lueke is also available. Think he’ll find his way into the Mariners 9th inning mix?

    @Just Another Steve: I would like to see Taz the wrestler choke out Kaz for the awful play he subjected us to here in NY.

  52. Mike says:
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    Would you start Niese tomorrow against the Marlins?

  53. Fletch says:
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    @ Grey: Would you drop Nova for Bumgarner? Or drop a 3rd closer, like Joe Nathan, instead for Bumgarner?

  54. @3FingersBrown: It’s not his fault, that one’s on you for living in NY and choosing to watch the Mets (we have the Yankees, y’know). Tsk, tsk.

  55. 15 Per Cent says:
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    Grey- I flipped Gaby Sanchez and Greinke for Butler and Utley (hoping for courageous return). Bold and solid or dumb?

  56. BKK says:
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    @Steve: I can see why you would be tempted to do so. I am not starting Kennedy today.

    My question is, if I don’t start Kennedy today @Col, then I don’t start Hudson @Col tomorrow either, right? Or is Hudson that much better than Kennedy. I mean it is a long first week since it starts on Thursday, so I don’t have to worry about innings.

  57. FANTHEAD says:
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    Opening day: induces more goosebumps and pipe dreams than the Swimsuit Issue.

    Grey, have D. Wright at 3rd and Mitch Moreland at 1b in my keepers’. Need to deepen options at first.

    Should I trade my Pablo Sandoval for Adam Lind?

    or:

    Sandoval for either Smoak or Carlos Pena (and good future draft pick)?

    As ever, thanks for your brain juice.

  58. Tony says:
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    @15 Per Cent: utley might not play this year, or at least until around the all star break… greinke is hurt as well, but i’d rather have him.

  59. royce! says:
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    If anyone is in a deep enough league to care, Maybin apparently just had a cramp: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/31/multitalented-maybin-makes-grand-entrance/

    Sorry for all you Pujols owners, but that was a fun game to watch. Winning in extra innings primarily by getting the best hitter in baseball to bounce in to 3 double plays is as good as it gets! (Keep in mind I have exceedingly low expectations).

  60. Tony says:
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    @BKK: start em all BKK!

  61. Gambler says:
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    @BKK:

    Yeah, I’m probably benching Kennedy and starting Hudson.. I just think Hudson is a little better and isn’t going against Jimenez so they will have a better chance to pull out a W..

  62. mauledbypandas says:
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    Rangers finally DL Brandon Webb. Rejoice!

  63. Wake Up says:
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    @FANTHEAD: I would grab Lind for Sandoval all day

  64. @royce!: My condolences to all the Razzball Pujols owners, but in my league… I bought him last year for $35 and he jacked 2 HR on opening day (if memory serves). This year, the biggest douche in the league paid $45 for him, so I was pretty pleased with the results (read: opportunity to talk trash).

  65. Wake Up says:
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    @15 Per Cent: I’m not a fan of that deal.

  66. William says:
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    @Grey – Bill James is pretty bullish on James McDonald with the projection of 190 Ks… do you share his optimistic view?

    On a tangent note, someone dropped Erik Bedard. Is he worth a pickup over McDonald?

  67. Wilsonian says:
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    @Eddy: true, I did see the replay that Panda was asking for the ball. Howeva, if Buster is the God that all/most people have held him out to be, he should’ve noticed that, while Kemp’s back was turned, it was turned because he was already on the damn base.

  68. Tony says:
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    @William: bill james is charlie sheen.

  69. papasmurf says:
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    It took me one day to go from the “Great Nate” to “McLousy.” His leash is very short this year for me. It’s 3rd and 18 for me right now… a punt ain’t far away. The only solace is that my other LF option Torres also went 0fer 4 vs. Kershaw so it didn’t make a difference. Jaysus knows my LF spot is in trouble, among other spots… Bruce also K’ed with bags juice in the 9th. The only Red to do nothing against Axford…

    With Volquez, going back to the spring, the outing yesterday was more of a norm than exception, and I am worried. I thought the matchup was a clear benching yesterday, and I view him as a spot starter right now.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jackie: Thanks, they’re in the rankings.

    @Whiskey Diet: Uehara

    @chata: Gotcha

    @Steve: B

    @Viagra Falls: Yeah, not much.

    @JoeC: Yes, indeed.

    @Jordan73: What others said.

    @Cain Fan: Hope so.

    @chuck taylor: Could be

    @Jack the Ripper: Nope

    @Christopher: Sure

    @Salty Balty: Yeah

    @Christopher: Saito

    @Dad: Hehe… That was Rudy.

    @Dough Boy: Capps

    @Dad: Motte

    @Tony: Ha!

    @Mr. Rickey: Thanks!

    @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Yup

    @TJ: He went 0-for-5.

    @Kevin: Affeldt

    @NewbieRazz: Hmm… Well, Heyward was the first Heyward to do it.

    @Eddy: Sit

    @3FingersBrown: Saito, Burrell…

    @donnie baseball: Could be

    @Cole: Ha

    @ujoh: Nope

    @Awesomus Maximus: Thanks! Belt

    @3FingersBrown: Eh

    @Mike: Yup

    @Fletch: Nova

    @15 Per Cent: Eh

    @FANTHEAD: Pena

    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up!

    @William: What Tony said, I’d go with Bedard if healthy.

    @papasmurf: Ha!

  71. elwood blues says:
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    NL Only 12-Team league. our auction is this weekend, Finally.
    If I don’t get the closer I want, I may go after a guy at the end that will be a closer later this yr and next yr.. how would you rate these AVAILABLE guys 1-6..
    Jansen, Adams, D.Hernandez, W.Lopez, Melancon, Ry. Webb??

    Broxton’s serving up a hr and save.. puts Jansen on top of my list.. Webb also interests me for some reason over the other options in FL.

  72. Joel says:
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    Grey: 6×6 h2h league. Deep in pitching, with CC, Hamels, Billingsley, Brett Anderson, Dan Hudson, Tim Stuaffer and javy Vazquez. I can make this trade: I give Billingsley, Ellsbury and Mike Morse and get kemp, Bourne and Zobrist. I’m thinking I should do it. What do you think?

  73. BKK says:
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    Would anyone drop Madson, Shields, Bedard, McDonald, Rauch or McGee to pick up McClellan? I have been thinking about Madson, but I am not convinced that Contreras is anymore a closer and just as much a cuddle boy as Madson.

  74. Commish Cauda says:
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    Which bat for my last bench spot in a 16-team, mixed H2H-points league?

    Matt Joyce
    Eric Young (I know he’s in AAA)
    Branyan
    Byrd
    Seth Smith
    Melky Cabrera

  75. BKK says:
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    @Tony: Ha, I am not even playing you this week!

  76. Professor Chaos says:
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    @Grey: I know this is pure speculation, but who does your gut (or mustache) say is the first closer replaced?

  77. BKK says:
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    @Gambler: Thanks for that thought.

  78. royce! says:
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    I witnessed history yesterday! Pujols was the first player in modern MLB history to hit into 3 double plays on opening day. Even when he sucks it’s historic.

  79. William says:
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    @Tony and @Grey: When you say Bill James is Charlie Sheen… do you mean in the “winning” aspect or the “drunk 48 hour party with pornstars and do lines of coke” way?

  80. Kevin says:
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    Thanks for the quick response! Pretty impressive you answer everyone’s questions so fast.

  81. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a H2H categories league with 9 pitching cats, where Ks are devalued some and QS rewarded, how would you rank Braden, Dickey and McDonald?

  82. BKK says:
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    @Grey: I expected your answer to be: “B, there is no C.”

  83. Tony says:
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    @William: the I DO CRACK part…..

  84. Loopid says:
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    @Grey How long before Rodney implodes and Walden gets a shot? He had a good year last year, 0.00 ERA spring and was the only bright spot in the Angels pen yesterday (1/3 of an inning but got a key strikeout to get them out of a jam)

  85. Wake Up says:
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    Hommy Tanson to see Dr. Freeze…

  86. Cain Fan says:
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    @Loopid: Downs is also an option. He is on the DL b.c of his toe but has experience. I think they go to him first.

  87. anon says:
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    Drop Napoli for Ramon Hernandez? I kid!

  88. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Wake Up: 4-1-2011?

  89. Team Benson says:
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    Not that I’m looking to move him, but if someone showed interest in Kershaw, what is this guy’s ceiling? He looked awsome last night and he’s only 23. Should I be valuing him like a top 3 pitcher, somone in the Felix/Roy category? (I am in a keeper league, btw.)

  90. Jeff says:
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    16 team keeper league that was auto-drafted for me.

    My only closer right now is Bailey.

    My OF McCutchen, J. Upton, and 2 scrubs.

    Was offered Valverde and D. Young for Upton. Do I go for that to try and get some saves?

  91. sawx10 says:
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    Ok here are my picks:
    Al mvp: frenchy
    Nl mvp: rickie weeks
    Al cy young: fernando rodney
    Nl cy young: tim stauffer

    I mean its pretty obvious right?

  92. Tony says:
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    @Wake Up: im hoping this is an april fools joke

  93. zutroy says:
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    My face is just too wide…

    Oh yeah, and my hairline can’t be helping either…

    good stuff grey

  94. Wake Up says:
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    @Wake Up: You guys are good. Sorry I misread it. It was dated June 14 2011.

  95. What is your take on Bedard? IF he can go 150 innings what numbers do you see? Thanks Grey!

  96. Wake Up says:
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    170 K’s, .250 BA…..wasn’t that Kemp’s line from last year? Oh no I di-int.

  97. DP says:
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    @Grey Do you think Kuo will get the closer job from Broxton before the all star break?

  98. The Blue Crew says:
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    So someone just dropped Scherzer … I guess they are scared of his spring…is he worth my waiver 3 spot. I’d have to drop Wilson or J Zimm to get him. Also Kimberly is available … Do you think he’s worth dropping Nathan ?

  99. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,seth smith or the spring hitting morse or trumbo

  100. Wake Up says:
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    @The Blue Crew: I’d pick up Kimbrel

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @The Blue Crew: scherzer and kimbrel will put up big nymbers,id grab them both,im scared of nathan plus he wont be pithcing 2 or 3 days in a row,tops he gets 20-25 saves

  102. ujoh says:
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    @Team Benson: Don’t worry about it, because there’s no actual offer out there now. If you’re not looking to move him, then wait for an offer first and counter it to the rest of the league to let the market decide what his value is. It also depends on your stat categories and keeper rules, not to mention what your team’s needs are.

    In a bubble though, Kershaw’s ceiling is a top 5 pitcher in a single season league. In a keeper, it only gets better from there. Dude is good.

  103. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Morning Grey,

    I tried to find if someone asked this already but didn’t see it. Start Kennedy in Coors today? I’m leaning no. And has anyone else noticed how the Phillies starters sound like a old west Cowboy gang? Doc, Cole, and Cliff “General” Lee (not his nickname but should be). If this was “Young Guns” Blanton would be Chavez Chavez. When everyone else is using guns he’s trying to throw knives.

  104. SwaggerJackers says:
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    12 team H2H standard 5×5: My outfield: Stanton, Bruce, A. Jones, Granderson, Morrison (with Crisp as my utility at the moment). With my only other non-Coco steals coming from Alcides, how does a trade of Grandy for Ellsbury sound?

  105. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Team Benson: I was targeting Kershaw over CC and Lester. I think he’s right up there behind King Felix. “Grey” says Cy Young.

  106. aj says:
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    im in 14 team 5×5. who would you start for a 5th OF?
    Logan morrison, Peter Bourjos, Ben Francisco

  107. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you drop Lyon or Contreras for Storen? He just got the axe in one of my leagues.

  108. Hennessey says:
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    @The Blue Crew: I’d drop Zimm for Scherzer, and Nathan for Kimbrel with that Capportunity news.

  109. Joey says:
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    Grey,

    12 Team NL-Only Auction Draft Keeper ($280 cap), 4×4 (no runs or K’s). Draft is a week from Sunday (we always do it a week into the season)

    I can keep and start the year with:

    C- Nick Hundley – 2
    C – Jesus Flores – 1
    1B – Joey Votto – 25
    2B – Empty
    3B – Casey McGehee – 6
    SS – Empty
    MI – Empty
    CI – David Wright – 44
    OF – Matt Holliday – 56
    OF – Hunter Pence – 15
    OF – Chris Coghlan – 12
    OF – Ben Francisco – 1
    UT – Ike Davis – 10
    UT – Empty

    P – Ryan Dempster – 14
    P – Tommy Hanson – 10
    P – Randy Wells – 8
    P – Tim Stauffer – 5
    P – Leo Nunez – 2
    P – Francisco Rodriguez – 38
    P – Empty
    P – Empty
    P – Empty
    P – Empty

    I’m left needing 9 spots with $31 left to spend for the draft.
    Should I go into the draft with this team or cut some guys loose?
    **Guys tend to go for a high price in this league (Pujols was $64)**

    Also, do you think Luis Durango is worth $5 to add to this team?

    Thanks

  110. Hennessey says:
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    @Grey, Nice call on Inge looking like that kid from Blind Side!

  111. anon says:
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    Which side: Youuk/McGehee/Aviles/Haren or Kinsler/Mini Donkey/Volquez?

  112. Heavy Hitters says:
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    Hey Grey. In a 12 team H2H 3 OFer League and was just offered J. Upton for my Scherzer. Currently have Pence Bruce and Lind in OF. My Pitching Staff is as follows:

    Kershaw, Scherzer, Marcum, Gio, Volquez, Zimm, Wood, C. Perez, Contrares

    Thanks for the help!

  113. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @anon: i reallly like kinsler,but youk/mcgee side looks better

  114. mauledbypandas says:
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    @anon: I’d take the Youk side… doesn’t even seem fair, and I love Kinsler

  115. Steve Stevenson says:
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    With Sean Rodriguez possibly only starting against lefties right now, would you drop him for Venable, or wait a while because of Rodriguez’s 2B eligibility?

  116. Joey says:
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    Thanks Grey.

    How about on that same team if I could get Evereth Cabrera for $2?

  117. Grey

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    @Joey: Eh, he’s in the minors…

  118. Joey says:
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    they just changed a rule that if the guy is owned, but doesn’t make the opening day roster, he can still be kept but he counts against your cap and takes up a roster spot. He can then be reserved and an Free Agent can be added.

  119. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @peter: For serious. I thought we had Ichiro @ SS. Still he was not nearly as stylish as Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

    @Grey: Gah! I went out to move my car and someone took Saito. I think I’ll hold and see what develops in that league. The MR corp is pretty thin and maybe I can get some cheap power from Burrel for a bit.

    @Awesomus Maximus: NYC belonged to the Mets in the 80’s, back when I fell in love with the game. You don’t turn your back on your team – especially for a joyless lot such as those cretins in the Bronx.

  120. Grey

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    @Joey: Okay, go with EverCab.

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