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Emilio Bonifacio is like that kid in the 80′s movies that seemed like he didn’t belong but, by the end, is holding his own.  At least for one day.  Yes, Bonifacio has 2B eligibility, but the Marlins are playing him at 3rd.  Who knows how long this lasts?  Perhaps as long as Anthony Michael Hall’s career.  It doesn’t hurt that he stole 3 bags and had an inside-the-park homer (I didn’t see this HR, but I assuming he hit it at Dunn).  Just don’t get addicted to him (like Ally Sheedy would).  Today was nice, but he’s still just steals.  Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Felipe Lopez – 2 HRs.  I <3 Felipe.

Jason Motte – 1 IP, 4 ER, Apple Sauce!  How long you think LaRussa’s going to stay loyal to the rookie?  Franklin might’ve been named the closer before the final out of the ninth inning.  Mint!

Jeremy Guthrie – 6 IP, 3 ER.  I like Guthrie and even I had no faith in him for yesterday’s game.  He’s incredibly consistent.  Not quite a quality start after not quite a quality start.  Sounds like a crack, but there’s a place for that.  And that’s how you faintly sing someone’s praises.  After the game, Hank Steinbrenner told Cashman, “Go offer that guy $120 million.”

CC Sabathia – Without Prince Fielder balancing the other side of the bench, Sabathia fell flat on his face.  Hopefully this isn’t a sign he’s getting off to another terrible start like he did last year.

Jorge Posada – HR yesterday.  I don’t think he’s going to be any good this year, but if he’s at all usable, it will be in the early going before age and injuries catch up to him.  (<–kind of a pun!)

Jorge Cantu – 2-4 with a 3 run HR.  Hitting behind Ramirez for the rest of the season can only help.  It’s too early to predict a repeat of his 92/29/95 2008 season, but he’ll be a bigger bargain than most drafted cornermen.

Trevor Hoffman – Was expected on April 11th, but now it’s not happening.  Ken Macha said, “”Will he be ready on the 11th?  Probably not. … I went through this whole thing with Harden.”  Whoa… Whoa!  Is he comparing Hoffman to Harden?  Uh-oh.

Kevin Gregg – Save and an earned run.

Carlos Marmol – Scoreless Hold.  Cust kayin’.

Adam Jones – 3-for-3, 3 Runs, 2 RBIs.  Have I mentioned lately how much I like Jones?

Chris Ray – Opened the 7th inning, gave up 2 runs and recorded only one out.  Let Sherrill free.  No handcuffs for him right now.

Tony Clark – 2 HRs yesterday — respect your elders!  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in a long time two teammates homered from the both sides of the plate in the same game.  (Elias Sports Bureau didn’t actually say that, but here’s something that was overheard yesterday at the Elias Sports Bureau office, “In human resources, Ken put his checkbook on the top of his head and made the same joke about balancing his checkbook six times in one week, which is a new record.)

Chad Tracy – HR yesterday.  Tracy could be an intriguing name or he could just kill Reynolds’ and his value.  Today might instill some confidence in Bob Melvin making dopey decisions to bench Mark Reynolds.  Melvin!

Justin Verlander – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Can’t say I didn’t warn you about drafting Verlander.

Adam Lind – HR and 6 RBIs yesterday.  As I said in the top 80 outfielder post, “By the end of the year, Lind could be worth owning in all leagues.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Travis Snider – HR yesterday.  Want more?  Click Here –> Snider fantasy baseball

Hiroki Kuroda – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER.  No knock on Kuroda, but I’d start anyone against the Padres.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 1 ER.  You want a limb?  F-Her wins the Cy Young.  Agreed, he’s not getting support.  But Lincecum had the ’27 Yankees behind him?  Then again, maybe I should look at who F-Her was facing before starting the superlatives.  The Twins are pathetic.  Cuddyer’s batting number three. That has to be the sorriest excuse for a number… Oh, wait a minute.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 4 ER.  Mike Sweeney was the Mariners’ number three guy.  Okay, they win.  How do you go through an offseason and come out the other end saying, “We’re good. We have Mike Sweeney as our number three hitter.”

Franklin Gutierrez – HR yesterday.  The Big FraGu!  Was batting 2nd.  May as well have been batting 8th since he was being protected by Mike Sweeney.  Sweeney!

Howie Kendrick – He went 2-for-4 with a HR.  There’s now a 33% chance he finishes the year batting .500.

Brandon Webb – 4 IP, 6 ER.  I’ve always been firmly in the Peavy camp when looking at top starters.  Webb seems to go stretches where he’s just okay then other stretches where he’s lights out.  Six earned runs doesn’t usually happen during the lights out stage, but it’s too early to even think about benching him.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – HR yesterday against a lefty.   If he’s starting and hitting against lefties, it could be a great sign going forward.

Alex Rodriguez – Now aiming for a late-April return.

John Lannan – With Brandon Backe, Tim Redding, Greg Smith and Brian Bannister, Lannan could’ve been on the risky pitcher post if he had any value at all.

Adam Wainwright – Would’ve been nice to get the Win, but 9 baserunners in just over 5 innings leaves me glad he was facing the Pirates.  Luckily, he wasn’t facing the Manatee Community College.

Daniel Murphy – HR yesterday.  Just one of those things.  May only hit 13 more this year.  Which would leave him with 14.  That’s math!

Delmon Young – Was benched yesterday.  In the dugout, he was seen on the clubhouse phone talking to the similarly benched, Elijah Dukes.  Young, “Did you finish A People’s History of the United States?”  Dukes, “I just can’t get into Howard Zinn.  He’s too militant.”

Paul Maholm – 6 2/3, 1 ER.  Can’t hurt to have him as a fourth or fifth starter in some deep leagues.

Cliff Lee – 5 IP, 7 ER.  Guest post contributor and frequent commenter, the Baron Von Vulturewins had this to say yesterday about Cliff Lee’s opening day start.  Cliff Lee, “Hello?” Reality, “Yes. Is this Cliff Lee?” Lee, “Yes it is.” Reality, “This is reality calling. I was trying to reach you all of last year.” fin

Aaron Harang – Dusty was prudent with Harang, limiting him to 90 pitches.  Unfortunately, he brought in Harang to relieve him, which only exhausted Aaron as he had to go from the dugout to the bullpen back to the mound.  No word yet on whether Harang had sex with Dusty’s wife or daughter.

Ian Stewart – Sean Connery, “Ee-yan Shtewart is going to get Shecond baysh eligibility.”  On a similar note, Todd Helton is set to star in the new Bond film, “Turn Back The Clock On My Back.”  Helton’s Bond girl would be named, Miss Aja Chair.  Coming this fall, watch as Miss Aja rubs Helton the Rocky Mountain way.  The femme fatale would be Clit Hurdle.

132 Responses

  1. Freak says:
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    2 notes: Boni’s homey was hit to straightaway center. No Dunn roams there.

    And Gregg’s run was a pitiful earned. Official scorer must hate him.

  2. Nick says:
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    Whats the deal with Wieters? He was just dropped in my 10 team league. I have Napoli now.

  3. Emporers Monkey says:
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    After being a bit tentative about starting Felix due to him getting knocked around during his last two spring outings I took Greys advice and started him anyways, along with Kuroda. Very pleased with the results! At least until Bedard gets turned out tomorrow.

    @ Nick: Definately put a waiver claim on Wieters and stash him if you have room. A couple months away still, but I think he will be worth the wait.

  4. sickmangarner says:
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    Don’t forget Blalock’s three run bomb! He’s my placeholder till A-Roid comes back and if that happens in late April, he’s already done all I need him to. The rest is just gravy.

  5. Denys says:
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    i now own both Snider and Lind in my “only league that really matters cuz there’s a payout”.

    let’s hope for positive results from at least one. i didn’t see either hit. but maybe both catch fire?

  6. jp says:
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    i was offered carl crawford and billy butler for a rod and ian stewart. deal or no deal? the possibility of a rod coming back at less than 100% makes me think real hard about this.

  7. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    The only thing better than Felipe’s double-bombs on Opening Day is being quoted in the season’s first lineup. Oh, happy morning!

    @Freak: Yeah, that was all Milledge’s fault on that inside-the-parker. He butchered that like a halal goat. The throw to the plate was not close.

    @Denys: Both are good (go Jays!) but Lind will provide the better value this year. He’s hitting 5th while Snider is 9th (gak!), plus Snider’s still very young and raw (doof!).

    Here’s my case for Bonifacio, who I woke up with this morning, not entirely without regret. But what convinced me to pick him up was this:

    Dude comes to the plate, 3 for 3, an inside-the-parker already, and he does not hack away. He does not K. He bunts for a base hit. Then swipes his third bag.

    This means one thing: Emilio’s going to run. And run and run and run. He may end the year with only one home run, but I respect a man who can bunt his way on and steal bags. That kind of guy, if he can hit .270, will score 110 runs and steal 50 bags. That kind of guy is slump-proof. Sort of.

    Counter-point: To temper all of your (our) Boner-facios, here’s a line to ponder:

    2 for 3, 2R, 1 RB1, 2SB

    Oh my! He’s unstoppable! He’s dynamic! He’s 100 steals waiting to happen! He’s Carlos Gomez’s-first-game in ’08!

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @jp: Do not do this. All the reports on A-Rod thus far are good, not bad. Your trading partner thinks he knows this and you do not.

    A-Rod could be back by the end of this month. You’d rather have 5 months of A-Rod than 6 months of Carl Crawford.

  9. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Interesting: One dude in my league had 15 RBIs yesterday — 3 each from Lopez, Cantu and Hawpe, 5 from Hanley, and 1 from Ianetta.

    Same guy also had CC Sabathia. And Aaron Cook. Yowch!

  10. BSA says:
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    Blalock did a great job on my bench.

  11. mike c. says:
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    Is Ryan Franklin a worthy add at this point?
    I have an open roster spot (courtesy of Hoffman) and could definitely use the saves. Also, I’m thinking that crusty ol’ Larussa is likely to trust the veteran Franklin over Motte…thoughts?

  12. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Bonifacio’s still sitting on our WW, calling out for me to pick him up. It’s so tempting because SB’s is my biggest need. He could be the ying to my 2B yang in Jose Lopez. It would be nice but I’m afraid the lipstick will wear off of that pig by the end of the week. His numbers were okay in spring training but not mind blowing. Maybin had better numbers pretty much across the board which makes me scratch my head at this decision. Is Florida still using their kid gloves with Maybin? Will Bonifacio’s leadoff spot be short lived?

    I have the roster spot and the need for a backup 2b with speed. I need speed. Should I just do it?

  13. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: If you have the spot, and the need, then why not?

  14. Lou says:
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    Yesterday was a great day to work from home. Good luck on the season everyone.

  15. cockyphoenix says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: ha! but didn’t Gomez hit a cycle that game or was that later

  16. Boni! He’s playing at third base and had a line drive hit essentially right at him but lost it in the shadows. It will be interesting to see if he can Figgins the position, but so far not so good.

  17. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @cockyphoenix: The cycle was in May. In fact, looking back at Gomez’s good games last year makes my Boner-facio go flaccid.

    Dang, Grey! You’re right! He’s a SAGNOF speedster, and little more.

  18. Tony says:
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    How deep was Kemps Donger? Cause I’m watching the A’s/LAA game and they described it as “800 feet to deep center”????? (i know it wasnt 800 ft., but it had to be deep in petco!)

    I was uber-excited to see him start with a homer and TULO as well. Hopefully all good signs of things to come.

    My yahoo league batted like .360 yesterday as a team, my entire team and my bench had at least ONE hit, most had two, MONEY….

    My Razzball league, not so much LOL, WTF razzers!!!!

    And i’d like to send a thank you out to the Blue Jays Manager for letting Halladay in to give up those 4 runs in the 7th! That might have saved me from getting buried in pitching this week!

  19. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Picked up Emilio…..kiss of death. My apologies to all owners in advance. Thanks for the advice Rudy and BVV. I’m an indecision

    Are there any other James Shields owners out there considering a benching today? I love the guy but he blew bad last year when stepping on the hill at Fenway.

  20. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Tony: How deep was Kemp’s Donger?

    I’m pretty sure the answer should be ballz deep…..or maybe that’s only in dodgeball. Not sure.

  21. BSA says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: Last year I would have been sonovabenched and put him in the next night to have him 0′fer.

  22. Christopher says:
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    Franklin’s on our WW; with Motte being “not” yesterday, do I drop:

    Nunez
    Arredondo
    Downs

    to pick up Franklin?

    I’m leaning Nunez then Downs…

  23. Griff says:
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    What do you guys think about benching CC until he puts up a quality start?

    I think I’m a little gun shy, because I owned him last year and got burned in some H2H leagues in April.

  24. RT says:
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    @Christopher:
    I’d go Downs first. J.P’s ego is too big to admit that B.J. is hurt so he will have a much longer leash. Plus, contrary to what Lidstrom is saying publicly, dude is hurt.

  25. @Tony: I didn’t see it but raw power isn’t keeping Kemp back. It’s that he hits a lot of ground balls and line drives. Kind of like the post 45-HR Derrek Lee.

    @BSA: Yeah, you don’t want to go on tilt but if he gives you the double sonovabench that would suck…

  26. Tony says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Ballz Deep, NICE

    @Frank Rizzo: I own Beckett and Shields and monday I was going to throw both, but I’ve reconsidered and now I’m benching Shields. His home/road splits were bad last year (which yes i know its not last year) but like you mentioned, he wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed on the hill in boston. Being the first game, in fenway, on the road….. I’m going with Beckett. I’m probably efff’n myself since usually whatever i want to happen the opposite does, but we’ll see….

    Any advice on Jurjjens vs. Philly? I can’t imagine the Phils getting shutdown AGAIN in philly? I’m 95% sure i’m benching him…. we have a 32 inning min in my one league too. Its pretty much get your innings in, keep your whip/era low, bench, WIN….. gotta throw the best options only….

  27. @Tony: I think you already answered the Jurjjens question.

  28. BSA says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: I got two old dogs for 3rd in the RCL – Blalock and Lowell – With Texas not playing the decision is made.

    @Tony: No jinxing Beckett now.

  29. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Griff: I don’t think I’d bench CC based on that start. Cliff Lee I’d consider benching after his start in Texas but not CC. CC may come back with 8 innings of shut out pitching and 10 K’s this weekend. JMO.

  30. Euroalien says:
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    I have the following OF’s….. Rios, Hawpe, Young, J. Bay, Gardner (R), Lewis (R) & Winn (R). Would you drop any of them to grab Lind or Snider….. if so which ones and why?

  31. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team (25 Man Roster) 5 x 5 Keeper League – I have the following OF’s….. Rios, Hawpe, Young, J. Bay, Gardner (R), Lewis (R) & Winn (R). Would you drop any of them to grab Lind or Snider….. if so which ones and why?

  32. Tony says:
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    @bpasinko: TRUE maybe i just needed an “i second that” LOL

  33. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Euroalien: I’d drop Gardner for Lind.

    Gardner is a #9 hitter with no power. Lind is a good prospect, with power, hitting 5th.

    Also droppable for Lind: Randy Winn. That’s called a No-Winn situation. Har!

    Snider will be the better hitter long term, but probably not this year. He’s only 21. That’s like Justin Upton-young.

  34. Tony B. says:
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    Kyle Loshe worthy of a spot-start today vs Pittsburgh and Mr. Snell?

    He has posted these numbers in his career against the Peerats…

    5 Games Started

    3-0

    ERA 2.06

    WHIP 0.97

    BAA .225

    39.1 Innings

    32 Hits

    25 Strikeouts

    6 Walks

  35. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Tony B.: That would be a ballsy, ball deep move Tony, after seeing the Pirates pimp slap the Cards in their own house on opening day.

  36. Tony B. says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Exactly Frank, I’m thinking the Birds come out fired up today afters yesterday’s debacle…

  37. Frank Rizzo says:
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    One thing I couldn’t figure out yesterday, even though in hindsight it was a good move. Why was Mark Reynolds benched against Aaron Cook in the home opening game yesterday after such a solid spring training for Mark? Tracy and Clark really prooved it was a good move but I still don’t understand why. It concerns me as a Reynolds owner. Reynolds is power sitting on my bench with Aramis and Chris Davis also 3b eligible for me……if Reynolds isn’t an everyday guy, I may need to make some decisions.

  38. Tony B. says:
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    @Frank Rizzo:

    I think Tracy’s start had more to do with the fact that he simply OWNS Aaron Cook…

    2005 vs Cook 5-9 .556 1 Double 1 RBI

    2006 vs Cook 6-14 .429 3 Doubles 3 RBI’s

    2007 vs Cook 3-4 .750 2 Doubles 2 Walks

  39. G says:
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    I’ve already reached 13 of 25 innings needed for the week and my era is at 2.00 and whip at 1.25. Do I risk Jurrjens @ Philly i dont neccessarily need to cuz i could get burned. Im leaning towards Beckett and Jimenez. your thoughts?

  40. Tony B. says:
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    @G: I’d sit Jurrjens…

  41. sean says:
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    @tonyb: tracy hit his HR long after cook hit the showers…

  42. Tony says:
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    @G: Yeah i think beckett is an obvious, choice, and i thought my league with 32 innings was super low, 25 is crazy… i’d just stack on RP’s grab one starter like JOHAN and cruise, but i guess it depends on your cats. Can’t really take wins, QS’s, etc doing that…..

  43. B.J. says:
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    What’s up boys? Hey I was just wondering would you drop Jason Motte for Felipe Lopez? I have Jenks, Capps and Hanrahan as my other RP. My bench bats are Ethier and Sandoval. I like Motte a lot but LaRussa tends to favor vets over rookies and I feel like Motte is on a very short leash. 10 team yahoo h2h with daily roster changes.

  44. Matt says:
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    Anyone else like the Wolfman against San Diego today? I had an open spot and snagged him. I’ve got him, Jurrjens and Haren going tomorrow. Fingers and toes crossed.

  45. SP says:
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    Who do you guys like out of Cahill and Anderson (Oak) fantasy-wise? They say Anderson is more polished (way better K/9 and K/BB), but Cahill is the #3, whatever that means. Who is gonna be the better producer THIS year. I have Haren, Beckett, Josh Johnson, Jimenez, and Porcello. I can either pick up one of them or drop Porcello and take both. While you’re at it, what do you think of Porcello for this year?

  46. SP says:
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    ^By the way, that’s in an 18-team league with W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP

  47. Tony B. says:
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    @sean:

    Yep, I just posted his history to show the justification on probably why he drew the opening day start over Reynolds…

  48. Tony says:
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    @B.J.: how short do we think the leash is on Motte? Once he had the job everyone thought he was solid, now that he blows one game the train of thought i’m seeing is its up in the air….?

  49. Tony B. says:
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    @everyone: I would hold onto Motte even though we’re dealing with LaRussa.

  50. mike c. says:
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    Tony, you answered a question with a question. I expect more from a veteran (169 comments) like you.

  51. Tony says:
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    @mike c.: I like to leave it open ended… LOL sometimes answering a question with a question works? and which tony are we referring to? me? Is that another Q. with a Q.?

  52. mike c. says:
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    I dont know what’s worse…your failed attempt at humor or your use of LOL. Keep trying, Tony.

  53. Zebo says:
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    is it time to worry about Derrek Lee? He looks lost.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Freak: Ah.

    @Nick: He’s in the minors. Stash if possible.

    @Emporers Monkey: Hey, think good thoughts on Bedard. I have him too in leagues.

    @sickmangarner: Mmm… Gravy.

    @jp: Depends what you need. You need steals that bad? A-Rod could be more valuable in 5 months than Crawford.

    @mike c.: I’d grab Franklin if I had room.

    @Lou: You too, Lou!

    @cockyphoenix: Gomez did start off hot last year, but why not grab someone who’s hot for a month then drop him in May? Just don’t drop anyone that great.

    @Schruender: 4-for-5′s excuse a lot.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: See above comment to cockyphoenix.

    @Tony: To straight away.

    @Christopher: Drop Nunez for Franklin.

    @Griff: I wouldn’t.

    @Euroalien: Grab Lind, drop Winn.

    @Tony B.: Lohse — Sure.

    @G: Jurrjens — Sit him then.

    @B.J.: So Felipe can be another bench bat? Or you need him?

    @Matt: I’d start just about anyone against the Padres, definitely Wolf.

    @SP: Grab Cahill.

    I broke down Porcello recently, search the site on the top left.

    @Zebo: I think after he continued to hit less homers the last couple of years was the time to worry. What are you going to do now? Sell him for 50 cents on the dollar after one game? You need to chill.

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Zebo: i know spring isnt much,but he hit 322 with 5 dbls,and had 41 dbls last year,so his days of 40 hr`s is probably gone but 25 hr`s and a 290+ ave is probable

  56. Zebo says:
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    Drop Gardner for Franklin? My OF is Carlos Lee, Ellsbury, Adam Jones, and I have Teahen as potential backup.

  57. Tony says:
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    @mike c.: My bad Mike C. I’m not as cool as you.

  58. Zebo says:
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    on a side note, is it safe to assume Derrek Lee was on steroids?

  59. Tony says:
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    @Zebo: he’s on the bad side of 30. I wouldnt say steroids. Sosa/McGuire/Bonds def’ly were on Roids. Physically they were sticks in their rookie/early years then blew up to semi-pro body building looking physiques. Lee is just naturally declining, which is exactly why if you coulda took votto instead you shoulda….IMO

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Grab Franklin.

  61. Frank Rizzo says:
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    mike c and Tony = (best Cosmo Kramer impression) “C-c-c-cat fight!”

    Grey, you should consider writing for SNL…..but you’d need to be willing to smoke tons of pot in the process. The Ian Stewart post was sick, wrong, and beautiful all at once. I went through so many damned emotions passed reading that. “I’m in a glass case of emotion!” (Ron Burgundy)

  62. Tony says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah I think razzball needs rules, apparently you’re not allowed to answer a question with a question? and you’re not allowed to using any texting terms, LOL is illegal….. LOL

    Kramer was the man….

  63. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: if its not road rage,,it`s computer rage,whats the world coming to?

  64. Zebo says:
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    @Tony: I did grab Votto, in the 7th, and Lee in the 9th.

  65. Luke says:
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    @Tony: You didn’t capitalize Razzball in your comment there… Add me to the people who are expecting more from veterans (173 comments) like yourself.

  66. Ross says:
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    anyone looking at eric byrnes this year? just won year removed from his 20-50 season. would you rather bank on teahen as a cheap hr/sb util guy?

  67. Tony says:
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    @Zebo: Nice. I love votto this year. I saw wayyyy too many mocks where derek lee went BEFORE votto, which I just can’t justify for the reasons I listed above. D-Lee also kind of fools people with that 2008 line when he hit 46 HR’s. That was back when he was 28, and even before that he was Really only a 25-30 HR guy. The power is down, the SB’s went from 15 ish to around 8 the last 3 years. He’s just in an all around decline. I’d see if he get real hot early on like he was last year and move him to someone weak at 1B.

    @AL KOHOLIC: fantasy baseball blog rage…. LOL!!!!

  68. Ross says:
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    ha typo
    one* year

  69. Tony says:
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    @Luke: another rule, RAZZBALL must be capitalized when used.

  70. Tony says:
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    excuse me it was 2005 when he hit 46 HR’s

  71. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Tony: who gives a damn Tony? personally, i think lol has come full circle. it’s so overused and so intensely stupid that i think it’s really funny now and add it to a lot my stuff just to get a reaction out of people.

    i don’t think you should mention rules and razzball in the same sentence.

    lol or lololololol or rofl or when you’re really feeling zany it’s roflmfao. good stuff there.

  72. B.J. says:
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    @ Grey- Lopez would just be another bench bat. I like him because of his 2b, 3b, ss and OF elig in yahoo leagues. I’m not set on dropping Motte. Plus I have Miggy at 3b, Rollins at SS and Cano at 2B. So its not like I would play Lopez over any of them.

  73. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: I am starting to think one of you is secretly in my league, or one of my league mates is secretly one of you. As I prepare to drop Gardner, Franklin got, boom, picked up.

  74. mike c. says:
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    I didn’t intend to diss on the IM slang. I mean, if I were a 12 year old girl, I’d use LOL, ROFL, and emoticons whenever possible, too.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @B.J.: If you’re never going to play him, there’s no point. Unless you’re going to play him at 2nd and trade Cano for a piece, I could see that.

    @Zebo: Muahahahaha

    EDIT: Typo. Word.

  76. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @mike c.: ROFLMFAO……..nice work mike c…….not everyone earns that from me.

    mike c, you any relation to mike d? razzball frequenters are very fond of mike d………and ad rock………and mca.

  77. Tony says:
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    seth smith is on waivers in my league, thoughts?

    I own Spillboroughs, and I am eyeing Fowler like a hawk, yet a guy who has the gig isnt rostered…… only thing i can see dropping is dan murphy.

  78. Grey

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    @Tony: Smith is in danger of losing time to Fowler. I wouldn’t drop Murphy for him.

  79. Zebo says:
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    Drop Gardner for Chris Perez?

  80. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: Gonna pair Lohse up with my Lincecum today. With the punctuation police out in full effect on this Tuesday, hard to believe they didn’t catch my misspelling of Loshe errrrrrr Lohse in my previous posts.

    Here’s for hoping that combo nets me 2 wins, 15 k’s, a decent WHIP, and nice ERA…

  81. Tim says:
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    So Grey, do you think Daniel Murphy is legit? I bit on Jerry Manuel’s endorsement and carry him as a back-up OF (though I had him in yesterday–I’ll take it!). Thinking of trying to trade him or dropping him to pick up a reserve SS such as Cristian Guzman (I’ll kick my own ass) or Asdrubal (hee hee) Cabrera.

  82. Grey

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    @Tony B.: Better hope Lincecum throws a shutout and gets 10 Ks.

    @Tim: I’d hold Murphy for now.

  83. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: I was thinking along the lines Timmy with 9 or 10 and Kyle with 5 or 6…

  84. agarthered says:
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    Bench Gil Meche at Us Cellular today?? I already had Myers and Motte destroy my first 2 days of ERA and WHIP.

  85. JR says:
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    Attention those with Escobar stashed: Will Carrol of BP is reporting that the Angels plan to use Escober in the 6th and 7th after he returns from injury. BLeh..

  86. Grey

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    @agarthered: Why own him if you’re not going to start him? For his matchups against the A’s, Twins and Mariners? I think you gotta start him.

  87. Luke says:
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    SAGNOF in the OF isn’t what drives the ladies wild but any thoughts on Nyjer Morgan (other than that his first name looks like the result of a random slapping of keys on the keyboard)?

    His track record would have you believe he could bat .300 and steal 40-50 bases. His 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 SB didn’t turn as many heads as Bonifacio but it’s kinda intriguing.

  88. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: Bosox seem to have James Shield’s number at Fenway, is it too much risk starting him?

  89. Denys says:
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    What did everyone think of Millwood’s performance? Worth a gander?

  90. Grey

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    @JR: He’s just in a DL spot right now on your team, so it doesn’t hurt to hold tight.

    @Luke: re: slapping keyboard — ha! I’m not crazy about him, but if there’s no other steal guys out there, go for it.

    @Zebo: Start him.

  91. Grey

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    @Denys: I have him in a 12 team AL-Only league. I wouldn’t own him in mixed league smaller than 14 teams deep.

  92. Tony B. says:
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    @JR: I have to think that’s due to the Lackey/Santana injuries + wanting to ease Escobar in coming off the shoulder injury. He has to be starting by mid-May in my opinion…

  93. G says:
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    Do I drop Maybin for Fontenot, Hideki Matsui, Francoeur, Mark Reynolds, Khalil Greene, Span or Schafer?

  94. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: This all hinders on Chris Dickerson’s chance at regular playing time at some point this year, but what do you think about a platoon of Dickerson and Maybin. I already own Maybin and Dickerson isn’t worth an add yet. But how would you feel about platooning them up? Average killer most notably but the speed/power combination is a bit intriguing…

  95. Grey

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    @G: Nope

    @Tony B.: You answered your own question. Could work if Dickerson plays. But then you’re relying on Dusty, which is never a good thing.

  96. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: Correctemundo

  97. Frank Rizzo says:
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    To bring up an earlier topic we were talking about……whether or not to start Shields in Fenway today. I thought it over and decided what the ef…….why not? I didn’t draft him to sit. Living life on the edge and all that crap.

  98. Tony says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: haha i benched him frank, but i also own beckett, so it was a coin toss. I posted earlier I wanted to almost throw both but opted against shields since its on the road, in fenway, vs. beckett, vs. the red sox, OPENING DAY…. just something to think about, shields was not good on the road last year….

  99. rich says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: All the signs point towards sitting Shields today, but the excitement of a new season has me starting him anyways.

    He has been brutal at Fenway: 0W – 3L, 10.2IP, 18H, 12ER, 10.13ERA, 1.97WHIP and a .360BAA.

    But he has been good out of the gate in April:

    10GS, 4W – 1L, 68IP, 57H, 24ER, 3.18ERA, 1.03WHIP, .220BA

    I will hope the April pitching line is closer to today’s performance rather then the Fenway pitching line.

  100. Cubbies299 says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Yeah, he did. I remember that, by the end of the night, our whipping boy Mike was finalizing a trade of CC for him. Good thing I waffle-stomped that by offering him Ellsbury and netting GG Fatbathia all for myself.

  101. James Legade says:
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    I saw this Sabathia movie already last year. The ending is great but it takes a little while to get going.

    I have to bench him in his next start right? Until he forces me to put him in? That is what I did with him last year and I have a good staff this year besides him;

    Harden
    Cain
    Lowe
    Slowey
    Lillly

    Sit that fat @ss, correct?

  102. Cubbies299 says:
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    HR Alex Gordon. And the breakout begins. Small sampling size be damned, I think this is the year he finally hits 162 Hrs.

  103. Eric W says:
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    @Cubbies299: Yes! my last 3 years of fantasy drafts are finaly vindicated!

  104. Cubbies299 says:
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    Would you drop Gardner for the Great FraGu or Brad Penny? Also, who you liking best as a DL stash: Noah Lowry, Zumaya, or Hill? (currently have Zumaya on mine, and I haev no idea what Lowry’s timetable is..)

  105. i’ve got s. drew as my starting ss and miggy t as my backup…with felipe lopez availale do i drop miggy for the position flexibility of lopez?

  106. Cubbies299 says:
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    @danimal35: drop someone else. Trade Miggy T if you have to. I imagine you opted for Tejada over some pretty decent talent in the spot you took him. Might as well float some offers and see if you can’t get back a little somethin somethin for him.

  107. rich says:
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    I am in a shallow (10 teams) Yahoo League, trying to decide if I should add Escobar to the DL, or Smoltz, or both. I currently have Hamels, Billingsley, Shields, Josh Johnson, and Slowey. With such a shallow pool on the WW, not sure its worth it to “stache”” on the DL.

    @ Cubbies299 – I like Zumaya, especially if your thin at closer. I gotta believe this time with Rodney will be like the last time with Rodney. Seen this story before. Of course, Zumaya’s story is starting to be shown in reruns as well.

  108. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Cubbies299: Guess who also homered last year on Opening Day?

    Alex Gordon!

    As I recall, he fell somewhat short of 162 HRs.

  109. Cubbies299 says:
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    @rich: Well, at least Zumaya doesn’t charge you too much for price of admission. As for my unhealthy addiction to Krisby, I think I’ll need therapy for how much I keep paying out on this mofo.

  110. Cubbies299 says:
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    Grey, is Swisher seriously still 14-team mixed material? He’s looking so puntable. They even pinch ran him after he hit a double. I think they really must hate him.

  111. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    Blowing a one-run lead on Opening Day?

    Farnsworthless.

  112. JR says:
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    @Grey: Is there a term for that?

  113. Grey

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    @JR: Not yet. But I’m open to suggestions.

  114. G says:
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    Drop Jurrjens for Wandy for long term who is better?

  115. Grey

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    @G: They’re both fine. Wandy could give you more Ks, Jair has a better chance for Wins.

  116. G says:
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    Which one would you prefer if the other starting pitchers are Beckett, Cain, Shields, and Slowey. Am i lacking in K’s or W’s?

  117. Grey

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    @G: Jurrjens

  118. jsp2014 says:
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    Reynolds is playing tonight, right? I have Branyan benched right now for him (and Beltre and Chipper) in an OBP league.

  119. jsp2014 says:
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    Thanks Grey.

    Sweet, Brian Wilson just backdoored a 1 out save op. Good times!

  120. jsp2014 says:
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    Wait, it’s not a save op. Sadness…

  121. Vince says:
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    Which pitcher from my RCL staff would you drop for Edwin Jackson?

    SP: Beckett, Zambrano, Harang, Young, Weaver, Jimenez, Maine
    RP: Ryan, F. Cordero, Downs, Franklin

    Should I drop Downs or Franklin or Maine?

  122. Grey

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    @Vince: I’d hold tight with those options.

  123. Vince says:
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    Nevermind, wrong post…

  124. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Ok thanks Grey… Just ignore my post in the “Motown Filly Back Again ” thread…

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