We are making a double switch today.  Rudy is taking the husband slot which will probably bench him for a few years; Grey is taking the best man slot that will put him in the reliever role and I’ll be taking the cleanup spot for today.  If I’m wearing a titanium sombrero after this, just remember Cinco De Mayo is closing in and I’m probably drunk. And while you’re reading the ramblings of a drunk man, you might as well go over to the nether regions of Razzball and check out my football ramblings.

My Mauer’s heel is my love for deep fried twinkies. Joe Mauer‘s is actually his heel.  Gardy says he is week to week, but now I’m hearing day to day, but any way you look at it a heel injury is tough on a catcher.  I don’t want to channel Grey and say I told you so, but I will if you cross me.  His home runs are down so far and with this bruised heel that number isn’t going to rise any time soon.  While you revel or despair in Joe Stud’s injury let’s take a look at some other happenings in the wide world of baseball:

Curtis Granderson — He’s been put on the DL with a grade 2 groin strain.  It wasn’t until grade 5 that my groin started straining.  Grandy could be out up to a month.  His replacement(s) aren’t going to help you since their names are Randy Winn and Marcus Thames and they’ll be splitting time.

Andre Ethier — With Matt Kemp’s blazing start Andre has been lost in the ether (see what I did there?).  With 4 donks in the last 3 games he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  If you’re at dinner with Andre, don’t order dessert just yet.

Johan Santana — The Phillies teed off on him in Philly last night.  Shizz happens.  It’s Utley, Howard and company and it’s in a mini-stadium.  Might as well send an offer or two out to see if you can pry him away from a disgruntled owner.

Alfredo Simon — I’m a big fan of his sauce and now of his SAGNOF, mmmmm SAGNOF.  Mike Gonzalez is still three weeks away from possibly, maybe, returning and Simon has pitched well.  Simon says, “pick me up!”

Zach Grienke — He continues to get Grienke’d but good.  In his last 85 starts, he has a 2.86 ERA in 540 innings with 32 wins.  His team’s offense hasn’t been God-awful this year, but they’re moving into that realm, which is where the middle relief has been dwelling.  Those two should have a good time continuing the Greinke’ng of Greinke.

Josh Beckett — Looks like he’s coming around.  Why were you worrying?

Justin Verlander — Look up at Beckett, check it.

Alex Gordon — He’s been optioned to AAA and that doesn’t come with all those perks like 10% off Motel 6 and the roadside assistance.  If you took a picture of Grey right now he’d look like the Native American after that jerk threw trash out the window.

Doug Fister — Fister got fisted by Aardsma and the end result was a hard core Greink’ng.  What’s this guy doing?  It’s hard to trust him, but you have to respect his results.  He’s loving Safeco where he has pitched 23 innings, given up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run.  He is a prototype for a sell high, but if you can’t get anyone to bite, I’d stick with him at home and be careful on the road.

Edwin Jackson — Grey warned you and now I’m here to rub it in your face some more. (And mine too since I just dropped his arse.) I watched this last game against the Cubs and Ed couldn’t get the ball near the catcher’s glove, leaving pitches up and in all kinds of wheel houses.

Austin Jackson — Now this is a Jackson I can support! The kid just keeps on hitting and K’ng, but more hitting! He leads the league in hits with 41 and his average is pee eightch a tee.  He’s a sell high, just cuz, but he’s fun to watch!

Tom Gorzelanny — K’d the D-backs 10 times which is a career high. This would be great news for Tom if he wasn’t facing the free swinging D-backs.  He’s a spot starter at best, but if you have a schmohawk lefty you want to start against Arizona you have my blessing.

Alfonso Soriano — And you thought he was going to carve a permanent butt groove on your bench.  In his last 10 games Soriano has 5 HRs, 14 RBIs and six walks.  The walks are nice to see for the swing at every slider away Soriano.  As the dearly departed country singing sage Jerry Reed said, “when you’re hot you’re hot and when you’re not you’re not.”

Jimmy Rollins — He is still feeling tightness in his calf and should be out another 2 weeks.  Jimmy likes teasing you with a great start.  Jimmy wants you to suffer.  Jimmy blames Kramer for his injury.

Brian Roberts — His time table to return is looking worse than my times tables in the 3rd grade.  I have a  “7 x 8 = 56” tattooed on the back of my hand.  There actually is no time table for his return.  You have to hold onto him, but try to forget he’s on your team.  It will be like finding a twenty dollar bill in your back pocket when he returns, or a nickel, depending on how he plays.

Stephen Strasburg — He’s been promoted to Triple-A and as soon as Livan Hernandez returns to his hometown of Schmoville it will once again burn your eyes to look at the Nat’s pitching stats, which in turn will get the S.S. Cy Young rigged and shipped out to D.C.

Nick Markakis — Sparkakis! He’s turning his shizz around.

Paul Konerko — He’s up to 12 donks for the year.  Ride his donkey-donks for as long as you can.  He could be a sell-high candidate, but his name doesn’t inspire much over-hype at this point in his career.  He’ll be solid enough for you, especially at whatever bargain basement round you drafted him in.

Rafael Furcal — There’s a good chance he’ll be DL’d if he can’t go today.  Very bad news for his owners since he looked like he was back.  Tweaking your hammy isn’t anything like pinching your pet pig’s nose, but both might land you on the DL.

Jon GarlandHodgepadre strikes again!

Jhoulys Chacin — Pitched well against the Giants on the road.  Against a good team in Colorado you will see different results.  He gets the Dodgers in his next go around. His name is pronounced “Yo-lease,” so I’m guessing he was named after Bart Simpson trying to get his sister’s attention, but I could be wrong.  He is talented, but will have a lot of rocky starts (get it, Rockies?)

Rod Barajas — He must revel in facing his old team (who he played a whopping 48 games for).  Three Donks in two games.  He’s blown his wad.

Jaime Moyer — I can only think of Eddie Harris every time I see him pitch. His hair did look a little greasy.

Kerry Wood — Chris Perez might not want to give the closers’ role back, but Wood will get the opportunity.  So what are you waiting for?

Daisuke Matsuzaka — Not much has changed for Dice-K.  People still can’t spell his name and go with the “Dice-K,” instead.  If you start him you’re rolling the dice, K?  He did have a nice outing for Grey this week, but it was in our Razzball league.

Chris Young — He was blasted in Double A and couldn’t get out of the first inning.  I’m holding judgment for now.  It was his first start back and he is a Hodgepadre.

 
  1. and1mcgee says:
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    so…. drop Chris Perez for Wood err

  2. and1mcgee says:
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    no David Freese mention?

  3. Pirate Jesus says:
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    Points for working in a My Dinner With Andre reference.

  4. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @and1mcgee: hehe, Grey mentioned Freese last week, if someone doesn’t have him now, it’s probably too late. And I wouldn’t drop Perez, I’d try and find a way to keep them both (although as a Perez owner in two leagues, the opportunities haven’t been there anyway)

  5. Kenny Powers says:
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    LOL @ the Seinfeld Jimmy comment, JIMMY’s DOWN!

  6. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Garett Jones, J. Willingham or pick up D. Freese from the wire in a standard 5×5 ?

  7. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Doc, nice to see you at the baseball side of the Razz-ledger. Santana got zonked, but it was Manuel’s fault that it was as bad as it was. After walking Moyers on four pitchers, you would think that Jerry would have gotten the hint that this perhaps time to make a change, but he was apparently oblivious to the proceedings, and Victorino hit a donker. Even more amazing was that, after two more batters and an Utley dinger, he STILL didn’t have a pitcher warming up in the bullpen. Manuel also was asleep at the helm the day before; Pelf’s blasting could have been avoided. In effect, Jerry took the Mets out of two games. Bobby V. can’t come back to soon…

    No mention of Joltin’ Joe Blanton’s return. I wouldn’t think that pitching him today is a good play against the Cards, but what would be your thoughts on the matter?

  8. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Everyone:

    does anyone know of a good source for finding the number of home-runs hit at each ball-park each year? Seems like an easy search query, but my Google skills are failing me. Thanks

  9. Tony says:
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    I hate last week.

    Santana is done, you guys can “pry” him away from his owner, but i wouldn’t.

    Oh and great spot start by me in my H2H league of Ben Sheets, thanks ben sheets you’re a real pile of dook.

  10. Kenny Powers says:
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    @tony:

    benrich shedard.

  11. @Paulie Allnuts: I’d keep him on the bench for his first start … especially facing Pujols, Holliday, Freese, Rasmus, et al. If he looks OK against St. Louis, the second start against the Bravos should be fine.

  12. Howard says:
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    @Doc What do think of this trade? Kazmir for Vasquez?

  13. Howard says:
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    One more! Scherzer for Santana?

  14. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Razzball community: Weekly H2H, I need to sit 2 of Price @OAK, Billingsley vs. MIL, Jered Weaver @SEA, Nolasco vs. SF, Slowey vs. DET. I’m inclined to sit Bills and Slowey but would appreciate reactions to this. Thanks!

  15. @ScoutAbout: I’d definitely sit Slowey. It’s a coin toss for the second benchwarmer. Sounds like you can’t go wrong.

  16. Bodymore says:
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    @ScoutAbout I’d play Price and Weaver, they are going against the two dismal offensive teams in pitcher’s parks.

  17. Bodymore says:
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    Is Zimmerman for Ethier giving up too much? I am thinking about offering it to someone.. I picked up Freese and need power hitting OF. OPS and keeper league though

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    werth saying the exact same thing that cruz said about his leg cramps right before hitting the dl

  19. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Howard: Johan or Ervin. Definitely rather have Johan than Scherzer, but I’d still take Max over Ervin.

    I also think I’d rather have Vazquez than Kazmir. I feel like he’s going to turn it around sooner or later, whereas I don’t know if Kazmir’s gonna be much better than he is right now.

  20. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Bodymore: I think you are giving up a little too much there. Zimmerman and Ethier are super similar in terms of stats, but of course Zimmerman plays a much much thinner position. Freese has been great so far but I’m not so sure I’m ready yet to trust him for the rest of the year.

  21. Matt B says:
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    Anyone, which RP to start for my weekly 5×5 h2h: Neftali, Frank Frank, Dotel, or drop Dotel for Simon?

  22. Euroalien says:
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    What do you guys think of either Austin Kearns or JD Drew going forward Vs. Travis Snider……? Is it time to dump Snider….

  23. Euroalien says:
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    @Buge Hoobs: I like Freese he’s hit well at every level, no reason he can’t keep it going in the majors.

  24. Dom says:
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    Would you trade Werth straight up for any of these pitchers? If so in what order?

    Kazmir, Wandy Rodriguez, Jonathon Sanchez, Edwin Jackson

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ScoutAbout: bills and slowey. definitely bills.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: i’d take kazmir. his 2 rough outings both came against nyy. the angels only play nyy twice the entire rest of the season. a lot of good pitchers are gonna have rough outings against nyy, especially @nyy. same story for e santana.

    vazquez has been bad v. everyone. i own him, and refuse to outright drop him (don’t worry drafted him way below value as a SP4 because no one would touch him, but i figured he’d be good for a ~4.00 era, 200 Ks, 1.20 WHIP, and 15 Ws), but i would trade him for pretty much anyone i saw as useful or potentially useful.

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Dom: no, no, no, no

    @Matt B: i have neftali and a frank^2 handcuff in one league and i am starting neftali and not frank^2. i think the rangers absolutely want neftali to take the job, and his last 2 outings he’s been perfect in converting his 2 save opportunities, so he’s definitely cooled the frank^2 heat for a bit from a few outings ago.

  28. Bodymore says:
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    I agree… my OF is just weak right now… Rajai, Willingham, Bay, Kearns (granderson DL)

  29. nyphilsphan says:
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    Freese or Brandon Wood going forward 5X5 Roto?

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bodymore: you OF is weak now, but you are severely weakening your 3B position with this deal. tomato tomatoh. sure with that OF you have some depth somewhere else that you could deal from?

  31. Dough boy says:
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    Would you do V-mart and baker for Price and Jay Bruce?

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Dough boy: absolutely (price/bruce side). especially if you have any worthwhile C to plug in for vmart.

  33. Future Man says:
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    In a points league, rank these outfielders- CarGo, Damon, Span and Gardner.

  34. Bodymore says:
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    @Poon I agree. Trying to trade SP depth for OFers but no one is biting yet. I have Greinke, Haren, CJ Wilson, Buchholz, Billingsley, J garcia, Slowey, with DLR on the DL.

    someone is mulling over Haren for Lind…

  35. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Dom: Big-time no on all those guys. Werth is awesome, if I’m trading him for a pitcher I want somebody like Lester or Verlander.

  36. @nyphilsphan: Freese. You can play him as soon as you pick him up … I still see Wood as a guy you reserve to see if he really gets going. Freese is already going.

  37. @Dom: If you really need pitching I’d do Sanchez, followed by Wandy, followed by no and no. But it seems like you ought to be able to get someone a little better that that crew.

  38. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Bodymore: Haren for Lind seems solid, hopefully you’ll get a yes on that one b/c that’s definitely better than Zimmerman for Ethier.

  39. Bodymore says:
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    Who of that list would be good to offer for Rasmus?

  40. mc serch says:
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    @and1mcgee: I wouldnt drop Perez…even if Wood reclaims the job he is likely to be traded midseason…Unless Wood has a no-trade, Cle. will be fielding offers from every contender that needs a closer.

  41. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    Pick 2…Davies, Fister, Pelfrey, Cecil, Chacin, Latos, LeBlanc, Volstad

  42. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Does anyone know if Alcides is going to get a shot at the 2 hole now that Gomez is hurting? (That’s what she said?)

  43. Howard says:
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    I’m hesitant to pitch Garcia against the Phils. They seem to be clobbering everyone in sight. Call it Coors East!

  44. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    @Buge Hoobs: I’d go with Garrett Jones

  45. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    @nyphilsphan: Freese

  46. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bodymore: i’d say anyone besides grienke and haren would be worth considering trading for rasmus. personally, i am not a bills fan, so maybe you could go there. i could easily see slowey, buchholz, and garcia outperforming him this year despite where they were all drafted.

  47. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: in a weekly lineup league i am starting garcia and crossing my finger cause he’s a 2 start pitcher and the 2nd matchup looks so tasty.

    in a daily lineup league he’s riding the pine.

  48. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    for the rest of 2010, how do you rank randy wells, lilly, and e santana?

  49. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: toss in cj wilson too.

    so rank them for 2010:
    cj wilson
    lilly
    randy wells
    e santana

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    @Anybody: going forward, rank these SPs: LeBlanc, Cecil, Chacin.

    I’ve got LeBlanc, but I’ve got a feeling that his time is short in the Bigs, even with Young stinkin’ it up in the Minors…

  51. Casadilla says:
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    @All, worth dropping Peavy for someone like Fister?

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    @Casadilla: I personally would hold out for a Peavy start tonight. I have a tough time believing he’s done. If he gives up 5 in the first again, with 6 BBs, I might reconsider my thoughts on that. If you can wait it out for the night, hell, drop him mid-game…that’s what I would do.

  53. Future Man says:
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    Anyone- rank these guys for me in a points league- CarGo, Span, Gardner or Damon.

  54. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Casadilla: if you have peavy, i think you sink or swim with him. i mean you drafted him to be your SP1 or SP2, so you really can’t cut bait. i mean, it wouldn’t be the first time a guy has an awful april and a solid rest of the season.

    i’ll put it this way, fister isn’t winning you your league if you are relying on him to replace peavy’s projected SP1 or SP2 production.

  55. PepeSilvia says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Lilly, Wilson, Wells, Santana. I think the first three guys are all really close, but I definitely think Ervin is fourth best.

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    until wilsom proves different,he is my pick for the top of that group

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah i am pretty partial to wilson too, having been riding him in my starting lineup since week 2 after i resolved to not let vazquez take a poo on my pitching stats again.

  58. Fletch says:
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    Do I drop B. Phillips, Ian Stewart, Cargo or Carlos Lee for Wiggy? If so which guy do I drop?

  59. William says:
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    @Big Nate – is it just me, or is the link not working?

  60. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    full disclosure, bruce’s owner is way weak on pitching, but has a pretty loaded OF/UTIL situation, so i was gonna offer one of wilson/lilly/wells/e santana to him for bruce. figured it might be a situation where i say pick one of the 4. i could use a bat with both cruz and rollins out, and it’s a keeper league, so a bruce breakout could be very nice.

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: yeah but you might need to toss him the o.f guy he,ll be replacing on your team also

  62. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah maybe, like i said, he’s pretty loaded in the OF/UTIL spot. in fact bruce isn’t even in his lineup right now, which is partially why i’m hoping i can buy low. i’ve got dexter fowler on my bench, so maybe i could toss him in, but my other OF/UTIL guys i don’t think i’d do, guys like weeks, smoak, and pence. i expect a smoak breakout, and i think any of those 3 with a quality SP is too much.

  63. shamwow_vince says:
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    12 team h2h mixed league r.zimmerman for kinsler straight up a fair deal? im worried about kinslers ability to steal and his health and i have uggla, mcgehee and beckham on my roster as well

  64. Tom Emanski says:
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    Is Wilson Ramos worth picking up? Mauer is “week to week”, whatever that means. I’m holding on to Carlos Santana but he could be out for another month so I need a catcher.

  65. Howard says:
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    Weekly lineup, start 2 of the 4: Robot Jones, Maybin, Kearns, Dexter Fowler

  66. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: That’s what I’m waiting on too. It would seem like a no-brainer since, you know, Gomez sucks. I don’t know why they had him there to begin with. Put him up there and let him run wild!

  67. Billy says:
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    Trade help, my pitching staff sucks so i need help, 12 team h2h, should i make this trade? my pitching staff is Bills, Wandy, Buch, Slowly, Baker, Scherzer, Leake, Gracia and fister. So no stud…

    I get Greinke and Aramis Ramirez

    he gets Buch and ryan zimmerman

    thanks!!

  68. Eddy says:
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    You guys think Ubaldo will outperform Cole Hamels at this point?

  69. Eddy says:
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    @Billy:
    That’s a pretty bad pitching staff you have, so I can see where you’ll automatically upgrade, but downgrading from Zimm to ARam is a big blow. I wouldn’t do it just because of that.

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Eddy: i thought ubaldo would outperform hamels before the season. don’t see why that would have changed.

  71. Eddy says:
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    @Fletch:
    None. You bench the ones playing bad and drop 5th tier starters or extra relievers. Most of those guys went before the 10th round. No sense in dropping them. If anything trade them away.

  72. Eddy says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon:
    I’m thinking of trading away Kershaw or Hamels and a low SP for Ubaldo. Kershaw first to go right?

  73. Tony says:
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    @Fletch: wigginton? really? come on fletch…. a household name or rising upside stud OR wiggington?

  74. stanley says:
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    is contreras worth a pickup?

  75. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Thanks all for helping each other out today. I have this pesky job that keeps me from having any fun!

  76. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @ThePoonTycoon: I agree about Neftali (and am also an owner, so… bias).

    One thing to start thinking about now is the ol’ crappy-team-signs-veteran-reliever-for-one-year-contract, uses-him-as-closer, then-flips-for-middling-prospect-at-deadline factor. (Or CTSVRFOYCUHCTFMPADF, pronounced “The Cut Saver Foy Kucktafumpf Pad Factor.” Follow it on Twitter!)

    The following closers are likely to get traded to contenders in July, in order of likelihood:

    – Dotel (the Pirates trade their veteran closer every year. Would have traded Capps last year if he hadn’t been too busy sucking. If Dotel ends the year with the Bucs, I’ll eat my pet parrot. This is Meek’s job from Aug 1 onwards.)

    – Capps (league-leader in saves or not, why do the Nats need a good closer? Answer: They don’t. Answer, part two: Remember Rauch, a few years back. The Nats will throw some youngin’ this job eventually, probably Clippard).

    – Kerry Wood (if he shows even a pulse of life in his arm, the Indians will trade him for an empty can of paint. You should do like-wise, ASAP).

    – Kevin Gregg. (The Jays don’t have a history of deadline fire-sales. Then again, they don’t have a history of contending. I’d say Gregg’s 50-50 to go on trade day; 95-5 if someone will take Wells too.) (Kidding! No one will take Wells, ever.)

    – Mike Gonzalez (see Wood, Kerry. He’d be higher if I wasn’t pretty sure he doesn’t throw a pitch in anger all year.)

    – Frank-Frank (the Rangers will likely contend, but if Frank-Frank can bring something back I think they’ll ship him; veteran set-up men with arm-troubles are premium wampum-bait).

  77. timSTi says:
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    10 Team Roto

    Drop Baker or Vazquez for Colby Lewis?

    My ERA and WHIP are terrible, K’s and Win’s I’m good in.

  78. Eddy says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins:
    Nice run-down. I’ll keep all those in mind. Still holding on to both Meek and Dotel. The thought of both landing closer roles somewhere is quite nice.

  79. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s your take on V-Mart and Capps for Tex? I would be on the side getting Tex. I haven’t made the offer, but this kid LOVES LOVES LOVES closers. 5 player keeper league, so in the 6th round, but technically the 1st round after keepers were all said and done (8 team league, mind you), he took Broxton. So I’m thinking of playing on his love for closers. Whattya think?

    Olivo, Bengie, Doumit, Barajas are available.

  80. timSTi says:
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    Also, anyone starting Baker vs DET today? I’m a gluton for punishment so I’m probably throwing him out there. My WHIP & ERA can’t get much worse right now so why not?!

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: only thing i’ll say is that the nats will let storen get a taste of the bigs as a closer if he keeps throwing well in the minors (and he just got promoted to AAA if that’s any indication of how he’s doing)

  82. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Eddy: i’m not big on hamels, and i think kershaw’s ceiling is far higher than hamels. so i’d probably push hamels first. that said, i own kershaw and early returns are that he’s still nasty and still Ks guys but he still struggles with BBs and can’t get out of the 6th inning, so i am about to start shopping him around..

  83. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    5×5 standard roto. Pelfrey or Matusz? Thanks in advance.

  84. @timSTi: Nope, I need to see something from Baker before I throw him back out there.

  85. Cygar says:
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    Any Angels fans out there? Is Rodney worth hanging on too? Are his closing days numbered?? I live in Colorado and seen plenty of Fuentes’ implosions. Is Fuentes a lock to keep closing, or will Rodney find some opportunities soon or again?

  86. BSA says:
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    Doc good to see you sharing the keyboard with Razzball.
    Everyone, if you liked this piece of baseball love check what the squad does over at https://www.football.razzball.com

  87. timSTi says:
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    Courtesy of @FantasyRundown on Twitter:

    “Looking like Yanks will skip Vazquez this week, making AJ Burnett a two-start pitcher. React accordingly.”

  88. Campbell says:
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    Lineup Help!

    Weekly Points league, DLee, Smoak, Bartlett, Kelly Johnson. Pick 2

  89. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Eddy: It’s very doubtful Dotel ends up a closer elsewhere — more like another set-up man in a loaded contender’s bullpen (think Damaso Marte traded to the Yanks a few years back). However, Meeks is a good handcuff, since Dotel might lose the job sooner rather than later. (In fact, Doubtful is a good nickname for Dotel.) However however, the Bucs have all the reason to let Dotel right himself as closer, since it jacks up his trade value considerably.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Maybe so, though, ironically, until the Nats are actual contenders (2012?) they have no real interest in developing a young closer; better to deal middlemen-turned-closers as they develop. See also: Beane, Billy, trade history, 2000-2008)

  90. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon:
    just so you know about E. Santana, he’s had to face they Yanks twice and the twins in his first 5 starts. His other 2 starts were QS. With one being a complete game.

    I think once he starts getting the Mariners and A’s his stats are going to rebound in a big way.

    He does get the Red Sox tomorrow though. He’s been getting hit hard with bad matchups.

  91. Sal says:
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    @ALL: Go with Slowey as my final fifth SP or drop Dush and pick up cecil for a two start week?

    Also for my final RP spot do I go with N.Feliz for the saves for plug gio in? Its a H2H league so save dont matter it just comes down to the points…

  92. Everyone — SS problems in a very deep (20-team), very competative roto league, where I’m checking my watch every five minutes until Rollins comes off the DL.

    I have Brignac at the moment, but the Rays face a slew of lefties this week. I don’t know if I should sit tight — I like the idea that he also qualifies at 2B, so I can still use him with the right matchups when Rollins comes back — but he has no trade value at all, so I have to keep him o drop him. I offered someone who needs HRs and who is playing Asdrubal at 2B Wigginton to send Asdrubal my way and then I’d probably drop Brignac. Or I think I could also make a low-level offer for Alcides Escobar, but then I’d have no place for him when Rollins is healthy.

    Assuming the deal for Asdrubal doesn’t go, what to do? Bite my lip and hold onto Brignac? Go for Escobar? Troll waivers for fill-ins? (Waivers are very thin: Omar Infante, Hairston Jr., Cedeño, Ramon Santiago, etc.).

    Comments from veteran deep leaguers are especially welcome. First time in such a big league and it’s disconcerting to find so little on waivers.

  93. Also, another very deep league question: start Vargas at home tomorrow against Tampa? Pros are that he pitches well at home, Tampa suffers a little against lefties, and at first glance Vargas’ stats look good. Cons: Tampa’s playing very overall, and we’re talking about Jason Vargas for heaven’s sake. Jeez.

  94. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: yeah i’ve been preaching for people to hold onto e santana. he’s got plenty of oak and sea matchups coming. i am not trusting him to be an every start guy, but i am keeping him and planning on using him once he gets good matchups. well, unless i think i can trade him for a valuable piece, then i’m gonna hype him up as having had tough matchups so he’s better than his numbers appear at first glance.

  95. @Howard: I actually prefer Kazmir here. Things aren’t going to get any easier for Vasquez in the AL East, plus his SQ (suckyness quotent) is much more spread around so far this year compared to Kazmir, who has only really struggled against the Yankees.

  96. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Wilsonian: Do that trade if you can. Pick up Bengie Molina.

    Capps is a pretty good sell-high. Also: Always be trading closers.

  97. steamer says:
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    Vasquez just got dropped in my league. I have #1 WW priority. Is he worth the claim, or let him go by me. I’d be dropping a guy like Morrow or EY2 to get him.

  98. Mr2Bits says:
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    Whats your thoughts on Alex Gonzalez? Go with him or stick with Theriot?

  99. and1mcgee says:
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    @steamer: I kinda wanna drop him in a league…. but who knows if he turns it around? I think he’s just struggling…..

  100. herschel says:
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    @All: 5 x 5, 12 team roto, weekly changes: Looking to make a move in sbs and avg at my util spot this week. Who to start?

    eric young, jr
    dexter fowler
    austin jackson
    asdrubal cabrera

    thanks all.

  101. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @steamer: not high on morrow, but he does have 3 QS in a row (albeit he gave up 6 BBs in one of those). i would probably drop him though. realistically, ask yourself if you could see yourself starting morrow semi-regularly this season unless things go awfully wrong. vazquez has the higher ceiling between the 2 of them for the 2010 season, and it’s likely that roster spot isn’t gonna be used much anyway with morrow in it, so you might as well hold vazquez and see if he fixes himself.

  102. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @herschel:
    dexter or young

    jackson’s ridiculous Ks scare me

  103. steamer says:
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    @and1mcgee: I’m think I’m gonna pass on him. I don’t want to own a guy who I’m scared to watch everytime out. I went through this last year with Dice-K – not worth it. Also, last year I blew the #2 claim on BJ Ryan.

  104. and1mcgee says:
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    @steamer: I already used mine this yr on Jay Bruce

  105. herschel says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I was leaning towards Young, but they face 3 lefties this week and I know Barmes splits definitely favor lefties. Hopefully EYJ will get some time in the OF.

  106. Chupacabra says:
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    Being a Twins fan, methinks you are a bit too giddy about Mauer’s heel. Here’s hoping he gets back on his feet and hits the cover off the ball the rest of the season.

  107. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @steamer: Oh, no. Oh no no no.

    I can’t see Vaz turning it around at all this year. Maybe he becomes a kind-of, sort-of useful back-end of the rotation starter, but I’m seeing visions of a 4.50+ ERA.

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s traded for pop rocks before midseason. We’ve seen the Javy in NYC horrorshow before and it didn’t end well.

  108. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: if he gets traded then i’ll be happy i left him buried at the end of my bench. i still think i’d take vazquez over morrow, mainly because i can’t imagine a situation short of mass injuries to my staff where i’d trust morrow to throw for me, even against the A’s or mariners, much less in the AL east. however, i could see vazquez being at least somewhat useful eventually, and he wouldn’t be facing the yanks either.

  109. Dingo says:
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    @stanley: I just picked him up. His stats so far this year are fantastic, and though it’s the smallest of sample sizes, his velocity is way up on his fastball (2.5MPH higher than his career average), slider (3.7MPH), and split-finger fastball (3.2MPH). So far he’s looking exactly like the kind of pitcher who benefits from moving to the pen and throwing everything harder. I wouldn’t want to bet on Lidge returning to his former ace status, and before Madson hurt his toe he was getting shelled, so I think there’s a decent chance that Contreras gets more than a handful of saves this season. But even if he doesn’t become a closer, he’s got SP status, so you can leave him in a non-RP slot and let him help your ratios.

  110. Dingo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: As bad as Javy’s been so far, I still don’t find the arguments convincing that he simply becomes a completely different pitcher when he’s playing for the Yankees … or just pitching in the AL. It would be one thing if he was getting hit around while still maintaining a BB/9 around 2.5, but instead it’s up at 5.9 BB/9, and his fastball velocity is down about 2MPH. With such a drastic change, either he’s undergoing one of those rare out-of-nowhere collapses, or there’s something fundamentally wrong with him that’s potentially fixable. If it’s the latter, then it’s still possible that he becomes a useful pitcher at some point in the season.

  111. ScoutAbout says:
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    @ All. Weekly 12-team H2H. Is EY2 likely to get enough ABs this week to justify starting him over Ian Desmond at MI? Also, Pence or Willingham at Util? Thanks!

  112. steamer says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Morrow’s walks are a concern + AL East factor, but he has great stuff & if he has major upside. A lot of people in the Jays organization (as stated by the GM in several interviews) think he is the future #1 ahead of Romero, Marcum, etc. I typically like to have a high ceiling guy as my last starter. That could change next week of course.

  113. CocoPoolies says:
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    @Casadilla: Historically, Peavy performs very well in May. This is obviously not something you bank on, but it’s worth noting considering since he might produce a tidy return if he heats up. I’d say hold tight if you can.

  114. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Dingo: Sure, but how deep a league do you need to be in where you’ll roster a guy on the hope he becomes useful at some point this season? There are a dozen SPs who started the year as FAs who I’d rather hold than Javy, up to and including CJ Wilson. There’s simply too many red flags here for me:

    Move to tougher league? Check.
    Move to toughest division? Check.
    Flopped in last go-round in NYC? Check.
    On a short-leash? Checkity-check-check.

    The Yanks won’t give Javy unlimited time to work out his kinks. This is a results-oriented organization. And if the fact that his BB/9 is up and his velocity is down are the BEST arguments for him, I say, Cast him to the wind. Or, better yet, trade him for Brad Penny, if you still can.

    Maybe I’m biased as a first-hand witness here in NYC, but dude is melting down.

    @Dingo: Solid logic. This is kind of the reverse of the Dotel/Capps/Wood situations: The Phillies will be contenders, so if/when Lidge flops, they’ll use whoever can get the job done. If Latin 39 steps up, he could run with the job.

  115. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    P.S. If you want a first-hand report on Yanks patience with/loyalty to SPs who suddenly lose it, look up Chien-Ming Wang.

    Javy wouldn’t be the first SP to excel elsewhere and melt in NYC. Pavano got rode out on a rail.

  116. Bodymore says:
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    Would you guys do Billingsley for Adam Jones?

  117. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i agree red flags. at the same time, we aren’t talking about dropping cj wilson (who i have on all 3 of my teams), we are talking about dropping a guy with health issues, whose never made more than 10 starts in a season, and has a 5.50 era and averaging over 5BB/9IP. and he gets to pitch a lot of games against the rays and the yanks, and possibly the sox if they get everything together.

    and you talk about the yanks dealing vazquez for 50 cents on the dollar…i hope to god they do. i’d be ecstatic i left him in my last roster spot if so instead of dropping him for that meeks guys in pitt or something.

  118. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bodymore: i’d say that’s pretty fair if you need an OF. pacman seems to be rebounding of late and the buy low window might be closing.

  119. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey Guys, Theriot or Alex Gonzalez? Its an OBP league

  120. herschel says:
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    @ScoutAbout: Im starting EY in roto league this week. I figure even if he doesnt start, he will pinch run late in games, and if hes pinch running, hell be stealing….

  121. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Mr2Bits: ugh, with rollins and now evercab on the DL, i went with the riot over gonzalez (a correction is coming) and pennington.

  122. Mr2Bits says:
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    Yea, I really like Gonzalez’s numbers but I think he is playing out of his mind and will end up hurt in the next few weeks.

  123. Tony says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @Mr2Bits: rollins went down for me been rollin with gonzalez since then, i think he’s filled in well, probably hit more HRs than i woulda got outta JROLL

  124. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @ThePoonTycoon: Sure — I wasn’t thinking Javy vs. Morrow so much as Javy vs. Your Team WHiP and Continued Sanity.

    I think Morrow has a chance to be special but I wouldn’t own a Blue Jays pitcher unless Halladay gets traded back.

    @Bodymore: Yes, if you’re getting Adam Jones.

  125. ScoutAbout says:
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    @herschel: Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. I know Desmond stole a couple last week (I think both in one game as I recall), but it’s not like he really runs all that much. Actually I’m a bit more worried about my pop than my speed right now just because Fielder hasn’t come around yet. So while I certainly would never bench Fielder I’m trying to fill in some pop where I can for now. And I don’t think Desmond is really going to make a difference there. I have quite a bit of speed, but the team I play this week is one of the teams in the league that can definitely compete there. So, okay. Thanks!

  126. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony: yeah, but i look at his peripherals and i see a guy that can’t keep up this pace. he’s got a couple of weeks of 0-4 with 3Ks and no bombs coming up. maybe not this week, but it’s coming sooner rather than later.

  127. Howard says:
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    Do I start the Scherzerphrenic against Baker and the Mauerless Twins tonight?

  128. Terrence Mann says:
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    Heads up for razzpals. Just noticed Alfredo Simon is listed as SP at yahoo. Put him in my lineup as my second starter and have six relievers going today.

  129. brad says:
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    Rickie (4-6) Weeks or Robot Jones in a weekly points league?

  130. Vic Vinegar says:
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    Which of these is the best bet for this week? It’s weekly H2H and I feel like I have a really good shot at K’s despite who I pick here for my last spot. I know Baker gives me a better chance at Wins, but I don’t need him killing ERA or Whip for the week.

    Arroyo at home against the Mets
    Baker at home against Detroit and Baltimore
    Wandy at home against Arizona
    Cook at Petco

    Also, Olivo or Snyder at C for the week?

  131. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @brad: weeks

  132. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Vic Vinegar:

    Think you have to go Baker, don’t ya? Detroit’s lineup is full of strikeout artists. Cabrera is their only real threat. Baltimore’s lineup isn’t much better. You should get 15 strikeouts from those two games, alone.

  133. Tom Reale says:
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    @Vic Vinegar: I’m rolling out Baker for a 2 start week. But this is his last chance, if he implodes, I’m moving on.

  134. herschel says:
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    5 x 5 roto, with weekly changes. Who do you like better?

    Baker (vs Det, vs Bal)

    Cecil (@Cle, @ Cws)

    Thoughts?

  135. Terrence Mann says:
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    @herschel: That one’s tougher. Don’t think you can lose either way. Wish I had your problems.

  136. brad says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: thanks, my thoughts too. at least until robot gets hot again. . . and learns to masticate.

  137. herschel says:
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    @Terrence Mann: i hear what youre saying, but baker is far from worry free. leaning towards cecil as i just dont trust baker right now and without mauer, i dont see the twins scoring a ton of runs.

  138. sean says:
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    Hamels twice this week on a homestand vs. STL and ATL? Weekly lineups in this league, so I need to decide tonight. He hasn’t exactly inspired confidence, but I think I need to roll with my pick.

  139. mannybeingmanny says:
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    Grady Sizemore, what’s a fair offer for him at this point? I realize this is a pretty broad question, however, I just like to hear some thoughts

  140. William says:
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    @Everyone – My OF right now consists of

    Matt Kemp, Jason Bay, Alfonso Soriano, and Curtis Granderson (DL)

    It looks like I might need to pick up another OF. The player I am thinking of dropping is Casey McGehee but he plays 2B/3B and my starter at 2B right now is Kelly Johnson.

    My DL spot is being held by Mike Gonzalez, so another option is dropping Mike G and moving Granderson to my DL spot. The risk here is that another team picks up Mike Gonzalez for their DL spot.

    The OF I am thinking of picking up is Andruw Jones. What do you guys think I should do?

  141. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @herschel: but you trust cecil?

  142. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @William: drop gonzalez. even when he comes back, he’s not guaranteed to closer role, and even if he gets it handed to him because of his paycheck, he’s probably gonna still suck at it. and the O’s aren’t gonna win more than 75 or so games so his opportunities are gonna be very limited.

    2B/3B value is gold. and mcgehee will have every shot to knock in 100 RBIs this year batting behind braun and prince, so long as he doesn’t fall into a serious extended slump (there isn’t anyone else in the lineup to take his lineup spot right now).

  143. KarlJ. says:
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    Question guys- I am getting absolutely nothing from my SS position , first Yunel Escobar, now Alcides. There aren’t really great options on waivers ( not sold on Alex Gonzalez). Would you trade Ellsbury for Stepen Drew considering I also have Nyjer Morgan on my bench that I can plug in, who is basically a poor man’s Ellsbury?

  144. Bobby Nice says:
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    @Grey and Everyone
    Who’s getting the better end of this deal? Don’t worry about rosters, just straight up, in general.

    Kinsler, Kendry Morales, and Jenks
    for
    Adam Jones, Crawford, Figgins, and Capps

    Thanks guys.

  145. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @mannybeingmanny: Really depends on what the team with Grady needs.

    For example, if they need Ks, offer a high-K pitcher selected around Round 7 or later. (Kershaw?)

    If they need saves, offer Sizemore Lite plus a closer. (Adam Jones/Capps?)

    If they need an MI, offer someone useful plus a namebrand player of lesser value (Kelly Johnson/Carlos Lee?)

    Does that help?

    @William: I think you can drop Mike Gonzo with little risk. He’s a dead-armed reliever on a terrible team. Pitchers who start the year on the DL don’t tend to come back and be dominant — they tend to end the year on the DL. Remember Chad Cordero? Went from day-to-day to 15-day DL to 60-Day DL to Where Is He Now?

    Jones is a decent pick-up while he’s hot. He won’t stay hot forever. Or even warm.

    @Vic Vinegar: You brought her, you Baker.

    @William: Also: If Bay hits a couple more homers, trade him. Get out of the Jason Bay business.

  146. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Bobby Nice: I’d take the Jones/Crawford side, though you’re really gorging on steals and giving up pop.

  147. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @KarlJ.: OMG no no no.

    Where did you draft Ellsbury? 3rd round? 4th? You should be able to get Drew a lot cheaper than that.

  148. herschel says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: “trust” is a strong word. i guess its just i have lower expectations for cecil than for baker, therefore if cecil gets racked, i wont be as upset (i say that now, of course). whereas if baker gets torched like he has been, and i start him, im likely to throw my lap top out the window. pretty standard fantasy psych 101…..