After seeing Edwin Jackson pitch yesterday, I felt as happy as this guy on the inside.  I ran around my block yelling “Yuuuuupppp” like Dave Hester in Storage Wars.  I went to Coldstone Creamery and got a low fat sundae that had 2700 calories and I ate it (with extra jimmies)!  Yesterday, Jackson’s line was 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners and 13 Ks.  He’s now 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 20 Ks in 14 innings.  Giddy up, snitches!  Sure, like I tell my girlfriends, beware the small sample size, but I liked Jackson throughout the preseason.  Wanna see where I wrote my Edwin Jackson fantasy in sparkle dust?  Click on that link-a-ma-thingie.  Right now, Jackson is owned in 29.1% of ESPN leagues.  Even when you consider 40% of all ESPN leagues are already abandoned, it’s still too low.  BTW, if other fantasy sites tell you to pick up Edwin Jackson now, tell them to go eff themselves, Razzball told you back in January.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Lastings MilledgeWhite Sox designated him for assignment.  That assignment is to stop sucking.

Trevor Cahill – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Blue Kays.  Here’s what I said in the preseason, “Makes sense that Cahill can’t even buy a K in his last name.  In 2009, Cahill’s K-rate was 4.53.  Last year, it was 5.40.  It’s a good trend but I’ll wait until 2012 when it’s actually up to something presentable.  No Ks is a than, but no thans.  He’ll probably have an ERA over 4.00 in 2011, but I’ll be generous and give him… 2011 Projections:  8-9/3.90/1.15/130”  And that’s me quoting me!  I’m still on board with all that.  His xFIP was high last year and his K-rate was atrocious.  Now the interesting thing about Cahill — and, yes, when I say interesting, I probably mean not that interesting — he had a solid K-rate in the minors.  If Cahill strikes out guys this year, I’d only rank it a 5 on a scale of surprising.  Or about as surprising as food poisoning from all you can eat sushi.

Ricky Romero – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Even though he pitches in the AL East, I’d own him because RR Cool Jay is doing it well.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  This was against the Indians, but Lester is a bona fide number one against any wahoos.

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Carmona looked good which isn’t a compliment to him but an indictment of the Sox right now.  Somebody cover Ted Williams’ frozen head, he shouldn’t have to see the Red Sox like this.

Sam Fuld – 1-for-3, 3 steals.  To paraphrase Kanye, “Let’s have a toast for those that steal three bags…”

B.J. Upton – 2-for-4, hitting .364 on the year.  Not sure what it is, maybe he was getting cold there in Longoria’s shadow, but Upton is about the only Ray currently hitting.  (Yeah, I went from Kanye to Bette Midler in the matter of two blurbs.  You’re welcome.)

Esmil Rogers – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Member when Rockie pitchers were unownable?  That was sooooo 2009!  Rogers works with a mid-90’s fastball, slider, changeup– Wait, who am, Stephen?  Rogers should have a mid to high 7 K-rate and be in the rotation for at least a month.  If he impresses, the Rockies will leave him in the rotation.  In deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues, I’d grab him to see if you can ride the lightning in a bottle or whatever that cliche is.

Jon Niese – 4 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His leash shouldn’t be crazy long, but this was a tough match-up.  You gotta give him a little more slack.

Wilson Valdez – 4-for-4, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs.  It’s always interesting to see how players react to the threat of everyday violence from their fan base.  So far Valdez has done okay in Citizens Flank, but I imagine that will end shortly.

John Axford – Everyone’s favorite closer to lose their job in the first week of the season now has back-to-back saves.

Shaun Marcum – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Not quite as dominant as I want to see him every time out *cough* like Edwin Jackson *cough* but this was a step in the right direction.  BTW, am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that the Brewers are playing Nyjer and Gomez at the same time?  Opposing teams just need to shine a flashlight onto a wall to get them to run off base.

Ian Desmond – Led off and went 2-for-5 with 2 steals.  Now 6 for his last 10.  Yeah, you probably shouldn’t have dropped him after three bad games.

Sam LeClure – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Doesn’t it seem like terrible pitchers do well on short schedule days?  Yeah, so that got me thinking… As many of you are aware, my IQ falls somewhere between brilliant and brilliantly stupid.  The technical term is “Hit or Miss.”  I wasn’t sure if this one theory I had was hit or miss, so I contacted frequent commenter, Simply Fred, like I was Tom Cruise contacting Ving Rhames to crack a safe.  I told him my theory — Hitters do worse on travel days (Monday and Thursday).  Simply Fred then went and did the ERAs for each day of the week. Turned out this theory was a miss.  There’s no correlation.

Scott Rolen – 1-for-1 with his 2nd homer.  Last year, 17 homers pre-All-Star break.  3 homers afterwards.

Alex Avila – Hit his 2nd homer in two games.  Now let the comments commence (say that fast 117 times!) about whether you should pick up Avila.

A.J. Burnett – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  If you ask me in the comments if you should start Burnett, I’m probably going to say no because I wouldn’t own him.  Or I’m going to say yes if you own him.

Adam Moore – Torn meniscus.  Simultaneously, the Appendix, Intercostal and Oblique scream, “Get in line!”

Adam Jones – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, HR and a steal for the always delicious slam & legs.  Yesterday, I couldn’t believe I was getting questions asking about dropping Jones or picking up a dropped Jones.  Really?  After 5 games?

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I hope this is because he had a short Spring Training.  I really hope so.  Do I think it is?  Yes, but I’m answering with my fingers crossed.

Nishioka Tsuyoshi – Fractured fibula.  No lie.

Luke Hughes – We have a new Aussie major leaguer.  Let’s hope he didn’t share a bed with this koala.  (Sorry, Snookie, that koala makes STDs look cute.)  Hughes hasn’t shown much power in the minors… or speed… or average, but he did hit well in Spring Training (6 homers).  I grabbed him in one league where I lost Nishioka.  As of right now, I would grab him in AL-Only leagues.  The inherent problem with Hughes is the Twins might just play Matt Tolbert.  And that’s The Tolbert Report.

  1. Steve says:

    Just as well Milledge got that high-five in, in his rookie year.

    Might not get too many more.

  2. Hennessey says:

    Great headline!

    Had you not been a fan of Jackson all pre-season, it could have been, “I’m sorry Ed Jackson, You Are Fo Reeeeal”

  3. BK says:

    Edwin Jackson’s slider made my weenis tingle for joy! If he continues to command his fastball like that, it could be a really fun year to own him.

  4. Amsterdam says:

    ” BTW, am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that the Brewers are playing Nyjer and Gomez at the same time? Opposing teams just need to shine a flashlight onto a wall to get them to run off base.”

    Made me laugh out loud in the University library.. Always good for laughs and good fantasy advice. Thank you!

  5. Napoli is Free! says:

    Fun fact about AJ Burnett… Over the course of his Yankee career, Mr. April is 7-0 with a 3.91 ERA in 12 starts in the first month of the season. Sell high on April 30th.

  6. Regrettably dropped Edwin Jackson for Beachy a couple days ago. Do I try to switch back?

  7. thepizzaman says:

    Love the Dave Hester shout out haha yuuuuuuppppppppp!

  8. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Wandy or Travis Wood?

  9. jrt3177 says:

    Better pickup for util slot – Beltran or A. Gordon? H2H daily 5×5 lg

  10. K!cks says:

    Someone got spooked of Andrew Jones and put him on the wire. Is he any upgrade over my current OF… Francisco, Holliday, Abreu, Gordon, Huff? I fell backwards into your advice on EdWIN(ing), and now you have my undying trust.

  11. K!cks says:

    *Adam Jones

  12. Carns says:

    @jrt: Gordon for now. Gordon for later. Have you seen Beltran this year? He looks like he is being held up by half-chewed popsicle sticks. Seriously, I am waiting for him to collapse on the field.

  13. theevilempire says:

    Team is really hurting. Longoria down. Sizemore down. Nishioka out. Need some stats, stat! Here’s my Craptastic team

    BE-Longoria, Sizemore, Encarnacion

    Some moves I can do but don’t have the testicular fortitude to make without your approval:

    Drop Encarnacion and pickup Polanco or Rolen at 3B/1B?

    Drop V.Wells/ManRam/DenSpan/Bloomquist and pickup Boesch for OF?

  14. shibboleth says:

    hey Grey, thanks as always. got a trade question for you: my zobrist for his reynolds. obp league with trips for the guilty pleasure.

    c- montero
    1b- votto
    2b- prado
    3b- beltrey
    ss- hanley
    ci- huff
    mi- alexei
    4of – uptone, uptwo, werth, rasmus
    2util- quentin, snider
    bn- zobrist, fowler, raburn, morrison


  15. xopchipili says:

    Thinking of sitting Kennedy tonight. Meh first outing + Cinci’s lineup has me feeling squeamish. 14 team league, but 1250IP cap. Agree?

  16. Salty Balty says:

    Start or no start for Kennedy against the Reds? I’m thinking no, Reds scare me and I have Scherzer going in KC anyway. Also, mucho gracias (thats Mexican for thank you very much) for the heads up on Jackson.

  17. shibboleth says:

    @xopchipili, I am benching him… until he can keep the HR in check i’d rather be patient with him. the luxury of having him as a back-end starter is I can be picky until he starts putting it all together

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i’m assuming those of us who watched phil hughes fall far enough to grab him despite grey’s warnings are sitting him today? just seems like a recipe for a red sox explosion. 1st home game, 0-6, unsustainable sub-.200 team avg, etc. i could see them just blowing up and going for 10+ today plus combined with questions about hughes’ velocity.

  19. ujoh says:

    My current closers are Gregg and Rauch. I have E-Jax and people seem to want him for a closer. Not that I plan on trading him because I hate trading for closers, but what tier should I be looking at?

    12 team H2H mixed non-keeper.


  20. xopchipili says:

    EJax is available in one of my leagues, but thanks to some injuries I can only afford to drop Volquez for him. Anyone make this move?

  21. xopchipili says:

    (alternatively I suppose I could drop A. Soriano or Rajai, leave my UT empty for a few days and then just make up a couple games later in the season)

  22. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Lost out on Harang last might. Which Tribe HURL-er; Masterson, Carrasco or Tomlin? Thanks!

  23. schlitzy says:

    Jose lopez over raburn at 2b or eh?

  24. Rodger Dodger says:

    I believe we were asked to comment on Alex Avila… can’t believe I’m the first. <>

    I watched that game against the song birds last night, and Avila does have a good looking, tight, strong swing. (Am I the only one feeling a little awkward right now?) I just … can’t… quite convince myself that he’s going to keep seeing the ball this well over the season. Plus, I think Detroit’s field will result in more outs than homers. I’d say he’s a good pick-up for all the Razzballers that punted catcher and missed out in the last round of their draft… that happened to me last year and I ended up with Pyrzineskiieee… not good. I’d drop some loser schmohawk for Avila. If he turns out to be another schmohawk… what did you lose? I’d guess 15 hr/.260 for the season. If he’s better than that, I’d draft him next year.

  25. Jack's Fantasy Burden says:

    I own the incumbent Sean Burnett but another owner just dropped Drew Storen. Should I pick him up for his upsidiness??

    Could drop Jonny Venters or Chris Sale

    Also, when Grady Gaga returns, which of those guys is the most droppable?

  26. exno says:

    Custom overall points league –
    Question: Axford or Chris Perez?

  27. Eddy says:

    Ugh, they’re dropping Ellsbury to 8th today. He better start hitting.

  28. Richard Pryor says:

    Not really sure why you were high on Liriano in the first place. I mean, you had him 9th overall. Higher than Weaver, Verlander, J. Johnson? Good luck with that.

  29. Badger says:

    I’m in a heap of trouble. Having lost Utley in the spring and Nishioka last night, I’m out a 2B. The options on the wire could be worse, but they sure aren’t appetizing for a shallow mixed starter. Who of these names do you prefer for the remainder of the season? 10 team mixed, standard 5 cats + K, BB, TB, OPS.

    Raburn, Figgins, J. Lopez, F. Sanchez, Callaspo, Scutaro.

    Ackley is on my roster and the light at the end of my tunnel.

  30. Learn Teixiera says:

    This is my first year using a FAAB for waiver fodder. We have $100 for the year and I’m being pretty stingy so far. I’m watching players taht I want go to other teams because they are paying 2-3 times more than my bid. For instance, Jorden Walden went the other day for $30 or so. Are these guys overpaying and will they pay for it later in the season or should I sack up and start spending?

  31. Badger says:

    One more… Same league, better shot at being steady contributor?

    Berkman, Beltran, Chipper, Crisp, Boesch

  32. henW says:

    Stubbs + Cordero for Rajai davis + Justin upton 14×25 H2H
    prefer which side ??? thanks a lot for your answer : )

  33. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    @Grey: Another missed opportunity to get on the Cahill bandwagon. Guy has a lotta moxie. Mixing in a dandy curveball. The sinker is starting to look like vintage Brandon Webb. He’s commanding it really well and getting a lot of those called strike three where guys give up and there’s very late movement. I’ll take the over on 8 wins and the under on 3.90 for sure. Course as an Oakland season ticket holder, I’m entirely untrustworthy (on many levels).

  34. Timequake says:

    If I’m picking up Jackson, would I be better off dropping Daniel Hudson or Gio? Thanks.

  35. Chupacabra says:

    So, Edwin Jackson gets one sparkly start.

    I could pick him up and drop Scherzer. Yea or nay? (or braaaay?)

  36. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    @Chupacabra: I just checked the schedule and it turns out the White Sox have a whole bunch of games scheduled NOT against the Rays this year. Something to consider.

  37. trick dad says:

    is it just me or does braun look ridiculously good this season? should I trade votto for him straight up? I have texeira at util right now.

  38. trick dad says:

    sorry, non-keeper H2H 7×7

  39. ujoh says:

    Raburn is killing me…..drop him for any of these guys? No room to bench him.

    Sean-Rod, Polanco, Callaspo, Valdez, F.Sanchez, Lopez, Espinosa….

    12 team H2H mixed non-keeper. Thanks!

  40. GTS says:

    I have Raburn/Sean-Rod starting at 2B for me but I’m thinking I need an upgrade and my OF is fairly deep: Holliday, Werth, J-Up, Tabata, Pagan, Alex Gordon… (I can start 4 with one UTIL spot)

    Trade one and upgrade 2B? Target Uggla maybe?

  41. Jermo says:

    neil walker or kelly johnson for the season?

  42. Wilsonian says:

    Looking at picking up a reliever who may get a save or two this weekend…who’s the snag?



  43. Mike says:

    Is anyone starting Beachy tomorrow?

  44. Dirt says:

    Out of these 3 players which 2 do I keep?…( I have Roberts as my starting 2b)

    Raburn (Of and 2b eligibility, but won’t see much action with my team)

  45. Hi Grey — If I can’t start Scherzer at home against the Royals there’s something wrong, right? Are you starting him?

    Also, I see a lot of questions about Raburn. Do you still believe he’ll prove his worth?

  46. Smell The Golve says:

    Using a “Jimmies” reference eh, Grey? Haven’t had a chance to get your book yet but you’ve dropped many Northeast US references in the past and now this so you’ve got to be from either NY, NJ, CT or Mass is my guess. Perhaps that will help in clues to revealing your true identity. We can make it like the puzzle pieces from Lost where the ending will probably be a 50/50 split between those who hate it (surprise you’re Bruce Vilanch!) and those who love it (TBD).

    Now on to my fantasy question.

    Have Brandon Morrow, Brian Matusz both sitting on my bench and DL waiting for them to come back.

    Is Matusz drop worthy to be replaced with Edwin Jackson?

    I have enough innings I can play the match-ups with Matusz to avoid the games against Yankees (and presumably the Red Sox and Rays in the future but right now I might prefer actually playing him against those Mongolian Clusterphucks of a team right now).

  47. the grate one says:

    grey, in a keeper is kemp pretty much equal to j up (and vice versa?)

  48. Hey Grey, I hate to ask about pick-ups and drop-offs this early in the season, but do you think I should add any of the following: Zimmermann, Cecil, Beachy, or Edwin J, in exchange for CJ Wilson, Ian Kennedy, or Volquez?

  49. slam says:

    do you think it’s unwise to start COlby Lewis tonight?

  50. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    On Farnsworth and Peralta, seems to me like Peralta is he better pitcher. Seems like that might be a deciding factor if not in the short term, at least in the long term.

  51. slam says:

    also, gardner is a free agent in my league, who should I drop to pick him up? 10 team keeper:

    mig. cab.
    sean rod
    casey mcgehee
    jose reyes
    chris b young
    jaay bruce
    carlos pena

    felix hernandex
    ryan franklin
    brandon league
    edwin jax
    colby lewis
    brandon beachy….

    i have cueto on my dl so I’ll have to drop someone when he comes back

    thanks for the help

  52. ltf says:

    I got offered Matt Thornton for my Kyle McClellan. I need a closer, but I am loving his 2-starts next week against Arizona and Los Angeles. Just curious if anyone makes this trade.

  53. @Grey: I didn’t notice the “new post” message and posted in Dunn’s Appendix Works A Walk. So then I went and posted the same thing in 2011 Astros Fantasy Baseball Preview. Why you givin’ me the silent treatment? If I have to paste this one more time, my keyboard’s gonna’ be as gummed up as my very first issue of Swank.


    12-Team, Roto, 7×7 (OPS & K, QS & K/9) – currently have Greinke/Cueto/Peavy/Jimenez giving me nuthin’ at SP. Would you drop MMD (on my BE anyway) and pick up Correia, or just hold tight?

    Real World, Vegas, 7 strangers (picked to binge drink and spread VDs in a hotel) – if memory serves, the season opener showed (in the “this season on the RW” montage) that Dustin’s gay porn past is discovered by a roomie on the interwebs; I don’t think he reveals it. That’ll be so much better…

  54. Chupacabra says:

    My pitchers are:

    Gio Gonzalez
    Ricky Romero

    So the consensus is I do not drop Sherzer and add Edwin Jackson. How about Gio or Ricky?

  55. Whiskey Diet says:

    Lose Raburn for Callaspo or Wigginton or Mora?

    14 T, h2h

    Preciate it.

  56. Doc Pounder says:

    Will it be worth owning Arencibia with his 3 days a week playing time,or pick up Buck?

  57. supernova says:

    I was offered my Mo Rivera for Stubbs, good deal for me?

  58. NVChris says:

    Grey, anyone…

    H2H points leage, and next week I have to SIT one of these SP options.

    In no particular order…

    1) Dempster @Hou, @COL
    2) Dice-K vs TB, vs TOR
    3) Gallardo @WAS
    4) Edwin Jackson vs OAK
    5) Jonathan Sanchez vs LAD

    I am starting Sabbathia and D. Price (2 starts) for sure, and have to field six SPs.

    Who do you suggest I bench?

  59. Big Nate says:

    Desperate times at SS for my squad. Pick one from this heap of hot garbage: Alcides Escobar, Erick Aybar, Miggy Tejada, or Orlando Cabrera….

  60. GTS says:

    Sean-Rod or Jose Lopez?

  61. Pooch says:

    kila or encarnacion to fill in for longoria short term?

  62. Wake Up says:

    I’m thinking about dropping Pujols. His AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS are all on a 3 year downward skid(4 year if you count this year and I count this year!). I don’t currently own him in any leagues because I was avoiding him this year and I didn’t randomly have the first overall pick or finish last last year to get the first pick, but I’m aggressively pursuing trading for him now that I can buy low and then drop.

  63. artie says:

    Pick a side please:

    Phillips/Lind Reyes/Stanton


  64. ken plane says:

    In a vacuum – trade Markasis for D. Hudson or Oswalt. Enough , OK or not enough

  65. projectbadass says:

    12-team 5×5 roto 4-player keeper (lose the round u drafted them in)

    Would you trade Smoak (23), Jose Lopez (27), and Krimble (15) for Stephen Drew (8) and Alex Gordon (27)? I am already light on saves (Krimble, Franklin, farnsworth, rodney, fuentes) and position eligibility doesn’t matter

  66. Chunk says:

    Start Wandy vs FLA (Nolasco)? Wins and Losses are scored significantly. I’m ahead of schedule on innings pitched (1500 cap) and I’m also throwing Anderson tonight.

    I’m thinking about just sitting him for the whole first half, which I wish I had done last year. Why do I keep drafting this guy?

  67. vinko says:

    ESPN is reporting that Matt Tolbert will remain the back up behind Luke Hughes.

  68. Casey Blake's Beard says:

    Looking for a backup SS/MI. Aviles was just dropped so I could use my #1 waiver on him. Also available: Raburn, Escobar, Brignac, Hardy, Tejada, Peralta, Bartlett, Theriot, Pennington, Alex Gonzalez, Betancourt, Hairston, Jr, Felipe Lopez, Jamey Carroll, Wilson Valdez, Renteria, Tolbert, Luke Hughes.

    Drop any of the following for any of the above? ManRam, Mark Trumbo, Danny Espinosa, J Vazquez, James McDonald, Matt Capps (holds not counted).

  69. Casey Blake's Beard says:

    Also, drop Vazquez or McDonald for Esmil Rogers, Michael Pineda, Narveson, Kevin Correia, Bedard, Tillman? Harden or Webb could also be added to DL. (Plenty of DL slots free.)

  70. chata says:

    what a waste of time …..

    the fenway opening ceremonies not only introduced the bat boy ,
    but , also , each of the board of directors of that fsb group that partnered
    up with lebron .

    however , the organist is getting a lot of playing time .

  71. cubfever7 says:

    You mean I’m not the only guy who watches Storage Wars? Dave is okj sometimes–but there have been several episodes where I couldn’t understand why some of these douches didn’t just stop bidding and STICK him with a shit locker.

    I still don’t trust Edwin at the Cell–sorry.

  72. chata says:

    for 4 hours , this morning , weei has been trying to guess who would
    throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch for fenway’s opening day .
    apparently , the sawx kept it as a well guarded secret .

    turns out it was carl yaztremski , mlb’s last triple crown winner .
    well , old carl strolled to the mound from inside the green monster ,
    and on his way in , they played “oh happy day” …. when jesus walked …

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:

    wow getz moved to #1 escobar 9th

  74. cubfever7 says:

    I realize I’m about as smart as a rookie on storage wars–where doth one find the new followup post? I don’t see it anywhere.

  75. dja says:

    would you give up cordero for pence in a h2h?

  76. Moonlight's Grahams says:

    Ah the vastly under-utilized storage wars reference, featuring Adam Dunn’s long lost biological father, Darrell Sheets.

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