I already sort of covered this when I went over how you should not be dropping guys from your fantasy baseball team that you just drafted because they’re in a slump.  Due to the amount of feedback that continues to come in about whether or not Chris Davis is worth more than Cristian Guzman (fill in any schmohawk name), I decided to cover the same topic again, but this time with examples.  

Back on April 30th of 2008, right after Shane Victorino was benched because of the hot Werth start, I said, “Victorino’s got too much to offer to be a bench player, he’ll be back in there. … Say Victorino doesn’t start for two weeks then he gets what? Four and a half more months to play. He can still get to 15/40. He only played in 131 games (in 2007) and he got 12/37. Patience is key.”

Now I have to expose a couple of commenters (I’ll remove their names to remove their shame), who just didn’t want to trust me with Victorino.  Bee tee dubya, these comments were the overriding sentiment last year, not just a few screwball loose cannons in Da Razzpound:

Commenter, “I dropped Victorino because he was kinda duplicating what I would get out of Rios as a leadoff hitter. Now they’ve moved Rios back to third and I’m thinking about picking Shane-o back up…he’s still available but it would require me to drop Willingham.”

My response, “Yeah, I’d be careful about making a move just based on a manager’s current whim.  Rios could be back in the leadoff spot today but that wouldn’t reduce Victorino’s appeal.”

Another commenter, “One slot open on my bench – who is more a better utility guy to have (the already owned) Votto or Victorino?”

My response, “You need Victorino more than Votto (because of your team’s makeup), but I wouldn’t drop Votto. I’d try and trade him.”

Those comments were not from April, but from the middle to the end of May of last year.  Shane Victorino finished 14th overall for all outfielders.  His final numbers were 102/14/58/.293/36.  Alexei’s off to a rough start, Prince Fielder sucks and Brandon Inge looks like Johnny Bench.  So when you’re thinking about writing players off in April and May, take a moment and chillax.  The season is looooong (too many O’s to count).  If you throw out everything you read in February/March, you’re doing much more harm than good. (Now go Google those comments to see who those comments are from.  You nosy!)

  1. Hardcore Midget says:

    But Josh Hamilton only has one HR so far! And Ricky Romero has been great, should I drop CC Sabathia to pick him up?? ::HYPERVENTILATES::

  2. Hardcore Midget says:

    Is there any way to really tell the difference between a slow start and someone just being terrible?
    My pitching staff right now has both Scott ‘John Wasdin’ Baker and Manny Parra. Neither one has had a great start to the season.

    I’m not ready to cut and run on either, but how long do you normally wait?

  3. PhillyYorker says:

    To Hardcore Midget’s point: How long until we decide that Ricky Nolasco is more Oliver Perez than predicted and let him go? This start is sickening.

  4. arthur says:

    @Hardcore Midget: There is no science to that. However, you want to look at several things…track record, do a google blog search to see what the “experts” are saying, your team needs, and finally-your gut feeling. By the way, feel free to drop Parra. I don’t think anyone in your league will jump all over him.

  5. b00sh says:

    I am currently sporting a roster of Chris Davis, Alexei Ramirez, Rios, and Nolasco…please kill me. Miguel Cabrera is the only is the only thing keeping me from the cellar

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:

    man,whatever happened to the bunt,watched dusty fail to use it in about 3 needy situations already this year,only to watch someone,or 2 strikeout,now the yanks bases loaded no outs tied bottom 7th,fail to get a run in,where have you gone JOE DIMAGIO

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Not sure which times you’re talking about but Taveras is a good bunter too.

  8. Paul Wilson says:

    I saw Grey recommend Hundley at catcher and I almost sharted. Remember that 41 HR/112 RBI season in 1996? Damn I must be getting old.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Paul Wilson: Ha! I’m glad you didn’t shart.

  10. Homer at the Bat says:

    How ’bout a post about pitchers who are risks… to hurt themselves batting. I’ve lost two pitchers in two weeks to the DL because they hurt themselves swinging. D’oh!

    Bring the DL to the NL… to save my fantasy team!

  11. Homer at the Bat says:

    Crap. Bring the DH to the NL… I already got too much DL for my tastes.

  12. Homer at the Bat says:

    Crap. Bring the DH to the NL. I’ve already got plenty of DL on my squad.

  13. Hardcore Midget says:

    My pitching staff is absolutely terrible right now. I went offense-heavy with my keepers and draft, and am paying the price now.
    Rocking a rotation of Matt Cain, Liriano, Scott Baker, Manny Parra, Lohse, Snell, Randy Wolf, and Ricky Romero, with Lackey on the DL.

    I believe the word is yawmstipating.

  14. Billy says:

    Is Kyle Davies worth cashing in the precious waiver wire (albeit 7) pick?

  15. NoonTime says:

    Hah..the Giants start Sandoval at C today for a tease.

  16. elRioCaballo says:

    Hi, first time posting, love the site, and the insight!

    I need an outside opinion of my team. I’m in an ESPN 10 team points league and this is how my team looks after getting a little trade happy.

    C Doumit, Wieters, Buck
    1B Miggy
    2B Kinsler, A. Hill
    SS Alexei, S. Drew
    3B Wright, I. Stewart
    OF Rios, Kemp, Ethier, Victorino, Hermida, Cruz

    P J. Johnson, Danks, Nolasco, Maholm, Galarraga, Millwood, Verlander, Perkins, E. Jackson, Price

    I’m scared of relievers since they easily can give you negaitve points, however as long as a pitcher eats up innings(3pts=1 IP) they can give you positive pts even with a loss.
    Now for the questions:
    1. What do you think of this team?
    2. Should I trade for some better pitching?
    3. Should i calm down and stop trading, my team is good as is?

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: Or-teased,dont know if it`ll make the glossary but ive either been or-teased or just plain ole horse (insert very bad word)calling the sox game in the middle of a inning with my guns(o.k. ortiz is still a b.b gun)but it still sucks like nolasco,keeper league i got him for $5,

  18. p0rk burn says:

    Grey, Wolf v Oswalt and the ‘Stros tonight. Once again “my mind is telling me no, but my body is telling me yes.” Actually both are telling me no. What say you?

  19. Steve says:

    Is Haren EVER going to get any run support?

  20. Big Mike says:

    Is it bad form to trade Votto for Fielder?

  21. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Hardcore Midget – I don’t know if yawnstipating is the correct usage for your flock pf pitchers. Razztacular would better describe at least some of that bunch. In truth, it looked a lot better on draft day then 2+ weeks later. As did my lineup.

    What do you call it when your staff/lineup belongs in the Razzball, not the Commenter Leagues?

  22. Colin says:

    One guy I’m seriously thinking about giving up on is Sandoval. How in the hell did this guy hit .345 last year? This low IQ dumbass swings at everything so pitchers never have to throw him a strike. I just saw him swing at 6-7 pitches all out of the strike zone against Young, finally swinging and missing at a pitch 2 inches from his head. Bochy has this fat ass hitting cleanup today. You must have a really bad team if you have someone as bad as Sandoval hitting cleanup for you.

    Rant over.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hardcore Midget: After Cain and Liriano, that is a bit of a mess.

    @Billy: Not sure how deep your league is, but I’m thinking no.

    @elRioCaballo: Thanks for the kind words…

    Your hitting is better than your pitching. In a 10 team league, that staff is a bit weak. You may not get anything from these guys:

    Nolasco, Maholm, Galarraga, Millwood, Verlander, Perkins, E. Jackson,

    On any given day. Or week for that matter. I’d look to see if Cruz could get you anything worthwhile. I think he’ll more or less be a 30 HR guy though so you shouldn’t necessarily sell him low. Just sell him for a decent #2, think Wainwright.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha!

    @p0rk burn: I’d start Wolf.

    @Steve: Hopefully from Reynolds.

    @Big Mike: Nope

  24. elRioCaballo says:

    4. should i trade Galarraga/Nolasco for Chris Davis?

  25. elRioCaballo says:

    thank you!

  26. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Grey: Interesting topic. Looking at it the other way, how would you rank the following hot starts from “Ryan Braun circa 2007” (for real) to “Chris Shelton circa 2006” (not for real)…

    Aaron Hill
    Nelson Cruz
    Jason Bartlett
    Adam Jones
    Adam Lind

    Zach Greinke
    Kyle Lohse
    Edwin Jackson
    Josh Johnson
    Chris Volstad
    Ricky Romero
    Kyle Davies
    Paul Maholm

  27. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL-KOHOLIC – Big Floppy might tease you a bit this year, but when you watch him at bat, he has the look of Schmo Vaughn or Wily Schmo Pena. Unlike Forsters, portly hitters crash quickly. Call it Papisouras Syndrome.

  28. JR says:

    By the way, Grey, your boy Karlos Karrasco has a 20/1 K/BB in his first three AAA starts. How long can Park last?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @elRioCaballo: I’d want Davis there, but you don’t have pitchers.

    @ron mexico’s papi:Ooh… That’s good. Can I make this tomorrow’s afternoon post?

    @JR: Hopefully not for long. I think he was my ROY candidate in, like, December.

  30. Emporers Monkey says:

    Thinking about accepting this trade…

    I give Abreu, Torii Hunter and Heath Bell



    I have Dukes on my bench, so I will be able to replace Abreu in my lineup.

  31. Dom says:

    Baseball is a marathon not a sprint. Make smart moves, don’t react to day-to-day actions. You really shouldn’t be looking at standings, as they can change based the performance of one or two players. Build a team that will make the biggest push post All-Start break, which is in July!

  32. EricB says:

    @Grey: I asked you last week whether I should start Chris Young versus SF or Meche versus CLE. You said Young was the better start. Good call. He’s shutting out SF through six right now. If SD could only score we might pick up a win to boot. Thanks Grey!

  33. Emporers Monkey says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: I think Cruz has to be at the top of that list for sure.

  34. Steve says:

    @Steve: C’mon D’Backs!

  35. BSA says:

    Iannetta is testing my patience with every 0’fer. Wait let me look, oh my Gawd – I have Alexei going tonight – where is the medicine cabinet?

    Damn childproof caps!

  36. Steve says:

    C’mon you stupid Diamondbacks!

  37. Steve says:

    @Steve: Thank you.

  38. Zebo says:

    brandon wood could be returned to AAA, and the ‘Gels are going to stick with Isturis batting 3rd and DHing. Scoscia is drinking Ozzie’s cool aid!!! What are the chances of Wood sticking and playing? I am rolling him at SS, talk about punting a position.

  39. Steve says:

    @Steve: OK. That’s enough. I want Qualls to get a save opp.

    Yes, I am hard to please.

  40. Pops says:

    So Grey, should I drop Victorino for Nick Green? Doode had a homerun and a ground rule double in the Saux win this afternoon.


  41. EricB says:

    @BSA: Know what you mean with Iannetta. He’s trying my patience. How long should we have to put up with this? Him and Brandon Phillips have me in last place in batting average. Phillips has a much longer leash of course. I’m giving Iannetta another couple of weeks to get going or I’m going to start looking elsewhere.

  42. p0rk burn says:

    Oh you silly Rotowire.com you. Of Adam Dunn: “[h]e’s hitting .310/.508/.667 with 12 RBI through 13 games. The batting average won’t hold up, but the rest of his numbers should remain very good.”

    Sure his average won’t hold up. I don’t think anybody will argue with that. But the rest of his numbers? We shouldn’t expect a drop off in his RBI rate? He’s really going to maintain a pace that has him on track for 149 RBIs? When his career mark is 106? When only four players since 2004 have reached or surpassed 146 in a season since 2004? Sweet, as a Dunn owner I’m not complaining. If Dunn reaches 149 RBIs this year – particularly playing for the Nats – I’ll get a big fat Dunn tattoo. Write it down. In ink.

  43. p0rk burn says:

    @To everybody concerned/panicked/worried about slow starts: This includes myself at times. Just last week people were asking if it was time to sell both Braun and Carlos Lee before their value plummeted. I don’t think too many of those people are still looking to dump either. Give it time people, its early. Players do on occasion have entire underwhelming seasons but this is the exception, not the rule. If they have a track record of success they will come around. Wait it out and don’t help your leaguemates by short-selling talent.

  44. BigFatHippo says:

    @p0rk burn: If Dunn gets 149 RBIs this year you promise to get a BigFatHippo tat on your forehead? He could win me the league and make me the newly crowned “Peoples Champ.”

    @Steve: You don’t want much do you?

  45. BSA says:

    @p0rk burn: I think slow starts just piss people off because as some have pointed out these other ballooned numbers will come down as well. Just sucks to be on this side of a .111 and a .159 BA.

    Then again I would gladly buy into a good player who stinks right now to ride the wave back up to their yearly average.

    @EricB: Nah, I’ll stick with Iannetta, just like I’ll stick with Alexei.

    I just need to rant and moan.

  46. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

    And I got. :-)

  47. Joel says:

    My league is mocking me for Ortiz + Sabathia for Berkman. But I’m very glad I managed to get that deal done.

  48. The backlash against early season overreaction has now officially become more annoying than the phenomenom which preceded it.

    Adam LaRoche, compared to his career norms, is having relatively speaking the greatest April of any hitter in the history of baseball. I own him every year, and as an experienced owner, I can attest that if he follows his normal yearly curve I will be enjoying a .485/190/75/225/.5 career year.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Emporers Monkey: I want Kemp.

    @Dom: Did you just succinct me? You did, didn’t you?

    @EricB: Nice!

    @Zebo: Oh, Zebo. You’re so excitable. If he doesn’t play, you find someone else. Just don’t drop anyone too worthwhile.

    @Pops: Yes!

    @p0rk burn: Dom out-succincted you.

    @Joel: Laugh last, Joel. Last!

    @Joe Morgan sucks: True.

  50. Steve says:

    Where’s Guthrie sitting on the ownabiity scale right now?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Just above your Wang.

  52. Steve says:

    @Grey: Snigger.

    I’ve waived my Wang.

    Does Guthrie now go the same way?

  53. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Ha!

    His new name is Gut-thrie

  54. EricB says:

    Anyone know why the Dodgers refuse to move Kemp up in the lineup. He’s 7th again tonight.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, he’s on a bad team and he’s been iffy. Not worth it.

    @EricB: They’re messing with you.

  56. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Steve – Woody or Arlo? You can get anything you want at Angelos’ restaurant (except Markakis)

    Will I be a Weepstakes winner if I pick up Brandon Wood on Waivers?

  57. Denys says:

    gais! –

    Nathan/Hardy for Alexei Ramirez.

    i get al-ram. which side would you want (might be able to fit a decent SP on the Ramirez side).

  58. The Giant Brain says:

    Grey, I agree with you to an extent on being patient with your top players, but when does patience turn into madness? If a flavor of the year from 2008 (Alex Ram, Cliff Lee, Chris Davis) starts to look like a pumpkin in 2009, when do you pull the string?

    I have a quick trigger finger – I made the move and dropped Clifford “The Dog” Lee after his first two starts for Wandy Rodriguez, and to say the least, have been the subject of brutal postings from fellow league members. Obviously we don’t know if the move was extremely intelligent or undeniably dumb, but leagues are won and lost in April and May and sometimes if you don’t act you are left in a hole and are thinking towards next year.

  59. Dingo says:

    Could there be a glossary term for when one of your players gets on base but then the guy behind him grounds into a fielder’s choice, costing you any chance of a SB or R? I feel like that happens often enough for it to have a name. I’m too tired to come up with suggestions.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Denys: I want more if I’m you.

    @The Giant Brain: Great username. Well, I like Wandy, but I gotta think you could’ve dropped someone else to get him. Davis was a talent in the minors, Lee put up a whole season — twice (once was a few years ago), and Al-Ram performed last year with the same approach. Guys with track records get more of a rope to hang themselves.

  61. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: Its an unfortunate side-effect of being paid essentially by the word. Mittens (that one bought me a beer).

  62. jerkstore says:

    I Get: Peavy, Victorino, Maholm and Heath Bell; I give: Oswalt, Votto, Zambrano and Coco Crisp


  63. paulzone says:

    who is andrew bailey? any relation to george bailey?

  64. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    R Soriano or Hawkins? Thoughts on either of them for saves going forward.

    Zimmerman or Atkins? I have Zimmerman but Atkins is on waivers, how many backup 3b can one have.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: Hmm… Maybe just sure how often I see me writing that though.

    @jerkstore: Great username. I like your side much better.

    @paulzone: Probably.

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Hawkins right now. That could change by next week.

    Atkins is on waivers? Shallow league, I guess. I’d prefer Atkins, but they’re very close in value.

  67. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Grey: just an impatient owner who is playing the hot seat while waiting for Arod, I am low on waiver priority and prob won’t get him.

  68. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Gotta be Lil round and Anupe

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m on the West Coast. You’re killing me.

  70. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Is Liriano a buy low or is there something wrong with him?

  71. Steve says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: A man after my own heart. I love that song.

  72. Martin says:

    how high are you on tommy hanson? Also should i try and trade kelly johnson and matt capps for alexi r

  73. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: So we hold on Liriano? Man he’s killing my RCL team.

    What you think of starting Bart the Colon at Baltimore?

  74. Zebo says:

    I think Liriano is in trouble, I made big mistake drafting him instead of Billingsley.

  75. Luke says:

    Braves brought Gonzalez in for a batter in the 8th inning then Soriano closed the game in the 9th. Verrrry interesting.

  76. Billy says:

    Soriano closed out tonight for Atlanta should we read anything into that?

  77. Dexter says:

    @Billy: No, they had 2 on and 2 outs in the top of the 9th with Gonzalez up. They PH to score the run and then Soriano entered.

  78. Zebo says:

    Rafael Soriano has 2 straight saves now, I think he is the closer now, yall.

  79. BigFatHippo says:

    Coffey’s in in the 9th.

    Return your tables to the upright position, grab your barf bag and hold on tight. He’s facing Howard, Werth and Ibanez.

  80. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: im guessing,not over yet

  81. Zebo says:

    on second thought, I think Gonzalez was brought in the 8th to face left handed Adam Dunn, then Soriano is brought in to face the right handed Dukes, Willingham, etc. Cox likes to do this lefty righty thing with his relievers. Very frustrating.

  82. Billy says:

    @Dexter: crap i just picked him up… oh well

  83. Steve says:

    I’m childishly amused by the names of a couple of relievers who have appeared in the last day or so. We had a Swindler yesterday and we have a T Sipp today.

    Cust Kayin’.

  84. Luke says:

    Still not a bad idea to stash him if you have room. I’ve got him stashed.

    Speaking of interesting closing situations, BJ Ryan (11.12 ERA) just blew a save by letting up three runs in the 9th. Downs (1.04 ERA) had an earned run in the 8th himself too though.

  85. Steve says:

    Back to baseball. Is the end nigh for BJ Ryan?

  86. Billy says:

    @Luke: just want you want from a closer, an 11 era, hmmm downs….

  87. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Hope so, I have Downs stashed all year. Just his 1st run given up so far. Flirted with picking up Hawkins and dropping him today, made googleeyes at Hawk and said nah, Downs is sexier than you.

  88. BigFatHippo says:

    @Billy: Get him now! He shouldn’t be a free agent unless you’re in a shallow league. Very shallow.

  89. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah – I have him in the RCL and having just traded 2 closers away I’m hoping BJ loses his job.

    Just picked up Hawkins in our keeper…

  90. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: You might as well, you had him for one day didn’t you?

  91. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Probably! Had to replace Guthrie with someone.

  92. Billy says:

    @BigFatHippo: thanks!! i picked him up… I have Brox, Quaills and Soria starting… i need an OF, if downs gets the job who should i trade? and what should i expect? 16 team h2h…

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: ha,i had a waiver in the latin 9 to drop downs for hawkins,cancelled,plus i have b.j in our league

  94. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Grey: That would be swell if you would make it tomorrow afternoon’s post. I shall wait patiently for your words of wisdom.

  95. Doc says:

    I would like to see Wood play baseball

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I’m very high on Hanson. Could be lights out if he gets the shot. I wouldn’t do that trade.

    @Billy: @Luke: Off the top of my head, I would say Cox was going with a righty-lefty matchup thing.

  97. BigFatHippo says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: It was you that had Hawk for 2 days then dropped him for Masterson, got a win, good move.

    @Billy: You could probably move any of the 3 for a good outfielder in a 16 teamer. Target a guy with only one solid closer, look for a second or third outfielder type, say Ibanez or Victorino, depending on what you need.

  98. Homer at the Bat says:

    Need to pick up a player for my bench, looking for upside. Who should I grab?

    Fred Lewis

    I know… not great options. None would crack my lineup, but I have a spot open due to Morales’ inability to bat without hurting himself.

  99. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Do you like Colon vs. Baltimore? I’m waffling.

  100. Griff says:

    Jay Bruce just kazaamed Kevin Gregg. Boy it’s painful to own Gregg right now, but I think he’ll be a unicorn come year’s end.

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:

    verlander stinkypoo

  102. Steve says:

    That was an annoying jack Bellisario just gave up right there. Cost me a win on three teams and a Hold on one…

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: just got a cheap save from coffey-like the drink but not spelled the same,from the green mile

  104. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: o.k i wont tell you who won but ill say this,they are all singing for 2nd place to Adam even though i think he sings with a jerbal up his a-hole,looks just like kurt russel

  105. JR says:

    Isn’t Soriano basically becoming the closer in Atlanta? “Oh, we needed Gonzo in the 8th, so we brought in Soriano to finish it off in the ninth.” Yeah? That’s what a closer does. He’s more dominant PLUS he’s a righthander PLUS he used to be the closer PLUS he lost his job to injury EQUALS we’re not *that* attached to Gonzo. Soriano will be closing 75% of games by May 15, save for an occasional Gonzo jaunt through Utley — Howard — Ibanez.

  106. BigFatHippo says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: “Like the drink but not spelled the same.”

    I knew I heard that somewhere, thought Grey wrote it, but his IQ is apparently higher than John Coffey’s. Great movie, even better book series.

  107. Steve says:

    I apologize cos I know this has been asked a thousand times, but what’s the likelihood of Hanson being called up?

    I need to drop Guthrie for someone in my H2H 12-teamer (there is NO ONE – Washburn? Wakefield? – on waivers) and could grab Hanson but really want a 7th starter that will be active.

    Otherwise, I will just rock another MR.

  108. mc serch says:

    @Grey: I think I may have been one of the cats you quoted regarding Victorino last year! In my defense let me say: [1] he was a waiver pickup; [2] Rios ended up batting leadoff for most of the season; [3] I had Sizemore, J. Hamilton and Rios for three OF spots; [4] I finished the season in the money; and [5] I drafted SV in the 6th round this year. Also I drafted Alexei in the 5th rd. this year and I pinky promise not to bail on that sitch before May 15th. In the interim I picked up B-Wood and, like Doc (Commenter 97), I too would like to see him play baseball one day.

  109. johnson21 says:

    Is soriano now the closer? is it better to add him or latroy “fly” hawkins?

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mc serch: Yeah, it was you. Hehe

    *****Soriano is not the closer. Gonzalez was just getting Dunn out in a tied game. Hawkins is the temp closer in Houston though.

  111. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: is it just me,but de-ja vue,seems like ive read that question before,

  112. knighttown says:

    Gregg just dropped. Drop Ric Ro for him?

  113. sean says:

    And finally someone has been able to solve this Saunders schmohawk

  114. my peter's gammons says:

    Great website to all involved, including commentators. You know its good when you debate whether or not to share with a league mate for the laughter, or keep the info close to home.

    The Cuban disarmed missile was just unceremoniously dropped. I just put doumit in my injured spot – claim AL-Ram and punt catcher until I can work out a trade or drop A Hill for him straight up?

  115. Steve says:

    @Steve: Eh. Forgot I had K Escobar in my DL spot. Dropped Guthrie for Hanson and can mix and match for my 7th starter as and when I need to.
    At least that’s the theory…

  116. Frank Rizzo says:

    Torii Hunter seems to be a little underrated. You were able to get him really late in drafts and he’s been awesome so far, tonight included. He’s always been solid against the Tigers.

    I’ve got to decide whether to start Hunter or Bruce into my lineup for tomorrow to go along with Braun and Kemp. Guaranteed, the one who sits hits a donger.

    Hunter @ home against Edwin Jackson or Bruce on the road against Zambrano?

  117. Dim says:

    Got Pronk and Ortizzle at util/bench; Frank Francisco and Jenks closing.

    Chris Davis is available; trade Ortiz + Jenks for Mariano?

  118. Dim says:

    (and pick Davis up subsequently)

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: Yeah, make that switch.

    @my peter’s gammons: Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, I’d claim Al-Ram there and punt catcher. In May you’ll probably be able to get Soto for him.

    @Frank Rizzo: Start Bruce.

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dim: Make the trade and grab Davis.

  121. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Dim: Your league must be shallow for Davis to be on the wire. And closers are not worth trading for…especially not for a bat like Ortiz. I’d trade Ortiz to strengthen your team somewhere else if you don’t need him. Ortiz name alone carries value.

  122. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Wow. I disagreed with Grey. Funny.

  123. Endless Summer says:

    Anyone else getting interested in Andrew Bailey in Oakland?

    10.3 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 2 H(1 HR), 1 ER

  124. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Alright Grey. I was thinking the same on Bruce. He’s actually got a pretty good short history against Zambrano. And it looks like a potential Bruce streak may be starting.

    So then Hunter or Lind vs. Millwood as my Utility?

  125. JR says:

    Grey, what’s your opinion of Purcey?

  126. Endless Summer says:

    @JR: Purcey’s overall numbers from last year don’t reflect how much Purcey improved by the end of the year. He starts @KC, and vs BAL. I wouldn’t rely on him for a spot start but if he limits his H andd BB (ok WHIP), I might pick him up because I liked him coming into the year.

  127. yoshinorimike says:

    @my peter’s gammons: totally know what you mean, I waited till the end of the season to tell me brother (and opponent) about this site for just that reason.

  128. Endless Summer says:

    @Grey: Thanks, I can’t stand looking for saves, and most times just punt them. I really want to believe in Purcey’s k rate but I’m thinking I am going a razztastic 2/2 on these. Good stuff Grey.

  129. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @my peter’s gammons

    “Great website to all involved, including commentators. You know its good when you debate whether or not to share with a league mate for the laughter, or keep the info close to home.”

    You found out my secret. I usually wait until after I think that AL-KOHLIC has had his third Margarita, when he starts spilling out his secrets!

    @Steve – Dropping Guthrie for Hanson is a very good thing, although you can’t sing the song anymore. Actually, what you need is my wife in the league – she is an O’s fan and can’t resist picking up Oriole schmohawks, which if applied to their pitching staff, is almost an oxymoron.

    But I agree – this is a great site both because you can get sound advice not just from Grey and Rudy but from many of the Commenters, and because it has a great sense of humor, not taking itself too seriously. Actually, it was the Glossary that got me initially. My new ambition is to have my name attached to a Razzball definition.

  130. Steve says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: As I have said many times previously, there are many reasons for coming to Razzball – the quality of the fantasy baseball advice is but one of them.

    I took one look at Hanson, clicked the green cross by his name, and said “you’re our boy.”

  131. Dom says:

    Grey, sorry for the succinction (word?). But save this post, you can repost at this time of year every year.

  132. Anthony G says:


    Great Article! a Few cats in the RCL Gorditas Supreme division dropped guys like james loney and adrian beltre. I hope they read this. haha.

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