Baseball is still going, I thought it was over since football has started. Soccer that is. Yeah, I know American Soccer is unwatchable, so I get my binoculars out and peer across the pond. I am sure I am alone in my passion as not many people play fantasy baseball and love the EPL. Oh well, editorial over. So what do we have for you this week? Injured starters return only to be most likely banished back, pennant races getting interesting and I saw Pirahna 3-D, yikes. It’s like watching a spring break snuff film. Hmm, it actually sounds good when I put it that way.  Well, enjoy the fantasy week that will be, as I am off to enjoy a case of High Life and a few games of Madden.

R.A. Dickey (Fla vs. Johnson) (Hou vs. Norris)
Makes playing like Dickey a positive. Low numbers everywhere. Would be top 10 in ERA if he qualified. Is the NL version of Jason Vargas statistically, if that’s a compliment.

Fausto Carmona (Oak vs. Gonzalez) (KC vs. Chen)
Cleveland is only one game under .500 post AS break. Yeah, I had to look that up.

Jeremy Guthrie (@ChW vs. Floyd) (@Ana vs. Santana)
Struggles against lefties with a .264 BAA. ERA a creep over a deuce in last 7 starts. Change of leagues and he is a 15 game winner.

Kyle Lohse (@ Pit vs. Maholm) (@Was vs. Lannan)
I keep thinking something is going to click with him, a la 2008. Starting to get re-stretched out, takes 3-4 starts before we realize he is recycling.

John Lannan (ChC vs. Zambrano) (StL vs. Lohse)
Lannan is hot.  Wait, did I just say that? Yeah, I think I did.  2 ER or less in 4 starts. Still suffers from “letting to many guys get on base” disease.

Dave Bush (LA vs. Kuroda) (Pit vs. Ohlendorf)
One good start and one bad start, he is consistent. Consistently crappy. It sets up to be a bomb versus the Dodgers. I believe it was Dudley Dawson that said it best, “We’ve got Bush.”

Jason Hammel (Atl vs. Hudson) (LA vs. Kuroda)
My mom collects his figurines and she doesn’t even like baseball. ERA 2 runs lower at home. 6+ innings in 9 out of 10, and I love me some groundball 2 start pitchers.

Joe Blanton (Hou vs. Myers) (@Sd vs. Garland)
Hates the first inning when he has a 8.83 ERA, the rest of game 3.36. Should start Lidge and have Blanton get the last 24 out save.

Rich Harden (Min vs. Liriano) (Oak vs. Braden)
Gauze pads and some “ouchy” ointment will be needed. Is the walking baseball analogy:  bike with no seat, Ferrari stuck in traffic. Okay, I’m done. Keep a medic on alert.

Bud Norris (@Phi vs. Hamels) (@ NyM vs. Dickey)
I told you. Kid is turning into a top 40 SP going into next year. I am occasionally right once and a while. Wish my arms were longer, I’m tired of patting my shoulder.

  1. kangaroo hops says:

    You are not alone. (though NOT “you’ll never walk alone”) in your passion for both MLB and EPL. I have fantasy baseball friends, fantasy football friends, and fantasy EPL friends (pick ’em actually). Seldom do they meet.

  2. fitz says:

    And I’m sure I’m not alone in having no idea what EPL is.
    Any news on whether Nolasco is officially done for?

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Smokey : Who do you like for a stream today?

    Jhoulys Chacin, Tommy Hunter or Nelson Figueroa

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Anyone have any inside scoop on what the hell is going on with the closers role in Arizona? Why is Heilman pitching the 8th now?

  5. Anonymous says:

    @fitz: EPL = English Premier League.

    Also, I tried to get into Norris last year but the ratios killed me.

  6. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @kangaroo hops: im a blue fan so walking alone is hgwash.
    @fitz: From everything im hearing he is.
    @Mr2Bits: Hunter or Figueroa.
    @Mr2Bits: Its a carousel of mystery, one that i am avoiding.

  7. @Smokey: Which do you like best this week: Harden, Norris or Blanton?

  8. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Blanton than Norris

  9. PR says:

    Ain’t nothin’ wrong with watching the English Premier League.

    I actually got into it because of some baseball friends.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Also, In a dynasty, Vazquez, Homer Bailey or Norris?

  11. fitz says:

    I’m starting to fall in love with Omar Infante. No homo.

  12. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @PR: Word
    @Anonymous: Norris
    @fitz: No homo indeed.

  13. HotCorner says:

    Grey, I have Garza vs BOS, Kershaw @ COL, Ani Sanchez @ NYM & Hudson @ SF…have to sit one…what’s your take?

  14. theevilempire says:

    More of a Bundesliga fan myself (Go Bayern!) although I do love watching Drogba and Chelsea play.

  15. ChiSox says:

    I am also a fan of the EPL, actually I just watched an entire Futbol Mexicana game… Spanish. But on to baseball, do I pick up Dickey and play him this week in a points league? He would take the starting spot from either Liriano (@ Texas-Lee) or Wandy (@Phils-Kendrick).

  16. manfromearth says:

    Howdy Smokey,
    I’d appreciate your advice:
    My team-C-MigMontero,1b-Konerko,2b-Cano,3b-Neil Walker,
    SS-AlexiRamirez/Jamey Carroll,
    OF-MBourn,McCutchen,CLee,GarrettJones,Tabata, there is a Utility spot P-Greinke,Cahill,Wandy,Colby,Duensing,Nolasco,Myers,Ohlendorf,
    This is a fourteen team league, H2H 5×5, hometown format where the auction gave significant discounts for your hometown team (I’m a Pirate fan…my team name-The Buc Stopped) and I in 8th place, 2 games out of a playoff spot, playing the 2 worst teams in the league before the 6 team playoff bracket starts. Each team is awarded 100 dollars to spend on waiver acquisitions. I’m down to 46 dollars. Someone in the league decided to drop Ian Desmond. Right now I’m planning on dropping Carroll to pick up Desmond and I’m bidding 23. Pitchers can be picked up as FA’s; that’s why the bottom of my rotation looks yuck (they’ll be dropped for guys like Chen, Naverson,Enright, etc. as matchups warrant), but I probably won’t need to waste bid money on pitchers unless someone is called up that has upside (I lost out on Minor, for instance, after bidding 24-the team that won him bid 86). Does Desmond look like the kind of guy that would really help my team and maybe I should bid more or all of my bid money on? Sorry for the length of the question. Thanks for the help!

  17. manfromearth says:

    By the way- you can tell, I’ve pretty much punted saves.

  18. timSTi says:

    @Smokey: If all these guys are available, who’s your top recommendation?

  19. jeff says:

    thanks for the feedback, I’m just going to stick to Grey’s articles for now on

  20. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @manfromearth: difference between carrol and desmond is not monumental.
    @timSTi: week- Carmona, yr-Norris
    @jeff: cool?

  21. manfromearth says:

    I hope you’re wrong,,,I got Desmond for 23.

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