ESPN tells me the Yankees and Red Sox seasons are about to begin.  I’m gonna infer it’s Opening Day for the entire league since my six month egg timer is buzzing, my closet gimp is mumbling, “Baseball time…Baseball time…” and my desktop widget of Ron Jeremy shooting fireworks over Petco is exploding.  At least I think those are fireworks shooting across my computer monitor.  Spring has sprung, snitches!  Bask in that for a moment.  Okay, moment over.  Brandon Belt is going to start at first for the Giants.  Ain’t that the meow’s cat?  I really thought the Giants would hold off until June with Belt.  With this Belt news, everyone seems to be *pinkie to mouth* panting.  He’s still pretty raw in terms of his time in the high minors.  Though I wouldn’t let that stop me from adding him.  You take the flyer for the upside because if he pans out, he’ll be worth a lot more in name value.  To go with a current 1st baseman who is around his level, between Moreland and Belt, Moreland will have better stats but Belt will have better name appeal for now.  I’d give Belt the line of 60/15/70/.270/8.  There’s room for more, and there’s room for a lot less.  A lot less would be Belt struggling for the first month, Ross returning and Belt being demoted.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball:

Jake McGeeRays kept him for their bullpen.  This shituation should be a closerousel all year until McGee wins the job.  Now whether he wins the job by May or August is the pickle.  I think it’s by June/July to get all hedgy on you.  My over/unders are Farnsworth with 20 and McGee with 15 saves.

Kevin Gregg – The O’s said there’s no official closer, but — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — Gregg should get the majority of the saves.  As long as he stays healthy, Uehara will get saves here and there.  Or hear and their, if you’re homonym-challenged.

Brandon Allen – A fave of mine (and potentially only mine) was optioned to the D-Backs’ Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Slots.  I think we see Allen at some point in the near future, but he’s not worth holding in single year leagues.

Juan Miranda – Made the team, but he’s in a platoon with Russell Branyan.  The ol’ lefty/lefty platoon.   Guess they can share one pair of scissors.  Is there anything more frustrating than a platoon of two guys that actually would be worth something if one were the starter?  Much worse than a blahtoon.  George Costanza, “MUCH WORSE!”

Zack Greinke – May not return until May — hey, an almost palindrome!  I originally thought he was going to miss 4 starts, so now he’s going to miss 5 to 6 starts.  It’s not an arm injury, so I’m not too concerned.  If you only get 26 dazzling starts from him this year, you’ll take it and like it.

Corey Hart – To the DL for a few weeks.  I told you not to draft him so no one owns him anyway, right?  Mmm-hmm.

Luis Castillo – Released by the Phillies.  The Phillies bought Castillo thinking he was a $1 scratch-off ticket — just hoping he might be worth $10.  Unfortunately, he was a scratch and sniff that smelled like turdberries.

Jack Hannahan – Perennial Carson favorite won the 3rd base job for the Indians.  The best you can expect from him is he releases a puma into the clubhouse and it eats the Indians rotation.  Now play ball!

  1. Steelers Can't Lose says:

    Hi, baseball!

  2. wovenstrap says:

    I just drafted in a pretty solid (I rarely win) full stat line type league with 10 teams. Used the amazing Razzball spreadsheet and thought it worked wonders.

    C – Soto, Posada
    1B – Cabrera
    2B – Phillips
    SS – Andrus
    3B – Reynolds, Young
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Heyward
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – Rasmus
    OF – Snider
    OF – Krispie
    OF – Tabata
    OF – B. Francisco
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Gallardo
    SP – B. Anderson
    SP – Garza
    SP – C. Lewis
    SP – Kuroda
    SP – E. Jackson
    SP – Cueto
    RP – Valverde
    RP – Kimbrel

    I overloaded on SPs and OFs but that can be remedied if it’s a problem.

    What do you think?

  3. Steve says:

    I’m going to enjoy the “Play ball!” moment while it lasts because in less than 12 hours I’ll be moaning about how crappy my teams are.

    What’s the thinking on Peralta for Saves in Tampa?

  4. It'llonlyhurtforasecond says:

    so, what’s everyone’s take on Glass Chipper? He’s supposedly looked great in spring training…think he’s got 1 year left in him?

  5. Grey — Would you start Volquez tonight vs. The Brew Crew?

  6. Emporers Monkey says:

    Opening day. Too bad half the damn games are going to get rained out because the morons that determine the schedule are still too fucking stupid to schedule the opening week games in parts of the country with decent weather or domes.

  7. chata says:


    guessing the answer is less than 15 .

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:

    put morrow on the d, for criminey

  9. Craig says:

    Dynasty league, and I lost utley. ,i still have to make this deal right?

    Getting Lester and phillps for bj upton, rasmus, gio gonzalez, wandy, gavin

    Pitching on the wire is super thin.

  10. JoeC says:

    @Emporers Monkey: Or, those people who built baseball stadiums in that area of the country without roofs are idiots!

    I live in Seattle. It rains a lot here. The local baseball team (a Minor League team called the Mariners) has a baseball stadium with a roof on it. I find this to be very wise.

  11. Part Detox says:

    Seems like splitting hairs but who’s the better long term hold: Jameson Taillon or Jacob Turner?

    Great site btw

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Emporers Monkey: i agree,sitting here ready for some ball,and ill get a re-run instead,sob,sob

  13. elwood blues says:

    minor league draft question…
    nl keeper league, who would you take?

    The above-mentioned B.Allen, Minor, EY2, or a shiny, new pitching prospect (like Shel-Miller or Taillon?)

  14. Emporers Monkey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: No doubt, all my buddies are coming over to watch the games and its looking like half the games are in danger of delays or the dreaded PPD.

  15. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:

    Grey, what do you think of my team? 4-team NL-only The King and His Court roto format, 1×1 (runs, runs allowed):

    C Chris Iannetta
    1B Brandon Allen
    SS Ian Desmond
    P Brandon Beachy

    As an all-in “Razzballer,” of course I drafted Mike Minor, but dropped him to get Beachy. The offensive stat includes P at-bats, so it would be helpful if you’d do a “Top 20 Batting Pitchers” next year. Thanks.

  16. Mark says:

    You really think Moreland will have a better year than Belt? I mean, the range of possibilities is probably smaller, but Belt also has the ability to approach 20 SB and should at least finish in double digits if he plays the whole year. That gives him a sneaky value floor especially at first base, where speed is rare.

  17. Wilsonian says:

    Two things:

    1) This is for JoeC, asking for a link to the Around the Horn twitter comment on Razzball:!/AroundTheHorn

    It’s his last tweet, if you will.

    2) Also, I’m back on trying to deal one of my 2Bs in my 16 Team H2H league. I declined to deal Hill (basically because of your advice and the fact that I have a man crush on him and am hoping he’s Uggla, Jr. this year) so I offered him my Raburn/Cecil for his Snider/J-Z. He rejected that offer and countered with:

    My Raburn/Beachy for his Snider/J-Z

    I gotta do this, right? Leaves me with this rotation:

    SP – Lester
    SP – Marcum
    SP – Gio
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Hanrahan
    P – League
    P – Burnett
    BN – E. Jackson
    BN – Cecil
    BN – J-Z
    BN – Dice-K (he’s only there because I had to DL Cueto and because Cincy took their sweet ass time in DL-ing him, all the decent options got snagged by the guys who were DL-ed on time – F you Cincy)
    DL – Cueto

    Thanks for the advice.

  18. stynyr says:


    Lind is available. Butler is my 1b. Cueto is on the DL. I grabbed League, but I am now seeking advice. Drop League and grab Lind or Belt? That would leave me with a BN hitter which I typically avoid.

  19. RichC says:

    Happy Opening Day Grey. Do you think the San Francisco Treat will have upgraded value now that DomBrown is out and Ben has the everyday RF spot along with the #6 spot in the Sillies batting order? In an 12 team 6×6 roto (OBP & H), just looking for some OH-Fensive value.

    Could you list the following players in terms of value ( will be used as one of two Util spots)? Francisco, Belt, L. Morrison, Fowler, Coghlan

    Thanks for the advice

  20. Kev from Beantown says:

    Grey- what kind of value do you place on these set-up men in AL only rotisserie leagues? Sale, Soriano, Bard, Fuentes…picked all four up last night in my draft and I’m kind of stoked about their chances to lockdown saves this season.

  21. Wilsonian says:

    @stynyr: Lind NEEDS to be owned, so find a way to put him on your team, no matter what.

  22. Mike says:

    Are you starting Stauffer today?

  23. TJ says:

    Filling out the end of my roster in a H2H daily league.

    Logan Morrison or Will Venable?

    Beachy or Harang?

  24. Jake says:

    OK is anyone starting Stauffer today @ St. L? I’m tempted, but he got rocked there last year…what does everyone think?

  25. stynyr says:

    @Jake: I am. That was last year. Until he gets rocked again, I’d start him. Just me though. I’m no ‘pert.

  26. Chunk says:

    @Enrique: I lost sleep over this question. I think I am going to start him in hopes that most hitters are still finding their timing. I’m also jonesing for some fantasy points. We’ll see what Grey says.

  27. Steve McQueen Latifah says:

    Moreland or Barton in a R, HR, RBI, TB, SB, OBP league?

  28. @Chunk: Yeah. I use the same logic both ways. I’ve got two Tigers hitters and am thinking “Hmmmm. Maybe Sabbathia’s timing is off….”

  29. JMonte says:

    Happy Opening Day Grey and Co.!!!

    Two quickies: (12 Tm Mixed Roto 5×5)

    1) I need a fill-in for Kendry w/ an S:
    Loney OR Belt
    2) Last Rotation Spot:
    Stauffer – E. Jackson – Pineda

    Thanks in advance Brochacho!

  30. Matt B says:

    Need some helping choosing my last SP for two different 12 team mixed weekly h2h

    pick 1 from each
    1) Zimmermann 4/2-ATL (Hanson), 4/[email protected] (Dickey)
    Stauffer 3/[email protected] (Carpenter), 4/6-SF (Lincecum)
    De La Rosa 4/2-ARI (Hudson), 4/[email protected] (Ohlendorf)

    2) Chacin 4/3-ARI (Saunders), 4/[email protected] (Morton)
    Nolasco 4/2-NYM (Niese), 4/[email protected] (Rodriguez)
    Volquez 3/31-MIL (Gallardo), 4/6-HOU (Figueroa)


  31. GIP funny colors says:

    In a 12 Team League is taking Jacoby Ellsbury in the 8th Round (89 overall) too early despite his strong spring and powerful lineup?

  32. Lob Ball says:

    Beltran has become available on waivers. Should I drop Trumbo for the walking wounded?

  33. abNormal says:

    I’m trying to get J. Upton — homeboy is looking for pitching and I feel like I’ve got some depth (Kershaw, Gallardo, Gio + Cahill, Zimmerman and Matusz) who should I offer up possibly…my OF atm is Braun, McCutchen, Manny, S. Rod

  34. motorcitykitty says:

    Hey Grey/Razzballers, I chose to let my catcher position slide in the draft, and as of right now Salty is in my C slot. But Posada is a free agent….only have enough room for one….should I just roll with Salty, or drop him to get Posada?

  35. cubbies299 says:

    Moreland or Venable in a dynasty?

  36. Christopher says:

    @Wilsonian: regarding the ATH Tweet…[say in your best slo-motion voice] – NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    The secret is out!

  37. Happy Opening Day, fellas.

    I just snagged Cashner as the young’un in my rotation of Verlander, Ubaldo, Gallardo, B. Anderson and Lackey (cats aplenty in my league including QS, WHIP, K/BB, HR). Though I know he may struggle, I feel like his upside is pretty massive and he might be a great trade chip for a deal with a basement-dweller down the stretch since my league allows unlimited keepers. Your thoughts, masterminds?

  38. mauledbypandas says:

    opening day. I feel just like a streaker all oiled up and naked and ready to run across the field with parts a flyin’

  39. Wilsonian says:

    @Christopher: I responded to him, telling him to shut it and quit leaking the insider info. Surprisingly, he didn’t respond to me.

  40. Carns says:

    Stauffer don’t scare

  41. Bosleto says:

    morse or belt?

  42. GIP Funny Colors says:

    In a 12 team league, Is taking Jacoby Ellsbury in the 8th Round (89 overall) to early or a fair pick?>

  43. JMonte says:

    @ GIP – In a 12 Tm (Roto) Ellsbury should be gone by #89, if not QUICK: Hit the draft button!!!!

  44. Bermuda Triangles says:


    HTH 5×5 1st week through next Sunday (Apr 10)

    Opponent has 5SP, 1RP: (Cliff Lee, M Cain, B Anderson, D Lowe, E Bedard, F Cordero)

    Here are my 5 SP: (C Hamels, Y Gallardo, Bills, J Vazquez, E Jackson)

    Do I match 5SP/1RP w R Franklin
    Do I go 6 SP: J Zimmermann


    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  45. ‘morning Grey. What do you think of Duchscherer’s prospects this year? While I have an open DL slot in my 20-team league, I was thinking I’d put him there in case his hip is actually healed. Do you think it’s worth doing?

  46. Pooch says:

    Life is finally starting again. Happy opening day everyone!

    Quick Question:
    Just traded Aramis for Krispie, so now my 1b/3b spot is open. Who should i pick up in standard 5×5 roto?

    Chris Johnson

    Thanks in advance!

  47. @Grey – I’d give Belt the line of 60/15/70/.270/8 – those numbers are not good for a 1st Base Dude

  48. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Always hate to go to work on national holidays but someone has to. Got Chipper filling in for Youk @ 3B this week. Unless he finds the fountain of youth or Barry Bonds’ trainer, I will need to drop him. Got Snider & Tabata on the bench. Who best for UTIL going forward? Thanks & Happy Opening Day!

  49. Eng says:

    @Christopher: I echo your screams. Around the Horn is retarded, how the hell did the host cotton on to Grey’s genius? The publicity is good news for Grey, but for selfish reasons I’m devastated. I guess it was inevitable more press would come, but I suppose I should be relieved I don’t know anyone who watches that awful show or it’s tweets (unless they are quiet about it).

  50. Boomer19 says:

    Do you like valencia or stewart at 3B this period? Does it matter if Stewart “moans over my hammy” ? Or should I just go with Valencia anyway? Happy almost Opening Day…maybe.


  52. By the way, whatever happened to Baron Von Vulturewins?

  53. Mr2Bits says:

    Would you lose Farnsworth for Stauffer? I have Feliz, Marmol, Hanrahan and Thornton as closers and feel like 5 are too many to carry.

  54. Brandon Belt – does he have 30 homerun power in the future

  55. xopchipili says:

    …you folks realize Reali’s been talking this place up for at least 2 years now, right?

  56. Carns says:


    I like Stauffer as much as the next guy but why drop a closer and get Stauffer back (from the wire I assume) when you can just wait a little, then ship Farnsworth and Player X for a better guy at Player X’s position? Cust kayin…

  57. Mr2Bits says:


    Thats my thought as well. Just having a little trouble dealing him right now and my patients are eating me up. That and I don;t have a pitcher going off today so I’m kind of trigger happy.

  58. Carns says:

    By waiting a little, I mean wait til he gets 3-4 saves under his belt to demonstrate to other owners that he will be getting saves. If for some reason he doesn’t, then drop his ass.

  59. Mr2Bits says:

    @Mr Baseball:

    Not this year

  60. Lenn's Sakata says:

    Grey, I too would enjoy passing the bowl to Lincecum in addition to doing bumps with you and Clegg from Eastbound and Down.

    Who do I keep for closers?
    10 Team AL only, auction, keeper. 9 pitchers. Standard categories.
    Aardsma $10 Francisco $15 Uehara $9

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:

    duchscherer-back hurting now

  62. 3FingersBrown says:

    Opening day is here. Cheers fellas!

    I was all set to kick back, crack open a brew and watch Yanks vs. Tigers but I just had a meeting rescheduled and now I have to go downtown and act all producery. Don’t these people understand that this is a national holiday! Commie bastards!

  63. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY,with all the latest ,is sizemore worth holing onto and what kind of numbers and games a week you expecting?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steelers Can’t Lose: Hi!

    @wovenstrap: Your outfield looks terrible for a 10 team league. Your pitching looks fine.

    @Steve: Collette seems to think he’ll get some.

    @It’llonlyhurtforasecond: Nope

    @Enrique: Yup

    @Emporers Monkey: Yup

    @AL KOHOLIC: Seriously

    @Craig: Yup

    @Part Detox: Thanks! Turner…

    @elwood blues: Minor…

    @Mark: Yup

    @Wilsonian: Looks solid for you.

    @stynyr: Lind

    @RichC: Back at cha! Fowler, Fransisco, Morrison, Belt…

    @Kev from Beantown: Nice…

    @Mike: Not in Petco… Nope.

    @TJ: Beachy… Morrison…

    @Jake: I wouldn’t.

    @Steve McQueen Latifah: Barton

    @JMonte: You too! Belt, Jackson…

    @Matt B: Chacin… Zimmermann….

    @GIP funny colors: Nah

    @Lob Ball: Sure

    @abNormal: Gallardo is fair….

    @motorcitykitty: Posada

    @cubbies299: Moreland

    @Alpine McGregor: Back at cha! Throws walks and Ks, there’s risk

    @mauledbypandas: Ha!

    @Bosleto: Morse

    @Bermuda Triangles: Franklin…

    @Enrique: Let him go.

    @Pooch: You too! Johnson…

    @Mr Baseball: Not terrific.

    @AnotherFalstaff: Thanks, you too! They give different things. You need speed or power?

    @Boomer19: You too! Valencia, while Stewart’s hurting.

    @IowaCubs: INDEED.

    @IowaCubs: He was talking about not playing FBB anymore.

    @Mr2Bits: Not yet.

    @Mr Baseball: Yup

    @xopchipili: Yeah

    @Lenn’s Sakata: None? Uehara…

    @AL KOHOLIC: Figures.

    @3FingersBrown: Cheers to you!

    @AL KOHOLIC: None until he returns from the DL. Then he should be fine or not. It’s a total gamble. Not Rudy.

  65. BigRedLatrine says:

    Is there a masculine version of the high pitched squeal of excitement? I only ask because I’m starting to cause a scene.

    Happy Opening Day guys/3 girls!

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:

    now espn does have morrow on the dl but as usuall not yahoo

  67. nick m. says:

    Who do you like at SS in H2H categories league: Uribe, J.J. Hardy, Scutaro, Theriot, Brignac (is he getting full-time at bats?), Alex Gonzalez, or Tejada?

  68. Alejandro says:

    @ Grey

    Would you start Raburn at OF or UTIL @NYY and C.C. or wait for a more quality start? Thanks!

  69. trick dad says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Now he is on yahoo.

  70. polczek5 says:

    Hey Grey,

    RCL Draft last night out of the 11 hole. What do you think? ESPN had me projected for last place. I interpret that as a good sign. I think my OF is a little weak, and I’m rolling the dice on my SPs.

    C – Mike Napoli, Tex C (13)
    1B – Prince Fielder, Mil 1B (2)
    2B – Dan Uggla, Atl 2B (4)
    3B – Mark Reynolds, Bal 3B (5)
    SS – Jose Reyes, NYM SS (3)

    MI – Brian Roberts, Bal 2B (15)
    CI – Justin Smoak, Sea 1B (18)

    OF – Matt Kemp, LAD OF (1)
    OF – Drew Stubbs, Cin OF (8)
    OF – Jose Tabata, Pit OF (9)
    OF – Travis Snider, Tor OF (12)
    OF – Logan Morrison, Fla OF (19)

    Util – Ben Francisco, Phi OF (25)

    SP – Francisco Liriano, Min SP (6)
    SP – Brett Anderson, Oak SP (10)
    SP – Hiroki Kuroda, LAD SP (11)
    SP – Edwin Jackson, CWS SP (16)
    SP – Javier Vazquez, Fla SP (20)
    SP – Erik Bedard, Sea SP (21)
    SP – Carlos Zambrano, ChC SP (24)

    RP – Neftali Feliz, Tex RP (7)
    RP – Jose Valverde, Det RP (14)
    RP – Leo Nunez, Fla RP (17)
    RP – Kyle Farnsworth, TB RP (22)
    RP – Sergio Romo, SF RP (23)

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yahoo just dl,d morrow

  72. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Great shhhhtuff as always! Looking forward to reading your work religiously every morning while on my way to LAX for the next few months. I absolutely heart your work, the overall site, and the quality of my fellow commenters. While i dont want my leaguemates to get advice from you, i want all the buzz in the world for Razzball, both literally and alcoholically. Keep up the great work! Cheers and Happy Opening Day!

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: i’d take the snider/j-z side asap

  74. Critter Nagurski says:

    Oh man, I just finished the story about the Christmas presents in your ebook – that was hilarious.

  75. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: @ThePoonTycoon: thank you to both of you gentlemen…just accepted the Snider/J-Z deal. Tried to weasel DLR out of him instead of J-Z, when he said “no dice” I clicked accept.

  76. JR says:

    One of your best titles ever…

  77. Fletch says:

    @ Grey: Which 2 of these 3 for the first week: J. Upton, Kemp or Pence?

    Also, Beachy or Bumgarner?

  78. Jackie says:

    Hey guys, can someone rate my team? It’s for a 5×5 10-Team Mixed League:

    SF Jackrabbits
    C Carlos Santana
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Rickie Weeks
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    SS Stephen Drew
    2B/SS Howard Kendrick
    1B/3B Miguel Cabrera
    OF Mike Stanton
    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Carlos Beltran
    OF Jason Bay
    OF Nick Markakis
    UTIL Adam Lind
    P Justin Verlander
    P Clayton Kershaw
    P Brandon League
    P Andrew Bailey
    P Jonathan Sanchez
    P J.J. Putz
    P Craig Kimbrel
    P John Danks
    P Matt Garza
    BE Travis Snider
    BE Dexter Fowler
    BE Trevor Cahill

  79. Tom Emanski says:

    I love when you bring out the J-Lo sized buts. No ifs ands or J-Lo sized buts about it.

  80. brett says:

    In a vacuum, should I take a flyer on Trumbo or Belt?

  81. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Jackie: 10 teams,should have guys like crisp morse still available to plug in for bay,plus you might need the speed

  82. quimmy says:

    In a bubble (am i using tha phrase right?), which 2 of these 4 do I lock into my week 1 lineup (which is 11 days long)?


  83. TJ says:

    Beachy or James McDonald a better back or the rotation choice?

  84. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @brett: belts pt looks better but if trumbo starts hot then he will get ab,s and have more power

  85. brett says:

    Thanks. I guess that’s what I’m wrestling with.

  86. JohnnyFive says:

    I’m torn with indecision. Start two of Reynolds, Manny, Alex Gordon or Snider for the next ten days?

  87. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Lind or Moreland at Utility, 5×5? Thanks.

  88. penpen says:

    Oy, Volquez is giving me agita and the game didn’t even start yet

  89. Mike D. says:

    @brett: Belt is just a more well-rounded hitter than Trumbo. I think he’s the safer route.

  90. penpen says:

    @tHe sHiT: The perpetual Razzball dilemma — so good you want to share it; so good you do not want to share it.

  91. Steve Stevenson says:

    Last SP on the bench in a keeper league: McDonald or Minor? Would not need to start the guy immediately, so the fact that Minor’s in the, uh, minors is no big deal.

    Or, would you take both of them over E. Santana, with at least one of them in the lineup regularly (12 team mixed roto)?

  92. Westly says:

    Grey-as always love the site, your the best out there. Do you go Carmona or Drabek in a 5×5 h2h cat this week? Start Beckham or Roberts at 2nd? Thanks!

  93. So long as Joel Hanrahan and Jack Hannahan are in the majors, John Hanarahn and Jim Haranhan are forbidden from playing baseball.

  94. joe from point pleasant says:


    This offer has me purplexed…

    12 team H2H Points League

    I Give: Billingsley + B-Anderson
    I Get: Verlander

    My staff is decently deep, here it is:

    What is your take on this trade?

  95. AL KOHOLIC says:

    zito,car accident,thinks hes ok but having an mri

  96. RichC says:

    Yahoo lists Gallardo 2010 stats versus the Red as : 3 starts. 0-2, 13.2 ip, 10BB/14K, 9.21 ERA, and a 2.41 WHIP. Is he still worth a start on a cold day in the Natty? Not supposed to have tough decision on Day 1/Game 1!

  97. Fantasy Gods are Smiling says:

    Last minute roster decisions:
    (Current bench guy followed by waiver wire options)

    Danny Valencia or Chris Johnson
    Daric Barton or Will Venable
    Erik Bedard or Johnny Cueto

  98. 3FingersBrown says:

    Rough day to be a hitter here in NY – Hace mucho frio! Looking for a low score at the stadium today with CC and Verlander on the hill…

  99. Rob says:

    How do you feel about John Lackey this year? Is he worth starting against Texas this weekend?

  100. trick dad says:

    @joe from point pleasant: I’d take it…2 for 1 deals increase the efficiency of your team. You’d not only be getting a great pitcher, but you’d have an extra roster spot for breakout FA’s.

  101. Eddy says:

    A year ago we were cheering and typing furiously as MMD and Grandy smacked HR, putting an exclamation point as to why this site’s advice is so great.

    Here’s to some new Razzball faves performing well and carrying us to championships!

    Happy Opening Day, everyone!

    Play ball!

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:

    PLAY BALL!!!!

  103. royce! says:

    Can’t wait for the first pitch…so that we can put the terrible rendition of the National Anthem behind us.

  104. Tom Emanski says:

    Chipper looks so sluggish around the bases.

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:

    broke my frinin leg in a drinking accident so ill be playing some fbb

  106. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: Yeah neither does CC. Both Rhymes and Magglio’s outs were hard hit liners…

    Ok so maybe we’re in for some offense in the Bronx after all. Lets go Gardy leading off!

  107. Tom Emanski says:

    So assuming Chipper blooms into Glass Chipper and McLouth fails, J-Hey should move the order in no time right?

  108. HebrewHammer says:

    Hey Grey,
    Who do you like for saves coming out of the Rays bullpen? Only McGee is owned in my league, wondering if I should pick up Farnsworth. And what set up men would you recommend grabbing for some vulture saves.

  109. Joel says:

    Grey: in a 5×5 H2H league, are you starting or benching Stauffer today?

  110. 3FingersBrown says:

    Oofa Verlander just made Gardner look baaaaad.

  111. Verlander looks real sharp for being Mr Anti-April.

  112. Carl says:


    Stop jinxing him!

  113. Rico says:

    My 2 3B and 2 SS positions are gross. I have Chipper, C Johnson, Tejada, Theriot, and Alclides for 4 spots.

    Here’s a list of some FAs: Callaspo, Kouzmanoff, Alexei Casilla, Izturis, Alex Gonzalez, Hardy, Yuniesky, and Cliff Pen.

    Any improvement possible?


  114. Joel says:

    Clarification: I asked if I should start or bench Stauffer. Should I bench him?

  115. mauledbypandas says:

    heyward makes me regret not drafting him this year by going deep in his first AB of the season.

  116. Tom Emanski says:


  117. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rico: Hold for now, but that isn’t pretty.

    @Joel: Bench

  118. 3FingersBrown says:


  119. Eddy says:

    This is what’s nice about having six teams. It took me a little searching, but I finally found Heyward on one of my teams.


  120. ToddH says:

    Grey/all I recently did a 10 team 5X5 H2H league. It’s the first H2H league I’ve been in. Any glaring weaknesses/problem areas? The format is a little pitching heavy.

    C-Posada NYY
    1B-Pujols STL
    2B-K. Johnson ARI
    SS-Desmond Was
    3B-Beltre TEX
    OF-Kemp LA
    OF-Pence Hou
    OF-Holliday STL
    Util-Tabata Pit

    SP Lee Phil
    SP Weaver Ana
    SP Oswalt Phil
    SP Lilly LAD
    SP Kuroda LAD
    RP Bell SD
    RP Kimbrel ATL
    P Volquez Cin
    P Nathan MIn
    P Zimmermann WAS

    SP Zambrano
    SP J. Santana NYM
    SP Sanchez Fla
    SP Davis TB
    RP Capps Min
    1B/2B Kendrick


  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Ha!

    @Eddy: Hehe

    @ToddH: Your team looks stacked but it’s a shallow league so I’m sure it’s not just your team.

  122. Eddy says:

    Anyone else having trouble seeing the live scoring in Yahoo? when I click “My Team” it shows what each player has done, but when I click “Matchup” there are no stats.

  123. Brad Fullmer's Quads says:

    McLouth has popped up and K’d against Livan. I wouldn’t K against Livan and all I play is slow pitch softball. Time to cut bait? jk

  124. Tom Thumb says:

    Grey et al,

    Would you trade Halladay for Kemp in a standard league that really needs hitting?

  125. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Eddy: I’m getting a “script in adobe flash 10 is running slowly…” error when I try to switch between leagues in the live scoreboard.

    Austin Jackson – over/under 170 K’s this year? I’m going over.

  126. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Brad Fullmer’s Quads: That’s why you wouldn’t K against Livan – he pitches slow pitch softball.

  127. Wake Up says:

    Mr. April!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. papasmurf says:

    Glad I benched Volquez. Was an easy call.

    McLouth looking McLousy. Can’t hit Livan. Leash will be short sir.

  129. Giles Just Wanna Have Fun says:

    Grey –

    I have 3 of the first 4 picks in my NL Keeper minor league draft. Which 3 do you like most of these 5 names for future fantasy dominance?

    Casey Kelly
    Jerry Sands

  130. John Axford is already killing me – wasn’t too happy about his spring and now I really am not happy

  131. Bad Bob says:

    A couple of roater questions to open the season Grey. Domonic Brown finally hit the DL in my dynasty league, so I have a spare roster spot for a little while. So do I go for Belt sitting on the FA or a 3B to possibly cover Ian Stewart until Youk regains 3B eligability in 5 games time?

    Best 3B options are Chase Headley, Dan Johnson, Danny Valencia or Encarnacion. Not too inspiring, but its only until I can slot Youk back into 3B afterall.

    Also, James Shields or Pineda as my last (8th) starter? Yeah, we have a deep bench.

  132. 2B loaded says:

    Head to Head Points League:

    Mike Aviles or Howard Kendrick

  133. wovenstrap says:

    Grey: I’m a little puzzled by your statement that my OF is weak, because my starting OF are the #12, #21, and #22 ranked players in the Razzball list. Confused.

  134. wovenstrap says:

    And now I’m off to buy your book (waited until after draft so I wouldn’t be distracted).

  135. Moonlight's Grahams says:

    One of your finest titles yet. If you ever fear that people skip the pun headliner, know that at least I read and generally appreciate them.

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