Who doesn’t love a good comeback story?  Mickey Rourke, Jamie Walters, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky after a very hit or miss, A Ghost is Born…  Now there’s Edwin Jackson.  Last night, he pitched a gem. 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER with 89 pitches.  I love prospects that seem destined for greatness then fail. (see Alex Gordon Love™.  Don’t see Felix Pie Love™, Jeff Clement Love™ or Andy LaRoche Semi-Love™).  Edwin Jackson fits that post-hype prospect bill.  He was supposed to be so good for sooooo long. (Yes, five oh’s.) And he’s still only 25.  In deep leagues, I’m going to try him on for size.  If you need pitching, don’t wait until his next good start.  It may be too late.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tim Lincecum – He was pulled after 78 pitches with Bochy showing more restraint in one start than he did all of last year.  Obviously, I don’t own him on any team, but if I did, I wouldn’t cash the bailout check. (<– Not sure what that means, but it’s timely!)  Last year, Lincecum only threw 84 pitches in four innings in his first game of the year and went on to win the Cy Young… Of course, there was an hour and fourteen minute delay between his first pitch and last pitch and he was coming in in relief.  Nevertheless!  Lincecum will be fine and, even if he’s not, you’re not trading away your prize pitcher right after yesterday’s performance.  Sit tight, paisan.

Travis Ishikawa – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs.  You don’t know anything about him?  That’s the way it’s meant to be.  I have secrets!

Jeff Suppan – I can’t believe Milwaukee’s opening day pitcher was rocked.  Oh…it’s Suppan.  I can’t believe the Milwaukee opening day pitcher was Suppan.

Mike Cameron – 2 steals.  Said after the game about the Giants, “They were really swinging the bats today.”  They were facing the Soup.

Kyle Farnsworth – Cost me a win for Meche and a loss for Buehrle in my Razzball league.  We need a Razzball glossary term for this.  Please advise.

Ryan Zimmerman – Started the year 1-for-9.  Way to come out swinging!… And missing.  I swear, if you disappoint me this year, we’re through.

Cameron Maybin – One steal and batted 2nd yesterday.  That’s so Maybin!

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and after the game he saved a turtle from a burning building.

Jorge Cantu – Another HR.  In other news, the Marlins are petitioning major league baseball to only face the Nats this year.

Scott Olsen – 3 IP, 8 ER.  Marlins finally figure out what those other teams were talking about.

Josh Johnson – 6 2/3, 0 ER, 8 Ks.  Tried to push as many people as I could into drafting Johnson.  Hope people listened.

Chris Young – 6 IP, 2 ER.  Why ignoring spring training stats is sometimes the best medicine.

Heath Bell – Notched his first save.  I hope he entered to Hell’s Bells.

Alex Gordon – HR yesterday.  If he could just hit 25 more with a respectable average, I’d be so happy.

Ubaldo Jimenez/Dan Haren – Was like Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton out in Chase Field.

Ian Stewart – Rockie players were supposedly upset Stewart got the start on Opening Day over Barmes.  I can’t even imagine how upset they were with that deer.

DeWayne Wise – 0-for-4, 3 Ks.  When asked about the decision to lead off with Wise, Ozzie said, “Without Juan Uribe, what choice do I have?”

Geovany Soto – Left with shoulder soreness.  Will be out until the weekend.  If something happens to Koyie Hill, Soto said he could play, so I don’t think it’s that bad.  Then again, Theriot took warm up pitches from Heilman in the 9th.  If only Ozzie was managing the North Siders…

James Shields – 5 1/3, 5 ER.  Couple of doinks, a couple of donks and Ortiz’s badonkadonk.  Not a great start, obviously, but you can’t sit Shields.  Take solace in that…. I take solace everywhere and it always finds it’s way home — oofa!

Josh Beckett – Red State Jeter put it together with a very solid opening day start — 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 Ks.

Trevor Cahill – 5 IP, 2 ER.  He looked much worse.  The A’s start guys that have no business being in the majors.  I tend to ignore them.

Jason Motte – Was deemed unable to go yesterday after pitching on Monday.  Translation:  Franklin’s getting some saves whether Motte’s effective or not.

Wandy Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER. Get on the Wandwagon!

David Freese – Not playing again.  This time LaRussa opted for Joe Thurston.  In one hand, rookie with potential.  In the other hand, minor league journeyman.  Eh, just be happy LaRussa started Rasmus.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-4 in MLB debut.  That’s it, LaRussa.  Now give him 400 more ABs.

Brandon Morrow – During Morrow’s collapse on Tuesday, the Mariners announcer said Batista was “sparkling (on Monday).”  I’m not even joking.  Batista put something in the Mariners drink when they weren’t looking!  This job is still Morrow’s, no doubt.  But let’s go over quickly what we know.  1) Morrow can’t stay healthy.  2) Closing puts a lot of stress on a pitcher, physical and otherwise. 3) Batista’s their backup plan.  4) Batista sucks.  5) Batista spiked the Mariners’ drink.

  1. David Wrighteous says:

    Ubaldo was dealing tonight, so amazing! He throws gas and has a sweet changeup AND curve. I just wish he could be a little more consistent. On a side note, what are your thoughts on the DET closer job? The Detroit Lyon did not look good today, is Rodney gonna be any better and what about this Ryan Perry kid?

  2. john says:

    Razzball glossary suggestion:

    Double entendre- a situation where a single pitcher’s suckage can be interpreted as screwing you over in more than one way.

    Common uses: “Farnsworth gave me the ol’ double entendre last night, he cost me Meche’s win, and Buehrle’s loss for my Razzball team.”

  3. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey:It’s a Maybin world afterall

  4. JR says:

    @John: I love “double entendre.” My only problem is that a double entendre usually has a positive connotation, if you know what I mean…

    @Grey: Thank you for back to back Zinn and Wilco references (although I disagree on both counts — Ghost is Born is the one, and Zinn isn’t militant enough).

    T.S. Eliot said some shizz about April being the cruelest month. I believe. I started Lowe on Sunday. Oh golden sky! Monday was Lopez, Ramirez, Ianetta, and Kemp, with my starters sleeping under apple trees. Oh glorious spring! Today I get *five* 0 for-4s (a combined 3-32) and starts from Bedard and Meche. My faith is shaken. I’m even doubting Felipe and looking to drop Butler (my sole offensive bench player) for Stewart. Talk me down from the ledge.

  5. big o says:

    Grey :
    latin baseball fans have a reputation of spicy chants and cat-calls .

    during an eventual 2-0 loss to the venezuelan team @ the wbc this year , oliver perez threw over to 1st base 3 times in a row in an attempt to keep the runner close , and the puerto ricans within striking distance .
    reminiscent of the eerily haunting ” dar ryll …. dar ryll ” chants that pervaded fenway park some years ago , the following chant arose from the predominately venezuelan crowd in the box seats along the 1st base side ===> “the pee tchur esta cagado …. the pee chur esta cagado … the pee tchur esta cagado ” .

    literally translated ===> the pitcher shit himself .

    anyway , that’s what popped into my head when i read of your search for a new razzball glossary term for your double-burn situation .

    since cagado sounds like delgago , and dos = 2 , i tried to think up something along these lines .

    here’s where you come in , cuz that’s about the limit of my creative writing / thinking ability .

    hope it helps .

    big o

  6. Madison Bumgardener says:

    Razzball glossary suggestion:

    Reach Around: Kyle Farnsworth gave Meche a reach around last night

  7. PWNightmare says:

    Frozen Burrito- Hot & delicious on both ends, still frozen in the middle.

    “Things were going well for me until Krazy Kyle came in & threw the old frozen burrito.”

  8. john says:

    @JR: haha, nice and well, for the other teams’ its very positive…i dunno, i gave it my best shot before i had to *ahem* hit the sack..

  9. Tony says:

    Beckett throws a gem for me then Lyon comes in and ruins my good night of pitching. DAMN YOU LYON! Get your sheet together….

  10. Freak says:

    “Chris Young – 6 IP, 2 ER. Why ignoring spring training stats is sometimes the best medicine.”

    Weren’t you just saying a week ago to punt?

  11. madx34 says:

    how about “the master bait and switch” ?

  12. Tony B. says:

    @Grey: Heath Bell entered to Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away”… he then proceeded to K the side in the 9th, maybe he should be nicknamed Heath “Soothsayer” Bell?

  13. Peter W. says:

    any love for Inge? Would have to drop R. Hernandez to pick him up; any C of mine is just filler until Wieters gets called up, in case that makes a difference.

  14. BSA says:

    @big o:
    I do believe there will be a place for this in the Razzball definitions/references –
    pee tchur esta cagado –
    Brandon Lyon esta cagado to a 27.00 ERA last night.

    Beckett did his part last night and my RCL team esta cagado.

    I’d like to buy a hit if anyone is selling them. Maybe it is the bat’s fault – guys fungo bats are to warm up with not play with during your at bats.

  15. Frank Rizzo says:

    I listened to the preseason hype on Josh Johnson, getting him as my 5th SP if you can believe that. That was so nice to have in light of Shields again puking on himself at Fenway. I wish Johnson could throw against the Nats on every start. I’d sleep like a baby.

    All hail Bonifacio! I’m giving him the start over Jose Lopez today. Watch for an 0-5 day…….it’s coming.

    Eddy Jackson pitched his balls off and Brandon Lyon squashed those balls right there on the turf. What a joke the Detroit bullpen is.

  16. sean says:

    Gotta love waking up to Brandon Lyon shitting in my bed last night. If Rodney/Zumaya/Leyland was any better, I’d cut the cord now. Maybe I just like the abuse.

    Spikepaddled: when a sucktastic MR breaks the lock on your fingercuffs, delivering a beatdown to both of your fake teams. Farnsworth and his sweet glasses just spikepaddled my ass, blowing the lead for Meche and handing Buerhle a win.

  17. Frank Rizzo says:

    Uh oh. Kelvim Escobar felt tightness in his shoulder after a 40 pitch minor league outing. LA is shutting him down for a week.

  18. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @David Wrighteous: Awesome name. re: Tigers bullpen. If Rodney’s available, and you are desperate, get him. Perry might get some Calvin Schiraldi-action later this year but Rodney is first in line.

    @big o: Also potential Razzball term: Double-burn. Sounds nasty.

    @Grey: I know one thing about Ishikawa — I know you have him on your Razzball team. Speaking of which, who does Austin Kearns think he is going yard last night? Get back to sucking, dude.

    @Grey: Potential Razzglossary term II: Double-ended. As in, I got double-ended by Lyon and Morrow. Contrary to what you are thinking, it’s a reference to a double-ender, i.e. news interviews in the days before satellite. Google it. Just don’t Google-image it.

    NOTA BENE: The guy in my league who always picks up every hot pitcher after one good start picked up Edwin Jackson this morning. This same guy picked up Cliff Lee last year, and is obviously looking for a repeat. He might be right. The only thing I don’t like about Edwin Jackson is that he pitches in the AL, for the Tigers. Otherwise, he is primo sleeper.

    NOTA BENE part II: That same guy drafted Lee this year. He can’t quit Lee. The lesson: Don’t fall in love with the sleeper who rode last year. This year, Lee is donkey, league is bat.

  19. Rob says:

    Ishikawa is available in my league. Do I pick up and use him over Konerko. I got Jackson this morning off waivers.

    great post.

  20. Tony says:

    why didn’t holliday start/play last night?

  21. BSA says:

    @Tony: Flu

  22. B.J. says:

    @ Tony- Holliday was out with an illness. I’m assuming its the flu.

  23. Nate says:

    My submission for the Farnsworth Special:

    Chlamydia – when a reliever’s shitty performance burns you twice over.
    e.g., Farnsworth gave my Meche-Buerhle matchup chalmydia.

    Could also be used when you have the starter & closer of a team in a particular game and the closer blows your save & your win, e.g. Lyon’s chlamydia was particularly contagious last night.

  24. Anthony G says:

    Farnsworth was BSing or BlowSaving…. copyright me.

  25. Tony says:

    @BSA: @B.J.: Thank you, I didn’t hear/see that anywhere.

    I also have frickin’ LYON and RODNEY handcuffing, and i’m not diggin either one right now! E. Jackson is sitting there in my league, i just dont see how I can drop either because the situation is so iffy, and if I drop one I might as well almost drop both!

    Why do you have to suck so bad right away LYON!

  26. mike says:

    what’s up with Napoli? 2 games in and no ABs.

    also can’t be too happy with the Reynolds situation, nor am i.

  27. Hardcore Midget says:

    Smoltz is available in my league.
    I can stash him on my DL, once Scott Baker or Lackey is activated off.

    Would it be worth picking up Smoltz now, and dropping either Snell or Lannan to make the move? Don’t want to wait too long, as we have some other Sox fans in the league.

  28. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @JR: THANK YOU. Ghost is Born is by far the superior Wilco album to Sky Blue Sky, which I found far too bitchy and mainstream. They took a risk with Ghost is Born, and although I could do without 12 minutes of ambient sound, the rest of the album is very good. Nothing could beat Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, though… I wish like hell I could write songs like Poor Places.

    Zinn isn’t too militant. He’s just telling the truth like one of my favs James Loewen.

    Now on to baseball. I have Kotchman sucking up my Utility slot and pissing me off. Someone has just offered me two trades: 1) my Lidge for his Wells. 2) my Gallardo for his Wells. Thoughts on either of these trades? I don’t like the Lidge one at all, but my pitching otherwise is okay, and I don’t think I’d be losing much if I lost Gallardo.

    Should I really be that worried about Wells’ injuries enough to take that risk?

  29. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @IowaCubs: Wells? Vernon Wells?

    I own Vernon Wells and even I would not recommend either trade.

    Why not pick up some flava of the week (BONIFACIO!), play him in Util, sit a spell, and let things play out?

    Wells is too bust-tastic to take a chance on right now.

    @Rob: Ishikawa does not have much power potential. He will be lucky to scratch the underbelly of 20 donks this year. If you are stacked power-wise elsewhere, you could swap him for Konerko — he’ll probably out-perform Konerko everywhere but power — but personally I couldn’t live with a noodle-bat in my 1B/Util slot.

    @Hardcore Midget: Both Snell and Lannan are eminently droppable at this point. Though don’t bet the season on Smoltz, a dead-arm coming a) off surgery and b) to the AL Beast.

  30. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: This is a very smart money league… people that are very good at fantasy baseball play in this league. Not much room for pickups here.

    Maybe drop Kotchman for Chad Tracy? Thames? FraGU? S. Smith? (see what I’m saying?)

  31. Hardcore Midget says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks for the advice on Smoltz.

    Since Snell and Lannan are both pretty crappy, would you drop one or both for any of the following- Lohse, Wolf, Guthrie, Purcey, or Brett Anderson?
    The league is K-heavy, which is part of why guys like Lohse and Guthrie are available.

  32. cubbies299 says:

    @Hardcore Midget: I’d drop Lannan for guthrie in a second. The rest, I’d probably wait another start on Snell, then maaaaaaybe drop him for Lohse if it doesn’t go right

  33. Pops says:

    @Tony B.: Good song choice – Breaking Benjamin got their start in my hometown.

  34. Pops says:

    With Morrow and Motte dropping the ball, my ERA and WHIP are in the toilet. I’m hoping for the trifecta of Greinke, Kazmir and Gallardo to show up in a big way tonight.

  35. RT says:

    @Madison Bumgardener:
    The Reach Around…. Spit coffee on my laptop when I read that. Money.

  36. brad says:

    Meche’s win was BULLdozed. . . ? (Blowdozed?)

    I hope you didn’t write down the win in PEN. . . ?
    (a pencil win from Meche)?

    Meche messed with the BULL and got the horns. . . ?

    Meche was PENalized. . .?

  37. Zebo says:

    drop Brett Gardner, Burriss, Fontenot, Teahen for Edwin Jackson?

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @IowaCubs: I don’t know that Krotchman is any worse than those options. I like Seth Smith hitting 2nd on the Rockies lineup. But his playing time is not guaranteed and he’s not a favorite around here. Still, as a lefty, he should face righties, i.e. get his licks in.

    But there will be some other tasty out-of-nowhere option in the next few days, no? Quentin didn’t smack twelve homers in two days last year. (In fact, he didn’t hit his second homer until April 15th! Like, a whole week into the season! Go back in time and drop him, now.)

    @Hardcore Midget: Is Edwin Jackson still out there? I’d rather take a risk on a breakout candidate than drop Snell for someone known but unsexy, like Guthrie. (Guthrie’s good but his lack of Ks will eat you up.)

    None of the others seem worth snapping up now. (Keep an eye on Purcey.) Let the season age another week and see who looks Cliff Lee-like. (Last year’s version, not this year.)

    Definitely bench Snell until further notice, though.

  39. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Zebo: You have all four of those guys? Who’s starting and who’s sitting? Any of those who are on the bench could be dropped for Jackson, IMHO.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @David Wrighteous: Don’t think Perry’s in the mix yet, but that situation is so FUBAR’d that he could be soon.

    @john: Double entendres are usually funny, in my mind. Maybe just me, but this calls for a negative connotation.

    @JR: You liked A Ghost is Born? Ugh, felt so self-indulgent. Like that guy’s take on Henley last night on American Idol. re: FB — You’re gonna be fine. You have so much to live for — Felipe Lopez for one.

    @big o: Maybe use that for something else, because it doesn’t encompass the full scope of Farnsworth abused trust.

    @Madison Bumgardener: This definition:

    When your partner gives you a handjob from behind.
    “Wow. It sounds like you had a tough day at work honey. How ’bout a reacharound?”

    While potentially not ideal, the reacharound has positive connotations.

    @PWNightmare: That’s a very funny image. Don’t think it works here, but maybe for something else.

    @Freak: I was worried and said to sit him. Damn you, Freak. I’m not infallible!

    @madx34: Hmm… That’s not bad. Between this and the one Rudy and I came up with that I will reveal at the end of these comments.

    @Tony B.: Don’t know that song, but sounds lame and farty.

    @Peter: Sure, grab him.

    @sean: Love that you used it in a sentence with the other proper definition. Not totally feeling it though.

    @Frank Rizzo: First I heard of it, so thanks for the heads up. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. He can’t stay healthy.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Oh my God, you’re Walter Cronkite!

    I read the Wiki def, do I need to know more? Cause it doesn’t sound terribly negative like it should.

    @Rob: Nice on Jackson. Nope on Ishikawa.

    @Nate: Few funnier words, just not feeling it in this instance.

    @Anthony G: Eh

    @mike: At least Reynolds was playing. Neither situation is great, obviously, but it’s still two days in.

    @Hardcore Midget: Lose either of those two for Smoltz. Dealer’s choice…. Whichever one hurt you more.

    @IowaCubs: A risk or a “Jeff Tweedy’s on quads, we just lost dreadlocked Philip Seymour Hoffman and let’s do some non-music music?”

    I don’t like either trades.

    @brad: It’s not encompassing enough, imo.

    @Zebo: Why are you holding three of the same player? Lose one of the speed guys and grab Edwin.

    Rudy and my suggestion for the Farnsworth situation is — two-timed.

    “Kyle Farnsworth two-timed me. The bastard!”

    “What a friggin’ two-timer!”

    “Somebody got two-timed.”

    Reserved for instances when a reliever blows a lead for a good pitcher and takes the opposing Razz pitcher off the hook.

  41. cubbies299 says:

    So I think I’m gonna put a waiver claim on Uehara tonight. Given his stats in Japan and Kuroda’s, I see no reason why he can’t put up similar #’s. In the meantime, I’m gonna pick up adenhart just in case he pitches a gem. He had pretty solid spring #’s and his minor league track record (besides last year was solid). Ain’t starting him, mind you. Would it be really stupid to drop Lyon, Swish, or Gardner for Uehara? I feel like my league isn’t the kind where someone’ll pick up Swish and hold him till he gets PT.

  42. cubbies299 says:

    @Grey: double fister?

  43. sean says:

    @cubbies: I’d be off of Uehara-san like black off rice if I were you…

    He’s not a blow it by you kind of pitcher and he’s a #2 in the AL East matching up against Lester, Kazmir, Burnett, and their offenses.

    Monster difference between Kuroda pitching in Chavez Ravine against the offenses in the NL West and Uehara.

  44. Fresh says:

    I drafted Ishikawa in my razzball league. I guess I went on last years struggles rather than his potential this year.

  45. Frank Rizzo says:

    According to MLB, Maybin isn’t in the lineup today. That surprises me a little because it’s Daniel Cabrera pitching for Washington and I believe Maybin is better against righties than lefties. Ross is getting the start in CF with Gload in RF.

  46. peter says:

    Ok, different peter here…

    Edwin Jackson > Jordan Zimmermann?

  47. p0rk burn says:

    Trade C-Guile for Aviles? My MI consists of Rollins, B.Phill, JJ. Hardy, and St. Emilio. Aviles should be more consistent than Hardy and Guillen is already bitching about his old-man legs. Maybe he needs support hose.

    Guillen is currently the utility player on days he feels like playing since I have A-Ram, Votto, and Prince holding down the corners.

  48. JR says:

    “two-timing” is it.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: I kinda agree with Sean. He could come out looking like Hideki Irabu. If you want to take a chance on him that hitters won’t be familiar with him yet, I could see it and I’d drop one of those three depending on how your team is set up. (Don’t need steals, lose Gardner, etc.)

    @Fresh: I don’t think you necessarily did wrong. I have him too. it was just one game.

    @Frank Rizzo: I wouldn’t worry about it, they need to work Gload in occasionally.

    @peter: Weren’t you Peter first? I’d go with Jackson over JZ.

    @p0rk burn: I’d prefer Aviles.

  50. dtv says:

    @grey: double-vision? four-eye’d? in homage to his goggles.

  51. peter says:

    @Grey: Yeah, I think you’re right re: Jackson over JZ. JZ hasn’t even thrown a pitch in the majors yet (and won’t for another week or 2), and when he does it will be for the Nats.

    And, yeah, in Razzball Years I was Peter first.

  52. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: whats your thoughts of escobar,ive got hoff dl`d so is he worth keeping?if i dropped him it would only be for spot starting pitchers against weak teams or a good stat rp

  53. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    I’m benching Prince today against Randy Johnson in favor of GoodFace at 2B and Brandon Phillips against Pelfrey. Is this nuts?

    Too bad the Marlins game just started and GoodFace is in my Util. So too late now for a switch!

    Come on, GoodFace!

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dtv: Doesn’t have the ring to it, imo. See the bottom of my comment #40.

    @Peter W.: There’s already a Peter, so I changed your commenter name. Feel free to pick another one, if you like.

    @peter: Yeah, my thinking too.

  55. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: p.s. should explain I have Votto at 1B (against Pelfrey). Prince is not playing 2B for me.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Drop him, he had a setback according to comment #17. (FYI, I haven’t double-checked this.)

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: It’s partially nuts, but I understand it.

  57. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    If you are fingercuffed when you have a player on a regular team and also on your Razzball team, which rewards overall crappiness, perhaps when a cuddleboy like Farnsworth blows both ends up one can say that this was a case of a Rotated Cuff. I could also say that you were Finger-F’d, but this is a family blog.

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thanks,confirmed setback,who knows how long but i`d be better off utilizing that spot

  59. dp says:

    Travis Ishikawa…makes me think of Ketchup Sushi.

  60. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Are you telling me that Jeff Tweedy has a drug problem?!?

  61. Denys says:

    Now Maybin not starting…

    This is me being impatient with Maybin and D. Young a.k.a. Twinkie getting irregular playing time. Twins and Marlins not going anywhere this year, let the youngins play!

    In other news, I missed out on the Ed-Jack weepstakes (and that’s me using a glossary term). But I’m not worried, he had good games last year too. I’m much more worried about Shields’ outing.

    If you need some holds and extra Ks – Octavio Dotel. If I didn’t enjoy me some Matt Thornton, he’d be on my team already.

    Grey – I’m looking to trade away one of the following closers: Nathan (good value, could get something nice if I package right), F. Cordero (probably the one I’ll try to push the most, he scares me this year), or C. Qualls (since I got him relatively cheap, probably best to just hold on). I just don’t think there’s any reason to have more than 2 Closers in my league, plus I’ll get some here and there from Scottie Downs. And I need to upgrade my OF.

  62. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: What do you think of a trade of John Danks for Wells.

  63. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @dp: HA! I think we have a nickname for Ishikawa!


  64. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I don’t like playing roster roulette, but I have to go with Bonifacio while he’s hot. As per my new-found Reds addiction, I am betting big on Pelfrey getting spanked: I’ve got Votto/Phillips/Bruce in the lineup.

    @IowaCubs: That I would do.

  65. G says:

    Thanks a lot Grey for those player ratings before the season. I picked Beckett around 70 in all 3 of my leagues and he’s looking pretty good. hope he keeps it up

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: I like you’re thinking. What do you think of what I said on the bottom of Comment #40?

    @dp: Ha!

    @IowaCubs: Ludes are just a mood suppressant! That trade’s fair.

    @Denys: Nice rant. I’d trade Nathan and let the chips fall where they may, if your trade partner will pay a decent rate for him. Then again if someone will pay a decent rate for F-Cord, I’d trade him. Really depends what you can get for either of them. I wouldn’t trade Qualls. He’ll earn more than you can get.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I don’t like Pelfrey so I hope you’re right.

    @G: I hope he keeps it up too.

  67. Vince says:

    Which pitcher from my RCL staff would you drop for Edwin Jackson?

    SP: Beckett, Zambrano, Harang, Young, Weaver, Jimenez, Maine
    RP: Ryan, F. Cordero, Downs, Franklin

    Should I drop Downs or Franklin or Maine?

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vince: I’d hold tight with those options.

  69. sean says:

    Someone just tossed Cook. Should I drop my offensive bench player (Stewart — was waiting for him to get 2B eligibility) to pick him up?

  70. bostonaccent says:

    Re: Farnsworth

    Since it usual involves a two run swing and impacts both starters, how about “dropped a deuce?”

  71. stynyr says:

    Love the site, especially the Razzball Glossary. To my question: I have Nathan, Hanrahan, Street, and Gregg as rp’s. I got McCann at C now. Wieters was just dropped. I know SAGNOF but is it worth dropping one of my rp’s (my pitching overall isn’t that strong I feel with Haren, Lowe, Vazquez, Volquez, Burnett, Slowey, and Saunders my sp’s) to grab and hold (no homo) him? I like to keep no more than 4 rp’s.

  72. Teef says:

    So I’m talking about a blockbuster that is in 2 parts

    The first would be Chris Young (OF) and Corey Hart for Carl Crawford? Seems like a def yest to me

    2nd part is Wainwright and Aviles or Weeks for Pedroia – I’m not inlove with Pedrioa but I’m hoping I could flip him for value down the line

    Should I push for both parts, 1 or the other, neither?

  73. Teef says:

    Oh sorry, team looks like this in a h2h 10man:

    C. Russel Martin
    1b. Miguel Cabrera
    2b. Alexei Ramirez
    3b. Alex Rodriguez
    SS. Mike Aviles
    OF. Calros Quentin
    OF. Corey Hart
    OF. Chris Young
    Util. Pablo Sandoval
    Bench: Cameron Maybin, Adam Jones (added today)

    1. Roy Halladay
    2. Jake Peavy
    3. Francisco Liriano
    4. Adam Wainwright
    5. Yovani Gallardo
    6. Erik Bedard

  74. Luke says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Any big reason why you think Ishikawa is devoid of power? In 112 minor league games last year, he hit 24 HRs. And he hit 7 HRs this spring alone, I believe. I don’t own him in any leagues but I don’t think it would be crazy to suggest he’ll pop over 20 out this year.

    @Grey: You’re right. A Ghost Is Born was a major letdown.

  75. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey: Two-Timed sounds great to me

    @Baron Von Vulturewins : I guess that I am one of the few Razzsters who likes Pelfrey. Check out his stats after the all star break last year. Then again, I usually have a pro-Met bias. And with his speed, he should start getting more K’s. However, I also have the Volk going against him, as well as Bruce Almighty . So I’m conflicted. Could be F-Your Stepsister time.

  76. stynyr says:

    Taking the que from Teef here is my team in full:

    C. McCann
    1b. Morneau
    2b. Kinsler
    3b. Chipper Jones
    ss. Reyes
    of: Dye
    of: Sizemore
    of: Victorino
    util. Derosa
    util. Ethier
    bn. Pence

    1. Haren
    2. Volquez
    3. Lowe
    4. Vazquez
    5. Slowey
    6. Burnett

    1. Nathan
    2. Hanrahan
    3. Street
    4. Gregg

    Drop an RP for Wieters and hold?

  77. Clodbuster says:

    Clearly this situation is the epitome of a “Cock-block”

    I was coasting to an easy win and favorable loss when Farnsworth stepped in and cock-blocked me out of both. Replace Farnsworth with Latroy Hawkins for NL only leagues.

  78. stynyr says:

    Damn it. 8 team, h2h, traditional 5×5

  79. albertalbert says:

    so, i thought chris ray was in line to take over for sherrill one of these days. i’m fine waiting a bit until that happens, but he didn’t even get the setup role? any baltimore fans out there that can put this in perspective?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: I like Stewart. Cook can be found in other starters.

    @bostonaccent: Dropped a deuce is solid (pun kinda intended), does it beat two timed or the new one at the end of these comments?

    @stynyr: Thanks for the kind words. I’d lose Saunders for Wieters.

    Wait, where’s Saunders in your posted team?

    Feel free to use the forums for extended trade or drop questions too.

    @Teef: I like both trades for you.

    Feel free to use the forums for extended trade or drop questions too.

    @Clodbuster: Not bad, but I think we have a few better, see below.

    ****** Glossary update

    Think we’re between Two-Timed, Dropped a Deuce and Exacta Redacta.

    Could people vote on these?

  81. stynyr says:

    @Grey: I’m at work doing this as stealthily as possible and he was left behind in my haste. He’ll be gone though, dropped for Wieters before this post clears monitor-ation. Thank you and next time I will use the forum.

  82. Red says:

    For the razzball glossary: Farnsworth tainted you, as in ‘taint a win and ‘taint a loss. (Also has some wonderful anatomical connotations).

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @stynyr: Gotcha

    @Red: Not bad, but I think the other suggestions in Comment #80 say more.

  84. AL KOHOLIC says:

    there goes bonifacio again,,sb #4,1-1 with a bb,sb

  85. JavaBeanHead says:

    Hey Grey,
    Would you drop one of Beauhrle,J.Sanchez,Kawakami for E.Jackson?

  86. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Mark me down for Dropped a Deuce please.

  87. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m on the Bono Express. Although I was much to slow in our Commenter League. Those dudes have quick triggers.

    @Grey – Zimmerman 0-2, 1-11 for the season. I have him in three leagues. One of these years I will learn.

    @Grey – Vote in for Dropped a Deuce

  88. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey – Make that 1-3 for Zim. But they must have benched Milledge, I guess for Dukes. Maybe Elijah capped Lastings in the knees before the game.

  89. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Luke: Baseball Prospectus has him projected at 18 home runs this year. He had a brief spurt of power in the minors last year after showing almost no power previously; when he came up, he hit 3 homers in 95 ABs, which projects out to about 15 or 18.

    He’s young, so he could take a step forward, power-wise, but just know that what you’re buying is upside: 25 donks, not Chris Davis Lite.

    @Grey: Gotta be drop a deuce. That’s my vote. Exacta redacta has some appeal if I could figure out what it means.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I don’t mind Pelfrey at all. Just hoping he gets horse-whipped today, with Bruce holding the lash.

    @JavaBeanHead: My two cents: Buerhle, yes. He is borderline ownable in leagues that count Ks. Also, his name is very hard to spell.

  90. p0rk burn says:

    Cantu took a pitch to the back of his left hand. He stayed in and took his bag, later scoring on Uggla’s 3 run double, but who knows what happens after it swells up or is looked at further.

  91. whigs says:

    K JO or Felipe Lopez this year? Have Alexei as well and will be playing him at SS in 9 games.


  92. Eric W says:

    @p0rk burn: The sound that was made when that ball hit his hand was disturbing. Now he got pulled from the game cant be a good sign

  93. Luke says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I don’t disagree. I’m not jumping to pick him up in the league he’s still available in but I was just curious what your reasoning was. That makes sense. Well played, old bean!

  94. Zebo says:

    is Mark Teahen going to break out this year?

  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @p0rk burn: @Eric W: And it all happened in front of a giant picture of Charlie Hough.

    @whigs: Felipe has more speed, depends what you need. I’d prefer him.

    @Zebo: Probably not, but at 2nd base he doesn’t need to do much to be valuable.

  96. Zebo says:

    I have these guys vying for playing time for 2 positions 2B and SS: Fontenot, Teahen, Burriss, Alexei Ramirez. Will Teahen ever see playing time there? Burriss is SAGNOF, Fontenot looks like he is the everyday player, and he has power and average from last year. I feel like Teahen is the odd man out. But then again, he is eligible everywhere, except catcher.

  97. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Eric W: Maybin is pinch-hitting.


  98. sean says:

    Exacta redacta

  99. sean says:

    phew, sac bunt

  100. Zebo says:

    Sorry I meant will Teahen ever play for me

  101. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Zebo: Not if he takes care of his skin and lays off the pepperoni pizza.

  102. p0rk burn says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I was trying to think of something along those lines but this pretending to work thing is just too damn distracting.

  103. SP says:

    Is this Bonifacio forreal? Like forreal forreal, for the whole season? Cuz I’ve Ofaciolly got a Boner for him. Fasho. Too bad I’m an in a 18 team league and he’s been picked up.

  104. p0rk burn says:

    @SP: Don’t be lusting after your league-mate’s lottery ticket.

  105. SP says:

    Another question. I have Felipe Lopez and Alexei Ramirez at SS/2B and they have eligibility galore (really bad Bond movie), but I think Lopez is gonna suck, so should I drop him for Andrus? I’m thinking Andrus is gonna get a ton of SBs and runs in that lineup at the very least and anything else is gravy.

  106. Luke says:

    @SP: Grey has said that he doesn’t think Bonifacio will last in the leadoff spot for the full year and could even be out of it by May. Granted, he said that before the season started. But, I hope he’s right…

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SP: Andrus is not going to be great on average either. Lopez has more experience, the leadoff spot and more power.

    re: Bonifacio — Guys get hot through the season. If this happened some random week in June, you may not have noticed. Does he have speed? Um, yeah… A lot. He can steal. He can’t steal first and at some point he’s not going to get on base 3 out of every five times. None of this means you should ignore hot streaks. Ride them.

  108. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yippy ki aye,

  109. JavaBeanHead says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: haha! :-P Good point, saves me from spelling his name. E.Jackson is so much easier :-D . Thanks guys for your input.

  110. Frank Rizzo says:

    FYI – No Tracy, no Tony Clark in the D-back lineup today. Instead, Mark Reynolds batting 5th……..Nice. Not starting him, but nice to see none-the-less.

  111. Frank Rizzo says:

    Also, for you Spilborghs owners, he’s batting 3rd today while Fowler’s leading off.

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    **Prepare your Leo Nunezes.

  113. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: I see it Grey. Wait for it…..wait for it……….

  114. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: People may not have noticed if it happened one random week in June, but it definitely would get written up and people with itchy trigger fingers would add him to the team. I do agree with you, even though I’m a Bonifacio owner in one of my leagues. I’m going to ride the streak as long as it lasts since he only cost me Assmaster Matsui and, once he starts to cool off, I’m going to deal him to someone still drinking the kool-aid for something worth more than Matsui. Its the opposite of overpaying, its like Madoff investing!

  115. Frank Rizzo says:

    whoa……….huge K……….not dead yet.

  116. Eric W says:

    lindstrom closes the door and all 12 fans in the stands under 65 go crazy!

  117. Frank Rizzo says:

    @p0rk burn: Same here pork burn. I admit to a pick up, and starting him over Jose Lopez today in the hopes of boosting the week’s SB’s and R’s. Mission accomplished.

    I got ripped in my league for pulling the trigger on Bonifacio the other day. Now the league board is silent on that situation.

    I will ride him until he takes a dump.

  118. PWNightmare says:

    @Grey: I thought the frozen burrito thing was hilarious. There’s nothing worse than having your burrito burn your mouth upon first bite & then make you vomit when you bite into the slushy part in the middle. Cook it too long, it explodes all over itself. Now that I’m in LA, I’d rather go spend $1.25 at the taco truck on the corner than spend $4 on an Amy’s frozen burrito. Gonna put this term in the drawer for a better day.

    Grabbed Jackson to add to my stock of quality SPs. Who wants to trade, bitches?! Meanwhile, I’m walking in the Brandon Webbs leave a message when his pitch is back.

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @p0rk burn: That makes total sense.

    @Frank Rizzo: @Eric W: Now imagine he was pitching against anyone but the Nats. Your new mayor of Ugly City, Matt Lindstrom.

  120. Frank Rizzo says:

    John Baker is becoming more and more interesting, even in shallow mixed leagues. Pretty decent hitter who sees a lot of time in the 2 hole, just in front of HanRam.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PWNightmare: Yeah, it’s a great term, just not sure it fits this time.

  122. Re Kyle Farnsworth

    Worth a Farns: A relief pitcher who costs your fantasy starter a win.

    Example: I had Edwin Jackson last night, but Brandon Lyon isn’t worth a farns!

  123. PWNightmare says:

    @Grey: UGGLA city! What was up with that botched tag and drop?! Iiiidiot.

    I’m loving the free MLB Extra Innings for opening week on DirecTv.

  124. sean says:

    Chipper not in the lineup in this day game after a night game. Hooters?

  125. If not, I like the “taint” suggestion.

  126. Frank Rizzo says:

    Just to add another bit of relatively useless knowledge on the day…..18 mph wind blowing out to RF in Philly today.

    Ryan Howard owner here……….hoping.

  127. Paul Wilson says:

    A term that deserves a plaque in the Razzball dictionary somewhere… though I’m not sure this situation is quite worthy… is The Shocker. Two in the pink and one in the stink!!

  128. AL KOHOLIC says:

    fowler homers,

  129. sean says:

    Welcome to the season, Ibanez!

  130. sean says:

    Dexter Fowler!!!

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Peter P.: Not sure if those are better than other selections. FYI, I had to change your commenter name because there’s already a Peter, if you want to pick another name, go for it.

    @PWNightmare: Oh, you gotta by the Direct TV package. It’s great.

    @sean: He’s got a boo-boo. What a surprise.

    @Frank Rizzo: You almost called that one. He just missed with his double.

    @Paul Wilson: Ha! Have to figure out a proper place for the shocker.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Sweet!

  132. Eric W says:

    @PWNightmare: the only problem with mlb extra innings is that they refuse to show the majority of games in HD.

  133. Luke says:

    @Eric W: The MLB.TV premium package this year is pretty sweet too, by the way. You can get all games in HD and I just load them up on my laptop and hook it into my TV each night. Kind of a weird, less traditional setup but it gets the job done for me.

    @sean: This Fowler HR has me raising all sorts of eyebrows right now.

  134. Jeff says:

    I’m starting Zimm and I am also very pissed

  135. sean says:

    Too bad we punt catchers because McCann is a beast! Then again, I had him last year and finished ninf.

  136. PWNightmare says:

    @Eric W: Yeah, that Nats game looked like I was watching it through a fish tank. Whatevs, though, all these games and it looks better than it does on my radio.

  137. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    McCann is a beast, ’tis ture, but he’s 12th round production that you pay 4th round prices for, because he has a C after his name, not an OF. Why would you want to pay that mark-up?

    The Numbers Game (I do so love this game):

    Player 1: 509AB .301 68R 23HR 87RBI 5SB
    Player 2: 488AB .283 69R 25HR 85RBI 2SB

    Player 1: Brian McCann
    Player 2: Brad Hawpe


    Okay, here’s a bonus player: 530AB .292AB 46R 16HR 95RBI 0SB

    Bonus player = Benjie Molina

  138. Frank Rizzo says:

    Pigface is getting beaten all over the yard by Atlanta today. What was Philly thinking when they traded for that fat bloated sack?

  139. SP says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    Or you could just not draft a catcher at all like I did and pick up a quality guy like Jeff Baker after the draft. And this is in an 18 team league.

  140. Eric W says:

    @PWNightmare: Ha ya its defiantly worth the cash just a lil disappointing they dont go full HD.

    @Luke: One of my friends swears by mlb.tv but I cant hook my laptop up to my computer or I would probably give it a try.

  141. p0rk burn says:

    @Eric W: “but I cant hook my laptop up to my computer or I would probably give it a try.”

    Thats one hell of a problem.

  142. Willie_Canate says:

    Stephen Drew is gonna be a monster this year

  143. Eric W says:

    @p0rk burn: Hehe realized it right after I hit submit. why does only Grey get a edit button

  144. Martin says:

    my offense is pretty good ( I have choo, JD drew, and murphy on the bench)
    so should i trade choo for johnny cueto, that way i can drop a weak pitcher and then pick up a batter with potential.

    also my closers are broxton, capps, valv, should i try one of them for johnny peralta because i play furucal at SS and he is an injury risk? I like having good closers though

  145. BigFatHippo says:

    Don’t know if you guys saw this yet, but Webb to miss Sat start with shoulder stiffness.

    Holding breath, turning blue……….

  146. PWNightmare says:

    As I said earlier in this thread upon my pick-up of Jackson, I’m walking in the Brandon Webbs…

    I’m pretty sure ESPN’s player profile referred to him as remarkably reliable at the beginning of the season. Oh, how the words have disappeared! Auto-draft should have known better.

    “Lackey, Webb. Webb, Lackey. Now that you’re on my bench, there’s all this free time for giving each other massages!”

  147. Jesse says:

    @Grey (and whoever would be willing to respond),

    short time, first time. how bullish on fowler are you? it looks like he’s ascending while say lastings milledge is descending (hard). granted it’s early in the season but my league is quick to act (e.g. jordan schafer has been started since sunday). is fowler worth a milledge, t. snider or a b. butler?

  148. RT says:

    any folks out there playin’ stewy? it’s frustrating b/c the boy can hit… but PH duty on a daily basis?

  149. cockyphoenix says:

    Schafer homered again. Another walk too

  150. d2bnz says:

    In my best connery accent ” the owners of Eoonnnnn Stewwart are being well rewarded today”

  151. RT says:

    yeah, problem is he is on the bench ’cause he wasn’t in the lineup… so, no reward – scottish or otherwise.

  152. wyotexpike22 says:

    First of all I would like to thank you guys for this site. I am a rookie to the Fantasy Baseball world and came here to get my knowledge for my draft. I was wondering if you could look at what came out of my draft last night and tell me where my negatives are. Its a 10 team NL only 5×5 keeper auction that we started this year. All of my players play there are no bench postions. Thanks for the input.
    Miguel Montero C
    Nick Hundley C
    Nick Johnson 1st
    Travis Ishikawa Corner I
    Dan Uggla 2nd
    Jimmy Rollins SS
    Christian Guz Middle I
    Edwin Encarnacion 3rd
    Emilo Bonifacio Utl
    Cameron Maybin OF
    Andre Ethier OF
    Juan Pierre OF
    Shane Victorino OF
    Ryan Braun OF
    Kenshin Kawakami SP
    John Lannnan SP
    Max Scherzer SP
    Yovani Gallardo SP
    Rich Harden SP
    Chad Billingsley SP
    Jon Rauch RP
    Joel Hanrahan RP
    Carlos Marmol RP

  153. brad says:

    didn’t know we were the term was meant to be so specific. . . i like dropped a deuce.

  154. d2bnz says:

    Stewarts gotten 2 productive at bats out of 2 , It won’t take long and COL will be shopping Atkins…..Offensively they are well stocked

  155. royce! says:

    Another vote for dropped a deuce.

  156. Pops says:

    Free Ian Stewart

  157. VanHammersly says:

    @Grey: “dreadlocked Philip Seymour Hoffman” FTW! When they kicked that guy out of the band in “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” I thought someone was going to put him on 24-hr. suicide watch.

  158. PWNightmare says:

    Someone needs to put Jim Leyland on 24-Hr. suicide watch effective immediately.

  159. Steve says:

    I hate it when my Wang gets spanked like that…

  160. agarthered says:

    So far this season I’ve had wang, motte, and morrow do me tons of favors!

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Hold Furcal, get Cueto.

    @BigFatHippo: I’ve been out a good chuck of the day and hadn’t heard that. Yikes. Glad I don’t have him.

    @Jesse: I’d lose Butler for Fowler.

    @RT: You need to be patient for a week.
    @wyotexpike22: Glad to have you commenting. It’s much easier to look at whole teams in the forums. But it’s fine for now. Anyway, your team is a bit weak but in a good way. You have more than enough steals, but not enough power. The good thing is, you can trade steals. I’d look to see if anyone will bite on Bonifacio and Pierre for a power guy, think Tulo, Hawpe, etc. Your pitching isn’t exactly stacked, but barring injuries it should be competitive.

    @VanHammersly: Hehe, Rudy and I saw that movie and joked about Bennett for years (actually, still do). “Tweedy, please listen to my demo.”

  162. Grey

    Grey says:

    @agarthered: Ha!

    ****BTW, Looks like dropping a deuce is taking it in a landslide. Thank you, bostonaccent. Entry will be added when I get home (and remember).

  163. Steve says:

    @Grey: Lose Span or Kubel for Fowler?

  164. agarthered says:

    WANG, UGH!!!!!!

  165. PWNightmare says:

    I wanna drink the Inge-aid. I do. I just… can’t. Can I? It tastes like grapefruit juice.

  166. Steve says:

    @agarthered: Double Ugh. I have Carmona going as well…

  167. PWNightmare says:

    Drank. I need this.

  168. Zebo says:

    Sonovabench, I have Fontenot on my bench. What does he do? 3 Run home run. Emmanuel Burriss better steal 18 bases today.

  169. vinko says:

    Saganof – MLB.com reports that Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston would prefer not to use closer B.J. Ryan on consecutive days. Scott Downs and Brandon League would see closing opportunities if Ryan is bypassed.

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Span

    @PWNightmare: At 2nd catcher, you should. Anywhere else except for a short time while Soto’s hurt or something, nah.

    @Zebo: Ha and ouch.

    @vinko: Nice, thanks for the heads up.

  171. vinko says:

    edit – sagnof, it’s the booze!

  172. Zebo says:

    Fontenot popped out to 2nd to end the inning. YEEEEEESSSS!

  173. Martin says:

    ishikawa was in baseball forecaster with a high potential to be this years ryan ludwick

  174. BKK says:

    Gambled on Uehara today. Seems like when I do the opposite it works out. Just call me George Can’tstandsya.

  175. cubbies299 says:

    It looked like Uehara couldn’t strike out a mufucka if they didn’t show up fo the ab. Still, he was in the strike zone and moderately deceptive against the yanks. Don’t think he’s waiver material, but I’ll try to grab him tomorrow. I finally drank the cool-aid and dropped swisher for Inge. He’s hit 3 hrs in the first 3 days and i looked at his stats and saw he’s much better offensively when he’s not playing catcher (and he’s only playing 3B this year). I have ianetta, who inexplicably gets benched for thorealballsack. You think Inge is rosterable?

    Also, Morales pitched an utter gem today. Granted, the diamondbacks helped him out a bit with some free swinging, but he was mixing a 93 mph fastball with a 68 mph curve. Simply disgusting. Picked him up. What do you expect from him going forward?

  176. BKK says:

    Despite striking out three times and failing to lay down an eighth inning bunt on two attempts, Ozzie Guillen will continue to bat DeWayne Wise at leadoff, according to MLB.com.

    So that makes him 6 for 8 in SO’s, what a great leadoff hitter. Earth to Ozzie, Earth to Ozzie, come in Ozzie…

  177. BKK says:

    @cubbies299: I did expect a couple K’s from Uehara. I did some diggin’ on him before I picked him up knowing not RAZZBALL is not bullish on him. Guys were comparing him to Dice-K. He seems to have go control. His fastball tops out at about 89 MPH from what I saw. He did strike out 17 in 13 innings, albiet most of those were against the NATS in ST.

    Personally, I dislike Inge, he’ll hit the odd homerun, but his AVE is a killer. Iannetta sitting is pretty normal for a catcher. Same thing happened to me yesterday with Baker. They just want to ease these guys in I guess.

    Morales: April 8, 2009
    The Denver Post reports that shortly after shutting down the Diamondbacks and picking up his first win of the season, Franklin Morales learned that he was being optioned to Triple-A in order to open a spot for the newly acquired Jason Hammel.

  178. BKK says:

    Do you start Garza against BOS manna? I don’t need to and I don’t see anything good coming from it expect him screwing up my ERA and WHIP for the week in Hd to Hd. Someone convince me otherwise.

  179. cubbies299 says:

    @BKK: Yeah, I was aware of that. Still, it was a sparkling start. They say they’re using him the next time they need a 5th starter, which is like 2 weeks. I’ll keep him rostered till then. He was filth encarnate today, and better yet displaying control, which was the one knock on him.

    Yeah, I’ll probably drop Inge after I start him tomorrow on Ianetta’s day off. Maybe for Uehara. AAlso, in a holds league, do you want Blevine, Carlson or Casilla? I like Blevine as he’s the first in line if Ziegler falters

  180. PWNightmare says:

    @Razzball: I’m just gonna ride this Inge thing out & feel good that he’s a Tiger. It sure beats my everyday 3rd baseman, Mike Lowell (thanks Troy Glaus & auto-draft)!

    @Neologasm boys: Cream rises.

  181. Steve says:

    @Grey: Probably my bad for starting him, but we shouldn’t be judging Carmona on one start in Texas, should we?

  182. cubbies299 says:

    Hey guys, is BJ Ryan a buy low candidate, or just plain risky and not worth it?

  183. BKK says:

    @cubbies299: I would think Cassila is next in line to Ziegler. I have a bad feeling about BJ, guess it depends how cheap you can get him and if it blows up in your face – can your team survive without both players in the deal.

  184. Steve says:

    And the last thing you want is a BJ blowing up in your face.

  185. BKK says:

    @Steve: Ha!

  186. cubbies299 says:

    Hey. I just got offered Harang/Qualls for Lowe/Corpas. My only active closer is Mariano and I have Lyon, Corpas as the hopefuls that got screwed. Should I bite?

  187. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: The Giants experts I’ve talked to say 17 HRs tops. Seems about right.

    @PWNightmare: Inge might do it for ya for a week, maybe two. Then you’re gonna be left with an icky feeling.

    @cubbies299: I wouldn’t do that move.

  188. cubbies299 says:

    Darn, he changed it to Lowe/A Gordon for Harang/Qualls/Milledge. Do I do this with the whole Milledge being benched deal?

  189. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: So you’re getting Lowe or vice versa?

  190. cubbies299 says:

    @Grey: vice-versa I get Qualls/Harang/Milledge. I asked that we do it only pending that Milledge gets PT. We’re gonna wait a week and see how the nats outfield situation shakes out. If he doesn’t, the guy said he’d also do Qualls/Wandy for my Agord. Which do you like better?

  191. wyotexpike22 says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the advice I will start trying to find some power.

  192. Brad says:

    Here’s the term for Farnsworth, or what he did: A Flamer. As in your chances for a win went “up in flames” because Farnsworth delivered a flamer.

  193. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brad: Think we’re going with “dropped a deuce,” but thanks for the suggestion.

  194. Jack says:

    Trade Question 12 team roto 5×5 scoring

    Team A

    J lopez
    A ram
    J Upton

    Jair J


    Team B

    BJ Upton

    J Johnson
    R Johnson


    The trade is Markakis and J Johnson for Schafer, Peavy and Jenks

    Which team do you think gets the better deal?
    Thank you

  195. Bob says:

    Trade – Who gets the better side of Chris Davis for Garrett Atkins?

    Waiver Move – Which crappy C should I roster until Soto returns – Irod or Ramon Hernandez?


  196. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jack: Team B needs Peavy more than the other team needs Markakis. In the future, this sorta question would be best in the forums.

  197. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Grey, on April 8 you were asked: “1.Hey Grey, Would you drop one of Beauhrle,J.Sanchez,Kawakami for E.Jackson?” Your reply,
    [email protected]: Drop Buerhle for him.” What were you thinking?

  198. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Simply Fred: Ha! I still would drop Beuhrle for Jackson; not perhaps for the other two. Interesting that out of these four pitchers, one pitched a perfect game and another a no hitter.

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