Anthony Rendon was cleared for baseball activities, which meant he was able to spit sunflower seeds and adjust his jockstrap with no pain.  Then he reported discomfort when he bent his knee.  Matt Williams, singing a’la Weird Al, said, “Rendon’s Opening Day is in jeopardy…Baby…Ooh…”  Honestly, I feel like I’m in a pickle wrapped in a can’t-win-shituation surrounded by a chimichanga of head scratching with a Mexican saying, “No lo se,” and me saying, “No lose?  More like no win, Jose!”  We’re still two weeks away from Opening Day and Rendon could be fine by the end of the first week, which means he’ll miss maybe 25 ABs, which is nothing in the big picture.  Dock him 3 runs, 2 RBIs and four hits and move on.  This could actually be a buying opportunity in drafts if he falls too far.  But if he’s downplaying his injury as every player who has been injured does, then he could struggle, hit the DL for a month or two and have a lost season.  He never had blazing speed, so I worry that he might not steal with the knee injury or at least not as much in the early part of the year.  Therefore, ergo, vis-a-vis I lowered him out of my top 10 and into my top 20 where I’d be more comfortable drafting him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Jayson Werth – Could take ABs on Wednesday.  I’m told that’s Werth noting.

Nate McLouth – Could start year on the DL due to his surgically-repaired shoulder.  I hope McLouth didn’t make the classic mistake at the doctor’s office of thinking he was getting ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’ operation, but it was ‘The Six Bouillonaire Man’ operation where they replace his shoulder with chicken bones and give him a broth transfusion.

Heath Bell – Was given his walking papers by the Nats.  To add insult to injury, his walking papers were titled, “For Whom The Bell Strolls.”

Matt Wieters – Tendinitis in his elbow and hopes to get on the field by Wednesday.  Since he had Tommy John surgery this past year, it sure would be nice if he could just get into the lineup as the DH, but Steve Pearce is taking that spot.   Hey, you say, can’t Pearce play the outfield?  Yes, but Delmon Young, De Aza and Snider are in the corner outfield spots.  Wait, you then add, are you saying the O’s would rather those guys than Wieters in the lineup?  Yes, I know, your 2010 self is so confused.

Brett Cecil – The Blue Jays confirmed that Cecil would be the closer, which I predicted would happen about two weeks ago.  I will now try my hand at picking lottery numbers.  If you’re reading this after I’ve won the lottery, screw you!  If you’re reading this before, thanks for reading, I really appreciate you.

Aaron Sanchez – Safe to assume he’s now in the rotation, at least for a majority of the year.  He should be able to safely throw about 150 IP this year, but the Blue Jays are aggressive with their youngsters and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sanchez pass the 150 mark.  Still, that’s what I have him down for in the top 100 starters and top 400.  He’s nothing more than an endgame flyer, but since he throws 97 MPH with movement, I like him for a little “How’s your father?”  He could easily have a 4.50+ ERA or a 2.50 ERA.  Likely somewhere in between.  Yes, I could be a landscape architect with those kind of hedges.

Devon Travis – “Maicer, what goes on?  Maicer” went down with a groin strain.  TMI!  So, this will give Ryan Goins or Devon Travis a shot at the everyday job.  Goins can’t figure out if he’s comins or Goins, “Maicer, what goes on?  Maicer” is hot garbage in the trunk of your car in the Sahara Desert, so I decided to add Travis to the top 20 2nd basemen as a very late flyer.  Is Travis that good?  Aw, hecks no!  But he’s in the lead for the job and a decent pick after 300 overall for an MI flyer.

Micah Johnson – Lots of talk about him and how he could be the starting 2nd baseman for the White Sox.  Why the talk?  Cause he has 35-steal speed with an everyday job.  I haven’t included him in my rankings yet, and not due to ignorance.  I know, what a surprise!  The White Sox are not a team that is rebuilding and I just don’t see them sitting Bonifacio and Beckham every day.  Maybe Johnson platoons, maybe he goes to the minors, but I just don’t see him as an everyday starter.  At least not in April.  And that’s your Micah check, 1, 2.

Mike Fiers – Has shoulder weakness, but not expected to need a DL stint.  Not moving him yet in my rankings, but I don’t love the sound of this since Fiers has never been much of a workhorse in his career.  I.e., where there’s smoke, there’s Fiers.

Daniel Murphy – Had an MRI on his hamstring and was shut down for a week.  The Mets have lots of options if Murphy hits the DL with Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds.  I didn’t say lots of good options.

Wilmer Flores – In a walking boot after fouling a ball off his foot.  Don’t worry, Mets fans, you don’t just have Muno and Reynolds for shortstop, but also…dun-dun-DUNNNN…Ruben Tejada!  Your favorite!  The Mets are hoping Flores is fine for the beginning of the season.  I bet they are!

Jhoulys Chacin – Released by the Rockies.  I imagine this kind of news is received by a pitcher like someone being told they didn’t just ingest poison, but they did just eat dog testicles.  “Yay, no more home games in Coors!”  Dot dot dot.  “Wait, even the Rockies don’t want me?!”

Wilin Rosario – I’m done pretending the writing isn’t on the Rockies’ bathroom stall wall.  As hard as it is for me to process this, the Rockies are planning on making Nick Hundley their starting catcher.  On one hand, a catcher that could hit 30 HRs.  On another hand, a catcher that could hit 15.  On a third hand that is actually a picture of Hamburger Helper that I cut out of the box, don’t draft either of them.  I’ve adjusted my top 20 catchers, adding Hundley and lowering Rosario.

Nick Franklin – Has a strained oblique.  Even though he’s now on the Rays, I’m pretty sure Franklin’s injured because Brad Miller is a spiteful man that couldn’t handle me labeling him a sleeper last year so he’s now infecting random middle infielders with lowered expectations.  Rays will likely turn to Logan Forsythe for a week while Franklin heals.  Fun fact!  Another name for the Rays’ 2nd base combo of Franklin/Forsythe is Poor Richard’s Almanack.

Jon Lester – Dealing with a dead arm.  In related news, Boras is trying to get Lester a bit role on The Walking Dead.

Josmil Pinto – Out for a few days with a concussion, and by ‘days’ the Twins mean years.  I’m only half joking.  Don’t worry, four lady readers, it’s my lower half.  Rawr!  On the fo’really, Morneau missed two years with a concussion, Mauer never looked right again after he was concussed, and what’s up with Twins and concussions?  Wonder Twin Powers activate…in the form of a helmet!

Yasmany Tomas – World, I feel like you didn’t want me to like Tomas as much as I did this year.  Are you happy now?  Cause I’m officially concerned.  I still think he can produce a 20+ HR, .260 season, which is, ya know, more than you’ve gotten from, say, Ryan Zimmerman for two of the past four seasons.  Everyone associated with the Diamondbacks has said they’re fine with his bat.  Unfortch, you need more than just a bat in the NL.  I know, stoopid.  Not the way Abner Doubleday would’ve wanted it, but what are you going to do?  Dig up Abner’s grave, have a seance and request that his ghost protest that the use of the DH is the purest form of baseball?  No, you’re not.  Now that the Diamondbacks are whispering about sending Tomas to the minors, I’d be lying if I said I’d still draft him in the top 100 as I had him, so I dropped him in my top 20 3rd basemen and top 400.

Nick Ahmed – Could be the starting shortstop in Arizona.  Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said, “To name (Ahmed) the starter is hard to do, because we still have camp left.  I’m not ready to do that.  He’s been very impressive.”  Then the GM Dave Stewart did some karate and said Chris Owings is going to be the starter if he’s healthy.  Sounds like they’re on the same page…number in different books.  Ahmed once stole 40 bags in a minor league season, but he also once hit .236 in Double-A, so SAGNOF, but not much else.

Domonic Brown – Suffering from Achilles tendinitis.  What happened to Philly fans throwing batteries?  Now they’re shooting arrows?  Brown will be held back a few days, and could miss a week early in the year, but it sounds like it’s no worse than his ISO last year.

Jason Kipnis – Dealing with back spasms that has sidelined him here and there for almost a week.  I haven’t drafted Kipnis yet, and won’t change my rankings with him, but I also wouldn’t draft him unless he fell.  I get a serious vibe from him that he was hanging with A-Rod’s cousin during the 2013 season.  *Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, needle in the butt*

Evan Gattis – Hit a home run yesterday, which is whatevs, but it’s a good sign his wrist is feeling better.  He credits his strong wrists to the years when he was homeless and used to pick mozzarella off discarded pizza boxes.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Will start the year on DL due to shoulder inflammation.  This could totally be a coincidence (I highly doubt it), but Ryu in Street Fighter throws a Super Fireball, which can cause the shoulder to burn and feel inflamed.  Last year…Make that every year, Ryu has shoulder issues and ends up being fine while missing a few starts here and there, but this year it sounds a bit worse.  I’ve docked him about a month of innings and I lowered him into the tier in the top 60 starters that I would not draft.  Yeah, I’m concerned.

Koji Uehara – Played catch on Monday.  Sounds good until you find out his dad was playing “Cat’s In A Cradle” nearby on a boombox and Koji was guilted into playing catch.  Koji had a hamstring issue that sounds like it’s not going to be much of an issue at all by the time we get to Opening Day.  And what I mean with “by the time we get to Opening Day” is baseball ever starting?  Is this the longest preseason ever?  Bud Selig’s toupee might’ve looked like a dead racoon, but at least he limited spring training to six weeks.

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Alex
Alex
7 years ago

are you worried at all about Edwin’s back troubles this spring? he seems to be falling in drafts. any reason to consider not taking him in the first round?

Shivdaddy
Shivdaddy
7 years ago

Chances of Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon being ready for Opening Day appear “pretty slim” after a second MRI showed that his left knee is still structurally sound, but remains sore, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington. Manager Matt Williams confirmed that his status is in jeopardy, as he remains without a timetable for return.

12 team h2h points weekly (HRISP gives 1.5 points making RBIs very valuable)

With a ADP of 28 and falling how long can I wait to draft him if we do not get any positive news by next week? I would think he will be there for my 34/39 overall pick. Any chance he falls to 58? I know the red cross scares people on draft day! I am had planned on Hanley, Puig, or Adam Jones for pick 34. Thanks!

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
7 years ago

Greetings grey…first draft for your review. I tried to use the pitching tier tool but ended up not being able to use it bc so many guys fell to me. Salazar is my #6 and he was on the list for picks as my #3. Couldn’t believe Abreau fell to me at #10 overall. I was expecting to take Jones there and ended up still getting him at #14. I wanted Gordon at 2nd base but just missed him so I took Martin as a bench bat for speed. Anyways here’s what I ended up with…

C- Martin (17-202)
1B- Abreau (1-10)
2b- Dozier (6-63)
3b- Arenado (4-39)
SS- Ramirez (9-106)
OF- Jones (2-14)
OF- J Upton (3-34)
OF- Cespedes (5-58)
Bn- L. Martin (13-154)
Bn – Duda (15-178)

SP- Ross (7-82)
SP- Arrieta (8-82)
SP- Carrasco (10-111)
SP- Latos (12-135)
SP- D. Salazar (20-235)
SP- Hutchinson (22-255)

RP- Cecil (16-183)
RP- Hawkins (18-182)
RP- Gregerson (19-226)
RP- Mieja (21-250)

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Crazily enough, it’s a 12 teamer…

Is the war room online not working? I didn’t use it for the draft, but was going to go back and put my team in to see how it all adds up and I can’t get it to work. Couldn’t log in under my old username so I created a new one and still won’t work. Tried it on chrome and safari…using a macbook if it matters.

Mabel Nelson
Reply to  letsgobravos
7 years ago

@letsgobravos: I totally agree with you.

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

Keeper Deadline tonight and two possible deadline trade deals to shake it up in a Yahoo 6*6 league:

I need to decide between either:
Abreu, Rizzo, Desmond, Freeman, & Marte
Abreu, Rizzo, Desmond, Arenado, & Lester
Abreu, Rizzo, McCutchen, Marte, Soler

Player rater loves the last one the most, and it’s kinda the way I’m leaning, too. To hell with position scarcity!

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Why couldn’t Kendrys Morales hit last year. He’s been a good bet for .270 and 20 homers when he’s played pretty much all the way through. Good command of the strike zone. Was it last year where he didn’t have a home? Was that the deal. Just never got comfortable? Are the Royals going to hit him 3rd? He’s a screaming deal if he could hit 3rd and go 20/80/80/.270.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith
7 years ago

Give Scott Kazmir, Get Steve Pearce?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
7 years ago

likeliest weakest opp pool here should read.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
7 years ago

achilles tendonitis is what ortiz had in july a couple of years back when i could’ve maybe won a championship that year had he come back. i myself, also, that year, in august, just a few short weeks after ortiz (who was my MVP at the time, in a 18 team league) got achilles tendonitis when i was bit by a dog in my ankle. Barely punctured the skin, but then a little beebe shaped ball formed in it, and it was hard to put pressure on it. Mine only lasted about 6 weeks total, but i’m not a professional athlete that has to make solid contact with things that travel 100 miles an hour sometimes, not ever. Eh, maybe snot sometimes. In the league that i won last year due to the players on it (you’ll see how sick my keepers are) just drafted this. If it looks pitching weak slightly (relatively), too many really good bats simply kept falling, and i couldn’t not grab them. This simply has to be my likeliest opp pool here. OPS/net saves/holds/net steals/losses/K to BB/QS/OBPA/relief wins and losses (so RP losing is 2 bad events) roto, with 1700 max innings. 100 moves on here total. K for keeper. went with harper over kluber after seeing how high Mike’s keeper list shows harper.
C – OBP wolf (277)
1B Ortiz (61)
2B Altuve (K)
SS Bogaerts (157)
3B Sandoval (84)
IF – Hosmer (132, he just kept falling)
IF – Dannys Ant (204)
OF – Trout (K)
OF – McCutchen (K)
OF – Harper (K)
OF – Moss (85)
Util – Pence (133, kept falling…)
Util – Pearce (228)
Util – Fowler (300)
BN/NA Lindor (324, i’ve since added J.Ram as Bn bat, backup 2B/SS)
SP – Kluber (60, got him back anyway)
SP – Hughes (109)
SP – Liriano (180)
SP – Salazar (229)
SP – Peavy (252)
SP – Hammel (253)
SP – Burnett (301)
RP – Cishek (108, top 10 closers went faster in this league than any other of mine this year, so this highly drafted was room directed)
RP – F-Rod (156)
RP – McGee (181)
RP – Miller (205)
RP – Watson (276)
RP – Jepsen (325)
After what Miller and Watson did last year (esp Miller) i have no clue how i keep ending up with these guys.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Earlier conversation had me thinking about Rosario. He has 30 HRs and a .328 career average in only 357 career ABs against left handed pitching. That is pretty much insane.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: sounds like he might be best batty call of all of them on lefty days if he somehow gets into lineup, or maybe batty call even when he ONLY pinch hits, like Dyson is for steals.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
7 years ago

@Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo:

Great Razz handle

LightBlack
LightBlack
7 years ago

Well just completed my second draft of the year. This one if for a Tigers fansite that does an annual 10 team 6×5 OPS(H2H). This looks like a textbook “Grey” draft if there ever was one lol. I’m beyond surprised I’m cleaned up on hitters so well, as usually this league is a tough draft. Everyone went Sp early though when they should had been hiding their Wife, Kids and husband because I was raping everyone up there.

Would like one more SP, but other than that this team looks like prob the best I’ll draft this year. My main 15 year running big money league is Sunday…would love to replicate this draft for that one.

Round 1, Pick 4 (4th Overall)
Giancarlo Stanton Mia – OF
Round 2, Pick 7 (17th Overall)
Josh Donaldson Tor – 3B
Round 3, Pick 4 (24th Overall)
Corey Dickerson Col – OF
Round 4, Pick 7 (37th Overall)
Nolan Arenado Col – 3B
Round 5, Pick 4 (44th Overall)
Carlos Santana Cle – C,1B,3B
Round 6, Pick 7 (57th Overall)
Chris Davis Bal – 1B,3B
Round 7, Pick 4 (64th Overall)
Jason Heyward StL – OF
Round 8, Pick 7 (77th Overall)
Jorge Soler ChC – OF
Round 9, Pick 4 (84th Overall)
Jake Arrieta ChC – SP
Round 10, Pick 7 (97th Overall)
Jacob deGrom NYM – SP
Round 11, Pick 4 (104th Overall)
Kolten Wong StL – 2B
Round 12, Pick 7 (117th Overall)
Garrett Richards LAA – SP
Round 13, Pick 4 (124th Overall)
Collin McHugh Hou – SP
Round 14, Pick 7 (137th Overall)
Zach Britton Bal – RP
Round 15, Pick 4 (144th Overall)
Danny Santana Min – SS,OF
Round 16, Pick 7 (157th Overall)
Héctor Rondón ChC – RP
Round 17, Pick 4 (164th Overall)
Khris Davis Mil – OF
Round 18, Pick 7 (177th Overall)
Brandon McCarthy LAD – SP
Round 19, Pick 4 (184th Overall)
Adam LaRoche CWS – 1B
Round 20, Pick 7 (197th Overall)
Brad Boxberger TB – RP
Round 21, Pick 4 (204th Overall)
Steve Pearce Bal – 1B,OF
Round 22, Pick 7 (217th Overall)
James Paxton Sea – SP
Round 23, Pick 4 (224th Overall)
Jean Segura Mil – SS
Round 24, Pick 7 (237th Overall)
Steven Souza TB – OF
Round 25, Pick 4 (244th Overall)
Drew Hutchison Tor – SP

Gyorko Might be the most notable on the WW along with Gausman,A.Sanchez,Pompey,Pomeranez,Hahn,Saunders,Roark,S.Miller,J.Smith,T.Bauer,Headly,Prado. Got two DL spots, which one will be used for Richards. Who do you like the best of that bunch?

Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt
7 years ago

Grey, a few trades below — which side do you like?
+ Rendon for Marte and Betts
+ Doolittle for Rosenthal

Thanks!

Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: what about if it’s Machado and marte/betts for rendon? More in favor of rendon? And who do you prefer to hold in keeper — Marte or betts?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

thanks for forwarding that sketch
I’m jealous
it’s so dope!
Big thanks to who ever passed that along.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
Guy said he ran in Groening
and asked him to sketch grimey!

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

The well to which you keep on going.

I’ve owned Tulo a lot over the years. I’m going to own him again.
I’m going back in on Eovaldi.
I got burned about David Wright last year. Really liking him right now.
Owned Gausman last year, will own him again this year.
Like Josh Reddick again.
etc

Albright, anybody you’re doubling down on this year?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve:
for me I thinking it gonna be Bruce
he cant be as bad as he was last year
and he so cheap now

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: @Grey:

what about this Olivera feller?
should I be trying to add him?

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes:
Nah

Fungazi
Fungazi
7 years ago

Screw Kipnis, I’m done with waiting on this guy to be the top 2B he’s shown flashes of. Changed him out for another keeper.

JeF WiTH 1 F
JeF WiTH 1 F
Reply to  Fungazi
7 years ago

@Fungazi: Preach on brotha

Da Bears
Da Bears
7 years ago

Hello Grey!
Looked ever so slow down your injury update list with 1 eye open and WOOT WOOT no one on my roster!! Thanks
So I won my 20 YES 20 Team League last year and drafted with your rankings and this sites feedback! THANKS!! So Drafted last night and could not believe I got nearly every guy I had wanted (with your guidance)! Take a look please and any feedback would be appreciated. Not a lot left on the WW in a 20 Manager League but…
Thanks in advance Grey!!

C d’Amaud
1B Todd Frazier
2B Kolten Wong
SS Santana
3B Nolan Arenado
OF Adam Jones
OF Wil Myers
OF Avisail Garcia
UTIL Chase Headley
Bench CJ Cron
Bench Jose Ramirez
SP Jake Arietta
SP Tyson Ross
RP Brett Cecil
RP Danny Farquar
RP Jordan Walden
SP Shoemaker
SP Trevor Bauer
SP Danny Salazar
RP Jimmy Nelson

Da Bears
Da Bears
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yup I like it too!! Was surprised and pumped to see those names fall to me! I always punt saves but Cecil somehow fell to me at 210 so had to snag! Hoping Farquar and Walden can push out Rodney and Rosenthal…Thanks again Grey!!

Da Bears
Da Bears
Reply to  Da Bears
7 years ago

@Da Bears: Ok so I see Jeremy Hellickson was dropped…would you pick him up and drop Farquar or Walden? Thanks!

Da Bears
Da Bears
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: So I see Jeremy Hellickson was dropped in my League…would you pick him up and drop Farquar or Walden? You have him ranked just below Bauer you ‘don’t hate him….or maybe you do…or maybe not…LOL! Thanks!

JeF WiTH 1 F
JeF WiTH 1 F
7 years ago

just puffed …its all good

JeF WiTH 1 F
JeF WiTH 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: my missing F stands for Freedom

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  JeF WiTH 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF WiTH 1 F: or fornication?

braveulysses
braveulysses
7 years ago

Quick Question… I’m looking to use the war room for an nl only draft. Is that the right tool to use if I just delete the al players from the input form or is there another tool im missing

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
7 years ago

Do you think Raisel Iglesias will be Werth anything this year?

JeF WiTH 1 F
JeF WiTH 1 F
Reply to  Jake from State Farm
7 years ago
Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
Reply to  JeF WiTH 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF WiTH 1 F: Keep forever draft. I feel he’s Werth the risk but the one start I saw his control reminded me of Rick Ankiel. Or Rick Vaughn… I guess they are about the same.

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
Reply to  Jake from State Farm
7 years ago

@Jake from State Farm: I need a closer so I’ll take Cecil this round and hope he falls to me next round. Unless grey, you think he can come close to that upside then I’ll take him here.

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: He was just taken one pick before me. Bastardo!!!! My other options are basically terrible starting pitchers, Ryan Howard, A Rod and the lower first round of this years draft class. 14 team league. Unlimited keepers. I guess Iglesias my option here. I need a drink.

Steven
Steven
7 years ago

Grey, I’m taking over a team in a Keeper(1hitter/1pitcher) Points league and need advice on who to keep. My options for hitters would be J.Bautista/J.Abreu/P.Goldschmidt and Pitchers Verlander/Chapman/Rosenthal/Ryu/Dickey/Lohse/. one hitter/ one pitcher. Thanks so much

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Heya razzballers. Let’s pump the breaks on Micah a little shall we? Guy ISO’d .095 in 65 AAA games last year. He’s never had an MLB AB. He had a 5.3% bb rate at AAA. He doesn’t look like he can hit left handers. And he only swiped 12 302 minor league PAs. Yeah he has that 65 SB season on his card…in low A ball.

I think Micah physically looks like he could hit sooner than Dee but it took him 3 seasons split between MLB and AAA before he got adjusted.

Micah is going to see some platoon work and struggle to hit and get on base. You’re lucky to get .260 and 15 bags from him. Could be a lot worse.

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve:

He also had two pulled hammies in 2014. Which is bad (hammy bad speed only guy) and good (explains the low SB total).

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Yes we are in agreement, Albright.

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Yeah – well said.

Plus… someone else with a higher waiver claim than me already got him. Boo! I mean, thank goodness!

royce!
royce!
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: I’m not super high on Micah Johnson, but I think you’re overstating your case. He’s only really been around for two full seasons. In one of those he recorded 84 SB (not 65). In the other, 2014, he was very good in AA (led the Southern League in AVG and H before being promoted), but not as solid in AAA. However, he suffered a hamstring strain 10 days after being promoted to AAA and played through the injury. So I can see getting excited about the guy if he is hitting well in ST, given his background. By excited I mean “willing to draft in the last rounds of a 12 team league.” So, yeah, not that exciting, but still…

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  royce!
7 years ago

@royce!:

It’s a fair argument. I saw him play in spring just once and he looked a little over matched against some decent lefties. Small sample size bias on my part.

royce!
royce!
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: I might have just talked myself into picking him up…would really screw up my strategy of only playing old guys, though.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes:

Leave it to the Cubs to give a guy who projects to hit 132 HRs this year a ticket to AAA.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: @Grey:
Ha!
He needs a razz nickname don’t ya think?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Hehe
I thought you saved that only for me

Hungarian Hippo
Hungarian Hippo
7 years ago

So excited for baseball and Razzball to be back in my day2day!

With that comes a keeper question: Currently keeping Dickerson for a 12th and Harvey for a 19th.

Last one is currently Lester for a 14th.

Other possible options: Calhoun (11th), Gray (11th), deGrom (11th) or Smyly (21st)

Who would you go with given the recent Lester developments?

Thanks!

Hungarian Hippo
Hungarian Hippo
Reply to  Hungarian Hippo
7 years ago

@Hungarian Hippo: 10 teams h2h league

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
7 years ago

Grey, I’ve got a quick keeper question. 12 teams, h2h, keep up to 5.

My keepers now: Cano, Rizzo, Encarnacion, Upton, Cespedes

Trade offer: I give Cano + David Price – I get Tulo + 11th round pick (125 overall) That pick is right in the pitcher wheelhouse usually… Is Tulo an upgrade in H2H or not so much due to injuries?

Thanks!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
7 years ago

Kris Bryant Homers again. Hard to keep me down on the farm once they’ve seen Karl Hungus.

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
7 years ago

Bell gets his walking papers, Lincecum gets his rolling papers, and Gattis gets a nice week-old newspaper to keep the rats and rain off.

True and Correct
True and Correct
7 years ago

Dodgers guarantee $28 mil. for Olivera PENDING a physical. Even worth a gazillion $$$, you bet it will be 1 very thorough/comprehensive physical.
ASSUMING Olivera passes the physical, do the Dodgers really want to sit him on the bench or send him to the minors when he’s already approaching 30. Unless Olivera has pictures of Colletti, don’t think the Dodgers would throw away $28 mil.+ just to prevent the Padres from getting him.
Uribe had 9 h.r.’s with his outlier b. avg., and Olivera’s definitely playing 2nd base while Kendrick’s healthy.
I believe if Olivera passes the physical then he’s the primary 3d baseman. Uribe making $7.5 mil but is over 6 yrs. older. ,,,, OR Dodgers just playing w/ monopoly money, since Guerrero got $28 mil. for 32 at bats.
If Olivera can still rake, he’ll play this year.

tone DEAF!
tone DEAF!
7 years ago

I had a yahoo “roster alert” saying hundreds of people are dropping Avisail. Did I miss something?

tone DEAF!
tone DEAF!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: HAHA!

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  tone DEAF!
7 years ago

@tone DEAF!:

Must be because Sky pimped him.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  tone DEAF!
7 years ago

@tone DEAF!: don’t ever worry about those things. just check the news if you are worried. nothing wrong with sail

jeff
jeff
7 years ago

u advised me to keep
gomez
stanton
rizzo
mccutchen in a 8 team nl draft

didnt know we are actually able to keep 5 who from this list do u keep

rosenthal 1
adams 1
arrieta 1
j harrison 1

i kept the 4 studs do i keep the closer for a buck or grab harrison at 2nd for buck….

thnx oh great one!!!

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
Reply to  jeff
7 years ago

@jeff: Arrieta for a buck. He’s a solid #2.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

Sup Grey, love the new sub option. just signed up – worth every penny!

Auction draft is set for later this week. Format is weekly h2h – 5×5 standard cats xcpt OPS instead of AVG and QS instead of W. So power and quality arms are at a premium.

My keepers have me way out in front of the field in HR, R, RBI and OPS. I’m going to double down on this strength and chase Cutch and/or Jones and just try to be middle of the road in SBs.

With that in mind, the Q I have is, assuming 80% of the time I carry 4/5 batting categories, do you think it’s viable to punt Saves and run dual-eligible starters out of the RP spots (Wood, Carrasco, +1). then I’d be running 5 SP, +3 more from RP, + 3 or 4 from my 5 avail bench spots. Just trying to load up on QS/K opportunities and maybe get lucky in the ratios.

curious what your exp is with this kind of approach?

thx for all the advice!

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
7 years ago

If Micah J gets the starting job which he should are you gonna make a sleeper post about him? I feel he could be Dee Gordon with a better OBP and more pop, tonnes of value there.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Shame. You like him though?

stynyr
stynyr
7 years ago

10-team, 5×5, h2h

sp-Kershaw, Alex Wood, Fiers, Smyly, Latos, Miller, Hammel, Peralta
rp-Storen, Britton, Hawkins

Who do you like more to add to this list: Hutchison or Salazar?

Alcesto
Alcesto
7 years ago

Yo Grey, who do you like as a short term fill-in for Rendon at 2b?

Lawrie
Gennett (highest on your ranks of 2b)
Micah Johnson (killing it this spring)
Asdrubel (might hit 3rd)

Thanks.

Jeffrey Loria's Butler
Jeffrey Loria's Butler
7 years ago

5X5 12 team league and these are my bats

catcher Mccann
1B C Davis
2B wong
3b arenado
ss castro
OF Stanton Harper Cespedes Yelich W. Myers
UTIL Laroche

been offered Soler for Yelich and I gotta say I am tempted by Soler’s upside but am saddened by the loss of Yelichs bags… take soler and go SAGNOF or stand pat with yelich? thanks

Q
Q
7 years ago

Time for the old rate my team post.

12 tm H2H 6×6

Hitting Cats OBP, SLG, R, HR, RBI, SB-CS

Pitching: QS, K, OBA against (which I had never heard of, just like WHIP but counts HBP), ERA, K/BB, SV +HOLDS. We have 8 pitcher slots instead of 9, and 4 bench. 5 moves a week so you can somewhat stream.

C- Wieters (I have a DL slot, CAGNOF)
1b C Davis
2b WONG!
3b Arenado
ss Bogaerts
CI Hosmer
MI Andrus
OF A Jones, J Upton, Cargo, Soler, Souza
Util L Cain

J Zimmermann
Arrieta
P Hughes
Carrasco
Fiers
Paxton
Gausman
Storen
KRod
Cecil
J Peralta
J McGee (DL or drop if need spot).

Feel like I’m light on steals and maybe Ks. Anything else glaring? Thanks as always.

Q
Q
Reply to  Q
7 years ago

@Q:

BTW I was pick 10 and lots of keepers in first two rounds. After Jones, was faced with Hanley or Arenado per your rankings. Took Arenado b/c corner spots seemed scarcer based on keepers.

My keepers were Wong in the 10th and Hosmer in the 15th.

Q
Q
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

So maybe lose Cain for a thumper? Not really anyone good left. It’s odd, I was using the War Room and it had SB as my lowest %. That’s why I took Cain.

Ah well. I’ll try to use HT for thumpers or trade an SP. Thanks Grey!

Heyward is a Freeman
Heyward is a Freeman
7 years ago

Hey Grey,

Great work as always! Quick keeper questions for you. 12 team Yahoo league 6×6 with 5 keeper spots. Can keep a player for 2 times equalling 3 consecutive year Currently I’m keeping the following:

HanRam – 5th Rd (last keep)
Jose Abreu – 6th Rd (first keep)
Alex Wood – 14th Rd (first keep)
Jorge Soler – Last Rd (First keep)

I am having a hard time choosing my last keeper from the following group:

Sonny Gray – 10th Rd (Never kept)
Xander Bogaerts – 11th Rd (Never kept)
Wil Myers – 15th Rd (Kept once already)
Rusney Castillo – Last Rd (Never kept)

What say ye? Thanks in advance!

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Heyward is a Freeman
7 years ago

@Heyward is a Freeman: Be very tempted to take Rusney there.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
7 years ago

Buying Alex Guerrero as the Dodgers 3B? In a 16 teamer would you take a chance on him dropping Morton.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Just because of the breaking news right? Dang what bad timing…

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

10 team keeper auction $300 payroll,we keep six players
keeping
bryant $5
springer $10
betts $5
dickerson $5
who else do you like from this group
ortiz $19
arrietta $5
degrom $5
carrasco $5
scherzer $36
fiers $5
baez $20
kinsler $20
pollock $5
longoria $40
meseraco $5
each year the cost to keep increases $5,this league counts k,s and obp for hitters,thanks for everything boss

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: thanks i was leaning him or ortiz but i have a badb feeling about ortiz this year

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
7 years ago

What’s up, gentlemen? Grey, are you still as fond as Saunders now that they have Viciedo? Smells like a whole buncha DNPs. How far does he drop in your rankings in a weekly league?

Thanks.

royce!
royce!
7 years ago

Alex Guerrero must be livid. And the Dodgers probably got caught bidding up Olivera just to mess with the Padres. Or the other way around.

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  royce!
7 years ago

@royce!: Where is he going to play? Third?

royce!
royce!
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
7 years ago
royce!
royce!
7 years ago

Now that the Dodgers have signed Olivera, should we take bets on how long Y! and ESPN will take to add them to their respective player universes?

royce!
royce!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’ll go with the over. I assume you’ll be writing about this tomorrow, so I’ll wait til then to find out your opinion of him.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  royce!
7 years ago

Aren’t these transactions based directly of the MLB database? I’d assume once the transaction is ‘real’ and in the books, the player will be in the player pool. Wasn’t that what took Yoan Moncada so long?

royce!
royce!
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky: Perhaps I’m just still bitter about how long it can take them to place someone on the DL

Sky
Sky
Reply to  royce!
7 years ago

Yeah, it frustrates me too but I do think they literally roll it straight off the MLB transactions listings and that includes DL. Could be wrong but it’s my guess

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky: if this is so why do some prospects that were drafted years ago (in some instances) not get added to yahoo for much longer? Taking a look at Mike’s top 30 for prospects list, many, many of those simply aren’t in yahoo.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
7 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: they were drafted…that has zero to do with them being anywhere near a 40 man roster. Yahoo used to be very selective about the players that were minor leaguers added. They’ve changed a bit on that front. But more to the point, we were talking about DL and players added who were recently signed to an MLB level contract. Olivera wouldn’t be signing a minor league contract for those millions.

stynyr
stynyr
7 years ago

Grey,

I want to add Syndergaard as my N/A guy. Since I have to drop someone in order to add an N/A player which pitcher should I drop and risk losing? I listed them all again since you said yesterday my pitching was iffy or interesting or…whatever it was it wasn’t great.

sp-Kershaw, Alex Wood, Fiers, Smyly, Latos, Salazar, Miller, Hammell, Peralta
rp-Storen, Britton, Hawkins

Thanks

Durkin
Durkin
7 years ago

With Betts playing time more clear now, $13 Billy Hamilton or $13 Betts for last spot in a 10 team mixed keeper?

Calvin
Calvin
7 years ago

Grey – long time reader, first time poster. Just did a Yahoo 12 team roto draft with OBP, NSB, Holds and Quality Starts. First time doing roto, as I usually do H2H points. Anything I should try to address before the season starts? I’m thinking of adding S. Gennett because Gyorko makes me nervous. Not sure who to drop, if I do.

C – B. Posey
1B – J. Abreu
2B – J. Gyorko
3B – J. Donaldson
SS – D. Santana
LF – S. Marte
CF – C. Yelich
RF – K. Calhoun
Util – L. Martin
Util – O. Arcia
Bench – K. Davis

SP – S. Gray
SP – G. Cole
SP – J. deGrom
SP – C. Archer
SP – J. Quintana
RP – D. Storen
RP – H. Rondon
RP – K. Giles
P – J. Smith
P – D. Farquhar
P – P. Strop
Bench – K. Gausman

Many thanks for the excellent lunch time reading.

Calvin
Calvin
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Many thanks, Grey. I’ll hold Gyorko and hope for 25+ bombs from him.

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
7 years ago

Hey Grey,
a few questions for you Sir.

SP – Jon Gray or Daniel Norris? You have Norris projected for 90 IP in your rankings…is that still accurate if he starts year in rotation?

2b – Micah or Devon

CL – Is parnell still going to close this year or na (most likely mejia keeps job?)

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: thank you good Sir.

Mr. Glass
Mr. Glass
7 years ago

Would you use a waiver on dropping Segura for Danny Santana, Han ram is my SS right now but i plan on putting him in the outfield when eligible and move harper to my utility spot

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Mr. Glass
7 years ago

@Mr. Glass: I’d keep Segura

Mr. Glass
Mr. Glass
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

@Malicious Phenom: yeah i was leaning toward that idea cause of the steals and i think he’ll improve from last year after the personal stuff he had to deal with

Eric
Eric
7 years ago

Hey Grey,

Have my draft tonight in 12-team H2H (with OBP). It’s a four-keeper league, so basically 1st round is 5th round. I kept Evan Longoria, Adam Jones, Tyson Ross and Chris Archer.

Can you rank these guys for the “1st” round? Rendon, Encarnacion, Puig, Beltre, HanRam, Arenado

Thanks!

jaw
jaw
7 years ago

trade felix $33 for gerrit cole $15? 12 team 5×5 h2h keeper. prices increase 20% per year

Rick Astley
Rick Astley
7 years ago

Is Mesoraco or Danny Santana worth $6 in a 5 x 5, $260, 12 teamer? Thanks to Grey or anyone else for input.

GrandOlePal
GrandOlePal
7 years ago

Longtime reader first time commenter. Keeper league I have Trout and Goldschmidt. Who would you keep for my last keeper?

Corey Dickerson – $5

Corey Kluber – $5

GrandOlePal
GrandOlePal
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: 10 team league. Dickerson huh? I was leaning Kluber but now you got me second guessing…

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

Razzball is [email protected] awesome!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks.
You guys rock!
Can sell it
so I can afford the new subscriptions?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes: you’d get quite a few years worth (assuming cost stays safe) if you do. it’s a great idea and what i would’ve done with it, having an I7 already.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Nice..you won huh? Congrats Grimey

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@Grey:
kidding of course
I actually really need it!
@JeF With 1 F:
thanks F

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes:

Grimey!

This little stroke of luck is antithetical to your screen name.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve:

hehe
too true

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes: CONGRATS on the new computer!

Slick
Slick
7 years ago

Grey,
Need one more starter. Deep 20 team league. Who do I roll with: Chase Anderson or Jeremy Hellickson?

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Slick
7 years ago

@Slick:

Fangraph guys love Chase Anderson. Showed up on multiple “bold prediction” posts in a positive light.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: bought that guy in february bidding when he didn’t have job yet in 30 man league. also grabbed him in 20 teamer (that i streamed him in last year a lot). both dynasties, here’s hoping. I probably should’ve given him longer contract in 30 teamer, but anybody being paid over 1 million (100 mil budgets) you have to eat half the money across entire deal so anybody without secure jobs are dangerous to give terms to.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
7 years ago

@goodfold2: eat half the money if you cut i meant.

Slick
Slick
Reply to  Slick
7 years ago

@Slick:
Thanks to both.

John
John
7 years ago

Im reading Sanchez and Norris may get 180ish innings somewhat like Hutch got last year. Either way I seem to gravitate towards Norris once he officially in rotation.

I have to wait for DL to be announced but should i be grabbing one these guys. End of arms right now is Mcgee who I am now hearing may not be official closer?? and Cmart who looks like they will be sending to BP. Make move now or wait?

Out of this bunch how would you rank if Norris is in?
Norris Bauer Sanchez House Pomeranz Hahn

Nico
7 years ago

As I mentioned to JB yesterday, I am campaigning hard for a Bel Biv DeVoe appearance on the Pod! I think Poison might be the first song my Coug and I dance to at our wedding… seriously!

Nico
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: haha honestly had no idea. I had to look that up. “Rob Moore ya dead!” I was 2 when that joint came out! I became a huge fan after seeing the Fresh Prince rerun when Carlton sets up BBD to shoot a music video (remember those?) in the living room. My favorite scene from my favorite show, which led me to my favorite 90’s (barely) hip-hop song haha.

Nico
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Preach, Grey! Preach! I think Fat Joe, Jadakiss, and 50 cent tried their talents at diss songs toward each other around 2005, but it just wasn’t the same as it once was.

Nico
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

You take my Arenado, I diss you long time!

“He’s makin those baseballs fly,
That’s why he’s ranked so gat daym high,
Can’t get him out on those bags,
Home Run, RBI, Stolen Base, (draft him you’re dead)
Grey’s causing paranoiaaa
Never trust a mustached man
Paranoiaaaa”
-To the tune of BBD – Poison

Nico
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

haha

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: The old “Rob Moore your dead” line

Clint
Clint
7 years ago

Where have you moved Tomas into for the OF ranklings he’s also in, Bwana?

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

I know you like catcher questions. In 12 team H2H, I’m one of the last to draft one (although a couple of teams have multiple options for some reason, whatevs). So between ranks and posts, am I correct in going with one of this ordering: Wieters, Zunino, R. Martin?

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
Reply to  Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

@Hal Incandenza:

Great handle. DFW fan (not the airport)? Guy who won the NFBC auction champ last year uses The Pale King for his team names.

Read a nice thing on Zunino driving the ball the other way. I could see him improving his zone control this year and bumping the walks a bit, getting the k rate back down in the 27% range, hitting 20 and being up around .250. If he’s significantly cheaper than Wieters, looks like the better play.

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: Yeah, he’s one of my favorites. Broke into him with Brief Interviews before tackling Infinite.

Thanks for your input. Wieters is still there and I have two more picks. I need to take another RF with the other pick as I only have Tomas there. Could grab Wieters, DL him, and hope to snag Zunino after the move.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

@Hal Incandenza: interviews great. haven’t read infinite yet, have read the essay books, and first novel broom of the system. all great.

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I did/am looking there, I swear!. Guess I need to take Wieters. . . .

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
Reply to  Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

@Hal Incandenza: My OF is pretty brutal: Joc Pederson in LF, A. Jones in CF (keeper), and Tomas in RF. But there are always options on the wire as the rosters are kinda small at 22 (12-teamer). At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
7 years ago

I have to submit my keepers tonight. I’m in a 12 team H2H 7X7 league (extra categories are Assists, OPS, Losses and Holds). We can keep a player for 5 years and after that they can be kept only with designating them as our franchise player (you have to designate one hitter and one pitcher as your franchise players who only cost a pick at the very end of the draft). We keep 5 players total.

I am keeping Stanton as my franchise hitter and Strasburg as my franchise pitcher. I can only keep Adam Jones for one more season (since I wouldn’t franchise him over Stanton next year) and would have to do so giving up my 1st round pick this year. Because of that, I just completed a trade for Starling Marte, where I gave up my 4th round pick but he has a keeper value of round 22 and I can keep him for another 3 years. I am planning on keeping Arenado (also a 22nd round value) and was planning on keeping Dee Gordon (23rd round value).

Once I completed the Marte trade, I was planning on not keeping Adam Jones since he costs my #1 and this is the last year I can have him. But my question is, should I be rethinking keeping Jones with a 1st round pick over Dee Gordon with my 23rd? I’m reluctant to give up both my 1st and 4th picks but Jones will be one of the 1st players off the board and I draft from the 10th spot.

Jack
Jack
7 years ago

Slightly concerned I went too much into pitching. Should I move someone for a bat?

C Wilson Ramos
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Jose Altuve
3B Pablo Sandoval
SS Danny Santana
2B/SS Kolten Wong
1B/3B Nick Castellanos
OF Jorge Soler
OF Gregory Polanco
OF Wil Myers
OF Yasmany Tomas
OF Oswaldo Arcia
UTIL Lorenzo Cain
BENCH Kenny Vargas

SP Max Scherzer
SP Jordan Zimmerman
SP Carlos Carrasco
SP Phil Hughes
SP James Paxton
SP Andrew Heaney
SP Jesse Hahn

RP Aroldis Chapman
RP Fernando Rodney
RP Mark Melancon

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
7 years ago

@Grey:

Thoughts on Carlos Martinez at this point? Do you think he starts or do they give the nod to Jamie Garcia until he gets hurt?

Also, any chance your Latos ranking drops between now and this weekend? He seems awfully high and also generally awful with reports of no velocity recovery.

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Looks Like Garcia is at 5 as of right now:

Jaime Garcia – SP – Cardinals

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 920 AM in St. Louis that the schedule currently points to Jaime Garcia beginning the season as the fifth starter.
Nothing is official yet, but Garcia is healthy and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings across three starts this spring. The Cardinals had him throw an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday to keep him in line for the second series of the season or perhaps soon after. He’s competing with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Just so you know, I’m hoping like hell he misses the rotation and starts racking up the Holds out of the SP slot for my relievers-only H2H team…