My fantasy lineup -- this week's transactions

I'm currently participating in a 12-team mixed league with 11 members of Hardcore Country.

The scoring system is 5x5 roto with one DL spot. Each week I'll list my rosters, the moves I made and a brief update on what I'm thinking with some of the players.


Currently, I'm in sixth place.

1. Added: Ramon Vazquez, 2B, SS, 3B (TEX):


Rafael Furcal experienced a setback with his back problem, which meant that I needed a shortstop a little while longer. Clint Barmes was an outstanding pickup/fill-in for me but he got hurt. Vazquez has impressive numbers this year, but I have no long-term faith in him. I only need a short-term solution as Furcal will return shortly.

1. Dropped: Clint Barmes, 2B, SS (COL):

Clint Barmes was an excellent fill-in option for at shortstop until he landed on the disabled list with a knee sprain. It is debatable whether he'll get back in the everyday rotation when he gets back. The Rockies' top prospect, Ian Stewart, is now playing at second base and Troy Tulowitzki should return around the time of the All-Star break.

2. Added: Justin Duchscherer, SP (OAK)

I've been trying to fill my last pitcher spot for a while (see: Tom Gorzelanny, Andy Sonnanstine, Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Johnny Cueto) and after Justin Duchscherer's stellar outing against the Boston Red Sox (8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K), I filled that void. Duchscherer was dropped in my league after someone reached for Eric Gagne after I dropped him. In fairness, that owner desperately needs saves and because of that, I added a quality starting pitcher that I will be comfortable with the rest of the year.

2. Dropped: Tim Redding, SP (WAS):

He didn't even get an audition with my team -- I dropped him before he even started one game. But Christopher Harris of broke down Tim Redding for us on THE Hardcore Fantasy Show last week and discussed some sabermetrics stats that indicated that Redding wouldn't keep up his stellar start. Lo and behold, Redding's next outing: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER.

3. Dan Wheeler, RP (TB)


I watched Troy Percival collapse on the mound when his hamstring gave out, and the first thing that came to my mind was to add Dan Wheeler. Wheeler will step into the closer's role while Percival works out his hamstring problem. It is called "tightness" for now, but given his age (38), even minor injuries could land him on the DL. If it is serious, Wheeler has serious potential as the closer of a first-place team.

3. Ramon Vazquez, 2B, SS, 3B (TEX):

The chance to add a potential closer has more value than a one-week shortstop fill-in. I'll go without a shortstop for a couple of series simply based on Wheeler's potential.

Thinking About:

Gavin Floyd, SP (CHW):

I don't really need anymore starting pitching, but in my books, you can never have enough pitchers. Gavin Floyd was just dropped for Mark Hendrickson, and my first though was that Floyd came off a rough start. But that is not the case, Floyd has been steady all year long. He has five wins, an ERA of 3.22 and a WHIP of 1.10. His strikeout to walk ratio (32:27) is so-so, but it has improved in May (17:12 vs 15:15 in April). The question is just whether he can keep it up and continue his career-year.


Clayton Kershaw, SP (LA):


Clayton Kershaw is a highly-touted pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization who made his Major League debut last Sunday. He allowed only two runs in six innings of work, and if you watched the game, better defense probably could have prevented those runs. He also struck out seven hitters and walked only one. He has ace potential, which is why when I tried to add him, someone with a higher waiver-wire priority snapped him up.

Current Lineup:

C - Dioner Navarro (TB)

1B - Albert Pujols (STL)

2B - Dustin Pedroia (BOS)

3B - Alex Gordon (KC)

SS - Rafael Furcal (LAD)


OF - Curtis Granderson (DET)

OF - Carl Crawford (TB)

OF - Jose Guillen (KC)

UTIL - Conor Jackson (ARI)

BN - Milton Bradley (TEX)

BN - Jorge Posada (NYY) - Still on the DL but getting close to returning


SP - Erik Bedard (SEA) - Finally a good start (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 8 K)

SP - Matt Garza (TB)

RP - Francisco Cordero (CIN)

P - Jose Valverde (HOU)

P - Dan Haren (ARZ)

P - Ervin Santana (LAA)


BN - Brett Myers (PHI) - Sitting him on the road, starting him at home

BN - Joe Borowski (CLE)

BN - Matt Cain (SF)

BN - Justin Duchscherer (OAK)

BN - Dan Wheeler (TB)