(image) Jon Lester is a star again. Or is he? Martin Perez was a star and now he's not? There's an AL pitcher who wasn't drafted in the overwhelming majority of mixed leagues who's been pitching pretty darn well. Can you follow the clues to guess who he is? Finally, Kyle Gibson did his thing again Monday night. Can you trust him?


Seven starts into the season Jon Lester is king. His record is poor at 3-4, but there's not much he could have done about that. As for his own work, get excited.

2.59 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 10.73 K/9, 1.85 BB/9, 5.80 K/BB

Nothing there is anything other than elite. Kudos to the lefty.

The problem? They are many.

Remember, this is his 9th year in the league.

The last time he struck out a batter per inning was 2010. The last two Continue...

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Ray Flowers 

Guest - Looks like you only start 3 OFs. Given that fact you can do the deal. At the same time, how many pitchers do you plan to keep? MadBum/Cole seem like locks, and Iwakuma is pretty equal to Fister, not to mention that Salazar has that huge arm. Dont know if thinking long term if this is the best for you. Might want to hold, though extremely shallow nature of lg says deal is ok to do even if not great.

Ray Flowers 

Brian Herman - Yes. Lincecum is no Shields, but he's gonna get better. Truly believe that. You've also got Sale/Cobb coming which will be huge. Desmond hasn't looked great, but 20/20 2-straight years hints at his significant upside.

Ray Flowers 

Tommy Guerriero - It's not a move I would make. Zimmerman is my fav of group no doubt, and I know cingrani is hurt, but that's too high a price to pay - given how great Lester has looked (even if it's not legit as I wrote).

Tommy Guerriero 

Hey Ray, what is your opinion on offering away Lester and Cingrani for J.Zimmerman?

Brian Herman 

Oracle, 13 tm mixed keeper league: Would you trade JJ Hardy and J Shields for I Desmond and T Lincecum? I have Cueto, AJ Burn, Stroman, D Salazar and C Sale , A Cobb on the DL. My pitching is strong once Sale & Cobb come off DL. I also have Asdrubal at SS. I despirately need HRs. Is the trade worth it, or is JJ hardy going to come around and hit as many HRs as Desmond? Thanks.


Trade heyward for fister in a 12 team keeper? Or is fister not enough, pitching has been my weak point so far. We keep 8 at the end of the year. thanks for the input ray! C Molina 1b goldy 2b hill SS segura 3b Frazier Of cutch, j up, Bautista Util heyward, rizzo Bench - Vmart, gyorko, polanco Sp - MadBum, iwakuma, masterson, cole, Salazar, Chavez, peralta RP - reed, Hawkins (janssen on dl)

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