What happened to baseball? It was here, then we were put to sleep by that snoozefest they call the all-star game. Now, I don’t know about you, but the all-star break is like sports hell; best option to watch was the WNBA, really. I actually started a puzzle, that’s how bored I was. It has a picture of several windmills that all look the same. Needless to say, I will prolly lose a piece on purpose to spare myself the agony of trying to complete it. So this week comes upon us and there seems to be a new infusion of 2-start blood into the mix. Guys who are under owned, for now, that are putting up positive numbers fantasy wise. So happy fantasy ballin’ this week as some of you have an extended week and some start off fresh after the 3-day week streamfest. (Please keep in mind that pitchers and match-ups change)
One Start Options:
Clayton Richard vs Hou — Rodriguez
Cole De Vries vs Bal — Chen
Mike Leake vs Ari — Saunders
Freddy Garcia @Oak — Griffin
Chris Tillman @Cle — Lowe
Bud Norris @Ari — Cahill
Two Start Options:
Jason Vargas (@KC vs Sanchez, @TB vs Cobb) Road splits make the sad trombone sound triumphant. Just an example of why you don’t start Marginers on the road. Every team that picks him up gets a 50′ roll of yellow caution tape in Spanish.
Rick Porcello (LAA vs TBD, CHW vs Floyd) Got beat up by the Twins before the break; prior to that he was cruising with a mid 2 ERA over the last month. I just hope he doesn’t lose that number, you don’t wanna call nobody else.
Scott Diamond (Bal vs Gonzalez, @KC vs Sanchez) I think this guy is getting the ignore button in a lot of leagues. Is in the top 4 for GB% by a starting pitcher. I mean he doesn’t K enough to buy embroidered pajamas with his initials and all, but still.
Zach McAllister (TB vs Cobb, Bal vs Gonzalez) I still remember that fight he got into with the host from Extra. Home splits are in his favor, so I’d buy that for a dollar.
Travis Wood (@Mia vs Sanchez, @STL vs Kelly) By my count he has 5 quality starts in a row. QS are a better indicator of pitching effectiveness than wins for me. But, what do I know? I still sleep in footed pajamas.
Ross Detwiler (NYM vs Santana, Atl vs Sheets) The battle for the NL east starts on Monday. I wish baseball had boxing style weigh-ins before big series. I wanna see Strasburg say he is going to eat someone’s whole family. Would be great for TV.
Jeff Karstens (@Col vs Francis, Mia vs Sanchez) Remember last year when he was actually fantasy relevant. I think it’s coming again. Buy it’s like it’s frozen concentrated orange juice.
Bronson Arroyo (Ari vs Miley, Mil vs TBD) Ugh, he is turning into my Chunk. I hate having to include him. I am going to make him do the truffle shuffle in order to be on this post from now on.
Jordan Lyles (@SD vs TBD, @Ari vs Miley) Shows the goods, then asks to sleep over at your house and proceeds to shart all over the 500 thread count sheets. Your typical Forrest Gump box o’ chocolates.
Aaron Cook (CHW vs Floyd, Tor vs Villanueva) I mean really, who doesn’t like 33-year-old gingers. If by everyone, you really mean everyone, then you can slap your hands together. That is called a fiver. Share amongst your friends and start a fad.