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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:

7/18

Clayton Richard vs Hou — Rodriguez

7/19

Cole De Vries vs Bal — Chen

Mike Leake vs Ari — Saunders

Freddy Garcia @Oak — Griffin

7/20

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.

21 Responses

  1. Dirtyd says:
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    Pick up a two start guy like Travis Wood or a Jair jurrjens who has looked ok back from injury for my injured Shaun Marcum? Dl spots taken by Longoria and Giancarlo. Or stand pat and wait for Marcum to come back?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dirtyd, If you need the stats now Marcum is droppable and add Wood.

  2. Steve says:
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    Hey Smokey, seems like I’m always asking MR questions in these posts, but just picked up Belisario for Holds ahead of Boggs and Dunn. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Steve, Belisario. Miami has too many usable MR arms especially wthe Mujica coming back and Oviedo geing added in too.

  3. Steve says:
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    And another comment so I can subscribe to the post…

  4. PhillyYorker says:
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    Saturday morning fun: Which four would you keep? I have this enviable problem.

    Utley, Howard, Stanton, Hanley, Trout, Rizzo, Jennings.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @PhillyYorker, Stanton Hanley Trout for sure. Then I would see who finishes better out of Howard Rizzo and Jennings.

  5. chunk says:
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    Starting milone at MIN? I usually sit him on the road but, well, its the twins. 16 teams 1500 innings on pace

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @chunk, His last 2 starts have been ok on the road vs Tex and vs Sea. If ou need the start for the short week go for it.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @chunk, Be careful though, MIN is deceptivly good vs. Lefties. They have the 5th best OPS vs. LHP in the majors. I think it’s a sit on the road for the home schooler. My 2 cents.

      • chunk says:
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        @MattTruss223, I dont need the innings so I think Ill sit him. also got Gio starting. Worst case scenario then is he pitches excellent. Not so bad

        • chunk says:
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          @chunk, thanks for the input!

  6. neogonzo mourning says:
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    any thoughts on Duensing tomorrow, at home vs OAK?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @neogonzo mourning, Not a fan at all, numbers as a starter are ungood

  7. 1vs2 says:
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    Volquez vsHOU or a two start Cobb vsCLE vsSEA?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @1vs2, Cobb take the extra start

  8. Chase says:
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    Today, I’m going to start Tim Lincecum against my Astros. Betting. Hoping.

    It’s been so long since I’ve commented on a post.

    That is all.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chase, nice I think Timmah needs to get back on the pipe

  9. Terrence Mann says:
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    Alex Cobb? Also, any insight on Miguel Gonzales?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, cobb would have been the 11th man here but I got have limits somewhere’s. Gonzales is a Al-only arm for now, he is getting by on teams not knowing him very much.

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Smokey, Cool, thanks.

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