Don't be shellfish...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

I feel like I haven’t wrote a DraftKings piece in an eternity, but in reality it’s only been ten days. I was tied up last week in San Diego with Nick and Grey on the 32in32in32 tour. What a great time we had drinking beers, heckling drafters, and taping a segment for the TV on the Radio thing we do here. You can watch it here. It’s football season and I’m all about cross-promoting with the football side of the site. Jay has been working his butt off and we need to show him some love. Go sign up for an RCL league or if you’re man enough, commish one and win the adoration of everyone at Razzball. Frequent commenter Jef with 1 F took it a step further and used the comments section to fill it up with regulars. Thanks for that Jef. Invite your friends. Invite your enemies. How about your frenemies? Hey Jack can we get on with the DraftKings stuff already? Yes we will.

By my title you can see I like me some Corey Dickerson today at home. Shocker special isn’t it. The hottest Colorado hitter at home against a pitcher he’s already hit a dong off of. His price tag isn’t cheap ($4,600) but that isn’t stopping me from making sure I have him and a few more Rockies in my line up today as they face off against fantasy surprise Alfredo Simon. Simon has been really solid this year giving up three or fewer runs every time out except 3. The Indians, Dodgers and Rockies have nicked him up for 5 runs and today he’s going to get lit up like a Christmas tree in Denver. Now our Pacific Northwest Skysquatch has a theory that every first game in a series at Coors is usually an offensive let down and to be fair he is right some of the time. I say not today my friend, I’m taking the over and liking the Rockies to put their Garfunkel up the Simon. I mean this is gambling isn’t it? On the flipside, I can also be horribly wrong but I like the hitter side in this re-match from that 5 earned run hurt they put on Simon in Cincy.

New to DraftKings? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well try out this 20 teamer of Razzball writers and friends to wet your DK whistle. Just remember to sign up through us before you do. It’s how we know you care!

Chase Anderson, SP: $7,100 – This has to be the worst late contest pitching day ever on DraftKings. With Yu Darvish going on the DL, we are left with only Stephen Strasburg as an elite arm. Chase has been really solid of late and has already pitched well against the Marlins back on July 7th at home. Today he gets to pitch in Crayola Canyon and comes in at the nice price. Does anyone remember the nice price?  Over his last 5 starts, he has a K/BB of 30/9 and has given up only 6 ER over that time. Start him with confidence because as much as I like any starter against the Padres, I’m staying away from John Lackey today vs those hot hitting friars.

Jake Odorizzi, SP: $8,300 – with a K/9 of 10.20, a BB/9 of 3.30 and an FIP of 3.31 you have to buy in on Jake the Snake today. He was almost my lead in but I wanted to try and do a hitter for once…once with out a pitcher at the top. To be honest it felt weird and probably won’t again. I get that he’s in Arlington which might scare some people off with their hot August nights, but I think he’s a solid bet for 7 K’s and 2 ER’s or less. Now that you have the perfect pair of Anderson Odorizzi, you can move on to some hitters. Is it me or does Anderson Odorizzi sound like an Italian NBC news corespondent?

Jon Singleton, 1B: $3,800 – Jack’s gut pick of the day. I love the price and I love the potential for dongage. He gets his first trip to historic hitter friendly Fenway Park against a team he has gone 0-11 against. I’m thinking he’s due to get a hit and why not against newbie Allen Webster. If you spend your dollars elsewhere and forgot 1st base then throw your money at Singleton. Hi, I’m a lefty and you’re a righty, care to see my dong?…wait! what?

Bryce Harper, OF: $3,600 – This seems way too cheap for a guy that has been a Met killer over the last three years. Career against the Mets at Citi field is 9/4/9/.293 and has gone 4 for 10 with a dong against Dillion Gee. Sometimes I can’t help but play the splits and the history card and at the price above he can’t be passed up. Harper has been an utter disappointment this year but still has time to save face and help his team to the playoffs. I wonder sometimes if Matt Williams lack of lineup skills have anything to do with this?

Jake Marisnick, OF: $ 2,500 – Not every player needs to have a dong but a swipe is good too in DraftKings. This is a cheap play for a guy that can do both. He’s been swinging a hot stick and can definitely chip into the point total while costing as much as a back-up catcher. If you fill up on the Colorado/Cincy double stack attack, then he might be that last player to close you out.

Todd Frazier, 1B/3B: $4,700 – He’s at Coors today where the Coors Correction makes everyone Bichetter! Considering that Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton are $4,600 each, I like this Red in the Mile High double stack. He’s been a little dong deficient the last month and now looks like a time to get it going in this righty vs. lefty game.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

I love when it’s August because the weather is nice for baseball and the beach. It’s hot in Texas, duh, and beautiful most other places today. There is some rain in Miami but the retractable roof neutralizes that effect. The CIN@COL has a chance for scattered showers so I’d watch that one like a cyclops with a monocle.

Doing Lines In Vegas

The CIN@COL game is sitting pretty at 9 1/2, but we all knew it was going to be high. The one that might be over looked is the HOU@BOS game that Vegas has at 9. Two questionable arms going head to head in a weird hitters park. Yummy!

  1. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
    (link)

    Singleton is good play against the Sawx today. Wind is blowing out to right and he’s got the pop to take advantage of that. Only thing we have to worry about is Webster actually throwing a ball over the plate/ in the strike zone/ hittable.

    Got tons of old classics at the Nice price BTW. James Brown’s Greatest Hits anyone?

    • J-FOH says:
      (link)

      @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha! I got the James Gang

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
        (link)

        @J-FOH: Rides again? I’m not an Eagles fan but I love me some Joe Walsh. Guys got the trashiest sounding guitar. I mean trashy in a good way. Then again, is there such a thing as trashy in a bad way?

        • J-FOH says:
          (link)

          @Ralph Lifshitz: only street walkers and apartments.

          Eagles are as over rated as anyone. I only like “in the city” because its from the closing credits of the Warriors

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
            (link)

            @J-FOH: Yes all things Warriors are the bomb!

            Are you ready for Saturday night? I’m going to be half dead. I have my son’s 4th birthday party. I’m going to need a caffeine drip to stay awake and alert for 9 pm that night.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
                (link)

                @J-FOH: Writers league draft

  2. Big Magoo says:
    (link)

    You can bad-mouth Lackey’s homely visage to your heart’s content, but don’t question his matchup tonight. I think he bounces back from the drubbing the O’s laid on him last time out.

    And I agree with both you and Ralph from your conversation above. Walsh is a solid guitar player, but the Eagles are overrated…

    • J-FOH says:
      (link)

      @Big Magoo: I watched lackey for years with halos. But I think Padres can get to him.

      …like the Beatles but dont tell sky he takes that shizz personal

      • Sky

        Sky says:
        (link)

        @J-FOH: You shut your dirty mouth

        • J-FOH says:
          (link)

          @Sky: uh oh I poked the Skysquatch

          • Sky

            Sky says:
            (link)

            Yeah, it ain’t time for my prostate exam either!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Big Magoo: Yes, I hold them entirely responsible for the easy listening country that’s popular with the youngsters these days.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: I blame Shania Twain and the Def Leppard producer. Combined they were a gateway drug

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Sky: I blame several 70’s rock bands. The Eagles are just one.

          As for the Beatles, the early stuff is underrated and the later stuff is overrated. I listen to a ton of late Beatles because my wife loves it, but the White Album might be the most overrated record of all time.

          • J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Ralph Lifshitz: well said. Everything from Sgt pepper and before you was much better.

            I see music from different angles. Some are horrible musicians that create a vibe or attitude that can’t be replicated by techniques

          • Sky

            Sky says:
            (link)

            @Ralph Lifshitz: Too much innovation that led to music down the road after they left. They changed the structure of music and how it was viewed in terms of bar/bridge/chorus. Broke the mold for so many and that’s just the basics. Admittedly some of the later albums were just concepts that were recorded and not ‘true songs’ that were fully fleshed out. But you don’t get bands like Soundgarden saying ‘Black Hole Sun was heavily influenced by the Beatles’ and refer back to Rubber Soul for it.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
              (link)

              @Sky: Agreed, and as I said I don’t dislike the Beatles, I just feel like the White Album in particular gets too much credit. It’s not like they were the most innovative band in rock at that period either. Let’s not forget about bands like Genesis (the real one), King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Cream, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Sure they never met the commercial success of the Fab Four but those are groups that really pushed boundaries musically.

              Not to talk semantics but I sort of consider Revolver and Rubber Soul the bridge between early and late Beatles.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
                (link)

                The unfortunate part of this statement is that it can be said about most high end influential bands of their time. Nirvana got a lot of credit but they were just the surface level that got you into the other bands of that generation and to dig deeper. I getcha in terms of there being plenty of influential bands. Beach Boys were extremely influential but they’re rarely referenced as being such nowadays. The big thing is people got interested in all the other bands by listening to the Beatles. That’s where the idea of ‘most influential’ comes from to me. Not just the music, recording approach, etc, but they got you into other bands that influenced them or were influential during their time; making accessible music that makes you wanna go further down the rabbit hole is a big step.

                Speaking of King Crimson…TALK?!?

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOLz8-g3f1E

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
                  (link)

                  @Sky: Hahaha great choice and yes I agree whole heatedly with your statement.

                • Big Magoo says:
                  (link)

                  @Sky: I agree with most of what you’re saying here. Nirvana was the band that put the Seattle music scene on the map nation-wide, but AIC and Soundgarden were superior musically (in my opinion).

                  Same can be said for the Beatles and Herman’s Hermits, am I right?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
                    (link)

                    Not a huge Herman’s Hermits listener but they were a buried group for sure. But yeah, The Mars Volta isn’t going to write a song that people can hum to despite the fact they’re more talented than a lot of bands out there. It’s why I always appreciate a band that does have some technical chops but can also create a melody that people who aren’t as into music as me can also get into. It’s a talent in and of itself to blend those two worlds.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: Dangles bait… Sky ignores it and puts forth a cogent argument.

                      Obi Wan has taught you well.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Tips cap…haha, really the idea of superiority comes back to what the music is there for, IMHO. Beatles is challenging yet it can also be enjoyed casually. Don’t think you can say the same thing for ‘Fragile’. But then a band like that can go the other route and get so abstract and removed from the music they go and create ‘…Topographic Oceans’ which is the most pretentious POS I’ve ever had to endure. Art in general is a delicate balance between being innovative and exciting but while maintaining the ability to be approached. Those who can do both I applaud heartily.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Oh, I’m catching up on news here. Happy B-day, Big M!

                    • J-FOH says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: The is a great discussion today. I was opened up to more musically from listening to the Grateful Dead, Santana, the Doors, and the Allman Brothers because they all brought in so many influences into their music that it forced me to look outside of what it was to see what it really was. Does that make sense?

                      In the 70’s you take a guy like David Bowie and he is basically to music wha a guy like Prince was in the 80’s or NIN in the 90’s. All super talented that really took you somewhere you have never been yet also very listenable. I hate that Trent Reznor never gets his due. When it comes to Nirvana I like them better inhindsight than at the time. But seeing what Dave Grohl did with the Foo Fighters demonstrates the talent there. I saw the Foo Fighters live in 2002ish ith very little knowledge of their music and was blown away but what a great live performancr they were able to pull off.

                      Bands that get too much love are what they are, loved by the masses for their boring ass jams. Aerosmith and Eagles are my headliners for the Boresters of Rock tour

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Aerosmith were great when they started. ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ generation of Aerosmith on is just a bunch of former cokeheads who needed to make money.

                      I am with you about Reznor. Very underrated, but a big part of that comes from being more of a producer than a straight up musician. Sometimes wish he were a duo with someone that made him see outside his own vision, expound on it a bit. But in the end, what he’s created is damn good.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: Haha, well played sir. I wanted to coax ONC out of hiding, if only briefly. I know that you must’ve been seething over that Nirvana/AIC comparison to Beatles/Hermits.

                      I’m a NIN fan as well. Love most of Reznor’s stuff, though some of his stuff misses the mark as well, at least for me. Comes with the territory of being progressive and cutting edge, I think.

                      Jack, I love that you compared Bowie, Prince, and NIN. I agree completely. Huge Bowie fan. Prince doesn’t really reflect the style that I gravitate towards, but I respect his musicality and ingenuity.

                      I dig Santana too. Incredible guitar player. It’s easy to get swept away in his music. With some guys, it’s less about technique and more about creating a certain atmosphere and feel, and he’s one of those artists for me.

                      Grohl is damn good too. Extremely talented, and it’s easy to appreciate the musicality and passion that shines through in his music.

                      I agree with Sky that Aerosmith’s early stuff was solid, but they basically sold out in their later years. I can’t really blame them for that, as it made them incredibly wealthy, but songs like Crazy, Cryin’, and Amazing were practically identical.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Yeah, I like you; you got a pass :P

                      Grohl was a huge part of Nirvana’s sound; he allowed Kirk to expand out to some of the stuff he couldn’t do before. I don’t know how many people reflect on the fact he was a huge piece of Nirvana’s sound as well. It’s clear with the amount of people Dave has played with since how gifted that bastard is. One of the few guys in the industry I actually want to meet, buy a beer and hear stories from.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: Thanks for the b-day wishes! I’m about three glasses in now, so the filter has just about been vaporized by the alcohol.

                      Sounds like you might have a contact or two in the music industry, Sky. If you can arrange a meeting/interview/guest roadie gig with AIC, state your terms. I love the Beatles!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Hahaha, I wish! If I did, I would’ve already recorded a bad album that was certified Copper by now.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: Certified Throwing Copper? *pinkie to mouth*

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      I knew this would happen. Put down your drink, sir, you are done! I Alone make these kinds of bad puns!

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: I Alone – Alone – Heart – AIC… I can’t take it. My brain’s about to explode!

                      P.S. – The Beatles are #1!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Haha, if I were at the bar, I’d buy you another beer. But I won’t hold your hair back in the bathroom!

                    • J-FOH says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: you two need to get a room and listen to CD’s on a discman

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      We will play some Eagles in your honor.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: Hahaha, I don’t get sick off of alcohol, fortunately. Tragedy averted!

                      Are you aware of the Heart/AIC connection? I didn’t explain it because I thought that you might already know…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Other than their admiration for them – or at least Cantrell’s – I can’t say that I do know the story.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @Sky: The correct term is “walkman,” Jack. Jeez, were you born in the late ’80s or something?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
                      (link)

                      Damn…if I ever have a bad, there will be a song called ‘Alice Mudgarden’ now. Obviously not what you were pointing out but still, awesome liner note.

                  • J-FOH says:
                    (link)

                    @Big Magoo: sony had the walkman for cassette and the discman for cd you drunk ass

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @J-FOH: Whatever. They’re all walkmans to me. Get with the program, you sober ass.

                  • J-FOH says:
                    (link)

                    @Big Magoo: ok. Top five worst songs when you are drunk and alone on your birthday in a bar

                  • J-FOH says:
                    (link)

                    @Big Magoo: I said worst songs but you get the drunken birthday free pass

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @J-FOH: Oohh… I have a lot to say. How far does this pass extend?

                  • J-FOH says:
                    (link)

                    @Big Magoo: Grey gave me a free pass to shred the absent owners in next weeks RCL roundup and has encouraged me to let the hateful head come out more often.

                    For the worst songs because I have been alone in a bar for my birthday more times than I care to admit goes like this

                    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WXYjm74WFI

                    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXu6QmxpJE

                    3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYSOjuGdmvI

                    4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpOULjyy-n8

                    5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raNGeq3_DtM

                    These are all FFS songs when you want to forget everything and get plowed and you piss you off because they make you feel what’s not there.

                    • Big Magoo says:
                      (link)

                      @J-FOH: Sweet. Third song in your mix includes a dude who’s a victim in Friday the 13th part 4. Teddy, to be exact. Cust sayin.

                  • J-FOH says:
                    (link)

                    @Big Magoo: I had to put last American virgin clip with that song. Such a downer movie. Every time I hear that song I go right back to that messed up movie

      • Big Magoo says:
        (link)

        @J-FOH: @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, don’t bad mouth the Beatles to Sky or else you’ll have a fight on your hands. It’s like Alice In Chains for me or Mike McCready for Wake. Tread lightly.

        Easy listening country? Just reading that made me cringe…

        • J-FOH says:
          (link)

          @Big Magoo: I saw Alice at lolapalooza in 93. Top three acts I ever saw live. I miss Alice so much.

          Its like me with Steely Dan. I’ll cut a mother f***er if they talk smack about Walter Becker or Donald Fagan.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
            (link)

            @J-FOH: You love Steely Dan?!?! I think we just became best friends. Might be my favorite band of all time. If you don’t get Steely Dan you don’t get music.

            • J-FOH says:
              (link)

              @Ralph Lifshitz: Aja was my first date test album. If she complained I never called back

              Unless she put out and was good

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
                (link)

                @J-FOH: Yes Aja is a great one, I’m a Pretzel Logic guy myself. Then again do they have any bad albums?

                • J-FOH says:
                  (link)

                  @Ralph Lifshitz: any major dude will tell you you’re a fool to do my dirty work Kid Charlemagne

          • Big Magoo says:
            (link)

            @J-FOH: You’re lucky. I’ve seen them three times (and solo Jerry once), but all were post-Layne. I would’ve loved to have been able to see them in their heyday.

            Alice 2.0 is still pretty awesome though. They just did one of those Guitar Center Sessions things on Directv and they let Kinney handle most of the Q&A. It was pretty cool.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Big Magoo: I loved Mad Season. One of my favorite supergroups of all time.

          • Big Magoo says:
            (link)

            @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, that was definitely an awesome side project/supergroup. No weak links there.

  3. SteveNZ says:
    (link)

    I like the Eagles – it’s the music I grew up with. Don’t hate me.

    • J-FOH says:
      (link)

      @SteveNZ: its not hour fault you’re a kiwi. I grew up with it too #enlightenment

      • SteveNZ says:
        (link)

        @J-FOH: I’m secure in my MOR-ness.

  4. SteveNZ says:
    (link)

    And happy birthday BM!

    • Big Magoo says:
      (link)

      @SteveNZ: Thanks, Steve! If you take the FCL, it’s a victory well earned. But I’m gonna give it my best shot regardless.

      • SteveNZ says:
        (link)

        @Big Magoo: It behoves us both to keep going right to the end #wrathofjack

  5. Alex says:
    (link)

    I’m in need of OF help… I’m currently rostering D. Peralta, but he seems to be scuffling, and there are some good options on the FA market:

    – L. Cain
    – J. Jay
    – Castellanos
    – Arcia

    Who would you guys roll with from here on out?

    • J-FOH says:
      (link)

      @Alex: I’d play the hot hand and change u as needed. Hitter-Tron would be a good place to stream from

      • Alex says:
        (link)

        Nice, thanks. I had yet to use that feature… game changer! I went with Leonys Martin, who I hadn’t even been eying on the FA list.

Comments are closed.