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I’m going to be completely honest with you……. bear with me I’ve spent the past 8 years in sales this isn’t something I’m used to. I loathe John Lackey. I hate his voice, I hate his face, I hate the way his mouth is always open as if it was some 24 hour 7-11, but most of all I hated the way he was overvalued in fantasy and reality during his time with the Angels.  After posting a 6.47 ERA in 2011 I figured the man I mockingly call The Muppet was done, off to the land of Dontrelle Willis. Then after sitting out 2012 for the now mandatory Tommy John surgery he came back a different player. Keeping hitters off balance with great sequencing, Lackey was one of the big surprises for the World Champions last season. Thus far this season it’s been more of the same (if not better). He enters tonight’s game against the Tigers with a 5-2 record, a 3.57 era, and an 8.83 k rate, the highest of his career. In fact, outside of two rough outings back to back against the Yankees and the Orioles back in mid-April, he’s provided a quality start each time he’s taken the mound for the Sawx. The only thing that could derail his season is inappropriate text messages from a member of the media. Well that and Ian Kinsler and the Tigers. Over the years, several members of the Tigers (some of which will be covered later on!) have owned Lackey but none quite like Kinsler. In 39 PA’s Kinsler has a 1.345 OPS with 4 hr’s, 9 steaks, and a couple of steals. That sample size ain’t small folks (that’s what she said) and that OPS is huge! (that’s what Bill James said…?) Kinsler is a must own at 2b in all lineups over at DraftKings. With a cost of $4,900 he’s not cheap but I think based on his history he’s well worth the premium price.

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Homer Bailey, P: $8,500 – Bailey started the season out with three rough starts putting fantasy owners that invested in him heavily into a panic. Since then Bailey has begun to right the ship, posting 3 good starts against quality offenses in Milwaukee, Boston, and the fearsome Rockies. Homer gets his strikeouts and has a decent matchup against the Phillies who haven’t been much of anything thus far.

Jordan Lyles, P: $8,800 – To be honest, I’m not a huge Lyles fan. Is anyone? Thus far this season Lyles has been lucky, but even still his xFIP is 3.55. Is regression coming? Sure, but I doubt it’s against the Padres. As Sky alluded to yesterday San Diego’s wOBA is the worst in baseball. If you think I’m Amanda Bynes crazy for suggesting a Rockies pitcher (the SON does) then check out Cole Hamels! The SON loves him. I also think Tim Lincecum is a good play but I just don’t trust him at $10,200.

Hank Conger, C: $3,900 – As Grey mentioned earlier this week The Sciosciapath has been giving Conger the Mike Napoli treatment. I’m not sure if Conger’s mom is flashing nip or what, but my guess is Rhode Island’s own Chris Iannetta has been feeding The Sciosciapath a steady diet of St. Joseph Zeppoles from one of Providence’s many fine Italian bakeries. On the really though if Conger plays I think he hits. Cesar Ramos isn’t great. Problem is Iannetta gets most of the AB’s against lefties. This is fine he’s $100 bucks cheaper and if you’re keeping up with rosters before game time by checking here you’ll be made in the shade. Unless you live in a place without shade then you’re probably just sunburned or tan……how I envy you!

Victor Martinez – 1B: $4,700 – The Zombino of the moment has been raking this season and as my title mentions he’s part of my Lackey Stacky tonight. V-Mart has killed The Muppet in the past hitting .407/.484/.928. Play on Playas.

Juan Francisco – 3B: $4,400 – This years lucky recipient of  the Blue Jays Extreme Power Hitting NL Prospect Makeover has been getting his Encarnacion/Bautista on ranking in the top 20 in the past two weeks with an 11/4/12/.310/1.078 slash line.

J.J. Hardy – SS: $3,500 – There’s no reason for this pick other than I think he’s due and Danny Duffy seems like a generous guy.

Brandon Barnes – OF: $3,200 – The Hitter-Tron loves Barnes today like he loves one of those noisey exhaust tips you used to put on your Ford Probe to make it sound like a Fast and the Furious car. Then again, what’s not to love. He’s cheap and he gets a HodgePadre in Coors.

Collin Cowgill - OF: $3,500 – He’s hitting .350 the last couple weeks and hitting leadoff here and there. Plus he has a .935 OPS against lefties. I could see people doing well for themselves with some Angels stacks today.

Torii Hunter – OF: $4,100 – Another Zombino from the Tigers, his career average and OBP against Lackey isn’t in the Kinsler/V-Mart zip code but he’s got a couple of dongs off him (hehe) and I could see him doing some damage.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Looking at the reports there are only three games (Col vs. SD 40%, Mil vs CHC 20%, and Oakland vs. Cleveland 30%) with any chance for rain. None of them are above a 40% chance so there shouldn’t be much to worry about. Unless you’re Shirley Manson and your happiness depends on it.

Doing Lines In Vegas

San Diego vs. Colorado – 10, I like the over I just have a feeling the Rockies are going to do what they do, hit and score runs.

Baltimore vs. Kansas City – 7.5 I like the over, it’s Danny Duffy vs. Bud Norris, even the Royals might hit in this game. Okay maybe I’m insane….

Chicago vs. Houston – 9 Under, I mean maybe the White Sox score 10 runs but with a number this high and the Astros involved I’ll take the under.

  1. was just offered this trade in my 10 team 5×5 roto league..

    I get Felix and Headly for Minor and Beltre

    what do you think..

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenom: If your power isn’t an issue, and you need pitching I say do it. Headly is coming around and Felix is the best player in the deal.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks, I made the trade..Now i want gto back up Headly with a 3B..These are on waivers, who you like from this bunch:

        Pablo Sandoval
        Todd frazier
        Brett Lawrie
        Juan Fransico
        Mark Reynolds

        thanks

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Malicious Phenom: I like Juan Francisco to be the best of the bunch. He’s looked like a breakout guy thus far. I don’t trust Panda or Reynolds long term. We know who Frazier is at this point, a guy who’s useful in stretches.

  2. costaricanchata says:
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    another commenter turns draftkings promoter .
    good for you .

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @costaricanchata: Thanks Chata. Razzball promotes from within. Haha!

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        whatever happened to :
        ” if nominated , i will not run …” ??

        in any event …
        non carborundrum illegitimus … which , of course , i didn’t spell correctly , but ,
        is latin for : “don’t let the bastards get you down” .

        and , yes ,
        when i did go to rome , i shouted this out to the pope .
        and , no ,
        i’m pretty sure that he didn’t hear me .

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @costaricanchata: Was he in or outside his Pope mobile?

  3. eperson911 says:
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    Does the Draftkings 50/50 have to completely fill to start? Loking for to playing, but they have both been canceled.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @eperson911: If it’s a must fill yes, but there are a ton of 50/50’s still open. Check it out and import your lineup.

  4. The Internet says:
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    I’m in first in a 10 team Nl only, thinking of offering this:

    Everth Cabrera ($5 and unkeepable) and Jordan Schafer ($5 for two more years, but obviously not a keeper)

    for

    Michael Cuddyer ($16 for one more year, but that’s a fringe keep) and Scooter Ginnett ($1 for two more years)

    I’m second in steals in what amounts to a big bunch in 2-8th, and have the following guys who run: Puig, Denorfia, Segura, Alvarez (who knew), Goldschmidt, Bruce (who knew x2!), Blanco, Barnes, and Polanco waiting in the wings.

    You think it’d be prudent?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Internet: Yes, if you’re getting the Cuddy end no doubt!

  5. J-FOH says:
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    Nice debut. We need to have a H2H challenge.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @J-FOH: thanks J-FOH, let’s do it, you want to go tonight?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: why not, my handle on DK is J-FOH

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m not doing a $20 H2H. I meant a free one

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: hahaha my B, that works for me.

  6. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Update** Conger, Francisco, and Barnes aren’t starting. I like Arenado, Suzuki, and Choice as replacements. Choice is hitting leadoff today #’s aren’t great against lefties but he’s worth a flier.

  7. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Bailey completely shits the bed and Kazmir gets his dumb ass tossed in the 2nd inning. My night is done. F you Kazmir

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rubik’s Pube: Tell me about it I have both of them in a couple of head 2 heads where the pitching was close. Was expecting 14 K’s between the two of them minimum. Bailey is such a Jeckyl and Hyde this year.

  8. J-FOH

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    Screw you Homer Bailey….why did I pitch him in our matchup? I tried to cancel each other out with him and put it on someone else to be the difference. Damn you for not playing him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Hahaha, I tried to play people I didn’t mention here. I figured you’d play a couple of my suggestions to try and cancel them out. I’m shocked that Bailey got shelled like that. It’s been that kind of week on DK negative nights from Lyons on Monday, Eovaldi on Thursday, and now Bailey on Saturday. What ever happened to pitching being deep?

      • J-FOH

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I got a good deal on Duffy…and streamed him in a couple of my leagues today.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: Yeah, that was brilliant! His tendency to dole out walks in bunches has kept me away. After watching Double D work tonight I’m starting to come around.

          • J-FOH

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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I gambled on the low hits and a pretty blah O’s of late. Unless Puig goes yard for me, I think you got me in DK

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @J-FOH: ohhhh just eeked that one out.

      • cubsin2020 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: So… Are you using this article to help people? Or dupe people so you can win?

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