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The week that was showed us that Carlos Zambrano has issues, no big trades yet and LeBron is going to the Knicks. Or I wish anyways. It’s stealing all the headlines right now in the sports world, that and the underpants gnomes. I don’t know how they know I am asleep but they get me every time. One week to go until the All-Star break, I can’t wait to see who actually participates in the HR derby. Vote for Votto is all I’m saying. Week 14 is a busy scheduled week, lots of high end talent with some lower level fodder.  Here are the two start middle of the road guys that may peak your interest this week in fantasy baseball.

Ian Kennedy
(Chc vs. Gorzellany) (Fla vs. Robertson)
Yikes, 9 walks, Ian? Horrible. There is always a but though. Faces 2 teams in the top 10 for K’s. Could sneak a win and 12 K’s. Wearing down a little, don’t expect much going forward.

Madison Bumgarner (@Mil vs. Wolf)( @Was vs. Martin)
Watched his start on DVR, pretty decent command inside and out, changes levels nicely, then got killed by one AB vs. Cameron. Prospect status makes sense. Will fool teams first time through. Then a fall back to earth is probable. Number 2-3 starter stuff.

Justin Masterson ( @Tex vs. Wilson) (@TB vs. Niemann)
I don’t care how inconsistent he is, watch him pitch. He has the gift of grounders. Two tough hitting teams loom as a downfall. I think he pulls a 10 K game this week.  Call me the President of the Just Master Fan Club.

Armando Galarraga (Bal vs. Millwood) (Min vs. Slowey)
A month post-Perfecto, and he has raised his ERA 2 points. Congrats. Gets Baltimore, so how bad can he be as a 2 start guy this week? Prolly a 7.5 ERA for the week bad. Dude only has 18 K’s all year.

Brad Lincoln (@Hou vs. Rodriguez) (@Mil vs. Wolf)
Coming off best start so far. Gets the weak hitting ‘Stros. Is definitely worth a look this week based on the 2 starts. League depth will dictate if he climbs on board your team.

Dave Bush (SF vs. Sanchez) (Pit vs. Karstens)
Head for the mountains. Giving up a whopping .287 BAA. Let it be said that Dave Bush makes everyone look like an All-Star. Does get the Pirates, it’s like mom kissing a broken leg to make it feel better.

Vicente Padilla (Fla vs. Volstad) (Chc vs. Silva)
Deserved to get plunked by CC. Matchup wise he is better than average, Silva has to suck some time, right? Pretty decent peripheral guy, which I actually had to look up.

John Ely (Fla vs. Robertson) (Chc vs. Gorzellany)
Minus one start he’s been borderline rosterable in deeper formats. Sneaky K potential and okay matchups for the week.

Jeff Francis (StL vs. Suppan) (SD vs. Richard)
I think he is hitting that first wall after coming back from injury. Looked like poo, previously against SD. Gets some revenge, and Suppan hasn’t drank the Duncan juice yet. No K’s or the love would be better.

Chris Volstad (@Lad vs. Padilla) (@Ari vs. Enright)
I wanna like this guy as much as Masterson but he isn’t as good. Way too many hits. Gets 2 decent coin flip matchups. Pitches a run and a half better at home.

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  1. PR says:
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    Not to nitpick, but it’s “pique” your interest, not “peak.”

    What should we expect from Brad Lincoln from here on out?

  2. Child Please says:
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    How do you rank these pitchers for Week 14 in a 5×5 H2H weekly lineup league?

    Ian Kennedy, Bumgarner, Masterson, Ely, and Gorzelanny (@ARI, @LAD)

  3. Ryan says:
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    Dave Bush’s uncle did my Lasik. No problems at all, take that McCann!

  4. noseeum says:
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    Looks like Bedard might get 2 starts right out of the gate. Well… as long as he doesn’t get hurt in the first one I guess.

  5. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @PR: “pique” is a French word meaning “prick,” language aficionado. He plays for the pirates. Thats what i expect. Think tillman or arrieta type result but in the nl.
    @Child Please: like em in the order listed
    @noseeum: he is like the leg lamp in christmas story. Frah gee lay

  6. Adam says:
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    I’m shopping Jose Reyes and SP for a top tier first baseman, and picked up Cliff Pennington to replace Reyes. I’m trying to figure out how much of a downgrade Pennington will be, so how many SB do you think Reyes and Pennington will each have by the end of the year?

  7. KCC26 says:
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    i see reyes around 50 (30 or so more), probably 20-25 for pennington(another 10-12 the rest of the way).

  8. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Adam: Reyes has 19 cliff 12. Reyes will be in the 35-38 range for the year. Cliff will be around 25-28.

  9. Ben the M says:
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    J. Johnson or Felix Hernandez the rest of this year and as a keeper?

    How big of a step down is Reyes from Hanley at this point?

  10. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    DIE IN A FIRE MANNY CORPAS

  11. Terry Felton says:
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    Ian Stewart has been killing me in my fairly shallow keeper league. I could free up a roster spot by dropping a DLed guy. Is it worth dropping Volquez, Brett Anderson or Stewart himself for Pennington or SRod, or is it not worth the trouble?

  12. Kevin says:
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    Dexter Fowler or Garrett Jones in Week 14?

  13. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey i need your input on a trade

    i get Stephen Strasburg for Jason Heyward and Miguel Olivo

  14. MattW says:
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    @Smokey: What do you think about Morrow against the Yanks

  15. barker says:
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    trade kinda shallow 20 team league 22 man roster

    i give smoak jenks cecil i get santana nyjer

    relievers axford heilman storen dotel

    1b cuddyer huff
    sp pelfrey vasquez kershaw chacin cecil dl de la rosa penny

  16. danimal35 says:
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    pique: a transitive verb that means “to excite or arouse especially by a provocation, challenge, or rebuff ” and yes it is french and it did come from “to prick”

    http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/peaked.html

    is it just me or is it an absolute travesty that Votto is not already on the all-star team…it looks like all the national league final vote contestants deserve to be there

  17. Carlos Z has slurpees says:
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    Damn, picked up Carmona, Myers, and Hammel in different leagues needing one win . . . all pitched well, but no Ws.

  18. Dr. Orlando Schadenfreude says:
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    @Terry Felton: If its shallow enough that pennington and s-rod are on waivers you can probably lose Stewart. I don’t trust Anderson either though so I’d say either could be dropped in a shallow league.

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