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Down goes St. Stephen, the patron saint of fantasy baseball salvation. Everyone and their brother, not mine cause mine has an X chromosome and is called sister, said they knew this was going to happen. Phooey.  Can I say phooey? Well, I did and I am. It may be Mark Prior all over again, that would be awesome. P.S. I hate overhyped players. They come in with their pants all pleated and attitudes that reek of Drakkar. Rant over. ESPN made it their lead for like three days and actually interviewed his ulnar collateral ligament. Okay, now I’m done, I promise. It’s coming down to it, folks.  Only a few weeks left of fake baseball. Here are your week deuce deuce lesser owned two start pitchers for fantasy baseball.

Jake Westbrook (@Hou vs. Happ) (Cin vs. Wood)
Love me some ground ball pitchers. ERA a tick over 4 in NL. Not great, but I couldn’t do better. Playoff push is here early as they get Cincy in what may be a beanball weekend set.

Brian Duensing (Det vs. Galarraga) (Tex vs. Wilson)
ERA in the mid-ones, yeah, that’s “singular” at home. If he K’d more, I’d be like him like a kid staring at a puppy in the mall. Has dual eligibility so he has that going for him.

Travis Wood (Mil vs. Wolf) (@ StL vs. Westbrook)
Natalie couldn’t float, Travis uses swimmies. Cincy is chugging right now (16-7 in August). Playoffs are well within Dusty’s grasp, he will find some way to ruin it though.

Mike Minor (NyM vs. Niese) (@ Fla vs. Sanabia)
22 K’s in 18 innings. Looks to be the next best thing since sliced bread.

Joe Saunders (SD vs. LeBlanc) (Hou vs. Happ)
Runs his mouth a lot for a middle of the road starter. I like it. Haven’t been this juiced about a pitcher’s attitude since Pascual Perez.

Brian Matusz (Bos vs. Beckett) (TB vs. Davis)
Has the goods, three plus pitches. Only problem is, this week shows why his division is trouble.  ERA at a deuce in August.

Kyle Kendrick (@ LA vs. Montaserios) (Mil vs. Wolf)
Better on the road. Still gets lit up like Masterson versus lefties. Philly need to play some great ball if they want to secure a spot in playoffs. You could do worse, you could pick Pat Misch.

Dustin Moseley (Oak vs. Cahill) ( Tor vs. Rzepczynsky)
Far from a horse (obviously horses can’t play baseball). Depth of how deep he can go into a game is a concern, but has Yanks’ O behind him, so he can get away with saying, “Don’t worry about it,” but in a cool Steven Seagal ‘Out For Justice’ kinda way.

Paul Maholm (@ChC vs. Zambrano) (Was vs. Marquis)
I want to like him, but his stats make me sad. He goes against Marquis. so he’s better than at least one person I can think of.

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  1. Bum Juice says:
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    Smokey, a) how close are these matchups this week, and b) can you bench one for me? (weekly 5*5)

    Johan @ ATL
    Greinke v DET
    D. Hudson v HOU

    For what it’s worth, I guess I would say W > WHIP > ERA > K

    Thanks.

  2. KCC26 says:
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    right now im heading into the playoffs in a 12 team head-to-head league with no offensive bench players and feel like i should probably grab another bat at the expense of one of my pitchers. my staff:

    SP: Wainwright, Weaver, B. Myers, Lilly, C. Lewis, Nolasco, Marcum, Baker, Chacin

    RP: Wagner, Street, Capps, Uehara, Rodney

    who do i lose? one of my main competitors has 5 closers, but maybe i drop one of mine? or Nolasco? is he done as an effective starter this year? Will Chacin be limited? Thanks!

  3. Bum Juice says:
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    I’d lose Nolasco.

  4. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Bum Juice: I would normally say Hudson just based on names but the first two guys are so snake bitten when it comes to wins. So ill say Greinke.
    @KCC26: Nolasco didnt look so hot yesterday.

  5. Chris says:
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    @Smokey:

    Trying to decide on my pitchers for H2H points league this week. I can start 2 from Kershaw (Phi), Wade Davis (Tor, @Bal), Minor (NYM, @ Fla), Dirty Sanchez (Col, @ LA), or Westbrook (@Hou, Cin). Thoughts?

  6. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Chris: stick with your best pitcher in the lot in Kershaw for one and than roll the dice on Westbrook.

  7. Chris says:
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    @Smokey:

    Just read this:

    According to MLB.com, the Cardinals announced on Saturday that they would rearrange their rotation for the upcoming week, pushing SP Jake Westbrook’s next start to Sept. 6 at the Brewers.

    Who would you recommend in his place?

  8. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Chris: Minor

  9. Sucklingduck says:
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    @Smokey: I’m in a craptastic situation: I need to replace Nolasco but my choices are slim:
    Masterson – CHW, @Sea
    Armando Gallaraga – @Min, @KC
    Blanton – @COL

    I’m way ahead in wins. Need Ks, Whip, ERA

    I’m leaning toward Masterson but he always shits the bed when I start him. No guts, no glory i guess.

  10. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Sucklingduck: Well Nolasco is now reportedly stsrting Friday. So out of the options listed Masterson and Blanton have the best K output. Wont help in Whip and ERA tho. Anyone else avail?

  11. KCC26 says:
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    so, same scenario i asked about at the top of this thread. was about to lose nolasco but then saw that he might still start next week. i actually have a bye so can afford to sit back and see how that start goes. should i do that or jump on a bat now (picking up jay bruce and hoping he stays hot down the stretch seems like my best option there)?

  12. Sucklingduck says:
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    @Smokey: @KCC26: I don’t have much faith in Nolasco. I know he wants to pitch but having a torn meniscus in the knee you push of the mound with can’t be good.

    Unfortunately there are no better options than Masterson and Blanton. Well….Joe Saunders is available.

  13. Joey says:
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    NL only keeper league, I have Leo Nunez, I have a pitcher I can reserve, should I grab Jose Veras? Does he have a chance to close? Hensley is taken.
    Any other potential closers in the NL you can think of that may be called up or in a bullpen that could be worth grabbing?
    thanks

  14. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @KCC26: i would wait Bruce is so up and down.
    @Sucklingduck: Nor do i. Saunders ios middle of the road as are the other guys. Out of the three id go with Saunders.
    @Joey: Dont know who is avail, so its hard to say. Venters, Manny Acosta types.

  15. Joey says:
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    Acosta is available, so is that “no” to veras on the marlins? no closer chance?

  16. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Joey: i was giving examples Parnell is another from the Mets Wilton Lopez is another. I mean i dont love veras or Acosta but without seeing who is available all i can give is examples.

  17. HotCorner says:
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    10 team H2H league…I’m 1 game out of playoff spot right now and need to make up some ground. My pitching for this week is this:
    De La Rosa @SF & @SD
    Garza @BAL
    D. Hudson vs HOU
    Kershaw vs PHI
    Lester @BAL
    Zambrano vs PIT & vs NYM (RP spot)
    Papelbon (RP spot)
    Bench:
    Gio Gonzalez vs ANA
    A. Sanchez vs WAS
    J. Zimm @ FLA

    Anyone see anything that needs changing? Any help is appreciated.

  18. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @HotCorner: looks ok to me

  19. HotCorner says:
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    WTF…I typed all of that and it somehow disappeared. Here it is again…10 team H2H league and I’m 1 game out of playoff spot. Need some input on the coming week. Here’s what I’ve got going…
    De La Rosa @SF & @SD
    Kershaw vs PHI
    Garza @BAL
    Lester @BAL
    D. Hudson vs HOU
    Zambrano vs PIT & NYM (RP spot)
    Papelbon (RP spot)
    Bench:
    J.Zimm @FLA
    Gio vs ANA
    A. Sanchez vs WAS

    If anyone has any input, let me know. Many thanks. I think I have the best matchups set.

  20. HotCorner says:
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    Damn man…my pc is screwed. I swear I couldn’t find that post and I type this last one up, and *poof*, there it is. Thanks for the input. My bad on the double post.

  21. vottomatic says:
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    coco crisp or granderson for the week?

  22. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @vottomatic: Yanks face 4 lefties this week, I’d go with Coco.

  23. fitz says:
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    Damn it Morrow getting shut down just when H2H playoffs are starting!

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