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The Strasburg watch has gone into DEFCON 3. Every expert who calls themselves one, knows the date he is coming up and who he will face and how he will throw exactly 85 pitches with 75 of them being fastballs. Enough already, all this speculation is annoying. He is owned in almost 85% of those leagues(with the exception of leagues where you can’t use minor leaguers). When he comes up if you don’t own him then you’re the fat kid with the short stick. Do I think he will be good?  Yeah, I have seen him traded twice in the last week in my vast array of leagues. One for Shawn Marcum, Adam Jones and a pick, and the other was for Cliff Lee and a draft pick. I’m no judge but he has great value right now. As I basically only own him in one league. So with the Stras watch 2010 behind us, now let’s move onto week 9 two start fellas for fantasy baseball. It offers a busy week of usual suspects at the top of their fantasy games right now. Personally, I am looking forward to a couple of great pitching matchups this week; Timmy vs. Ubaldo on Monday, Tillman vs. Bucholz on Thursday. So, here’s the list of guys I think will not only be available in most leagues but go twice to boot.

Hisanori Takahashi - (@ SD vs. Corriea) (Fla vs. Nolasco)

As I have said previously, if I have any loyal listeners, Takahashi gets by with more deception than stuff. Will get figured out eventually. Any start at Petco is a good start. Mets are in the midst of their best pitching stretch of the year. Great K-rate should continue.

Jason Vargas – (Min vs. Blackburn) (Ana vs. Pineiro)

Been pretty steady considering the Mariners don’t score runs. Has pitched well enough to win last 3 starts.  Not much in the K department. 2 home cooked starts are a plus. Will get battered by the Twins and then settle down for a win later in the week.

Brandon Morrow – (TB vs. Garza) (NYY vs. Vasquez)

Awesome K-rate makes him so appealing. Pitches twice as good at home where his ERA is in the 4’s, and gets 2 starts there albeit against teams that are good at abusing pitchers. Only pitcher in baseball in the top five in BB’s and K’s, there is no award for that.

Kevin Correia – ( NYM vs. Takahashi) (@Phi vs. Blanton)

Gets a home start.  That is all you need. Has been marginal to crappy last 5 starts. Still will get you 5 K’s per outing, if he can keep it on the ground vs. Phils could have himself a sub 3 ERA for the week with 2 wins.

Trevor Cahill – (@ Det vs. Verlander) (Min vs. Liriano)

Has had a few more starts than last time I wrote about him and, well, lookie here… He is hitting his stride. Opponents hitting .221 against him. Great time to get in on him when others may be sleeping.

Mitch Talbot – ( @NYY vs. Pettitte) ( @CHW vs. Peavy)

Has a rabbit’s foot, 3 buffalo nickels and a signed picture of Abe Vigoda in his pocket for luck. Has 40% of Cleveland’s wins. How you ask? Only Scott Baio knows.

Luke Hochevar – (Ana vs. Santana) (Det vs. Verlander)

Can’t be a week if I don’t talk about a KC pitcher. Umm words are elusive right now.  Coming off 2 great starts plus they have a waterfall in their stadium, a waterfall!

Jeremy Bonderman – (Cle vs. Westbrook) ( @KC vs. Bannister)

Starting to look like a ten million dollar pitcher. Has allowed only 4 ER in May. Gets about 6 K’s per outing and his team scores runs for him. Best 2 start matchup guy for the week and the low end pick up o’ the week.

Brett Myers – (Was vs. Stammen) (CHC vs. Gorzellany)

Still doin’ work. Walks entirely too many for my liking. Gets two decent matchups for a team going nowhere but the trade pool. Sneaky guy for 12K’s and a win this week.

John Ely – ( Ari vs. Haren) (Atl vs. Hudson)

How could I not write about a Grey fav. K/BB rate is phenomenal. Gets 2 starters that are scuffling as of late. Any 2 start guy who has his numbers is a no brainer, stay on the bus and enjoy the ride.

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  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Ill try Takahashi for a spot start

  2. Hi Smokey — If you were going to pick one going forward in a non-keeper roto league, who’d you pick between the Detroit due of Bonderman (who, as you point out, has been lights out) and Scherzer (who seems to have gotten back on track in Triple-A)?

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,drop c.j wilson for lilly?

  4. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    Pick one to DROP…Floyd, Bonderman, Slowey, Cecil

    I’m leaning toward dropping Bonderman, even though he’s recommended above as 2 start pitcher this week. It’s a deep league, so the player I drop is likely to be claimed off waivers. I wish I could keep all 3, but I have Ethier coming off the DL.

  5. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    @Enrique: I think you go with Scherzer, based on his K potential

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    scherzer looked great in his mechanical adjustment rehab stint,i like him especially in todays matchup

  7. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: a start in SD is always nice to gamble on
    @Enrique: its a double edge sword, i would pick up Bonderman, for now. I watched his minor league start and he did look pretty good.
    @AL KOHOLIC: Lilly
    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Bondy

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Smokey: thanks

  9. LMack says:
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    Smokey, better pitcher for the rest of the year:
    Johnny Sanchez or Brett Anderson?

  10. Chris says:
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    Smokey, sit one of these SP for the week:

    Garcia v. Cin, v. Mil
    Greinke v. Ana
    Hamels @ Atl
    Kershaw v. Atl
    Price @ Tor
    Sanchez @ Pit

  11. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @LMack: Sanchez only slightly, needs to get over his 100 pitches by the 5th inning shenanigans.
    @Chris: tough choices, Price is the only one i see getting jacked up.

  12. Telemachus says:
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    Thoughts on Blackburn? @Sea & @Oak, he looks like a solid pick

  13. Grady Branmuffin says:
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    Which two start pitcher this week?

    Garza @ TOR and @ TEX

    Takahashi @ SD and FLA (in Metco)

  14. TonyCino says:
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    12 team 10×10 daily roto keeper auction league
    Year to date value in my league (overall rank):
    JBruce (119), JGomes (128), CRasmus (158), ALind (371), CQuentin (396)

    My other OF are MKemp, JUpton and MHolliday, we play 5 OF + UT. I think I have too many Reds on my team. Besides Bruce and Gomes, also have Votto, BPhillips and RHernandez as my C2. Numbers say drop Quentin, but I’m inclined to drop Gomes instead. Which one would you drop?

  15. Grady Branmuffin says:
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    @TonyCino:
    In this case, the numbers don’t lie. Drop Quentin.

  16. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Telemachus: I like him for both starts, no k’s tho asnd his whip is in the 1.4’s only caveat.
    @Grady Branmuffin: Garza i wouldnt sit someone i drafted for a ww guy not yet, but i can see your point that Taka is a great option in comparison.
    @TonyCino: You do have a plethora of OF, Quentin i dont think is droppable yet. I would check out the trade market for Lind and a p for an upgrade in pitching even if its slight it may be better than gettin stats that dont count from the bench.

  17. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Smokey et al:

    One for this week:

    Garza @ TOR + @ TEX
    Takahashi @ SD + v FLA

  18. artie says:
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    @Enrique:
    Scherzer – 14Ks today.

  19. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @artie: yea he had it working

  20. manfromearth says:
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    I’ve got this year’s version of Javier Vazquez and am thinking of dropping him. My starting pitching staff (non-keeper, rotisserie, RBC league) is Shields, Zito, Colby Lewis, Scott Baker, and Javier Vazquez,,,,is Vazquez the guy I should be considering dropping? If not, who on my staff is likely to give me headaches moving forward? Maybe I should drop Vazquez and use that position to steam starting pitching or pick up a guy like Gio Gonzalez, Brett Cecil, Anibal Sanchez, Kris Medlen…all available in our league. I’d very much like your thoughts.

    My entire team:
    Doumit/Fielder/Weeks/Sandoval/Uribe/Prado/AdLaRoche/Crawford/Bay/McCutchen/Pagan/Guillen/Butler/NCruz
    Shields/Zito/Lewis/Baker/Vazquez/BWilson/Capps/Corpas/Meeks/Bard/Gregerson

  21. artie says:
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    @Smokey:
    It’s the A’s, but still… Dude had it going on.

    Also, never thought I would say this about Albert P, but I think he officially broke out today.

  22. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @manfromearth: Lewis may be the guy but i would hold tight right now

  23. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @artie: yeah 115 pitches thru 5.2 innings is a lil c-saw ish. LA MACHINA!

  24. Snot Boogie says:
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    Please pick 3. Thanks.

    G. Floyd (TEX)
    Haren (@LAD)
    Wandy (WAS)
    Cueto (@STL)
    Scherzer (@KC)

  25. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Snot Boogie: Haren, Cueto, Scherzer after todays performance. Floyd is next best option.

  26. pat says:
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    Team A:
    Dan Uggla, Josh Hamilton, Derek Holland, Johnny Cueto

    Team B:
    Brandon Phillips, Carlos Marmol, Roy Oswalt

    Which side wins?

  27. AJ says:
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    Send Buster Posey,
    Send David Price,
    Receive Billy Butler
    which side would you want

  28. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @pat: B
    @AJ: Keeper no. Its a little risky to dump Buster already kid has 2 more hits today.

  29. artie says:
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    @Smokey:
    14 x 3 =42 pitches :)

  30. AJ says:
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    @Smokey
    Thanks! Its a keeper league but i can only keep 3. What do you think for price for bulter

  31. space invader says:
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    is it time to cut the cord on bartlett? and pickup furcal or ian desmond.

  32. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @AJ: Do you need the bat? i mean price has pretty legit.
    @space invader: cut it, stomp on it and burn it.

  33. @Smokey, Grey, or anyone else: With Nelly back to the DL, I need an outfielder. (standard 5 + OBP) I’m looking for SB, R over HR, RBI

    Which one? Torres, Pagan, DeJesus, Lewis

    I’m thinking Torres

  34. sal says:
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    @Smokey: gio 2 start or cueto 1 start? h2h points

  35. Dingo says:
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    Just saw this on the Yahoo player update:

    “Sizemore will require surgery on his left knee, the Indians’ official site reports. The Indians said that Sizemore first hurt his knee in spring training and had been playing through the pain before aggravating the injury in Baltimore on May 16.”

    Hiding an injury while claiming he’s finally healthy? Why am I not at all surprised? Argh!

  36. pubscout says:
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    Grey – Until Nellie comes back, do we like Krispie, Boesch, Pagan, Frenchy, ATorres or JD Drew?

  37. vinko says:
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    @Smokey: What about PJ Walters? 2 @ home for ST L.

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