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If someone had told me on Aug. 15, 2013 that Zack Wheeler would only be half-owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues at the start of June 2014 I would have quit fantasy baseball immediately and wailed the loudest Nicolas Cage wail I could muster. That day was the height of early Wheeler Mania: 6 IP and 12 Ks to just one walk in a no-decision at San Diego. At the time Wheeler was not only a member of the rookie pitcher crew that also included Gerrit Cole, Michael Wacha and Sonny Gray, he was arguably the main attraction. If that group was New Kids On The Block, he was at best Jordan Knight, or at least Donnie Wahlberg, but he wasn’t no Danny Wood. Control problems kept him from being all that he could be, they said. Bad catchers (John Buck) can make good pitchers pitch badly, they said.

Well, here we are in the weeds of the 2014 season and Wheeler is on the verge of getting kicked out of the group. Cole, Wacha and Gray have been, for the most part, pitching like the budding studs they were supposed to be, and Wheeler has looked more like Nuke LaLoosh before Annie had him wearing garter belts and breathing through his eyelids. Wheeler might not have found his Crash Davis in Travis D’Arnaud, but something is clicking. He got bashed around pretty good in D.C. on May 18 but he finally found the plate, walking only two guys. May 24 against the Diamondbacks was even better, as he K’ed 7 to just one walk. You can blow this K/BB ratio thing out of proportion and go ga-ga over Wheeler’s last start, a win in which he blew away nine Phillies and walked none in 6-plus innings. It wasn’t what he did in that start, it’s how he looked doing it. Wheeler had the command that scouts and experts who know way more than me said he was missing. He looked like he was pitching downhill. His curveball was wicked and his fastball was popping. I know road starts in Wrigley and whatever they’re calling the Giants’ stadium now are not ideal, but I think this is the week Wheeler returns to his place next to the Coles and Wachas of the world.

Here’s some more two-starters for Week 10:

Must Start

Felix Hernandez (@NYY, @TB), Clayton Kershaw (CWS, @COL)

Felix is looking more like vintage Felix and don’t even worry about that Coors start for Clayton, he’ll be A-OK.

First Tier

C.J. Wilson (@HOU, CWS), Alex Cobb (@MIA, SEA), James Shields (@STL, NYY), Anibal Sanchez (TOR, BOS), Scott Kazmir (@NYY, @BAL), John Lackey (@CLE, @DET)

Wilson’s been just a wee-bit spotty lately, otherwise he’d be a must-start. People are down on Cobb after he flopped in his first game back from injury, but I like him this week.

Second Tier

Chris Archer (@MIA, SEA), Jordan Zimmermann (PHI, @SD), Homer Bailey (SF, PHI), Zack Wheeler (@CHC, @SF), Hiroki Kuroda (OAK, @KC), Jaime Garcia (KC, @TOR),  Tim Lincecum (@CIN, NYM), Bartolo Colon (@PHI, @SF), Yovani Gallardo (MIN, @PIT), David Phelps (SEA, @KC), Matt Garza (MIN, @PIT), Henderson Alvarez (TB, @CHC), Charlie Morton (@SD, MIL), Shelby Miller (KC, @TOR)

Homer Bailey’s season has resembled that scene in “Bachelor Party” where Tom Hanks sees different faces on the woman he’s thinking about banging who he thinks is a whore but is really his fiance, played by Tawny Kitaen. One second its Tawny (Wednesday’s solid win against the Dodgers), the next it’s a nun (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K in a loss to the Red Sox), and the next it’s his big hairy friend Ryko (blowout loss in Philly).

Third Tier

Liam Hendriks (@DET, STL), Jake Arrieta (NYM, MIA), Samuel Deduno (@MIL, HOU), David Buchanan (@WSH, @CIN), Randy Wolf (TB, @CHC), Chase Anderson (@COL, ATL), Kyle Gibson (@MIL, HOU), Joe Saunders (BAL, CLE), Bud Norris (@TEX, OAK), Roberto Hernandez (NYM, @CIN), Danny Duffy (@STL, NYY), Jorge De La Rosa (ARI, LAD)

The Phillies have so many problems that it feels like we all forgot about the most glaring one coming into the season: Lack of starting rotation depth. A.J. Burnett was a nice add, but when you’ve got a pair of two-start weeks by Buchanan and Not Fausto Carmona Hernandez, that’s not so good, Al.

Don’t Start

Justin Masterson (BOS, @TEX)

Don’t Masterbaterson too much, you’ll go blind.

  1. BootsyBaby says:
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    Pick two for next week (Mon-Sun):

    Master(bater)son BOS, @TEX
    Cingrani SF
    Bauer @TEX
    Skaggs @HOU

    Stream-o-nator says Skaggs and Cingrani

    Thanks – great work, Pete!

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @BootsyBaby: I’d agree with SON

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @SMLV1: @BootsyBaby: I too agree with SON based on matchups but Bauer lookin prettay prettay good today.

  2. ryan says:
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    Stroman or Taijuan Walker, who do you take ROS?

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @ryan: Walker

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @ryan: Walker

  3. Goose! says:
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    Trade help: 12 team head to head (category wins) 6×6 keeper league with OBP and SLG.

    I give:
    Brett Gardner (just acquired this week along with Allen Craig for Anibal Sanchez and Leonys Martin)
    Doug Fister

    I get:
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Justin Verlander

    Granted, JV has been bad to start the year, but I need SLG, HR, and RBI (I have Ellsbury, Bonifacio with double digit steals and Pence, Kinsler, and Junior Lake with 6+ so I’d be fine on SB).

    The question is my counterpart is a Yankee fan (as am I) that does not like Ellsbury (but I think loves GGBG), and has Freddie Freeman and Jose Abreu as his other 1B (to my Pujols, Craig, and FA pickup of Prince Fielder (again, keeper league))

    Do I take this trade or try to up the ante/hold out for more?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Goose!: do the deal man.

  4. Pete not so Nice says:
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    How would you rank the following for both the coming week and ROS? Hughes, Shelby Miller, Porcello, Cingrani, Chase Anderson.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Pete not so Nice: I mean those are two different questions. Who they face next week is relevant in H2H leagues and dependent on matchups. These dudes might be better or worse as the season goes on.

      This week: Hughes, Cingrani, Miller, Porcello, Anderson

      ROS: Cingrani, Miller, Anderson, Hughes, Porcello

      • Pete says:
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        @Pete Nice: Thanks. I’m worried Cingrani will continue to stink up the joint vs. SF this week, but you’re probably right that the others have just as high a probability of ruining me.

  5. Hutchison, Drew – STL & @DET?

    CBS tells me he has two starts… against good lineups.
    I can start him, DeGrom @chc, or Cashner and hope he gets a home start against Was.

    Who would you start out of those three?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Poop McGee: Right – they brought up Stroman so Hutch is bumped into two starts. Thanks for the catch. If you want counting stats roll Hutch out there, but if you want to play it safe go with Cash. Only thing with him is he might not go deep in the game right out of the gate.

  6. Anthony says:
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    Where does Gerrit Cole and his 2 starts slot in? Thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Anthony: Right now I don’t have him getting two, I have Morton going again on June 8. That could change, and if you’re in a weekly league and feel like gambling, he’s a great play.

  7. Goose! says:
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    FYI the Sox just swapped Sale’s start to Sunday and Quintana is going to get the start on Monday.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Goose!: yea saw that. I think the managers are messing with us!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Goose!: Quintana’s been sneaky solid. he’s a good play assuming he gets two starts.

  8. Scooter G says:
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    Hey Pete, I got 3 quick questions for you if you’re up for it!

    1. Could you rank these catcher going forward ROS in 5×5 OBP league
    Gattis, Rosario, C Santana, D Mesoraco

    2. Would you give C Santana to get either J Lester or G Cole?

    3 If yes would you rather have Lester or Cole going forward?

    Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Scooter G:
      1. Gattis, Mesoraco, Rosario, Santana

      2. Hell yes, either

      3. Cole

  9. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Good possibility that McHugh end up wth 2 starts? Read something earlier that after Monday’s off the day the Astros plan to nix the 6 man rotation, which means he should go Tuesday and Sunday.

  10. Richard Christy says:
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    Phelps start able over Koehloer in a 14 teamer?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Richard Christy: eh I might still stick with Koehler. I think Grey and Nick should debate which pitcher has the goofier yahoo picture on Razzball Radio.

  11. Scootch says:
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    H2H points league… what’s your ranking ROS?

    I. KENNEDY
    D. KEUCHEL
    S. MILLER
    N. EOVALDI
    T. ROSS

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Scootch: Keuchell, Evo, Kennedy, Ross, Miller

  12. malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Gerrit Cole and Jay Bruce to get Scherzer in a H2H points league? If not, how about Cole and Springer?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @malamoney: If you really want to do that deal I’d do Bruce, but i I feel like you could get something back along with Max.

  13. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h weekly points keeper league

    Holding up a 4th place team but being ravaged by injuries. Jose F. , Weiters, Votto, Cain, and now Cano is dinged up. Got 2 trade offers in to me

    My Cano for dozier, samardijza, and Leona’s Martin

    My Jose Reyes (another injury risk) and Morneau for Greinke and Carpenter

    Big bats are cano, votto, Mauer, Craig, pence, Alvarez, Yelich, Alex Gordon, bogaerts, Reyes
    Staff is Gerrit cole, Cain, Ian Kennedy, Hutchinson and Beckett.

    Either deal, both to get some pitching and hitting for struggling or hurt bats or neither deal is good? Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Sange76: I like the Greinke/ Carpenter one better

  14. Eric R. says:
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    Would you take Freddie Freeman for Anibal Sanchez and Rizzo? I could use some hitting, but rizz actually has more HR’s as of today. Sanchez might be too much to bridge the difference in avg btwn freeman and rizzo.

    Thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Eric R.: I’d want Sanchez and Rizzo

  15. T.J. says:
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    Eric Stults has two starts coming up, too, I think: Home at Petco v. PIT and v. WAS.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @T.J.: yup thanks

  16. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Which Tommy: La Stella or Medica? NL only roto 5×5

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: La Stella

  17. nick the dick says:
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    Yo pete couple things 10 team h2h..have a streamer spot where I’m gonna grab archer assuming that he passes waivers which I think he will but was also trying to grab wheeler somewhere. Thinking lose beckett for him? Just hard to drop a guy who recently threw a no no and is almost up to 100% owned even tho I don’t believe in him. Otherwise it’d be bauer who mightve just convinced me tonight I should keep him…also I had just dropped cingrabi a few days ago but I see in the comments you’re still liking him? Idk subpar performance/velocity down/talk about going to bullpen. I figured we would have no time for that but should I really be grabbing him back up for a start vs san fran? Thanks man

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @nick the dick: if I had to choose I’d take Wheeler over Cingrani. I just feel like he’s turning a corner.

  18. nick the dick says:
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    Ooor I could lose e sanatana for wheeler as he has been anywhere from mediocre to awful as of late….

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @nick the dick: Not bad. If you can give Ervin one more start I’d do that but yea.

  19. Dan says:
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    Hey pete, great article!
    I need one from the wire to plug in at RP, I use SP who are eligible at RP here; Dave Phelps (two starts), Rubby De La Rosa (only if it’s official he’s staying up w/ sox for a start this week), Roberto Hernandez (two start) .

    Between these two start streamers who would you add; Tim linceucum or zack wheeler?

    Thanks again!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Dan: Phelps and Wheeler

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Dan: thanks for the kind words btw!

  20. The Duchess says:
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    Hi- I’ve never commented on your articles before, I’m more of a Tehol fan but I find it necessary to point out an erroneous statement you made about Cobb. His last (rather disastrous start- yes I have him and my ERA this wk is still in recovery) wasn’t his first back from the DL. He pitched at home vs. OAK and was pretty excellent 6.2IP 6K 0ER left with the lead and TB’s bullpen kept it like that until everyone’s favorite closer Balfour came in and blew it…again. How he is still closing baffles me but anyway, Cobb is legit. His one outing in TOR against their currently blazing hot bats shouldn’t deter anyone from starting him this week…

    But I do have a question for you… I’m rather stacked with SPs especially with Latos (fingers crossed) hopefully coming back from DL in near future. My worst 3 are Eovaldi, Hutchinson & Porcello. I don’t need to drop any of them but I want your opinion on all 3. Personally I like Eovaldi best, Hutch plays for TOR which helps but his last outing was not pretty 0 Ks yet he got the W, and Porcello… he was great first few starts but now I have him riding the BE bc well he’s been throwing BP lately. He plays on DET which helps him get Ws but I don’t know if I want to tolerate the low K rate and damage to ERA/WHIP. Are you still holding him? or is it time to cut?

    Thanks :)

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @The Duchess: I have him on some deep league teams but that’s it. He’s worth having on the bench because like you said, he pitches for Detroit. You could spot start him based on matchups. Maybe set a deadline for him, like two more starts, and if he’s still bad toss into a trade or dump depending on how deep your league is.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @The Duchess: ‘more of a tehol fan’ haha what a dick thing to say. And yes it was so neccessary to point out his miniscule mistake wasn’t it? He didn’t say he didn’t like cobb or you should stay away. The guy is in the first tier!!….lose porcello

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @nick the dick: @The Duchess: Thanks for having my back Nick. I too am more of a Tehol fan. How could you not be?

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Pete Nice: haha word

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @The Duchess: HOLD UP, Mommacita! 1. how many times have I told you to drop Porcello during our intimate, naked Skype sessions.

      2. You swore to me that, night that we both simultaneously orgasmed on opposite sides of the country, that you’d only comment on my posts, a Beddict groupie for life.

      3. I love you

      4. your eye for detail is one of the things that turns me on about you. pointing out that mistake kind of reminds me when some tool eats me alive for leaving out of a minuscule detail. Dutchess, not everyone can take( and enjoy) the punishment the way I do so lets cut him some slack.

      5. I love you and during razzball 32in32in32,when me meet in real life, I think I may skip the actual show, take you to the Four Seasons, and give you the Magic stick for 3 hours straight (more like 2 minutes).

      6. still on for our Skype sesh?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Tehol you dog you!…Though I find it neccessary to point out that’s it’s ‘mamacita’ not momma. And what is that randomly placed comma in #2? I expect better…

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @nick the dick: you shouldn’t. thats what my editor is for

          • Pete Nice

            Pete Nice says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: Man this is some good stuff! We could use some of this Jerry Springer-esque banter at Two-Startapalooza. And yo if you and the Duchess ever decide you want to spice things up with some sword fight action, let me know and I’m there.

            • nick the dick says:
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              @Pete Nice: hey might as well make it a circle!! Spice this two startapalooza right up!

  21. BR808 says:
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    Top of the mornin to ya! H2H Start 3 SP’s Regardless of 2 starts or not I usually start my 2 aces in Madbum & Stras but this week makes me think a little.

    Pick 3

    Madbum @ Cin vs Leake
    Stras vs Phil Burnette
    Cobb @ Mia Wolfe & vs Sea Elias
    Kasmir @ NY Kuroda @ Bal Norris

    I’m leaning toward Madbum, Stras, & Cobb due to matchups but Kaz dominated the Tigs in Detroit last week and looked very solid. Thanx and I always appreciate the input/advise!

    • Pete Nice

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      @BR808: Only one that worries me is Kazmir. Orioles are becoming more and more of team to avoid, especially at BAL. I’d sit him if it makes you nervous.

  22. Ante GALIC says:
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    Pete!

    Just a quick line to say thanks for all your efforts, man! A quick seque…I was at the track about 20 years ago. There was a horse named ‘All my efforts’ going at 10-1 for the thoroughbreds not too long. Well a Jamaican colleague from work put his whole week’s paycheck on ‘All my efforts’ to win and of course he came in 4th. Funny part? The Jamaican colleague saying all my efforts (Awl my eff-ahts) as I he’s ripping up his losing ticket.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  23. Dem Bums says:
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    Battle of the blahs but…Phelps or Morton this week?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Dem Bums: Phelps but Morton’s @SD start is tight

  24. Milarky says:
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    I’m having a hard time picking my one-start guys. My two starters are Cobb, Sanchez, and Archer, so I’m assuming I go with them. If so, I need to pick two of Kluber, Fister, Liriano, Minor and Skaggs (wouldn’t have even mentioned Skaggs if he wasn’t slated to pitch at Houston). Thoughts? I figure Kluber is too hot to bench, but this is tough because most match ups are positive.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Milarky: Kluber

      • Milarky says:
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        @Pete Nice: thanks! Need one more…

  25. nick the dick says:
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    How do you feel about bauer? Would you lose him for wheeler or is it a lateral move?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @nick the dick: as much as I like Wheeler I’d have a hard time doing that just yet. if he dominates again in Wrigley I’d say probably, if he nails both starts I say definitely.

  26. Chris says:
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    I’ve got Billy Butler at my DH. I could drop him and add Lonnie Chisenhal who has DH eligibilty and is hot right now. Should I make the move? Will Chisenhal stick in the lineup after Swisher, etc. comes off the DL? H2H points league

    • Pete Nice

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      @Chris: it’d be hard to bench Lonnie but Tribe have so much invested in Carlos and even Swisher. that being said you’re losing nothing by ditching Butface so go for it

  27. Kyle H says:
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    Bauer or Willy Peralta ROS? 12 team, H2H with QS, ERA, whip, K, K:BB

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Kyle H: I like Bauer

  28. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    it’s called PetsCo and it’s owned by a dog food magnate who makes his dog food out of horses. It tastes delightful!

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Pete Nice: oh yeah, damn SD and SF confused me.

  29. GG says:
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    dynasty league, would you drop prospect Heaney for Wheeler?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @GG: I’d rather have Wheeler

  30. picard56 says:
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    Start Phelps over Tyson Ross this week? ross has only one start this week.

    also, do you think Garrett Richards rebounds against the Astros this week?

    • Pete Nice

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      @picard56: yea I’d do Phelps. And why not on Richards.

  31. nick the dick says:
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    Wheeler over pomeranz?

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