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What do you think the Stream-O-Nator looks like? I imagine it resembles Dr. Theopolis, the little circular faced thing that hangs around Twiki’s neck on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”. Dr. Theo was basically a robot on a robot, only he was the smart one and he kind of relied on his dumb robot friend to get him around. Is it possible that Stream-O-Nator hangs around Hitter-Tron’s neck? Would that make Stream-O-Nator a blow-up doll of sorts?

These questions probably couldn’t and shouldn’t be answered, but one thing I do know is that Stream-O-Nator cannot detect signs of life. Because if it could, it would be able to go in and perform the baseball equivalent of an electrocardiogram on the Philadelphia Phillies and come back with something very close to a straight, flat line. This is especially true at Citizens Bank Park, where it’s almost worse than a road game in terms of boos and pressure from a fan base that’s about to go for a group swim off the Ben Franklin Bridge.

And if Stream-O-Nator could do this, it would know that the first of Ian Kennedy’s two starts next week should be a cake walk. Yes, CBP is a bandbox, but no, the older Phillie bats won’t be able to catch up with Kennedy’s lively fastball, nor will bewildered youngsters like Domonic Brown, whose swing is so jacked up that play-by-play guys with manboobs who never played the game are dissecting the various hitches that have him down near the Mendoza line.

Stream-O-Nator thinks this start is OK, but he likes Kennedy’s second start, at Citi Field against the Mess, even more. Kennedy has not pitched less than 5 innings in a game this year, and he’s gone 6 or more in 11 of his 13 starts. And since Grey has been threatening us with a hot poker on these points, Kennedy’s FIP is down under 3, and he’s lengthening the gap between his K’s and BB’s per game, and that makes him a dang good pitcher. Please, no more butt burns, Mr. Albright! I’ll talk about FIP and K/BB! I’ll be good! A lot of dudes don’t like Kennedy this week as much as me , and that’s okay.

Have a gander down yonder and see if there’s something else ya like…

Must Start

Stephen Strasburg (@SF, @STL), Corey Kluber (@KC, @BOS), Hisashi Iwakuma (NYY, TEX), Madison Bumgarner (WAS, COL), Masahiro Tanaka (@SEA, @OAK)

Bumgarner looks like a Cy Young candidate on a serious contender, but I still don’t like him. Why? It might have something to do with the fact that he looks like a bearded Don Flamenco. He’ll get a Nationals lineup rejuvenated by the return of Ryan Zimmerman, and Carlos Gonzalez might be back by the time the Rockies get into town. Oh, and he does kind of stink at home. Did I mention that I don’t like him?

First Tier

David Price (SEA, @HOU), Justin Verlander (@CWS, MIN), Mike Minor (@COL, LAA)

Verlander is here purely because of name recognition and match-ups. He has to turn it around at some point, right? Right? Eh. If Oswaldo Arcia is back for his second start it nudges him down a few pegs.

Second Tier

Ian Kennedy (@PHI, @NYM), Josh Beckett (@CIN, ARI), Gerrit Cole (CHC, @MIA), Mike Leake (LAD, @MIL), Doug Fister (@SF, @STL), Dan Haren (@CIN, ARI), Garrett Richards (OAK, @ATL), Ryan Vogelsong (WAS, COL), Jesse Chavez (@LAA, NYY), Travis Wood (@PIT, @PHI), Jake Peavy (@BAL, CLE), R.A. Dickey (MIN, @BAL), Jason Vargas (NYY, @CWS), Rick Porcello (@CWS, MIN), Tony Cingrani (LAD, @MIL), John Danks (DET, KC), Daisuke Matsuzaka (MIL, SD), Gavin Floyd (@COL, LAA), Brad Peacock (@ARI, TB)

Kennedy is outpitching Gerrit Cole. I don’t even own either of them anywhere, and yet I’m still bummed out about that. Jesse Chavez is like a dog that poops on the floor every day but yet somehow it’s OK. You let him get away with it because, despite the errant turd here and there, you look at the carpet and it looks pretty good. It looks like a 5-3 record and a 3.04 ERA with plenty of K’s. And welcome Brad Peacock to the Fantasy Baseball Phallic Joke File along with R.A. Dickey, Travis Wood, Mike Leake, etc.

Third Tier

Bronson Arroyo (HOU, @LAD), J.A. Happ (MIN, @BAL), Marco Estrada (@NYM, CIN), Josh Collmenter (HOU, @LAD), Chris Tillman (BOS, TOR), Edwin Jackson (@PIT, @PHI), Francisco Liriano (CHC, @MIA), T.J. House (@TEX, @BOS), Nick Martinez (CLE, @SEA),  Brandon Workman (@BAL, CLE), Jarred Cosart (@ARI, TB), Erasmo Ramirez (@TB, TEX), Bud Norris (BOS, TOR), Tyler Skaggs (OAK, @ATL), Ricky Nolasco (@TOR, @DET), Juan Nicasio (ATL, @SF)

I hate putting my old buddy Chris Tillman down here. We got a ring together last year, and he’s always been one of those No. 1’s who’s more of a 1a – good enough that he can help you win, but not so good that he’s not attainable either via trade or even by wire. This year the extremes are just too great to trust.

Don’t Start

A.J. Burnett (SD, CHC), Vidal Nuno (@KC, @OAK), Hector Noesi (DET, KC),

I’m not saying he’s the worst pitcher on the board here by a long shot, but with the way he’s been going you’d be out of your mind to start Burnett this week, I don’t care who he’s got. Not so the other two – they really are the two worst on the board.

  1. malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Sonny Gray and Cespedes for Bumgarner in a H2H points league?

      • Gene Parmesan says:
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        @Mike: Not a chance. Gray could put up just as good as numbers as Bumgarner. When you throw in Cespedes, that just makes the deal silly.

    • gareth says:
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      @malamoney: Stop asking this question.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @malamoney: yea agree. gray side

  2. Mike says:
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    Keeper league pick 1 ROS and 2015…

    Gio Gonzalez
    Mat Latos
    Andrew Cashner
    Corey Kluber

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @Mike: Definitely not Latos, but the rest of the group is pretty close. If you’re comfortable with Cashner’s elbow situation, I’d go with him. If not, Gonzalez.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Mike: I wanna say Cash but the elbow/arm is scary. I would say Gio and then Kluber

  3. Geraldo says:
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    Hey Pete, we start 3 SP’s I have Strasberg , tanaka & Bumgarner, you don’t like mad bum this week though? I could drop wheeler or lackey for kluber or iwakuma would you do that to start those two over Bumgarner?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Geraldo: na I just don’t like Bum for some reason. I put him up high in spite of that.

  4. David Niven says:
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    Pete, been likin your writings recently bro. Thanks.

    • Twiki says:
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      @David Niven: Hey Beedee, beedee, beedee. Good Stuff.

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @Twiki: Thanks! How hot was Erin Gray? Woooo weee!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @David Niven: thanks man. ‘preciate it

  5. Amazing Spider A;s says:
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    please rank the following 1B for ROS- Napoli, Kendry, or Lind. Thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Amazing Spider A;s: I feel like everyone is going overboard with this Kendry stuff. He does have some good years under his belt but MUST ADD seems like a bit much. I’d go Lind, Kendry, Napoli.

  6. Shaggy says:
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    Verlander for Kemp, h2h redraft. Who wins?

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @Shaggy: Verlander is a little washed up, but who knows what’s going on with Kemp right now.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Shaggy: Verlander

  7. Confucius says:
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    Hey Pete, was just offered tulo for my trout. I’m pretty deep at outfield and have Chris owings only at short. What would you do? 12 team head to head redraft league

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Confucius: You’re rolling the dice based on Tulo’s health history and the probability that Trout’s stats should come up, but this is fantasy, and if you don’t have big money in it, why not? Put it this way: I have Trout, and if someone offered me Tulo, I’d do it.

  8. gareth says:
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    Looking to package a starter for a closer.

    Here’s my starters:

    Sale
    price
    lester
    Hudson
    Archer (picked up from FA last week for extended stream)
    S. Miller (someone dropped last week, picked up after his complete game today)

    Sale, price and even lester are aces so I’m reticent to do a one for one for just a closer. Would Hudson work? Or is he rather underwhelming even after his amazing season so far?

    Closers are like gold in this rcl league and everyone is always speculating on the next one.

    If you have any ideas let me know.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @gareth: I’ve been punting on saves for a few years now, especially in leagues like the one you’re in. Do you already have some closers, and you’re just trying to get ahead in the arms race, or do you not have any and you’re trying to get in the game? Because if it’s the latter, just punt and focus on your SP. Otherwise, yeah try Hudson; no way on Sale, Price or Lester.

      • gareth says:
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        @Pete Nice: I have uehara and Hawkins. I’ve retained Axford even though he’s lost his job and dropped lindstrom after his injury (someone already grabbed belisario).

        I’m just looking to move the dial for saves as it feels like I haven’t got one in 2 weeks. There is alot of talent in free agency SP wise (hammel, Tyson ross, Gallardo, masterson, cingrani, harang, peavy, Tillman, Ventura, niese.

        Most of the elite relievers who MAY get saves are already owned.

        • Pete Nice

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          @gareth: See what I mean though? You have these guys taking up roster space and they’re giving you nothing! Maybe you should be in RP SELL mode instead of BUY. I think you chase saves when you already have studs on top teams. Studs on bad/mediocre teams won’t get as many chances.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Pete Nice: don’t roster axford, this is better advice now than a month ago, as by this point allen is good at this job.

  9. Long one says:
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    Thinking about moving cano

    Looking for sp

    1 cano for Darvish

    2 cano for Strasberg

    3 cano for price.

    Any of the a good trade? Can you rank as well

    Thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Long one: 1) Strasburg 2) Darvish 3) Price. I’d do any of them though, as long as I had a backup plan at 2B.

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @“DL”ed: I like the construction of the deal but you’re not getting enough back. Trout is a cornerstone guy, and you’re not getting anything close to that.

    • Twiki says:
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      @Long one: Agree with DP. If you can pull that trade off, I’d rank it as Strasburg, Darvish and then Price. Good luck. It would be a steal of a deal for the first two, a wash for Price.

  10. "DL"ed says:
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    Nice write up!

    12 Team Head to Head

    C Santana
    Chris Davis
    Jason Kipnis
    Ryan Zimmerman
    José Reyes
    Khris Davis
    Matt Kemp
    Jay Bruce
    Adam Lind
    Leonys Martín
    Oswaldo Arcia
    Carlos González
    Joey Votto
    Mark Trumbo
    Bryce Harper
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Matt Garza
    Ernesto Frieri
    Drew Pomeranz
    Phil Hughes
    Ryan Vogelsong
    Wily Peralta Mil
    Tyler Skaggs
    Shelby Miller

    My Votto, ,Trumbo, Peralta and Skaggs for Posey, C Allen, Leake and Kennedy

    Thanks for your consideration

  11. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Looks like Cole is going to miss at least one start with shoulder soreness. Plucked Gavin Floyd off the wire as replacement. He has a couple scary match ups though. I’ll sacrifice a couple neighborhood cats tonight as an offering to the fantasy gods.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Rubik’s Pube: Dang. Floyd has been OK I’m not feeling it as much as, say, Yahoo, who I think only featured him because they wanted to use alliteration and write “Floyd on Fire.”

  12. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Holy shit Pete, I always thought Bumgarner looked familiar. Don f’ing Flamenco! Hahahaha

    • Pete Nice

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      @Rubik’s Pube: Maybe even the rematch Flamenco, where he goes bald between rounds.

  13. "DL"ed says:
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    Nice write up!12 Team Head to Head

    C Santana
    Chris Davis
    Jason Kipnis
    Ryan Zimmerman
    José Reyes
    Khris Davis
    Matt Kemp
    Jay Bruce
    Adam Lind
    Leonys Martín
    Oswaldo Arcia
    Carlos González
    Joey Votto
    Mark Trumbo
    Bryce Harper
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Matt Garza
    Ernesto Frieri
    Drew Pomeranz
    Phil Hughes
    Ryan Vogelsong
    Wily Peralta Mil
    Tyler Skaggs
    Shelby Miller

    My Bruce and Martin for his Verlander, I will use the open spot for streaming

    Also who would you trade off my team for a closer as I only have one.

    Thanks

  14. Pete Nice

    Pete Nice says:
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    Hey “DL”ed – take the quote marks out of your name and post again. I can’t reply to you.

  15. DLed says:
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    Nice write up!12 Team Head to Head

    C Santana
    Chris Davis
    Jason Kipnis
    Ryan Zimmerman
    José Reyes
    Khris Davis
    Matt Kemp
    Jay Bruce
    Adam Lind
    Leonys Martín
    Oswaldo Arcia
    Carlos González
    Joey Votto
    Mark Trumbo
    Bryce Harper
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Matt Garza
    Ernesto Frieri
    Drew Pomeranz
    Phil Hughes
    Ryan Vogelsong
    Wily Peralta Mil
    Tyler Skaggs
    Shelby Miller

    My Bruce and Martin for his Verlander, I will use the open spot for streaming

    Also who would you trade off my team for a closer as I only have one.

    Thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @DLed: trade your closer and punt on saves. I’m assuming it’s one out of ten cats?

  16. John E. Depth says:
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    Trying to use constructive criticism… But What do these tiers mean? I am guessing tier 2 and above you definitely use.. Tier 3 you probably sit. Could probAbly simplify this with a 1,2,3 tier approach. Tier 1 you use, tier 3 you don’t use, and tier 2 depends on the depth of the league/or if one start looks really unfavorable. Anyway, I think you could drop almost half the guys in your tier 2 into your tier 3 this week…

    I wouldn’t mess with Floyd, @COL and then vs one of the top 5 wOBA teams in LAA. He’s been pretty good but not that good. At best he gets you some Ks but I think he messes up your ERA and WHIP even if he gets a QS or W. Desperation play…

    Chavez season numbers look good overall but his last few starts have been mediocre at best. The As played a lot of weak hitting teams early on. Chavez starts have gotten worse as the As competion has improved. LAA is good offensively and the Yanks can run out their lefties on him.

    Daisuke shouldn’t be in tier 2 either. Too risky, even vs Padres. Porcello and Cingrani are both struggling and are facing good lineups although Cingrani may at least get Ks. Travis Wood is walking too many guys right now to stream.

    Hhaving pitchers like Kennedy or Beckett in the same tier with guys like Daisuke, Wood,and Gavin Floyd this week is crazy to me. But I guess we’ll see…I will be back to eat crow next week if I am wrong. Have a good week.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @John E. Depth: All decent points, and some that I’ll take into consideration going forward. Thanks man. With this week, I just felt like the tiers were less about Kennedy/Beckett vs. Dice K, Wood and Floyd and more about the suckitude of the Third Tier vs. the Second. I felt like Dice, Wood and Floyd didn’t belong in the Third. They’re more in a 2.5. But you’re right, the gap between Kennedy/Beckett and those other three is pretty huge. Could do a better job at spelling that out. Thanks again!

  17. HudsonRiver says:
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    Who do you like better this week? Bauer @ KC or Roark @ SF?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @HudsonRiver: I’d go Roark. Fartolo did ok in SF so it’s not impossible for pitchers to succeed there.

  18. Norbs says:
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    Hey Pete – I can only use 5 of the following for the upcoming week (12 team H2H).
    Bailey-@Mil
    Eovaldi-@Tex
    Gray-NYY
    Minor-@Col; LAA
    Richards-Oak; @Atl
    Archer-@Hou
    Wheeler-SD
    Chavez-@LAA; NYY
    Which 5 would you roll with?
    Second question: Would you drop Balfour for either Grilli or FrierI?
    Thanks – appreciate your articles!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Norbs: Gray, Minor, Richards, Wheeler, Chavez

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Norbs: drop balfour for either of those. i’d go frieri

  19. huggz says:
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    Why do I constantly fall for the misguided urge to stream in Kennedy? He is era and whip poison every single time.

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