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The NBA season is over, thank god.  The Heat won it all, so it played out exactly how we all thought it would when the season started last October.  Sure, the Finals was an entertaining series, and I tuned in, but I’m truly glad I don’t have any more hoops distracting my attention from baseball.  Most of you can now devote yourselves completely to your fantasy teams.  Those of us in Chicago or Boston, however, still have two, possibly three, hockey games standing between us and full-time baseball season.  I won’t complain about that though, because I’m a full-on bandwagon Blackhawks fan at the moment, and I look forward to drunkenly screaming “Kaaaaner!” at my television for a few more games.  Anyway, two-starters…

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.

MUST START

Hiroki Kuroda (TEX, @BAL); Cliff Lee (@SD, @LAD); Madison Bumgarner (@LAD, @COL); Gio Gonzalez (ARI, @NYM);  Chris Sale (NYM, CLE); Yu Darvish (@NYY, CIN)

  • Start these dudes.

FIRST TIER

Clay Buchholz (COL, TOR); Ervin Santana (ATL, @MIN); Jeff Locke (@SEA, MIL); Justin Masterson (@BAL, @CWS); Kevin Correia (@MIA, KC); Hyun-Jin Ryu (SF, PHI); Eric Stults (PHI, @MIA)

  • It’s a shallow week for two-starters, but there’s still some value to be plucked from waivers if you’re scrounging.  Kevin Correia (8% owned in Y! leagues) is the most widely available guy from this group.  Correia has strung together three straight quality outings, a stretch during which he’s posted a 19/1 K/BB.  He also gets a couple juicy match-ups in week 13.  Speaking of guys in the midst of good stretches, Eric Stults (33%) hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in a game since May 24, proving himself a reliable option.  Stults, too, faces a cupcake schedule in the week ahead.  In shallow formats, you might be able to get your hands on Jeff Locke (71%) or Ervin Santana (74%), but the rest of this first tier is likely owned.  As usual, everyone from this group is a solid option.

SECOND TIER

Rick Porcello (LAA, TB); Chris Tillman (CLE, NYY); Matt Moore (TOR, DET); Esmil Rogers (@TB, @BOS); Trevor Cahill (@WAS, @ATL); Kyle Kendrick (@SD, @LAD); Kyle Lohse (CHC, @PIT); Edwin Jackson (@MIL, @SEA)

  • Rick Porcello (29%) was on the brink of making himself a first tier guy, but a rough start last time out — a rough inning, really — kinda derailed that thought.  Still, I’m not ready to quit on Porcello’s upward run based on one bad inning.  Feel free to use him in week 13.  Edwin Jackson (26%) has been pitching better of late.  Starts against Milwaukee and Seattle could help continue that trend.  Esmil Rogers (3%), Chris Tillman (47%), Kyle Kendrick (48%), Kyle Lohse (48%), and Trevor Cahill (55%) are the last of the usable, waiver-available options.

THIRD TIER

Ubaldo Jimenez (@BAL, @CWS); Mark Buehrle (@TB, @BOS); Chris Capuano (SF, PHI)

  • Given the shallow week, it might be necessary for a few of you to dip into this group, looking for upside.  Mark Buehrle has been chucking it much better recently, allowing only 3 runs through his last 3 starts.  He’d be safely entrenched in tier two if it weren’t for the worrisome match-ups.  Chris Capuano was great in his first start back from injury, blanking the Yankees for six frames on Wednesday.  Still, he’ll need to string together a few more solid outings before I trust him.

DON’T START

Jeremy Hellickson (TOR, DET); Juan Nicasio (@BOS, SF)

  • Pretty self-explanatory.
  1. Evan says:
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    What are your thoughts on this Julio Urias kid in the dodgers system? He’s 16 years old in full season ball already, and he’s striking out more than a batter per inning. I’ve heard he has front-end of the rotation potential, would love to here if you have any thoughts on him.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s a 16 y.o. making plenty of noise in full-season ball, which is insane. Projectable fastball, great change, and a solid breaking pitch. He lacks a true front-end projection because of his frame (5-11, 160), but #2 starter upside is certainly within reason. I heard LA planned to demote him to a short-season affiliate once those seasons began, but obviously this isn’t the case. Still a possibility, but for now, he continues to blow people’s minds in the Midwest League.

      …expect to see some of these thoughts reiterated in tomorrow’s MiLB report.

      • stumanji says:
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        @Scott Evans: I think I was celebrating my first pube at 16.

        • Evan says:
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          @stumanji: I’ve seen some scouts say he is closer to 6’1 then 5’11 and have seen many put #1 potential on his stuff. at 16 you would have to think there is some room to grow, and if he is closer to 6’1 the body shouldn’t really limit his upside.. with that kind of feel for pitching at such a young age there is really no model for his progression and development so I would think it’s hard to put a ceiling on him at this point.

          • Evan says:
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            @Evan: Not saying #2 potential is bad or anything I just remember reading somewhere that the 5’11 listed is a little on the shorter end. I hate to see people limit someone’s ceiling based on body profile but it is a concern, you would think the extra experience and the ability to throw 3 pitches for strikes already would boost his chances of living up to the potential.

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              I will admit, he definitely looks taller than 5-11 in video I’ve seen… The frame concerns are mostly to do with durability concerns — those will disappear in a hurry if he can string together a few injury-free seasons as a SP in the minors… I really like Urias, and he might be one of those guys you have to disregard “the book” with, because there’s little precedent for what he’s doing. Looking forward to seeing more, learning more on this one…

  2. HWY71 says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Awesome post. Loved the first line…lol

    So who is likeliest to replace Jason Vargas vs. the Astros? Jerome Williams?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks! And, yeah, Williams will fill that void.

  3. gareth says:
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    Woop di frinkin doo. The nba all stars won the nba. Call the press! That’s a shocking news story.

    This is why I love baseball. Marco scutaro energing in the postseason. Barry zito?

    Who know who makes it in this year. Sure there are favorites (texas, st. Louis) but there are still no guarantees.

    The dodgers and angels tried their version of all stars. Good luck with that.

    Here’s to the underdog. Tampa bay. Cleveland. Baltimore. San diego. Oakland.

    Give me rocky over appolo creed anyday.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m totally with ya, but I do admit that the Spurs had the underdog/Rocky thing going for them for a little while there…

  4. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Giants have a hole in CF with Pagan out indefinitely. Gary brown has been heating up every month at aaa. Flier in a 20 team league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, he’s been outstanding… finding his power stroke too… I put him in the “Next 5″ section of Wednesday’s prospect power ranks… decent stash in a deep league if you can afford it.

  5. Donald trump says:
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    Correa not first tier.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not for you, clearly.

  6. T bone says:
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    12 team, H2H weekly category.
    Asked this prior to Hamels start last night and will ask again after watching him unimpress me…deal Hamels, M. Montero, and Dom for Verlander and Mauer (though he wants to do Wieters)?

    Could pull Montero out of it too or sub in Aramis for him or Dom (have Freese and Arenado). Have Gordon, Stanton, Coco, Markakis, Heyward at OF and we start 4.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’ll approve this one on second thought.

  7. Al Bundy says:
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    Todd Frazier just hit waivers. Is he an upgrade over Will Myers for the Util spot? Already put the claim in, but would like a second opinion since I have a day to cancel it.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s probably a safer bet, but I’d stick it out with Myers for a little while longer… I like his upside over Frazier’s.

  8. Serious ShortEyes Problem says:
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    Doesn’t Wheeler have two starts (@CWS and WSH)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      They were working with a 6-man rotation before news of Niese’s injury… Wheeler will indeed go twice — First Tier guy. Apologies… I submitted this one a little earlier than usual yesterday afternoon.

      • Serious ShortEyes Problem says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks!

  9. Peter says:
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    What of Wheeler?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      See directly above.

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H matchup, 1 win per category, I’m tied in W and ER, ahead 2 in L, 1 K and 7 IP. My opponent has Latos @ ARI (Delgado) tomorrow. My options are Greinke @ SD (Volquez) today, Liriano @ LAA (Williams) today, and Wainwright v TEX (Tepesch) in the nightcap tomorrow. Who to start? Was thinking Greinke today, then decide on Wainwright based on what the matchup looks like tomorrow afternoon.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Also worth noting, Greinke goes at 7 and Liriano at 10.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      All three are solid options. I’d roll w/ Greinke & Waino for sure…

  11. Fermin's Last Theorem says:
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    Man, SON does not like Kluber’s start against Baltimore next week. Start Milone or Cashner in my weekly QS league?

    • Fermin's Last Theorem says:
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      @Fermin’s Last Theorem: That is, Milone or Cashner instead of Kluber…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d ride Kluber’s hot hand…

  12. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Should I drop Lester for erasmo? He should be getting a call up sooner or later shouldn’t he?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He definitely should surface soon, but I’d try to cut a bench bat instead of Lester.

  13. magpipes says:
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    Hi. I need a shortstop. I have Franklin right now but I can pick up Asdrubal Cabrera. Should I trade Ryu and Melancon for Hardy and Uehara? we have holds and saves. I have 3 closers and could use a 4th. I only have 1 holds guy. Also, what is Melancon’s value in a holds/saves league? not sure what to do.. Thanks.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @magpipes: Don’t make that trade with Cabrera on the wire. Stash him until he returns, Franklin will hold you up until then. Franklin <3

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gots to agree w/ Terse here…

  14. TheNewGuy says:
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    Good to see Cole get some much needed punchouts yesterday, I was bold and started him and it paid off.

    Starting Shelby today obviously despite it being the Rangers. But start Leake today at the D Backs? I guess Goldy aside they arent that scary, and cant ignore what Leakes done recently.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @TheNewGuy: The Dbacks are legit and Arizona is a launching rocket helo pad. Start Leake if you need the counting numbers, but if you’re close in ratios, be wary

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Cole looked great… cranking up the velo to 100 in key situations & definitely nice to see some whiffs. Start Shelby & continue riding the hot hand w/ Leake.

  15. Oz says:
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    Hey Scott, so Tyler Lyons only lasted 1.2 innings Fri and gave up 4 ER. Is he being replaced in the rotation? Who do u think they call? Wacha or C-mart? Or do they go boring and move in Joe Kelley?? I own Wacha and C-mart in my h2h dynasty league. Thanks.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Oz: I think Wacha

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think Wacha is the most likely, but it could be any of the three. C-Mart brings most significant upside.

  16. Buhner says:
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    Do you think Detroit will bring up Bruce Rondon any time soon and let him close?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Buhner: His overall Minor numbers look good, but he’s stumbled slightly lately. I want them to, but they won’t yet

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’ll resurface before long, but I doubt he’s thrust into the closer role immediately upon arrival…

  17. subs says:
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    need k’s k/9 era and whip and can afford to give up some hitting is this lopsided?

    keeper and trout and segura are only $8 while kershaw and cargo r $18 i do need the pithing

    i give trout Walker phelps and segura
    and get Kershaw cargo Altuve and belt

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @subs: keep trout and seek pitching elsewhere

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold.

      • Tehol Beddict

        Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Scott Evans: WHO THE FUCK IS TERSE?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          He’s a medicinal marijuana salesperson from Denver.

          • Terse

            Terse says:
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            @Scott Evans: scott, that was our secret.

          • 2 Giant rings says:
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            @Scott Evans: one doesn’t need a medical card in Colorado anymore.

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              This is a good point.

              • Terse

                Terse says:
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                @Scott Evans: business is suffering

  18. Terse

    Terse says:
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    keep trout and seek pitching elsewhere

  19. Anthony says:
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    Long term dynasty league! Would you rather have Wil Myers or A.Gordon/Moustakas? Thanks!

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Anthony: Myers. Moustakas has ripped my heart out and taken a crap on it

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers.

  20. Dave the Barber says:
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    Three quick questions:
    1.) When is Erasmo getting the call?
    2.) Is Wilhemsen cooked?
    3.) Is Lester cooked?
    4.) When is the time to stash Jeter?
    5.) Who is the next big prospect with an imminent pending call-up?
    Ok I lied, that was 5.

    • Oz says:
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      @Dave the Barber:

      I’m also interested in q’s 1,3,5.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Dave the Barber:

      1) has to be some time soon, right?
      2) I don’t think so
      3) I think so
      4) all-star game
      5) I’d like to see Castellanos

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Terse: and if I’m right, I’d grab Castellanos to keep.

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Scott Evans: Appreciate it.

  21. Dave the Barber says:
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    Also @Scott Evans,
    How do I put a picture next to my handle?

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Terse: Thanks buddy

  22. Oz says:
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    1 more question: With Price still a couple weeks away and Cobb possibly out for a few months, who’s most likely to get the most starts out of the following three: Archer, Odorizzi, or Alex Colome? I own Archer/Colome so obvi I hope it’s one of those two. JA. Happ is just starting to throw again and Cobb had a pretty similar injury so he could be out for a couple months… Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Archer, Colome, Odorizzi… in that order.

  23. Josh Freeman says:
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    Scott: Should I trade for Hamels or stay away from him? What to expect ROS?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Avoid unless the asking price is way, way low… I could see getting him as a toss-in on a bigger deal… but my expectations for ROS are low.

  24. Dave the Barber says:
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    Thank you sir.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Anytime.

  25. stumanji says:
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    Keeper league (keep 5 forever, prices increase 120% each year). I’m still kicking myself for not drafting Goldy for relatively cheap since I already owned Rizzo. Would you deal Rizzo $3+more for Goldy $14 or do their prices even out their overall values?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d make that deal.

  26. JK says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Any thoughts on Corey Dickerson? Rockies called him up. Been crushing in the minors. As of right now, he’s 2/2 today with two doubles.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Solid hit tool should serve him well… Doubles power should benefit from Coors… he’ll offer modest fantasy value if given regular playing time.

  27. Mariner Mike says:
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    Start Corbin today against Cincy or start Samardja tomorrow against Houston? Need a good call on this one,week depends on it. PRESSURE Also keep Porcello or grab Cole off wire? Thanks again for the thoughts!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Samardz. Swap Porcello for Cole.

  28. Dave the Barber says:
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    Greinke is at PetCo today. Intersting to see how this shakes out, he had two good starts prior to his last outing. What do you guys think the outcome is today?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think he’s gonna pitch well! I swear this is what I was gonna write earlier…

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Scott Evans: I was mad that Donny B didn’t take him out after the 7th.

  29. Oz says:
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    Drop Alex Colome for Randal Delgado?? h2h points dynasty league, keep about 25/38 players. Colome looked like he really struggled with command today with 5 walks, 3 K’s, 5 Hits, 0 ER in 4.2 innings. I like his upside but I think he’ll probably get sent down and I’m already stashing Cingrani, Wacha, Bundy, C-mart, Erasmo, Archer so I’m not sure if I can hold onto him. Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sure… Delgado looks like a better upside guy for now…

  30. TheNewGuy says:
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    Will Myers, welcome to the show.

    Funny how hitters hit their first homer at Yankee Stadium often, remember Hosmer did it.

    Picked up Rosie in my non-keeper btw man, hes been so filthy I had to. Dropped Uehara once we thought Taz was getting the gig, then they chance their mind and Rosie loses his scoreless streak! Oh well, Ive still got a quality arm, and the surefire closer should something happen to Mujica.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Had to happen at some point re: Rosenthal… oh well. And yes, great to see from Wil…

  31. Anthony says:
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    Hey Scott, some sites have Matt Moore only going once while other have him starting twice. Do you know what the deal with him this week is? I know they have only 6 games and Hellickson is starting on Monday, are they going to skip someone to have Moore go twice? My problem is that I have Moore and Porcello and can only start one of them and it looks like Moore should only be going once. Thanks brother

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      There are mixed thoughts on whether or not they’ll skip Colome’s spot & roll w/ a 4-man for next week… wish I had more definitive advice, but I still lean toward Moore going twice…

  32. peely says:
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    Should I drop freese for Bradley?
    And what about reddick for Dominic brown?

    • peely says:
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      @peely: I meant David freese for chase headley?

      • steve says:
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        @peely:

        i’d do this one too

    • steve says:
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      @peely:

      Get Dom Brown immediately over reddick! I’m surprised you can even get Brown from the WW.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Headley over Freese & Dom Brown over Reddick. Make both moves.

  33. JJ says:
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    Would you drop R.PORCELLO for E.STULTS?

    • steve says:
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      @JJ:

      i wouldn’t

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Don’t think so…

  34. Dave the Barber says:
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    Did anyone else not see that Jay Bruce coming a mile away the moment Bell came out of the bullpen?

    • Dave the Barber says:
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      Did anyone NOT* see that HR coming a mile away

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ump should’ve just called the homer & saved us some time…

  35. JoeG says:
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    How long before Erasmo Ramirez, gets called up?

    • steve says:
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      @JoeG: @JJ:

      see above. scott said soon.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      These ETA’s are impossible to predict. It depends on the performance of Harang & Bonderman… should be soon…

  36. low walk high k says:
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    Who do u prefer in a points league? Eovaldi or turner?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Eovaldi.

      • low walk high k says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Thank you. I was hoping for that answer lol

  37. Dave the Barber says:
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    What does Jose Fernandez rate in trade value? The guy who owns him says he wants power but my “power” consists of Dom, A.Jones, Dread P, Bruce, and Goldy. I have A. Gonzo and Panda but I feel like they are too consistent to trade for a rookie pitcher. I figure Jo-Fer would rate a Mark Reynolds or Yoenis type power hitter but not a guy that is going to give you 15 HRs and a .820 OPS ROS performance you know? What do you think? Should I offer him Panda?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Keep in mind he’s only got about 90 IP remaining… I probably wouldn’t trade for him in a re-draft.

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Scott Evans: True. I’ll hold. Thanks. What other pitchers do you think get shut down soon? Harvey?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Harvey should be good for ROS… Shelby Miller, Zack Wheeler, Gerrit Cole all could be working with IP caps…

  38. ty says:
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    I’m thinking Beachy isn’t worth stashing anymore…ER stash instead?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Beachy still worth a stash IMO, but Erasmo is equally, if not more valuable at this point…

      • Ty says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Thnx man…
        One more line up question for the upcoming week.. I’m 2nd to last in my league in saves. I’m thinking about starting 2 start pitchers Lee and Sale then going K. Jansen, Belfour and Street. I have Minor as my next in line starter if I don’t go with 3 relievers

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Not a bad idea if you’re trying to make up ground in saves…

  39. Elwood Blues says:
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    Do you see Medlen movimg to pen when Beachy comes back?
    I have him as a free agent , so he’s gone after this season, i have an offer for Cingrani.. In our keeper league. Play it out or trade him now?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Medlen to the ‘pen was the common thought, but there’s been nothing definitive on this, but I’d still let things play out.

  40. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:

    Santiago vs CLE
    Lohse vs CHC
    Kendrick @ SD
    Nolasco vs SD
    Porcello vs LAA

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You asked this on my other post & I answered there.. You’re very thorough.

  41. Jake says:
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    Hey Scott,

    For week 13 I need to pick one pitcher; who do you like the best: Ervin Santana, Cole Hamels & Zack Grenike.

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ervin.

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