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I think we can all agree that Two-Startapalooza is pretty much mind-blowingly awesome.  But as far as paloozas go, let’s be real:  our weekly two-start feature takes a backseat to Lollapalooza music festival.  Sure, both paloozas have similarities:  each attracts crowds in the hundreds of thousands; each is a celebration of profound creativity; each is best experienced while under the influence of booze and/or mind-expanding chemicals.  It’s close, but I must admit, Lolla’ is a slightly better event than this blog post.  Anyway, I only bring this up because Lollapalooza is happening right now in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront.  I’m there today.  I was there yesterday.  I’ll be there tomorrow.  Needless to say, my comment activity will be sparse during the PM hours this weekend, but I’ll be around in the AM to address your inquiries.

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

MUST START

Mike Minor (@WAS, MIA); Chris Sale (NYY, MIN); Anibal Sanchez (@CLE, @NYY); Justin Verlander (@CLE, @NYY); Clayton Kershaw (@STL, TB); Jeff Locke (MIA, @COL); Hisashi Iwakuma (TOR, MIL); Matt Cain (MIL, BAL); Adam Wainwright (LAD, CHC); Stephen Strasburg (ATL, PHI)

  •  Start ‘em if you got ‘em.

FIRST TIER

John Lackey (@HOU, @KC); Justin Masterson (DET, LAA); James Shields (MIN, BOS)

  • The first tier is a little light this week.  Your only real streamer option from this group is John Lackey (owned in 54% of Y! leagues).  Lackey has been a steady option for months now, offering upside in the whiff department, and (for the most part) avoiding blow up performances.  He gets a sexy week 19 schedule, drawing starts against the Astros and the Royals.  Grab him wherever you can find him in weekly formats.  Masterson and Shields are owned just about everywhere, and they’re borderline must-starts.  I can’t imagine leaving any of these three on the bench this week.

SECOND TIER

Ryan Dempster (@HOU, @KC);  Corey Kluber (DET, LAA); Ricky Nolasco (@STL, TB); Jenrry Mejia (COL, @ARI); Andy Pettitte (@CHW, DET); Kyle Kendrick (CHC, @WAS); Chad Gaudin (MIL, BAL); Joe Kelly (LAD, CHC); Martin Perez (@LAA, @HOU)

  • If you’re scrounging for your two-starters, tier two provides a handful of solid options.  Joe Kelly (4%) has been throwing gas for the Cardinals, sitting in the 94-97 range from his first pitch to his last, and changing speeds with a slider and change, both of which have looked sharp in recent outings.  I’m liking what I’ve seen from Kelly so far.  He appears to have a firm grasp on the 5th spot in that rotation, and I’m excited about his two home starts in the week ahead.  Corey Kluber (30%) would probably find himself in the first tier if it weren’t for the tough match-up versus Detroit.  Still, he’s been steady enough to roll out there regardless of opponent.  Kyle Kendrick (38%) has been up and down all year, but he draws a favorable schedule for his next two — I’m banking on an up week.  Other streamable options worth consideration in week 19:  Jenrry Mejia (8%), Chad Gaudin (15%), Andy Pettitte (38%), Ricky Nolasco (42%), and Ryan Dempster (52%).

THIRD TIER

Edwin Jackson (@PHI, @STL); Jose Quintana (NYY, MIN); Tyler Chatwood (@NYM, PIT); Jeremy Guthrie (MIN, BOS); Jerome Williams (TEX, @CLE); Henderson Alvarez (@PIT, @ATL); Wily Peralta (@SF, @SEA); Kevin Correia (@KC, @CHW); R.A. Dickey (@SEA, OAK); Tyler Thornburg (@SF, @SEA)

  • Digging this deep for upside is usually a bad idea, but there are a few intriguing guys here if you’re desperate.  Henderson Alvarez has been surprisingly good since joining the rotation, but I’m avoiding him this week versus two tough offenses.  Kevin Correia gets a couple cupcake opponents, but he’s been awful away from Target Field, and both starts are on the road.  Finally, it looks like Tyler Thornburg will replace Yovani Gallardo in the Brewers rotation.  Thornburg brings intriguing strikeout potential and he’s done well out the the ‘pen this year, but I’m not ready to trust him as a starter just yet.

DON’T START

Brett Oberholtzer (BOS, TEX); Scott Diamond (@KC, @CHW)

  •  I know you’re looking at Diamond’s juicy match-ups and thinking about using him.  Well, don’t.  That is all.

From Around The Web

  1. LA Sound Guy says:
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    You sure about Jenrry? The Mets have been rollin a 6 man rotation lately trying to limit innings on their blue-chippers.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You’re correct. No two-starters for the Mets this week… Thanks for the catch.

    • Eric says:
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      @LA Sound Guy: Torres is no longer in the rotation so there will be 2starts for the mets this week

  2. jose says:
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    scott who you like more curtis granderson or carl crawford

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Grandy

  3. christorreymusic says:
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    Who would you start in an AL-Only OBP weekly H2H league at SS? I don’t particularly need HR’s vs. SB’s, just who’s the best player?

    Hardy, Aybar, Franklin, Miller

    I own the first three and Miller’s a free agent.

    It has been Franklin for me, but his 0-for-600 with 599 K’s this week is giving me pause.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Aybar

  4. Adam says:
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    Zimmerman or Shelby miller ROS?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Zimmerman

  5. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    With granderson back I need to cut rizzo or Dunn. Dunn right?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, Dunn.

  6. bossmanjunior says:
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    When does Shelby get shut down? Trying to figure out if I need to trade him. Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’ve seen nothing firm on that, but I suspect they will eventually cap him. Probably a good dude to trade…

  7. KCC26 says:
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    Ugh … Don’t know what to do with BJ! Who to dump to activate him? EYJ, Ethier, Danny Salazar (been holding— it’s a deeper mixed keeper, though he most likely won’t be an option). Gotta keep giving upton a chance to not suck right? Thanks!

    • christorreymusic says:
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      @KCC26:

      His name is BJ. Of course he’ll suck.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Ha!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I don’t have much faith in Upton, but you can drop EY to make space, sure.

  8. Shake N Bacon says:
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    No love for Edwin Jackson :( The start against the hot hitting Cardinals will definitely be tough. I guess because both of his games are away, that hurts him too. I kind of like Joe Kelly this week, with how well the Cardinals are hitting. At least his start against the CUbs, The Dodgers are raking right now though.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      EJax had some tier two consideration, but two road starts & one versus STL… I’m not trusting it. Yeah, Joe Kelly could come up big this week…

  9. Ktodd says:
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    Need wins bad. Following guys are available on waivers that I can drop Erasmo for:

    Nova @SD
    Lincecum @TB (terrified of this one)
    Chen @NYM
    Bedard @MIN
    Haren @MIL

    or do i hold Erasmo?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nova

  10. Benny says:
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    Hi Scott – Who’s the Add now that Wilhelmsen is out as closer?

    • JFK says:
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      @Benny:

      Looks like Medina’s the popular pickup.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Medina or Perez … our bullpen expert, Smokey, might have more insight…

  11. JFK says:
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    My pitching has been all over the place this season, but a few recent acquisitions (trading for King Felix, Verlander and Addison Reed) have helped bolster it to the point of respectability… now the task is to solidify it as I try to claw my way into the 6th playoff spot from 8th place in a very tight race.

    SPs: King Felix, Verlander, Iwakuma, Masterson, Lackey, Wheeler, Beachy
    RPs: Johnson, Reed, Brothers
    DL: Crain, Madson

    Potential SPs off the wire include: EJax, Ian Kennedy, Estrada, Cahill, Wandy, Brandon McCarthy, Randall Delgado, Erasmo, Hector Santiago, Cosart, Joe Kelly, Doubront, Gee, Pettite.
    Potential RPs off the wire include: Strop, Putz, Axford, Gregerson, Delabar, Cecil, Rosenthal (pretty much any middle relief/non-closer, really).

    So, there are a lot of not-very-good/pretty-bad options, but based on your notes above and with limited moves for the rest of the season, would you drop Beachy for Kelly or Doubront (or do any of the other SP options stand above those two)?
    I’ve also been holding BJ in a bench spot hoping for a turnaround, but would you drop for an RP as a speculative saves grab or for ERA/WHIP help? If so, who’s the frontrunner?

    Thanks, and keep up the great reads!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m most intrigued by Ian Kennedy as a pickup… he brings biggest upside & new scenery could suit him very well. I’d scoop him over Kelly, Erasmo, Delgado, Doubront…

      • JFK says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Interesting!
        I AM curious to see how he does in Petco, but he obviously won’t get the kind of run support that Kelly will and this season’s been a roller-coaster ride for him.
        I do like Kennedy’s upside, but with limited moves thought I should go w/the safer picks in Kelly and Doubront.

        Definitely gives me more to think about…thanks!

  12. Bryan says:
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    Looking at two trades

    I give Harper/Donaldson…I get Marte and Longoria
    or
    I give Harper/Tulo…I get Segura and Beltre.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      The Marte + Longo deal is better for you… definitely wouldn’t do the bottom trade.

    • JFK says:
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      @Bryan:

      Worried about Harper’s injury risk and a potential shutdown?
      I’d probably hold off on both trades…his recent spate of injuries have been relatively minor, and he’s heating up.

      • Bryan says:
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        @JFK: health and nagging injuries was definitely a concern with Harper…I will prob hold tight and hope Tuloband Harper make it through the season.

  13. wayback joe says:
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    SCOTT,

    Henderson Alvarez, hes been making a good case for SP in my lineup. Is he a mainstay or a streaming option, I also have Braves SP Meija, but he looks to be hurting w/ a bone spur, so Im conflicted on that guy too

    • Scott Evans

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      Too early to say on both… Mejia isn’t a 2-start guy this week, as a commenter brought to my attention, so if you’re looking for someone going twice, go for Alvarez.

  14. JJ says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Looking at my squad, which of my bats would you drop to activate GRANDERSON?
    12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(we keep 10)

    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    SS-H.RAMIREZ
    3B-B.LAWRIE
    OF-J.WERTH
    OF-D.FOWLER
    OF-C.CRISP
    UTIL-JJ HARDY, A.CABRERA
    DL-GRANDERSON, KEMP

    I know that I am overloaded at SS but I cant decide who to drop? Crisp has also been sucking for the last couple of months. L.MARTIN is also available BTW.

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hardy

      • JJ says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Would you deal Hanley straight up for King Felix or EE?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Probably not.

  15. Adam says:
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    Leonis Martin or dex fowler ROS??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Fowler

  16. Adam says:
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    Would u trade Shelby miller for utley ??
    Need a mi
    Thx

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think you can get more for Shelby, but uncertainty about his workload cap makes the Utley deal doable…

  17. Jayson says:
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    Which pitcher would you go with in the upcoming weeks matchup?

    John lackey (Houston & KC)

    Corey Kluber ( Detroit & LAA)

    Andy Pettite (white sox & tigers)

    Since I just heard the news that David wright has been placed on the 15 day DL ill need a 3b which option do you like the best ?

    – Pablo Sandoval

    – Chase Headley

    – Brett Lawrie

    – Nolan Arenado

    – Chris Johnson

    – mike moustakas

    – Martin Prado (3b eligibility)

    Thank you

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Lackey, Headley

  18. Andrew says:
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    Carlos Santana, Stanton, Zimmerman, Strasburg

    or

    Sal Pal, Jo Fer, Gio

    Who do you like ROS? Seems like a no brainer right?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes, no brainer — Santana, Stanton, Zimm, Stras

  19. Wordtoyamama says:
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    Start Peavy vs D-backs??
    Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Start.

  20. slojup says:
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    which side? segura/choo for king felix, cj wilson, a. escobar – 13 tm yahoo roto

    my current lineup:
    c – perez
    1b – fielder
    2b – pedroia
    ss – segura
    of – myers
    of – a. gonzalez
    of – c. davis
    util – a gordon
    util – l. martin
    bench – starlin castro, frazier, choo, fowler

    sp – shelby, scherzer, ryu, gee, moore
    rp – holland, janssen, uehara, bastardo, parker

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      depends on needs… if you need the help in pitching cats, I’d definitely go for it.

  21. Mike says:
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    This week who do you like better – Zack wheeler or Kyle Kendrick?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      In H2H points, I like Kendrick. Weekly cats, I like Wheeler.

      • Mike says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        It’s a 8 team h2h league, I’m trying to make a push for the playoffs- currently sitting at the 5th seed at 8-8, the team at 4th (and last playoff spot) is also 8-8, just hope a few things go my way in the next few weeks or so

  22. WakeNbake says:
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    Milone sent to minors… drop him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’ll be back in the rotation as soon as they need a 5th starter again… two weeks.

  23. Adam says:
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    Romo or Benoit ROS?
    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Romo

  24. Gareth says:
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    Need to bench 3 of these guys for week 19.

    Benoit, Joaquin
    (P) DET Home: 0
    Away: 7 (@CLE,@NYY)

    Melancon, Mark
    (P) PIT Home: 3 (MIA)
    Away: 3 (@COL)

    Burnett, A.J.
    (P) PIT Home: 3 (MIA)
    Away: 3 (@COL Probable Start)

    Fernandez, Jose
    (P) MIA Home: 0
    Away: 6 (@PIT Probable Start,@ATL)

    Gonzalez, Gio
    (P) WAS Home: 6 (ATL Probable Start,PHI)

    Hamels, Cole
    (P) PHI Home: 3 (CHC Probable Start)
    Away: 3 (@WAS)

    Hernandez, Felix
    (P) SEA Home: 6 (TOR Probable Start,MIL)

    Holland, Greg
    (P) KC Home: 7 (MIN,BOS)

    Lynn, Lance
    (P) STL Home: 7 (LAD, CHC Probable Start)

    Teheran, Julio
    (P) ATL Home: 3 (MIA)
    Away: 3 (@WAS Probable Start)

    Bailey, Homer
    (P) CIN Home: 5 (OAK Probable Start,SD)
    Away: 0

    Samardzija, Jeff
    (P) CHC Home: 0
    Away: 6 (@PHI,@ STL Probable Start)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bench Samardz, Bailey… & last ones a coin flip for me… Lynn or Teheran, but both seem like good options

      • gareth says:
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        @Scott Evans: looks like the shark is facing the Phillies now instead. This change things?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Nah

  25. gareth says:
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    The 3 closers need to start btw. I need saves.

  26. Jay says:
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    With Zack Grenike being pushed back to Monday instead of today would he be a two start pitcher?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jay: Yes

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes, he is.

  27. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Updates:

    Grienke is a two-start pitcher
    Hellickson is a two-start pitcher
    Dan Straily is a two-start pitcher
    Dempster is not

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Many thanks, Malamony!

    • You Should Sue Shin-Soo Choo, Shouldn't You? says:
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      @malamoney: thanks, that helped a last second decision.

  28. Alex says:
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    Do you think its suicide to roll the dice with Cosart tonight against the Red Hot Hitting Soxs?

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