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Did you guys see that Clint Eastwood movie, “Trouble with the Curve”?  No? Yeah, me neither.  It got a 52% on RottenTomatoes.com, which is pretty awful, so I think it’s safe to assume we didn’t miss much.  Anyway, I’m thinking the whole flick would’ve gone over better if it had just looped this clip from the Little League World Series over and over again:

Bhahahahahah.  I laugh, but I’m sure my effort wouldn’t have been much better.  Your two-starters are below.

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

MUST START

Jose Fernandez (LAD, COL); David Price (@BAL, NYY); Patrick Corbin (@CIN, @PHI); Francisco Liriano (@SD, @SF); Shelby Miller (@MIL, ATL); Jordan Zimmermann (@CHC, @KC); Ervin Santana (CWS, WAS); Jered Weaver (CLE, @SEA)

  •  Start ‘em if you got ‘em.

FIRST TIER

Tony Cingrani (ARI, MIL); Kris Medlen (@NYM, @STL); Bronson Arroyo (ARI, MIL); Hyun-Jin Ryu (@MIA, BOS); Jorge De La Rosa (@PHI, @MIA); Lance Lynn (@MIL, ATL); Rick Porcello (MIN, @NYM); Ivan Nova (TOR, @TB)

  • With a K/9 at 10.63 to along with a sub-3 ERA, Tony Cingrani (62% owned in Y! leagues), needs to be owned in every format.  There’s talk of Cingrani moving to the bullpen once Johnny Cueto returns, but for as long as he’s starting ballgames, he needs to be in your lineup. … Bronson Arroyo (50%) has been offering a little more excitement in the whiff department lately, posing a 14/0 K/BB over his last two starts.  He’s a nice two-start streamer for week 21, if you can get your hands on him. … Jorge De La Rosa (46%) continues to prove himself as a reliable week-to-week option.  He draws two nice match-ups in the week ahead. … Ivan Nova (46%), too, has been a steady option, and I’m comfortable using him until he proves otherwise. … Rick Porcello (21%) continues to be one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball.  I’m hoping regression works to his favor this week versus two friendly opponents.

SECOND TIER

Tim Lincecum (BOS, PIT); Andrew Cashner (PIT, CHC); Jeff Samardzija (WAS, @SD); Chris Rusin (WAS, @SD); Tyler Thornburg (STL, @CIN); Dan Haren (@CHC, @KC); Jacob Turner (LAD, COL); Dillon Gee (@MIN, DET); A.J. Burnett (@SD, @SF); Mark Buehrle (@NYY, @HOU); Jarrod Parker (SEA, @BAL); Danny Salazar (@LAA, MIN); Jon Lester (@SF, @LAD); Miguel Gonzalez (TB, OAK)

  • With Danny Salazar’s (23%) stuff, there’s upside enough for the first tier, but I’d like to see him do a little more before I place him in the above group permanently. … The Cubbies draw a couple easy match-ups in week 21, and I’m hoping the easier slate will get Samardzija back on track, and at the same time, keep Chris Rusin’s (1%) quietly effective production going. … Dan Haren (66%) has allowed only 4 runs through his last 4 starts, and he’s looking more and more like dude we used to know.  I’m riding this hot streak while it lasts. … Others I’m comfortable with streaming this week:  Jarrod Parker (64%), Andrew Cashner (26%), Miguel Gonzalez (24%), Dillon Gee (21%), Jacob Turner (18%), Mark Buehrle (18%).

THIRD TIER

Ryan Vogelsong (BOS, PIT); Chris Capuano (@MIA, BOS); Randall Delgado (@CIN, @PHI); Esmil Rogers (@NYY, @HOU); Alexi Ogando (HOU, @CWS); John Danks (@KC, TEX)

  • Tier two is heavy with two-start streamers, so I can’t condone dipping into tier three this week.  But if you’re desperate, I suppose someone like Ryan Vogelsong might be tempting.  He draws two home starts, and while the opponents aren’t easy, San Fran has been one of the friendliest ballparks for pitchers this season. … Randall Delgado has been a different pitcher over these past few weeks.  Not long ago, I would’ve been recommending you start Delgado, but now I’m wondering if the 23-year-old righty is beginning to fatigue as he surpasses his 2012 IP total.

DON’T START

Jeff Manship (@PHI, @MIA); Ethan Martin (COL, ARI); Kyle Gibson (NYM, @CLE); Mike Pelfrey (@DET, @CLE); Aaron Harang (@OAK, LAA); Phil Hughes (TOR, @TB); Jordan Lyles (@TEX, TOR)

  • Just don’t.

From Around The Web

  1. Curt says:
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    I wasn’t sure about Cashner for this week……..but with 2 home games and you’re post, I’m gonna roll with him……Thanks!!!!……….I hope.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Curt: I’d roll with him.

  2. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    The Cubs saw that clip and immediately contacted the batter’s agent to start contract negotiations.

  3. Paul r says:
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    Who is more valuable here on out in a 6×6 where k/9 is also a category
    Barely in first so need to make a trade

    Need k/9 W K Era Whip in that order

    Can u rank them in order so I know who to sell

    Ryu Parker cole bailey archer Estrada minor giogonzalez Moore ( no more really ..that’s it!)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Paul r: Moore, Gio, Minor, Bailey, Cole… others

      • dave says:
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        @Scott Evans: I haven’t seen…are they talking about shutting down Ryu?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @dave: I haven’t heard anything definite on that end… I think he’s good to go for the stretch run.

  4. Dem Bums says:
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    Estrada now a two start this coming week? Where would he (with two tough matchups) figure in tha mix?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Dem Bums: Third tier or don’t start

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Dem Bums: Tier 3… I wouldn’t trust him in mixed leagues.

  5. Chris says:
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    Ervin Santana or Chris Archer ROS? 10 team H2H Pts league.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chris: Santana

  6. Bob says:
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    Please rank ROS – Latos, Peavy, Kuroda, Iwakuma.

    Are any or all of these guys a fair trade for Choo? Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Bob: Latos, [huge gap], Iwakuma, Kuroda, Peavy

      Certainly wouldn’t trade Latos for Choo… the others would be ok.

  7. Bryan says:
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    I got offered Chris Sale for my Rosario and Teheren.

    I have Wilson Ramos as a backup catcher

    Thoughts? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Bryan: I’d take Sale for that package

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Start Bud Norris at home VS. Colorado or Straily at home vs Cleveland? Thanks.

  9. Harris says:
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    Would you start Sonny Grey vs Seattle,AJ vs Seattle or Locke @ SF. I’m thinking Grey

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Harris: Definitely Locke. Seattle has been mashing for the past month…

      • Harris says:
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        @Scott Evans: good point. Thanks.

        • Greg says:
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          @Harris: Gotta disagree. Locke has been horrible and Giant’s bats are showing signs of life. I’d roll with Gray.

  10. Oz says:
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    Thoughts on Henry Owens? His numbers this year look really good, any chance we see him called up before 2015?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Oz: Certainly a chance he gets a look next season at some point. He’s really come on over the past two months… not far from the top 50 picture right now, but I’m anxious to see a bigger sample from AA.

  11. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. My trade deadline is tomorrow. I’m in a win now situation. Should I trade darvish soler franklin for jay bruce anibal?

    Btw the other manage had offered me bruce pence anibal chisenhall for longoria soler franklin wheeler. Is this worth considering?

    my team

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss nick franklin
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util shane victorino
    Bn jorge soler
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    Dl desmond jennings

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p chad gaudin
    p garret richards
    bn zack wheeler

    his team
    c tony sanchez
    1b billy butler
    2b martin prado
    3b david freese
    ss eric aybar
    inf lonnie chissenhall
    lf matt joyce
    cf michael broun
    rf jay bruce
    of hunter pence
    util marco scutaro
    bn adam lind

    sp jeff samardzia
    sp derek holland
    sp sp ervin santana
    sp tyler skaggs
    rp craig kimbrel
    rp joakim benoit
    rp luis avalan
    p darren oday
    p bruce rondon
    p anibal sanchez
    bn matt moore

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Ryan: I don’t see how either of those trades put you over the top for this season… I’d hold.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Do u think wheeler franklin soler for bruce might help me out this year? He’s been gunning for those 3.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Ryan: Wheeler’s been great for over a month now… maybe if you’re 5 homers and 15 RBI out of first place, but I doubt that’s the case. Bruce isn’t gonna win you anything.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Scott Evans: thanks good point. Do you see anybody on his team worth pursuing?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              @Ryan: It all depends on your needs… Ervin Santana could be a good buy for the stretch run, but I dunno where you stand in the pitching cats. Don’t force a deal just because you feel like you need to make one.

              • Ryan says:
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                @Scott Evans: Right now my team has been slumping in the RBI department. Nick Franklin hasn’t done much for over a month now. I figure I could possibly move him and soler for a bat that can help there. Would possibly pence be a good target or is there someone better to trade for?

                • Scott Evans

                  Scott Evans says:
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                  @Ryan: I wouldn’t target Pence if you’re chasing RBI.

                  • Ryan says:
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                    @Scott Evans: who would you recommend I target from his team to help with rbis?

                    • Scott Evans

                      Scott Evans says:
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                      @Ryan: I don’t think his team has a lot to offer in the RBI department. Bruce would be okay, but not at the price you listed. I’d look to bolster RBI via free agency if this is the only other team willing to trade with you.

  12. Oz says:
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    Okay, one more question Scott: What about Eddie Butler? I know Col is out of the playoff picture, think there’s a chance he gets called up to start around AS break in 2014? My league is so pitcher heavy so I’m always tryin to get that edge.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Oz: It’s possible, but I doubt it. Seems more like a late-season 2014 arrival… maybe even 2015.

  13. Justin says:
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    Hey Scott Evans which pitcher do you like the best for this upcoming week?

    Esmil Rogers (vs. Yankees & Astros)

    Tyler Thornburg (vs. cardinals & reds)- it said above he’s a two start but on espn he’s not starting this week

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Justin: Yeah, looks like the Brewers are skipping him. I probably wouldn’t start Rogers, even with those nice match-ups.

  14. Field of dreams says:
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    Need to select one out of this bunch to start: Francisco Liriano, Jordan Zimmerman.
    The rest of my starting pitchers are David Price & Matt Harvey- I know this is obvious you wouldn’t sit Matt Harvey, but would you sit him for a two start pitcher like a Jose Fernandez?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Field of dreams: In H2H formats I’d roll with Fernandez over just about anyone.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Field of dreams: in a 2-start week, that is…

  15. Matt P says:
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    Scott !
    16 team h2h dynasty league, I’ve got Pence and Holliday who are in their 30’s so I need to stash an OF or 2 in my minor league team.

    I’ve got Michael Choice but wouldn’t mind picking up a 2nd minor league OF (I’d have to drop Lucas Sims) my options would be Roache, Bryce Brentz, Courtney Hawkins, Jackie Bradley, Urrutia, hold Sims or pick one of these up? Or you got another sleeper OF in the minors for me?

    If none of these, drop Sims for McCullers?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Matt P: Not sure why you’re so eager to drop Sims — he’s coming off his best outing yet as a pro. He’s young & requires extreme patience, so if you don’t have the tolerance to wait till 2015 or 2016, I’d say go for Choice.

  16. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    The Samardzjia starts looks nice on paper…but it’s hard to shut any team down when you have no clue where the ball is going. I was high on him this season…but he just looks awful. I’m staying far far away.

    • Scott Evans

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Certainly fair. I’m hoping he can at least put one dominant outing together with that slate… funny to think he was a must start guy at one point this season.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yep…it’s crazy. He’s gotten so volatile I actually dropped him in both a 14 and 16 team league…just couldn’t take it anymore. In the 16 team league I could have flipped him for Prado about 6 weeks ago…but ya know, I still believed then. The last straw for me was the Philly start. It’s frustrating to watch him look so terrible and clueless on the mound, because he has crazy good stuff.

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Actually, it was about a month ago I got the offer…was after his two blowups to begin July.

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache: @Scott Evans: HIs velocity is dropping, and his contact rate has been at 80% for months (it was sub-75% last season). I dumped him and feel great about it. Next up: Lance Lynn!

  17. Mike says:
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    Need era and whip…I have aj Burnett. Should I start him?

    I’d be starting him over a closer or latos or sale

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Mike: Potentially over a closer, depending on whether or not you need saves… Definitely not over Latos or Sale.

  18. bossmanjunior says:
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    Is Shelby Miller still facing an innings cap? Last I read he was on pace for 185 and they were aiming at 180 for a cap. So doesn’t really seem like he is in danger of getting shut down any time soon.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bossmanjunior: cards have done a fine job of pacing him out & giving him extra rest whenever possible. He should be good for ROS

  19. You Should Sue Shin-Soo Choo, Shouldn't You? says:
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    hey scott,

    as always, these are great posts. rolling with ricky this week in my streamer spot.

    between Nolasco vs BOS or Cobb @ BAL, who would you run out there this week?

    thanks1

  20. Greg says:
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    Just curious…you still think Shelby Miller is a must start….he’s been slowing down lately. What cardinal would you get, joe kelly or Wacha? tx.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Greg: I can’t imagine benching him, so yes. Must start. Go for Kelly

  21. FifthCommentor says:
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    Noticed that it looks like Beachy is in line for two starts now? Was there a game added maybe? Anyway, I obviously liked his single start at the Wright-less New York Mess, but not sure about an @StL start. Thoughts? Tier?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @FifthCommentor: no game added, medlen pitched 3 innings on sat night, so he’s not starting tues. assume he’ll get start on fri, leaving beachy with tue and sun starts.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @FifthCommentor: Beachy would be a tier 2 guy

  22. Mr. Glass says:
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    Would you drop hellickson for nova this week and the ROS

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Mr. Glass: I would.

  23. Di Ro says:
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    What about Chris Tillman’s two starts this week?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Di Ro: Tillman is a solid option, now in line for 2 home starts… Top of tier 2/bottom of tier 1 type guy this week.

  24. ryan singleton says:
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    Jordan Zimmerman must start…more like must go to hell

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