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Instead of relegating him to bullpen duties, the Cardinals have opted to send Jake Westbrook to the disgraceful list.  In a corresponding move, they’ve called up Carlos Martinez from Triple-A.  As of the time of this writing there’s been no official word, but it appears likely that Martinez will claim Westbrook’s spot in the starting rotation.  That’d make C-Mart the probable starter for Monday, putting him in line for two starts next week.  If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I’ve not been shy about my unhealthy adoration for Martinez.  The 21-year-old is flat out filthy — 4-seamers at 98; 2-seamers with unreal sink at 96; deceptive change in the mid-80s.  If he can shore up his location, he brings as much K-potential as any pitcher in baseball, and that’s not hyperbole.  I listed Martinez as a first tier guy below, even considering the tough match-ups.  If you have a chance to watch him pitch next week, please do.  It’s truly something to behold.  The rest of 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

Zack Greinke (CHC, SD); Cliff Lee (@NYM, @CHC); Hisashi Iwakuma (TEX, @HOU); James Shields (@MIN, @TOR); Justin Verlander (OAK, CLE); Anibal Sanchez (OAK, CLE); C.J. Wilson (@TB, @MIL), Alex Wood (CLE, MIA)

  • Yep.  Do it.

FIRST TIER

Carlos Martinez (@ALT, @PIT); Kyle Lohse (@PIT, LAA); Zack Wheeler (PHI, @WAS); Jonathon Niese (PHI, @WAS); Gerrit Cole (MIL, STL)

  • If you skipped the lede, scroll back to the top and read my thoughts on Carlos Martinez (2% owned in Y! leagues).  Watching him pitch is like a religious experience… Through his last two starts, Jon Niese (37%) has posted 18 K’s while allowing just 2 ER.  He’s beginning to look more like the dude folks paid $5 for back in March, and he draws an easy slate in week 22… Zack Wheeler (43%) and Gerrit Cole (50%) haven’t exactly been the golden gods we dreamed they’d be back in May, but they’ve been pretty damn good nonetheless, and they’re both grossly under-owned.  I can’t imagine sitting either this week… Kyle Lohse (67%) is less available than the others, but shallow-leaguers might be able to snag one.

SECOND TIER

Tyson Ross (@ARI, @LAD); R.A. Dickey (NYY, KC); Jarred Cosart (@CWS, SEA); A.J. Griffin (@DET, TB); Danny Salazar (@ATL, @DET); Felix Doubront (BAL, CWS); Miguel Gonzalez (@BOS, @NYY)

  • Since joining the rotation in late July, Tyson Ross (33%) is whiffing better than a batter-per-inning.  And throughout that 6-start stretch, Ross has allowed more than 2 runs only once.  He’s a borderline first tier guy right now.  Use him this week if you can get your hands him… Danny Salazar (22%) doesn’t have the prettiest schedule in the week ahead, but you can’t go wrong using him if you’re chasing whiffs.  As always, the upside is quite large with him… Jarred Cosart (12%) is bound to regress one of these days (1.60 ERA, 4.45 xFIP), but I’m hopeful he has one more hot week in him.  The start versus Chicago should help keep him rolling, but the Seattle offense has been quietly mashing for a solid month now, so that might be where his luck runs out.  Let’s hope not… The rest of your two-start streamer options for week 22:  Miguel Gonzalez (23%), Felix Doubront (28%), A.J. Griffin (60%).

THIRD TIER

Ross Ohlendorf (MIA, NYM); Kyle Kendrick (@NYM, @CHC); Nathan Eovaldi (@WAS, @ATL); Juan Nicasio (SF, SD); Mike Leake (@STL, @COL); Brandon McCarthy (SD, SF); Travis Blackley (@SEA, MIN); Andre Rienzo (HOU, @BOS)

  • The playoffs are about to begin for some weekly leagues, and I imagine a few of you are desperate.  You’re ready to ditch your integrity and dip into tier three because it’s your only prayer.  The dickhead you’re facing probably has Greinke, Wilson, and Sanchez, and he’s been stashing Wheeler and Cole since he mapped out the playoff week probables last month.  I get it.  Well, desperate guy, I hate to inform you that you’re in big troubs.  But if tier three is your only hope, things could be worse — Ohlendorf, Kendrick, Nicasio, and McCarthy all draw friendly opponents in the week ahead.  Use with caution, but they do provide a glimmer of upside.

DON’T START

Barry Zito (@COL, @ARI); Jake Arrieta (@LAD, PHI); Joe Saunders (TEX, @HOU); Kevin Correia (KC, @TEX); Jeremy Hellickson (LAA, @OAK); Jeremy Guthrie (TB, @TOR)

  • I don’t care how desperate you are.  Don’t go here.

From Around The Web

  1. English says:
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    I’ve watched some short clips of C-Mart and the guy looks the business. Needs to locate a bit better but that’ll surely come.

    I’ve got a trade in the works in a keeper in a rebuild job. Sending Masterson and Hosmer for d’Arnaud, Arenado and Profar. Worth it?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @English: The deal hinges on d’Arnaud’s ability to stay healthy… still, I think it’s worth the risk.

  2. Meanwhile, the Cards aren’t even STARTING C-Mart, much less twice… Lyons goes into the Rotation. Other glaring discrepancies include: Alex Wood, not Maholm, goes Tue/Sun for Atlanta… Cobb goes on Sunday and probably next Friday for TBay, so definitely no deuce… Blackley probably just one as Ogando likely returns a week from Sunday… Pirates have only 24 IP until Cole’s limit, so definitely skipping until Fri or Sat… also 3 or 4 others may not get tossed out there twice (Rienzo–innings limit??) but hey — you did good enough for Meat Loaf. “20 out of 30 ain’t bad!!”

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @axisroto: It’d be nice to work without a deadline & include all of the various updates that pop up on Friday evenings. All of your “probably”s & “likely”s & “innings limit??”s really sound like definitive fact-based details, by the way. I work with the information that’s available to me at the time of the writing and I’m expected to meet deadlines. If you can’t wrap your mind around that process and cut me a little slack, then do us all a favor & don’t read. It’s a free site, guy. Lighten up.

      • @Scott Evans:

        Leave my over the internet friend, Scott, alone!

        Scott for el presidente.

        You do great work, pal. Slack is allowed. I have a crush on C-Mart too. Unhealthy man love attraction. We’ll both be ok. Keep up the good work.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @El Burro: Burro… you da man.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: I wonder if this guy used whiteout on his screen to correct the errors. What an ungrateful dude. Go read bleacher report!

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Who would you compare C-mart to? I’ve been stashing him in my yahoo n/a spot and plan on dropping Cashner to activate C-mart. Would you start him @ATL? The ATL offense doesn’t seem as intimidating without Heyward and some struggling hitters.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Lyon’s is getting the start Monday vs ATL… missed that tidbit yesterday evening. The plan for C-Mart is unclear at the moment, but if he’s starting ballgames, I’d throw him out there versus anybody. The player comp that C-Mart gets most often — and this is very high praise — is Pedro Martinez.

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Martinez has been on my NL-Only roster three or four times already. I made sure to get him back yesterday. I have the best record in the league but will likely be without my two best pitchers in the playoffs. Harvey and Fernandez will probably be shut down by then. I also lost Grilli, W. Rodriguez and Beachy to injuries. I am going to try to win a title relying on guys like Capuano, Eovaldi, Alvarez, Bailey and Gorzelanny.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: buy t.roark, unless you already have him. he’s becoming the WAS long inning man, and i read a blurb a few days back about how he’ll likely get ohlendork’s roster spot. His stats are great. i’m getting him after sun in 16 team land.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @goodfold2: Kay.
        I will consider adding him. I will have to drop a hitter of some sort.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: that could work, or if the worst of your guys you mentioned has benched starts anyway (esp capuano/alvarez) grab him for one of them. Manager at WAS said roark would start at some point this season (said a few days ago).

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Oof. Let’s hope the Cardinals come to their senses & use Martinez in a starting role before long…

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    lyons is the person who has westbroke’s mon start, not carmart. Don’t know about the next one though. They may not have wanted to mess with carmart’s schedule as he was supposed to pitch fri.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @goodfold2: Yes, thanks for the update. Disappointed, but hoping the Cards come to their senses & plug C-Mart in there soon.

  6. Ray says:
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    Alex Wood?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Ray: Wood twice, not Maholm. Thanks.

  7. Chris says:
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    Should Carlos Martinez be owned before Sonny Gray as the last starter on my staff? 10 team H2H points league.

    • chunk says:
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      @Chris: no

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chris: Not until the Cards officially name C-Mart a regular starter… not sure when/if that’s gonna happen.

  8. Moosebiscuit says:
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    Martinez….8 earned in last 10ip

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Moosebiscuit: Not quite an indicative sample…

  9. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Scott, nice write up.

    I’m tempted to start Salazar against the Braves (K’s galore!), but that Detroit start scares the piss out of me!

    Another start that scares me is Sonny Gray @Baltimore tomorrow. I have an IP limit, and I’m on pace to hit it just right, regardless if I start Sonny tomorrow or not. What are your thoughts? With my recent gut bomb starts from Zimmerman and Gio, I’m a getting weary to start any of my guys. I’d like to just drop Zimmerman since he doesn’t bring much to my team in the way of counting stats. My ratios are pretty solid at this point in the season. But obviously I have to hold onto him. Niese is very tempting right now though!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: If you’re chasing counting stats, Gray isn’t a bad play… Niese has gotta be the most attractive in that regard, though, I’ll agree…

  10. Luigi says:
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    Doesn’t Mat Latos start twice?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Luigi: Not unless they skip someone… only 6 games for the Reds next week.

  11. daniel says:
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    Miguel almonte, Clayton Blackburn, matt wisler, Ross stripling. Any way you could do write ups on these guys? Or a quick opinion/breakdown of each. I appreciate it sir.

    • daniel says:
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      @daniel: Also Sean nolin if you don’t mind. Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @daniel: I’ll try to work these names into my MiLB reports over the next few weeks. Thanks for the suggestions… Look for 1 or 2 in my post tomorrow.

      • daniel says:
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        @Scott Evans: perfect. Thank you

  12. Amanda Bynes SEX Butt says:
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    conflicted??? 1st and formost. ESPN makes it to say that C. Martinez is coming only for the Bullpendo …also Ishould pickup Bruce Chen whiles hes on the wire or just go with Nate Eovaldi? ive got to spots

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Amanda Bynes SEX Butt: Yeah, doesn’t appear as if C-Mart will be starting games just yet… I’d go with Eovaldi over Chen.

  13. Heisenberg says:
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    Start Hector Santiago today vs Tex (Darvish)?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Heisenberg: nope

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Heisenberg: Sit

  14. bossmanjunior says:
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    Where would you put Wood? He gets the Indians and Marlins at home next week
    Ive got to think he is borderline tier 1.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Agree. I’d have him in the first tier.

  15. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Don’t think Cosart goes two next week. Don’t they throw a 6-man? He starts Tues.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I had him pegged for Monday, but it looks like you’re right on this one… thanks for the catch.

  16. Gareth says:
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    Hey Scott,

    I have to side with @axisroto on this one.

    He was just being helpful and I thought your response came off as Huffy and Mean Spirited.

    I understand that 2 start posts are works in progress and you have a deadline, but this time of year you should probably start adding Caveats, what with all the innings limits and the impending September roster expansion.

    Oh, and be Nice!!!

  17. Gareth says:
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    I also have no Idea where you got the Cobb 2 start information from. Even before Friday’s updates he was a 1 starter all the way.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Gareth: I keep a schedule matrix that occasionally gets thrown off. Things slip through the cracks. I miss plenty of 2-starters every time I write this post — that’s just the nature of it. Sorry about Cobb. Not sorry for being “huffy and mean spirited.”

  18. gareth says:
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    Sounds like you’re working from the keanu reeves “matrix” sequels. those sucked ass too.

    • PeanutButterJelllyTime says:
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      @gareth: Give the man a break Gar. You know he’s doing the best with what he’s got. IT IS A FREE SITE. No bitching allowed. You’re siding with that other dude? If anyone, I’d hope you of all people you, would give these guys some slack. You use the shit out of this site FOR FREE. I don’t know who you work for or the deadlines you have Gareth, but it’s something you know nothing about. So I’m going to side with Scott here and say you’re both out of line. You said, “be nice”? Seriously? Look at what you wrote, consider what I said, and think about how you’re being. Consider the time and effort these guys take to comment back and to write what they do.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @PeanutButterJelllyTime: Thanks, PBJ… I appreciate you having my back here.

  19. FifthCommentor says:
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    oh no…the list wasn’t perfect! World ending. Seriously, nobody should have to tell you to pick up Alex Wood and start him next week. I appreciate and look forward to this post every week. Use it as a tool to make your own decisions. Thanks for the work you put into this Scott.

    btw…I think wei-yin is in line for two starts next week?

    cheers

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @FifthCommentor: I appreciate the kind words. Thanks for reading.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @FifthCommentor: and yeah, chen is in line for 2 now…

  20. gareth says:
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    Hey fifthcommenter,

    Just pointing out that relying on this post is like a blind man relying on lindsay lohan to escort him around town.

    I was well aware of alex wood from other sources.

    • PeanutButterJelllyTime says:
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      @PeanutButterJelllyTime: @gareth: Relying on you not to be mean is like relying on you to be a decent human. Don’t read the article if you don’t like it. No one is forcing you. Please especially don’t write negative comments. Disappointed Gar. The world is full of negative bad things. Try to brighten it up? We’re talking baseball here.

      • gareth says:
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        @PeanutButterJelllyTime: this site is awesome. Razzball consistently delivers funny and insightful information. If I have offended anyone with my jibes at Scott then I am sorry. I just called the guy out for being defensive when he was critiqued by a poster. My other comments were just a bit of banter. No harm intended.

  21. Jon says:
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    We start 9. Which two you kicking out this week in 5×5 weekly league? Leading by 25 in Ks, can lose 2 pts in saves, 4 in W.

    Fister
    Lynn
    Latos
    Burnett
    Cliff Lee
    Quintana
    Iwakuma
    R Soriano
    Romo
    Koji
    Frieri

    Thank you

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jon: I’d steer clear of Quintana & Lynn.

  22. Dave says:
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    Any chance you would go Charlie Morton over a bottom-level closer this week? already starting two closers (nine spots)

  23. Carlos Martinez....is he starting today??? says:
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    Will he be part of the Two Startapoluzaaaaa like you said he would be?

    Hmmmm?

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