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Are you familiar with The Legend of Oso Blanco?  It’s the very true story behind Evan Gattis, and it’s a must listen if you haven’t yet heard it.  Even if you have, it’s still worth another run through.  Atlanta sports radio 680 The Fan was on point with this bit, which should have some appeal among us here at Razzball.  Thanks to Deadspin for bringing it to our attention.  Anyway, two-starters… Week 9 features nearly a full-slate of action, so there are a shizzload of them to choose from.  To help guide your two-start perusing, I’ve slapped together our usual tiered worksheet.

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

MUST START

Yu Darvish (@ARI, KC); Stephen Strasburg (BAL, @ATL); Adam Wainwright (@KC, SF); Cliff Lee (@BOS, MIL); Matt Harvey (NYY, @MIA); Madison Bumgarner (@OAK, @STL); Justin Verlander (PIT, @BAL); Hiroki Kuroda (@NYM, BOS); Clay Buchholz (PHI, @NYY); James Shields (STL, @TEX); Chris Sale (CHC, @OAK); Mat Latos (CLE, @PIT); Zack Greinke (LAA, @COL)

  • Lots of no-brainers this week.  Start ‘em all.

FIRST TIER

Jeff Samardzija (@CWS, ARI); Jered Weaver (@LAD, HOU); Gio Gonzalez (BAL, @ATL); Francisco Liriano (@DET, CIN); Alex Cobb (MIA, @CLE); C.J. Wilson (@LAD, HOU); Zach McAllister (@CIN, TB); Trevor Cahill (TEX, @CHC); Jorge De La Rosa (@HOU, LAD)

  • My widely available two-start streamer of the week is Jorge De La Rosa (25% owned in Y! leagues), who’s riding a four-game win streak during which he’s allowed only 6 runs.  De La get’s two nice match-ups next week and I’m definitely using him in weekly formats.  I’m also using Zach McAllister (32%), who’s proving himself to be a steady fantasy option.  Fancisco Liriano (56%) is disappearing from waivers quickly, so act fast.  He’s strung together three fantastic starts to begin his season.  In shallow leagues, you might be able to snag the reliable Trevor Cahill (72%), but the rest of this tier is likely owned.  Everyone here is a solid week 9 option.

SECOND TIER

Jarrod Parker (SF, CWS); Jose Quintana (CHC, @OAK);  Jose Fernandez (@TB, NYM); Ryan Dempster (PHI, @NYY); Ubaldo Jimenez (@CIN, TB); Kevin Gausman (@WAS, DET); Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAA, @COL); Jon Niese (NYY, @MIA); Mike Leake (CLE, @PIT); Paul Maholm (@TOR, WAS); Ian Kennedy (TEX, @CHC)

  • Tier two has more streamable options, and good ones too.  Kevin Gausman (31%) is a sexy two-start streamer, and his stuff looked great in his first start, but he’ll need to keep command of his fastball deeper into ballgames if he’s to be effective in the bigs.  Mike Leake (11%) hasn’t allowed a run for two straight starts, perhaps pitching with a purpose while Tony Cingrani threatens to seize the fifth spot in the Cincinnati rotation.  Quintana (14%), Jimenez (24%), Parker (39%), Fernandez (49%), and Niese (53%) are available, and useful options.  The rest of this group is likely owned.

THIRD TIER

Dan Straily (SF, CWS); Kevin Correia (@MIL, SEA); Ervin Santana (STL, @TEX); Jeremy Hellickson (MIA, @CLE); Brandon Morrow (ATL, @SD); Jason Hammel (@WAS, DET); Mark Buehrle (ATL, @SD); Aaron Harang (SD, @MIN); Jordan Lyles (COL, @LAA); Tyler Lyons (@KC, SF); Tyler Cloyd (@BOS, MIL); Bud Norris (COL, @LAA); Edwin Jackson (@CWS, ARI); Kevin Slowey (@TB, NYM); Jhoulys Chacin (@HOU, LAD); Tim Hudson (@TOR, WAS)

  • This group carries quite plenty of risk, but there’s reason to be optimistic about a few of these guys.  Bud Norris could be a sneaky play in deep leagues — he gets one at home and one away next week.  Norris has been great in home starts this year, and his away start next weekend comes against the Angels, who he’s already shut down twice.  Dan Straily showed his best command since early April in his last outing.  Perhaps he’s turned a corner, but I’m still not trusting him.  Outside of very deep formats and AL/NL-Only, I’d avoid this group.

DON’T START

Brandon Maurer (SD, @MIN); Phil Hughes (@NYM, BOS); Scott Diamond (@MIL, SEA); Rick Porcello (PIT, @BAL); Wily Peralta (MIN, @PHI); Edinson Volquez (@SEA, TOR); Jeanmar Gomez (@DET, CIN)

  1. gareth says:
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    Cobbs not a two starter. They switched the sunday start at the yankees with odorizzi going monday at the marlins. So now odorizzi is a 2 starter instead. Sucks for me as I have cobb.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks for the update! Sucks for me as I have Odorizzi locked in a weekly lineup right now…

  2. gareth says:
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    I am second in my league. Amazingly only ONE of my starters goes twice this week (its a weekly cbs roto).

    The guy in first has basically his entire staff going twice. Harvey, bucholz, fernandez, gausman, AND he picked up quintana.

    I have guys like aj burnett, cobb, homer Bailey, felix hernandez, gallardo and lynn going once.

    Am I at a disadvantage with my competitor basically doubling his options for this week?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      In roto that’s not killer… the extra starts only serve to benefit counting cats like W’s & K’s…

      • gareth says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks scott. Hopefully he gets some bad starts to inflate his era.

  3. gareth says:
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    Do I fight fire with fire and pick up guys available on the wire?

    I would drop parnell and either weeks or frieri for cahill and strailly.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Cahill is a good add, but I wouldn’t drop active closers for him…

  4. gareth says:
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    Context:

    The categories I am behind in are: wins, era, whip.

    I am particularly struggling in the wins category.

    I am first in strikeouts.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d be very cautious about streaming then.

  5. C.O.C. says:
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    So is it possble Price can come back and take Odorizzi’s 2nd start?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Haven’t heard much news on this… can’t rule it out…

  6. Joey belle says:
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    Which of kennedys 2 starts is better, neither seem like great options.

    • Scott Evans

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      At Cubs

  7. Joe says:
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    Gareth. Ugh.

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    Responded about that trade on the power rankings thread man if you wanna check it out. In short yeah Butler would likely be clogging (literally) up my Util.

    Im just not a big fan of Andrus after I had him last year and he was very yawnstipating, do like Rizzo a lot though. Hold pat?

    First game owning C Davis, 3/4 with a walk and a jack…that is how to repay your owner! I could see him going 40/100 this year, he seems totally legit and that Oriole offense is scary right now.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I don’t think you need to make that move… Sweet about Davis, huh?

  9. Ryan says:
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    Would u stream AJ griffin today at Houston?
    Thx

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Good play.

  10. MattW says:
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    Would you really consider Liriano top tier when he’s facing DET and CIN? Neither seem like good starts, and SON agrees

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Tough match-ups indeed, but I can’t justify sitting him after first 3 starts. With Liriano, things can change direction in a hurry, but right now, he’s pitching as well as anybody…

  11. Bryan says:
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    Greinke a must start vs a red hot Angels lineup & @ COL?? Really?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      One bad outing and you’re jumping ship? Such a big draft investment shouldn’t be on your bench.

      • Bryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: nothing to do with last outing for me, nor am I jumping ship. Just hard to start any SP vs those two matchups.

  12. Frank White says:
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    Morning brotha!! Hey I was the one yesterday asking about the pitching prospects and you told me to go for Wheeler.. Well I have no more player adds left this week so I have to wait till Monday. I really hope nobody grabs him but just in case, do you think Trevor Bauer is another good pickup?? 10 team h2h points mixed.. I’m looking for a long term diamond in the ruff… Lol, who isn’t right! I trust any recommendations.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Go for Wheeler first. Trevor Bauer & Gerrit Cole are the next couple guys to target…

      • Frank White says:
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        OMG… 10 min ago someone just grabbed Wheeler!!! I’m so pissed! Is he worth grabbing in a double trade or something or just leave it?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          just leave it…

  13. daniel says:
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    Would you rather have 5 years of Bundy and Fernandez, or 2 years of Kershaw in a deep h2h dynasty? Currently sitting in 2nd out of 20, but I lack some punch at the top of my rotation. Adding Kershaw would make me a strong contender this season. Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Kershaw. Especially if it puts you in contention for this season.

      • daniel says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks for the quick response. I’m just having a hard time giving up 2 potential aces. How much separation do you see between Kershaw and Fernandez for this season and next?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Considerable separation. And that’s not knock on Jo-Fer — Kershaw is probably the top pitcher in the game for next few seasons . Kicker in this one is Bundy… elbow issues are concerning.

          • daniel says:
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            @Scott Evans: Yea Bundy’s elbow issue is one of the reasons I’ve looked into a move like this. I don’t necessarily see it as a long term issue tho. With the success rate of Tommy John surgery as high as it is, I think we will just have to wait an extra year before he’s producing at a high level. It’s shoulder issues that should raise a big red flag. Labarum surgery has a much lower success rate. As always, I appreciate the insight.

            • daniel says:
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              @daniel: labrum.. auto correct went to labarum. Don’t even know what that is.. lol

  14. Chris says:
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    Hey Scott, would you do this deal? 16-team dynasty league, give up Iwakuma get Brett Anderson, Tyler Cloyd, Brandon Maurer?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d hold Iwakuma.

  15. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Haha

    “It was the type of thing Yunel Escobar never would’ve done”

    Funny stuff! Thanks for the link.

    I’ve been tempted by Jorge De La Rosa for a little while. Those are some nice matchups. This may be the week I pick him up.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Great week to grab De La if you can get him.

  16. Chris says:
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    Which offer do like best for me if I’m giving up Wainwright:
    1) straight up for Bautista
    2) straight up for Beltre
    3) Tulo for Wainwright & Rollins

    Keeping in mind every almost every offensive and pitching category is in play.
    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

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      Hold Waino on all three

  17. Wake Up says:
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    Oso Blanco!

    Hadn’t heard that yet. Nice!

    Hope he makes the AS team.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      That’d be awesome

  18. NotDonMattingly says:
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    A fella in my leage wants Pence and J Weaver for Machado and Willhelmsen.

    Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    Any more news on Wacha? The Cards must need to make a long term move soon surely with an opening appearing.

    Or would they even consider C-Mart or Rosie (hopefully) joining the rotation.

    Btw finally chosen my new teams. Dodgers and your Cards!

    Wanted an AL and NL but apart from Detroit theres none I like. Dodgers because I loved visiting LA and so want a team to watch and root for when I go back when im older (with kids hopefully). Also Cards because its a brilliantly run organisation with players I like and a team that seems fun to support. Plus I needed one non-west coast team so I dont have to wait till 3am for games to start over here! Ha…

    • Scott Evans

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      With Westbrook coming back, I think their plan is to wait ’til Gast scuffles before summoning Wacha. That will also allow the Cards to delay his clock… this is speculation, of course — I’ve heard nothing new.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Good on you for choosing STL! And Martinez is more of a possibility to be stretched out for starting duties this season than Rosenthal is … I don’t think the Cards need to explore that route just yet, though…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy:
      Looking at Rosies numbers, 35Ks in 23IP with just 6 BBs..,man that is nasty. Think I need to be adding him in non- keepers just for his ratios.

      As for my keeper, just hope he has a significant role be it closer or starter for next year when I promote him.

  20. it's Ticking... says:
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    MR. Scott,

    so I traded Sale for Tillman and Y. Galardo. This thought process being that I recntly picked up McCarthy and Gausman with Beachey off the DL in about 3 – 4 weeks at least. Your thoughts on this?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not bad value for Sale… Gallardo will heat up here soon. Good additions from waivers in B-Mac & Gausman…

  21. Tdk721 says:
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    Would you drop Miley for Gausman?

    My other starters, if that is a factor, are Darvish, Greinke,Minor, Holland, Corbin, J.Fernandez, Wheeler.

    Awesome work on this site as always!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, Gausman has a sexier upside than Miley.

  22. Ryan741 says:
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    Scott, what do you see from Jose Fernandez and Gausman ROS? Who would you prefer between the 2?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think both will be useful for ROS, but Gausman over Fernandez due to W’s

  23. Mariner Mike says:
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    Do you like a Harvey and Hernandez for Bautista? Have Kershaw,Ryu,Corbin,Samarja,Gausman,and a Stashed Wheeler also Sherzer but my offense really needs help what to do what to do???

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Mariner Mike: if thats Felix then no way. Youre giving up 2 studs for just 1 in return. Why not just do Felix for Bats…or try Harvey?

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @TheNewGuy: sorry meant david hernandez of az. reliever.

        • Mariner Mike says:
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          @Mariner Mike: Would Harvey for Joey Bats be fair?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            I like the Bautista end of the original Harvey + Hernandez deal… obviously just Harvey for Bats would be even better…

  24. BigDog says:
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    I thought Strasburg was going on Sunday against Philly? Do you know something I don’t? Going against him in Head to Head this week and would love for his start to get bumped.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nah, Strasburg goes Tomorrow … sorry for the oversight.

  25. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Braun Moreland for longoria gattis morse. Do I consider this trade?
    Btw the Braun owner prefers aoki. I think I can get him to throw in either Cobb or Minor. What should I do?

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

    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 joe blamton
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Braun side slightly more…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: do u know which sp to take?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I’d go with Minor

  26. malamoney says:
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    H2H points league. I need pitching. Thinking of offering Marte for Scherzer. Who else do I need to add to try and make this a fair deal. He is pretty weak in the outfield and just lost Granderson (again).

    Other players I could consider adding:

    Morrow, Teheran, Arenado or Gerrit Cole

    Other pitchers he has that might interest me: Gio and Ian Kennedy

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can float any of those other 4 guys you’re considering in a package w/ Marte… If I were the other owner, though, I’d still hold.

  27. Gareth says:
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    Who to Sit out of these guys for Week 9? 3 have to be benched in my Weekly CBS League.

    Starters:

    Bailey: @ CLE
    Cobb: @ CLE
    Felix: @ PADRES
    Gio Gonz: BAL, @ ATL
    Lynn: KC
    Gallardo: @ PHI
    Burnett: DET

    Relievers:
    Frieri: @ LAD, HOU
    Parnell: NYY, @MIA
    G. Holland: @ STL, @ TEX
    Betancourt: LAD, @ HOU
    Street: @ SEA, TOR

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bailey, Parnell & Holland

  28. TheNewGuy says:
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    Guy’s selling off in my keeper league (already).

    He’s after Bauer and Profar off my farm, im more than willing to trade them if I get pieces I need for this year. I really need another big arm so want Gio off him (Cain 2nd choice) and a closer in Mujica.

    Would a Profar for Gio and Mujica deal be nuts, or would I have to include Bauer too to (stutterer!) get it done?

    All contract values so Gio is currently $15 and would cost more to keep (well you know the score by now), whereas Profar and Bauer would both start at $0 when they are promoted to start next year (more than likely). So question is just how much value these top prospect kids have, and how much I could get for them now.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      That’d be quite a deal to pull off, snagging big arm plus a solid closer for Profar… Gotta go for it if it puts you in position to win your league this year.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Any problem dealing Bauer too if thats what it takes?

  29. Mariner Mike says:
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    Want Bautista would trading Butler and Harvey be a fair deal or do I need to offer more. Guy will make a deal if it’s right.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Butler + Harvey is quite a bit to offer for just Bautista in return.

  30. bash says:
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    Odorizzi or niese this week for 2 starts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Odorizzi

  31. Anal Herschiser says:
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    Who are the best 3 options out of Ryu, Gausman, Quintana, Parker and Odorizzi for this week? Thanks Scott!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ryu, Gausman, Quintana

  32. Jaxel says:
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    Clay Buchholz just got scratched from Monday.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  33. Oz says:
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    H2h points league, daily lineups. Can only start 5 tmrw (3 are decided.) Between the following 3, who to start? Cloyd @ Boston, Perez @ Arizona, Odorzzi vs Miami. Leaning towards Perez and Odorzzi… (I’m starting Wainwright, Samardiza, Straily. They are @KC @CWS, vs SF respectively.) Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d go for Perez & Odorizzi

  34. RevClyburn says:
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    I need pitchers bad, I know, I have Samardazija, Cashner, Lohse, Teheran, Lincecum, Garza, Nolasco. Tillman. Mujica, Romo, and Melecon.

    I would like to make a offer for Scherzer, but his owner has Tulo, was thinking of offering him Zobrist, as I have Kipnis and Segura, who can hold down the SS and 2nd base positions for me. Scherzwer’s owner is in last place and could use a 2nd baseman and a ss when Tulo isn’t playing. Should I make this offer and is it a good offer?

    10 team h2h

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