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After an exhausting week of every team playing everyday, we come to only a handful. Weekly leagues take note that in week 8, 3 teams:  Detroit, Seattle and Texas only play 5 games.  The week of Memorial Day is also tough for fantasy in New Jersey, because we have to find WIFI friendly hotels at The Jersey Shore.  I’m bringing my laptop to Jenkinson’s since I have a reservation for a bar stool for one.  Baseball is approaching the time where teams that are out of it are saying, “Sorry, fans, but our good players won’t be here and you will have to watch scrubs.”  Houston, KC and Cleveland are the early names that jump out to me as being sellers long before the All-Star Break. Okay, have at the list of week 8 two start hurlers for fantasy baseball:

Anibal Sanchez (Atl vs. Kawakami) (Phi vs. Moyer)
Storms into fantasy on his elephants.  Hasn’t allowed more than 2 ER in 6 starts.  Gets his fair share of K’s to offset the BBs he kills you with. Could be more than a weekly add now. First start looks like a no-brainer, second might be a headache wrapped in a 5 ER sandwich.

Felipe Paulino (@Mil vs. Wolf) (@ Cin vs. Leake)
It’s definitely a small offering when F-Paul is fantasy relevant. I’m hoping, not counting on, that he pitches like he did vs. SD in early May, but would take something in between. Going forward he’ll be in rotation since they’re going to need guys in Houston to pitch. Could be a win and 12K pitcher this week.

Kenshin Kawakami (@ Fla vs. Sanchez) (Pit vs. Maholm)
Has pitched better and deserves to be better than his 0-6 record. Doesn’t give huge depth and his peripherals are garbage. So why you ask is he in the article?  Easy… If Paulino is, Kawakami is. That and he plays Pittsburgh, which makes bad pitchers look okay after a few drinks.

Tom Gorzellanny (LAD vs. Kershaw) (StL vs. Garcia)
Has a chance to be skipped this week. Has been sneaky good to date with an ERA in the 3’s. Add to that that he has SP/RP eligibility and he is good enough for me.  Gotta hope that C-Saw throws 110 pitches by the 5th, and Garcia doesn’t have the atom ball working. Quality add this week if uninjured.

Jeremy Guthrie (Oak vs. Braden) (@Tor vs. Cecil)
Has been sneaky effective for the anemic O’s.  Era under 4, WHIP hovering at 1.08.  Seven starts of under 3 ER allowed.  Looks effective until bullpen craps the bed for him. Could have trouble against Toronto and the HR ball.

Ian Kennedy (@ Col vs. Jimenez) (@SF vs. Lincecum)
Yeah, I know he’s facing 2 of the best SPs in baseball. Just pitched great vs. the Giants, don’t think it happens again. Will be more effective vs. the Rockies. Hard to predict a win in either start, but the ERA and WHIP can help.

Brett Cecil (@ Ana vs. Saunders) ( Bal vs. Guthrie)
Someone has to be the beneficiary of all those HRs that the Blue Jays are hitting.  2 starts with that offense is worth the risk. Won’t absolutely kill you in ERA and WHIP, and will give a 3/1 K/BB rate. My low end fantasy grab of the week.

Paul Maholm (@ Cin vs. Leake) (@ Atl vs. Kawakami)
The proverbial ace of the eye-patched warriors of the Allegheny.  Gives depth for a dismal team, bullpen has been a huge surprise.  Pittsburgh should be in both of these games.  He’s your potential 4.50 ERA pitcher, no K’s and walks too many for fantasy relevance on a normal basis.  Good low end option in a shortened week.

Jamie Moyer (@Nym vs. Dickey) (@ Fla vs. Sanchez)
I think I write that he pitches twice every week. Hard luck loser vs. Cubbies last week. Staggering 30/9 K/BB walk rate to date. Has gone 6+ IP in every start. I don’t know what else to say… Stats speak for themselves at AARP, I also still love the high stirrups.

  1. Rick Dempsey says:

    Its difficult to pick one of these sp’s cause a lot of these pitchers are facing each other.

  2. arussell1983 says:

    how do you all feel about kennedy as an add over latos and ely for an add over the length of the season??

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    Been wondering what you’d say about Paulino all week. Seriously.

    The dude has been a strikeout monster, I’ll give him that. I could see him hitting 15 Ks this week.

  4. Aaron says:

    “Storms into fantasy on his elephants.”
    Love it!

  5. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Smokey, again, I know people hate commenting on shallow leagues, but your opinion would be appreciated here:

    Roto 5×5 weekly league
    Bench one:

    Verlander @ SEA
    Sabathia v CLE
    Price v CHW
    Lester @ TB and @ KC
    Santana @ MIL
    Greinke @ BOS
    Nolasco v ATL

    I’m actually thinking of sitting Santana. (Also, because of the innings cap in this league, having two starts doesn’t automatically make a pitcher a lot more valuable than a one-start pitcher).

  6. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Anyone else feel free to comment on the above as well; thanks.

  7. nyphilsphan says:

    Speaking of SP/RP eligibility, does anyone love Jhoulys Chacin this week? Is he getting a second start against the Dodgers?

  8. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Rick Dempsey: very true, just use the home/ as the tie breaker for guys facing each other.

    @arussell1983: Kennedy over Ely, i would be comfortable with.
    @Terrence Mann: enigma is the best nickle word that i can throw out.
    @Bring Back Pluto: Greinke is my pick out of the lot. He has the worst chance of all the guys for a win.
    @nyphilsphan: getting mixed news that Jimenez will get 2 starts, and Chacin would throw today. I write this 3 days before it gets posted so its tough.

  9. Ozzie says:

    rate this trade:

    Morneau and J Santana for M Kemp

    12 team keeper league, 6 Sp spots, LF, CF, RF.

  10. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Ozzie: morneau side

  11. Fletch says:

    Got to pick 3 out of these 6 to start:

    2 start guys – Cecil, Garland (2 home starts), Guthrie and
    S. Baker (2 home starts)

    1 start guys – Verlander @ Sea, Latos vs. Wash

  12. artie says:

    In a keeper, I take the Kemp side

  13. Tom says:

    Hey Grey

    Wanted your opinion on a trade offer

    i get ian stewart and i give up roy oswalt

    I currently have brian roberts as my 2B

  14. @Tom: I don’t know if Grey’s going to check in here, but keep in mind that Brian Roberts isn’t going to get an AB for at least another two and a half weeks and that even then he’s an injury risk going forward.

  15. Suck My Wieters says:

    According to Yahoo, Kennedy faces Chacin not Jimenez.

  16. Hi Smokey: What are you thoughts on Takahashi going forward? Do you think he stays in the rotation? And, if he does, what kind of value does he have?

    I have him in two leagues: 14 teams and 20, both non-keeper roto. He looks like he strikes out a lot of batters, doesn’t walk many, and he plays his home games in a pitchers’ park. Why aren’t we hearing more about him?

  17. SA16 says:

    What about Harang two starting this week? He faces pittsburgh and houston

  18. BabyBeluga says:

    Thoughts on giving up Lester ($19) and getting back Butler ($11) and Abreu ($12).
    12 team, 6×6 (OPS/holds), 5 keeper.
    Butler and Abreu go in (Dunn moves to outfield and shift out Borbon, and struggling J.Lopez, Hart if he stinks again, or Kubel)

  19. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Tom: its essentially oswalt and roberts for stewart if you think about it
    @Suck My Wieters: Thanks, like i said i write this on thursday and had contradicting reports.
    @Enrique: he is fooling people with delivery, takes first time through league until they figure him out.
    @SA16: Harangatang is poo, he would fit into the category of Maholm in my book.
    @BabyBeluga: i like it of you need the Offense.

  20. @Smokey: Smokey — Your comment about people figuring out Takahashi the second time around makes a lot of sense. Do you think the same thing is true about a guy like Ely? Latos? Chaucin?

    What are some of the signs to look for in order to recognize when a new pitcher is likely to be successful over the course of a season and beyond and when he’s likely to get figured out?

  21. BabyBeluga says:

    Gut check on Weaver today? Going up against St.Louis – hasn’t been fantastic on the road?

    Hard to bench the guy, but any gut feelings for why this may be a trap?

  22. Fletch says:

    @ Smokey – Got to pick 3 out of these 6 to start:

    2 start guys – Cecil, Garland (2 home starts), Guthrie and
    S. Baker (2 home starts)

    1 start guys – Verlander @ Sea, Latos vs. Wash

  23. mc serch says:

    @Aaron: Yeah, that was nice! Grey could have gone one of two ways there: [1] Hannibal/Alps or [2] Hannibal/Silence of the Lambs. Personally, I think he’s holding a Hannibal Lechter ref in reserve. Maybe after a particularly stellar outing in which Sanchez fits Mini Donkey with a Golden Sombrero, Annibal Lechter grins mischieviously to reporters, a hint of saliva glistening at the corner of his mouth and says: “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

  24. mc serch says:

    @Smokey: Sorry Smokey, thought that was Grey…you get the props!!!

  25. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Fletch: Garland Guthrie Verlander

  26. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Enrique: its all about sequence of pitches in reference to his wind up, take Okajima for instance. The guy doesnt look at the plate when he throws, there is no way that a pitching coach hasnt tried to make him change his wind up and he just isnt as successful or is erratic. I think its more success rate of the comfortability of a pitcher and there ability to adapt to change.

  27. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Chris: Tough one, Id take Garcia at Petco. Hill and Young. I would hope Ellsbury figures it out soon as he was a huge investment by many early this year.

  28. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Smokey: How can a guy who’s known for SB’s slide head first with 4 cracked ribs?

  29. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Rick Dempsey: caught up in the moment of the game, and thats what you’re supposed to do going into 2nd or 3rd sliding feet first slows u down. He would have to have been practicing sliding to ensure that he was healthy enough to actually slide on them. I doubt it was his first actual slide on his ribs.

  30. dsimon says:

    FYI- Alfred Simon pulled something near the end of the Nats – O’s game. He came up limping and was grabbing near the top of his left hamstring/bottom of his butt cheek.

    So who’s the logical pickup? Cla Merideth came in and immediately allowed a walkoff HR by Josh Willingham.

  31. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @dsimon: i may be coming out of retirement to close for them. Next choice would be Merideth, Ohman is a guy to watch also.

  32. @Smokey: @Chris: I read that Wainwright was pushed up to give Garcia an extra day of rest, giving him the 2 starts instead I believe.

    Smokey, what do you think of the Masterson and his 3.60 xFIP? He has two against the ChiSox and Yanks, so I don’t care for that second matchup – he looks good going forward though, no?

    RE: Takahashi. He pounded the zone and seemed to have added a couple of ticks on his fastball in his start against the Yanks. He was topping out at 91, rather than the high 80’s he was mostly showing in relief and drawing weak contact. If he keeps the ball down and maintain that effective offspeed, I think he can find some surprising success this season.

  33. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @3FingersBrown: i have been on Masterson all year, he is on a really bad team and he walsk way too many to be fantasy effective.

  34. Mr2Bits says:

    Another game another Bautista homer…dude is carrying me this week!

  35. Chomp Samba says:

    If you had to start 2 of the 5 options below, who would you start this week:

    (1 start) Colby Lewis @ MIN/Slowey
    (1 start) J Weaver (struggling?) vs. SEA/Snell
    (1 start) R Wells vs. LAD/Ely
    (2 starts) Wade Davis vs. BOS/Buchholz; CHW/Danks
    (2 starts) Jhoulys Chacin vs. ARI/Ian Kennedy; LAD/Kershaw

  36. matt thornton or brett myers this week?

  37. brewbaby says:

    @ Smokey: Desperate for Saves looking at possible changing Closer situations…pick 2

    Cla Meredith
    Todd Coffey
    Aaron Heilman
    Brandon League
    Jason Frasor


  38. BabyBeluga says:


    Would you feel the same way if the deal was Jimenez instead of Lester?
    Jimenez ($11) /for Butler and Abreu?

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