Happy day after Dre Day Kids! Do kids even know who Dr. Dre is? “Ahhhhh do you mean the headphone guy makes music too?” (Shakes head and walks away) I’m listening to “Compton” as we speak and it’s had it’s highs and lows so far, but it’s a first listen so we’ll see. Still Dr. Dre was the soundtrack of my middle school and high school years. No matter where you went in the 18 months following “Chronic 2001″‘s release you were hearing something from that record. I mean unless you were going to a country club or a klan rally. Then again Tiger Woods was probably sneaking porn stars into his Buick while listening to Xxplosive. So maybe it was just klan rallies. Then again again I’ve never been to a klan rally, so I’m uncertain of what goes on. If I’m to guess, I’d assume they listen to nazi punk, but then again again again I’ve never heard nazi punk. But I do know Jello Biafra really wanted them to F off. BOOM! Off track like Carl Lewis, where were we? Oh yeah this week’s theme is Dr. Dre!!! I just want to be clear I’m picking Dre produced projects that fit the quality of the starter not the five best Dre laced joints. That would be Straight Outta Compton, Chronic 2001, Chronic, 100 Miles and Running, No One Can Do it Better, and The Slim Shady LP. Okay so that’s 6 but I couldn’t leave off my favorite Eminem record. So let’s get into the Two Start Pitchers for Week 19.

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Chronic (Aces) – This sort of has to be the ace record right? Straight Out Of Compton is probably a tie, but this album hit mainstream America like a ton of bricks. Even 6th graders like myself wanted White Sox hats and Carhart jackets and such. Who was cooler than Dre and Snoop? Nate Dogg? Yah, maybe Nate Dogg, but that’s because Nate was the coolest, and sadly this “Compton” album misses him. All of these guys are getting rolled out 100%, and I wouldn’t be too worried about Harvey against the Rocks at Metco. He’s a must start each time out even if he’s facing the Space Jam Monsters.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 2 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 1 K%vs LH/RHP Opp 2 K% vs LH/RHP
Zack Greinke vs. Was, vs. Cin .310 (15th) .311 (14th) 21.1% (T-7th) 18.7% (25th)
Madison Bumgarner vs. Hou, vs. Was .317 (T-7th) .303 (T-18th) 22.5% (T-8th) 22.2% (11th)
Chris Sale vs. LAA, vs. CHC .299 (22nd) .313 (T-9th) 18.8% (26th) 22.8% (7th)
Johnny Cueto vs. Det, vs. LAA .327 (6th) .307 (17th) 19.4% (T-18th) 19.5% (17th)
Matt Harvey vs. Col, vs. Pit .345 (1st) .306 (18th) 19.7% (16th) 20.5% (T-10th)

 

DoggyStyle (Good Starts) – This is a very good record, but it’s not an ace level album sorry y’all…. Carlos Martinez is allowing a ton of baserunners over the last month, so I understand why Grey and many others are skeptical about his outlook rest of season. Here’s the thing his matchups this week are tastier than a Chic-Fil-a sandwich and a sweet tea. Roll him!! Couple of surprises in this tier in Rubby de La Rosa, J.A.Happ, and Miguel Gonzalez. Their matchups are all very attractive, you should date them. You know, as long as they’re okay with your toy collection and weekly D&D games.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 2 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 1 K%vs LH/RHP Opp 2 K% vs LH/RHP
Carlos Martinez vs. Pit, vs. Mia .306 (18th) .286 (30th) 20.5% (T-10th) 19.9% (15th)
Hector Santiago @CWS, @KC .274 (30th) .310 (12th) 22% (12th) 14.6% (30th)
Carlos Carrasco vs. NYY, @MIN .330 (4th) .298 (25th) 18.9% (23rd) 20.8% (9th)
Taylor Jungmann @CHC, vs. Phi .299 (24th) .294 (29th) 24.3% (1st) 19.2% (20th)
Dan Haren vs. Mil, @CWS .309 (16th) .305 (T-19th) 20.3% (T-12th) 20.5% (T-10th)
Matt Shoemaker @CWS, @KC .305 (19th) .317 (10th) 20.5% (T-10th) 16% (30th)
Yovani Gallardo @Min, vs. TB .298 (25th) .296 (27th) 20.8% (9th) 22.2% (3rd)
Miguel Gonzalez @Sea, vs. Oak .303 (18th) .297 (23rd) 20.2% (20th) 17% (28th)
Rubby de La Rosa vs. Phi, @Atl .294 (29th) .301 (23rd) 19.2% (20th) 17.1% (28th)
J.A. Happ @STL, @NYM .296 (24th) .286 (25th) 23.4% (T-4th) 23.9% (3rd)

 

The Documentary (I Wish I Could Sit You) – Also not a bad record but at times The Game can be a bit much. This album is mostly good but it got old on me quick back in 2005. Probably all the 50 Cent features, but who knows. I heart Joe Ross. I really do, but here’s the thing he gets two tough games this week, we’ll see what he’s made of. He’s a man that’s tough to sit, so you probably don’t and hope for the best. Chris Rusin is in this tier because I don’t know what to do with him. His matchups are great but he’s way to unstable to be a great start. He’s like the girl making passes at you that you’d love to get weird with, but she’s way too crazy and will burn down your house. Great sex or insurance claim…..The Choice Is Yours!

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 2 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 1 K%vs LH/RHP Opp 2 K% vs LH/RHP
Gio Gonzalez @LAD, @SF .326 (T-4th) .304 (17th) 20.3% (T-18th) 20% (T-21st)
Joe Ross @LAD, @SF .331 (T-2nd) .328 (5th) 20.3% (T-12th) 17.6% (T-26th)
Ian Kennedy vs. Cin, @Col .311 (14th) .345 (1st) 18.7% (25th) 19.7% (16th)
Brett Anderson vs. Was, vs. Cin .303 (T-18th) .313 (T-9th) 22.2% (11th) 19.7% (23rd)
Yordano Ventura vs. Det, vs. LAA .327 (6th) .307 (17th) 19.4% (T-18th) 19.5% (17th)
Chris Rusin @NYM, vs. SD .286 (25th) .283 (T-27th) 23.9% (3rd) 25.1% (1st)

 

The Firm (One Good Start/One Bad Start) – This seemed like a great idea in concept, but in reality….not so much. It has a good song, then a bad song, and so on and so forth. This song is crazy slept on though. I mean seriously “On a weekly, Benz or Mitsubishi/Got the flip phone in the strip zone/satellite dish, 50 inch with the Knicks on/Everyday is real in my life. you live in sitcoms.” DOPE! Severino is a sex machine but let’s slow it down a bit and avoid the Blue Jays start. We still cool Luis? You knock that lineup down and we’re going steady….seriously, promise rings and all.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 2 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 1 K%vs LH/RHP Opp 2 K% vs LH/RHP
Luis Severino @Cle, @Tor .304 (22nd) .331 (T-2nd) 19.1% (21st) 18.8% (24th)
Erasmo Ramirez vs. Atl, @TEX .301 (23rd) .326 (7th) 17.1% (28th) 19.4% (T-18th)
Jonathon Niese vs. Col, vs. Pit .283 (T-27th) .305 (T-15th) 24.2% (2nd) 23.4% (T-4th)
Drew Hutchison vs. Oak, vs. NYY .305 (T-19th) .330 (4th) 17.6% (T-26th) 18.9% (23rd)
Michael Lorenzen @SD, @LAD .295 (28th) .331 (T-2nd) 21.8% (5th) 20.3% (T-12th)

 

The Aftermath (Avoid These Clowns) – Keep Their Heads Ringing, and that’s it. Hands down this was almost as disappointing as Christie McNeal with her top off. She had Banana Boobs. These guys are Banana Boobs. I don’t dislike Jonathan Gray or Matt Boyd in fact I think they both have bright futures. But Boyd’s matchups are a tough hurdle to get over, and I can’t yet trust Gray even in good matchups like these. If you decided to take a chance on Gray this week I could dig it. I know, I know, then why is he here? I just told you I don’t trust him…..Yes I constantly argue with my inner-monologue.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 2 wOBA vs LH/RHP Opp 1 K%vs LH/RHP Opp 2 K% vs LH/RHP
Jonathan Gray @NYM, vs. SD .297 (26th) .295 (28th) 20.3% (T-12th) 21.8% (5th)
Kendall Graveman @Tor, @Bal .331 (T-2nd) .321 (9th) 18.8% (24th) 22.1% (4th)
Matt Boyd @KC, @HOU .310 (12th) .317 (T-7th) 14.6% (30th) 22.5% (T-8th)
Aaron Harang @Ari, @Mil .315 (T-11th) .309 (16th) 21% (16th) 20.3% (T-18th)
David Holmberg @SD, @LAD .283 (T-27th) .326 (T-4th) 25.1% (1st) 20.3% (T-18th)
Tyler Duffey vs. Tex, vs. Cle .326 (7th) .304 (22nd) 19.4% (T-18th) 19.1% (21st)
Vidal Nuno vs. Bal, @Bos .303 (T-18th) .305 (T-15th) 22.3% (10th) 20 (T-21st)

 

 

As always these matchups are subject to change. Starters will come and starters will go, but you can always attract strippers with a bag full of blow. Words to live by gents.

 
  1. Chucky says:
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    Ok to move Hamels from the must start column to the stream column? Ole’ Cole seems to be a bit overmatched in the deep end of the pool (AL). Not crazy about his matchup @ Minny. Options include a start by Monty @ Boston ( no Napoli) or ERod @ Miami ( No DH)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chucky: I’d roll him for that Minny Start. Is no Napoli a good or bad thing LOL!

      • Chucky says:
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        Your right, Im watching Monty v Texas ( Napoli) Poor kid doesn’t know how to throw a strike. Shame. Lefties take time to develop, maybe Ill come back and check him out when he’s 40.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Chucky: Yeah he’s been in the minors forever

  2. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I’m about three spins through “Compton”. It’s growing on me, but the jury is still out. As expected, Kendrick makes a lot of these songs better. Right now, I’m liking “One Shot One Kill”, “Deep Water”, “For The Love of Money” and “Darkside/Gone” the best. Thanks for the article.

    • Grey

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      Agreed, Lamar songs are the best, The Game song is next, the songs or parts of songs where Dre raps, not so good

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: His flow is so awkward. It’s like he decided to deliver his raps like he’s in the ASAP Mob.

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: Yeah…the actual rapping is pretty good (Dre excluded), but the chorus components to a lot of these songs leaves a lot to be desired.

        • Grey

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          I know! Where’s the catchy anthems? I get not wanting to play to people’s expectations, but I’d like something listenable

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Peter Nincompoop: Yeah I’m feeling the second half of the album far more than the first. I like all the Kendrick verses, but I like Kendrick in general. One Shot One Kill, Deep Water, Loose Cannons, Just Another Day, Satisfiction, and Animals. It’s not a bad record but it’s below the Dre standard.

      • Grey

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        The best verse by Dre contains a line stolen from Jay-Z

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: Jay probably wrote it! He supposedly wrote the Watcher on 2001

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            JayWrong? Oh! Jay-Z, yeah, maybe

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: There’s no feeling of cohesion with the album either. Kind of like they put together 16 tracks and just threw them on an album without any thought.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Peter Nincompoop: Yeah it’s more like a compilation than an album.

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: It was supposed to be a compilation/soundtrack, but it doesn’t sound like that either. All of the album’s Dre’s had a hand in had “interludes”, or a common theme, that tied each song to another. Kendrick mimicked that in “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City”. This album doesn’t. It’s trying to hard to establish respect.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Peter Nincompoop: I suppose I bought into Dre’s hyperbole a bit. When someone who’s work I respect so greatly refers to it as his “Final Chapter” and talks about Detox being scrapped because it wasn’t up to his standards I expect the music he does release to be tremendous, and it’s just not. Disappointing.

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    that shit is wack son. kendrick lamar last album was trash

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tehol Beddict: Really? I thought there were a bunch of dope songs.

      • JvanSlyke says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: @Tehol Beddict:

        I love Kendrick but only care for a few songs on To Pimp. I think he sounds way better on Compton. Maybe it’s because my expectations were low but I’m loving it. It’s All On Me, For the Love of Money are great and Kendrick kills Deep Water

        Also, great you give props to The Firm album. Imo it’s terribly underrated. My only complaint was Cormega being removed but anything with both Nas and Az was gold back then.

        • Colton says:
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          @JvanSlyke: I was salty as f**k when Mega wasn’t on there, and they airbrushed Nature’s Beetlejuice head on the cover hahaha. That went hard minus a couple of those Trackmasters Foxy pop fillers, though..

          • JvanSlyke says:
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            @Colton:

            Hahah. I don’t hate Nature but Cormmega especially then was a top 5 mc

            I still play Nature and Nas’s song from Deep cover weekly

            • JvanSlyke says:
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              @JvanSlyke:

              *in too deep

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @JvanSlyke: When the Firm came out it was considered a HUGE flop. It’s just inconsistent.

                • JvanSlyke says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: it was but like Colton was saying, throw out the shit trackmasters songs and it has some really great tracks. Too bad they didn’t throw Foxy out for Nature. Executive Decsion and Desperados are still my shit

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @JvanSlyke: Yeah but Foct was sexy as hell Lol

                    • Colton says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: I just watched that Firm Biz video and was like Damn….I forgot how sexy she was.

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                    @JvanSlyke: If we could scrap “F Somebody Else” and “Hardcore” and replace them with 2 tracks that didn’t make the cut…”La Familia” and “Time;” that’s an undeniable banger of an album.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Colton: Firm Biz was an awful song too

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                      @Colton: @Ralph Lifshitz: @Colton: It was the first single! and yeah, it is trash, but it was commensurate with the crap everyone was putting to the radio at the time trying to get that Puffy audience on top 40. Jay Z had “Sunshine” and “The City is Mine.” as singles for his album that year too, his worst shit ever. Everyone had the corny single, so it can get a pass in the time capsule of that era. In the meantime, while everyone was screwing around with pop crossover, DMX left tire marks on everyone for 4 years until he finally burned out.

  4. Tehol Beddict says:
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    ok, its not that bad. I just pirated it

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: “All in a day’s work” is a banger

      • Grey

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        Check Darkside/Gone

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: Yeah probably has the best verse.

  5. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    On another note I was at the park just now with my kids and a 7 year old fell off the monkey bars and broke his arm. Gruesome shizz

  6. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Utttttttt ohhhhhh right shoulder stiffness for J-Fer!!!

  7. Bob says:
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    Would you deal Felix Hernandez and Hammel to get Degroom and Strasburg? I am kinda worried about the Felix we have seen of late? Is Stras worth taking the chance on?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bob: Yeah I think that’s a solid trade. Better for dynasty or keeper but not awful. I’m high on deGrom and Stras right is an upgrade from Hammel

  8. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Would you move Cueto for Richards and Duda or am I crazy?

    Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TarmanGotHim: If you need to add some power absolutely. I’m not sure how much more value Cueto has than Richards ROS. Cueto’s still better for sure but the move to the AL makes it closer.

  9. True and Correct says:
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    Are you sure C Mart 2 steps ? The kid has throw a lot of innings, and if they want him for the post season…… Wouldn’t be surprised if Wacha doubles.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: He’s listed for two starts. It’s certainly possible, but until I know for sure I’m not going to eliminate him from the list.

  10. Colton says:
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    This Compton album sounds like Kendrick karaoke. Apparently the soundtrack of Compton is basically neo-soul. Best verse imo is Kendrick on Deep Water and the only thing that even sounds like a Dre song is the last track. I miss the freezer full of 40s.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Colton: Hahaha yeah it doesn’t have that same G-Funk feel. I really like Loose Cannons, the Xzibit verse is vintage X and I loved early X so I was happy to hear that. That whole at the speed of life album was my jam.

      • Colton says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Everything Loud Records put out at that time was fire. Even that Cella Dwellas album is a hood classic.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Colton: Yeah Loud had their moment then they signed some whack artists and it all went to shizz.

          I was partial to Rawkus at that point. They had a crazy streak from 1997-2000. There was just a ton of good indie HipHop between 96-2003

          • Colton says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, I think the end of Rawkus was my unplugging point, then I just went back in time to grab all the stuff I missed from 94-97 since piracy entered the mix.

  11. Lex says:
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    The new Compton soundtrack flopped like the Aftermath album….and I noticed something similar of the two..Dre uses unknown artist on most of the albums…on aftermath you got mel-man and others and now on Compton you got King Mez who doesn’t sound like anything special.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lex: He always has a somewhat unknown sidekick. It’s just very unfocused. Mel-Man was all over the Chronic 2001 too though.

      • Lex says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I like Warren G’s Regulate G Funk Era Part 2 that came out the same day I think…it’s just a EP but the beats are cool.

  12. green machine says:
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    Howdy Ralph , in a h2h points weekly lock league which one are you streaming this week?

    Hector Santiago, dan haren , miquel Gonzalez or rubby de la rosa

    Thanks man!

    • green machine says:
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      @green machine:

      Scratch de la rosa off the list someone just added him

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