They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team, they’re heroes in the half shell and they’re green. When the Evil Shredder attacks these turtle boys don’t…. Oops sorry I got lost for a minute in quite possibly the greatest theme song of my childhood. Say what you will G.I. Joe fans, and followers of He-Man but the Turtles were killing the game back in the early 90’s. Maybe you’re not familiar with a little ditty called “Ninja Rap” by the God emcee Rakim Vanilla Ice! Is it bad that after watching that video I’m reminded that Ice was 100 times more legit hip-hop than Drake or Meek Mill? Seriously some solid scratches in the intro there. But that’s all besides the point, today’s post is dedicated to those down with the Turtle Power since Day One. Welcome to the sewer…Riggidy Raow! Oh snap who invited Das Efx? Sorry guys you disappeared faster than Chris Shelton’s short lived power surge. Go back down that man-hole cover. Now back to the lecture at hand, this week the tiers are all about the Turtles boi! Oh yeah and two start pitchers, because anyone reading this is in one of two positions. A. You’re in the playoffs, don’t have a bye and are loading up on the double dippers. or B. You’re making that last push to make the playoffs or lockdown that all important bye. Doesn’t matter what type of league you’re in this time of year, even roto players like myself are looking to stream and load up on starters to reach our limits after being patient boys and girls all year. So this is for y’all. Two Start Pitchers, Week 21!

 

Leonardo (Aces) – He was the official/unofficial leader of the turtles. He’s my son’s favorite turtle and that kid knows his turtles. Seriously….. this took me all X-mas eve night, and a 5th of JD. Let’s be real, he’s got the blue mask, the giant samurai swords, and the confidence of a giant rat. Need I say more? Only surprise here might be the appearance of one Mr. Strasburg. Quite frankly he has the best matchups of the week. If he falls flat I don’t care. I own him nowhere.

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
Jake Arrieta @SF, @LAD .324 (T-4th) .331 (2nd) 18.3% (26th) 20.1% (T-15th)
Stephen Strasburg vs. SD, vs. MIA .298 (26th) .292 (30th) 21.6% (6th) 19.4% (20th)
Jacob deGrom @PHI, vs. BOS .296 (29th) .315 (12th) 19.6% (T-17th) 16.8% (29th)

 

Michelangelo (Good Starts) – This is my favorite Ninja Turtle but once again my son is a Ninja Turtle expert, I trust his advice when it comes to ranking turtles. He trust my advice when it comes to his fantasy baseball teams. It’s an even trade off…. I’m not sure how Harvey being skipped effects Thor or deGrom, or if wither see two starts, I don’t know. They’re included and I like but don’t love Thor like I usually do. The Red Sox are on fire of late. Ummmm too late dudes!….. Dallas Keuchel gets a rough matchup in the Bronx early and a sneaky tough lineup on LHP in Minny, let’s see how he does…. What say you Corey Kluber?….. Lester, Shark, and Shields are the meat in a disappointment sandwich…..Corbin, Montgomery, and Ray all have very good matchups so they’re bringing up the rear like Vida Guerra when people wonder what happened to her….

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
Noah Syndergaard @PHI, vs. BOS .296 (29th) .315 (12th) 19.6% (T-17th) 16.8% (29th)
Dallas Keuchel @NYY, @MIN .336 (3rd) .310 (T-12th) 18.6% (26th) 19.9% (21st)
Corey Kluber @CHC, vs. LAA .308 (T-17th) .307 (19th) 24% (2nd) 19.6% (T-17th)
Lance Lynn @ARI, @SF .317 (10th) .324 (T-4th) 20.9% (T-8th) 18.3% (26th)
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. OAK, @CWS .305 (T-22nd) .306 (T-20th) 17.9% (27th) 20.5% (T-12th)
Jon Lester vs. CLE, @LAD .309 (T-15th) .326 (6th) 18.8% (T-24th) 20.6% (20th)
James Shields @WAS, @PHI .310 (16th) .296 (29th) 21.3% (7th) 19.6% (T-17th)
Jeff Samardzija vs. BOS, vs. SEA .315 (12th) .306 (T-20th) 16.8% (29th) 21.8% (5th)
Patrick Corbin vs. STL, vs. OAK .299 (22nd) .297 (23rd) 22.7% (T-6th) 17.1% (28th)
Mike Montgomery vs. OAK, @CWS .297 (23rd) .274 (30th) 17.1% (28th) 21.6% (12th)
Robbie Ray vs. STL, vs. OAK .299 (22nd) .297 (23rd) 22.7% (T-6th) 17.1% (28th)

 

Raphael (Why Can’t I Sit You) – Raphie is a tough one to figure. One minute he’s brass and cocky and I can dig that, the next he’s all emtional and jealous. Didn’t you ever listen to Fat Joe back in the day Raphie? Jealous Ones Still Envy. You know? Jigga said it best “Don’t be jealous that’s a female trait/don’t be mad because you move bags and he push weight”… Wow new age Jay-Z would never be so sexist. Ohhhh the 90’s such a simple time….. Julio Teheran has BRUTAL matchups this week. He’s actually been pretty alright the last month plus, this week should be ugly…. Derek Holland is here because he just came back and I don’t think he can be fully trusted….as…of..yet…

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
Mark Buehrle @TEX, vs. DET .309 (T-15th) .348 (2nd) 22.5% (8th) 22.1% (9th)
Jaime Garcia @ARI, @SF .317 (10th) .324 (T-4th) 20.9% (T-8th) 18.3% (26th)
Julio Teheran vs. COL, vs. NYY .337 (1st) .323 (6th) 20.4% (14th) 19.2% (21st)
Ubaldo Jimenez @KC, @TEX .319 (9th) .321 (T-7th) 15.7% (30th) 19.1% (T-22nd)
Derek Holland vs. TOR, vs. BAL .328 (3rd) .321 (T-7th) 19.1% (T-22nd) 22.2% (3rd)

 

Donatello (One Good/One Bad) – So Donnie is the perfect one good, one bad turtle. He wasn’t a bitch like Raphie (good), but he was crazy boring (bad). Plus he wore purple and that can go both ways (literally…) for example prince is cool he wore purple, but so did Barney the Dinosaur and that was a woman playing a boy dino Cust Kayin. This tier is huge this week, but there seem to be a lot of guys with one good matchup and one bad. What can I say?

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
Jose Quintana vs. BOS, vs. SEA .332 (4th) .306 (T-20th) 18.8% (24th) 21.2%(15th)
Alex Wood @CIN, vs. CHC .323 (8th) .308 (18th) 19.6% (22nd) 24.4% (1st)
Nathan Eovaldi vs. HOU, @ATL .316 (11th) .299 (25th) 24.2% (1st) 17.5% (28th)
Nathan Karns vs. MIN, vs. KC .302 (24th) .319 (9th) 20.9% (T-8th) 15.7% (30th)
Charlie Morton @MIA, vs. COL .292 (30th) .337 (1st) 19.4% (20th) 20.4% (14th)
Miguel Gonzalez @KC, @TEX .309 (T-15th) .309 (T-15th) 15.1% (30th) 22.5% (8th)
Ervin Santana @TB, vs. HOU .297 (T-27th) .316 (11th) 22% (4th) 24.2% (1st)
Tom Koehler vs. PIT, @WAS .313 (13th) .310 (T-15th) 20.6% (11th) 21.3% (7th)
Alfredo Simon vs. LAA, @TOR .307 (19th) .328 (3rd) 19.6% (T-17th) 19.1% (T-22nd)
Jorge De La Rosa @ATL, @PIT .284 (27th) .310 (T-10th) 20.9% (17th) 22.7% (T-6th)
Wily Peralta @CLE, vs. CIN .312 (14th) .305 (T-22nd) 19% (25th) 19.5% (19th)
J.A. Happ @MIA, vs. COL .326 (T-7th) .281 (T-28th) 21.5% (14th) 23.9% (3rd)
John Lamb vs. LAD, @MIL .326 (T-7th) .281 (T-28th) 20.6% (20th) 20.8% (T-18th)
Jeremy Guthrie vs. BAL, @TB .321 (T-7th) .297 (T-27th) 22.2% (3rd) 22% (4th)

 

Michael Bay’s Abomination (Don’t just Don’t) – I refuse to let my son know this movie exists. 1987 cartoon, early 90’s movie or bust. The new Nick cartoon is passable.

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
Jered Weaver @DET, @CLE .324 (T-4th) .310 (T-15th) 20.1% (T-15th) 19% (25th)
Danny Duffy vs. BAL, @TB .315 (10th) .328 (5th) 21.7% (T-10th) 21.6% (13th)
Joe Kelly @CWS, @NYM .306 (T-20th) .297 (T-27th) 20.5% (T-12th) 20.8% (10th)
Matt Cain vs. CHC, vs. STL .308 (T-17th) .312 (14th) 24% (2nd) 19.1% (T-22nd)
Keyvius Sampson vs. DET, @MIL .324 (T-4th) .308 (T-17th) 20.1% (T-15th) 20.5% (T-12th)
Brad Hand vs. PIT, @WAS .313 (13th) .310 (T-15th) 20.6%(11th) 21.3% (7th)
Adam Morgan vs. NYM, vs. SD .286 (26th) .289 (25th) 24.2% (2nd) 23.8% (4th)
Felix Doubront @SEA, @ARI .306 (20th) .316 (9th) 21.2% (15th) 21.1% (16th)

 

As always Shredder and The Foot Clan could bring the drama to these cats and make ish get real. Maybe they get skipper, maybe they get captured, maybe April O’Neil is looking real foxy in her yellow jump suit and they get busy in the turtle van these things happen. Then again these guys are lead by a mutant ninja master rat so it’s all relative.

 

 
  1. PED Inc. says:
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    Thanks Ralph, good stuff as always! What’s your thoughts on Fiers ROS? Dominant last night and if I remember didn’t he finish very strong last season?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PED Inc.: I like Fiers depending on the matchup. It also depends on the formats. He’s a streamer in RCL’s but a good back of the rotation option in h2h categories or points leagues.

      • PED Inc. says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks bud, in a H2H points league would you roster him over any of these guys?
        Corbin
        Pineda
        Severino

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @PED Inc.: Corbin in a lot of weeks but not next week. Obviously Pineda should be back next week.

          • Gareth says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I streamed his last night. Was thinking about keeping him, but he faces the Yankees at Yankee stadium next. Not only that – some guys after pitching a no hitter are a little off in the next start. I’m avoiding.

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              @Gareth: Yeah I avoid most starters against the Yankees at home. Blue Jays, Yankees, Rockies (@home or vs RHP), Giants, and Dodgers I will never stream against. Red Sox at the moment too. The kids are hitting.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: I saw that fiers had a “stain” on his glove. I wouldn’t own him. They be watching him like a hawk now. And before you be jumping to any conclusions known i could care less

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                  @J-FOH: Good input Mr. Foh

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: hahahaha…good answer Ralph. I kinda want the Dodgers to lose…punish them for not calling up Seager and jerking Guerrero around….and still employing Mattingly

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                      @J-FOH: Yeah I don’t get any of it

  2. The Iron Horse says:
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    That my friend was a work of art!!! Combining Ninja Turtles and the rap game and a Prince reference. Amazing!!! And I too refuse to let my kids watch Michael Bay’s abomination!!! How can you mess up the Ninja Turtles!!! Anyway keep up the great and entertaining work. Do you see Wade Miley having any value ROS or stay clear? He’s been decent lately. Thanks again

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Iron Horse: Thanks for reading my man. Yeah those turtles are creepy!

      Miley at this point is a matchup guy. Look at the wOBA vs LHP for his opponent and where they rank would determine how startable he is. I liked him pre-season.

  3. The Iron Horse says:
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    One more quick question. What are your thoughts on Medlen moving into the rotation?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Iron Horse: he’s a guy who’s worth a flier in deep leagues where starting pitching is important

  4. Oranje says:
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    Two start Garcia or one start Liriano? I can start both but would lose one RP because of bench cap. If I choose to start Garcia, then I start Perkins and hope that he pitches. My other SPs are Arrieta, Greinke, Hamels, Kluber, Lester. And my two RPs are Giles and KRod. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: I say go Garcia over Liriano and Perkins.

  5. Gareth says:
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    Time to move on from Duda with his ailing back?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gareth: Yes at this point everything is fluid. Only reason to hold would be deeper keepers where you can hold 20+ players

  6. AI says:
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    Nice list, however I think you’re overlooking a key factor when it comes to opponents and more specifically, the Rockies. The Rockies have huge home/away splits and are honestly hot garbage outside of Coors.

    I’d consider Morton at least a tier higher next week, as he’s been hot and has two plus matchups (@Mia and Col at PNC)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @AI: Sure but I thought everyone knew that. They’re actually hot garbage against everything but righties. Home/Road splits are bad but so are the R/L splits.

      There’s two reasons I leave out home/road splits. Almost everyone is better at home. Second road games have a huge variance depending upon the home opposition’s park.

      I also only have so much space on the page. I like to look at home/road splits for pitchers and opposing lineups. As well as the era/FIP/xFIP split over the pitchers previous 5-7 starts.

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      @AI: On Morton I still don’t trust that Rockies start. The tier above is for more than likely universally owned players that are a gut call. They’re matchups you may avoid depending upon your scoring and situation. If anything he’d be a tail on the good start tier. But would you take him above any of the 9 guys listed ahead of him?

      • AI says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I definitely hear ya…..this weekly article already provides a lot of value as is and I always use it / appreciate your work.

        I’d personally take him over Buerhle, Ubaldo, Holland (based on matchups and inconsistency)…. and Wood (has been just straight awful).

        Morton’s curve has been on over his last four starts, which is biggest reason he’s had 30K in his last 24 IP. I’m buy no means a huge Morton supporter…..just saying he’s looked good lately and his matchups are really good.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @AI: All fair points for sure. I have trouble trusting Morton, as irrational as that may be. The Miami start is one of the better starts of the week and he’s for sure streamable. I’d probably take him over Wood for sure. That tier above is sort of guys that can go either way that you trouble trusting.

  7. Wolfie says:
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    I have a 2 week playoff period starting next week.
    I need your top 4 options from these guys…

    I threw in their likely matchups

    Drew Hutchison, Tor
    8/29 vs Detroit
    9/4 vs Baltimore

    Charlie Morton, Pitt
    8/25 @ Miami
    8/30 vs Colorado
    9/5 @ St. Louis

    Brett Anderson, LA
    8/26 @ Cincinnati
    8/31 vs San Francisco
    9/5 @ San Diego

    Kris Medlen, KC
    8/24 vs Baltimore
    8/29 @ Tampa bay
    9/4 vs Chicago white sox

    Aaron Nola, phi
    8/28 vs San Diego
    9/2 @ New York Mets

    Joe Ross, was
    8/28 vs Miami
    9/2 @ St. Louis

    Ryan vogelsong, sf
    8/29 vs st.louis
    9/3 @ Colorado

    Brad hand, Mia
    8/25 vs Pittsburgh
    8/30 @ Washington
    9/5 vs New York Mets

    Mike Montgomery, sea
    8/25 vs Oakland
    8/30 @ Chicago white sox
    9/5 @ Oakland

    Josh Tomlin, cle
    8/25 vs Milwaukee
    8/31 @ Toronto
    9/6 @ Detroit

    Tommy Milone
    8/27 @ Tampa bay
    9/2 vs Chicago white sox

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Morton, Ross, Nola, and Montogomery.

    I’m close on saying Medlen but he’s a big question mark

  9. Scott says:
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    c’mon, rapping turtles in the elevator? that’s good stuff!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: Go Ninja, Go Ninja Go!

  10. Alex Wood…Any hope…Cinci start?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jeffrey Samson: Yeah he’s been good most of his career he’s in a rough patch. I always avoid Cincy at home though…

  11. Josh Freeman says:
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    Can only start one of these next week. Which one?

    Cueto home BALT
    Cole away MIAMI

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Josh Freeman: Cole all day

  12. brober34 says:
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    I just read somewhere that Pineda will pitch Wednesday, and the Yanks will do a 6 man rotation this week. I was set to play Eovaldi for 2 starts, but if that’s true, it looks like he’ll just get one.

    can you confirm?

    If he’s a one starter, I’ll probably go with Leake instead.
    thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @brober34: Yes the Yankees are going with a 6 man rotation.

      • brober34 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        got it. thx

        not too worried about this week (weak opponent), but you never know!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @brober34: Yeah between Pineda, Tanaka, Nova, and Severino there are a lot of durability concerns.

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