Hello! How many of Y’all remember the early 90’s? I don’t mean you were 5 and sort of remember it. I mean you know all the words to Color Me Bad, “I Wanna Sex You Up”, or K7’s “Come Baby Come”. How many of you had a fly honey in high waisted shorts and a fresh perm? Can you bust out a Running Man or the Wop? If you caught even 60% of what I just said this one’s for you. You know for all my overall shorts with the one strap rocking CooleyHighHarmony heads. We’re bringing it back New Jack Style with some of the flyest threads of the early 90’s. Ya heard?

One big change before we go forward, the format of the charts got a little remix treatment here in the two-trey. Yours truly, decided to roll out a different set of wOBA ranks, scrapping the righty/lefty splits and instead looking at the entirety of the second half. This should give you some idea of what offenses are A. Hot and B. Putting it together following any acquisitions they made before the trade deadline. Because who really cares what a team looked like in April or June, right?  Should we let our judgement be skewed by first half data if a team has been awful for all of July and August? Hell no! So we made that change for your benefit I’m a giver. The other change is we dropped the k% and added the ERA/FIP/xFIP of each potential two start pitcher over their last 5 or so turns. We did have a couple with under 5 starts total for the season, but it was just two (Zach Davies, and Cody Martin). Once again this is taking a look at the current form of each starter, not how they were pitching two months ago. Ya Dig? Good, well let’s get to it.

British Knights (Aces) – Freshest kicks that weren’t Jordans son. They had the cool commercials, Derrick Coleman only the greatest basketball player not named Jordan, was their top athlete. And a little rapper by the name of MC Hammer was promoting for ’em, you may know him by Hammer, or just as The Man. Plus Crips used to rock them because BK stood for Blood Killah! Gangsta! As for the pitchers Greinke, Sale, and Wacha are 100% no brainers. While Scherzer is a bit of a conundrum. He’s been awful 5 of his last 6 and the most recent start, though an improvement, wasn’t vintage Max. Maybe he gets it together, he’s high enough in the trust tree I won’t cane him to death with a reed after kidnapping him so he can’t hurt my fantasy teams anymore.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA 2nd Half Opp 2 wOBA 2nd Haf Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Zack Greinke @LAA, @ARI .290 (29th) .325 (11th) 1.31/2.42/3.22
Chris Sale vs. CLE, vs. MIN .322 (15th) .303 (26th) 2.34/1.41/2.21
Max Scherzer vs. NYM, @MIA .336 (3rd) .297 (28th) 6.11/4.68/2.83
Michael Wacha vs. CHC, @CIN .326 (10th) .312 (23rd) 1.13/3.24/4.20

 

Zubaz (Good Starts) – Lately I’ve been spending most of my time tossing insults in the general direction of one Tehol Beddict. And by most of my time I mean short spurts of time, including but not limited to, prior, during, and proceeding (for two days after) The Razzball Football Writer’s league draft. Don’t worry, your boy danced on his and the other writers grave’s like Baryshnikov. Nobody wants it with the East Coast Tupac of fantasy. But enough about Twitter beef and my plans for world domination. Minions!!!…..My son told me to write that…..Both Cole Hamels and Masahiro-San have been on the good side of okay their last 5 starts. But they by no means have been phenomenal. They face similar schedules this week, opposing a very good lineup (Toronto and Seattle) and an awful one (Oakland and Baltimore). It seems wrong to list Seattle as a good lineup and the O’s as a bad one, but the numbers speak for themselves. I think Chris Davis is the only guy hitting for the O’s, and the Mariners bats have awoken here in the second half… Raisel Iglesias is maybe my favorite second half pitcher here in 2015. He sparkled once again in his start against the Cubs. Do not confuse his sparkle with Tehol’s Vajazzeled Choco-starfish. That’s a different kind of sparkle, and entirely wrong. In the second half Raisey-I is rocking a 10.80 K/9, a 2.80 xFIP, and a .171 batting average against. He faces a solid Pittsburgh lineup and a scrappy yet subpar Cardinals offense…. Yordano Ventura, Mike Fiers, and Justin Nicolino have all been pitching great of late and totally deserve your attention this week. If any of them are available and you’re in a head to head league with playoffs, pick them up now. Great matchups and excellent recent results…. Tommy Boy Milone and Rubby De La Soul are both worth stream’s in 12 team leagues. Rubby is due to the matchups and Tommy’s had streamable results all season…. Ian Kennedy is finally returning some value for his owners that have long since dropped him. His first turn is against Colorado which on the surface looks rough, but it’s outside of Coors and at home in the friendly confines of Petco. ROLLLLLLLL these brothers.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA 2nd Half Opp 2 wOBA 2nd Haf Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Cole Hamels @SEA, vs. OAK .338 (2nd) .298 (27th) 3.44/3.38/3.47
Masahiro Tanaka vs. BAL, vs. TOR .307 (25th) .350 (1st) 3.41/4.02/3.39
Raisel Iglesias vs. PIT, vs. STL .326 (9th) .317 (19th) 2.83/3.53/2.21
John Lackey vs. CHC, @CIN .326 (9th) .297 (28th) 2.97/4.22/3.67
Yordano Ventura vs. MIN, @BAL .303 (26th) .307 (25th) 1.13/2.18/2.63
Ian Kennedy vs. COL, @SF .330 (8th) .309 (24th) 1.72/3.30/3.31
Mike Fiers @OAK, @LAA .298 (27th) .290 (29th) 2.25/3.30/3.90
Mike Leake @ARI,vs. SD .325 (13th) .322 (15th) 2.41/3.59/3.55
Justin Nicolino vs. MIL, vs. WAS .314 (21st) .321 (18th) 1.98/4.39/4.87
Tommy Milone @KC, @CWS .325 (11th) .323 (14th) 3.04/3.36/3.48
Rubby De La Rosa vs. SF, vs. LAD .309 (24th) .313 (22nd) 4.06/4.66/4.86

 

Girbuad Jeans (Why Can’t I Sit You?) –  You got a lot of Girbuad jeans huh? You have the purple ones or what? Used to rock these suckas with the fly white Jordan VI’s. Straight killing the game, not much has changed….. I don’t entirely trust Estrada but how long can I deny the guys is getting results? His FIP/xFIP says that it’s all smoke and mirrors and he faces two tough lineups on the road in hitter’s parks. I’d pass on he and Dickey this week. (Funny because Tehol never passes on Dickey. Cust Kayin)…. I’m sorry Two Start Pitchers God’s but I just can’t trust me some Jungmann. He gets a very startable matchup early in the week but I’d avoid the Pirates start…. I have no idea with Liriano. None… What… So… Ever…. I’d tell you to roll him, and pray for the best. He’s bi-polar at the moment…. Jason Hammel has been a pile of garbage for awhile now. Does he have any good will left at this point in the season? I’d think twice about starting him…. Matt Shoemaker looked good in his last turn, but he’s fooled us all a few times this season. I don’t trust him in either start.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA 2nd Half Opp 2 wOBA 2nd Haf Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Marco Estrada @BOS, @NYY .333 (5th) .335 (4th) 2.32/5.37/5.29
R.A. Dickey @BOS, @NYY .333 (5th) .335 (4th) 4.83/4.25/4.40
Taylor Jungmann @MIA, @PIT .297 (28th) .326 (9th) 2.88/3.34/4.57
Taijuan Walker vs. TEX, vs. COL .331 (7th) .330 (8th) 3.82/2.82/3.91
Jason Hammel @STL, @PHI .317 (19th) .325 (11th) 5.40/4.86/3.31
Francisco Liriano @CIN, vs. MIL .297 (28th) .314 (21st) 4.60/4.24/4.83
Wei-Yin Chen @NYY, vs. KC .335 (4th) .325 (11th) 3.52/3.83/3.93
Matt Shoemaker vs. LAD, vs. HOU .313 (22nd) .321 (18th) 4.55/4.73/3.91


Cross Colors (One Good/One Bad)
– You know the deal with these two starters, they got a good turn and a bad turn. Total Jeckyl and Hyde shizz. The green starts are go’s and the red starts are avoids.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA 2nd Half Opp 2 wOBA 2nd Haf Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Aaron Nola vs. ATL, vs. CHC .285 (30th) .326 (9th) 4.34/4.28/4.29
Yovani Gallardo @SEA, vs. OAK .338 (2nd) .298 (27th) 2.30/3.58/4.22
Michael Pineda vs. BAL, vs. TOR .307 (25th) .350 (1st) 5.02/4.30/2.94
Dan Haren @STL, @PHI .317 (19th) .325 (11th) 5.96/5.64/4.36
Jonathon Niese @WAS, @ATL .321 (17th) .285 (30th) 7.06/5.77/4.35
Drew Smyly @DET, vs. BOS .314 (20th) .33 (5th) 3.43/3.72/3.93
Anthony DeSclafani vs. PIT, vs. STL .326 (10th) .317 (19th) 4.55/3.85/3.47
Aaron Harang vs. ATL, vs. CHC .285 (30th) .326 (9th) 8.13/6.58/5.49
Zach Davies @MIA, @PIT .297 (28th) .326 (9th) N/A

 

Bum Equipment (Avoid) – Whole bunch of bums! All of yah! Trevor Bauer is way outside the trust tree. He’s been banished from the trust tree’s orchard in fact. Rick Porcello is a man trying to find his way back and though he’s been much improved (look at the recent results) Toronto and Tampa are only two of the best lineups in the 2nd half of the season. If he makes it through this unscathed the trust tree will be once again in sight for Chester, NJ’s own.

Player Opponents Opp 1 wOBA 2nd Half Opp 2 wOBA 2nd Haf Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Rick Porcello vs. TOR, @TB .350 (1st) .333 (5th) 2.97/3.87/3.18
Trevor Bauer @CWS, vs. DET .323 (14th) .314 (21st) 7.84/4.69/4.98
Jeff Locke @CIN, vs. MIL .312 (23rd) .314 (21st) 6.23/4.91/4.03
Matt Wisler @PHI, vs. NYM .325 (11th) .336 (3rd) 8.85/7.32/5.99
Cody Anderson @CWS, vs. DET .323 (14th) .314 (21st) 5.95/4.31/4.54
Colin Rea vs. COL, @SF .330 (8th) .309 (24th) 5.47/3.51/3.52
Williams Perez @PHI, vs. NYM .325 (11th) .336 (3rd) 8.42/6.61/5.83
Matt Boyd vs. TB, @CLE .333 (5th) .322 (15th) 9.64/8.61/6.30
Roenis Elias vs. TEX, vs. COL .331 (7th) .330 (8th) 4.74/4.14/4.00
Kyle Kendrick @SD, @SEA .322 (15th) .338 (2nd) 8.22/6.99/5.40
Randy Wolf vs. TB, @CLE .333 (5th) .322 (15th) 6.11/4.28/4.37
Cody Martin vs. HOU, @TEX .321 (17th) .331 (7th) N/A

 

 

 

As always these suckers are subject to change due to rainouts, shuffled rotations, prospects being called up and down, and bad cases of dysentery. If any of this goes down and we need to switch these fools up just holla in the comments.

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Leykis
Leykis
6 years ago

Dropping Lynn for Burnett.

Do you think I made a bad move?

scandolfini
scandolfini
6 years ago

Also, rubby pitched yesterday, so he’s not a two starter.
This article shouldn’t come out until sunday evening, so it can be as accurate as possible.
Just sayin…

scandolfini
scandolfini
6 years ago

I noticed you had Tanaka on your 2 start list. Doesn’t the 6 man rotation/ possible return of c.c. on weds. put the kabash on that?

Rock The Vogt
Rock The Vogt
6 years ago

I have a pitching dilemma, please help! In my league saves count as much as wins (10) and I have 2 closers (Chapman & Allen,who both have favorable 7 game schedules)

Starting:
Fiers (2 starts)
Jaime Garcia (vs. John Lamb)
Felix Hernandez(15-21 w/ 3.88 career era vs. TEX) :(
Drew Smyly (2 starts)
Luis Severino vs. Baltimore at home
Cody Allen (7 games)
Aroldis Chapman (7 games)

Here is where the problem lies: I have Nola and Jungmann on my bench. Would you start either of them over any of my listed starters. This is Isa roto style points league and I’m concerned about Felix even though he had a strong start vs. them last time out. Is Fiers going to get 2 starts for sure considering they have had a six man rotation?

Garcia has a terrific matchup vs. John Lamb in Cincy but he struggled to the tune of 3 runs vs. them early in the year.

Thinking about swapping Nola and Jungmann for Garcia and Felix. Am I crazy? It’s the first round round of my league playoffs and I am desperate for good advice!!

Love the site guys, thanks in advance :)

malamoney
malamoney
Reply to  Rock The Vogt
6 years ago

@Rock The Vogt: I am toying with the idea of sitting Felix for Jungmann as well. But my league is a head-to-head points league. Are we certain Jungmann is going to have two starts this week? Jungmann is 3-0 against the Pirates over which he has pitched 20 innings, given up 3 earned runs and struck out 13 while walking 6. Can he do it again, or will the Pirates finally get to him?

malamoney
malamoney
Reply to  malamoney
6 years ago

@malamoney: I actually might start Jungmann over Gerrit Cole as it seems Felix has had better success against Texas than Cole has had against Milwaukee…

malamoney
Reply to  Geoff
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Well I did and at first it backfired on me as it seems that Jungmann will only have one start. But then when the new of Cole being skipped this week came out, I patted myself on the back. Now let’s just hope Jungmann has a good outing…

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  malamoney
6 years ago

@malamoney: Predicting rotations at this point in the year is frustrating to say the least.

Rock The Vogt
Rock The Vogt
Reply to  Geoff
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks homeslice!

David
David
6 years ago

In a H2H points league where Ks and Ws reign king…pick 3 for the ROS

Medlen, Corbin, Teheran, and Heaney

Thanks!

Scott
Scott
6 years ago

Weekly league, which of the below do I BENCH? Do you think Rodon gets skipped?

Tyson Ross v. COL
Jimmy Nelson @ PITT
Carlos Rodon v. CLE

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Scott
6 years ago

@Scott: I like Ross at home against the Rockies. They blow on the road.

I’d throw Jimmy in there. Always wear a Jimmy. Prevents disease and unwanted children.

ty
ty
6 years ago

Always love the 2 start write-ups Ralph… I remember all the crips in our school the school wearing the BK’s. Looks like Shoe is out till the 13th and hopefully (insert praying hands emoji) Carsco is back on tuesday. I just noticed on ESPN’s player rater they have him penciled in on T and Su for a 2 start week.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  ty
6 years ago

@ty: If Carrasco is back throw him up in the Good start tier and GET HIM IN YOUR LINEUPS! <– My audition for the four letter network. How'd I do?

ty
ty
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I’d hire you

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  ty
6 years ago

@ty: Boom! Peace out Razzball! I’m selling out!

Josh
Josh
6 years ago

Do you think raisel is getting sent to the bullpen? If so when do you think? thanks

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Josh
6 years ago

@Josh: Rasiel is a special case because he didn’t pitch competitively for a year after defecting from Cuba in November of 2013. He threw 7-8 innings in the Arizona Fall League last November, and threw 80ish the year prior in Cuba. So he’s thrown a lot more innings than he has previously. With that said his sidearmish slot is less taxing than your typical over the top guy, so he’s maybe built for more innings. My guess is he makes 3-5 more starts. Which is maybe 1 or 2 less than he would have. Certainly doesn’t t look tired, like say a Carlos Martinez does.

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

Should Archer be OK @ NYY?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Robert
6 years ago

@Robert: Tough start but I think you got to start him.

MAVERICK
MAVERICK
6 years ago

FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS AND I HAVE SOME OBVIOUS CHOICES AND SOME HEALTH AND STARTS DEBATES. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE 8 PITCHERS TO ROLL OUT? H2H 6X6 WITH IP-W-K-ERA-WHIP-S AS CATEGORIES.

Need 8. Any combination…

Clayton Kershaw LAD – P – One inferior site said twice? @LAA
Félix Hernández Sea – P ?- vs Tex
Mark Melancon Pit – P ?- 7 games @Cin vs Mil
Corey Kluber Cle – P – AM I HEALTHY? Looks like nothing. Maybe late week. But its playoffs.
Jaime García StL – P- @ Cin
John Lackey StL – P- GOING TWICE??? vs. ChC @Cin
Raisel Iglesias Cin – P- 2 STARTS- Both at home. vs. Pit vs. StL
Patrick Corbin Ari – P- 2 STARTS- Both at home. vs. SF vs. LAD
Carlos Martínez StL – P- Am I tiring? vs ChC
Ken Giles Phi – P- 7 games vs Atl & ChC
José Quintana CWS – P– Has been reliable. vs. Min
Jeff Samardzija CWS – P – Scares me most weeks. vs Cle
Zach Britton Bal – P- 6 games @ NYY vs KC
Matt Shoemaker LAA – P- Lost his double start. vs Hou

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  MAVERICK
6 years ago

@MAVERICK: Thanks for reading!

I’d go Kershaw, Felix, Lackey, Rasiel, Quintana, Kluber, Melancon, and Giles. I’m assuming you need a couple relievers.

G
G
6 years ago

Hey man. In a weekly head to head points league where lineup locks at beginning of week. Have 5 SP slots. Was gonna go with Holland and Keuchel on the first two although they have one start. Then was gonna pick 3 of the following: Leake, Taijuan, Nola, Corbin, Jungman. Which three of those would you go with (wasn’t sure where Corbin fell in your rankings). Also how do you feel about starting Holland over those other two start pitchers?

Lastly, I have two RP slots and own Tolleson, Britton, Osuna, and F Rod. I was gonna def go with Tolleson because of good matchups bs Oakland and Seattle. Thought on my second? Thanks in advance.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  G
6 years ago

@G: I’d go Keuchel, Holland, Nola, Leake, an Jungmann.

With the RP’s go Tolleson and Osuna

Vogt or Die
Vogt or Die
6 years ago

Just in general, Nola or Rodon ROS? Playoffs start monday, but I have a buy.

Also, Morneau or Schoop as a Util infielder?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Vogt or Die
6 years ago

@Vogt or Die: Nola and Schoop

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Vogt or Die
6 years ago

@Vogt or Die: It’s bye, my man, not buy. Not being an ass, just trying to spread knowledge.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
6 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: I had no idea what you were talking about until I re-read the comment.

Chicken Dinner – Grammar Police at your service. Lol just messing with ya! I just noticed that I missed the L in half on the title of the 4th category header.

Vogt or Die
Vogt or Die
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
6 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: lol sorry man it was late…I know that

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Vogt or Die
6 years ago

@Vogt or Die: No you don’t! You’re a big dumb animal that doesn’t know how to spell.

Gone with you!!!!!! J/k

Alps88
Alps88
6 years ago

I have to drop one
Am I crazy for dropping Richards and keeping colon

I need wins. Richards just isn’t giving me any.
Thoughts?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Alps88
6 years ago

@Alps88: You got to go with whatever is clicking at the moment

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Thanks! How about Matz or Holland the rest of the way?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jerry
6 years ago

@Jerry: I loooooooove MATZ!!!!

nick the dick
nick the dick
6 years ago

Me and my brother had a convo last week about what the best popular radio songs were in the 90’s and I also mentioned it to Grey. I submitted Come Baby Come and I Gotta Man. Too good. Time to pull out my Girbauds with the red straps on the knees.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: Yeah that positive K jam was a banger.

That’s an interesting question. I imagine No Diggity has to be on there too if it’s the whole 90’s.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, meant as basically your favorite popular song from then so open to interpretation. So many, ya got your Skee Lo’s and Feel Me Flow’s and whatnot. Adina Howard Freak Like Me, Candy Rain and Every Little Thing I Do…Cantaloop Us3 and Domino Ghetto Jam are my shits, right up there.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: Some classics!

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Hey, Ralph! Leake or Holland ros? Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jerry
6 years ago

@Jerry: Leake for me

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
6 years ago

Looks like Iglesias now only gets one start next week. But Corbin now has two, both at home (SF, LAD). Where would you rank Corbin??

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Josh Freeman
6 years ago

@Josh Freeman: Neither of those lineups have done much in the second half, I’d probably sit him for the Dodgers start and roll him against the Giants

JimmyBond
JimmyBond
6 years ago

Did Grienke get moved to Monday? My espn still shows him as Sunday so technically his 2 starter would have been this past week/series?…would love it if he got moved as my H2H opponent planned to use him for a start!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  JimmyBond
6 years ago

@JimmyBond: He’s going Monday. Brett Anderson tomorrow

JimmyBond
JimmyBond
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: that is sweet news…thx. ESPN better get their act to gether they still have the magical PP listed next to him tomorrow

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  JimmyBond
6 years ago

@JimmyBond: Bastards!

Tehol Beddict
Tehol Beddict
6 years ago

I’M GOING TO KILL YOU

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Tehol Beddict
6 years ago

@Tehol Beddict: Sorry for the delay your Mom has a strict no comment answering policy when she’s downtown….

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Tehol Beddict
6 years ago

Tehol, you should randomly put this comment in every post

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: No joke Grey-San we want each other dead….dudes a clown

Tehol Beddict
Tehol Beddict
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Did you mean a “clown-skull fukker”??? because ur number one on the list. #RIP #RestInPiss

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Tehol Beddict
6 years ago

@Tehol Beddict: You couldn’t punch your way out a wet paper bag with sisscors in your hands. #softassilk