So as the two-start pitching post comes to a close, I thought I’d take a break from our usual theme based format and make this week’s edition as straight-forward as possible. But then I wrote the first draft in Old German and realized that translating it back to English was neither simple or straight-forward. There are some terms in Old German baseball vernacular that just don’t translate. Then again most of it is comparing pitchers mechanics to field work. This all gave me a great idea for a sequel to Million Dollar Arm with John Hamm. The premise is simple, upon his return from India J.B. Bernstein is driving through Lancaster County and witnesses a 16 year old Pennsylvania Dutch lefty by the name of Ezekial Miller striking out teams of grown men from a near by town. Bernstein fresh off his cricket adventure, believes he’s found his next project and wacky hi-jinx ensues. It’s one part Kingpin, One part The Natural, and one part Hoosiers. The last part only fits because there’s a lot of veiled racism that only Disney could produce. So that’s my pitch (pun point). What do you guys think, shall I kick start a Kickstarter campaign? Let’s make this happen, I have a football team of little Lifshitz to feed, or as I call them a bunch of Lil-Shitz. You like?

Oh yeah, as for the baseball stuff! You’ll notice I ditched the Ace and the Why Can’t I Sit You Tiers, and made things real simple. This week we have three tiers, Green Light (good starts), Yellow Light (one good, one bad), Red Light (Tough Starts). All pitchers have been ranked from top to bottom based on my number crunching and evaluations. So you know this shizz is G! So sit back, relax, undo your belt and pants button and give me 10 minutes of your time to discuss the Two Start Pitchers, Week 25.

 

Green Light (Good Starts) – This week we’re looking at opponents performance over the last 30 days, vs. handedness of the starter, home/road splits, and the pitchers recent starts. There are a few pitchers in this tier I’d like to discuss as potential streaming candidates. Those two are J.A. Happ and Daniel Norris. To anyone paying attention Happ should be obvious. He’s simply been brilliant of late, which is evidenced by his numbers (see below). A start in Colorado and a date at Wrigley, look on their face as very tough tasks. I’m not one to deny the home park boost each club gets, especially the Rockies. But here’s the thing, Colorado is god awful against southpaws, and the Cubs are toward the bottom of the barrel too. I’m more inclined to trust those splits than the home/road data. I’d start J.A. with confidence this week, crazy as it may be. Norris is a slightly more interesting case. The jewel of the David Price trade has just been okay since returning to the Tigers rotation, but he faces two clubs with dramatically bad splits in particular areas. His first opponent the White Sox, though hot lately, have really struggled to hit left-handed pitching all season. Not to mention they are sort of middle of the pack away from U.S. Cellular. His second opponent, the Twins, have been pretty good against lefties ranking 12th in team wOBA, but have struggled to get anything together outside of the Twin Cities. As I stated in my Happ notes, I’m more inclined to focus on the handedness data but there’s no denying that the road magic just hasn’t been there for the Twinkies. The bonus for you as a potential Norris streamer is the Twins start comes later in the week, so if you’re scared off by the R/L splits for Minny you can always dump Norris for a player with a good late week matchup. Say Henry Owens or Jhoulys Chacin.

Player Opponent’s and wOBA last 30 days Opponent’s wOBA vs. Handedness Opponent’s wOba Home/Road Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Jake Arrieta vs. Mil (.340 T-6th), vs. Pit (.315 T-21st) vs. Mil (.310 T-18th), vs. Pit (.313 16th) vs. Mil (.302 19th), vs. Pit (.310 12th) .46/1.87/2.14
David Price vs. NYY (.315 T-21st), vs. TB (.323 15th) vs. NYY (.334 3rd), vs. TB (.324 7th) vs. NYY (.321 T-3rd), vs. TB (.315 6th) 2.53/1.93/2.21
Dallas Keuchel vs. LAA (.297 28th), vs. TEX (.324 T-12th) vs. LAA (.291 26th), vs. Tex(.311 17th) .vs LAA (.301 20th), vs. Tex (.297 T-23rd) 3.58/3.88/2.45
John Lackey vs. Cin (.319 19th), vs. Mil (.340 T-6th) vs. Cin (.309 21st), vs. Mil (.310 T-18th) .vs Cin (.298 22nd), .vs Mil (.302 19th) 1.83/3.35/3.20
Gio Gonzalez vs. Bal (.306 25th), vs. Phi (.301 26th) vs. Bal (.295 25th), vs. Phi (.303 21st) vs. Bal (.297 T-23rd), vs. Phi (.297 T-23rd) 3.10/2.91/3.38
Chris Archer @Bos (.341 5th), @Tor (.373 2nd) @Bos (.320 9th), @Tor (.337 1st) @Bos (.350 3rd), @Tor (.358 2nd) 3.99/3.22/3.54
J.A. Happ @Col (.295 29th), @CHC (.340 T-6th) @Col (.280 30th), @CHC (.301 22nd) @Col (.359 1st), @CHC (.315 17th) 1.48/1.73/2.76
Alex Wood vs. Ari (.324 T-12th), @Col (.295 29th) vs. Ari (.322 8th), @Col (.280 30th) vs. Ari (.312 10th) @Col (.359 1st) 2.86/4.10/3.82
Brett Anderson vs, Ari (,324 T-12th), @Col (.295 29th) vs. Ari (.322 T-8th), @Col (.280 30th) vs. Ari (.312 10th) @Col (.359 1st) 2.76/3.66/3.13
Tyson Ross vs. SF (.320 18th), vs. Ari (.324 T-12th) vs. SF (.323 T-4th), vs. Ari (.317 T-12th) vs. SF (.319 5th), vs. Ari (.312 10th) 2.51/3.37/3.30
Daniel Norris vs. CWS (.325 11th), vs. Min (.317 20th) vs. CWS (.284 29th), vs. Min (.318 12th) vs. CWS (.305 T-16th), vs. Min (.287 29th) 4.68/4.75/4.15

 

Yellow Light (One Good Start/ One Bad Start) – Pretty straight-forward stream or start the matchups highlighted green, bench the starts highlighted red. If you have enough moves to makes 4-5 pitching streams for the week in your head to head playoffs use this data as the guide to gold. A few early week starts to target are Jaime Garcia’s Cincy date. (I’m a sucker for starting pitchers against the Reds on the road.) The other early start I recommend is Chris Heston’s San Diego start. The Padres are always a goer as a streaming opponent. While the beginning of the week is light with options, late week has a bunch of good stream to target. Two in particular are the starts of Red Sox rookie southpaws Owens and E-Rod. The young guns face an Orioles lineup that can’t hit lefties (or anybody in the 2nd half for that matter)while also struggling away from Camden. So in other words those starts get the triple blessing. Roenis Elias is actually a sneaky stream for each start but his bi-polar history makes him tough to trust. Otherwise he’d be at the tail of the Green Light tier. Instead he’s behind a few superior pitchers. Now for the question you’re all asking yourself. Why is Weaver on here? Is he even a two-start pitcher anymore with Friday night’s PPD vs the Twins, and how on earth are any of his starts good? To the first question……I don’t know. That’s my best answer, he could certainly be pushed back, but at this moment IDK. As for the second question it’s easy, I like Weaver for home starts. One aside before we move along, I have no idea what to make of Dodgers starts. There splits are fabulous, but they’ve been awful the last month +.

Player Opponent’s and wOBA last 30 days Opponent’s wOBA vs. Handedness Opponent’s wOba Home/Road Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
Edurado Rodriguez vs. TB (.323 15th), vs. Bal (.306 25th) vs. TB (.324 7th), vs. Bal (.295 25th) vs.TB (.315 6th), vs. Bal (.297 T-23rd) 1.72/2.99/3.57
Jaime Garcia vs. Cin (.319 19th), vs. Mil (.340 T-6th) vs. Cin (.315 14th), vs. Mil (.298 T-23rd) .vs Cin (.298 22nd), .vs Mil (.302 19th) 4.50/2.92/3.86
Danny Salazar @Min (.317 20th), @KC (.327 10th) @Min (.301 26th), @KC (.321 T-6th) @Min (.326 12th), @KC (.331 6th) 5.02/4.33/3.71
Shelby Miller @NYM (.375 1st), @Mia (.310 24th) @NYM (.310 T-18th), @Mia (.293 30th) @NYM(.305 24th), @Mia (.294 30th) 5.86/3.51/4.27
Roenis Elias @KC (.327 19th), @LAA (.297 28th) @KC (.313 16th), @LAA (.291 26th) @KC (.331 T-6th), @LAA (.303 26th) 3.57/3.33/4.12
Chris Heston @SD (.315 T-21st), @Oak (.330 9th) @SD (.299 27th), @Oak (.309 T-21st) @SD (.306 23rd), @Oak (.309 22nd) 4.94/6.23/4.37
Jhoulys Chacin @LAD (.300 27th), @SD (.315 21st) @LAD(.324 3rd), @SD (.299 27th) @LAD (.327 11th), @SD (.306 23rd) 2.95/4.57/4.05
Jered Weaver @Hou (.322 16th), vs. Sea (.343 4th) @Hou (.315 15th), vs. Sea (.310 T-18th) @Hou (.331 6th), vs. Sea (.313 9th) 6.35/5.55/6.36
Henry Owens vs. TB (.323 15th), vs. Bal (.306 25th) vs. TB (.324 7th), vs. Bal (.295 25th) vs. TB (.315 6th), vs. Bal (.297 T-23rd) 3.25/4.59/5.42
Robbie Ray @LAD (.300 27th, @SD .315 T-21st) @LAD (.328 5th), @SD (.298 T-23rd) @LAD (.327 11th), @SD (.306 23rd) 5.01/4.82/4.59
Jonathan Gray vs. Pit (.315 T-21st, vs. LAD (.300 27th) vs. Pit (.313 T-16th), vs. LAD (.324 3rd) vs. Pit (.310 T-12th), vs. LAD (.323 2nd) 6.86/3.34/3.91
Adam Warren @Tor (.373 2nd), vs. CWS (.325 11th) @Tor (.337 1st), vs. CWS (.309 T-21st) @Tor (.358 2nd), vs. CWS (.305 T-16th) N/A

 

 

Red Lights (Avoid These) – Just don’t start these guys unless you’ve lost your ratios and you’re just looking for counting stats.

Player Opponents and wOBA last 30 days Opponent’s wOBA vs. Handedness Opponent’s wOba Home/Road Starter Last 5 Starts ERA/FIP/xFIP
John Lamb @STL (.324 T-12th), vs. NYM (.375 1st) @STL (.289 27th), vs. NYM (.310 18th) @STL (.312 19th), vs. NYM (.314 17th) 4.91/3.97/4.11
Erik Johnson @Det (.321 17th), @NYY (.315 21st) @Det (.319 T-10th), @NYY (.321 9th) @Det (.330 8th), @NYY (.328 10th) 3.71/6.97/5.49
Martin Perez @Oak (.330 9th), @Hou (.322 16th) @Oak (.304 20th), @Hou (.322 T-8th) @Oak (.309 22nd), @Hou (.331 T-6th) 4.60/4.38/4.20
Jeremy Guthrie vs. Sea (.343 4th), vs. Cle (.334 8th) vs. Sea (.310 T-18th), vs. Cle (.313 T-16th) .vs Sea (.313 9th), vs. Cle (.300 21st) 4.70/5.82/4.35
Aaron Harang @Mia (.310 24th), @Was (.361 3rd) @Mia (.293 30th), @Was (.316 14th) @Mia (.294 30th), @Was (.323 14th) 6.18/6.08/4.56
Wily Peralta @CHC (.340 T-6th), @STL (.324 T-12th) @CHC (.317 T-12th), @STL (.319 T-10th) @CHC (.315 17th), @STL (.312 19th) 4.15/5.18/4.81
Matt Moore @Bos (.341 5th), @Tor (.373 2nd) @Bos (.331 4th), @Tor (.356 1st) @Bos (.350 3rd), @Tor (.358 2nd) 6.93/5.58/4.69
Michael Lorenzen @STL (.324 T-12th), vs. NYM (.375 1st) @STL (.319 T-10th), vs. NYM (.310 T-18th) @STL (.312 19th), vs. NYM (.314 17th) 8.84/4.13/4.00
Cody Martin vs. Tex (.324 T-12th), vs. SF (.320 18th) vs. Tex (.321 T-6th), vs. SF (.323 T-4th) vs. Tex (.297 T-23rd), vs. SF (.319 5th) N/A

 

 

  1. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Looks like Koehler has two nice matchups at home against the Phillies and Braves. He has significant home/road splits and with both at home against weak opponents where would you slot him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TheBravesWearPrado: He’s somewhere at the bottom of the top tier. Keep an eye on Korhler, their starters later in the week are TBD. Don’t be shocked if he doesn’t make the second one.

  2. DutchDaulton10 says:
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    As of now, Severino is scheduled to throw twice (@TOR, CHA).
    And El Fatso Colon may get 2 starts with the Mets and their ever-changing rotation (ATL, @CIN).
    Bartolo green light? Severino yellow? Though he did hold his own against the Jays after they rocked him the previous week. Thanks Ralph!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DutchDaulton10: As far as I know both teams will roll 6. I purposely avoided them.

      But if I’m wrong and they do both go twice then each would be a top Yellow option. The Cincy start is at GAB which always gets the caution flag.

      As for Severino that Toronto start is still a scary propositon.

      • DutchDaulton10 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks, appreciate it.

    • Tommy D says:
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      @DutchDaulton10: Severino has had one mediocre start on the year, every other start he’s been lights-out…team non-specific.

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    WHERE IS THE TYROD TAYLOR PIECE YOU BASTARD

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Lol I talked about him in my Through The Wire piece. Thanks for reading.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: is that on Razzball? i didn’t even see it. cute Kanye reference. #GlassJaw

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: Yeah it’s that Tuesday article with the 100+ comments. #humblebrag

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: talking about Beddict will do that for ya. maybe you deserve a promotion. I’ll speak with Jay

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Tehol Beddict: Thank you wise God Beddict. You are both

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: a Legend and an Eder.

  4. Natty Boh says:
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    Thanks for the well written post w/ the 80’s theme this year!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Natty Boh: Thanks! I’ll have to keep it rolling with something new next year.

      Still one more post next week. Though predicting double dippers next week will be heading cats-esque

  5. GFY250 says:
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    I saw somewhere that Niese is getting the start Monday against ATL. Is that true and if so do you recommend him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @GFY250: Yes Neise starts in Monday and the Mets do have 7 games. This rotation is such a question mark ROS as far as two start weeks go. The mix of the young arms, the locked in playoff position, and the organizational depth for starters, makes it impossible to know if 7 different starters could go this week.

      More than likely Niese going twice now and should be right below Tyson Ross.

  6. The Dutchmen says:
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    I am in my last week of the Championship and am a little worried about Héctor Santiago and his 2 starts. Thoughts on him?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Dutchmen: As far as I know Hector is going just once this week. Heaney went today, Shoe tomorrow and Jeff Je tomorrow and Jeff Weaver on Monday.

  7. Dangerfield 51 says:
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    “Not to mention they are sort of middle of the pack away from Comerica.”

    White Sox play at US Cellular

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        No problem. I do like Norris home vs Sux. He will be on my sleeper short list next year.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Dangerfield 51: Yeah I’m a fan of Norris

  8. musky smell says:
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    why is brett anderson crossed off? cbssports still says he’s slated to start twice…
    is he injured?

  9. scrotchs says:
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    I am probably going to win this week putting me in the championship next week. I have been dropping hitters I am not going to use next week and stockpiling guys that should be throwing twice but the ever changing rotations it is difficult to tell. It is a weekly point league. Please help with choosing…thanks!

    We start 7 sp and 2 rp.

    Arrieta and lackey are a go for sure so I need 5 from the following.

    Neise 2 starts hhopefull?
    Chacin 2 starts
    Owens 2 startsk?
    Happ 2 starts?
    Elias 2 starts
    Shields vs arizona
    Matz @ reds
    Fiers vs LAA

    I also start 2 rp’s
    I am desciding between Holland or Norris with 2 starts. I am leaning Norris

    Thanks again

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @scrotchs: Happ, Matz, Niese, Chacin, and Elias

      Go with Norris

      • scrotchs says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: since Norris is out would you put Warren into my RP spot over Holland? I also have casilla as an option.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @scrotchs: Roll with Holland. Relievers do have value in points leagues. He has two or three saves with some K’s and your getting a better return than Warren will give you. Yankees rotation is tricky. Everything regarding the Yanks projected starters is listed as TBD on MLB and baseball lineups.

  10. Funny Name says:
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    Shouldn’t Happ be a yellow light, he’s pitching in Coors? Would you start him that game in the H2H playoffs?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Funny Name: lol read the article.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Funny Name: The Rockies rank 29th and 30th in wOBA vs lhp and over the last 30 days.

      • Funny Name says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha, sorry. I skipped right to the tables and wrote that comment before actually reading, probably why i never did well in school. Coors still scares me but I think I’ll go with your advice. Thanks.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Funny Name: no problem I was just taking the opportunity to needle ya. I make the charts for a reason. Some people like the words some like the charts.

  11. eck's toe cheese says:
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    Seeing Bolsinger listed as the probable for tomorrow?

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      @eck’s toe cheese: Just can’t win this time of year. Lol! Well he’s ranked and there so there you go

  12. Oranje says:
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    Coming into the final week of the playoffs and I have Garcia, Happ, and Arrieta on 2 starts. In order to start all three, I have to either sit Liriano or one of my closers, Giles or KRod (neither has a save yet). I also have Kluber on my bench. Based on your thoughts, I should start Happ and of course Arrieta. What do I do with the other two spots? Sit a closer and start Garcia and Kluber or Liriano? What would be the ideal lineup? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: What’s the format?

  13. Oranje says:
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    5×5…play h2h against every team week. 4 teams in the final round and I am ahead in ERA, WHIP, and tied for wins with all the other teams. I am behind on Ks and do not have a save yet. The other teams have no more than 2 saves. I currently lead all offensive categories so I am trying to make the best decision for my pitching to hopefully continue my current position.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: well if you need the K’s roll the two start guys. If you want saves and to hold serve on your ratios keep the closers in the lineup

  14. Chris says:
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    Pick three of these streamers for my H2H points league matchup next week:

    20.7 Hammel vs. Mil. (Peralta (-27.1))

    9.3 Koehler vs. Phi (Harang (-14.3))

    9.7 McCullers vs. LAA (Santiago (-10.0)

    -0.5 Peavy @ SD (Cashner 9.8)

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: McCullers, Peavy, Koelher. What are the values in front StreamOnator values?

      • Chris says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah…they’re from SON.

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          @Chris: Shocked it likes Hammel in Milwaukee. The Brewers Have been a top 10 lineup the last 30 and are middle of the road vs rhp.

          The Angels and SD have been awful.

  15. Iron Sheik says:
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    Championship game….pick 3 to go along with Price

    1) Lester, 2) E-Rod, 3) Quintana, 4) Sonny Gray

    Tanks!

    • Iron Sheik says:
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      @Iron Sheik: Head to Head, points league.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Iron Sheik: Sit Gray against San Fran strangely enough. Over his last 5 his K/9 sucks, his BB is up, and he’s allowing nearly 2 homers per 9.

      The other three are in better form chap!

  16. Floyd Sucks says:
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    Norris on a pitch count? Do we know?

    Thoughts on Hammel? I see him going on Monday and SNB.

  17. John says:
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    Ralph,
    H2H keeper (keep 12) in the finals next week, trying to make some early moves. Sorry so long, thanks in advance, I appreciate your time
    1) Please take a look at my squad below (you see any holes?)
    2) I want to pick up Happ, but need to drop someone to move Kendrick off DL, looking at my guys, do you think I drop Granderson or Moustakas? or do I drop and replace Odor at MI for Kendrick?
    3) Drop Smyly or Gausman for Happ?
    4) do you see any other worth pitching grabs on the wire? (E. Rodriguez, J. Quintana)
    My squad:
    C- C. santana
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Dozier
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Desmond
    MI – Odor
    CI – K. Seager
    LF – K. Davis
    CF – McCutch
    RF – Braun
    Uitl- Moustakas
    BN – Granderson
    DL – Hanley
    DL – Kendrick
    SP – Sale
    SP- Arrieta
    SP- Carrasco
    RP – Chapman
    RP -Miller
    P – Papelbon
    P – MadBum
    BN – Tanaka
    BN – Odorizzi
    BN – Salazar
    BN – Gausman
    BN – Smyly

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @John: – Hold on Odor for sure in a keeper. He’s better than Howie.
      – Drop Mous for Kendrick
      – Happ just got bumped drop Gausman for Quintana
      – This team gives me a chubby…in my pants. Just to clarify, that’s a boner.

  18. McNulty says:
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    hitting question. Who do you like best for 2016 as a keeper option? Judge, Tomas, Souza, Castro, Avisail, Trea Turner, Story

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @McNulty: Just for next year probably Tomas, though Trea could be in for a big year.

      Career wise it’s Judge. I love Judge, he’s my obsession.

  19. Josh says:
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    Hey,

    Is Arrieta definitely a two start? Cockcrofts ESPN pitcher forecaster has hammel on Sunday

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      @Josh: Nope! Looks like he’s not. Hammel is going Monday. I suppose they could skip Hammel Sunday and go Arrieta. Depends how the week goes. That Sunday could be huge next week.

  20. JoeG414 says:
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    Koehler Tue home vs Philly
    Verrett Tue home vs Atl.

    Stream which one ? Or Both ? For a win and K’s.
    6×6 mixed daily roto

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JoeG414: Shizz stream both if you can

  21. Chucky says:
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    Would you start (h2h) Cueto v Seattle and/or Hamels @ Houston instead of 2 start ERod, Ray or Heston? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chucky: Hamels over Ray for sure. Ray got bumped…

      I really want to tell you to go Cueto over Heston, but Cueto has been AWFUL and Seattle is a top 5 lineup since the break

  22. Ante GALIC says:
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    Ralph!!

    After last week’s bombardment of questions, I’ll keep this one to a simple one. Good luck to MUFC.

    Start two-start Norris in the RP over Jansen for 7 games (4 at home versus AZ and 3 at Coors). Normally I would start Jansen but the reports that they are saving him for the playoffs gives me food for thought. Who starts in the RP slot in a standard H2H league for the finals.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ante GALIC: Hmmm Norris looks to go once now with a 60-65 pitch count. Is Warren available or someone else with RP eligibility?

      You may want to roll Jansen and hope he gives you two good save performances.

  23. A Wood vs AZ & COL at home…crucial two start week & only recent success for Wood…still confident? I read the article…reassure me please!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sam Smoooooooth: Wood is a go the Colorado start seems scary but as I said with Happ A. The Rockies are awful against Lefties and B. The Rockies are awful since the trade deadline. The only thing in their favor is Coors.

  24. PED Inc says:
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    Ralph a big thanks to you for this column all year, in H2H points leagues this has been extremely helpful and has put me on top in total points and into the championship round this coming week. I can’t thank you enough!
    So here is what I’ve got to choose from this week and I have faith you can help me get this right one last time. Some are obvious but I need to start five.
    Kershaw vs. Ari
    Greinke vs. Ari
    JoFer vs. Atlanta

    Now the not so easy to pick…
    Scherzer vs. Baltimore
    Salazar @ Minn. and @ KC
    Tyson Ross vs. SF and vs. Arizona
    Ervin Santana vs. Cle and @ Det

    So whatch think pal? A lot of good options but not enough spots to play em all!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PED Inc: Scherzer and Tyson Ross.

      Salazar scares the shot out of me lol.

      Thanks for reading

  25. scrotchs says:
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    Well I’m trying to keep track of all the chances and my lineup for next week does not look nearly as good as it did yesterday.

    Has any pitchers that you know of been added to the 2 start list in the last day or so that would fit into the green or yellow light categories?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @scrotchs: Anderson is back as a two start, Hammel is a two start. Not sure if Randy Wolf goes twice but I love a lefty against the White Sox. A.J. Burnett could go twice not sure I love his starts though.

  26. JJ says:
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    Hey Ralph, tough week ahead I have a limit of 5 moves per week.
    What are your favourite streamer starts
    Monday
    J.Niese vs ATL
    J.Lamb @ STL

    Tuesday
    T.Koehler vs PHI
    E.Santana vs CLE
    C.Heston @SD
    J.A.Happ @ COL
    L.Verrett vs ATL
    M.Perez @ OAK

    Wednesday
    A.Cashner vs SF
    J.Peavy @ SD
    D.Smyly @ BOS
    C.Lewis @ OAK
    A.Conley vs PHI
    Fiers vs LAA

    Thursday
    W.Miley vs TB
    J.Paxton @ KC

    Friday
    A.Heaney vs SEA

    Saturday
    K.Gausman @ BOS
    A.Warren vs CWS
    K.Medlen vs CLE
    M.Shoemaker vs SEA

    Sunday
    E.Santana @ DET
    C.Heston @ OAK

    Let me know what you think
    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JJ: Here’s my top 5

      Fiers vs LAA
      Niese vs ATL
      Peavy @SD
      Happ @Col (I’m sticking to the LHP vs the Rockies thing lol)
      Koehler vs Phi

  27. Ok, ok…crunch time…A Wood two starts home AZ/@COL or Iwakuma two starts LAA @ KC? BOTH?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sam Smoooooooth: If you can go both do it. Iwakuma’s Angels start is the best of the four

  28. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    What do you think of Severino this week he has Toronto and the Whitesox?

    Also Any thoughts on Kluber and LYnn? The are back but both got rocked last week.
    Smyly (@boston) and Duffey (vs Detroit) have easy matchups thinking of starting them instead.

    I’m in a 10 team head to head non keeper

    Trevor Bauer SP Francisco Liriano SP Aaron Nola SP Tyson Ross SP Drew Smyly SP Tyler Duffey, Corey Kluber SP Lance Lynn SP Luis Severino SP Shawn Tolleson RP
    Carlos Martinez RP,SP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PeteRosesRevenge: I don’t think Severino makes both starts and I want no part of him against Toronto.

      I’d give Kluber and Lynn the benefit of the doubt. Obviously both top options that can provide across the board production. Well I guess except for wins with Kluber, but you make up for it elsewhere.

      Boston isn’t an easy matchup. They’re one of the better offenses in baseball. Especially since the break. The Detroit start for Duffey on the other hand is a go

      • PeteRosesRevnege says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks Ralph!

        Yeah I don’t like Nola – phillies are considering shutting him down and his start is the Nats, Smyly looks rough lately; I’m thinking of Kluber, Lynn, Loriano, Duffey, Ross……..

        Wei Yin Chan and TIjaun Walker are on the waiver wire but looks like there is talk of skipping Walker. Kluber is my worry, but I guess it is best to sick with what got me here. Any thought on Chan & Walker?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @PeteRosesRevnege: Looks like Walker is getting the kid gloves treatment so stay away.

          Chan is a very option but once again Boston is not a great matchup for him this week. Go Klubs

          • PeteRosesRevnege says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Good Point on Boston; line up is set thanks for the re-assurance…….. you don’ t have to Kluber me over the head any further;

            I’m still having my weekly Puljols, Carlos Gonzalez, Hosmer debate but every time I take Pujols or Cargo out they seem to rock the world. So going to leave Hosmer on the bench.

            Champoinship Week here we go!

  29. musky smell says:
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    So Brett Anderson is now gonna start Monday?
    So does that bring him back to a 2-start pitcher this week and does that make him a green light?
    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @musky smell: Yup he’s still ranked here he was and the stats are there…Cross out not withstanding

  30. Ty says:
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    Such a money call on Duffey this week. Thanks for that. I’m in 3rd place and gaining on 2nd place like a bat outta hell. Can’t catch the guy in 1st he’s way up there but 2nd pays good dough. would you feel comfortable rocking all 4 of these guys…

    Iwakuma
    Ross
    Garcia
    Gio
    In a 12 team league i’m 5th in WHIP… 10th in ERA..4th in wins. so I can gain some serious ground if these guys do well.

    • bruuuuuce says:
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      @Ty: here, here!
      That’s Duffey call was a beauty. Much appreciation!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @bruuuuuce: Anytime!

        • PeteRosesRevenge says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          For sure I have to thank you for DUffey last week he killed it!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ty: Thanks for reading all year bud! Yeah I like that foursome. Gio is a major goer this week.

  31. Rock The Vogt says:
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    Thanks for the great article as usual!

    I’m going into my fantasy championship (Head to Head points league) and desperately need some advice!

    My lineup:
    C: Schwarber
    1B: Encarnacion
    2B: Dozier
    SS: Correa
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    OF1: Chris Davis
    OF2: Nelson Cruz
    OF3: C. Gonzalez
    U: C. Seager

    Bench: S. Marte

    Should I start Marte over Seager? Both play a decent 7 game schedule and Marte has been uninspiring lately. Seager is unproven and should be due for a correction sooner than later. Am I crazy to start Seager over Marte this week?

    Now on to my pitching dilemma(*saves count as much as a win (10)). There is no RP slot restriction.

    P1: King Felix (1)
    P2: Danny Salazar (2)
    P3: Jaime Garcia (2)
    P4: Ervin Santana —- pitches Vs. Salazar :( (2)
    P5: Aroldis Chapman
    P6: Cody Allen
    P7: John Axford

    Bench:
    P: McHugh
    P: McCullers
    P: Severino
    P: Matz
    P: Tomlin

    Fiers has a nice home start and is available on waivers. Severino will not be Bea 2 start pitcher and now faces TOR. I’m really wary of starting Santana but he’s been electric of late. Also wary since he pitches vs. Salazar in one of the two. Matz has a nice road matchup. Mchugh, McCullers and Fiers all have nice home starts vs. LAA. King Felix has scared me all year but has been dominant at Angel stadium this year (sub 2 era in 2 starts)…,but now the injury. Henry Owens is available on waivers and faces Matt Moore in one home start who the Sox have owned this year to the tune of 12 runs in 2 starts.

    Any thoughts are appreciated!

    Thanks for all the great advice to help get me to my league Championship!

    • Rock The Vogt says:
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      @Rock The Vogt: Hammel is also available on waivers!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Rock The Vogt: Drop Severino for hammel

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Rock The Vogt: First off I say go Seager. I dropped Carlos Gomez two weeks ago in a H2H to ass pitchers and placed Seager in my utility and haven’t looked back since.

      First I’d stay away from Severino, don’t like the Toronto start at all.

      Is his weekly lock in? If so then play Matz, Felix, Salazar, and Jaime. If it’s not I’d rollout all your guys except Severino.

  32. DisEnfranchised says:
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    H2H points championship this week. It’s only 1 week long. I have 5 moves left and planned them out using SON. I am torn on Saturday because Shoemaker has a decent matchup but I don’t trust him. I plan on picking up 2 for Saturday. Who would you pick up out of Shoemaker, John Lamb, and Aaron Brooks? The FA options are very thin.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DisEnfranchised: You got to go Shoe. Brooks is garbage and Lamb just can’t really be trusted. Even if you did roll Lamb he can only be used for the Cards start. I’m sitting everyone against the Mets right now.

      • DisEnfranchised says:
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        @DisEnfranchised: @Ralph Lifshitz: well, I need 2 of them on Saturday and I am leaning Shoe and Brooks. Lamb doesn’t look likely to get a QS. I am not high on Brooks but seems to have a better chance at a QS which are a good point boost I our league. Thanks for the help

  33. ChrisJ says:
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    Best 2-start info available right here! I’m in my Championship this week and can choose 2 of these guys. T. Koehler (vPHI/Harang), C. Lewis (@OAK/Doubront), @AJ Burnett (@COL/Gray, @CHC/Hammel), J. Odorizzi (@TOR/Dickey), B. Colon (vsATL/Perez), (E. Volquez vCLE/Carrasco). Thanks for the column and response Ralph!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ChrisJ: It’s only appropriate I suggest Koehler (toilet co)with a Colon (you know like the organ)

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