Another week of two-start pitchers and another music focused theme to guide you in your conquests. Wait that sounded sexual, you’re not trying to sleep with two start pitchers right?  I mean it’s fine if you do this is a judgement free zone, but I wanted to be clear about my usage of conquests.  I don’t want to start showing up for searches based around jersey chasing.  Then my comments might be questions like “What’s the best type of underwear to wear when trying to seduce Max Scherzer?”.  Jesus, how did I get here?  I just want to talk a little 90’s grunge and throw a few stats at you.  Stream of conscious writing isn’t for everyone.  Let’s put aside my ramblings for a moment and get into the meat of this sandwich shall we?  Anyone see the Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck”?  I watched it three times this week and was reminded of how much I loved Nirvana as a 10 year old Ralph.  For anyone that’s a Nirvana fan it’s a worthy take.  So thanks to the film and last week’s spirited music debate in the comments I’ve been inspired to base this week’s tiers on my favorite groups from the Seattle Grunge scene.  Hell it’s probably the last good thing to come out of Seattle. I see you Tehol.

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Nirvana (Aces) – I’m sure a few Pearl Jam fans will debate me on this one but for my money Nirvana is the crown jewel of the Seattle sound. They are the band by which all other post 1990 bands are judged and therefore our top tier. Max Scherzer is our top option this week, certainly his last turn vs Miami left something to be desired. The 10 k’s made the 5 ER’s allowed a bit easier to swallow but still not what you’re looking for from your ace. Mad Max draws road starts at Arizona, and at San Diego, so his owners should be looking for big returns…. The next pitcher in our ace tier is the young based God Gerrit Cole. The Pirates righty, much like Scherzer, is coming off his worst start of the season against the Reds. On Wednesday he only lasted 5 innings, allowing 3 runs while striking out a yawn inspiring 4 batters. Prior to that Gerrit had been straight G$, firing on all cylinders his last four starts to the tune of a 10.17 K/9 and an ERA of 1.05. I like his matchups at Philly and at the Cubs. The strikeouts are rising for the young Cubbies and they’re quickly sliding into the good matchup conversation….. I’m taking a leap of faith with Jon Lester here and ranking the lefty among the aces based on his last three starts. His first start against the Mets looks sort of middle of the road, Amazin’s wOBA vs lefties of .318 ranking 14th in MLB. His second start vs the Pirates looks delicious, with the Buc’s .266 wOBA vs LHP ranking 27th in all of baseball. That second start would be one I’d keep in mind for later in the week in daily leagues.

Max Scherzer, WAS: (@ARI, @SD); Gerrit Cole, PIT: (@PHI, @CHI); Jon Lester, CHC: (vs. NYM, vs. PIT)

Alice in Chains (Must Start) – In many ways the forgotten greats of this era, does any Seattle band have as many great songs as AiC? I mean come on now The Rooster, Man in the Box, No Excuses, Would, Down in a Hole, etc. etc. etc., and by way of Layne Staley the criminally underrated Mad Season. I think they’re a good comparable to many of the pitchers in this tier. There’s a few guys that could very well be listed in the ace category but miss the distinction due to perception. One such player is Jacob deGrom. Over his last 175+ innings the Mets righty has an ERA of 2.75 that’s supported by a FIP of 2.86, and an xFIP of 3.15. Pair those numbers with a respectable K/9 of 8.95 and you have a case that deGrom could be one of the least talked about studs in the game. His one bad start came 4 turns ago against the Yankees at the stadium and should be forgiven. What I’m most excited about with deGrom is his improving control thus far this season. His BB/9, has dropped from a respectable 2.76 in 2014 to a very sexy 1.96 through 36 2/3 in 2015. Is the sample size small? Sure, but if he maintains it, big things could be in the works for 2014’s ROY. deGrom starts the week at the Cubs and then faces the Brewers at home, both very winnable matchups… I don’t know what to do with Stepehen Strasburg. Do I drop him down a tier? Will he even make both starts? How bad is the shoulder injury? Is Bounty really the thicker, quicker picker upper? All this and more in week 6 of Baseballlll!!!!!… I like Jake Arrieta to bounce back against the Mets and Pirates this week. He had a couple of mediocre starts, and that happens. A quick look at the numbers tells me it’s all their for Jake. High K/9 (9.24), solid BB/9 (2.19), he’s keeping the ball in the park (HR/9 of .49), but getting a little unlucky with his BABIP, which sits at .311. This would explain why his ERA is nearly a full run higher than his FIP of 2.54…. Chris Archer is coming back down to earth everyone. Back to back rough outings where he’s given up 4 walks and allowed 4 and 5 runs. He did have 8 k’s in 3 1/3 vs Texas but 5 earned runs isn’t making many owners happy. It was a very Mike Fiersish performance from the Arch. He draws two of the hotter offenses in baseball at the moment in the Yanks, and the Twins. I for one am staying away this week. He’s tough to bench in weekly leagues though, so you may just have to roll him out….. A.J. Burnett is dealing right now. Thanks Ray Searage! Seriously Searage is like the Pharrell of pitching coaches he can make anyone a hit. Only Searage is more mustachioed and less alien like, but I digress… Burnett’s ERA sits at very unsustainable 1.66, which is nearly two runs lower than his xFIP suggests. He’s aided by a silly LOB% of 90.3%, and a HR/9 of .47. Putting all these warning signs aside I like his two matchups this week with the Phillies, and Cubs.

Jacob deGrom, NYM: (@CHC, vs. MIL); Jake Arrieta, CHC: (vs. NYM, vs. PIT); Jeff Samardzija, CWS: (@MIL, @OAK); Carlos Carrasco, CLE: (vs. STL. @TEX); Chris Archer, TB: (vs. NYY, @MIN); A.J. Burnett, PIT: (@PHI, @CHC); Stephen Strasburg, WAS: (@ARI, @SD)

Pearl Jam (Good Starts) – Many Pearl jam fans will contest that they’re the greatest band to come out of Seattle. I’ll respond with a simple….meh. Not impressed, sure Ten was a great record but they got worse with every release. Don’t get me wrong they have their moments, but the self righteousness, and obsession with just sort of making noise in their latter years had me off the bandwagon decades ago. This all reminds me of Bartolo Colon, who will not be making two starts this week and instead yeilding to Mets super prospect Noah Syndergaard. So far this year in AAA Las Vegas the big righty has been straight dirty. Putting up a 3-0 record to go along with a ERA of 1.82, a .94 WHIP, and a K/BB of 4.25. Vegas is not an easy place to pitch so those numbers mean something. I don’t love Tuesday’s start at Wrigley from a ratio standpoint, the Cubbies hit righties pretty well. On the other hand it provides good K potential. His second turn vs. the Brewers is tasty. Millie-Wau-kay or “The Good Land” has been awful against righties, posting the league’s 6th worst wOBA  of .294. Pair that with a 23% K rate and you’re looking at a potential big week from the kid…. Shelby Miller is another surprising stud thus far this year. After going the full monty against Philly on Wednesday I say get on-board…. Scott Kazmir was roughed up for the first time this season Thursday at Minnesota. He draws home starts against both colors of Sox, neither of them hit lefties very well, so they’re plus matchups for the Kaz…. Josh Collmenter is pretty boring, he’s totally vanilla yogurt. No one really hates it, but does anyone buy it to eat it by itself? Ahhhh no..Thing is with Collmenter is he doesn’t walk anyone (.68) and he’s notoriously strong at home (3.11 career ERA, .223 BAA) which should negate some of the fear surrounding the Nats matchup early in the week. Add in that he gets the Phillies with his second start and you’re looking at a solid streamer.

Shelby Miller, ATL: (@CIN, @MIA); Scott Kazmir, OAK: (vs. BOS, vs. CWS); Ian Kennedy, SD: (@SEA, vs. WAS); Lance Lynn, STL: (@CLE, vs. DET); Josh Collmenter, ARI: (vs. WAS, @PHI); Anthony DeSclafani, Cin: (vs. ATL, vs. SF); Mike Leake, CIN: (vs. ATL, vs. SF); Rick Porcello, BOS: (@Oak, @SEA); Alfredo Simon, DET: (vs. Min, @STL), Noah Syndergaard, NYM: (@CHC, vs. MIL)

Soundgarden (One Good – One Bad) – Let’s get this straight Soundgarden wasn’t a terrible band, it’s just Chris Cornell went very…ummmm…popish? None of the bands on here are bad, but I just don’t love Soundgarden. To me they’re sort of a one (maybe two) album band. So they get the dubious distinction of the one good start – one bad start tier. Funny thing is there are some guys I love in this tier. Chris Heston for example has been a god send for me in a few deeper leagues. For example in a 20 team dynasty I actually traded one of my better pitching prospects in Jake Thompson for Heston and so far I haven’t regretted it. He had a rough third inning on Wednesday against the Padres surrendering all 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk. I think he rebounds this week at Houston and at Cincy. He induces a good amount of grounders (57.1%), and his K/9 isn’t awful at 6.99. He’s actually been a touch unlucky with a BABIP of .339. I say start him with some confidence at the Reds but be weary of the Astros start….. I like James Paxton versus the Red Sox later in the week, but his first turn against the Padres is not ideal. They’re middle of the road when it comes to hitting lefties and I could see this being a rough one for Paxton, who can be very up or down. His last two starts have been encouraging though…. Edinson Volquez scares the shite out of me. The blister cut short his most recent start, and that may explain why he looked so off, but I feel like it’s only a mater of time before he explodes. Looks like he avoids the DL, but I don’t know where that leaves his two start status for the week….  Everyone else in this tier I’ve highlighted their good start in green, and their start to avoid in red.

Chris Heston, SF: (@HOU, @CIN); James Paxton, SEA: (vs. SD. vs. BOS); Edinson Volquez, KC (@TEX, vs. NYY); Nathan Eovaldi, NYY: (@TB, @KC); C.C. Sabathia, NYY (@TB, @KC); Nick Martinez, TEX: (vs. KC, vs. CLE); Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL; (vs. TOR, vs. LAA); Carlos Frias, LAD: (vs. MIA, vs. COL); Colby Lewis, TEX: (vs. KC, vs. CLE); Wily Peralta, MIL: (vs. CWS, @NYM)

Screaming Trees (Stay away) – The Screaming Trees were an awesome band, but their name involves screaming which is what these guys will make you do.

Alex Colome, TB: (vs. NYY, @MIN); Tom Koehler, FLA: (@LAD, vs. ATL); Tyler Matzek, COL: (@LAA, @LAD); Mark Buehrle, TOR: (@BAL, @HOU); Danny Duffy, KC: (@TEX, @NYY), Marco Estrada, TOR: (@BAL, @HOU); Justin Masterson, BOS: (@OAK, @SEA); Kyle Gibson, MIN; (@DET, vs. TB); Samuel Deduno, HOU: (vs. SF, vs. TOR); Jerome Williams, PHI: (vs. PIT, vs. ARI)

Remember these starters are subject to change. If anyone was missed or gets pushed back/moved up drop me a line in the comments and I’ll Rank ‘Em.

 

 

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  1. Charlie says:
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    Great stuff, Ralph. This is a great resource. Trade question for you, if you don’t mind.

    In my 16-team dynasty, this guy is all over me for Abreu. Started with Carlos Gomez and Shields for him, but after I refused, he upped it to Cutch and Shields for Abreu. I don’t have a clear replacement at 1B (maybe Vogt and fill in a C), but I feel like I have to make this deal, right?

    Thanks, man.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Charlie: In a re-draft yes, but dynasty not necessarily. Cutch should get hot soon but the injury still has me weary. Shields has been over his head in terms of K/9 but giving up a TON of longballs. I mean Larry David long balls 2+ per game plus a 25% HR/FB.

      In dynasty I like having a young stud where I won’t have to worry about his position for a few years. Abreu gives you that. Ask for more.

      • Charlie says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Hm, yeah those are good points. I’ll admit I’m not as concerned about Cutch turning it around.

        The only reason I’m interested in Shields is because wins are worth 10 points (so are saves) in our H2H points league. Pitchers rule the league, and I’ve lost Harvey to a trade, McCarthy and Holland to injury.

        He has Gerrit Cole, Wacha, Zimmerman, Tanaka, and Jose Fernandez. If I’m going for Cutch and an arm, who do you think I should target?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Charlie: I’d try and get one of the Cole, Wacha, Zimm combo. Cutch scares me a bit. Though the Philly matchups this week will tell us a lot those guys are awful. If he can’t put it together against them he’s cooked.

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    At this point, I start everyone against any team. I can’t get a solid start from ANYONE.

    I’m pretty much still in first because I’m winning on a weekly basis most hitting and SP categories, but my season ERA is probably north of 4 and WHIP 1.40.

    SP in general has been brutal this year.

    I have 2 QS from Hughes and Fister today that both blew up in the 7th.

    Anyhow, thanks for your weekly write ups!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TarmanGotHim: I have no idea who to start anymore. In dailies the last few weeks I’ve been getting slaughtered

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I now have Rodon who looks like he’s gonna get plummeted, streaming Andersen for the second time, he seems to only wanna get hit when I stream him (5ER game), Ross walks everyone, it’s anarchy!!

        Lol!! And you don’t like Colome?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @TarmanGotHim: Ross has the worst BB/9 among qualified starters it’s insane.

          I like Colome but. It this week. He needs to show me he can get out of the 6th.

  3. J-FOH says:
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    Oh c’mon, no mention of Jerry Cantrell. You are a screaming tree right now

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: I could have gone on about Alice In Chains forever and I love Cantrell. Hands down the best guitarist off this era followed by Kim Thayil. I had so much to say about the starters in that tier that I was worried it was going to be too long. Post was 2000 words as is.

      You’re right though Jerry was AIC

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Jerry was definitely AIC. I still like their first album without Staley.

  4. PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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    Thanks as always… in a points league with 2.5 per IP, would you roll out Paxton or stick with Hammel for the last spot?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PhrasingBackInTheMix: Paxton is two start so in a league that rewards IP so heavily the double dippers are King

  5. wJessereid says:
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    Well, I have Lester, deGrom and Harvey. So that will be my week I guess.

    I’m a Met fan so really excited about Syndergaard from a reality baseball perspective.

    Soungarden was underrated

    And Razzball is amazeballs.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @wJessereid: I like that lineup. Hopefully Harvey is sharper this week than he was last night. He wasn’t bad but sort of flat.

      I like two Soundgarden albums, feel like they lost their way after Superunknown. I think Chris Cornell’s over singing is what bothers me.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Harvey was a victim of extra rest.

        That was an awesome time in music. I was fortunate enough to be both old and young enough to appreciate it.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @wJessereid: Yeah maybe, fastball didn’t have its usual sharpness.

          I think I was probably a bit too young to fully appreciate it. When Cobain died I was in 6th grade.

  6. Good call on AIC. They had all the radd tunez.
    *Goes off to listen to “Get Born Again”

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brade: Great song. Rain when I die is a favorite of mine too.

  7. Happy Vegans says:
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    Great article and the baseball stuff was good too. Growing up through that period, I didn’t think any band could touch the Pixies until Nirvana **mind=blown**. Now it’s obvious, but at the time it was a sea change. The whole Sub Pop scene changed the entire landscape and when it was over, it ushered in the 90’s punk. Quite an amazing time! I do think, though, you’re not giving SoundGarden its due. Cornell’s voice alone was incomparable. Add to that Thayil and Cameron, their unusual time signatures, and the way they constantly experimented with their sound and lyrics… I think you get one of the most underrated bands ever. Just my opinion.

    BTW, I did wear my flannel today.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Happy Vegans: Haha I loved Soundgarden at the time and was a big fan of Thayil’s playing. Cornell got so corny it sort of ruined Soundgarden for me. I wasn’t a big Audioslave fan either so it’s probably just me.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Like I said, I loved the article. SoundGarden was a favorite of mine because they were just a little bit different than the other Sub Pop bands. I agree with you, though, about Cornell but the guy had some amazing pipes.

        How about Brit Pop next time? Lots of good music from that little rabbit hole!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Happy Vegans: Hmmm interesting I’ll take it into consideration.

  8. tals23 says:
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    shoemaker was just dropped in a my 15 team redraft league….is he worth a pick up….I have a couple of setup men (hoping to vulture saves) that I can drop

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @tals23: Yeah grab Shoemaker.

  9. Wish I was a Gold says:
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    Which side you like of this trade in a 10 team AL only Yahoo league.

    Marisnick, Kipnis, Bauer or Encarnacion, Hughes, Forsythe

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wish I was a Gold: I always say get the best player and E5 is. With that said I’m going to go against this. I like the Marisnick, Bauer, Kipnis side.

  10. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    My pitchers are:
    Garrit Cole
    Jake Arrieta
    Michael Pineda
    Tyson Ross
    Chase Anderson
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Carlos Frias
    Drew Storen
    Dellin Betances
    John Axford
    Sean Doolittle on the DL

    I was offered Danny Salazar for Betances. Should I do it? I kinda feel like Betances has more upside.

    • TheMuppetManiac says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac:
      I was just offered Wacha for Betances. His strikeout rate is horrible though.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @TheMuppetManiac: If it’s a holds league keep Betances. Tough call though you’re starters are already pretty solid and your own is thin.

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    I must contest. I think the notion of Pearl Jam getting weaker with every album after Ten is totally false. I know all non-fans will go along with that and I’ll give you that the two most recent albums were very bad but the 3 album stretch of Vitalogy, No Code, and Yield is their absolute peak. Ten had all the commercial hits, I get it, but after the bulk of the mainstream left is when they really took off creatively. I like nirvana but think they are a tad overrated due to the aura of Kurt Cobain. Definitely also a fan of Soundgarden, AIC, Mudhoney, etc. Even if I’m in the minority here I have to say PJ is the greatest of the era, yes i am one of those fans. They are still a great experience live.

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      @heatster: Pearl Jam are number one easily for me.

      They talk about the influence of Nirvana and I get it. So overrated though.

      Speaking of influence: It seemed like for a time there was a whole wave of copycat Eddie Vedder’s (the guy from Creed comes to mind). They collaborated with Neil Young, stayed relevant (Eddie Vedder’s ukulele album from 2011 is amazing) and were and are a great live band.

      Alice in Chains. HA!

      • Morneau for Pyros says:
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        @Gareth: No way Rick Porcello is the Pearl Jam of starting pitchers.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Morneau for Pyros: I like Porcello’s two starts this week. He hasn’t been horrible and should be aided by Kauffman and OcO in keeping it in the ballpark.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @heatster: I knew my Pearl Jam opinion would rattle some cages. They just bore the hell out of me.

      • heatster says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Certainly all music isn’t for everyone.

  12. slimbo says:
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    With syndergard starting this week and yelich coming off the dl I have to open 2 roster spots..who goes? Lind/fowler/carson smith or yimi garcia?

    It’s a keeper league. Saves and hold and we have 8 spots for saves and holds guys so I guess smith can go?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @slimbo: I like smith more long term then Yimi. Probably Yimi and Lind. I really like Fowler this year.

  13. Ante GALIC says:
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    Ralph!!!!

    What a great lede. Thanks equally for the article, well thought out as usual.

    a. How about ManU away victory!!! Takes the sting out of losing at home to WBA, almost committed hari kiri but then thought better of it, too painful.

    b. For my $$$, AiC were great. You left STP off the list and for sure they were better than Screaming Trees but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.

    c. Thanks for the info on the Kurt Cobain video. I watched ‘About a son’ (or rather listened to ‘About a son’). It was good, still miss Nirvana 15 years later for sure.

    d. Gonna roll out Paxton and Cole where I have them and hope for the best. Many two-start options out there. The starterpocalypse is still on.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ante GALIC: Yes glory glory Man United! I’m a bit sad they haven’t ened the year so far on a high note but all is well that ends in UCL football.

      STP was great but from Cali not Seattle therefore not qualified.

      Roll both Cole and Paxton.

  14. Gareth says:
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    Foo fighters!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gareth: I love Foo Fighters man. Seriously love them.

  15. pondfrogsplash says:
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    Yeesh. I have Greinke at Coors, Pineda at Baltimore, and Buchholz at Toronto. Would you bench any of these fellas? Thanks!

    • pondfrogsplash says:
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      @pondfrogsplash: Ok nevermind. I guess the rainouts have changed the pitching order. Clayton is going today. False alarm.

  16. pondfrogsplash says:
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    What about Buchholz though?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @pondfrogsplash: Buchholz goes today.

  17. Robert says:
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    Is Rodon worth holding onto if he is going back to the pen?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: I’m not sure how long it lasts if he goes back to the pen. That’s a big IF Noesi has been awful. Hold on Rodon.

  18. Well, I was in my early 20s when this scene busted out and would humbly suggest that seeing these bands live is the best way to base an opinion.

    And even then I thought both Pearl Jam & Nirvanma were overrated. More so Pearl Jam but judging by everything Grohl has touched has been since Cobain took a dirt nap, I think we can tell where credit should have gone.

    Personally I have the list:

    1. Alice in Chains
    2. Soundgarden
    3. Nirvanma
    4. the Melvins (considering they started grunge, how could you possibly leave his band off the list?)
    5. Screaming Trees
    6. Mother Love Bone
    7-14. Every other band out if Seartle in the 90s
    15. Pearl Jam

    Of course, as the dude would say, this is just like, my opinion, man.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Lucky Dog: I like your opinion. I left the Melvins off because I wasn’t sure how to describe them in a way that would do them justice. They probably would have been the top tier but Nirvana was my inspiration for the post so Instuck with them. I also considered Mudhoney.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Lucky Dog: I also saw AIC, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam (4 times) live. AIC was way too high so it was tough to get a gauge on the quality of the live show. PJ was always solid but I find them boring.

        • @Ralph Lifshitz:

          Their music is broken neck boring – you can’t headband to it – people just flip their heads around like they’ve got a broken neck.

          Puts me to sleep – and drones on and on. I feel like they feel like they’re rockin out, but I’m dying of boredom.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: really Melvins were around (and still are, and rule) way before this “scene” though. Grohl didn’t really write Nirvana songs if that’s what was meant by Grohl comment above. I’m not saying the band was the same without him (and everyone else in Nirvana said specifically they were better with him), but song-wise it’s like almost all Kurt there. Mudhoney should probably be no worse than 6th in these Seattle lists.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Crapshoot Kershaw: Yeah I’m a big fan of the Melvins and Mudhoney as well but for the purposes of the tiers it’s more a novelty than an actual in depth list of the Seattle grunge scene.

            Yeah Grohl was doing stuff on the side and had nothing to with Nirvana’s writing.

    • Dude says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Obviously, you’re not a golfer.

  19. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Great write up, I just traded Strasburg straight up for McHugh, hopefully the chiropractor visit and change in mechanics fixes his shizz.

    I know their totally different genres, but if we’re talking strictly best guitarist of the era Id givd the nod to Morello from Rage.

  20. Mookie blaylock says:
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    I am here in honour of the pearl jam fans! Haha.

    I went hard with razzball, well mostly grey maybe, favourites.

    Strasburg and Salazar were keepers. This year I have Hughes, carrasco, fiers, shoemaker and Hahn. Picked up hammel. Talk me off the ledge…..

    thoughts on Hughes, fiers and shoemaker? Hahn I kept for a dollar for four years so I will hold on him for a while but how close are the other three to drop territory?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mookie blaylock: The name is a riot. Way to rep for the PJ roots.

      Stay away from the ledge (I will not quite 3rd Eye Blind…no way no how)… Hughes’ numbers should normalize. He’s still not walking anyone and has been a bit homer prone this year. I can’t guarantee he figures out the homers. He’s always been prone to the long ball but 15% HR/FB is pretty high even for him.

      Shoemaker I’m not sure why to tell you he’s giving up an insane amount of homers. Nearly 3 per 9! He was a home boy last year but he’s the opposite this year. He’s one to be careful with.

      Fiers you just have to take the good with the bad. The K’s are bananas but the ER make you cry.

  21. Robert says:
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    Tyson Ross and Ozuna for McCutchen: who wins?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: Cutch side easy

  22. Yahoo had Greinke starting today, but it was Keeshaw.

    Assuming it was a glitch in the matrix and no injury, Greinke now gets MIA and COL at home.

    I assume he’s now in the top tier (whatever band you call it)?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lucky Dog: Yeah with the rainout in Colorado they pushed back Kershaw so Greinke gets two turns. He’s top tier for sure.

  23. FilthyRIch says:
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    I’m in weekly points league. Start a 2-start Lewis or 1-start J Zimmerman? Was planning on Lewis but streamonator doesn’t like either start (KC -8.2; CLE -8.8) and Zimm is [email protected] (20.5).

    ALso 2-start Porcello (@sea -4.1; @oak -4) or 1-start Liriano (@phl 25.5)?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @FilthyRIch: This is a case when the one starts are probably better. I do like Porcello this week due to the parks he’s pitching in but Liriano vs the Phils is a great matchup.

      As for the first question Zimm all the way.

  24. Re-Pete says:
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    As much as it pains me to say this, I’m tempted to bench Chris Sale this week for Danny Salazar. Sale just doesn’t look right. Am I crazy?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Re-Pete: Hey I get it Salazar looked dominant yesterday and Sale has been a turd sandwich his last two starts against Detroit and Minny. Look at it this way Sale didn’t have a spring. That can have an effect. He also had a bad start against a Twins team that went bananas for two weeks and a very tough Tigers team. Looking at the numbers there’s some encouraging signs and some scary ones…..The Good: His velocity is up on his two seam fastball and his slider. He’s inducing more ground balls and has a high BABIP .378.

      The Bad: He’s allowing more homers, walking more batters, allowing more line drives, and his K’s are down. He’s also throwing almost half as many sliders as he did last season. I question if he’s avoiding the Slider for a reason. If so yikes.

      With all of that said I’d give him another go this week and see what comes of it. Maybe it was a hiccup…

      • Re-Pete says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks for the detailed response. You guys do a great job here. Follow up question: assuming I start Sale over K-zar, would you keep a 2 start Shelby Miller in over K-zar this week and hope the regression fairies stay away?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Re-Pete: I’d probably go Salazar.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Re-Pete: your worst pitcher seriously is salazar such that you’d even think of benching him. good luck in the 4 team league.

  25. slimbo says:
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    Is carlos martinez droppable in a 8 teamer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @slimbo: Yeah in an 8 team sure

  26. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    tend to differ that all pearl jam albums got worse after Ten. (i do agree Nirvana is better though, could go either way on Chains or Pearl Jam being claimed as better). Vs/Vitalogy/Yield all better than Ten to me. No Code is mostly junk and everything after Yield ain’t too good.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Beware the Shit Rope: I don’t mind yield but I hated Vitalogy. Vs was meh. IMHO Ten is their best work start to finish.

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