So after back to back weeks of discussing two of the more trendsetting genres in Hip-Hop and Grunge.  I have gone off the reservation and devoted the tiers and peripheral discussion to one of my favorites groups of all-time, Philly hitmakers Daryl Hall and John Oates.  In other words, I’m trying very hard to not exceed 12 comments.  Hey, it’s just like my weekday job on the soccer site!  Then again maybe you too enjoy hitting the freeway with the top down in your Sebring convertible and the cool sounds of the dynamic duo pumping through your speakers.  Good God, someone get me a peach flavored mystic.  I’m going to need to hydrate for all the cougars who just swooned after reading that description.  Not for nothing, but there is no better way to serenade a cougar then to pull up in a low power american convertible, top down, with Sara Smile on the stereo.  I be collecting spanx for days kid.  All I’m saying is watch your Mom around me, true player for real, ask my dog Smokey.  Or you could ask your mom…. This is all nonsense and besides the point.  We’re here dearly beloved to discuss the double-dipping masters of blue eyed soul, mixed in with some two start pitchers right?  Well bad news…the two start pitching options this week are sort of limited after the first 8 or so arms.  Yay Mike Fiers!  Seriously Fiers is so meta.  Because I typically want to yell FIRE! upon glancing at my ratios after each of his starts.

Daryl Hall & John Oates - The Very Best Of Daryl Hall & John Oates - Front

 

Maneaters (Aces) – Ummm have you heard Maneaters? It’s pretty much the greatest song ever written. It has everything, a great bass-line, sexy saxophone, an excellent segue of oooooohhhhhs, and most of all a chorus you can yell at top of your lungs when you’re FUBAR. Starting us off in this tier is everyone’s favorite Met, Matt Harvey. The Dark Knight has been his usual dirrrty self punching out batters at a 9 per clip and boosting your ratios with an ERA in the low 2’s along with a WHIP in the sub 1 atmosphere. He gets a home date with the Cards, and a road start vs. the Pirates….. Coming up next is everyone’s favorite underachiever Chris Sale. Tuesday’s start vs the Brewers showed improvement, but then again the Brew-Crew has the third worst wOBA vs. lefties. Sale also allowed another homer, meaning he’s now allowed 4 long balls in 6 starts. He faces the Indians at home, who are middle of the road against southpaws, and his nemesis of a few weeks back, the Minnesota Twins. The Twinkies are an intriguing matchup. They put up a 9 spot on him back on April 30th and actually have the ninth highest wOBA against lefites. Then again how much did the 9 spot off Sale boost that number? My very verbose data/fact dump aside, Sale has been good at home this year and I think he rebounds….. Next up is Sonny Gray and his silly 1.61 ERA. BTW can we call him the oxymoron? I mean his name sort of is one no? You know because Sonny means happy and Gray is melancholy….okay I’ll stop. Gray gets the Astros who love the K’s and the Rays who can’t really hit…… Rounding out this tier is Mr. 18 K’s himself, live and direct all the way from Cleveland for your dining and dancing pleasure, put your hands together for Corey Kluber!!! Kluber looked amazing on Wednesday and by amazing I mean he wasn’t leaving his slider all up in the zone and stuff, you know because people hit that. He was throwing them in the dirty dirt and getting the Cards to chase. Klubes was placing his two-seamer high and away. Corey’s got his uzi back, be scared, be very scared. This week will be a test though with the White Sox and Reds on the docket. Then again the White Sox aren’t nearly as scary as they look on paper…… There’s a chance Johnny Cueto is two-start but someone would have to get skipped for that to be the case. If he is indeed going to go twice then he’s the top option above Harvey.

Matt Harvey, NYM: (vs. STL, @PIT); Chris Sale, CWS: (vs. CLE, vs. MIN); Sonny Gray, OAK: (@HOU, @TB); Corey Kluber, CLE: (@CWS, vs. CIN)

You Make My Dreams Come True (Good Starts) – Pretty easy, this is a tier full of handsome studs that will make your dreams come true in all formats this week. Admittedly this tier is much smaller than it usually is, but as I said, it’s a rough week for the double-dippers. My favorite of the bunch is Michael Wacha. The Cardinals ace isn’t going to blow anyone away, literally and figuratively, with his K rate this year. It sits at a very pedestrian 5.36, but his ratios are good (2.06 ERA, 1.08 WHIP), and he’s keeping the ball in the park (.62 HR/9). His opponents this week are the Mets at Citi and cross-arch rivals the Royals at Kauffman. Both of these parks should play well to his skill set. He does a good job of mixing it up and keeping hitters off balance with his mix of four seam, cutter, curveball, change….. Ranking Jason Hammel number two might turn a few heads and induce wrinkled brows, but the numbers tell me I’m right. Then again I did chose Hall and Oates as my theme so it’s apropos. The Cubs righty has been good this season and he gets some solid matchups @ San Diego, and @ Arizona. He’s allowed 6 runs in his last four starts has gone 8 innings twice in that span, 7 once, and 6 once. Hammel also has a K/9 of 7.96 and a BB/9 of 1.17. His BABIP isn’t suspect at .273, and his LOB% is pretty normal at 76.2%. Of course an easier way to do this would be to point at his ERA/FIP/xFIP line of 3.11/3.35/3.36. I never take the easy way though….James Shields is an enigma wrapped in a riddle this year. He’s striking out batters a significantly higher clip than he has previously in his career at 11.92/9, but his other ratios aren’t great, and he has an odd ERA/FIP/xFIP line of 3.91/4.83/2.99. It’s probably all the home runs…..HE’S ALLOWING AT PETCO….See weird! He has 5 homers in 3 home starts and 25% HR/FB overall. I’m guessing the K’s go down and the ratios normalize to his career norms. He gets the swing happy but dangerous Cubs at Petco, and the Dodgers at the empty stadium. Oops that’s only after the 6th inning…..Cole Hamels is righting the ship but his first start is at Coors. Beware!…Anibal Sanchez doesn’t pitch against the Twins this week. That’s bad news for him. In 21 2/3rds innings against the Twinkies he’s allowed 4 ERs, in the other 29 he’s allowed 23. So who knows what shows up against the Brewers and Astros. My guess is the Brewers start is great and his turn against the Astros looks like this, 4 earned, 7 K’s…..John Lackey face!!!!

Michael Wacha, STL: (@NYM, @KC); Jason Hammel, CHC: (@SD, @ARI), James Shields, SD: (vs. CHC, @LAD); Cole Hamels, PHI: (@COL, @WAS); Anibal Sanchez, DET: (vs. MIL, vs. HOU); John Lackey, STL: (@NYM, @KC)

Your Kiss Is On My List (Solid Starts) – Okay so I don’t want to kiss all of these starters, but I can’t say the thought of them gracing my H2H and points league rosters is totally repulsive. Are they among the best things in life as Daryl Hall sings? No sire Bob or Oates or whatever name makes the most sense. They all have upside in both starts and will probably be rolled out by a majority of you. First up is one of my current favorite pitchers, the South-sider’s Jose Quintana. Quintana’s overall numbers are tainted by two rough starts early in the season, one vs the Royals on April 8th where he allowed 5 earned, and the other at the Tigers on April 19th where he was shelled for 9 runs in 4 innings. In the other 5 starts he sports an ERA of 1.68 over 32 frames. He draws home starts vs Cleveland and the Twins. As mentioned earlier the Twins have a good track record vs lefties this season but Quintana shut them down when he faced them earlier this month….Our first potential streaming option is up next in Carlos Frias.  I like what the Dodgers righty has shown thus far, albeit in a very limited sample size. Over his three starts Frias is yet to allow more than three runs while putting up a very high groundball rate (62.5%). His K/9 and BB/9 numbers are good (7.71 K/9, 1.65 BB/9), and he’s keeping the ball in the yard. Nothing screams regression in his peripherals (.306 BABIP, 75.3% LOB, 2.95/3.10 FIP/xFIP). He also draws two starts in pitchers parks vs lineups that don’t scare me (@SF & vs. SD). He’s a player to target….Next up is a player not getting nearly the love he deserves from other ‘Perts in Trevor Bauer. This guy is a 24 year old former top prospect with a sub-4 ERA. He had a couple of bad turns against Toronto and then Minny (during their hot streak a few weeks back). He’s steadily cut down on the walks since his first two outings of the season, and has double digit K potential each time he takes the ball, as exhibited by his start on Thursday. His K/9 sits at 9.5 even if his BB/9 is gross. He draws the same matchups as the aforementioned Kluber, hopefully Corey breaks ’em in again for Trev….Jon Niese is nosing around in areas of usefulness he need not entertain. That was my obligatory Neise-Nose joke. Grey pays us .36 cents each time we make a Neise-nose pun. Hey I could feed one of kids for months in the Sudan on that kind of coin. Ralph ramblings aside, Niese has a completely unsustainable ERA of 2.49, look at his WHIP of 1.38 and FIP/xFIP of 4.13/3.89. His K/9 is junk (5.61), but he induces groundballs at a good rate (57.1%), and he draws two clubs that struggle against southpaws in St. Louis and Pittsburgh. So Niese is worth rolling out with confidence this week….Drew Pomeranz might be a good buy low candidate, of course that’s assuming he’s not on waivers. He hasn’t pitched nearly as bad as his numbers suggest. The number that stands on the most is 54.3%, that’s his LOB%. Maybe he has issues pitching from the stretch, or maybe he’s unlucky so far. He looked pretty good last time out against the Red Sox, but they’re caca against lefties. Starts at Houston and at Tam-Pah look solid enough for me to take a flier on him.

Jose Quintana, CWS: (vs. CLE, vs. MIN); Carlos Frias, LAD: (@SF, vs. SD); Trevor Bauer, CLE: (@CWS, vs. CIN); Jon Niese, NYM: (vs. STL, @PIT); Drew Pomeranz, OAK: (@HOU, @TB)

One on One (One Good/One Bad) – A little one on one, do you want to play? Of course it’s not of the sexual variety a la Mr. Hall but still one good/one bad is a fun little game we play here in Casa Del Dos Comienzos. I’m sure my spanish is off, but forgive me. Texting J-FOH for the proper translation seemed a bit insensitive. Or was that last remark insensitive? I don’t know I snoozed through sensitivity training in the Razzball orientation. Strangely it was taught by Tehol, he wasn’t wearing pants at the time. There’s a ton of good arms in this tier this week, actually there’s just a ton of arms, twelve to be exact. Problem is they all face at least one scary offense (DET, TOR, BAL, NYY), or they’re in Colorado for a start. There’s also a handful of them I don’t trust in Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony DeSclafani, Mike Foltynewicz, and Nate Karns. As always the good starts are highlighted in green and the bad in red. To put it in drivers ed jargon green means go, red means stop.

Dan Haren, MIA: (vs. ARI, vs. BAL); Jimmy Nelson, MIL: (@DET, @ATL); Mike Fiers, MIL: (@DET, @ATL); Rubby De La Rosa, ARI: (@MIA, vs. CHC); Nate Karns, TB: (@ATL, vs. OAK); Tim Lincecum, SF: (vs. LAD, @COL); Hector Santiago, LAA: (@TOR, @BOS); Aaron Harang, PHI: (@COL, @WAS); Anthony DeSclafani, CIN: (@KC, @CLE); C.J. Wilson, LAA: (@TOR, @BOS); Yovani Gallardo, TEX: (@BOS, @NYY); Mike Foltynewicz, ATL: (vs. TB, vs. MIL)

I Can’t Go For That (Stay Away) – No can do….I can go for being twice as nice, I can go for just repeating the same old lines, use the body, now you want my soul, Ooh forget about it, say no go….

Drew Hutchison, TOR: (vs. LAA, vs. SEA); Chris Tillman, BAL: (vs. SEA, @MIA); Taijuan Walker, SEA: (@BAL, @TOR); Tim Hudson, SF: (vs. LAD, @COL); Kyle Lobstein, DET: (vs. MIL, vs. HOU); Aaron Sanchez, TOR: (vs. LAA, vs. SEA); Jeremy Hellickson, ARI: (@MIA, vs. CHC); Wade Miley, BOS: (vs. TEX, vs. LAA); Roberto Hernandez, HOU: (vs. OAK, @DET); Roenis Elias, SEA: (@BAL, @TOR); Eddie Butler, COL: (vs. PHI, vs. SF); Brett Oberholtzer, HOU: (vs. OAK, @DET)

 

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. Todd says:
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    Hey Ralph I really enjoy your two start write ups & love this one with hall & Oates !

    I’m in a h2h pts weekly lock

    Which 2 pitcher who have two starts for week 7 would you add & start?

    Lackey, Jon niese, CJ Wilson & rubby de la rosa

    For your break down looks like lackey is def an add, but not sure for the rest I was torn between niese & de la rosa

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Todd: Thanks for reading bud! Hall and Oates are the soundtrack to my dreams. As for your actual FBB question I’d go Lackey and Niese. As I said neither of those lineups is very good against lefties.

      • Todd says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks bud!

        Hall & Oates just played near me but I didn’t know til after the fact, grr!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Todd: Oh no!!! Well they’re old now so it could be worse…unless you’re typing this in a time machine from 1983 are you?

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    ALL HAIL, KING RALPH. FATHER OF THE PEOPLE!! WE SALUTE YOU

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: ALL CAPS WHEN YOU SPELL THE MAN’S NAME!!!

  3. Mike

    Mike says:
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    love Hall and Oates!

    ever hear the cover album by The Bird and the Bee? pretty cool

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: No Mike I have not but I’m definitely checking it out tonight.

  4. Peter Bal says:
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    Great stuff, and great music choice my good Sir! Is Sonny Grey considered “elite” now?

    Also, check out Mayer Hawthorne’s music. He loves Hall & Oates and does covers plus he’s been on Darryl’s House. Also Mayer’s new band is Tuxedo and they do kick ass 80s R&B inspired music. Check this shiznit out and keep up the great articles!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Peter Bal: I’m not sure that Gray is 100% no questions asked elite yet but he’s tough to knock at the moment.

      I saw the Daryl’s House with Mayer and have heard a few Tuxedo jams. I dig it for sure.

  5. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    FFS, Lifshitz. You can’t talk H2O without mention of “She’s Gone.” Might be the greatest song ever written.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chuckles Tiddlesworth: Hahaha it wasn’t in depth review of their greatest tunes and the tier titles were more plays on the song names.

      Maybe I need to do a tier about homer prone pictures called she’s gone

  6. E4rth says:
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    McCullers is getting called up for a Monday start at home against the A’s.Likely to be a high-risk two- starter this week as well…assuming he can hang. He’s been smokin the minors. Any predictions for him this week and rest of year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @E4rth: Huge K upside big BB downside. I think at this point he’s more of a streamer than anything. Astros have been good at getting their young arms ready for the bigs though so we’ll see.

  7. Zeus says:
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    Why do you have a pic of Gary Dell’Abate up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Zeus: Bababooey…

  8. Zeus says:
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    Hall and Oates is up there with Journey and rthe Eagles for me. God damn awful

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Zeus: Lol but The Eagles and Journey are awful…

  9. Lockey says:
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    Drop Chase Anderson to stream Karns @ Atl, Hutch vs LA , orFoltynewitz vs Tampa on tuesday and pick anderson back up for his start wednesday @miami or stream Brett Anderson @ SF, Worley vs Minnesota, or Travis Wood at SD on wednesday?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lockey: Karns at Atlanta and I like the Brett Anderson start at SF.

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @Lockey: that’s not wada @SD on wed.

  10. Mike says:
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    You starting frias vs sf?
    Is rodon a streamer or project him to have a good ROS?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: I like Frias at SF for sure. I’m high on him this week.

      In redraft he’s probably a streamer until he can figure out the walks. The A’s start was ugly

  11. tals23 says:
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    I’m in a 15 team weekly head to head league….these are my position players and five best SP’S, along with my two best closers….
    C. Vogt
    1B. Abreu
    2B. Pedroia
    SS. Yunel Escobar
    3B. Beltre
    DH. Lind
    OF. Avisail Garcia
    OF. Trout
    OF. Melky Cabrera
    SP. Felix Hernandez
    SP. Chris Archer
    SP. Anibel Sanchez
    SP. Julio Teheran
    SP. Trevor Bauer
    RP. Boxberger
    RP. AJ Ramos
    My team Is currently 7-8, and I have been offered this trade trade:
    Kershaw, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Altuve and Odirrizi for Felix Hernandez, Mike Trout, Brett Cecil and Dustin Pedroia….my question is this:
    Does this make my team better or should I sit tight with what I already have?
    Fyi, I have Salvador Perez on my bench who I can plug in at catcher and move Vogt to the outfield to attempt to replace Trout

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @tals23: I wouldn’t make that trade. You don’t upgrade any where but second and that’s marginal. Keep Trout and Felix.

  12. DB says:
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    Am I crazy to start Fiers @ detroit? He has kluber,Ventura, wacha going on monday and tuesday
    My pitchers would be Fiers and Karns. W,L,QS,K’s,HR,ERA,Whip

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DB: I think you’ll probably have to and hope for the best. It could get very ugly though.

  13. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Hall and Oates are AWESOME. Have you checked out “Ballin’ Oates?” Some guy mashed up hip hop songs with H&O jams and a couple of them are pretty good. Oh and the baseball knowledge was great too, haha.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Clyde Prompto: Yeah there are a couple of great mashups in that collection. I just love the name…Ballin Oates!

  14. dude says:
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    CJ, Rubby or Foltynewitz?

    How would you rank them for this week as well as for the rest of the season?

    I’m in a league with a limited number of Free Agent pickups so staying power has a lot of value.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @dude: Rubby, CJ, and then Foltynewitz. This week.

      ROS Wilson, Rubby, and Foltynewitz. I think Rubby and CJ are close. Rubby has more upside.

  15. Connor says:
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    I have to pick 2 out of Ventura, Syndergaard, and C. Martinez ROS who would you stick with? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Connor: Ventura and Martinez at the moment. I need to see a few more starts out of Syndergaard and there no guarantees he’s in the rotation all year.

  16. Lark says:
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    Hittertron loves gose next week $23, drop chop to add him chop has a $5 for next week

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lark: Chop is Choo? I’m missing something. But sure give the robot’s Gose love some run

  17. Adam says:
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    Pujols or Belt ROS??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: Pujols if just for the power…

  18. Adam says:
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    Paxton or Burnett to stream tommorrow??
    Need a win
    Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: Paxton the Sox suck against LHP

  19. Jay says:
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    Ralph my man! Cougars. They do need hydration. Especially when you walk into a bar full of them. Just ask Smokey! Nothing like a trip to the Barn cap off a night.
    CC, decent start tonight against KC last week pretty good too. You carry him over rodon or Hughes in a keeper?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jay: Jay!!!!!!! Barn? Cougars?? I know nothing of what you speak you glorious bastard!

      Not over Hughes or Rodon in keeper. In re-draft I’d take CC over Rodon, but hopefully the kid can figure out his walk issues.

      I’m a big Hughes fan so I like him the best of the three..

  20. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly 10×10 H2H cats league; W, L and QS count. We start 4SP, can only roster 7. My opponent next week has at least 2 2-starters and overall a good staff, and I have none. Is it worth dropping a 1-start Chavez and/or Paxton for Frias and/or Karns (the top 2 on your list above), or hold for their ROS value?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: Depends how desperate you are. Let’s see what Pax does against the Sox. If he gets blown up, I don’t think he will, but if he does he’ll be easy to pick back up. I’d drop him for Frias. Chavez is pitching too well to drop IMO.

  21. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points league

    Pujols and Blackmon for Kendrys morales and pence…

    1b for me is pujols, c Santana and teixeira. Of is Brantley, marte, Blackmon and sometimes Hanley…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sange76: I’d hold

  22. Love the theme this week. I hope you’ve watched some Live From Daryl’s House – great stuff.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lucky Dog: Yeah quite a few. I really liked the Chromeo one and the Guster one. In the Guster show they close out with a Daryl Hall solo song called babs and bads and it’s a classic. He did that record, Sacred Songs, with Robert Fripp from King Crimson.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: Agreed – that was high on my list as well. The Sammy Hagar at Cabo was very mixed IMO – they did a great version of Rock Candy, but Hagar’s voice is pretty well shot. I can’t drive 55 was almost un-listenable, though Sammy’s still got pretty impressive guitar chops – dude’s an underrated soloist.

        The Billy Gibbons episode was a classic – as was the Joe Walsh one.

        Toots and the Maytals also an excellent show. I’ve enjoyed most of them really.

  23. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    This was amazing, the hall and oates thing i mean. Absolutely brilliant, I’m starting taijuan and fiers tho.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Yeah I will be in a few leagues too. The Fiers Tigers start scares me. Taijuan just scares me, and Balt and Tor ain’t to be played with.

  24. Ante GALIC says:
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    Ralph!!

    How are you, man? Great article / write-up. H&O are up there if you want to snag the Cougs for sure. My wife needed some background music for her massage salon, she asked me to suggest something and I said H&O and she said Wow, thanks. She’d never heard of H&O!!! (She’s from Europe,)

    a. Would you start Rubby DLR next week over any of:

    1. McHugh @Detroit
    2. Odorizzi @Atlanta
    3. Paxton @Toronto

    I’m leaning maybe Odorizzi.

    b. Would you start Bauer next week over any of:

    1. Hughes @Chicago
    2. Odorizzi @Atlanta
    3. Paxton @Toronto
    4. Wood at home versus Milwaukee

    Again the same leaning on Odorizzi.

    c. Concerns over Salazar. Would you start him (@ChiSox) over any of:

    1. Ross at home versus ChiCubs
    2. Rubby DLR 2-start (@Miami, at home versus Cubs)
    3. Paxton @Toronto
    4. Wood at home versus Milwaukee
    5. McHugh @Detroit

    Sorry for multiple questions, dude!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ante GALIC: Ante you always…..Ante up with the questions….wocka wocka wocka

      A. Over Paxton for sure the other two no…

      B. Yes over Paxton, Eggs, and Wood

      C. I’d avoid Paxton against the jays altogether. They hit LHP better than anyone. That’s an awful matchup for Pax.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph! Enjoy your weekend!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  25. Anarchist 82 says:
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    In a h2h points league with wins worth 10 points, where would you draw the line on two start pitchers vs established guys? For instance, would you take a two start Pomeranz over gerrit cole or Garrett Richards?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Anarchist 82: No I’d go with Cole and Richards

  26. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Couple questions for you Ralph; I’m getting pretty worried about Dickerson. I can’t stomach him missing a couple games a week dealing with the foot issue. Maybe in roto, but in H2H, it’s suicide. He isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire when he is in the lineup either. It doesn’t seem like an issue that is going to be resolved anytime soon either. Would you drop him for Choo in a 10 team, H2H league? Choo looks like he has figured things out for now and I can’t see him sticking around on waivers too much longer. Also, I am terrified of running Lackey out there this week. He has been a complete train wreck on the road this year. One start Arrieta @ Arizona instead? Thanks buddy!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rubik’s Pube: Very tough call in Dickerson. The PF issue is going to effect everything and after getting pued from yesterday’s game I wonder if he gets DL’ed. See if he does and the situation may work itself out. If they are going to go Mesoraco on it then make the Choo move in a 10 team H2H there’s little time to wait.

      Yeah Lackey has been bad on the road but 1. The Mets offense is miserable at the moment and Citi cures a lot of ills for pitchers 2. The KC start is barely a road start.

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the wise words sir Raplh!

  27. Ty says:
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    always love the 2 start write ups thanks! I have Rodon sitting on my bench and i’m thinking about dropping him for his team mate Quintana. Yes or hold?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ty: yes make that move Quintana as I mentioned is a victim of a couple of rough starts early against two very good lineups. Other than that he’s been shut down. If it’s dynasty then that’s a different story but my assumption is you wouldn’t be asking if it was….

      • Ty says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks! yeas its a re-draft. I’ll grab him

  28. That guy says:
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    I think DeSclafani is slated to pitch today, against SF. No two starts for him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @That guy: I wonder if they skip Inglesias and go Cueto Tuesday.

  29. chucky says:
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    If Dickerson is out @ Coors Week 7…who to start in the OF 6×6 OBP….Betts, DeShields or Bruce?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @chucky: Betts for sure.

  30. Oranje says:
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    I know that I am asking this late…but…I currently have no 2-start SPs in my active lineup but both Lackey and Nelson are on my bench. I have to sit one of the following: Strasburg, Arrieta, Archer, Liriano, Salazar, Greinke…in order to start either Lackey or Nelson. Is either one of these 2-start SPs a better start than the active list? If so, who do I sit and who do I start? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: I’d stick with the guys you have its a good rotation.

  31. Scott says:
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    Yo. What’s your prob with the Lob?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: He K’s no one his walk rate isn’t meh and he gets crushed by righties. The best thing I can say is he doesn’t induce a lot of GB’s.

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