Sorry my loyal musicfiles, but this week I’ve moved on from our weekly music discussion mixed in with some fantasy baseball edu-ma-cation, to a weekly discussion of my favorite of all foods….the all-mighty fast food cheeseburger.  I’m guessing regular commenter Happy Vegans will have to talk about boca burgers or something made of grass.  Sorry homie, your avatar still has a rocking stache.  Take solace in that.  Either way we’ll once again awkwardly navigate our way through the two-start pitching options for the week and mix in some auxiliary discussion of the delicious, greasy, delicacy we call the cheeseburger.  If you’re kosher remove the cheese, cool?  Looking forward, we have some seriously tasty doubles piled up in the top tiers this week and some dollar menu values spread across the middle tiers where streamers are to be had in super-sized portions.  Some one and done guys that might be In N Out of your lineup depending on the matchup.  There’s also a whole lot more garbage in a bag then there has been in previous weeks…. I know, I know, I’m so topical I should be an ointment!  Quite a few streamers I like this week, one in particular is Mariners Lefty Roenis Elias.  Over his last 15 starts dating back to last July Elias’ ERA is 2.48 with a 7.78 k/9, 3.56 BB/9, and a .65 HR/9.  His pheriperals scream regression (3.71 FIP, 4.02 xFIP, 1.36 WHIP), but they don’t scream awful either.  His control has improved this season and he’s faced some solid lineups thus far in Minnesota, Baltimore, and Houston.  Roenis is slated to go against two clubs this week that are middle of the road when it comes to hitting lefties, in the Rays and Indians.  But I like his chances to continue his string of quality starts.  Now that’s a tasty burger!

 

animal style

 

In N’ Out (The Aces) – If you hail from the West Coast and come out here to the Beast Coast I believe it’s actually obligatory that you tell us that A. The women are hotter in California (1A. The weather is too) and B. That In N’ Out is the greatest thing since God made fake breasts and the designated hitter. Seriously do they make you guys sign a contract before boarding a plane that says “If dining at a fast food place with an East Coaster you will make at least three off the cuff remarks about eating at In N’ Out and getting your burger “Animal Style”? We get it already In N’ Out is far superior to 5 Guys and marginally better than Shake Shack. I’ve been to In N’ Out on some of my West Coast adventures and I do agree that it’s great, but I could do without your damn “Secret Menu” conversations every time we break bread capiche? Leading the top tier this week is none other than Mr. Wonderful, no not Action Bronson. It’s the man that can pitch 270 innings like it ain’t no thang, homer off Clayton Kershaw, and love every inch of a BBW. It’s Madison Bumgarner! The man is the gas, just start him no further explainations….David Price is coming off back to back big K performances (12 and 9) but his ERA isn’t where you want it. An 8 run diaper filler against the Yankees will do that. The Detroit ace is blessed with two good matchups this week as he faces an A’s team that is dreadful against lefties and an Angels lineup that has just been dreadful altogether…. Here’s where I’m sure I’ll get some debate, I have Jordan Zimmermann ranked one spot ahead of Danny Salazar (GASP!).  Here’s my logic, he faces two National League lineups, both of which have some strikeout issues (Cubs 25.8%, Reds 20.8%), and Salazar’s two opponents (Texas and Seattle) have been hot of late. I like them both, hence their inclusion in the Ace tier, but I give Zimmermann the edge if just for one day. Oops I mean two, sorry Bowie…. I love Dallas Keuchel, I don’t care about his 6.4 K/9, there’s a lot to like with this guy. His 64.3% GB rate is amazing, he also gets deep into games (6 of his 9 starts have been 7 innings or more), and ratios are tough to manage. I watched his start against Oakland this week and was once again impressed. Diamond Dallas went 6 and didn’t surrender an earned run.

Madison Bumgarner, SF: (@MIL, vs. ATL); David Price, DET: (@OAK, @LAA); Jordan Zimmermann, WAS: (@CHC, @CIN); Danny Salazar, CLE: (vs. TEX, @SEA); Dallas Keuchel, HOU: (@BAL, vs. CWS)

 

Shake Shack (Great Starts) – This is the class of the East Coast as far as fast food burgers go. They have locations up and down the eastern seaboard and a few spots internationally. It’s a bit hipster, but the Shake burger is legit. Let’s just say they get their meat from the world famous Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors located in Flushing Queens. If you know about LaFrieda’s then you know what I’m talkin’ about. Either way the Burgers are excellent and the shakes and other stuff aren’t too shabby. Hitting leadoff in this tier is Jake Odorizzi, the man I affectionately call eggs.  So far in 2015 there’s been some significant developments/improvements in Odorizzi’s game. First he’s cut his walk per 9 by more than half going from a 3.16 in 2014 to a 1.52 in 2015. Secondly, he’s cut his HR/9 from 1.07 in 2014 to a minuscule .30. Those are two serious steps forward in areas that can kill a pitcher. This week he draws Seattle at the Trop, and Baltimore at Camden. I don’t love the second start at the O’s but Baltimore has struggled of late…. Next up is Clay Buchholz, one of the Red Sox many “Aces”… Right John Farrell? Seriously don’t even get me stahted. Over the last three turns Buchholz has looked solid, maybe even like someone you’d actually want on your fantasy team. He gets two road starts this week, first against the Minnesota Twins and their .333 team wOBA in May, and later in the week travels to Arlington to take on the same Rangers that beat him on Thursday. Just to be clear Townies that’s Arlington Texas. He’s not going to be tosssin’ pissa curves down by Spy Pond… Tyson Ross is an excellent buy low candidate at the moment. I mean I suppose he’s not that low of a buy, but you may find someone who’s frustrated by the walk numbers and might be willing to sell him. His BB/9 sits at an ugly 4.98 even though he’s actually throwing more pitches in the zone this year. He’s been a touch unlucky with his BABIP (.331) even for a groundball guy. His swinging strikes are up, as are his strikeouts. So I wouldn’t be shocked if his ERA starts to edge closer to his FIP/xFIP (3.28/3.19). He faces the Angels in Anheim and the Pirates at home. Two starts in pitchers parks vs struggling offenses sounds good to me. I know that the Halos out up 12 on the Sox last night, but that’s because my team sucks…. Yordano Ventura is pretty good when he’s not throwing at people heads, he just hasn’t shown it. Bit of a leap of faith here with Yordano but his last start against Cincy was great after having three very gross outings at Cleveland, Detroit, and Texas. The Yankees have struggled the last two weeks and the Cubs present K upside for a guy that averages 95-96 MPH on his fastballs. Yes, like most men he has two. Sorry Lance…. Chase Anderson is a player that I’m a little weary of but he’s pitching well enough to be recommended for both his starts. He doesn’t give you huge K upside, but he keeps the ball in the park and is usually a good bet for a quality start… Big Time Timmy Jim is making believers out of quite a few of us that had written him off. He’s keeping the homers at bay at an unsustainable rate (.19), but even if that regresses to say .70. It’s not what it ‘s been the previous three seasons (1.11) and that’s helping Tim a great deal. The Brewers start could be a major test for the new and improved Lincecum as they’re second in longballs to only the Nationals over the past two weeks…. Roenis Elias was mentioned in my opening and he’s my streamer of the week…. The final double dipper on the menu is a surprising one in David Phelps. He’s someone I considered as a potential streamer of the week candidate before I settled on Elias. The Marlins righty isn’t the sexiest option out there but he’s pitched well and gets two great opponents in the Mets and Pirates. Phelps is someone I would target this week if you have say a Mike Leake or another dropable option.

Jake Odorizzi, TB: (vs. SEA, @BAL); Clay Buchholz, BOS: (@MIN, @TEX); Tyson Ross, SD: (@LAA, vs. PIT); Yordano Ventura, KC: (@NYY, @CHC); Chase Anderson, ARI: (@STL, @MIL); Tim Lincecum, SF: (@MIL, vs. ATL); Roenis Elias, SEA: (@TB, vs. CLE); David Phelps, MIA: (@PIT, @NYM)

 

Five Guys (Good Start) – Five Guys is overrated. It should be better than it is. The fries are pretty good, but the burgers are meh, and the buns are subpar. [Jay’s Note: Configuration counts for a lot, and with Five Guys, the world is your oyster. Perhaps you haven’t found the proper combination yet?] Hey Jerry Murrell, it’s time to step your bun game up like the hottie who lives at the squat rack. I don’t mind their burgers but the buns piss me off…Hey did I mention the buns piss me off? This tier is full of guys that also piss me off. One of those guys is Bartolo Colon. Four of his last five starts have been atrocious, and of course he faces two of the four opponents from those atrocious starts this week. He gets two starts at Citi, the Phillies can’t hit righties, and the Marlins haven’t been much better. I like Colon this week. Wait what?….Julio Teheran has been up and down this year and his start three turns ago against Washington has skewed his numbers a bit. He’s not the ace some people made him out to be the past two seasons but he’s a guy you need to start each time out. The Dodgers and Giants starts can go either way for me…. Speaking of up and down, next up is Carlos Martinez. The walks and homers for Carlos are concerning, but the K’s are nice, and he seems capable of giving you a gem at any given time. He faces a very tough opponent in the Dodgers. I failed to mention in the Teheran blurb, but the Blue Bloods crush RHP to the tune of a .359 wOBA. The Diamondbacks start is a goer but proceed with caution…. Am I crazy for sort of believing in Brett Anderson so far? He’s solid across the board and the strikeouts have been there the last two times out. Neither the Cardinals or the Braves hit lefties very well, 18th and 25th in wOBA vs LHP respectively. They also both strikeout against southpaws at a rate of 22%. Anderson gets the green light from Uncle Ralph…. Last guy in this tier (get it 5 guys..) is Wei-Yin Chen and his 2.90 ERA. Of course a .234 BABIP will do that for ya. He faces the Astros wind farm and the surprising Rays both in Camden. I think he’s worth a start for both turns, even if the Rays are hitting LHP pretty damn well so far. They also K 24.8% of the time against them, that’s a number I can sing my teeth into.

Bartolo Colon, NYM: (vs. PHI, vs. MIA); Julio Teheran, ATL: ( @LAD, @SF); Carlos Martinez, STL: (vs. ARI, vs. LAD); Brett Anderson, LAD: (vs. ATL, @STL); Wei-Yin Chen, BAL, (vs. HOU, vs. TB)

 

Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonalds (One Good Start, One Bad Start) – This is simple sometimes you get something ediable at these places other times it’s just gross. These pitchers have one good start and one bad start. Some of them are aided by matchups (J.A. Happ, Jered Weaver, Shane Greene), others are the victims of circumstance (Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn).

Jesse Chavez, OAK: (vs. DET, vs. NYY), J.A. Happ, SEA: (@TB, vs. CLE); Jered Weaver, LAA: (vs. SD, vs. DET); Shane Greene, DET: (@OAK, @LAA); Jesse Hahn, OAK: (vs. DET, vs. NYY); Drew Hutchison, TOR: (vs. CWS, @MIN); Carlos Rodon, CWS: (@TOR, @HOU); Jeff Locke, PIT: (vs. MIA, @SD); Wandy Rodriguez, TEX: (@CLE, vs. BOS); Joe Kelly, BOS: (@MIN, @TEX)Adam Warren, NYY: (vs. KC, @Oak)

White Castle (Stay Away) – Once upon a time I fell under the spell of a magical herb that made me crave White Castle burgers whenever I traveled to the Kingdom of New Jersey. On one magically night I ate 22 of those little suckers paired with 11 ales. It was a rough few days in the Lifshitz garderobe. Most of these guys are crap, but some have crappy matchups.

Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC: (vs.WAS, vs. KC); Matt Shoemaker, LAA: (vs. SD, v. DET); Danny Duffy, KC: (@NYY, @CHC); Nathan Eovaldi, NYY: (vs. KC, @OAK); Chris Tillman, BAL: (vs. Hou, vs. TB); Kyle Loshe, MIL: (vs. SF, vs. ARI); Ricky Nolasco, MIN: (vs. BOS, vs. TOR); Jeremy Guthrie, KC: (@NYY, @CHC); Charlie Morton, PIT: (vs. MIA, @SD); John Danks, CWS: (@TOR, @HOU); Eddie Butler, COL: (@CIN, @PHI); Odrisamer Despaigne, SD: (@LAA, vs. PIT); Williams Perez, ATL: (@LAD, @SF); Phil Klein, TEX: (@CLE, vs. BOS); Severino Gonzalez, PHI: (@NYM, vs. COL); Jason Marquis, CIN: (vs. COL, vs. WAS)

 

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. Mil says:
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    rubby de la rosa is my only droppable pitcher and I like streaming in 12 team h2h is he droppable or am I better off dropping one of these outfielders to stream choo (been red hot another hr today),soler,yelich,Bruce,

    Thanks some good streamers next week Garcia,Elias, Heston couple others

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mil: I want to tell you to drop Yelich because he’s been awful. This pains me because I really like Yelich, he just doesn’t have it at the moment. Give Choo a roll

  2. Do says:
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    Drop rubby de la rosa for Elias next week?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Do: Let’s see how Rubby looks tonight. If he’s good I wouldn’t, if he gets beat at up you can drop him and scoop him back up.

  3. Adam says:
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    Tanner Roark?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: looks like they pushed Zimm back to Tuesday. Roark has not pitched since the 17th so O assume they stretched him out in side sessions. Due to the uncertainty he’s a five guys starter.

      • Ty says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: So Zimm loses his 2nd start? Looks like CBS has him only against the cubbies

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Ty: yup Zimm loses his second start the Nats have 6 games

  4. The Great Knoche says:
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    Buddy a mine shit himself in a sleeping bag the night before we went to the Super Bowl. Guess what he ate? Yup 24 sliders at White Castle. Perfect choice for crappy starts.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @The Great Knoche: The fact that it was a sleeping bag made the story.

    • Rubik's Pube says:
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      @The Great Knoche: What better place to shit yourself though than a sleeping bag? A tidy little self contained womb of smeared feces

  5. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    There are few things better in life than walking out of a White Castle at 3am, with a briefcase of burgers. Preferably handcuffed to your wrist.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @HolyGhostClaw: Hahaha perfect ending to a great night.

  6. huberto PEREZ says:
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    im in h2h points league only 3 waiver wire pick up per week im losing in my league right now due to my pitching which consist of Kershaw ,starsburg,mchugh,wacha ,t.ross im allowed 6 sp and 3 rp in my league in the rp spot I have a.j ramos and frias

    which of these player should I pick up to slot in my sp slot and rp slot
    Teheran melancon
    liriano gregerson
    ventura f.rodriguez
    carrasco cody allen
    c.anderson
    Paxton
    buckholtz

    and should I drop a.guerrero pick up rusney Castillo

    thanks buddy

    • huberto PEREZ says:
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      @huberto PEREZ:

      should I drop guerrero for r.castillo or matt kemp points league

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @huberto PEREZ: I’d go Kemp, the power is disappointing but he’s scoring runs and driving them in.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @huberto PEREZ: This week Buchholz and K-Rod.

  7. Oranje says:
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    I was advised to hold on pulling the trigger on a trade that would get me Hamels for Strasburg. Do I make it now?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: Yeah make that trade. Who told you to hold?

      • Oranje says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Just accepted the trade. Grey suggested to hold…that was before his last start, which was ok. In a dynasty league, I had Strasburg at $21 (should be around $35) and Hamels is $29. So, I gain salary but I have room to spare.
        If I start Buchholz, I have to sit K-ROD and go the week with Perkins as my only contributor for saves. Is this advisable or should I sit one of the following: Archer, Liriano, Arrieta…my other SPs are Hamels, Greinke, and Salazar–I do not plan on sitting them.
        Thanks.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Oranje: Depends what kind of points you get for saves. Most points leagues I’ve done are heavily starting pitcher.

  8. team Maxwell says:
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    Great read by the way! Who to keep in a deep keeper forever league. Alex Wood or T. Walker? Thanks!

    • team Maxwell says:
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      @team Maxwell: Or forget both?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @team Maxwell: Tough choice, Walker is getting trickier and trickier to predict. He doesn’t have any real off speed stuff. Everything he throws (4seam, cutter, and Split) is between 95-89 mph. He has a curve but he throws it 5% of the time. I’m thinking he may end up in relief if he can’t figure something out to keep hitters off balance.

        Wood is the better pitcher at the moment. He’s also still young at 24. I’d take Wood. For the floor.

    • Rubik's Pube says:
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      @Oranje: @team Maxwell: Walker is a dumpster fire. Wood seems to be in the process of un-fucking himself right now as well. Throw in the fact that he is SP/RP eligible, and it’s a no brainer.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Rubik’s Pube: Keep forever makes it a little closer though. Walker is still one of the top young pitching prospects in the game. Either way i go Wood.

  9. slimbo says:
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    8 teamer with sv+h as 1 cat. we have 4 rp spots and 4 p spots

    Have 9 rps

    Watson,joe smith,davis,Grilli,ramos,Zeigler,Garcia,boxburger,cecil

    Can I drop one for an extra bench bat or sp?

    Could grab Howard, Leoyns martin,yunel Escobar, lind

    Roark,carlos martinez,Karnes, Rosa,bucholz

    It’s a keeper league so I guess I could even grab mccullers?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @slimbo: Keeper drop Grilli and pickup Carlos Martinez.

  10. Geraldo says:
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    Hey man !

    In a h2h pts with a weekly roster lock which two start to add & start for week 8?

    Carlos Rondon, Tim linceum , Wada , Carlos Martinez , Chase Anderson , Brett Anderson or David phelps ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Geraldo: Go Lincecum or Anderson. It’s pretty close I’ve waffled a few times between the two.

  11. fisher_price says:
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    Sir:

    There’s no mention of Fatburger in your burger-themed post.

    You haven’t lived till you’ve had a king burger (what do they call it now, an XL?) with bacon, eff, chili, and cheese at 3:30 am… preferably in the Fatburger across the Strip from Caesar’s.

    We used to celeb-watch at the Fatburger in Westwood late nights… back in the early ’90’s, before camera phones and Instagram and all that crap.

    Damn.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @fisher_price: I have to be honest I’m from Boston and I’m not familiar with fat burger. Is it better than In N’ Out?

      • Zeus says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I chill at White Castle ’cause it’s the best
        But I’m fly at Fat Burger when I way out west

  12. Vinny says:
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    TB are middle of the road vs lefties vs Elias but hit lefties very well vs Chen?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Vinny: Yeah I misspoke in my opening they’re 5th in wOBA against lefties but they do strikeout a ton against LHP. The Rays are a better hitting team on the road than at home and I probably should have communicated that. Sorry for the screw up. I hate when I miss that stuff…. The Indians are middle of the road against LHP.

  13. Curt C. says:
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    I heard Rodon is getting skipped on Monday.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Curt C.: Yes that’s what I’m hearing now too. This was written before that news broke though.

  14. Ante GALIC says:
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    Ralph!!!

    Great blurb, can’t wait for your Pink Floyd / Led Zepp best albums tribute whenever and IF that ever evolves!

    The last time I had a Big Mac (I think it was April 1990), I tossed the special sauce and barfed the finely chopped onions through my nose. Not good, man. Fast forward to our recent trip to Barcelona and of course the kids want to go to McD so our son (10) had just one bite of our daughter’s McChicken sandwich and…barf city.

    On a brighter note, thanks for the article. Any news on when Patrick Corbin will be re-activated from the DL? 18 months is just around the corner, right?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ante GALIC: Pink Floyd is a possibility. As for Led Zepp I’m not a huge fan. Something about them just never meshed with my taste.

      I had a Big Mac on Friday LOL! I don’t eat it much but we promised my son we’d get him a Happy Meal on Tuesday and he was good all week so there you go. Then again what’s the point of working out if I can’t eat some junk once in a while, right?

      Not sure of a return date with Corbin, he’s pitched three extended sprig games so far. I heard his velocity was back but the latest report is they were giving him “more time” after his most recent start. I wouldn’t expect him back before late June but who knows.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, man! I dig all of your articles. Off waivers was able to scoop up Carrasco AND Cashner. I was 10/10 on the waiver wire so the rest of the owners must be just inattentive?

        Question: C-mart available. Would you drop Corbin in a shallow 10-team H2H league to pick up C-Mart? Can’t see the missing link, though Ross has been less than stellar thus far.

        My SPs (starters): Carrasco, Cole, Paxton, Ross, Salazar
        SPs (bench): Cashner, Corbin, Liriano, McHugh and Richards
        RPs: Jansen and Miller

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Ante GALIC: yeah drop Corbin for C-Mart. That seems like a solid move to me.

          Enjoy finale day BTW. We need some big moves from LVG this summer.

      • Zeus says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Zeppelin is quite simply the greatest rock band of all time. The end.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Zeus:I can’t listen to a lot of their songs without cringing

          • Zeus says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: well you like Tupac so your taste is in question son. Have a listen to In My Time of Dying. Or Dazed and Confused. Or The Lemon Song.

            • Zeus says:
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              @Zeus: or whatever garbage grunge you like. Zeppelin created metal

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Zeus: Crazy butt hurt that I don’t like Led Zeppelin lol

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Zeus: Yeah you’re right I’ve never heard In My Time of Dying, Lemon Song or Dazed and Confused. Seriously?
              You’re way off on Pac, I can’t help that you didnt get him. You act like the dude was Drake and not the one of the GOATs.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Ante GALIC: one of my only two times having food poisoning was from a big mac when i was 8, probably the sauce.

  15. Bruce the moose says:
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    Very nice article. 10/10

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Bruce the moose: Thanks Bruce! Moose are kind and majestic creatures…

  16. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I will have some ratburgers this morning with egg and cheese. White Castle uses real eggs. Their breakfast sliders and Taco Bell’s California a.m. crunchwrap are the best fast food breakfast items these days.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wallpaper Paterson: I have never gone to White Castle for breakfast. When I’m in NJ my wife insists on bagels, with good reason. My favorite is a taylor ham, egg, and cheese. Gotta love the pork roll.

  17. The Old Professor says:
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    No mention of Jered Weaver as a 2 start option?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Old Professor:He’s mentioned in the blurb and he’s ranked right between Happ and Greene in the good start bad start tier. That 82 MPH fastball is quite the modern marvel though. I’m amazed at how he’s getting by.

      • AI says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        His velocity is actually back up …..86-88 over his last few starts.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @AI: I was being facetious, I watched the Toronto start. I still think he’s squeking by.

  18. val says:
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    Did I miss Roark in there?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @val: Nope, Roark’s start date wasn’t annohnced until after the post was written and about 20 minutes before it posted. I ranked him a few comments up.

  19. Adam says:
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    In H2H
    Need strikeouts
    Santiago.foltenwicz(atl) or Frias
    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: for K’s Folty. Frias is the best start today though.

  20. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Is Rodon droppable at this point? Love the sweet upside but it looks like the White Sox rushed him before he could work things out in the minors and I’m debating dropping him for Lincecum’s 2 starts this week.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TheBravesWearPrado: Re-draft then yes drop him for Timmy!

  21. Murray Craven says:
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    Nice writeup!

    Who’s the best pickup for ROS: Bolsinger, C. Anderson, Wada, Elias, or Rubby?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Murray Craven: Bolsinger the way he looks right now. I watched his last starts and have been very impressed.

  22. Scott says:
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    No mention of Smashburger? Dude be trippin’

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: One of these just opened up around me. I’d never heard of it until your comment. I’ll have to check it out.

  23. saiyanzzrage says:
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    Hey Ralph, need some help this week.

    H2H points league, 3 points per inning, 1 point for K, -1 for ER, -5 for loss, 3 points for QS, 5 points for win. Weekly league, limited to 5 starts per week.

    3 starts are locked down for me, Hamels, Harvey, Kershaw. Need advice on the other 2.

    Picked up Buchholz (MINN, and TEX) but also have Cashner (LAA) and Burnett (SD)

    For the other 2 starts would you roll with Buch over Cashner and Burnett? Or Use Buch for the Tues start vs Minn and use either Cashner vs LAA or Burnett vs SD for the 5th start?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @saiyanzzrage: Hopefully not too late I’d go Buch and Burnett

  24. Brian says:
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    Oh man. not sure what to do this week. I don’t have any good pitchers with 2 starts; only risky guys. Do I play my all aces: Kershaw, Cole, deGrom, or go with 2 start guys instead: Colon, Brett Anderson, Hahn (thinking no), Morton (also no). Obviously, Colon has been awful of late, but you seem to think he’ll be alright. Hahn has killed me every time I’ve played him. Morton is an unknown (I only picked him up cause I had some DL slots open early. Now I’m not sure if I should play him).

    I’m in a points H2H league that gives pts for a QS – basically splits the points between a W and QS, so I’m mostly looking for a QS, hoping for a W as a bonus.

    I’m leaning towards:
    Kershaw, Cole, deGrom, B Anderson, Colon, and 1 closer. I could also add Axford as a second closer and drop a starter. That leaves 4 starts on the bench (Morton and Hahn).

    most of the guys in my league always play the 2 start guy pretty much no matter what, but I keep getting burned by these guys when I do that. Problem is, Kershaw hasn’t exactly been nails yet either…

    thanks for any advice.

  25. Bammers says:
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    In a weekly lineup roto league, do you start david phelps (2 starts @ pit and @ nym) over phil hughes (1 start vs bos)?

  26. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    a man’s gotta eat.

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