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Hey everybody, I hope your 4th went well!  Me, I had a great time with some friends, some beer, some family, some more beer, some burgers, some jaeger, some policemen, some angry white guys at the local drunk tank…really couldn’t have asked for anything more!  Could you keep it down please, I have a roaring headache!  Oooooh right, forgot about that part.  Me, I just asked they cook Alka Seltzer directly into my hamburger patty the entire time.  Worked like a charm!  Sorry to the seagulls my jerk friend fed my leftovers to that day, though…R.I.P.  Don’t worry, I got him back for you later by telling him the mentos were Alka Seltzer and fed him some Diet Coke.  Exploding living things isn’t funny now is it, Craig!  Of course we know now none of this intro is true.  I have no friends!  But what I do have is an iPhone and people text me on it and one said person is Grey.  Yeah, I name dropped, whatevs.  He said our friend Pete Nice needed some help for this week 14 on the Two Start Pitcher tip so I said ‘how much?’ and Grey said ‘we won’t charge you to write for us this time’ and I said ‘what a deal!’ and jumped on it like Sugarhill Gang.  You see, typically I’m slanging you some DraftKings knowledge here on the Razz but sometimes I like to slang other thangs at you and here’s my chance.  So without further ado, here’s my take on week 14 two start pitchers for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Must Start

Adam Wainwright (PIT, @MIL), Julio Teheran (@NYM, @CHC), Masahiro Tanaka (@CLE, @BAL), Stephen Strasburg (BAL, @PHI), Johnny Cueto (CHC, PIT)

I love no-brainer calls simply because I have no brains and because of that, I’ll be the one to survive the zombie apocalypse.  Go ahead and inject yourself with meningitis all you want, Brad Pitt, I’m fine thanks.  Tanaka has been roughed up a little bit of late – and by that I mean he’s pitched like he’s almost human – but every stud starter goes through a rough patch.  Don’t make it a sour patch by not starting him, kids.

First Tier

Cole Hamels, (@MIL, WAS), Madison Bumgarner (@OAK, ARZ), Hisashi Iwakuma (MIN, OAK), Sonny Gray (SF, @SEA), Hyun-Jin Ryu (@DET, SD), Jesse Chavez (SF, @SEA)

Does the start in Detroit for Ryu scare me?  I did just tinkle a little thinking about it so that’s affirmative.  Does finishing the week against the Padres more than make up for it in my mind?  Mmmm-hmmmm.  Also, I don’t wish that I had Jesse’s girl but I do wish I had Jesse’s schedule.  Granted, he gets Iwakuma on the second turn but with both starts in pitcher-friendly ballparks and most likely having over/unders of somewhere between 6 and 6.5 for those games, it’s hard not to like starting Chavez in two ravines.

Second Tier

Mike Leake (CHC, PIT), Mike Minor (@NYM, @CHC), James Shields (@TB, DET), Jake Odorizzi (KC, TOR), Justin Verlander (LAD, @KC), Jacob deGrom (ATL, MIA)

Normally I don’t suggest you start anyone who doesn’t capitalize the first letter of their last name.  Yes, that’s a real peccadillo for me.  No, no you’re thinking picadillo now it’s not the same thing…and now you’ve made me hungry.  What I’m saying is both ATL and MIA are in the bottom 10 for team K% on the year and deGrom’s K rate is around 8 per 9 so there’s some upside to him over most weeks.  Along a similar path, Atlanta Mike’s been pitching like he belongs in the minors so far but gets two great matchups for the week in terms of K rates so I’m in.

Third Tier

Ryan Vogelsong (@OAK, ARZ), Brandon Workman (CHW, @HOU), Doug Fister (BAL, @PHI), Trevor Bauer (NYY, CHW), Carlos Martinez (PIT, @MIL), Wily Peralta (PHI, STL)

Ahhh, the upside!  It burns!  Basically the only pitcher I trust from this tier would be Fister, aka I barely knew her.  But it’s hard to ignore the work that Workman’s done and the matchups he’s being presented to go with along with it.  Brandon, you better work!  Bauer is me hunching.  If he can get past the Yanks with only minor scrapes, that White Sox matchup is gonna be a nice bonus at the end of the week.  Meanwhile, here’s to Carlos getting a chance to go past the 5th inning.  Matheny, if he stretches any further, he’ll be spitting Yoga Flame.

Fourth Tier

Justin Masterson (NYY, CHW), Jered Weaver (TOR, @TEX), Jarred Cosart (@TEX, BOS), Tom Koehler (@ARZ, @NYM), John Danks (@BOS, @CLE), Clay Buccholz (CHW, @HOU), Chase Anderson (MIA, @SF), Daisuke Matsuzaka (ATL, MIA), Tyler Matzek (SD, MIN), Chris Young (MIN, OAK)

Here’s where either they’ve been pitching well or have good matchups…and also here’s Justin Masterson because…yeah, I don’t know why.  He’ll either throw back to back shutouts or give up 10 ER in 2 IP while crapping on your floor and then blaming it on your dog while still having his pants around his ankles.  It’s been that kind of year.  Clay has the same ‘good matchup’ thing working for him as Workman but he looks like the pre-2013 Clay and that’s bad.  Unless it was Clay 2011 which was good.  But not the Clay 2012.  That was bad.  I think I’ve made my point.  Normally would never, ever, ever suggest a Colorado pitcher in general, let alone in Colorado but the matchups are right so who am I to fight them?

Fifth Tier

Vidal Nuno (@CLE, @BAL), Edwin Jackson (@CIN, ATL), Ian Kennedy (@COL, @LAD), Travis Wood (@CIN, ATL), Charlie Morton (@STL, @CIN), Tyson Ross (@COL, @LAD), Vance Worley (@STL, @CIN)

Yes, I’m taking this two more layers deeper than I’ve seen in recent history.  Consider this your Inception version of the two start pitcher post.  Here I’m looking at guys who might have one good matchup for the week and the other one being terrible for them, though that doesn’t apply to Morton/Worley.  Their matchups are terrible but they haven’t been so I felt they were above the bin below.  Notice how we haven’t heard a certain Twins pitcher name yet?  Well, the suspense will be over a few inches lower.  That’s what she said!

Don’t Start

J.A. Happ (@LAA, @TB), Phil Hughes (@SEA, @COL), Miles Mikolas (HOU, LAA), Scott Carroll (@BOS, @CLE), Nick Martinez (HOU, LAA), Kevin Correia (@SEA, @COL), Jason Vargas (@TB, DET), Marco Estrada (PHI, STL), Kyle Kendrick (@MIL, WAS)

Phil has been tripping harder than his great grand-pappy Howard did.  At least he’s not sitting naked watching movies with a pink napkin covering his genitals yet…that we know of.  In either case, he’s just off and I don’t wanna start him twice to find out if/when he’ll turn it back on, especially with a start in Colorado looming at the end of the week.

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Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Hello, which two of these do you start? burnett, quintana, fister

Thank you in advance

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: Quintana at BOS, Burnett vs WAS. 15 team, 5×5, 9 P slots (CBS format)

Thanks!

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Alex
8 years ago

@Alex: Yes weekly, sorry

Joe
Joe
8 years ago

Sky Would you trade Gio González for mat carpenter?

Bob
Bob
8 years ago

Who do you prefer ROS. Minor, Roark, Worley

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago

I feel confident he won’t be in here, but I passed Kid A in the FCL and worry a suicide watch is needed.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: how sad is it that in the writers league I have Cron and Belt ahead of Votto and Hosmer, my 1st and 3rd picks respectively, on my depth chart. I have no clue

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: I wonder how Bill James feels? This has been the year of dogshit wrapped in crap simmering in vomit

Sugarbooger Buttnuts
Sugarbooger Buttnuts
8 years ago

Is Tillman going twice this week? If so what tier would you put him?

Guided voices
Guided voices
8 years ago

Hey sky….5×5 h2h league,my top 3SP are Yu, Shields and Masterson,all f whom have been shaky recently.

Anyway,I’m loaded w/OF(Jones,Puig,Harper and Rasmus)….

Trade K Davis for C Martinez?

Also,Would you buy low on Votto?….I have him on on this team and he’s kinda pissing me off,but in another standard 5×5 league I’m tempted….

Thanks.

de nachos
de nachos
8 years ago

In a battle of Man vs. Machine not seen since Kasparov vs. Deep Blue, I have placed my faith in your preferred streamers of Bauer and deGrom over SON’s Chase Anderson and Estrada. And I won’t even hate cha if it doesn’t pan out. We humans have to stick together.

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
8 years ago

Great write-up as always Sky!

No love for my man Charlie Morton? (and yes, he’s my man, I’m very possessive and the jealous type)

da hunt Muncher
da hunt Muncher
8 years ago

what to do with Alex Cobb? Sky???????????? oh wise one,
guide me with ur widsom.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: still worth trading a-gon for.

Spyre
Spyre
8 years ago

I think Skaggs lines up to have 2 starts next week too. Where do you see him?

Steve
Steve
8 years ago

What do you make of SON’s love of Marco Gonzales today at $10.6 vs. MIA, trust in SON or buyer beware?

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Steve
8 years ago

@Steve: MIA does strike out a lot and struggles away from home. $10 doesn’t mean a lock, just means it’s a tier above the rest. It’s a reasonable play, though.

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

hell ya, Sky’s back writing a column.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: Ha, thanks I guess? Been writing all year…

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: i know, i see you most days, and you do audio/visual show a few times a week. i mean a particular column. plus what you did with the extra tier here (and explained the tiers’ definitions) was really good useful stuff.

McNulty
McNulty
8 years ago

Helpful stuff, Sky – many thanks.

Anyone starting Taijuan in Chi-Town tomorrow? 10 teamer, really hurting in ERA/WHIP; worth the risk, or wait-n-see?

Sky
Sky
Reply to  McNulty
8 years ago

@McNulty: No prob. Chi-Sox strike out at a prolific rate. Think he’s worth a go.

Andre
Andre
8 years ago

Trade Question:

I’m in a 10 team, h2h, keeper league….5 keepers per team. I’ve just been offered B.Moss and Sonny Gray for Morse and Jose Fernandez. Fernadez was one of my keepers, however Harvey is sitting on the Waiver Wire so I think he’d be a good replacement for JoFer….my question is, is Moss’ season legit? Do I make this trade or try and get a guy like Lucroy from him instead? My team as it stands is like this:

C. Posey (K)
1b. Adams
2b. Rendon
3b. Arenado
SS. D. Gordon
Inf. Seager
Of. McCutchen (K), Stanton (K), K. Davis
UTL. Morse, A. Gordon

bench: C. Granderson, Bogaerts

Sp: Darvish (K), Weaver, Hammel, Bailey, Keuchel, Alvarez, Wood, Roark,

Rp: Soriano, Robertson, Soria

DL: Cashner, Fernandez.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Andre
8 years ago

@Andre: moss side. He’s legit then stash harvey

fausto
fausto
8 years ago

Just lost edwin for who knows how long…..thinking of a juan cron-cisco Frankenstein at the corner…mark Reynolds casey mcghee also available. ill Unfortunately be plugging harrison in @3b for tomorrow assuming he plays as he’s my only guy with 3b elig as we speak ..Thoughts On cron-cisco seem like best option? .

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  fausto
8 years ago

@fausto: cron McGhee would not hurt you.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  fausto
8 years ago

@fausto: EE’s injury might’ve opened a window for Juan but he’s not been playing well. McGahee/Cron makes sense as JFOH suggests.

David
David
8 years ago

Brett Gardner and CJ Wilson or Leonys Martin, Lincecum, and Gallardo?? Thanks man!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  David
8 years ago

@David: Gardner. Always take best player

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
8 years ago

keep 2: Lacy Dez or Julio Jones?

Bye Felicia
Bye Felicia
Reply to  frankgrimes
8 years ago

@frankgrimes: not lacy. Id want both of those elite WR’s before id take Lacy. It’s not close for me honestly…

J-FOH
Reply to  frankgrimes
8 years ago

@frankgrimes: tough call but I like Dez and Lacy

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: don’t forget bout me in the FCL for football

J-FOH
Reply to  frankgrimes
8 years ago

@frankgrimes: I don’t think we have one, but I’ll make sure you get in my league

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: thanks bro!

Sky
Sky
Reply to  frankgrimes
8 years ago

@frankgrimes: I’m keeping the 2 WRs…GRIMEY!

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
8 years ago

Great fill-in article Sky, as it didn’t miss a beat from Pete Nice’s typical great write-up.

I traded Trevor Bauer two weeks ago for Justin Verlander at his lowest. He’s obviously turned some sort of corner, but are you buying his recent resurgence the rest of the season? I have a 1% chance of making the playoffs this year, and don’t have an interest in keeping him over the likes of Sale, Teheran or Wacha, so he’s basically a trade chip at this point. Teams are beginning to inquire about him, but they’re low ball offers. Going forward, what are your thoughts on Verlander, and, what type of hypothetical player would be looking to acquire in return?

Have a good weekend.

J-FOH
Reply to  Peter Nincompoop
8 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: keeper worthy furture OF2 or a high 3 like a Yellich

Robert
Robert
8 years ago

Yo Sky, trying to hold onto innings and Ks in H2H league. My streaming options for Sunday: Miley @ ATL, Tepesch @ NYM, Gausman @ BOS. Any of these guys worth the risk? I would be dropping Despaigne.

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Robert
8 years ago

@Robert: If you really need the IP and K potential, I’d go Miley @ ATL. Roll the proverbial dice with Gausman @ BOS, but I’d stay away. If you can float it and still win those categories, I’d hold.

Robert
Robert
Reply to  Peter Nincompoop
8 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: OK, tough decision. I will lose those categories for sure because I have 1 SP going and the other team has 3.

J-FOH
Reply to  Robert
8 years ago

@Robert: I’m streaming Tepesch tomorrow in one league

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Robert
8 years ago

@Robert: Tep’s your best bet but none of those options are enticing

hi
hi
8 years ago

Do i trade Hanley Ramirez for David Price?
Price is a 3rd round keeper next year in our 14 team league Hanley is not a keeper, i have Dee Gordon and Mookie to cover ss

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  hi
8 years ago

@hi: Given your league constraints, although I don’t know your pitching situation, I wouldn’t move Hanley for Price. Not cause it isn’t a fair deal, simply because I don’t believe in Dee Gordon keeping it up or Mookie Betts for the rest-of-the-season.

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Peter Nincompoop
8 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: + you’re surrendering a 3rd round pick in comparison to nothing with Han-Ram. Hold.

J-FOH
Reply to  hi
8 years ago

@hi: I’d want more for Hanley, should have a solid 2nd half. Sell that

hi
hi
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: im not that pushed for sp as i have both hammel and hamel, garret richards, kluber and cashner
would you think about Cueto instead of Price or still hold

J-FOH
Reply to  hi
8 years ago

@hi: hold

Sky
Sky
Reply to  hi
8 years ago

@hi: If you need Price both this year and as a keeper, then yes. Depends on your staff

Cheech
8 years ago

Great article as usual.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Cheech
8 years ago

@Cheech: Thanks!

Benny
Benny
8 years ago

What are your thoughts on Heaney? He’s had a tough run to start his career, but do you seem him being a solid fantasy #2 in the next couple years? I have him in a dynasty and and don’t know if I should hang onto him or trade him to a guy that’s in complete rebuild. Probably looking at a return of Josh Hamilton.

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Benny
8 years ago

@Benny: Depends on your current standing in relation to your rebuilding counterpart. If you desperately need an OF, Hamilton could help you out for this season, perhaps 1-to-2 more. If it’s not a need, then I’d want to hold onto Heaney.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Benny
8 years ago

@Benny: agree w/Peter

Anthony Gayton
Anthony Gayton
8 years ago

I’ve been trying to upgrade starting pitching and got this..

My Janssen and Hammel for his Lynn and Grilli. Is Lynn worth it??

Thanks!!

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Anthony Gayton
8 years ago

@Anthony Gayton: Nope, especially with Hammel on the A’s now.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

1) Which of these early-week starts do you like best? Anderson v MIA, McCarthy v MIA, Odorizzi v KC, deGrom v ATL? W and QS count.

2) ROS SVs–McGee or Romo?

3) 6×6 (OPS), Segura was just dropped. Currently have Hardy at SS, D Santana on DL, Asdrubal on wire. Team speed is weak. Drop Hardy for Segura, or hold?

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

@Steve Stevenson:
1. McCarthy
2. Romo
3. Hold

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Peter Nincompoop
8 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: I misunderstood your 3rd question, I’d pick up Segura over Hardy.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Peter Nincompoop
8 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: 2 is mcgee. bochy ain’t one of those idiots that wants the guy who started the season in the role eventually, he just wants better pitcher there, and we know who that is. even if mcgee only gets 2 saves a month he’ll win that.

J-FOH
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: the streamers all hot garbage, what else you got for options

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: per SON, next best are dice-k v ATL and bedard v KC. Lot of teams in my league carry 8+ SP and/or stream aggressively.

J-FOH
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: then I’d roll the dice on Anderson

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: Other than 1) where I’d go deGrom, agree w/Peter

I Be Teheran It Up!
I Be Teheran It Up!
8 years ago

Gallardo is available in my league, should I drop Heaney for him? Funnny shizz bro

Abdoozy
Abdoozy
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: Heaney was optioned to AAA New Orleans after today’s homerfest..

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Abdoozy
8 years ago

@Abdoozy: damn

The 12th Man
The 12th Man
8 years ago

How about those Mariners Sky? First the seahawks win the super and now we’re relevant in baseball! Pinch me, I must be dreaming!

pulled off this deal today

Gave up Sale/Holliday/Chris Davis for Bautista/Springer/Lincecum

Now my team looks like this

Molina
Abreu
Carpenter
Zimmerman/Machado
McCutchen
Bautista
Springer
Util: JD Martinez/Gordon/Napoli

Darvish
Richards
Walker
Leake
Lincecum
Chavez
Rosenthal

So I traded Sale for basically more depth for my hitters since I feel somewhat safe with the pitchers I have.

Will you evaluate my trade and my current roster please?
10’team h2h CBS points

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  The 12th Man
8 years ago

@The 12th Man: It’s a pretty fair trade, but I don’t feel as comfortable as you do about your pitching going forward. I like Bautista over Davis and Springer over Holliday the rest of the season, but downgrading from Sale to Lincecum (even though he’s been great his last couple of turns in the rotation) could be tough.

P.S. As a lifelong Seattle sports fan, I’m hoping the SodoMojo is finally back in Safeco, but I’m not feeling it. I’d put their pitching staff up against anyone outside of the A’s (especially after last nights trade), but the lineup is abysmal. Cano and Seager are great and all, but when you’re banking on Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to carry the middle-of-the-lineup load, the third act to their 2014 season is not going to be pretty. I’m keeping hope, but I’d hedge my World Series bet.

Pager24
Pager24
8 years ago

pulled off this deal today. what do you guys think?

my Altuve Ozuna & Beckett for Marte Phillips and Cliff Lee

Thanks!

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Pager24
8 years ago

@Pager24: I’d be hoping Lee gets a clean bill of health after the All-Star break.

Fireball Feliz
Fireball Feliz
8 years ago

Have to make room for arenado, drop segura/zobrist/Craig? (10 team league, pretty shallow and these are the worst 3 hitters I have)

Fireball Feliz
Fireball Feliz
Reply to  Fireball Feliz
8 years ago

@Fireball Feliz: Also, add Alex Gordon to the list

ty
ty
Reply to  Fireball Feliz
8 years ago

@Fireball Feliz: Counting stat wise ..Craig is the most useless and the only reason why zobrist is only a little better is because of his multiple positions

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Fireball Feliz
8 years ago

@Fireball Feliz: I would drop Zobrist, but there’s a chance that he’s going to get dealt to a contender, which could be something to consider (i.e., imagine him in San Francisco?). I’d drop either Zobrist or Craig as there’s no difference there at the moment.

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

That was Kris Davis by the way

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

Hi Sky,

I know everyone always talk about hitting wins hitting wins! But in my league 14 team 5×5 the guys with the pitching always win the league. Tell me what you think about this trade. My gut is saying Davis won’t keep it up. Let me know what you think.

I get: Gio-Carlos Gomes-Happ
I give: Davis- Andrus- Eovaldi

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

Yes you are correct and thank you sir

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

@Sky: it’s jonny gomes’ brother.

Goose!
Goose!
8 years ago

Are there any dudes that will wind up with more than 2 starts because of the way Yahoo! handles all star week? (Its from July 7 – July 20)

Also, what is up with Andrew Heaney?

ty
ty
Reply to  Goose!
8 years ago

@Goose!: He’s a rookie

Goose!
Goose!
Reply to  ty
8 years ago

@ty: I know but people were talking him up like the second coming of Jose Fernandez

ty
ty
Reply to  Goose!
8 years ago

@Goose!: haha I hear ya. I drank the kooli-aid as well but Ive learned to lower my expectations with these guys coming up. If Stroman is still out there I would drop Heaney for him. Thats what I just did

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Goose!
8 years ago

@Goose!: I concur with Sky’s assessment. I believe JB referred to him as “McDreamy”, but that was just because of his upside potential, not immediate impact. Heaney is nowhere close to Jose Fernandez lore, but he’s a guy that will come around in my opinion. An NL lefty with a filthy slider who mixes speeds on his fastball is always a guy to keep and eye on. I put him in the grab-bag of rookie pitchers like Stroman, Gausman, Bauer, etc. You could get a QS and 8K’s one night and then a dog turd in a bag the next.

Grey
Admin
8 years ago

Nice fill-in job! Was your friend who fed the Alka Seltzer to a seagull, by any chance, Dave Winfield?

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Sky
8 years ago

I wonder if we have any mutual imaginary friends