***Smoltz @ R.
***Saunders @ Feldman (Saundo
got beat up his last time here but the Rangers aren’t scoring much lately so
I’ll try again)
(Blanton sucks but is pitching well; Lowe is struggling but is the better
***R. Johnson @
Marquis @ ***Billingsley
***Bailey @ Ohka (I’ll give
Bailey another start based on his recent AAA numbers)
@ ***Guthrie (erratic but hot, I picked him up in 411 league for PoD start)
@ Niemann (don’t trust either in this matchup)
La Rosa @ ***Braden
***Slowey @ Wellemeyer
***Lackey @ Davis
***Burnett @ Redding
@ Huff (Huff is worth a gamble in deeper leagues)
@ Price (both are gambles…who do you trust?)
Sanchez @ Suppan
Morton (Morton questionable for this start)
***Jackson @ Ortiz
***Wang @ L. Hernandez
***Lester @ Berken
***Floyd @ Pavano
***Porcello @ Mazzaro
***Oswalt @ Geer
***Siano chimes in “I say start Davis vs Angels. Mazzaro might be worth a flier at home. Agree on rest.“
When I was a kid I got the zipper jacket for Christmas along with Thriller on LP. My mom once took me to see a Michael Jackson impersonator who was pretty awesome but what I really rememeber is how long it took for him to get on stage. I think I was too young for that place but my mom was a rebel. I’m not that surprised this happened since reports of him not eating and things like that made me think this isn’t going to end well and it won’t be long. When you read accomplsihments like he had it kind of blows your mind and makes you realize in 200 years people will still be talking about Thriller and the Jackson 5. In honor of his 50 years on this earth and bringing some crazy moments to the world both on and off stage here is my ode to Michael using today’s MLB Players.
King Of Pop: Ken Griffey Jr. You may say hey what about Albert or A-Rod? Well Junior is the active home run leader and until you get passed you are the King.
Smooth Criminal: Torii Hunter. I thought about a base stealer but then realized that Torii is the real theif in baseball and while he sometimes goes bang into the wall this cat is smooth.
I’ll Be There: Derek Jeter. Whether it’s the flip play vs. Oakland, diving into the stands vs. Boston or leading off a World Series game with a homer Derek always seems to be there when you need him.
Bad: Barry Bonds. The ultimate baseball villian. You could see Bonds strutting up to the plate hitting one in the water and looking to the crowd and saying “Who’s Bad?”. Fitting for this post since he and Michael share the off the field/stage spotlight for major notoriety.
Beat It: Randy Johnson. Good morning , good afternoon and good night when coming to the plate vs. the Big Unit.
Thriller: Jose Reyes. Hate to say it because he drives you nuts but when healthy and his heads on straight he is the most electric player in baseball.
Man in the Mirror: A-Rod. I had to do it.
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***Lilly @ Galarraga
***Billingsley @ Richard
LeBlanc @ ***Washburn
***Cueto @ ***Cecil
Bastardo @ Sonnanstine
***Carpenter @ ***Johan
Bannister @ Moehler
***Baker @ Burns
***Pettitte @ ***Lowe
***Smoltz @ Zimmermann *Smoltz if you’re feeling lucky but figure 5 IP
***Lee @ Ohlendorf
Hill @ West
Feldman @ Garland
Blanton @ Garza (I
benched Garza for this start in NFBC… struggling with command and HR’s of late,
which could get ugly vs. Philly)
Marquis @ Saunders (I
also benched Saundo for this one… not sharp of late and Rockies are hot… but
like Garza, decent gamble in deep leagues)
Pavano @ ***Duke
(good matchup for Pavano but coming off two stinkers and a sore elbow… only for
deep league gamblers)
***Zambrano @ ***Jackson
Owings @ Tallet
Moyer @ ***Price *Price has been far from great but why not vs. lefty heavy Phils
***Kuroda @ ***Danks *Danks really picking it up of late (3 ER over last two starts)
***Jimenez @ O’Sullivan
***Lincecum @ ***Mazzaro
Gaudin @ Olson
Pineiro @ L. Hernandez
Wang @ ***Hanson
Penny @ Lannan
Huff @ Snell
Uehara @ Miller
***Greinke @ R. Ortiz
***Liriano @ Suppan *Liriano getting better, worth the gamble
Harrison @ ***Scherzer
Jeff Weaver @
***Jered Weaver (Nice!)
***Shields @ ***J.
***Burnett @ ***J.
Anderson @ W.
Davis @ ***King
Maholm @ De La
***Sabathia @ Volstad (Volstad
J. Sanchez @
R. Hill @
Feldman @ ***R.
Volstad @ Wakefield
(I like Volstad but not in Boston)
***Wainwright (No-hitter alert in
effect here on Verlander)
Niemann @ De La Rosa
(both are interesting gambles here)
Big Erv @ J. Sanchez
(Erv awful twice in the last three starts, do you trust
***Of course, Siano chimes in “I
trust Erv vs Giants please God”