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It just so happens that every player that I’ve covered so far, Edwin Encarnacion, RA Dickey, and Josh Hamilton all have nicknames. Well, Robert-Allen Dickey doesn’t, but he has Dickeyface (look at this one too!), which is just as good. But Encarnacion has E5, Hamilton has Hambone, and even I have JW1. Now, the streak has been broken with the Bear/Bull spotlight directed upon Matt Harvey. With the way he’s pitched so far, his nick status needs a change. I’ve heard of several that really don’t do him justice, but should be put out there for community research. There’s Matt ‘Hardcore’ Harvey, which is simple and rolls off the tongue pretty easily. But it also brings up images that can be described with words that end in ‘ingus’ and ‘lation’. Not exactly what you want. Well, *you* might want that, but this is about Matt Harvey. There’s Mattastic, which is just corny. If we are just squishing his name together with other words, why not go with Mattpocolypse or Mattmageddon? Even Matt-howyoulikemenow! has a certain synergy to it. I’ve also seen Heatflame Harv, which just sounds like my dating life… desperate. My choice, I feel, has the upper hand at the moment. Borrowed from the DC Universe, Harvey Two-Face was recently played by Aaron Eckhart in Nolan’s Prestige, InceptionBatman movies. The association only adds to the flair, and the name has a good ring to it. It’s not like I was going to go with Rocket Racoon, amiright? He’s about as useful as Hawkeye, I mean, at least Black Widow is a good vehicle for bewbs. I mean, seriously… a big green Hulk, an all-powerful mechanized armor suit with gunz flown by a guy with charming sass and sarcasm, the son of Odin, a super soldier, and a dude who shoots arrows… yeah, tell me who doesn’t belong in that sentence. Anyhow, I’m going to go out on a limb and take credit for Harvey’s new nick. So it was said, so it shall be done.

So far in 2013, Matt Harvey is starting right where he left off last season. In 40.1 innings pitched, he has an ERA of 1.56, a FIP of 2.25 and a K/9 10.26 to go along with a 2.68 BB/9. Suffice to say, those are fantasy ace numbers. In response to his excellent production thus far, the fantasy community has been constantly asking two questions; ‘How is he doing this?’ and ‘Is this for real?’  So let’s find the answers.

How is he doing this? Well, let’s look closer at what type of pitcher Matt Harvey is. He has a four-seam fastball that ranges around the mid-90′s, but tops out at 98 MPH, a two-seamer that sits around 91 MPH, a plus-plus slider, an average change-up, along with an average 12-6 curveball. For the most part, Harvey relies mostly on his four-seamer and slider to do most of the heavy lifting.

So let’s talk about his fastball first, which could be labeled as ‘blistering’, cause, you know, it’s so hot. And fiery. Like Michelle Rodriguez. His two fastballs have been thrown 58.2% of the time so far this season, at an average of 94.7 MPH. Let’s take a look-see of what these four-seamers actually look like.

Fastball vs. Andre Ethier

Fastball vs. Mike Stanton

Result– FINISH HIM!

“I have not seen a power right-handed pitcher that throws above 95 miles per hour command his fastball as well as Harvey since Roger Clemens.” – Mitch Williams, former MLB pitcher.

That’s quite the name drop. As you can see from the GIF’s, the fastball is hard and live, with a flat plane, but with precision accuracy, and zips at the plate. Even without any sink or downhill plane, simply being able to command and control such a fast pitch more then makes up for the lack of movement. If you notice in the second GIF, you’ll see Harvey’s bread n’ butter location, which is the high-heat. Based on anecdotal evidence, I’d say he relies on this as an out-pitch about six times out of ten.

For bonus giggles, I’m just going to link you to a GIF, (Which is from my tumblr. Visit it, because, you know, I’m the Bono of fantasy baseball writing, so of course I’m going to promo my stuff until your eyes bleed. Plus, baseball and Jennifer Lawrence GIFs… how can you lose?) Anyhow, what you’ll see in that link is Harvey’s two-seamer, which I don’t focus on too much with this post, but has its own lateral movement that really adds another level for the batter to look for. Justin Ruggiano just has no chance.

Now, onto the slider. The velocity on Harvey’s breaking ball, which he didn’t start throwing until his junior year of college, has increased in velocity, from that point at 84 MPH, to what it is today, an 89 MPH wipeout pitch. Let’s take a look.

Slider vs. Nick Hundley

Slider vs. Brian Dozier

Result– FLAWLESS VICTORY!

His knockout slider is just that. And its pretty freak-like that he didn’t even learn the pitch until the second year of his collegiate career. While the late movement usually has a downward break, the pitch also moves slightly in on left handers and away to right handed batters.

So, to answer, how is he doing this, well, he’s pretty much doing it with his crazy-good fastball and slider combo-punch. In fact, I have just thought of the perfect depiction of said combo-punch.

Matt Harvey’s Fastball and Slider Combo Punch In the Form of Gus Fring

Gus sez, “COME AT ME BRO!”

Is this real? That’s the next question to check off our list, and, to a certain extent, yes, this is real. While I don’t think he can sustain a sub-2 ERA for the rest of the season, that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t be dominating for the next five months. Let’s rewind for a second, since I find the evolution of Harvey quite interesting. If you didn’t know, when first drafted, there were questions about what Harvey actually was. In fact, numerous scouting reports stated that he might be best utilized in the bullpen. And there was good argument for that conclusion. Just three years ago, while he still had premium velocity, Harvey really only had two operating pitches, the fastball and curveball, and didn’t really command either one on a consistent basis. Note that his slider wasn’t even considered part of his repertoire, which is the most intriguing part. Fast forward to the present, what you see now is an entirely new pitcher. On top of the expansion of his pitch arsenal, Harvey’s delivery, a major weakness before his junior year in college, is even cleaner now than it was when he was drafted. He has shown the aptitude to make major adjustments and refine his pitching plan, showing up in his progressively improving command and control, and allowing his stuff play at a starters level.

Looking under the hood, sort-of-speak, there is nothing in the underlying stat’s that shakes my confidence. There are some minor things, which will certainly lead to some regression. For one, his LOB% is at 86.1. That should lower as the season progresses. Not dramatically so, but more runs will score because of that. We’ll also likely see his HR/FB of 5.6% raise up a tick, which will also push Harvey’s ERA/FIP up, but not dramatically so. Also, his SwStr% (Percentage of Strikes that were swung at and missed) of 13.1% would have led the league last season, so that might lower a tad. But again, this is all nitpicking, and won’t necessarily change the dynamic.

Ascending the Mets organizational ladder quickly, I can’t say how lucky you are if you own him. Granted, he was an easy sleeper pick this season, but you’d be lying if you expected him to be this dominant, this fast. Yeah, I’m calling you out son! In redraft leagues, you can sell high, but I think he’ll continue to put up ace-like numbers for the rest of the year. If you do sell, make sure to set the price at Top-25 value. If you intend on keeping Harvey, I would expect, ROS– 12-9/3.29/1.17/168. If you are in a keeper, well then, here’s a pat on your back. Pay no attention to the force for which I’m about to hit you with, for it is filled with my jealous wrath. For the next two seasons, the sky is the limit. Health permitting, I would expect something akin to Clayton Kershaw to happen. Something like 15-10/3.00/1.20/225.

You don’t have to ask anymore. Matt Harvey is for real. And he’s here to stay.

Obvious verdict is obvious.

Final Verdict:

 

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice post,i grabbed him in one league anyways

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: picked him up in terms of waivers? You need more than two teams in a league.

  2. Stantonovation says:
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    Per doc gooden Matt “real deal” Harvey

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Stantonovation: works, but doesn’t have any pazazz.

      • Stantonovation says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Agreed

  3. JoeG says:
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    pick two for today only:Hundley, Haiston, Ransom, Dyson,Banks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JoeG: Ransom, Hairston.

  4. attgig says:
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    nice. Dickeyface in a Harvey 2face article. … wait, so, is that really his new nick? what are his 2 faces???

    how about Matt “Price’s fave” Harvey :P

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @attgig: maybe the fastball combo punch are his two faces.

      I didn’t get a chance to mention dickeyface during my RA Dickey post, which a reader pointed out, so I wanted to make amends.

      • attgig says:
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        @jaywrong: that was me ;-)

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @attgig: Haha, well there you go, it was dedicated to you.

  5. kisses says:
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    i’m in need of some wins and a much lower era as my combo of cc, price, halladay, and felix has been underperforming thus far (still early, i know). i’m killing it in saves this season and am thinking of proposing soriano+bailey for harvey. I still have valverde, romo, and mujica. thoughts? thanks!

    • Tio says:
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      @kisses:

      Why not hold Bailey? The wins will come… the Reds haven’t been giving him any run support.

      • kisses says:
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        @Tio: sorry, that’s supposed to read: raf soriano and andrew bailey.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @kisses: Yeh, I’d do that in a heartbeat. The other guy may want more though.

  6. Jef says:
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    GREAT post. Your writing style is completely different than Grey’s yet still fits the Razzball site to a T. I really enjoyed this.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jef: thanks. It’s because I type without a mustache.

  7. Troy says:
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    I traded for Harvey in both of my leagues before the season started one league traded Austin Jackson for Harvey and dempster ( turned dempster into eaton and valverde) second league I traded Altuve chapman and wilhelmsen for Ryan Howard Harvey and Cobb ( before chapman was returned to closer)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Troy: seems Harvey justified those deals pretty well.

  8. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Re: nicknames

    I was looking at Half Newhouser’s stats last week in a $80 STATS book that I bought in 2000 before baseball-reference killed the encyclopedia business. Anyway, it may have been on the same page where I stumbled upon a second pitcher with the nickname of “Three Finger”. Obviously, Mordecai Brown was known as “Three Finger.” Imagine that. There was a second three fingered son of a bitch pitching in the big leagues.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Antonio Alfonseca had six fingers, right? Just thought I would add that.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @jaywrong: yes, on each hand

      • Dolemite says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: @jaywrong:

        His nickname was “El Pulpo” which means the octopus in Spanish.
        I remember watching him live years ago at Wrigley and his changeup had some wierd movement cause he got all 6 fingers on it……

  9. JDW says:
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    Going forward I shall call every starting pitcher on my team “Dickeyface”.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JDW: sounds like a good plan.

  10. costaricanchata says:
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    “It just so happens that every player that I’ve covered so far, Edwin Encarnacion, RA Dickey, and Josh Hamilton all have nicknames. Well, Robert-Allen Dickey doesn’t, but he has Dickeyface (look at this one too!), which is just as good. But Encarnacion has E5, Hamilton has Hambone, and even I have JW1. Now, the streak has been broken with the Bear/Bull spotlight directed upon Matt Harvey. With the way he’s pitched so far, his nick status needs a change. I’ve heard of several that really don’t do him justice, but should be put out there for community research. There’s Matt ‘Hardcore’ Harvey, which is simple and rolls off the tongue pretty easily. But it also brings up images that can be described with words that end in ‘ingus’ and ‘lation’. Not exactly what you want. Well, *you* might want that, but this is about Matt Harvey. There’s Mattastic, which is just corny. If we are just squishing his name together with other words, why not go with Mattpocolypse or Mattmageddon? Even Matt-howyoulikemenow! has a certain synergy to it. I’ve also seen Heatflame Harv, which just sounds like my dating life… desperate. My choice, I feel, has the upper hand at the moment. Borrowed from the DC Universe, Harvey Two-Face was recently played by Aaron Eckhart in Nolan’s Prestige, Inception, Batman movies. The association only adds to the flair, and the name has a good ring to it. It’s not like I was going to go with Rocket Racoon, amiright? He’s about as useful as Hawkeye, I mean, at least Black Widow is a good vehicle for bewbs. I mean, seriously… a big green Hulk, an all-powerful mechanized armor suit with gunz flown by a guy with charming sass and sarcasm, the son of Odin, a super soldier, and a dude who shoots arrows… yeah, tell me who doesn’t belong in that sentence. Anyhow, I’m going to go out on a limb and take credit for Harvey’s new nick. So it was said, so it shall be done.”
    wish you had put this at the end of your column , rather than at the beginning .

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @costaricanchata: you read in reverse? Cool story bro.

  11. Swat290 says:
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    gotta say Jdub these posts are awesome. I appreciated those Dickey pics as well… wink wink nudge…. nudge?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Swat290: wink wink nudge back at you sir.

  12. troy says:
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    who do you like better for ros cashner or straily?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @troy: I’m an upside guy, so I’ll take Cash. Same pitching environments too.

  13. Paddyman says:
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    Nicknames: Harvey Ballbanger?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Paddyman: is he into s&m?

  14. gareth says:
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    How about matt harvey-wallbanger? Cos he throws his fastball so fast and accurately he can destroy walls.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @gareth: the wall should at least wear a wig, no?

  15. Alex says:
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    New nickname has to be “The White Knight”, right? That was Harvey’s (Two Face) moniker when he was doing good things. And dammit, Harvey can do no wrong.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alex: that’s raycess!

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Nice GIFs, JayWrong!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Grey: only the best for the razzmunity.

  17. El Guapo says:
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    Love Harvey, but I was just offered David Price for him.. what do I do?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @El Guapo: Yeh, you sorta have to, right? Redraft, I would do it. Keeper? I’d hold.

      • El Guapo says:
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        @jaywrong: I just know how much I’ll hate myself if Price has an EH year and Harvey continues to go off (even though he SHOULD regress)

        • El Guapo says:
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          @El Guapo: And I know Price is the better pitcher, just got a weird feeling.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @El Guapo: Yeh, I mean, you don’t have to trade him. I’d be hesitant too, its a craps shoot. I’d just lean towards an established guy in this situation.

      • El Guapo says:
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        @jaywrong: Yeah, good news is the guy offering price is a mets fan so I can wait and still get the deal I suppose. Thanks for the help!

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @El Guapo: Or you could try to get different things. Maybe a big bat if you need it. I’m a Padres homer, it makes me irrational. I’ll give up anything for Yonder!

  18. Babs says:
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    These new Bull and Bear are articles excellent and are my favorite on Razzball! In fantasy baseball, all I do is buy low, sell high.

    I actually made a trade right before this article getting Hamels and Jason Heyward for Harvey and Melky. These kind of articles always make me semi-regret my trades…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Babs: thanks. I think you did well in the trade, though Melky will do better. I’m a tad bit worried we were seeing 2011 Heyward before he went down.

  19. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Michelle Rodriguez needs more sexy time roles. She always plays a bad ass and I really just wanna see her bad ass naked.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Sky: she always plays the angry latina, and does it well.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        She does. I just wish she’d get angry and naked and slap me around a little bit.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Sky: get in line.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I think we should have a cat fight over her. We could have it in a kiddie pool full of melted jello pudding pops.

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Sky: You always add to the sexiness.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Well I had a great canvas to start with, Tiger…wait, we’re talking about Michelle Rodriguez. Forgot…

                • JoeC says:
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                  @Sky: Isn’t she a lezbo (not that there’s anything wrong with that)? Which means the winner of your pitty-patty war would probably get put in a headlock by Ms. Rodriguez.

                  • Jay

                    jaywrong says:
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                    @JoeC: She says she isn’t, but did have a past relationship with a lady friend.

                    It’s worth it, by they way, the head lock.

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @jaywrong: Ah, a switch-hitter. Well then, carry on, good sirs.

                      Just be sure to say my name at least once during the act. Wait… is that too weird? :D

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I’ll take a headlock. Really, touching is touching afterall.

  20. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    I love making trades I have issues but this is my pitching staff

    Bum, Latos, Zimmerman, Ryu, Tehran, and Niese should I even try to go after harvey to upgrade and I have outfield depth maybe Bruce and some one? I feel like I should hold my team is pretty legit this year.

    • El Guapo says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: Hold. Your pitching staff is good as is.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: you should be fine, but teheran is a weak link, that’s for sure. Always explore trades though, you never know what kind of hanging fruit is out there.

  21. G Money says:
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    Jaywrong,
    GMoney here. Offense is picking it up finally but Hambone is really making me nervous free swinging style and giving away at bats is killing me and he doesnt look like he is making any adjustments at all. Anyways got offered A Craig & A Sanchez for Hamilton and H Street? I can keep A Craig for $ 7 next year which is great value and I firmly believe he will bounce back with some power here in near future. Also that is a potent offense. I think I’m gonna do it. Thoughts? Or target any other players for Hammy? Thanks!

    G Money

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @G Money: Yeh, is do that. I’m expecting a Craig rebound soon.

      • G Money says:
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        @jaywrong: Cool Thanks. as long as were on the same page. gotta be on the same page. Thanks again

  22. kendeey says:
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    What do you think about me trading Nolan Arenado for Tim Lincecum?

    I’m a Timmy and Giants fan, but I don’t want this move to screw me the rest of the year (by starting Timmy that is).

    I guess I’m just trying to get some perspective on value of Nolan vs Tim here.

    Appreciate the perspective,

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @kendeey: If its a redraft, its okay. Lincecum is who he is. He won’t knock your socks off, but if you stick with him the entire year, all the ups and downs will add up to an average pitcher with a good amount of k’s. That has value.

  23. Fish says:
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    You don’t see as “up” on Cingrani as some are on razzball.

    Where would you put him ROS? Top ____ starter.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fish: 90?

      I’m not trying to be contrarian or be hard on the guy though. He’s a deception guy with a good fastball and nothing else really. He *could* succeed, or he could do a Josh Collmentor.

      I could be wrong too, but I’m not falling head over heels for the guy until I see more. Ackbar knows what’s up.

      • Fish says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Ha. Love the reference.

        It’s interesting to see the varying opinions on him. On the pitcher profile blog-post for him against the Nats, I asked the same question and got a response of “top 30.” The reliance on a single pitch worries (worried?) me, but there seem to be a lot who think the speed of his fastball and his ability to widely vary it will keep him very competitive.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Fish: Yeah, and I think Cingrani will be the ultimate decider of who is right.

          I’m fully capable of accepting the fact that he has potential. But I am reluctant to put him in the same category as Matt Latos and Jordan Zimmermann after only three starts. Which is what top-30 would do. Apologies to my boy JB, but that seems folly.

          And whatever you do with a fastball, if you throw it 80% of the time, it won’t help you stay competitive for long.

          If he can develop that curve into something, or even make his change-up passable, there might be something there. Remember, there’s a reason why a lot of folks pegged him as a dominant bullpen piece.

          Just my two cents.

          • Mike says:
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            @jaywrong: \

            My initial gut reaction without reading what others have to say is on par with your assessment. I can’t say I’m overly invested in the outcome now since I just flipped Pujols and Cingrani for Strasburg & Arenado, but I’ll remain a spectator of how this plays out for curiosity sake.

  24. Malon says:
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    Harvey “Birdman”: Attorney at Law

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Malon: I like that one. Doesn’t really install fear though.

  25. James says:
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    Drop Werth for moustakas? 10 team h2h

    • James says:
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      @James:

      Other guys that I could drop would be josh Donaldson and Brandon moss but it seems those two are contributing fairly well recently.. Would love to hear ur opinion on this!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @James: He’s been doing better the last week, but I don’t trust him yet.

      I’d rather hold on to Werth at the moment.

      And yeah, gotta hold on Moss and Donaldson right now.

  26. ShaggyLamb says:
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    Magic Man

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ShaggyLamb: Short and sweet, not bad.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ShaggyLamb: And could be a ‘Heart’ reference?

    • JoeC says:
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      @ShaggyLamb: I like it. I was gonna suggest Matt Harvey, “The Rest of the Story” in a Paul Harvey reference, but that’s a bit weighty and pointy-headed.

      “Magic Man” is far superior.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @JoeC: Hah, Paul Harvey. That’s old school son! I loved him as a kid for some reason.

        • JoeC says:
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          @jaywrong: That’s because he had a voice you could trust. Like a Vin Scully voice (sorry… I know you’re a Pads fan… but he does have a good voice!).

          How many people on the radio now do you WANT to listen to, who have a “great” voice? Not many.

          And Harvey would always tell some really stupid, hokey, “funny in 1925″-kind of joke. It was classic. It was another generation’s Grey Albright!

          • Jay

            jaywrong says:
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            @JoeC: I love Scully and listen to him when my Pads take on the Dodgers.

            He’s puppies and milk shakes… who doesn’t love the guy?

            But yeah, agree on Paul Harvey. My Dad was a huge lover of him.

  27. Cam_13 says:
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    Just a heads up Eddie is no longer E5 because: A. He plays first base now and B. He is now known as Chicken Wing due to his signature one armed home run trot…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Cam_13: I still like E5.

      • Cam_13 says:
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        @jaywrong: Over Chicken Wing? Heresy…

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Cam_13: Saying chicken wings and eating chicken wings are two different actions in my book.

          I think I’m safe from burning at the stake.

          • JoeC says:
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            @jaywrong: That arm thing he’s doin’ is really stupid.

            I hope some old-school pitcher, like say, Cole Hamels, puts a fastball in his ear hole to let him know that’s not appreciated.

            Reminds me a little of Jeffery Leonard’s “One Flap Down” home run trot. Used to piss the opposition off all to hell!

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @JoeC: I’m fine with the talk if you can walk the walk.

              I think Cole Hamels ear hole throw on Harper last year was childish.

              I have to disagree with you here Joe.

              • JoeC says:
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                @jaywrong: Oh, I’m mostly joking. Hamels plunking of Bryce Harper was completely ridonkulous. I just loved how he explained it as how he was defending the “old school” way of baseball. Classic! You can’t make this stuff up!

  28. Alex says:
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    who do i give up in dynasty trade for kubel

    Gary Sanchez and Marcell Ozuna or Gary Sanchez and Matt Adams?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alex: I’m assuming you are win-now, or else you wouldn’t do it.

      Trade Ozuna package if its an OBP league, Adams if it isn’t.

      I’m still high on Sanchez btw. He’s still very young for where he is developmentally.

      • Mark says:
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        @jaywrong: Darn, traded ozuna over adams since i cant keep ozuna in the minors — trade adams back for ozuna?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Mark: That adds a new dynamic. You did fine if you can’t hid Ozuna.

          Most leagues wait until rookie-threshold is met, I was working on that assumption.

  29. Targaryen says:
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    I see Morrow out on the wire and thinking I’d like to snag him. Do I drop Estrada, Beckett or Cashner…. Not sure if I’m ready to throw Cash back; yet. Beckett still has potential, right. Not dominating but not devastating & some just bad luck, right?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Targaryen: honestly, I’d prolly hold at this point.

      • JoeC says:
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        @jaywrong: Yeah, 2012 is starting to look like the exception for Morrow, not the rule. Too bad. Kid has talent. Just having trouble putting it all together.

        • Jay

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          @JoeC: Well, yes, he has the talent. But I never saw more than a 3.75 FIP / good K guy, which has value, but is not top-end. Especially with the DL stints.

  30. Mat says:
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    Okay to trade Granderson for cueto or kuroda. Need SP bad

    • Targaryen says:
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      @Mat: Id aim higher, like maybe Grienke?

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        @Targaryen: Greinke might be too high. With time lost, Grandy might only be a 25/10 guy at this point, which is great, but the rate stats might hurt you. Maybe a tier below, but the point is valid. Aim high first, see what happens.

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      @Mat: I’m okay with that, prolly Cueto over Kuroda. And only if you are okay losing the power.

  31. Mark says:
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    Belt, donaldson or joyce in 7×7 with obp and slg?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mark: Donaldson while he’s hot, then transition to Belt.

  32. LongoTulo says:
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    hello, friend. Thanks for your insight and help. I have Chris Davis in 12 team h2h. Would you trade him now for J Heyward? We can also trade draft picks fo rnext yr. Thoughts?

    • Jay

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      @LongoTulo: I would hold at the moment. I’m not totally convinced that what Davis is doing can’t be sustained to a certain extent.

      Heyward looked very 2011 before he went down. I want to see the 2012 version again.

      • LongoTulo says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks. What about CD for Giancarlo? Or just hold onto CD for now? Giancarlo’s lineup obviously blows…hope he gets traded.

        • Jay

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          @LongoTulo: Yeh, I’d do that trade for stanton.

  33. Josh Freeman says:
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    I need a pitcher. Maholm or Cahill?

  34. Chris says:
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    Close H2H matchup, need AVG/OBP/R above all else on the offensive side.

    Which 1 of these guys would you go with at UTIL tonight? Lawrie vs Felix Hernandez or Berkman vs Doubront?

    • Jay

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      @Chris: Berk.

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