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So here’s something ridiculous – I think the Oakland A’s are my least favorite team.  Scratch that, F THE CARDS!  Even if they do have the best fans in baseball…  A’s are my least favorite AL team.  And it’s nothing to do with particular players, trying to be “hipster” and not liking Monyeball (It’s a cool movie!  Love the music.), or residual ire due to the Warriors.  Ugh, NBA with only 2 or 3 competing teams every year – BORING!  It just seems like every year, their offense is lacking, yet they pound on pitchers when you least expect it.  Cough, James Paxton, cough.  It’s so annoying!  It all started when I owned CC Sabathia on some dynos back when he started with the Yankees, and it felt like every April or May the A’s would tag him for 7 or 8 runs every game.  Plus, ya know, I didn’t buy into Josh Donaldson and Khris Davis decided to be a consistent power hitter in a shittier park, but we’ll end this absolutely ludicrous rant here.

Due to the above, I don’t watch a ton of A’s, so I have yet to see Andrew Triggs pitch.  His scouting report is unimpressive: his fastball actually lost velocity to be a sub-90 MPH pitch, he gets groundballs which usually means Ks should be low, is 28 and a converted closer, and it just all feels like smoke and Black Mirrors.  He’s a robot!  But maybe that perception is a reaction to my A’s bias, especially since he went into yesterday with three straight scoreless start wins.  Well, he did allow 2 unearned runs in one of em and 1 in another – yet another reason I think it’s Black Mirrors.  So I decided to watch his start Sunday afternoon to finally get the book out on the guy, and here’s how he looked against the Mariners:

First Inning: As Triggs takes the bump, the broadcast shows a graphic that Triggs is allowing a .257 BAA for righties, but .067 against lefties.  Aight fine, I won’t lie, I didn’t do this one live….  Foreshadowing!  Fastball in there to Jarrod Dyson at 89, 89 gets a whiff on the outside black, sinking fastball has Dyson lay off, then a huge sweeping slider bends straight into Dyson’s knee for a HBP.  To be fair, that slider had a ton of movement!  So a fast runner (who may be hurting) on first, and two-seamer runs inside to Mitch Haniger, slider bends outside, fastball is in the zone and Dyson steals 2nd.   Then 2-1 is bunted perfectly by Haniger, and Triggs has to make a strong play to gun him down for the first out.  Moves Dyson to 3rd easily though.  Nice to see good fielding from Triggs.  Two-seamer hits the outside edge to Robinson Cano, fastball dribbled foul, then slider is poked through the infield playing in for an RBI single.  EARNED RUN STREAK QUICKLY OVER!  Damn, that’s as routine a groundball to 2nd as you could imagine, but infield was just in.  Why you can’t hit a fast leadoff guy!  Triggs misses outside to Nelson Cruz, then nice two-seamer hits the outside corner, 1-1:

Nice movement!  You can see his little hop delivery too.  Two-seamer on the hands fouled away, slider outside in the dirt, then slider again that would’ve been strike 3 anyway with crazy 1-to-7 movement gets the whiff for the second out.

Straight from the Minor League team in Brockmire stands Dan Vogelbach who fouls the first one off, slider pulled hard foul on a liner, two-seamer way outside, high fastball fouled back, slider low and away, cutter bareeeeeely misses the outside corner, then 3-2 payoff pitch is hit pretty hard to left on a line, but right to Matt Joyce for the final out.

Second Inning: The red hot Taylor Motter takes a fastball barely low, two-seamer again dribbled foul, then wicked two-seamer again hits the outside black, 1-2.

Sheesh!  Then follows it up with a slider bending the other way.  I can see the appeal and how he gets Ks…

Then cutter in the zone is flared to left, but Joyce is there for the first out.  Two-seamer in there to Guillermo Heredia, then fastball grounded routinely to second, two outs.  Slider bends in there to Mike Freeman (who?), two-seam paints the outside corner, two-seamer barely misses, cutter stays outside, fastball at the knees bounced barely foul, slider stays outside, then slider again grounded easily to second for a smooth-n-easy 1-2-3 inning.

Third Inning: Still a 1-0 game and Mike Zunino takes outside, two-seam sinks way low, then elevated two-seamer with virtually no sink is hammered to left for a single.  Overcorrected.  But first-pitch fastball to Dyson is flared to left center and hangs up long enough for the catch, quick first out.  Then first-pitch cutter (I think – didn’t do much) is hit hard to third, and off Ryon Healy‘s glove for another single.  Mariners first-pitch hackin’!  Cutter stays outside to Cano, two-seam sinks low, cutter hangs wayyyyy outside, and with the count 3-0 out comes Stephen Vogt for a powwow.  Two-seam is right in there, then two-seam again runs way low and outside with Cano holding up for a walk.  Bases loaded.  High cutter at the letters gets the strike call on Cruz, two-seam barely misses the outside black, cutter bends wayyyyy outside, cutter fouled back, fastball stays inside, then 3-2 Triggs goes cutter and it doesn’t quite nip the front door for a bases loaded walk.  Yuck.  TWO EARNED RUNS NOW!  Vogelbach takes outside, two-seam outside, cutter in there, Vogelbach chases an outside fastball, then two-seam again on the outside black gets a whiff for a huge second out.  Cutter way outside on Motter – Triggs doesn’t have that pitch today – then two-seam right in the wheelhouse of a righty – a little in, a little low but well in the zone – gets hammered to left for a grand salami.  SIX EARNED RUNS – – we get it, hah.  Wind is blowing out a little and it was barely over the high wall, but still hurts.  Two-seam hits the outside edge to Heredia, then fastball is popped foul but caught by Yonder Alonso to mercifully get Trigga outta the inning.

Fourth Inning: Let’s see how Triggs responds still down 6-0, and fastball runs away from Freeman 0-1, cutter fouled off, two-seam hits the inside edge, 1-2 fastball runs away again, then two-seam runs back into the high inside black for strike 3 looking with Tom Hallion doing the patented Mortal Kombat strike 3 call.  Whoopsie!  Great slider bends into the zone to Zunino 0-1, same pitch fouled back, then two-seam hits the outside edge for another Hallion backwards-K call!  Haha.  Big slider low and in to Dyson – I bet he’s mad Triggs threw that pitch again after it hit his knee the first AB – two-seam has Dyson unable to check his swing, two-seam runs back to the plate for a nice strike two, then two-seam again popped to short for a nice bounceback inning.

Fifth Inning: Still 6-0, and Hainger is first-pitch hacking for his second straight AB and gets another single off the first pitch.  Maybe the reverse splits are legit!  Then two-seam in the zone is rocketed to left center by Cano, but it’s caught on the track by Jaff Decker for the first out.  That’s a homer in hitters’ parks!  Cruz takes a cutter way outside, same pitch – again way outside – two-seam sinking action gets a whiff, two-seam misses low and away, then fastball is flied lazily to right for the second out.  And Bob Melvin doesn’t buy into the possibility of reverse splits – with Vogelbach coming up, he yanks Triggs.  Triggs got him for a bad strikeout the last AB too…  Melvin is a dunce.

Final Line:  L  4.2 IP  81 Pitches (48 Strikes)  6 ER  5 Hits  2 Walks  4 K  Gamescore: 32  Gamescore+: 36.8

Final Analysis: Well, two straight duds from the pitchers I’ve profiled…  Whoopsie!  But Triggs was a popular add in a lot of leagues due to the hot start, so I think it was good to see him in action.  As always with shorter outings, the Gamescore+ comes out favorable, but it wasn’t by a wide margin.  Triggs was definitely hit around.

I’m not surprised the fastball velo is down this year on Fangraphs.  He’s pretty exclusively a two-seam guy now.  Brooks Baseball has them separated by 4-seam/sinker, with 4-seam used 4.6% of the time, and the “sinker” (which is a sinking two-seam, but whatever) 49.5% of the time.  That said, I figured he was just throwing more two-seams this year, but the split was the same in his small sample last year.  The “sinker” is just down from 91.3 MPH in 2016 to 89.8 MPH this year.  Kinda interesting since league-wide velos are up too, so that’s maybe 2.5 MPH slower…  It has so much movement though, that velocity isn’t the be-all, end-all though…  With good running action and sink, it makes sense it’s his most utilized pitch.  The cutter wasn’t working at all for him this game, with inconsistent movement and he was throwing them wayyyyy outside to righties.  Hah, as I was editing this together, I saw this tweet.  The slider/slurve had good movement and he could throw some for strikes – kinda wish he tried to lean on that pitch a little more this start.

As you’ll read below, I just have trouble with these low-velo, paint-the-zone guys due to their very narrow margins of error.  I know I’m not breaking any ground with that thought, but it seems ever-more apparent thus far in 2017.  If his two-seam doesn’t sink, he gets tattooed.  If he didn’t have his slider along with not having the cutter, this would’ve been even worse.  I had a theory while writing this that maybe he would have opposite splits due to how the two-seam works (running away from lefties vs. running back into the zone for a righty), but in 2016 he was 27:9 K:BB against lefties for a .275 AVG, and 28:4 .233 to righties.  It was a small sample of course, but it’s concerning since he’s .283 AVG 8:3 K:BB to righties on the young season, and a crazy .079 BAA for lefties with a 5:3 K:BB.  So once the lefties start hitting him, this could be really bad.  He remains in my ranks since he does have the movement and pitches in a good park, but I’ll need to see that cutter consistently working and if he can survive the regression against lefties before buying in in a mixed-league context.

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

(rankings for ROS based on 12-team Roto, green for risers, red for fallers)

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD
2 Max Scherzer, WAS
3 Chris Sale, BOS
4 Noah Syndergaard, NYM
5 Yu Darvish, TEX
6 Corey Kluber, CLE
7 Jon Lester, CHC
8 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
9 Jake Arrieta, CHC
10 Jacob deGrom, NYM
11 Justin Verlander, DET
12 Johnny Cueto, SF
13 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
14 James Paxton, SEA
15 Gerrit Cole, PIT
16 Danny Duffy, KC
17 Lance McCullers, HOU
18 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
19 Danny Salazar, CLE
20 Chris Archer, TB
21 Carlos Martinez, STL
22 Jameson Taillon, PIT
23 Zack Greinke, ARI
24 Matt Harvey, NYM
25 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
26 Dylan Bundy, BAL
27 Sean Manaea, OAK
28 Cole Hamels, TEX
29 Ivan Nova, PIT
30 Michael Fulmer, DET
31 Kenta Maeda, LAD
32 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
33 Rick Porcello, BOS
34 Aaron Sanchez, TOR
35 Felix Hernandez, SEA
36 Marcus Stroman, TOR
37 Julio Teheran, ATL
38 Joe Ross, WAS
39 Drew Pomeranz, BOS
40 David Price, BOS
41 Taijuan Walker, ARI
42 Jose Quintana, CHW
43 Jerad Eickhoff, PHI
44 Rich Hill, LAD
45 Aaron Nola, PHI
46 Amir Garrett, CIN
47 Luis Severino, NYY
48 Blake Snell, TB
49 Matt Shoemaker, LAA
50 Tanner Roark, WAS
51 Michael Pineda, NYY
52 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
53 John Lackey, CHC
54 Robbie Ray, ARI
55 Adam Conley, MIA
56 Tyler Skaggs, LAA
57 Marco Estrada, TOR
58 Julio Urias, LAD
59 Jharel Cotton, OAK
60 Jeff Samardzija, SF
61 Jeremy Hellickson, PHI
62 Vincent Velasquez, PHI
63 Madison Bumgarner, SF
64 Daniel Norris, DET
65 Tyler Glasnow, PIT
66 Ervin Santana, MIN
67 Kevin Gausman, BAL
68 Robert Gsellman, NYM
69 Alex Cobb, TB
70 Kendall Graveman, OAK
71 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
72 Reynaldo Lopez, CHW
73 Michael Wacha, STL
74 Ian Kennedy, KC
75 Brandon McCarthy, LAD
76 Bartolo Colon, ATL
77 Matt Moore, SF
78 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL
79 Josh Hader, MIL
80 Lance Lynn, STL
81 Charlie Morton, HOU
82 Carlos Rodon, CHW
83 Jaime Garcia, ATL
84 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
85 Trevor Bauer, CLE
86 Jake Odorizzi, TB
87 Mike Leake, STL
88 Dan Straily, MIA
89 Jose De Leon, TB
90 Patrick Corbin, ARI
91 Jason Vargas, KC
92 Andrew Triggs, OAK
93 Adam Wainwright, STL
94 Francisco Liriano, TOR
95 Joe Musgrove, HOU
96 Zack Wheeler, NYM
97 Sonny Gray, OAK
98 Matt Boyd, DET
99 Chad Kuhl, PIT
100 Jimmy Nelson, MIL

Dropped Out: Zach Davies, MIL (as mentioned, low velo scares me), Jordan Zimmermann, DET (yeah, looks done)

  • Well, Madison Bumgarner happened…  Even off the field, they’re at risk of arm injuries now!  Gotta keep him ranked I guess, and likely have to stash him even if you have your DL spots filled, but man it’s tough to weigh where he’ll be, with a timetable that could go beyond 2 months…
  • As we’re seeing with the ups and downs of Dallas Keuchel, the low-velo control guys just have such a small margin of error, that I’ll rarely rank them well.  I know EVERYONE was off Rick Porcello or Kyle Hendricks, but I kinda wish I was one of the further out.  I know I’m weirdly using Keuchel (who is pitching great) as an argument against slow-velo guys, but we’re seeing the thin line they walk comparing 2016 to 2017 thus far.
  • Why I still like Ivan Nova!  Unlike those guys, he still throws pretty hard.  He’s gonna be this year’s Hendricks.  Still find it hard to believe I was one of the few buyers.
  • WHERE ARE YOU NOW?!
  • The numbers and perception on Blake Snell could never be lower, but damn, every time I see the kid pitch, he looks like he’s sooooooo close.  I still think all 4 of his pitches are plus pitches when located.  Likely dropping him in a lot of redraft, but I am a buyer in dyno.
  • Yuck for Kevin Gausman.  I was pretty low on him coming into the year, but didn’t think he’d look this bad.  For some reason, he’s not throwing his split-finger not even close to as much as he did in the second half last year, so I worry he’s not using that pitch as much due to arm-stress concerns…  No idea.

 

In redraft, you’re probably done with Triggs too giving him the quick trigger finger, any of you guys holding on?  And what do you think of the ranks this week?  Join the conversation in the comments below, or call in to the Podcast and leave us a message we’ll answer on air!  Happy pitching, Razzball Nation!

   
  1. Chud says:
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    Awesome weekly list!

    In need of another legit bat and looking to move a SP to get one. In a 10 team full keeper would you look to deal Arrieta or Carlos Martinez? Either one will net a similar return in my league.

    Also, can you name any more “buy low” SP beyond Blake Snell?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chud: thanks man, appreciate ya dropping by! Hmmmmm that’s a good one. I guess Arrieta, he’s so much older and C-Mart still has the upside! But man, that’s a tough call. Buy low… Still really like Joe Ross’s future, I think Glasnow might have some shine that’s worn off, and Manaea looks awesome to be and might still have enough value there to guy low

  2. Nick says:
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    Who to start this week?????

    K. Hendricks
    C. Martinez
    L. McCullers
    D. Pomeranz
    S. Manea
    K. Graveman
    T. Walker
    L. Lynn
    L. Severino

    I can start 6 pitchers (SP)…not worried about my relievers
    Are there any 2 start pitchers you like this week?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: I also have C. Carrasco

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nick: Can’t imagine sitting Carrasco… I’d go him and your top other 5 there, but not 100% on all the 2-start guys. Ummmm, I’m starting Kuhl in NFBC which is fun, I actually kinda like Jason Vargas against CHW and MIN!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nick: @JB Gilpin: Ah seeing from below Severino should be 2 starts, but yeah, one @BOS. I would pass

          • Nick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Vargas is owned!!! * Sad face. I like the Kuhl suggestion. I’m just having a hard time keeping Hendricks in my lineup atm. I would almost start Severino over him even with the negative matchup.

          • Nick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Some waiver pitchers are Lackey, Kuhl, Holland, and Yin-Chen….would you start any of those guys over the ones you suggested?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Nick: Hah yeah I know Hendricks is annoying right now… I’m def avoiding a 1-start lackey, benching him in CBS league.

              Is this H2H categories/roto or H2H points? If points gimme Kuhl over maybe Hendricks if he’s only 1 start? Sorry don’t have a list open haha.

  3. Warren says:
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    I know you’re biased, but are you starting Joe Ross in the 2 start week? @Col v NYM
    Streamonator is scared

    • Warren says:
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      @Warren: Severino too, @Bos is scary …

    • Cram It says:
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      @Warren: I’m starting Ross for the 2 starts in a weekly. But I don’t have many other options with no waiver adds.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Warren: @Cram It: Yeah I’m starting Ross in CBS league with their people. Think it’s worth the risk for 2 starts.

  4. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Yo JB! You still have Hamels in the top 30. Do you agree with Grey that his peripherals scream “SELL!”?

    • Not Your Average Joe says:
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      @Not Your Average Joe: Also, should we be worried that Duffy too is a major sell high?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Not Your Average Joe: Oh yeah, I mean, I moved him down about 10 thus far, so I am pretty worried. That said, he did bounce back after a worrisome start last year (mostly due to walks). I’d sell for anything close to draft day value though. Duffy – yeah I’d sell at my 95 cents on the draft day dollar but that’s about it. No reason to panic sell him

  5. Cram It says:
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    I’m enjoying watching Gausman crash and burn. I was even more off of him than you were, and was vocal about it. He’ll probably still end up #’s similar to last year, but that’s nothing to write home about.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Cram It: I remember you saying you were with me on anti-Gausman in my original ranks! Yeah he’s in streaming class at best right now for mixed leagues, IMO

  6. Jaaaaaake says:
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    I just came here to say well done not mentioning your ugly baby league. I’m glad you can contribute something of use. #Razz30

    For realsies we gotta move Liriano up here. As long as Martin is his catcher he is money in the bank.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jaaaaaake: Haha thanks for dropping by to a post that isn’t utter garbage :)

      Maybe, I still think there’s risk he has another 1 or 2 inning blow up at any time. That first start mixed with his collapse last year. I’m still scurred hah

  7. Paul says:
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    Trade Duffy and McCullers For Chris sale

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Paul: Yeah Sale looks locked in. Unless a dynasty or where keeper values have McCullers mad cheap, I can’t imagine saying no to Sale

  8. Anodyne says:
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    Great job with these weekly top 100 starters, rankings JB! I find them super helpful especially in deep leagues. I own Triggs and am going to roll with him a little longer, even though the regression fairies seem to have paid him a visit. Everybody else in your top 100 is owned in my league.

    I’m less bullish on Jimmy Nelson, though, whom I also own. His lack of command scares me, and our league counts K/BB as a scoring category. Would you consider dropping him for anybody in this rogue’s gallery of names: Miguel González, Jason Hammel, Jesse Hahn, Derek Holland, Zack Eflin, Ricky Nolasco, or Jered Weaver?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Anodyne: Thanks man! Yeah regression fairies sure dusted the crap outta the ball on Sunday haha. Yeah if everyone else on my list is owned, you def might as well hold.

      Jimmy – ughghghghghg. So annoying haha. He had pretty good command first few starts though! Then the walks yesterday woof! I mean, Eflin is new, and might have a solid run. I thought about adding him – other guys aren’t on my “just out” yet – but I think he’ll regress as teams see him. that said, Miguel Gonzalez has been good for a while, yet I can’t ever wanna buy haha

      • James Bishop says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What, you don’t think Eflin’s .147 BABIP is sustainable? Such a hater, dude.

      • Anodyne says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, González is the definition of boring. But with Triggs, Nelson, and Hendricks all on my roster, I’m getting super impatient.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @James Bishop: @Anodyne: Hahaha yeah, I hate anything new, I’m a salty old baseball traditionalist :) I hear ya on impatience with that lot tho…

  9. John says:
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    What are your thoughts on a Jonathan Gray stash? It’s a 30 move max league but someone dropped him. He’s not dealing with any arm issues. And based on what he has been saying in interviews, the injury was more of an issue when running around.

    Also, if you were looking to trade McCullers, what type of offense would you be looking to get? Is Pollock a good deal or should I be shooting for someone better?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @John: Bleh, I was low on Gray to begin with though. If the injury was more an issue when running around, does that mean his poor numbers to start the year weren’t injury-related? Almost makes me feel MORE discouraged! Hah. I’d save my moves.

      Whewwwwww. Yeah Pollock would be a solid return IMO, esp. ifyou needed steals. I think that’s the perfect range

  10. Harry says:
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    Thanks for the ranks!
    Got 11 starts this week, daily league, from Scherzer Yu Archer Paxton Pineda Ray Joe Ross Velazquez, would you back away from Joe Ross @ COL or just throw them all in and hope the ratios even out ha, QS not W

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Harry: For sure man! Daily league, meh, depend on the first start, @COl is his 2nd start this week right? Meh, i might bench him either way in a daily lineups league, but I do think he can avoid a slaughter. At least I hope since I’m playing him in a weekly league haha

  11. J-Hova says:
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    Thanks JB, nice write up. I swear by your rankings but am having a tough time dumping Maeda for Nova based on k potential and he being the second pitcher that I drafted. You and grey also have me worried about Duffy. My staff in a ten team roto is Mcullers – paxton – Duffy – Maeda – Hill. Am I doomed?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J-Hova: Damn, you have to pick?! Sophie’s choice! With the talk of Rich Hill maybe going bullpen, I think he would be your cut for Nova. With McCullers high K rate, I think it’s fine to have Nova

  12. Chris R says:
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    Nola to the DL gives me roster flexibility to keep Triggs for another start to evaluate.

    I keep looking at Conley everytime I see your rankings and I just can never buy in beyond some random streaming. In a 12 team deep bench a guy ranked that high should be a hold. Quick hit on what you like from him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris R: Cool yeah I am good with that.

      I like his cross-body deception, I think he’s changed his delivery a little bit. Not a hard thrower, but it seems to keep hitters off balanced and look harder than it is. Has a good change-up with a good slider, good park, NL. I think it’s solid

  13. Hey there JB —

    My starters in a 15-team redraft roto league are: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers, Maeda, and Duffy.

    The highest ranked guys on your list who’re on waiver are Pomeranz, Edoardo Rodriguez, Conley, and Skaggs … I’m assuming I need to be patient with Maeda for a bit longer if those are the alternatives, right?

    But what about Duffy? Do you see any buy low candidates ranked above him I could try to trade him for?

    I’m OK with being patient with one starter if needed but I don’t want to be worried about two.

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Enrique: Why is everyone suddenly worried about Duffy? Did I miss something?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Enrique: @Cram It: Yeah def holding Maeda over those guys.

        Cram – Duffy has low velo and Grey is losing his shit on him haha. I might ask about it on the Podcast. As I mention above, I would only be selling at mayyyybe 95 cents on the dollar, so I’m not too worried yet. I would think I would just hold

        • Cram It says:
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          @JB Gilpin: He’s losing his shit! Ha. It’s too early for me to hit the panic button on a guy we liked preseason that is getting results. I’m curious for more explanation.

        • @JB Gilpin: I’m not going to panic over Duffy, especially with the White Sox up next. But if I wanted to try to use his good numbers so far to target an under-performer ranked near or above him, who comes to mind? Maybe Paxton? Verlander? Cueto? Cole? Salazar? Harvey? Any of those guys you *wouldn’t* take in exchange for Duffy?

          Can’t wait for the podcast battle over Duffy!

        • Cram It says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Actually, I missed Friday’s Buy/Sell because I was on vacation. I just read his explanation.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Enrique: @Cram It: Hah I’ll have his buy sell up for some pod grilling :)

            I’d prob pass on Cole and Salazar, bc theyre all so close for me I don’t see a big reason to trade the one who is best right now. Def would take the top 3

            • enrique says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Thanks a lot, JB!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @enrique: Any time!

  14. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    Where would you draw the “Stream-line”? I’m thinking it’s 30 after Fulmer.

    We have a 35 IP limit and I like to go just barely over that and win Saves, Losses, ERA, and WHIP, while punting Ks and QS. I have Lester, McCullers, and Nola in a 10 team mixed. I don’t mind streaming one spot each week, I just struggle with whether that spot belongs to Nola or not. I know he’s on the DL now, but I don’t have a DL spot for him.

    Let me know what you think. Great list!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mr. Sweat Necklace: Ohhhhh good question. In RCLs, the stream line is wayyyyyy high due to daily moves. I don’t think I could drop Maeda or Keuchel, so I think it’s Keuchel. He’s been too good for me to cut if he has a regression start.

      Interesting strategy… Is it daily moves? I would think if daily moves I would lose Nola and stream MR guys

      • Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It is a daily moves league with a 7 pickup limit per week. I currently employ Kimbrel, Herrera, Holland, Neris, A. Miller, Betances, and K. Glover with Lester, McCullers, and Nola.

        You’re thinking I stream Nola’s spot? Or do I drop Glover for a streamer each day?

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          @Mr. Sweat Necklace: With 7 pickups a week, I might move the stream list down a little further. Just bc might as well hold 33rd ranked pitcher over streaming guys in 40s-50s and stream at bats IMP.

          Man WAS closer shituation sucks haha, I think I would just drop Nola and stream his spot

  15. Mike says:
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    Love the pitching breakdowns and that you are a fellow Brewer fan! I am in a weeky H2H points league. Due to the suck infecting most of my starting staff (Maeda, Lackey, Nola, Shoemaker) I am crossing my fingers and rolling with Amir Garrett and Joe Ross in their 2 start week along with Scherzer and Fulmer.

    I’d love to see you do a breakdown on Garrett. Grey has been pretty down on him but it seems like he’s basing that on mostly mior league track record. Grey talks about control issues but he has only walked 3 batters total over his 3 starts. I think it would be pretty interesting to see what you think after actually watching him pitch.

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      @Mike: Hell yeah man, go Crew! Yeah some rough backend guys for you so far, but I like those 4 you’re starting!

      Yeah Garrett is def getting towards the top of the list. With his second start this weekend, it might be a perfect opportunity! I’ll be watching tonight too, with him likely carving up our bats :(

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        @JB Gilpin: Amir came crashing down to earth suck.

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          @Mike: @Andrew Edenbaum: Hah yeah fortunately only played him in one league, and not too mad since twas my Brewers!

      • Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Go Brewers!!!!!! From the Eastside.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: @Mr. Sweat Necklace: Hell yeah! I haven’t been in soooo long, got into Brewers through fam friends and my family doesnt have an MLB team. So picked the rightful best one!

  16. Fish says:
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    Do you share Grey’s concern over Duffy? Your ranking indicates no.

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      @Fish: Yeah not really. he’s still being effective and that division is looking like one of the worst for offenses. Maybe a slight discount from draft day value, but not much. If somehow no one from the top 20 had fallen I coulda seen him fall a smidge, but he seems locked into his range there

  17. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    JB,

    Love the lists!

    I bought in on Severino and traded away Duffy… What are your thoughts on both? I might be a little over the top excited about Severino, but if he actually puts it together, what do you think his ceiling is?

    Thanks again for the fun read!

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Appreciate that man, thanks for dropping by! Yeah Severino still has a bad 2016 smell in the air for me, a really long-smelling flatulent! Liked the pure stuff though, I still haven’t seen him live, wanna see him mix speeds a little better. He could maybe flirt with top-25/30 by end of season if he’s not shut down and be ranked around 25 for next year if he holds up and maintains nice Ks

  18. H says:
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    Joe Ross and Amir Garrett on the wire, would you drop any on my staff for either?

    Starters
    Nova
    Lackey
    Duffy
    Salazar
    Pineda
    Ray
    Santana
    Severino

    Closers
    Giles
    Osuna
    Robertson
    Oh

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      @H: Yeah I’d want both… I’d hold your closers, and I think would lose Big Erv (I know tough to cut him when he’s been this good) and I think I’m close to done with Lackey. Lose those old guys and bring on the youth!

  19. dustyfingers says:
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    Can you give a synopsis on your Skaggs ranking? I’m interested but worried about his health.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dustyfingers: I am a little too on the health, but here’s my preseason thoughts:

      I almost forgot all about it, but remember Skaggs’ AAA run rehabbing from TJ?! He was absolutely absurd! 32.1 innings, 1.67 ERA 0.84 WHIP, 45:8 K:BB. For a pitching talent-strapped team, yeah, he couldn’t toil any longer in the Minors. Hit the Majors, and ummmm, it didn’t quite carry over. 50:23 K:BB in 49.2 innings, but he did have a rough .331 BABIP and his velocity is at a career best. Damn, so he had a faster heater, yet the BABIP off it (small sample of course) was .342, while his curveball remained as dominant as ever, with opponents hitting .170 off it and 23 Ks to 2 BBs. Just 18 walks with the fastball, and it was hit hard in the zone. So all he needs is a smidge more command on the heater, and since he’s off TJ, that’s not too surprising. But with the curveball there, great velo, and the results happening in the Minors, I think we could be sitting on a big breakout here.

      Then saw him live in spring training when he walks like 4 and didnt get out of the first inning hah. But he’s looked pretty good in reg season, curve and change are working, I like him as a decent higher-end streamer

      • dustyfingers says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Awesome! Thanks for the write up!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @dustyfingers: For sure! Any time!

  20. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey JB

    Do you have any thoughts/concerns regarding Arrietas lack of “cutter” usage so far this season?

    Would you prefer Arrieta side or bat side in these trades?
    Arrieta for Thames
    Arrieta for Abreu
    Arrieta and J Ramirez for G Stanton
    Arrieta for K Davis

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wacha Wacha: Not really, it’s only barely down and results are mostly there thus far. I already built in some concerns with his rank going into the year. Mannnnnn wrong time to ask me about Thames… I;m such a buyer. I’d pass for Abreu or K Davis. The other two seem close but Thames I’m super biased on. I like the Stanton one

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      @Wacha Wacha: these clearly must be from different owners, as stanton vs abreu isn’t F’ing close by itself, much less throwing in jose ram. do the stanton one for sure. i’d also do the k.davis if your pitching was strong without arrieta. maybe even the thames one.

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        @Wacha Wacha: @jason batteiger: Yeah I think it’s a carpet bomb of trade odders around the league haha

  21. Count de Monetball says:
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    JB! Nice work man! Curious, you still feel that strong on Gerrit Cole? 15 seems pretty aggressive… not that he’s looked terrible or anything…

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Count de Monetball: btw holy crap I have 5 of your top 17! Thanks for the “awesome news”. You do a great job on these all season long!

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        @Count de Monetball: Yeah I think cole is a big buy for me, I think I mentioned last week either in the write-up or in comments that I’m surprised his perception out there. Velo is fine, stuff looks good at eye level, and if you take out the Boston debut start, he’s looked pretty good. And glad for the news, appreciate that!

  22. SDB says:
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    Hey JB!

    Stroking your ego a bit here, but truthfully, I look forward to your colomun more than any other each week! Much appreciate what you do here. Please don’t go MIA for a random stretch of weeks! ;)

    What type of batter would you say L.Severino is worth right now? ADP 100-150ish?
    Think his Ks are for real?

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      @SDB:
      12 team league, btw

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @SDB: Hey man! Wow, thanks so much man! I take it very humbly, really appreciate it :)

        I’ll miss Memorial Day and July 4th, but should be here the rest of the way!

        Ks have always been a thing there for him, yeah I think he should maintain a good K rate. More worried about the ratios, think he and Pineda are pretty damn similar haha. But severino younger has more upside. Yeah maybe 120-130 range to split the middle sounds about right!

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          @SDB: @JB Gilpin: Hah I was thinking about this comment through what transpired this week. :( Timing could not have been worse. Come say goodbye tomorrow morning on the basketball post

  23. Re-Pete says:
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    Am I overthinking it? I really want to bench Gerrit Cole this week @CHC/Hendricks even though he’s been nails against them in his career.

    Can you pull me off the ledge by ranking these guys for Week 4? Cole, Bauer (HOU/McCullers), Quintana (KC/Karns), Ray (SD/Weaver), and Walker (SD/Cahill)?

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      @Re-Pete: He looked pretty good against them to me… I would rank em Ray, Cole, Walker, Quintana, Bauer

  24. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Solid rankings JB and agreat write-up. I own 9 of your top 37!

    Looks like Madbum might have to take up some safe hobbies, like reading, solitaire or sleeping.

    Hell with all his free time, he good be a guest commentator on razz or get him an appearance on a pod cast..

    Cheers, MP

  25. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Hey JB, been awhile! Great read, and great list. But I want to nitpick and ask questions :)

    1- Maeda. WTF. drop in 10 team? Can’t deal him. I had such high hopes.

    2- How do you feel about Grey’s sell on Duffy? I see you didn’t move him, and he’s off to a good start. I assume you don’ have the safe velocity concerns as stooped and cranky Grey?

    3- Ervin deserves more love for his work so far.

    4- Joe Ross deserves less love for his work so far. Why did you move him? He has barely played!

    Thats all. Thanks for the great column. Your list kicks ass, and helped me draft some solid pitching this year. I’ve been working way too much to watch as many games as I’d like, so I need your input!

    keep em coming!

    also – I’d like to throw my vote on a profile of Severino as it seems he’s breaking the F out!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shawn of the Livid: Yo dude! Thanks for dropping by, and nitpicking always welcomed! 1- Yeah I’d hold 2 – We talk this on the Pod, mayyyyybe I could drop him a few more, but I’m not panicking 3- maybe… I think he’s so consistent that regression is gonna bring him to thge mean 4 – his debut in AAA was bad, but then was good, and I love his fastball and slider! Pitches for such a good NL offense… I love him :)

      Ohhhh might have to be Severino, with how bad Garrett looks today! GO BREWERS!

  26. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    ……..Errrrr…. Probably should have read other comments BEFORE posting mine…… Everyone beat me to my own questions

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the Livid: Hah no worries! I love the Razzball hive mind, best baseball community out there :)

  27. Eric says:
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    Currently last in ERA and WHIP thanks to slow starts from Cueto, CMart, Salazar, Gausman and Meada (also Dyson in my pen). Cotton, Eduardo Rodriguez, Mike Leake, Chase Anderson, and Chad Kuhl are best available on wire in 12 tm. Would you drop Odorizzi or Gausman for any? I’m worried about making up my ratio gaps. Thanks

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      @Eric: Hah yeah Dyson ruined a lot of people early on, me included in perty perts haha. Def not Kuhl! Hah. Odorizzi can for sure go, I would get E-Rod. I’d maybe hold but bench Gausman for one more

      • Eric Samulski says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks. I was worried E-Rod wouldn’t help my WHIP as much as Odo. You think it’s a negligible improvement?

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          @Eric Samulski: I’ve just never been on Odorizzi guy. Yeah the walks are a little high, but I think Ks and wins upside and help in ERA will be there

  28. Sport says:
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    I feel like I need to shop Keuchel in my 10 team dynasty but there are so many good SP he doesn’t hold a lot of value. What kind of bat or arm would you try to get for him? Any names would be good!

    Thank you for the top 100! Feeling back and forth on Arrieta in my keeper league with your your ranking and Grey’s red flags. Move him too?

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      @Sport: Dynasty, hmmmm. Yeah def would be shopping too. Could maybe go closer that should be closer for a while longer? Jansen? You might be able to get Buxton if you wanna gamble.

      Thanks for dropping by! I like Arrieta in redraft just fine, but he is 31 which is surprising. Such a late bloomer. Def would be down to shop him, but would only for a solid return. I’m not panic selling or anything

      • Sport says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Thank you!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sport: Any time!

  29. john coakley says:
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    I am a former Gausman owner…just don’t like what I see as a potential longer term issue. Happy to roll with Ivan and Severino and see who stays afloat.

    I also own Verlander (yes, a fun start for me) and am more concerned about his walks than getting hit. Hold or try to move for McCullers or CMart. I think both owners would rather have Verlander.

    Also, Manaea is ranked pretty high. I am in a H2H league with 9 pitching cats so ratios matter along with wins and losses. Do your rankings vary much with this info versus Roto? (reason I ask is Manaea has been on and off the wire all year while many pitchers ranked in the 50s or so are firmly entrenched on teams. Thank you.

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      @john coakley: Yeah I’m worried too, I posit on the Pod I think he’s hurt and the splitter hurts his arm. Yup I like those two better right now too!

      Hah well Cmart with the walks is scary too! McCullers I would consider, I know I have Verlander higher… Maybe you get a slight sweetener?

      Yeah walks would hurt him, losses being on a bad team… Roto I LOVE the K rate. He should prob be owned though, I really like him and think just 2 or 3 innings where he lost his release point have really marred what woudl otherwise be a breakout. Fastball/slider/change-up are all plus pitches

      • Johnc says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for the insight….I am crowded at CI too. Rizzo, Freeman, Seager with Lamb at Utility. Pujols on my bench until he gets past his normal slow start (but seeing some good signs!). Pretty trade reluctant league especially early…Pujols and Lamb getting no interest. Tried for a reasonable OF but no deal yet. Freeman and Rizzo get all kinds of interest. Thoughts on how to improve this team?

        C Realmuto
        CI Rizzo, Freeman, Seager
        MI Russell, Zobrist, Owings
        OF. Kepler, Conforto, Melky, Dyson, Heyward, Parra (streamer/Coors/platoon)
        Util. Lamb
        Bench. Pujols
        DL… Dahl
        SP. Kershaw, Verlander, Quintana, Taillon, Nova, Severino
        RP Melancon, Britton, Kelley (holding for now. This weekend played against Glover owner so lots of screaming and cussing this weekend!).

        Best of the wire…. Bregman (hard to believe he was dropped in a 12er…but I am last on the priority since I grabbed Lamb), Renfroe, Drury, VMart, Healy, Motter, J Polanco, Granderson, Manaea, Gausman, Kennedy, Hellickson, your boy Ross.

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          @Johnc: Damn, yeah lots of CI! But with Util to play with, I think you kinda hold your studs unless blown away. Def would try and get Bregman if possible. If quintana is bad tomo, I would lose him 100%, I personally might have gotten manaea or Ross for him already, but I just love those two :)

          Def need OF help though. Heyward was a nice hit! Maybe shot Seager some then? For an OF?

  30. los locos says:
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    JB, I look forward to Monday’s for these articles.

    Thoughts on Sonny Gray and if you think I should pick him up? Been trying to find out how his velocity looked last week.

    There are guys like Skaggs among others on your list..

    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Salazar
    Pineda
    Lackey

    Manaea
    Glasnow
    Vargas – just picked him up for the match ups this week.

    J Gray – DL

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      @los locos: 10 team keeper league.. QS/ERA/WHIP/K/9

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        @los locos: Appreciate that a ton man, thanks! Never been a big Gray guy, but I think he’s worth a rank as there’s still something there… I hope. I would rather Skaggs by a good margin still, so Gray is probably fairly deep on my watch list there. Would wanna see how he looks back in the majors before hopping on.

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          @JB Gilpin: I been offered Saurez for Nova? I don’t like giving up hitters for pitching.. but what your thoughts?

          I do own Arenado and Castellous.

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            @los locos: So your Suarez to get Nova? Kinda makes sense since you’re so full at 3B. I would think if Suarez hits another few weeks you could get way more though. I’d maybe counter with a sweetener or a slightly higher end pitcher

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              @JB Gilpin: Looking at the guys you have listed.. I have no chance in this keeper league to land another player.. Nova is probably the best. unless you think of someone else, maybe paxton at best.. like to land archer..

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                @los locos: I’d be thrilled with Paxton is you feel like marinating on Suarez a little!

  31. What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas says:
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    Hi JB, thanks as always for your Fantasy Pitcher’s Bible!

    Trade question . 10 team roto using QS instead of Wins

    My Arrieta for Story?

    My loaded offense is slumping and my SS is Miller.
    Have Goldy, Odor, Donaldson, Trumbo, Polanco, Blackmon and Desmond. I could ride it out and hold.

    Pitchers are Stras, Cole, Maeda, Salazar, McCullers, Nova, Walker, Shark.

    I think I can afford to trade Arrieta. Skaggs and Erod on waivers.

    Trade for Story? Do you think he turns it around? I can also get Trea Turner but probably have to give up Arrieta, Cole and another piece… is that the better deal?

    • What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas says:
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      @What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas:
      Update:

      Scratch the Story deal… I’ve got the Trea Turner owner on the hook now.

      My Strasburg and Cole for Turner/Bautista/Shelby Miller

      Or he said he would consider
      Strasburg/Cole/Odor for Trea and Machado.

      I have to take either right and try to push for the latter? Can my pitching absorb the loss of 2 SPs? Who cares right!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas: Appreciate that so much man, thanks for dropping by! Yeah I’d do that in a heartbeat. We all know Story is mad streakyh (cough, April 2016), and still plays in Coors to get outta his slump. That said, damn with all your power, if you could do Arrieta and Cole fo Turner I would do that in a heartbeat.

        Guess I shoulda read ahead! Yeah You’re taking either and completely agree, the Machado one is such a slam dunk. Can replace with hot pitchers off the wire! More will emerge as always!

  32. We Are Out Of Room says:
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    Personally I don’t mind the more obscure profiles, however you’re right, neither did you any favors the last two weeks lol. Nice to see Garret move up, hate that I missed out on him, even if he does come back down to earth a bit, he has looked pretty decent as a back end fantasy arm. And while Triggs is available in my league, I think it’s likely best to leave him hidden away on the top shelf, of the closet, that is my league’s waiver wire.

    Anyway, per our last discussion I’m in a heckuva roster crunch. I only have 2 DL spots and now Nola makes DL #3,knew his velo was down a bit but didn’t see the injury news coming. Springer, Xander, and Murphy have all taken turns being day to day and C.Hernandez has really helped out, especially as my only bench bat. Untimely those minor injuries to my bats, and my short bench, prohibited me from picking up Garrett. And I’m not sure it would be smart to just drop Nola with the top FA arms as follows: Snell, Skaggs, E-Rod, Norris, Gsellman, Lynn, or maybe RP Glover(saves are always sought after in this league with the top tier utilizing 4 closers). So essentially I feel like I have to eat a roster spot until Sanchez or JD returns, and then I can swap Nola out to activate one of them. Curious to see how you view it…appreciate ya as always JB!

    10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS with daily moves

    C Martin
    1B Rizzo
    2B D. Murphy
    3B K.Seager
    SS Russell
    OF Trout
    OF Springer(DTD)
    OF Inciarte
    UTL 3B/OF Sano
    UTL SS Bogaerts
    UTL 2B/OF Zobrist
    BN 2B C. Hernandez
    DL OF JD Martinez
    DL G. Sanchez

    P J.Paxton
    P T.Walker
    P Carrasco
    P Duffy
    SP Nola(DL)
    SP Nova
    RP Giles
    RP Kimbrel
    BN RP Holland
    BN RP J.Johnson
    BN SP Bundy
    BN SP Eickhoff

    • JB Gilpin

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      @We Are Out Of Room: Hah yeah, obscure is fun for me! But def gotta get a mixed league exciting guy next time, like Severino or something :)

      Yeah Triggs can be left out there hah. I think I would lose Nola either to stream hitting to fill our your week or another pitcher. I’d prob add E-Rod or Skaggs, I kinda like E-Rod more and more

      • We're Out Of Room? says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks man, read Nola could be back sooner than expected so I’m hesitant to drop him right now tbh.

        What are your thoughts on trying to flip either Zobrist or C. Hernandez for Manaea? And would you use the #1 waiver claim spot to snag Pirates OF Polanco and drop Inciarte? Obviously another owner wasn’t happy with his slow start but he has the upside imo.

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          @We’re Out Of Room?: But Nola just never had upside for me to be a must hold, but if you like him, by all means hold! Zobrist looks like he’s winding down. I’d be fine offering him for Zobrist. Whoaaaaaaaa, Polanco dropped?! Yeah def get him for Nola!!!!! Now now now!

          • We're Out Of Room? says:
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            @JB Gilpin: He wouldn’t take Zobrist but he did take 2B Hernandez for Manaea..thoughts? I know Hernandez has been hot but I also know you’re pretty high on Manaea so I pulled the trigger lol.

            I guess I’m on the fence with Nola because there isn’t much on the wire and he looked pretty good prior to the back injury. Unless you think E-Rod has more upside than Nola, Lynn or Skaggs are probably the next best on the wire. And truth be told I’m hoping JD returns before him so I can just do a DL swap.

            But if I hold Nola do you think Inciarte is the right drop for Polanco based on my roster above? Waiver claim will be put in tonight. As always appreciate the feedback.

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              @We’re Out Of Room?: Well looks like Im losing the Manaea for Hernandez trade…at least initially with manaea only making it 2 innings and leaving with shoulder discomfort…go figure smh.

              Struggled with who to drop to pick up Polanco off waivers, went back and forth with Nola, Walker or Inciarte. Ended up deciding to drop Inciarte, gives me another look on Thursday, at Walker and I dont think anyone will rush to add Ender, if Walker looks bad I could probably reacquire Ender. Leaves me without a bench bat, and with Zobrist in my line up(who doesnt start everyday) but hopefully the move works in my favor and at least despite losing Inciarte and Hernandez I gained Manaea(who hopefully wont be out long) and Polanco. I dont think Nola or Walker are studs, but theres less SP depth on the wire than OF depth and except for Enders little offensive outbreak he’s kinda gone cold again. So if I need to reacquire Ender, I should be able to. And with manaea hurt and the possibility Nola’s back on the 1st I felt like it was the safest move. So what do you think of my strategy? Roster is as follows:
              10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS with daily moves

              C Martin
              1B Rizzo
              2B D. Murphy
              3B K.Seager
              SS Russell
              OF Trout
              OF Springer(DTD)
              OF Polanco
              UTL 3B/OF Sano
              UTL SS Bogaerts
              UTL 2B/OF Zobrist
              DL OF JD Martinez
              DL G. Sanchez

              P J.Paxton
              P T.Walker
              P Carrasco
              P Duffy
              SP Nola(DL)
              SP Nova
              RP Giles
              RP Kimbrel
              BN RP Holland
              BN RP J.Johnson
              BN SP Bundy
              BN SP Eickhoff
              BN SP Manaea(DTD)

              • JB Gilpin

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                @We Are Out Of Room: Sorry for delay! Sent ya a twitter msg :)

                Hah yeah I remember watching that Manaea start and thinking of your deal. At least it doesn “sound” too serious, but we’ll see. Walker did look good though! I like your course of action, except as I mentioned before, I think Nola is expendable, and now we know his back flared up again

  33. thorbs says:
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    Good stuff as always!

    Do you see J Montgomery in the same class as Triggs (albeit different styles) as far as a matchup play? He strikes me as a guy that will excel in favourable away parks and against weaker lineups, but will get lit up against tough-hitting lineups.

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      @thorbs: Yeah that seems fair. He’s prob 100-110 range, while Triggs with the better home park gets a little bit of a nod right now. I could see him go through a tough adjustment period though

  34. Red5 says:
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    In a league where I could use an extra arm, Tanner Roark was dropped. Haven’t spent a dime of FAAB yet ($500), biggest bid so far has been $50 when Kelley took the closer role. All others for big waiver claims have been $25-30. What would you bid for Roark? Thanks in advance – this is a new league for me and I don’t quite know how to navigate FAAB yet.

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      @Red5: Gotcha, yeah Roark should be owned in most leagues… How many teams/roster depth? If a 12er with mroe than 2 or 3 bench spots, I’d spend in the teens for sure

  35. nick the smooth dick says:
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    I agree with SDB above, I look forward to your column each week more than any other….just not this one :) #Dirty30…I kid, I kid, love ya Jaybles!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nick the smooth dick: Hah yeah I know, I look forward to Thursday internet yelling sesh too haha

  36. Brian Bushman says:
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    What about senzatella? He’s been awesome so far to start the season…other than the fact that he’s a Colorado pitcher, is there a reason he isn’t in the top 100? He has good stuff and the numbers have not disappointed as of yet

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      @Brian Bushman: Nope, all about Colorado being a hell hole. Why I was shocked I was a “low” guy on J Gray. Also he has mad low Ks thus far – look at that K rate in 2015 A Ball – 5.5! He’s a pitch to contact guy who throws in Coors. Way too scared

  37. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    5×5 roto, drop pomeranz to stream Chen? Pomeranz next 2 starts look meh, I’m last in era and wins, also thinking about throwing severino out there vs bos. Any insight? Thanks man, keep up the great write ups!

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      @Chisoxx_22: I think I’d hold Pom, I’m holding him in 2 leagues. I know kinda bleh, but hoping for the Ws, so think he helps there. In PHI tonight for Chen, after 7 no hit only 2 k innings, I think BABIP regression is coming. Severino, uggggghhhhhh, I’m gonna lean bench, but it’s such a tough call!

  38. jon says:
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    Starting Cole at home vs Cubs?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jon: Too late to say yes?! Haha sorry was slow on catching up with comments. I wouldve for sure though, he was good against them earlier and I like him more than most right now it seems

  39. primetime says:
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    JB,

    Talked to you yesterday about a trade in the works. Saurez for Nova.. Well now I asked for Paxton..

    Here is goes and let me know… Saurez, Pence and Manaea for Piscotty and Paxton. Thoughts? I tried to give him Glasnow but says no deal.

    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Salazar
    Pineda
    Lackey

    Manaea
    Glasnow
    Vargas – just picked him up for the match ups this week.

    J Gray – DL

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      @primetime: Hmmmmm I do like Manaea a lot. Pence is kinda bleh even though he’s playing well now. Ummmm, just wish I liked Piscotty more, maybe tinker with that, maybe he has a better OF?

  40. hotmilk8 says:
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    Graveman is coming back Thurs at LAA would you stream him over Waino home vs Jays on thurs? 10 team points lg wins 10pts losses -5 Streamonator seems to like waino a lot but hasn’t updated graveman yet

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      @hotmilk8: Uggghhhhhh 10 pts loss, both risks there. TOR has been atrocious on offense though… I’ll lean Waino

  41. Dougie says:
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    does Urias’ call up today change his ranking for you?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dougie: Maybe a tad. I probably shouldve been raising him 3-4 spots every week since the beginning of the season, since ROS he’s likely to be pitching a bigger % of the season haha. Yeah he’ll get a nice bump, but more of an oversight than sudden change :)

  42. greg says:
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    Are these rankings going forward? or just for this Week (resulting in two start pitchers being higher)

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @greg: ROS ranks :) This point on. Although obviously have some adjustments for next week haha

  43. 3up 3down says:
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    12 team redraft 6×6 roto with 2000 max innings. Best available are Shark on waivers or free agents C Morton, J Nelson and looks like Berrios has a shot late next week. Wondering your take on Berrios and should I grab or take one of the above. Thanks JB

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      @3up 3down: Man I would need to see a LONG stretch from Berrios to buy in there. Hmmmm, I mean Shark has that park and can be OK. I might go Morton off the nice K game, I think I have Shark ahead, but would have them closer now

  44. fake name says:
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    thoughts on chase anderson and his hot start?

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      @fake name: Fastball looks a little better, but damn the ball is flying out of the park in Miller. Came down to earth a little yesterday or two days ago, whichever it was. I don’t trust him much

  45. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    holy shit that 3rd GIF pitch! if you can do what surely looks to the hitter to be tailing away for a ball to go back inside like that with sideways spin you’ll kill batters. even if they swing it’ll badly jam them up and it’ll be a K if they don’t swing. i don’t know if i’ve ever seen anybody make that pitch.

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      @Sinkhole Demayo: I know right?! whiffleball spin! Kluber used to have pretty nasty run on his 2-seamer too. With that extra sink it def helps Triggs. And he looked awesome in the bounceback outing!

  46. Pat says:
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    Is there any chance you guys could start posting these weekly rankings on Sundays for those of us who have to set lineups by Monday in weekly leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pat: That would be a question for Grey, up to him!

  47. peterlorresghost says:
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    @JB_Gilpin – you’ll be missed for these posts, your wisdom, your giggle, tickling and gong skills and so much more. Sad day – I never thought I’d be singing “where are you now” about the NICEST writer and commentor on Razzball. Your site profile says 247 posts – that’s pretty amazing – you’ve left behind a body of work as beautiful as your own. I HOPE that at somepoint you’ll return as a guest on the podcast. I know the perfect entrance music too. Thanks for everything and genuinely wish you the best in any and all endeavors. Any truth to the rumor you’re joining tristan crockrafts podcast?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @peterlorresghost: Haha thanks man, yeah I’m gonna miss it immensely man. Def feels like I’m the Tristan Cockroft of the site – goofiest and nicest! But wtf hahahaha, no, where did that rumor come from?!

      Appreciate the kind words, just taking the time away from fantasy writing and focusing on new things. Will miss ya!

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