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Did anyone actually see that The Adjustment Bureau movie?  I only remember the trailer, but I imagine a lot of those dudes in bowler hats tinkering with Jeff Samardzija yesterday.  Sheesh!  As Lone Star would say to Princess Vespa, “WELCOME TO REAL LIFE!”  PS – go Brewers.

Anyway, whilst Samardzija got dusted by the regression fairies, Roenis Elias is a guy I’ve thought about a few times cracking my weekly top 100, but I could never pull the trigger.  I spot started him here-and-there across a few leagues with middling results, and the few times I’ve watched him, he’s been kinda blah.  Given it wasn’t my full attention… Big looping curveball and a decent heater from a lefty is good enough for the Majors, but is it good enough for your mixed fantasy league?  Then I saw he went all shutty-outty on the Tigers yesterday, and felt he warranted a harder, GIFfy look.  As a guy available in a ton of shallower leagues, I decided he’d be a perfect candidate for this week’s Profiling:

First Inning: Elias opens the game with a 91 MPH fastball to Rajai Davis for a called strike one.  Another heater is a tad outside and slapped foul, then that big bender at 79 gets Davis to dribble it to third, and a great barehand play by Kyle Seager gets the speedy Davis by a step.  Big play there – easily could’ve been an infield hit.  A 92 MPH fastball is fouled by Ian Kinsler, then a change-up at 87 – that didn’t look like a good pitch – gets belted to center, but James Jones tracks it right in front of the track for a pretty hard-hit out.  Some good fortune early on.  And up is the big fellah – Miguel Cabrera takes a fastball low, another heater is way outside, change-up at 87 is cut on and missed, fastball on the hands at 93 is fouled back, then a nasty 80 MPH curveball bending 10-4 gets Cabrera swinging to end the inning. That curve is nasty, and 93 from a lefty’s heater with deception is solid, but I don’t like that change-up only 5 MPH slower, even though Miggy did miss one.

Second Inning: Shockingly getting a run of support off Max Scherzer early, Elias starts Victor Martinez with a fastball low, again is low, then is outside – 3-0.  Can’t blame Elias for being tentative to V-Mart.  And another fastball is outside, four-pitch walk.  I understand the caution, but on all fastballs.  Hmmm.  But he’s right back in the zone with a heater to Torii Hunter 0-1, Hunter fouls off a curve, then a high fastball at 92 ties up Hunter who can’t quite hold up his swing for Elias’ 2nd K.  That was a bad looking hack – fooled him there.  Fastball on the outside to Austin Jackson – that looked mighty outside – then a nasty change-up at 85 gets AJax to whiff, 0-2.

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Man, that was so much better than the change-ups in the first inning – I might’ve been wrong to doubt that pitch.  The 0-2 is an 83 drifting change outside, 1-2, then fastball is way upstairs, 79 MPH curve is in the dirt – full count.  Back to the change – this one at 83 and working it!  Jackson is way in front, strikeout number three, and I’m sold.  That’s three good pitches for Elias working right now.  Elias starts Nick Castellanos with a 77 MPH curve backdooring him, and if that keeps working for strike one – it’s understandable how well Elias did in this one.

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Next pitch is a fastball off the plate, and Castellanos reaches and pokes it to center for a single.  That was certainly a ball, so credit Castellanos.  92 MPH fastball is in there to backup Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday, then a change-up is grounded weakly to Elias, and it’s an easy out to end the inning.

Third Inning: A fastball is fouled off by Danny Worth to start the third, then a check swing foul, then another nasty change-up – almost looked like a slider it had so much downward and lateral movement, for Elias’ 4th K.  So through the first 9, 7 first-ball strikes, but is outside to Davis, then a high fastball is rocketed, but it’s speared at first for an out.  That was a loud one.  Huge breaking ball goes too far inside to Kinsler, same spot with the change, then he has to go to the heater at 93; it’s smoked again, but Seager backhands it for the third out.  Two very hard hit balls there – Elias is having some luck helping as well.

Fourth Inning: Still up 1-0, Elias is back to the big bats and starts Miggy with a change-up way outside, another change low, fastball low, and down 3-0 just like the top of the 2nd.  Elias gives him a fastball right down the middle, and Miggy greenlights it and flies out to center.  Lucky break there, but was an easy out.  I would’ve expected a little more patience or better contact from arguably the best hitter in baseball.  VMart takes a curve for strike one, a change-up breaks in there (geez, again looks like a slider, crazy), big curveball gets nicked foul, change-up outside, fastball fouled out of play, change-up outside, 2-2.  Nice AB from VMart, and he taps a curveball to the mound – Elias doesn’t field it cleanly, but Brad Miller is able to scoop it up and VMart’s incredibly slow wheels keep him from an infiled hit.  Wasn’t hit hard, but for 80% of major leaguers that’s a hit.  94 MPH heater is in there to Hunter, that’s his best so far, fastball way inside, then a curveball gets a weak grounder to end the inning.

Fifth Inning: A fastball is outside to Jackson, then low and outside, then AJax chases ball 3.  That’s three of the five innings he’s started iffy.  Change-up that looked outside barely nibbles the black 2-2, then a perfectly placed 93 MPH fastball doesn’t get the call inside, full count.  Good location though.  He then bends a curve at 78, it swooshes in the backdoor to get Jackson looking.  Wow, good stuff.   Change-up is a dandy and gets a big swing and miss from Castellanos, bends that curve in there, 0-2.  Fastball at 93 is some chin music, 1-2, Castellanos fights off another heater, then again backdoors Castellanos and freezes him, 6th K, two down.

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First-pitch fastball is rocketed foul by Holaday, then a hanging change-up at 87 gets laced to center for a single.  Elias hasn’t been perfect with those, got caught with a mistake there.  Worth takes a curve in there, fastball high, curveball in the dirt gets a swing called on the appeal, then the 1-2 curve is rolled to third, and the play is made to end the inning.

Sixth Inning: Elias gets another two runs for a 3-0 lead, and starts Davis with a fastball outside, 0-1.  Davis has two near hits so he’ll be a tough out.  Elias gets a change-up in there, Davis swings and misses on a curveball dipping low, another curve is tapped foul, then a heater at 93 is laced – but a few feet foul first base side.  Another near hit for Davis.  Fastball is high, then another curve is popped straight up and collected by Mike Zunino for out #1.  Elias is pounding the zone with curveballs – pretty impressive.  Outside at 93 to Kinsler, a hanging curve outside is tapped foul, fastball outside, a good change-up at the knees is in there, then a curveball in the dirt gets Kinsler trying to hold his swing, but he’s called out at the plate.  Kinsler is upset, but replay shows it a good call.  Fastball low to Cabrera, heater at 93 inside, fastball again gets the call on the outside corner, then a hanging change gets grounded to short to end the inning.

Seventh Inning: VMart opens the 7th and takes a fastball outside, fouls a heater off, change-up is high, fastball outside, down 3-1. Elias goes to a fastball in a dangerous count, and VMart pops out to shallow right, one down.  First-pitch change-up is rocketed towards the mound, and Hunter splits the gap up the middle for a well-hit single.  Another first-pitch change-up is hit in play by Jackson, but it’s an easy flyball to right, two down.  Elias gets a curve in there to Castellanos, change is low, then the 1-1 fastball is off the end of the bat for a lazy flyball to left, inning over.

Eighth Inning: Elias’ pitch count is solid at 92, and starts outside with the fastball, another heater fouled off by Holaday, fastball inside, a great curveball at 76 gets the zone, then another at 79 – a little faster and sharper – gets a swing-and-miss, one down – 8 Ks.  Worth takes a fastball low, change-up in there, then a fastball runs too far inside and nicks Worth for a HBP.  So he’ll have to work around a baserunner, but the first-pitch curveball is grounded right to third with Seager playing in, and even with the speedy Davis it’s a very easy double play.  Great timing.

Ninth Inning: Hoping to go the distance, Elias is at 101 pitches and is outside at 92 to Kinsler.  Velocity still there.  Change-up is outside – wait it’s called a strike?!  That was way outside!  Another change sliced foul, curveball barely tapped foul, another curve pulled foul, then a well-located fastball at 93 on the outside edge gets flown out very lazy to center, one down.  So two more tough outs, and Elias hits 94 on a first-pitch strike to Miggy – wow.

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Might have been his best first-pitch fastball all game.  Again at 94 outside, then a curveball chopped up the middle gets fielded cleanly for an easy out.  Last but not least is in the insanely hot VMart, and the first pitch is a heater flown out to center for an easy catch, and complete it up!  Amazing that it’s the Mariners first CG this year and a fantastic game from Elias.

Final Line:  W  9 IP  111 Pitches (72 Strikes)  0 ER  3 Hits  1 Walk  8 K  Gamescore: 88    Gamescore+: 83.4

Final Analysis: Any time you go the distance it’s a dandy, and Elias came to play.  But both according to my Gamescore+ and at my eye level, Elias had some luck going for him.  Especially early.  Rajai Davis got thrown out on a great play from Seager to start the game, then Kinsler hit one to the track (hardest hit all game).  If those go differently, this could’ve been a completely different start.  A few other outs were loud, and home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt gave Elias a huge outside corner.  All that said, all three hits were singles, his breaking stuff was mostly nasty, and the “lucky” outs would’ve only been singles as well.  

Starting with the heater, it usually sat 91-93 and topped at 94.  Elias’ delivery has a little deception, but the fastball is an average pitch.  I may have oversold it in the open.  But the off-speed is where he excelled, throwing a change-up when it was good at 84-85 – when bad at 87.  As I mention a few times through the recap, it occasionally has some big downward and lateral break making it look like a slider.  Then his best pitch – the curveball – is a power pitch going 76-80.  This may sound hyperbolic, but his stuff reminds me of Chris Sale.  Huge bending breaking ball with a change-up and fastball.  But Sale’s command is better and he has a much better heater.

So where to adjust my rankings to let Elias in?  Well, he still barely cracks it right now.  This was obviously an outlier game as he’s only gotten to 7 innings twice in 11 starts, and never past 7.0 IP.  His Gamescore had never topped 65, so this was certainly a career-game for the youngun.  I think his overall numbers look about where they should be, and this complete game isn’t a sign of out-of-nowhere acedom.  His fastball isn’t good enough to get over control issues if he doesn’t have the change-up and curveball working.  With a young pitcher without a glowing pedigree on his off-speed stuff – I think it could get him in trouble here and there.  However when it’s all working, you get games like this shutout or the 10 K performance at the Yankees.  Going at TB next seems decent, but then the Yankees come to Seattle for a second turn against him.  That will be a big test.  If he doesn’t get shelled in that one, it looks like it’ll be at San Diego mid-month.  That’s one that’ll for sure look saucy in a couple weeks.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
2 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
3 Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
4 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
5 Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
6 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
7 Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
8 Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
9 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
10 Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
11 Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
12 Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
13 Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
14 Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
15 Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
16 James Shields, Kansas City Royals
17 David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
18 Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers
19 Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
20 Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
21 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
22 Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs
23 Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
24 Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
25 Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics
26 Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
27 Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
28 Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
29 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
30 Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
31 Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
32 Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds
33 Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
34 Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
35 Chris Archer, Tamp Bay Rays
36 Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants
37 Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
38 Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
39 Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves
40 C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels
41 Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins
42 Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals
43 Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres
44 Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers
45 Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics
46 Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals
47 Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers
48 Zach Wheeler, New York Mets
49 Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels
50 Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals
51 Andrew Heaney, Miami Marlins
52 Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres
53 Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds
54 Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
55 Marco Estrada, Milwaukee Brewers
56 Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates
57 Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians
58 John Lackey, Boston Red Sox
59 Doug Fister, Washington Nationals
60 Jon Niese, New York Mets
61 Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees
62 Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
63 Drew Pomeranz, Oakland Athletics
64 Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds
65 Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
66 Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers
67 Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants
68 Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs
69 Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins
70 Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves
71 Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays
72 Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners
73 Dan Haren, Los Angeles Dodgers
74 Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers
75 Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
76 Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs
77 Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
78 Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians
79 Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers
80 R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
81 A.J. Burnett, Philadelphia Phillies
82 Jake Peavy, Boston Red Sox
83 Collin McHugh, Houston Astros
84 Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays
85 Tom Koehler, Miami Marlins
86 Rubby De La Rosa, Boston Red Sox
87 Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles
88 Bartolo Colon, New York Mets
89 Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
90 Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles
91 Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
92 Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
93 Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies
94 Roenis Elias, Seattle Mariners
95 Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
96 Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks
97 Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals
98 Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
99 Liam Hendriks, Toronto Blue Jays
100 Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres

Dropped Out: Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians (7.00+ ERA 2.00+ WHIP in the Minors?!), Nick Tepesch, Texas RangersBronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks

  • I’m not really worried about Scherzer, but 2+ walks in 4 straight before yesterday, three bad ones in a row, it’s just enough of a nitpick to slide him down a couple.  Plus yesterday was 9 hits and 4 earned against the Mariners with no Robinson Cano!
  • Don’t look now, but Homer Bailey has quality starts in 5 of his last 6 games.  It’s still under the radar since he hasn’t had that dominant outing yet, but I’m encouraged enough for a green.
  • You wanna know who might be the most consistent pitcher in baseball?  Yovani Gallardo.  As in, consistently “meh”.
  • I might be crazy – but I’m all in on Heaney who looks ready right now.  I thank all you commenters for making me consider Heaney over all the middling guys and I realized since I see him being an impact arm right away – he needs to be ranked as such.
  • Ugh, friggin’ Doug Fister.  I mighta been wrong there.
  • Smyly is making me frowny.
  • Yikes, Danny Salazar is even worse in the Minors.  This is going to take a while.
  • If we talk about Minors, we have to cross our fingers that’s not in Tony Cingrani’s future.  Lately he’s been pitching as good as Gallardo in the consistent blah department.
  • Ya know, I was down on Quintana heading into the year and he’s pretty solid.  Not much upside, only a decent K rate, but won’t destroy you.  Probably an oversight to not have him ranked yet.
  • Another setback for Pineda.  Should rub some pine tar on his back…
  • Speaking of rubbing, Rubby De La Rosa!  Stuff looked pretty good.  Cautiously optimistic.

Thoughts on the Elias adjustment?  Rankings got a craw in your britches?  Shoot comments below and merry pitching!

From Around The Web

  1. Cram It says:
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    I shall not rest until Chris Tillman is off of your board! That is all.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cram It: Haha well you’re dangerously close to getting that rest!

  2. ram says:
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    Getting rid of Crawford and Gonzalez contracts was clearly a massive coup for the RedSox. After seeing De La Rosa on Saturday, that trade is starting to look downright fantastic for Boston. Love seeing 98 or 99 on the black with a 90 mph changeup being thrown for strikes. Picked him up in 5th inning of that start. Dropped Haren.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ram: Yeah, I have them pretty close. Still kinda an unknown and I don’t think it’s a given he stays in the rotation all year for either inconsistency or innings cap. But certainly has oodles more upside.

      • ram says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I am in 3 yr keeper league, not sure I drop Haren for DeLaRosa in year to year pool. That being said, Buchholz being ultra-hot garbage and Dubrount hurt/unable to throw strikes, think he MAY make a lot of starts. Either way, haven’t seen stuff like that in Sox rotation since maybe Pedro.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @ram: Yeah that’s a perfect situation for the move, you get some possible dip upside next couple of years, totally buy it

  3. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    JB – You’re my favorite pitching guru. Thanks as always for the fantastic write-up. I agree with your thoughts on Elias.

    What’s your take on The Emoticon (Smyly)? Is he making you frowny 1) because he’s having trouble adjusting to the whacky schedule the Tigers have him on or 2) because he’s having trouble adjusting to being a starter?

    Kid looked dynamite last season as their long reliever, and it’s sad to see him not live up to that potential.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Thanks so much man! Haha “The Emoticon” I hadn’t heard that yet! Love it. So I’m going to answer all of the above. Well actually, it’s all in the splits! I can’t believe I hadn’t looked this up yet and hadn’t followed up on my own preseason advice:

      “When you see what he did out of the bullpen last year, it’s eye-popping numbers. But don’t forget he’s a lefty and was used in a lot of lefty-lefty situations, giving him 129 lefties faced last year to 174 righties. You’re not going to have that close a ratio as a starter. Compare it to 127 to 289 the previous season as predominately a starter.” http://razzball.com/2014-top-100-starting-pitchers/

      So I looked at his splits – Lefties hitting .130 with 15:2 K to BB and 1 HR. (48 batters)
      Righties – .300 30:17 K:BB 7 homers (158 batters)

      Ouch. Yeah supports my big dropoff there – wish I had looked that up for my notes! Ha

      • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I think I stole The Emoticon from Grey. Don’t give me too much credit, I’m not that clever.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Gonzo_The_Great: Haha it sounds like a Grey term – but I like that you brought it into my lexicon nonetheless!

  4. Chris says:
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    What about Phil Hughes? He’s been putting together a string of QS lately vs good hitting teams like Yankees Boston Detroit Texas should he be picked up over someone like Skaggs?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I’m just still hesitant, dude was just so bad for so long… I find it hard to imagine just a little bigger park can make him look like a different guy. Adding a cutter though does help support it. I moved him pretty high in the ranks but still like Skaggs a good bit more. I don’t think Hughes sustains his 4.1% HR to Flyball – even in Minnesota. Especially as it warms up.

  5. sniff test says:
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    If Stroman sticks, what do you expect from him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sniff test: I watched a little of that last start, and man, looked good. But I still expect inconsistency with the control and a short leash since they have decent depth.

  6. Chris says:
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    I asked you about trading Verlander for wil Myers and Heaney last week, should i pull the trigger on that? I’m in a 10 team keeper league I missed out on Heaney and I feel he may be next years sonny gray

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      @Chris: Yeah I answered yesterday I think, and I’m holding off since Myers on the DL – even though it sounds like it’ll be short term. If I remember correctly, you don’t keep that many players year-to-year right?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great stuff, JB! Thinking Cliff Lee doesn’t come back for 4-6 weeks, you have him too high… I’m nitpicking, and hope I’m wrong since I own him in my NFBC league…I’d take Bailey over Lee right now if someone offered it…

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      @Grey: Well I’m erring closer to the 4 weeks. Man that’d be close, I have them right next to each other. I think Lee is gonna be the same guy when he’s back – look at what Sale is doing off the flexor strain – so I feel pretty confident having him where he’s at. Now if you were treading water/needed the arm now, I’d obviously have no problem with it they’re so close. Thanks boss!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Grey: Hey, how would you like it if you put in all this work to put out rankings and then some random commenter haggled over 3 spots…..oh wait….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cram It: Haha I know right?!@Grey:

  8. Allan says:
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    JB I got Morse at utility right now. Would Taveras or Polanco assuming he’s called up be an upgrade? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allan: Morse was on a good little streak there, I think I’m going to give you the waffling answer haha. Morse for power, Taveras for average, Polanco for speed. Whichever is the biggest team need.

  9. Taylor says:
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    These profiles are a great weekly feature; thanks. Umm, still standing confidently by Porcello? Seems like Grey et al are done w/ him. I’d like to be as well (Heaney and Stroman both available), but am still holding. Right?

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      @Taylor: Thanks man! Yup, I am still tooting my Porcello horn. Er, um, yeah… Yes still holding for both, Heaney getting close. I watched Porcello’s blowup game v. Texas and his stuff looked good just some bad luck snowballed on him, then Oakland by far leads the Majors in walks and I don’t think chased anything explaining the big outlier in BB there. Think they were just blips.

  10. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Whoa JB, another profile so quick!? Excellent. I’m still holding Porcello and Liriano so maybe I should drop one of em for Roenis or Stroman? Thoughts on that would be greatly appreciated.

    I should have dropped one or both of them based on Grey’s advice, but sometimes I just can’t pull that trigger on a guy I thought would be good!

    Nice to see Sonny G crack the top 20!

    Thanks for a great write up man

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the Livid: Yup, back to our regularly scheduled programming after the Holiday! I’m definitely holding Porcello, and with Liriano finally off a good start holding both. I’m sure Grey is done-zo with Porcello, but I think you hold onto the faith! Elias and Stroman I think are going to be mad inconsistent – and Stroman might not make too many more starts anyway. Yup – can’t argue too much against Gray right now! He’s looking great. Thanks man!

      • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I agree re Stroman. It’d be one thing if when he went back down to the minors he looked amazing.

        But, correct me if I’m wrong because I’lll admit to have not followed it super closely, he was relatively inconsistent earlier in the year as a reliever in the majors, went back to the minors and looked just as bad as a starter, and now has one good game under his belt back up in the majors. A little too early to drop known quantities for him. If you were asking “Should I drop Alfredo Simon for him?” then maybe.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Gonzo_The_Great: Yeah I agree, I don’t like he’s been bounced around with different results either – in a keeper he might be interesting for next year though

  11. Barenrewn says:
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    I look forward to this article each week. Great stuff. In a 10-team keeper league I was offered Teheran for Polanco who I am stashing. I am firmly entrenched in 4th so I’m not sure if I should make the deal to bolster my pitching staff or play the long game with Polanco. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Keep up the good work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Barenrewn: Thanks man! Ohhhh, I think I’d have to take Teheran there. He’s preforming at a very high level now and is only 23 as well, so you could have a long keeper there. Appreciate it – will do!

  12. The Thumb says:
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    Hey JB/Pope Pitching/Sultan of Strikeouts/PANTHERS!
    I have a couple questions for you,

    Still low on Keuchel? Do his advanced stats show that he could be in for a big regression?

    What do you think of Archer? I hated him coming into the year but he’s put together a few solid outings (looking at you 11 K game), and his next 5 starts are @MIA, SEA, @HOU, HOU, PIT.

    Finally (for now), I’m looking to sell high on Morse for a pitcher. What tier in your rankings would you aim for? My current staff is Teheran, Gray, Cobb, Eovaldi, Keuchel, Heaney (N/A spot)

    Thanks! You’re the man. Kelvin Benjamin as a WR2 in 2014?!?

    • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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      @The Thumb: I just got to see Keuchel play in real life and kid has some filthy stuff. My analysis is not nearly as nuanced as JB’s, but suffice to say I went and tried to get him in every league I’m in.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Gonzo_The_Great: Yeah he needs to be owned in all leagues – regardless of me still being a little hesitant still. Guys ranked up to around the 60s are more or less “must owns” unless like a 6 team league haha. No one plays in those!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: Haha yessir go Panthers! I don’t think Keuchel has that much regression, but limited upside. These sinkerballers tend to have lower K rates due to pitch trajectory and something in physics – I dunno – but I read an analysis once that the spin is less conducive to Ks. Remembering that I’m a huge Porcello fan – I think he’s a lefty Porcello. The only stats I see right now for regression are slightly low .277 BABIP and 14.7% line drive rate. Those both will go up a shade – and I think his Ks will go down a tad.

      I like Archer – needs to refine his change-up so he varies his arsenal, but I held onto the faith and still think he’ll end up with good #s.

      Morse for pitcher… Homer Bailey? Might be shooting too high, but maybe late 30s and beyond? Maybe Cliff Lee if the Lee owner has a lot of injuries?

      Haha thanks man! Ohhhhh I’m all in on Benjamin. Fantasy though… WR3 at best, and even then is probably higher than ranks – but I’m gonna get a Benjamin jersey soon! Haha. Great pick for the Panthers, I was bouncing off the wall loving it on draft day.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man! After watching some of FSU’s games down the stretch I was surprised he wasn’t being hyped as much.

        I’m a Giants fan myself and will definitely be drafting Beckham in some leagues hoping for a DeSean type breakout.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Thumb: Yeah I was surprised too, I didn’t really look into big boards and had no idea who we were getting, but as soon as I heard the call I was ecstatic. Beckham has a ton of hype too – let’s just hope he’s healthier than Nicks! Haha

          • The Thumb says:
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            @JB Gilpin: one more question. What do you think of David Price? His K/BB rate is insane yet he’s getting hit like Barry Zito

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @The Thumb: Hah yeah it’s weird. Had the same question the other day and here’s what I said – “So coming into the year, he had some lucky peripherals to even get that 3.33 ERA and wasn’t getting Ks. Now he’s getting hit hard like you said with that HR rate. Another thing I don’t like is the GB% has been going way the wrong way the past 3 years – 53.1% to 44.9% to 42.6% thus far this year. So not only is he getting more HR/FB, but giving up more flyballs as well. Of course in the Trop that’s not the worst thing in the world, but all other 4 parks in that division are no bueno. Right now he’s given up more at home, but still troubles me.”

  13. Chris says:
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    Hey JB good stuff,

    I could use some pitching and I’m stacked at first, do you think Singleton for Tomlin is a good trade or should wait on trying to trade Singleton?

    Thanks

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      @Chris: Thanks man, I think I’d wait at least a game or two from Singleton before hoping for a trade. These hot prospects, if he hits a home ror two in his first few games, you could get a really quality arm for someone buying it.

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        Thanks Good Call!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @chris: He’s red hot with a homer, trade him ! haha

  14. Joesh says:
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    Drop Smyly for Walker?

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      @Joesh:

      To clarify, Walker is going to pitch this weekend, barring any setbacks. Time to roster him!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Joesh: Yup, I’d make that move! Had him ranked below Walker already anticipating Taijuan was close.

  15. ebudz says:
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    Please help me in my 12 team H2H standard Yahoo league! I’ve got the following pitching staff:

    (2) SP: Bumgarner, Homer Bailey
    (2) RP: K-Rod, Qualls
    (4) P: Belisario, Eovaldi, Kluber, Estrada
    Bench: (McCarthy, Chavez)

    I think I want to stream out of McCarthy’s spot but can’t decide who I should add to my staff for the week/ROS?

    Some two-start guys are available:
    Kuroda (OAK, @KC)
    Colon (@PHI, @SF)
    Jaime Garcia (KC, @TOR)
    Henderson Alvarez (TB, @CHC)
    Jorge De La Rosa (ARI, LAD)

    Other guys that are available include: Bauer, Leake, Skaggs, Hutchinson, Vargas, Lyles, Odorizzi, Stroman, Heaney, deGrom, Milone, Vogelsong, Liriano, and I’ll stop this list at Tillman. Any advice? Thank you in advance Mr.Gilpin.

    • ebudz says:
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      @ebudz: Oops, forgot to mention Morton is available too but missed out on the chance to play him tonight @SD.. he does another start this week though vs. MIL.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ebudz: Hey man! I think if you’re streaming out the spot you can go day-to-day, assuming this is a daily league. I agree McCarthy is very droppable for a lot of those guys. Liriano, Heaney, Skaggs, Leake I all like a ton more. Not liking Morton v. MIL. I’d probably grab Liriano off the nice start for now, Heaney for the future.

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, that’s just what I needed to hear! I’m new to streaming but it’s my understanding that I should just start the best pitcher available by day according to SON? Honestly I owned Liriano all year but dropped him last week. I’m thinking I’ll pick him up before his next start @SD (14.2) on Wednesday after maybe streaming Garcia vs. KC (10.7) tomorrow over the likes of Kuroda vs. OAK (4.3) or Alvarez vs. TB (-0.6) for example… Then depending on how Liriano does on Wed, I’ll have to decide whether he’s worth keeping or streaming right?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @ebudz: Can’t blame ya at all for dropping Liriano, but def loving that SD start. I consider SON more an opinion decider than a be-all, end-all ya know? I indeed like Jaime against KC over Kuroda (OAK a tough matchup) and Alvarez (inconsistent). Then yea, Liriano Wednesday and you can decide past that performance. If any encouraging news comes out that Heaney is getting called up, you can scrap that and nab him. But feel free to ask any pitching questions all week – I’ll be here!

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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks for your time man, appreciate it!

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              @ebudz: Hey man I’ve got another pitching question if you don’t mind…

              My pitching staff now looks like this:
              (2) SP: Bumgarner, Homer Bailey
              (2) RP: K-Rod, Qualls
              (4) P: Belisario, Eovaldi, Kluber, Estrada
              Bench: (Bauer, Chavez, Liriano-streaming)
              (1) DL: T. Walker

              Here are the guys still available: Leake, Skaggs, Hutchinson, McCarthy, Vargas, Lyles, Odorizzi, Stroman, Heaney, deGrom, Milone, Vogelsong, Colon, Morton, Kuroda, J. Garcia, Alvarez, De La Rosa

              Obviously it’s clear I should drop Liriano now. I think I’ll just stream that spot til Walker returns and will probably stream McCarthy next vs. ATL (11.2). My concern is with Chavez.. do you think any of those available pitchers are an upgrade over him ROS?

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                @alex: Sure man, any time! Man I’m starting to cool off on Chavez a ton. If Heaney was up, he could be above him and I’m about to move Vogelsong way up – he’s close.

                Liriano wasn’t that bad! Only one hit! Haha, yeah I’d move him down some too.

  16. Eric says:
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    Hey JB, I appreciate your consistently updated pitcher rankings, helps me out quite a bit on adding and dropping pitchers. I was just wondering if I could get some trade advice.

    In a 12 team Yahoo league with OBP instead of AVG would you trade Rizzo + Singleton for Scherzer? I don’t necessarily need pitching (I have Teheran, S.Gray, Bailey, A.Sanchez, Fister, etc. etc.) but I also have Pujols + Goldy in my 1B and CI spot (currently using Rizzo at Util, will be replaced with Arcia or Ozuna) Haha is it a wash in this case?

    E.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric: Sure thing! Yeah even though you don’t need the pitching, I think I’d have to do that one. Singleton is barely gonna get in your lineup at all, and not a huge downgrade from Rizzo there so I like it!

  17. Joesh says:
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    Does Wolf’s inexplicably good game tonight thus far reduce Heaney’s chances of being called up? I’m not a big follower of the Marlins so idk if there was anyone else in their pen they could possibly call Heaney up to replace

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      @Joesh: I’m not either, but I think Wolf was going to stick unless he was atrocious for a long stretch. I think Jacob Turner is the guy most easily replaced and after inexplicably shutting down my Brewers, back to awful last time out.

  18. fitz says:
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    of course the guy I’m facing would start Masterson tonight

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fitz: Ugh brutal. What a chump – both Masterson and your opponent.

  19. Zar says:
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    Hey JB, so I went and followed your advice. It’s gotten me in pretty good shape. Only issue is now I have too many players once they all come off the DL. I’m holding onto Beltran, Ryan Zimmerman, Taijuan Walker, and Gio Gonzalez. I’m gonna need to clear up two roster spots in the next few weeks.

    Salvador Perez, KC C
    Brandon Moss, Oak 1B, OF
    Brian Dozier, Min 2B
    Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B
    Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
    Dee Gordon, LAD SS, 2B
    Todd Frazier, Cin 3B
    Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF
    Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF
    Hunter Pence, SF OF
    Angel Pagan, SF OF
    Jose Bautista, Tor OF
    Domonic Brown, Phi OF
    Carlos Beltran*, NYY OF DL15
    Kendrys Morales, FA 1B, DH
    DL-Ryan Zimmerman*, Wsh 3B DL15

    Anibal Sanchez, Det SP
    Addison Reed, Ari RP
    Tim Lincecum, SF SP
    Mark Buehrle, Tor SP
    Sonny Gray, Oak SP
    Hector Rondon, ChC RP
    Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP
    Dallas Keuchel, Hou SP, RP
    Andrew Heaney, Mia SP
    Taijuan Walker*, Sea SP DL15 (Picked him up after a Garza Stream, w00t)
    DL-Gio Gonzalez*, Wsh SP DL15

    My batting is doing well, and my pitching is slowly inching towards respectable. I’m extremely happy with the team (I may just stash Matt Harvey for the DL spots), just don’t know how to clean up the roster jam. Any tips?

    • Zar says:
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      @Zar: Whoops, this would be my RCL team >> And trades don’t’ seem to fly very well :(

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Well one thing is definitely wait until guys are off the DL before shaking up the roster. i.e. Maybe let Gio stay on the DL his first start back, wait a few games for Zimmerman, etc. How many OF can you start? Beltran might have to be a flat out drop to be honest – we’ll see if he can play through the injury. But you can always wait it out until he’s back a few games there too.

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        @JB Gilpin: 5 OF 1 Uti. I’m kinda feeling like it’s gonna be Brown and Beltran who are dropped in the end. I just swapped Zimmerman and Beltran so beltran is on the DL. If Zim is back tomorrow, I’m starting him over domonic brown. He’s been bench bait all year long for me anyways.

        A lot of the news seems to point towards Zim and Beltran back this week with walker back this weekend and Gio back next week >< Can't wait for news of the Heaney call up, although he did get bombed.

        Thanks :D

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Zar: Yeah Brown is tough to own too, completely agree with those moves. Yeah Heaney had a bad one, but at Colorado Springs is worse than at the Rockies – PCL Colorado game! So that helps soften the blow that he’s not untouchable down there :)

  20. Andy says:
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    I have sps
    Teheren
    Kluber
    Kennedy
    Eovaldi
    Peralta
    Pomeraz
    Porcello
    Would u cut any for
    1 to stream?
    2 to add Cody allen or betances?
    (Rps include rosenthal uehara krod soria and rondon, like leaving 6rps)
    Who would u cut?
    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Andy: Man you’re stacked at RP… I would let those 2 stay on the wire. Pomeranz is close to a stream spot, I’m eying this next one really carefully. He only has two pitches it looks like when I watch – curve and fastball. I don’t know if that will lead to ROS success.

      • Andy says:
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        My thinking was betances would have more ROS ks then porcello and lower era and whip. Plus would snake a few wins and saves
        Is porcello not due to regress?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Andy: No I think Porcello actually is going to improve. His GB rate is exceeding low for a guy consistently above 50% his previous 3-4 years. ERA WHIP yes definitely Betances, but I think Porcello edges him out in Ks, more wins, and not that much worse ERA and WHIP in a lot more innings.

  21. jack says:
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    Let’s say Alex Wood is back in the rotation in 2 weeks. Where would you rank him?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jack: Very good question. I think a lot depends on “how” he gets in there – i.e. Harang 15 day only with a bad hammy, or Teheran has Tommy John. Because if it’s the former then I think they’d take him back out5 and probably wouldn’t rank him, but the latter maybe 50ish?

      • jack says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hmmm. I know Fredi isn’t the sharpest tool in the box, but upper management HAS TO force him to put Wood back in the rotation soon or he’ll have another innings limit next year, right?

        RE:ranking, I can’t believe you wouldn’t have him in the top 40 whenever he comes back. Even the Razzball ROS Projections have him at #31 and that’s with Games Started/Innings adjusted for a delay in when he comes back. What am I missing?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @jack: Well that’s the thing, innings seem to be a big taboo for them and they could take him out again. If you told me for sure, starting this week, he’ll make every start and is the rotation, yeah 40ish seems closer. Another factor for “my” rankings is I’m trying to keep it for only SP, so not including contributions from bullpen appearances. i.e. I’d probably own Betances over the last few I have ranked.

  22. gordon shumway says:
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    Thanks for these pitching rankings. They’ve proven very helpful thus far, as I’m in first place without having spent any money on any expensive aces. I have a staff of 8 starters, ranging from teheran to lynn, according to your rankings. Do you think it makes sense to drop someone like lynn to free up a spot for streaming? I’m in a 12 team h2h league with 6 transactions per week. What dollar amount do you think is a reasonable cut off point for when it’s worth streaming someone? Thanks a lot for all the effort you guys put into all of this!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gordon shumway: Awesome man, glad I could help! Really appreciate it! In 12 team I don’t think I’d be dropping Lynn. So I’m guessing you mean, 6 FAAB transactions a week? I’m not sure what you mean by dollar amount as a cutoff point…

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sorry, yes, I can pick up 6 faabs a week, so I could theoretically get an extra 6 starts per week by streaming. Streamer gives each start a dollar value for the day. If the best free agent available is worth 15$ on the day it seems like a no brainer, but on some days the best guy available to pick up is only worth a 5$ start, so I’m not sure if it’s worth it. Thanks again!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @gordon shumway: Ohhhhh SON $ value! Sorry got confused there. Yeah I think it all depends on feel, sometimes some real scrubs (in my opinion) get a great SON $ value on matchup, park, and career #s v. hitters. So like, Roberto Hernandez tonight I wouldn’t have gone close to and he was over $9. But you can get some real gems. That said, I think Lynn start-to-start is gonna be more consistent than playing the streaming game so I would hold for now. If one of your arms gets hurt, then you can start streaming em in there. Any time!

          • gordon shumway says:
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            @JB Gilpin: oh duh! I was calling it by the wrong name! Sorry about that, haha… much appreciated and have a good night!

  23. Dusty Baker says:
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    arroyo isnt with the Reds this season…… wow man, you getting paid for this ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dusty Baker: Oops typo – and no I don’t get paid, which is why you can read for free and feel giddy when you catch mistakes.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Am I allowed to comment here?

        I wasn’t sure what the definition of the word snarky was so I decided to look it up. There was something about irritable and snide but that definition felt lacking to me and when a definition is lacking then we should naturally check the urban dictionary. There’s a bunch of words and sure they’re in English but I can’t remember any of them. It’s like when a doctor tells you that you have cancer but you’re going to be fine. All you hear is cancer so you panic, well all that I can remember reading on urban dictionary was the name Dane Cook and I panicked. So here I am, breathing into a paper bag and eating xanax like they’re tic-tacs and for what? why? Sigh… These tortured lives we lead.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: NO YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO COMMENT! Haha jk thanks man!

  24. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    The Adjustment Bureau is the tits! The director, George Nolfi, was just announced as heading up the Bruce Lee early career biopic:

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/67522

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: Interesting, I’ll def check it out then! I saw it got pretty good reviews. That Bruce Lee biopic sounds awesome, I don’t know much about his history and not the biggest martial arts movie guy, but Ip Man (the Donnie Yen one) was aweeeeeesome.

  25. bored says:
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    Would you add Alvarez in a 12 team h2h Dynasty (12 starts per week, QS)

    Drop Options…
    Liriano
    Harang
    Rubby De La Rosa

    Honestly dont feel like dropping any of them and I think you will probably agree…

    Liriano had a descent game last time out, Harang is still doing well and probably has regressed to as low as he will go. I can see Harang holding a 3.50 ERA or so throughout the season. RDLR I think is a hidden gem and the upside forces me to hold onto him. Your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @bored: Random observation – I watched an inning or so and he threw a curve at 60 MPH and followed it up with a 95 MPH fastball. Crazy. But yes, I’d hold all 3, Alvarez is so inconsistent. Harang is clo.sest, I think I might move Rubby way up with another good start

  26. Bob says:
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    Would you rathe have Ventura or Zach Wheeler going forward?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bob: That’s a really good one, I narrowly still like Ventura more, but Wheeler will give you more innings if you have no cap concerns.

      • Bob says:
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        @JB Gilpin: So you believe Ventura will have better WHIP and ERA. But Wheeler better K’s because of more IP?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bob: Yup that sounds about right!

  27. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    JBizzle! looks like Eddie Butler’s gettin the call – should I drop Heaney for him in a 10-team keeper? thanks

    • bored says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg:
      Nope. He is a COL pitcher and bound to be blown up every once in a while and likely his first game he could be.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Nah I wouldn’t either, I think Heaney is gonna make a much bigger splash this year

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @JB Gilpin: alright thanks. just prospecting my balls off right now. Got singleton, baez & heaney in a keep-forever. heaney it is!

        • bored says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg:
          That is crazy someone would not own those players in a keeper. Must be a small league?

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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            @bored: oh no – I’m rostering all 3. butler was out there. it is a relatively deep 10-teamer tho

  28. bored says:
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    Thoughts on this trade I made?
    I got Cain
    I gave Morneau
    :)

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      @bored: Love it! Cain is a great buy low, still think he have a similar 2nd half to last year

  29. Connor says:
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    Love these writeups!
    Looking for some advice in a 12 team keeper (keep 5) league and am sitting in first place even after last weeks 10-0 smashing I received.
    C- Wilin Rosario
    1B- Paul Goldschmidt
    2B- Ian Kinsler
    SS- Jean Segura
    3B- Evan Longoria
    1B/3B- Anthony Rizzo
    2B/SS- Jose Altuve
    OF- Adam Jones
    OF- Giancarlo Stanton
    OF- Yeonis Cespedes
    OF- Jay Bruce
    OF- Oswaldo Arcia
    UTIL- Evan Gattis
    Bench- Gregory Polanco
    SP- Gerrit Cole
    SP- Alex Cobb
    SP- Sonny Gray
    SP- Corey Kluber
    SP- Chris Archer
    SP- Andrew Cashner
    RP- Rafael Soriano
    RP- Sean Doolittle
    RP- Dellin Betances
    Bench- Mat Latos
    Bench- Andrew Heaney
    DL- Cliff Lee
    Just curious if there are any areas I could improve on

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Connor: Thanks man! The only thing glaring is Gattis at UTIL – I know you maximize your C by doing that (for stretches in my main dynasty I have been using Lucroy and Rosario to do that, but finally got healthy to have more flexibility), but I think you might be able to improve there. Love your pitching, no real “aces” but tons of quality arms. Well, Lee would be your ace so get healthy soon! I think you have a champion team

  30. los locos says:
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    gausman got pulled tonight, so you like him or Skaggs?

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      @los locos: Haha as soon as I point out Skaggs had a 23:4 K:BB in a 4 start stretch, he loses it and it’s 11:8 his last two. Yuck. Coin flip, I’ll still lean Skaggs because park and I think he sticks in the rotation all year, Gausman might get yanked up and down

  31. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Thought I would drop by. Excellent write-up per usual. Just pulled off a trading coup in my 10-Team H2H Keeper league. I moved Springer for Sale, Wacha and Machado. Our league rules allow you to hold onto six players, but two must be hitters and two must be pitchers (competitive balance nonsense). Nonetheless, my team has been a south end of a horse heading north all-season, and after retooling my roster through a handful of trades, I’m now looking to lock-in to my keeper group and move the excess for draft picks in 2015. Here are my potential keepers:

    1B Chris Davis
    2B Jason Kipnis
    3B Manny Machado
    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Bryce Harper
    3B Nolan Arenado*
    SP Chris Sale
    SP Michael Wacha
    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Mike Minor

    Given the rules of the league, which six players would you be looking to build around going forward?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gene Parmesan: Yo it’s Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeene Parmesan! Thanks man! Wow, coup indeed, love it. So starting with pitchers, I think Sale is a lock. Then to hitters, I’m going Davis, Mccutch and Harper as easy locks. Probably then Kipnis and Wacha to round it out, but man, tough to let a young Teheran go. I’d shop Teheran and Wacha since they’re so close and just out, and if you can get a huge offer for one of those, run with it to win this yr. Any time!

  32. ebudz says:
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    Hey man I’ve got another pitching question if you don’t mind…

    My pitching staff now looks like this:
    (2) SP: Bumgarner, Homer Bailey
    (2) RP: K-Rod, Qualls
    (4) P: Belisario, Eovaldi, Kluber, Estrada
    Bench: (Bauer, Chavez, Liriano-streaming)
    (1) DL: T. Walker

    Here are the guys still available: Leake, Skaggs, Hutchinson, McCarthy, Vargas, Lyles, Odorizzi, Stroman, Heaney, deGrom, Milone, Vogelsong, Colon, Morton, Kuroda, J. Garcia, Alvarez, De La Rosa

    Obviously it’s clear I should drop Liriano now. I think I’ll just stream that spot til Walker returns and will probably stream McCarthy next vs. ATL (11.2). My concern is with Chavez.. do you think any of those available pitchers are an upgrade over him ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ebudz: Of course, any time! Got ya above, sorry took me a sec to get to comments tonight

  33. Andy says:
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    Josh tomlin?

    Peralta over wandy line?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andy: Sorry was outta town – Tomlin just barely fails to make my ranks coming out tomo afternoon. Can’t buy his .235 BABIP and a K rate just doubling like that. Yeah Peralta is over it, I’d start every time.

  34. bored says:
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    Rubby De La Rosa didnt do to well although he did face a tough team in DET. It may be hard for me to hold onto him. I am not a fan of AL pitchers because to me most of them seem more like streamers or matchup guys.

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      @bored: Yeah I buy that… He stays in my ranks coming out tomo due to upside.

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