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So I forgot to throw it in last week, but I was thinking to myself, “what are some baseball ‘catch phrase’ calls I would make if I were a broadcaster?”  If a batter chased a breaking ball, I would exclaim “and he’s gone gone chasin’ waterfalls!”  Hmmmm, what would my home run call be… I need some ideas here!  I know the Dodgers need a replacement play-by-play guy next season…

Then to the profile for today, and I wasn’t sure where I was going to go.  Chris Archer seemed a good fit since he’s underperformed, but I did break him down once last year.  Then in my “aha” moment of the weekend, I remember my gone gone chasin’ waterfalls bit and noticed Chase Anderson was set to make his MLB debut!  It’s like the baseball gods are talking to me!  Thanks for the title, Shoeless Joe. (If a pitcher you’d like to see for next week’s Profile pitches next Sunday, please remind me and throw in a comment on Sunday or tweet me @jbgilpin – I will take requests!  But I do like to keep it to guys pitching on Sunday.)

With an injury-plagued first three years as a pro, Anderson seemed like a dooming last name for a starting pitcher (see, Brett).  Chase finally got himself through a big chunk of work in 2012, pitching pretty well in 104 AA innings, then was limited to only 88 innings in 2013 and was awful in AAA.  But just like Robert Downey Jr., he’s done with Anne Heche and ready for a comeback! (way to stay topical, JB…)  Anderson started this season breezing through AA with a dazzling 39 innings to the tune of a 0.69 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and 38 Ks.  Sure he’s already 26, but the injuries have held him back and he finally got his MLB debut yesterday against the White Sox.  I decided to check it out and break it down to see if anything’s there for spot-starting or a deeper league stache [sic]:

First Inning: Anderson’s first Major League pitch is a pretty nasty 92 MPH two-seamer that tails back into the zone for strike one to Alejandro De Aza.  Fastball at 93 is inside, another at 93 is ripped foul down the first base line, then at 94 is ripped hard close to the same trajectory, but it’s fair and right into Paul Goldschmidt‘s glove.  A pretty hard hit out, but an out indeed to start his career.  93 is in there to Gordon Beckham, 93 just outside, and Anderson’s first off-speed is a great looking 79 MPH curveball diving low.  Back up to 94 and it’s a lazy fly to right.  Two down, and Conor Gillaspie takes a fastball for strike one, curveball is outside, then Anderson’s first change-up tails outside, 2-1.  The Diamondbacks crew praised that change-up, so I’ll be closely looking at that one.  And he goes right back to it, 84 MPH at the knees and Gillaspie fouls out in front of the dugout for a very impressive 1-2-3 debut inning for Anderson.

Second Inning: After a clean inning to begin his career, he now has to face Jose Abreu who fouls off the first-pitch fastball.  Another fastball is looped to left, and it drops in for a hit, but Abreu on a bum-ish ankle tries to go to second and is thrown out.  Not bad for your first career hit given up, he’s out right away!  One down, and Adam Dunn fouls it back, 93 MPH fastball is outside, 93 again is in there, then that change-up with a ton of movement breaks outside, 2-2.  Anderson goes back to the change, and that one at 83 is nasty and gets Dunn gone gone chasin’ waterfalls.

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Dayan Viciedo takes a curveball for strike one at 78, fastball outside, fastball in the zone is fouled out of play, then the 1-2 curveball just dies into the dirt and gets Viciedo gone gone chasin’ waterfalls to end the inning.

Third Inning: Six up and six down (albeit giving up a hit), and Anderson starts Alexei Ramirez with a curveball that stays outside, then nasty, and straight up NASTY, change-up at 81 gets a huge swing-and-miss, 1-1.

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Two-seamer eats up Alexei on the hands for a foul, 1-2, fastball way outside, then another fastball at 92 gets a late swing, struck him out.  Ramirez must have been looking change, and Anderson is mixing his stuff well.  First pitch to Moises Sierra is fastball weakly grounded right to Anderson for a one-pitch, easy second out.  93 MPH fastball gets the outside black on Tyler Flowers, fastball again is fouled off, the 0-2 fastball is high, change-up is grounded foul past third, then change-up at 82 drops in there, tailing from off the plate into the bottom outside black for a perfectly placed strike three on the call.  Impressive stuff.

Fourth Inning: The D’Backs brought up a graphic late last inning that in the entire series, the White Sox are 1-27 the first time through the order this series, with the only hit Abreu’s single.  Way to jack it up, Anderson!  But he redeems himself with an awesome quote from his pre-game interview they just aired, with him responding to what it’s like in the Big Leagues by saying, “it’s like being at Wal-Mart and taking anything you want!”  Awesome.  So Anderson starts his second turn through the line-up with a nice 91 MPH two-seamer with great sinking movement that gets strike one swinging on De Aza.  De Aza then tries to bunt but taps the change-up foul, fastball stays high, another heater inside, then an 82 MPH change-up with huge sink on the outside corner dipping low gets De Aza gone gone chasin’ waterfalls.  Another dandy.  First-pitch curveball is pulled hard foul by Beckham, change-up gets Beckham way out in front and popped foul, fastball outside, two-seamer gets on Beckham’s hands for another foul, then fastball again gets a lazy flyball to right for the second out.  First pitch to Gillaspie is a curve, and it’s topped weakly right to Goldschmidt who takes it himself for the third out.

Fifth Inning: Anderson starts Abreu with a nice first-pitch curveball at 77 that looked like a strike, but I guess it’s called inside, 1-0.

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If he can throw first-pitch hooks like that consistently (assuming he gets strike calls), he’ll be pretty nasty.  Then change-up drops in there, two-seamer barely misses the outside corner, then a fastball is grounded weakly to short, one down.  Dunn taps the first-pitch fastball to Goldschmidt really weakly, Anderson covers quickly and is there in plenty of time for out number two.  Fastball is high to Viciedo, then gets back-to-back heaters in there, followed by a change that gets Viciedo way out in front but popped out of play, still 1-2.  Then change-up again, with that sink and tailing action – not to mention just dying before getting to the plate – gets Viciedo way in front and gone gone chasin’ waterfalls for Anderson’s 6th K.

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Sixth Inning: An incredible start for Anderson, who through 5 innings has faced the minimum needing only 55 pitches.  Really eye-opening stuff.  First pitch to Ramirez is an 80 MPH change-up that floats too high, but Ramirez still tries to hit it and misses, 0-1.  Fastball is inside, then another heater is lined pretty hard to right for the first out.  That was by far the best contact since the Abreu single then throwout to start the second.  Anderson gets a fastball in there for strike one on Sierra, another heater is chopped foul, curveball at 80 goes into the dirt, change-up at 82 that was a good foot outside gets Sierra to chop it foul fighting it off, still 1-2.  Back to the heater is fouled back, two-seamer at 91 runs too far inside, fastball is looped just foul past third, still 2-2.  A really good curveball at 78 gets barely tapped back foul, change-up at 82 is chopped foul, still 2-2 through 9 pitches.  Change-up fouled again, fastball is way outside, full count.  And the payoff change-up, the 12th pitch of the at bat, doesn’t break too much just off the outside corner, and Sierra is able to barrel it up for a home run.  Sierra had to reach for it, but since he locked onto it being a change-up, he was able to center on it.  Out comes pitching coach Mike Harkey for a chat, and then Anderson starts Flowers with a curveball low and outside, then fastball way outside by a couple feet, and a bad start 2-0.  Change-up dips barely low, then Anderson loses him with a fastball just outside for a four-pitch walk.  And with that, Anderson’s near-perfect debut is over.

Final Line:  W  5.1 IP  74 Pitches (49 Strikes)  1 ER  2 Hits  1 Walk  6 K  Gamescore: 66   Gamescore+: 67

Final Analysis: Tough to argue the results!  I don’t think anyone could’ve expected a debut like this, and it assured Anderson another start or two at the very least.  The White Sox are a good offense these days, and in a hitter-friendly park, adding to the impressivenes… Impressivetude?  I dunno… Anyway, with the nice Ks, Anderson scored favorably in my Gamescore+ calculation, also accumulating a lot of weakly hit outs.  It sucks Anderson had such a long battle with Sierra, as that 12-pitch at-bat was as many pitches as he threw in any of the first five innings!  Crazy.  Then the four-pitch walk afterwards was his only free pass.  Hopefully if he gets a long run in the rotation, he can pitch deeper and more effectively late (well, he’ll have to if he wants to stay…).

Starting with the fastball, it ranged 90-94 (usually in the upper edge of that) both with the four-seam and two-seam.  The two-seamer had a lot of run at times, but combined his fastball is ML-average.  The bread-and-butter is obviously the change-up.  Ranging from 80-84, it’s a perfect velocity to mix with his heater with a ton of movement.  5 of Anderson’s 6 Ks came on the change (4 swinging, one looking), but also cost him the solo homer as his only blemish.  Then the curveball from 77-80 had some really good movement and I would’ve liked to see a few more, but it’s not the same level as the change-up.

The 2013 numbers in AAA at face value are alarming, but as the broadcast pointed out, they yo-yoed him in and out of the Reno rotation with 26 appearances and only 13 starts.  Plus Reno is in the PCL as one of the best hitter-friendly parks and Anderson had a tough-luck .350 BABIP and ridiculous 58.9% LOB.  If anything, he got to experience some rough outings and it was very smart for Arizona to bring him back through AA ball in 2014 with hopes he could impact the Big League squad this year.

Obviously not a long-term add yet in 10 or 12ers, but there is spot-start appeal in shallow formats.  Maybe in 16+ mixed or NL-only – I think Anderson should be scooped up right now.  With that fantastic change-up, it’s easy to see how he dominated AA.  But the health concerns, reliability of the average fastball and developing curveball, and how much he’s just a placeholder for Archie Bradley are all big factors considering his ROS potential.  Bradley has the rough trifecta of the D’Backs being god awful, a hurt elbow muscle, and AAA ineffectiveness keeping him behind, so I could see Anderson sticking for a bit.  If the rotation holds up and they keep giving Anderson starts (which I don’t see why they wouldn’t), Anderson gets the Dodgers next Saturday which I don’t like at all, but then the following Friday at Citi Field against the terrible Mets, then home against the Padres.  I like both of those matchups quite a bit, so keep Anderson on your radar if you’re streaming.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

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

Dropped Out: Dan Straily, Oakland Athletics (headed to the Minors), Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels (awful and moved to the bullpen for now), Edinson Volquez, Pittsburgh Pirates (back to being Edinson Volquez), Jenrry Mejia, New York Mets (likely to the bullpen)

  • I debated Darvish vs. Kershaw pretty intensely through the weekend.  Was all set to put Kershaw back at #1 like I had originally ranked before the back injury, but then Darvish went out and was all Darvish…
  • I just traded for Mike Minor in a league, so I’m hoping this last bad start was just a blip.  Come through for me, rankings!
  • Well… I guess my Max Scherzer hatred finally has absolutely no basis in reality.  He and a few other of the studs I moved up a couple spots – not dramatically – but wanted to highlight them.
  • Welcome back Hisashi my dashi!  I think that’s how Grey does it… Anywho, I think he’s an awesome pitcher, but he’s 33 with a lengthy injury history in Japan if memory serves.  But my memory might just be serving dashi!
  • Dude, Corey Kluber looks friggin’ awesome. We’re seeing the huge Ks, and don’t let the 1.35 WHIP scare you.  Ridiculously good 57:12 K:BB with an unlucky .364 BABIP.  And of the 58 hits he’s given up – 43 singles.  Even with unlucky peripherals, has a 3.48 ERA (with a crazy-good 2.38 FIP and 2.77 xFIP) with an improved GB rate.  Can you tell he’s my boyfriend?
  • Chris Archer has a lot of similarities with that Kluber analysis.  Stay strong.
  • Oh man, this Alex Wood making relief appearances and skipping starts is no bueno.  So sad.  F you Gavin Floyd!  I still like him a ton as a pitcher, so not moving him down catastrophically.  Someone else could get hurt sooner rather than later, “cough, Harang, cough!”
  • I’m done with Sabathia.  You see that moonshot my boy Carlos Gomez hit to lead off the game on Saturday?!  Welcome back to Milwaukee, CC!  Now on the DL with fluid in his knee.  My guess is the fluid is Ragu.
  • Done with Martin Perez as well.  At the time of this re-rank I don’t know the status of his MRI-bound elbow, but is scurry.
  • I was as anti-Doug Fister as humanly possible pre-season, and his debut gave you a fister.  Sure at Oakland isn’t exactly the best way to start your NL crossover, he’s like, “wasn’t I supposed to get pitchers in the line-up pitching over here?!”
  • Matt Garza has not looked good.  Ugh.
  • Mat Latos finally got some good news, and he shoots up my ranks.
  • Chris Tillman had a vociferous commenter outrage with my low ranks early on, and I got swayed!  Go back to whence you came, Tillman!
  • I think Jake Peavy just walked someone else…
  • I’ve always been a big Drew Pomeranz fan.  I think he is in a perfect spot with the ballpark and coaching staff.  Really excited for his upside.

Thoughts on Mr. Anderson?  Beef with the rankings?  I know this steak isn’t real, it’s part of the Matrix!

  1. Alex says:
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    Lester HAS to rank higher. So I should trade eovaldi for archer?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex: Lester most certainly does not HAVE to be higher. 33 is really high. I know I have Archer higher, but I think right now I’d stick with a hotter Eovaldi – seems a lateral move.

  2. Clint says:
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    JB, with Motte gaining steam toward a return and closer experience to boot, is it totally out of the realm that with Rosey’s year-long struggles he could steal the job? I know the cards like Rosenthal but w/all the rumors following the slow start, it appears they may be ready to start clearing the stage of underperformers, right? Is there anything up w/his peripherals or is this merely bad early season luck that he doesn’t have to worry about?

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      @Clint: From what I’ve seen, Rosenthal just doesn’t have a great putaway pitch and is walking too many. Definitely not out of the realm of possibility at all that Motte could get it back. Rosenthal 5.51 BB/9, his GB rate is a horrific 23.1%, and most telling of all, his line drive rate last year was 19.3% to 28.2% thus far in 2014. It’s a small sample, but he’s walking guys or they’re squaring up the ball. I give it a coin flip that Motte is closing by this point next month, I think it’s really close to being his job.

  3. No Soup for YU says:
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    Hey JB! I have a general strategy question I would love your take on. My league is a 10 team 5×5 categories league with W,ERA,WHIP,K/9, S+H as the pitching categories with a 10 innings weekly min. It seems to me that this format would devalue SP because RP will generally have a lower ERA and WHIP and higher K/9 and more S+H.

    How many SP should I own in this format and should I trade some of the rest to upgrade my hitting and replace them with RP like W Smith who have great ratios and Ks? There are 4 SP slots but I have 3 on the bench and only 1 bench hitter.

    My Pitcher: Darvish,Wacha,Tehrehan,Ventura,Bailey, Liriano,Salazar

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @No Soup for YU: Totally agree that RP are more valuable. Yeah I think moving someone to get Smith on there is a great idea, Smith looks fantastic. Liriano I never can fully buy on, but the rest have great K numbers save maybe Teheran who is owning otherwise. I will say though, you have a lot of really good SP, so the impact a RP will have on the ratios will be minimized. Even if you traded 2 or 3 of the SP, Smith’s 3-4 IP a week isn’t going to impact as hard. I dunno if any of that helped, kinda rambly!

  4. Great analysis of a guy who totally slipped past me.

    I can’t pick up Anderson but I need another SP and somebody’s dangling Josh Beckett. You have Beckett at #98. From here on out, do you see him progressing up your ladder? If so, how far up?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Fanthead: Thanks man! Yeah Beckett has been tough, I don’t know if he can stay healthy but has pitched well. Another factor for my low rank is his 4 good starts are @ and home SF (I know they’ve been better, but meh), Colorado at home who struggled on the road early, and the DBacks early in the year who were awful across the board. Pretty easy ones. 2 bad starts are DET and @MIA (who’ve hit well at home). He does pitch in a good division, but I dunno, his BABIP is .225 and underlying numbers show some major regression coming – he’d have to string together some really good starts to move up. Thanks for reading!

  5. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    With Archer being bad lately but ranked 35 on your list should I try to trade for him?
    Offer my Tillman and Chavez? (Seperately)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @My Minor Likes Female Pujols: Yeah all his underlying stuff still looks pretty good, I would most certainly trade either one of those guys straight up for him

  6. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey JB I’d like your opinion on this as well, Grey says Rizzo and Moss and SethDaSportsMan says Moss and a coin flip between Springer and Holliday.

    Bench 2

    (17)Springer facing C. Lewis
    (30)Holliday facing T. Wood (Lefty)
    (52)Rios facing Peacock
    (151)Moss facing Danks (Lefty)
    (176)Rizzo facing Lyons (Lefty)

    Hitter-Tron is always high on Springer and low on Moss. Benching Moss always blows up in my face. Which 2 do I bench today?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SMLV1: Well I was hoping the A’s lineup would be out but not yet, they might bench him anyway since v a lefty. He’s bench #1 for me, then between Rizzo and Springer for me, I think I’m benching Springer – 7 Ks his last two games! Still hackin

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great post as always… You’d take Gio over Cueto? Jason LaRue wouldn’t even do that…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Thanks boss! Well same analysis of the Feldman Niese early on (despite that rank being awful anyway), if Cueto stays healthy all year yeah I’m taking Cueto. Gio has four straight healthy years, but then again, might go on the DL after getting clocked in the face by another National after his little temper tantrum the other day…

  8. hugh says:
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    How badly does Porcello get blown up tonight vs BAL? Is he worth the gamble tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hugh: It’s like you know my inner monologue! Have him on virtually all my teams and been a debate. Looked great against them in the opener, I’m very very hesitantly letting him roll

  9. No Soup for YU says:
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    Looking to trade pitching for hitting and my weakest position is SS… How do you feel about these trades… Yay or Nay?

    I give Tehrehan I get Desmond
    I give Wacha I get Andrus

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @No Soup for YU: Hmmm, I think I go Yay/Nay

  10. Pete says:
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    Is Lyons that nasty today? Hittetron hates him and wants you to bench every single Cub. Should Castro really be a -$6.1?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: Haha no not at all, I’d play Castro and Rizzo without a question. Bonifacio is mah bc a lefty limits the steals opps

  11. Gene Parmesan says:
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    As the boss said, great posts as always JB. You’re analysis is legit and appreciated. I’m currently the south end of a horse heading north in my H2H 10-team keeper league @ 20-40. I bailed on a lot of players over the last two weeks (i.e., Fielder, Cano and Scherzer), including closers against conventional wisdom, and fetched Cargo, Kipnis, Lee, Price (trying to move) and Teheran. Not bailing on the year, but there’s a steep road to climb.

    It’s not a keeper question, but I’ve been keeping my eye on Eovaldi and have been trying to get him as a throw-in to larger deals. No dice. However, today I got the proposal of Eovaldi and Austin Jackson for Alex Gordon and Drew Pomeranz. It’s a good deal, and I should take it, but I like the upside of Pomeranz now that he’s taken Straily’s spot. Take the deal, or, re-propose the same deal but substitute Tillman and/or Lackey for Pomeranz? Thoughts are appreciated as always.

    P.S. Kony Ealy is a STUD!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Gene Parmesan: It’s Geeeeeeeeene Parmesan! Thanks man! Wow, I love Pomeranz too, but like Eovaldi more and like AJax over Gordon too so I think it’s a slam dunk. Sucks you miss out on Drew P – but I’d have to do it. Sweet on Ealy! I love LOVE LOVEEEEED the Benjamin pick, I know the choice has been slammed but I like him a lot.

      • Gene Parmesan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Didn’t see your response till now, but countered with Gordon and Archer for Jackson, Eovaldi and T. Walker (DL) and he accepted. Think I put some funk on a nasty dunk.

        Benjamin could be the steal of the draft given his size and athleticism, just going to need to improve his hands. He’ll get plenty of reps down in Carolina though. I’m thinking like a raw Alshon Jeffery in year one. All-pro in year three.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Gene Parmesan: Nice funk indeed! Love it. I dunno if he’s got the home run ability of Alshon, but I think he can be a monster in receptions. Even now I think he’s a PPR WR3;

  12. Michael says:
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    Should I trade Tulo, Gardner and Wacha for Reyes, Stanton and Shields?
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Wow, blockbuster and a tough one. Is the upgrade from Gardner to Stanton worth the downgrade of Tulo to Reyes. Seems even there so I’ll lean to my Wacha love with a no, but so so close. Any time!

  13. Travis says:
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    Someone dropped Cain in my league. Slow start, or he just overrated? My pitchers are posted below, and Fister is my likely drop. I know you hate Fister, but Gray was high on him preseason.

    Latos is also out there.

    My staff seems epic on paper, but ERA is my worst stat. I got: Sale, Price, Shields, Tanaka, Ventura, Cole Hammels, Cobb, Fister.

    Other option is dropping a closer, but that’s my other weakness (less i punt saves): Street, Melancon, Allen, Shaw (just dropped Ax for Shaw)…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Travis: Yeah I’d most definitely grab Cain for Fister. I would gamble on Latos over Fister too, but like Cain more since he’s healthy right now. I think once the Allen/Shaw/Axford gets a little clarity through the next week or so, I’d drop the odd man out there for Latos

      • Travis says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Gonna try and flip Fister for a closer first, then maybe drop both shaw and Allen for Cain/Latos.

        Think Robertson seems fair for fister? A guy has Kimbrel, Jansen, Romo and Robertson–so he seems the easiest target.

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          @Travis: I probably wouldn’t do it as a Robertson owner, but seems fair. He definitely is the best target with that depth, maybe throw in Shaw or something if he tries to haggle, esp. if Shaw gets the next save.

  14. Jon says:
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    Is Dallas Keuchel a guy you’d take a look at?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: He’s close, and probably will crack the ranks if he has another good start before next Monday. If he pitches this Sunday, remind me and he’d be a great option for next week’s edition!

      • Jon says:
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        @JB Gilpin: will do. Thanks!

  15. Joe says:
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    Jb do you recomend me to trade jean segura for David price? Do you think David price its gonna get better?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Yeah I do think Price will get better, but I think Segura does too. If you have MI depth, I have no problem with that move.

  16. AndrewM says:
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    Cuddyer for Salazar after Cuddyer plays a rehab game? Which side do you like? I have OF’s Jennings, Kemp,Cespedes,Pagan,and Castellanos all on my team for 3 OF spots and 2 Util spots.

    Just had Jose go on the DL so I need another SP IMO.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AndrewM: Ugh yeah this Fernandez injury is mighty scary until this MRI results get announced. Yeah I think given the need and I’m still believing in Salazar that I’d do that

  17. chris says:
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    What side do you like

    Rizzo and Lincecum for Lester?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chris: Depends on needs and depth, shallower league I like getting Lester to consolidate a spot.

  18. los locos says:
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    Great read as usual… Today I wanted to drop Niese for either Beckett or Lyons start.. Held off, but nervous cause Nats beat up on lefties.

    How do you feel about Lyles? And you have a typo Keuler plays for Marlins right?

    Should I drop Tillman for Skaggs, Chavez, Beckett or Roark?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Thanks man! Oops, thanks for catching that typo! Well I’m glad you held off from Lyons! Hah, yeah I woulda held Niese most likely as well. Eh, not a big Lyles guy, not a lot of Ks, only 3 home starts… I don’t think it ends well. Tillman vs. those first two are close, I literally have all 3 ranked consecutively. I would grab Chavez first of the 3.

  19. Bob says:
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    Potentially just lost JFER! Depression seeping in.

    Potential replacements on waivers

    Kluber
    Smyly
    Masterson

    Who to roll with?

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      @Bob: Oh man, such a scary time right now… Let’s hope it’s somehow not serious. I just moved Kluber up well beyond those other 2, hes by far my #1 grab.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bob: Geez just saw the TJ update… Horrible…

      • Bob says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Is he droppable in a 10 ml team keeper league (5 )
        Might drop rasmus right now for kluber and decide on cutting JFER once more news. Thoughts?
        Current roster below

        C-posey
        1b-Goldy
        2b-altuvie
        SS-Hanley Ramirez
        3b-Beltre
        Of-Braun
        Of-Allen Craig
        Of-billy Hamilton
        Dh-Edwin Encarnacion
        Bench-Alex Gordon
        Bench-Carlos Santanna
        Bench -jay Bruce
        Bench- Nolan Arenado
        Bench-George springer
        Bench-Colby rasmus
        P-JFER
        P-Bumgardner
        P-tanaka
        P-Zimmerman
        P-Ventura
        RP-holland
        RP-Robertson
        Bench-Danny Salazar
        Bench-Nate eovoldi
        Dl- Anibal Sanchez
        Dl-Tijuan walker

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Bob: Well as much as I want to say you should hold Fernandez, your keepers of Goldy, Beltre, Braun, maybe HanRam, maybe Edwin, maybe Springer, maybe Bumgraner… I mean you’re stacked, the only concern is you probably help someone else’s team as a few of the bottom squads might like Fernandez as a keeper. Maybe you can trade him to someone that needs a pitcher keeper for next year?

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            @JB Gilpin:
            Appreciate it. Added Kluber. You are right. I’ll try and trade JFER for something that can help me this year but not a keeper.

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              @Bob: Nice on Kluber! He’s no Jo-Fer, but will give you some good innings

  20. Matt Baumer says:
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    Hello

    I have jose fernandez in an 11 team five keeper 6×6 ops league, is he even worth holding on to?

    Jesse crain, mesoraco and belt on DL if that matters

    I guess I would keep lester, homer, kris bryant, ortiz, andrus instead

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt Baumer: oh definitely! I think he could be one of your keepers next year, and at the very least, would be someone else’s. Yeah like Andrus Lester Ortiz… I’d rather Fernandez as a keeper next year. Any time!

  21. los locos says:
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    Jose Jose Jose, whats the changes of Heaney being brought up?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Ohohohhhhhhoooooo I was thinking of getting Heaney in my dynasty and hadn’t connected the dots yet. I LLLLOOOOVVVEEE Heaney. Think he’s gonna be really good. Might not be right away, but very soon.

      • los locos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Exactly, the Marlins are not scared of putting young talent in right away, in the case he is to be brought up, is a automatic add and drop Tillman? I will be waiting… Also what are your thoughts of Montero…

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          @los locos: Nahhhh, I mean it’s close, I’m not a big Tillman guy. Would like to see Heaney get his feet wet first. Not gonna lie, haven’t seen much of Montero, worried they might put him in the bullpen at times, a little wild in AAA this year, but very interested in his debut and will be watching. Even without anything for sure on Heaney, I’d rather own Heaney right now.

  22. EK says:
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    Use #3 waiver spot on Eovaldi and drop Kennedy?
    9 team roto

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Yeah I would

  23. Chris says:
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    Should Archer be dropped for Drew Pomeranz now that he is in the rotation? He seemed pretty good out of the bullpen and in his first start last week. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chris: Nah, I really like Pomeranz, but Archer’s underlying numbers look good and I think he bounces back. I’d hold

  24. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what up JB – love it as usual. any thoughts on when latos could return? and with J-Fer going down, how long do you think it’ll be until Heaney surfaces – if at all this year?

    thanks mane

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Yo dude! Yeah I think Heaney is coming sooner rather than later. 100% sure he comes up this year, there was an outside chance he was going to make opening day rotation. I really like Heaney too. Latos I think will be early-to-mid June given no more setbacks, but he’s had a ton of setbacks…He needs to change his name to Mat Setback Latos

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @JB Gilpin: haha or Matt ‘See You’ Latos…

        another quick one: should I fire a Teheran offer off to a J-fer owner in hopes of getting his Jay Bruce? asking too much? is Teheran more in the Cespedes range?

        thanks!

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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Aha – much better! I think Teheran is more in the Bruce range. I’m kinda all out on Cespedes, just boring and no more speed. Plus Bruce hurt right now, it’s a good buy low.

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            @JB Gilpin: cool. well I just got Adam Jones for Teheran straight up. I have to be elated, right?! it’s a keeper league and I was really starting to fall for my little Julio….

            • JB Gilpin

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              @SheriffMcRawDawg: Elated, dancing on the rooftops, playing the bongos naked, all of that! I like Julio a lot too, ranked him very well preseason, rough start today though. Regardless, a steal of a deal

  25. Travis says:
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    Why no love for Kennedy in your rankings? He’s pitching better each start, his ERA is almost under 3 now, and tons of Ks lately? What’s not to like?

    Porcello is my lowest pitcher in the league that has Kennedy, and I can’t bring myself to let an equally solid Porcello go….

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Travis: Well I disagree no love, he’s moved up each and every week – including a substantial boost this week to a really deserving spot I thought. Who do you think is better above him? Man, his peripherals do look really good with the Ks. Kuroda/Masterson vs. Kennedy? Eh maybe he should be up a couple more…

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        @JB Gilpin: it’s a hard call, this early still, all those middle guys still shaking out. But I’d put him about as good as porcello, and I’ve been torn who to drop to snag him before too late… That said, porcello might be a bit high? He’s good–heck, I own him–but that good? Though something to be said for keeping BAL to one run…

        Pondering dropping Cody Allen for him. I actually had Allen for holds, so possibly closing hurts his value to me (Papelbon, Cishek, Perkins, Reed as closers; no middle relief ). Either that, Archer, or Springer…

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          @Travis: I do like Hudson, Masterson and Chavez–so maybe he’s about right. But seems Kennedy (and Hudson) has proven this probably isnt a fluke–Chavez? Regression may be coming. Two bad starts now, CWS up next?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Travis: I’ve always been a huge Porcello guy since May-ish last year. Added a curveball and gets elite ground balls with a better defense this year. Plays in a horrible division (although the White Sox are better so far), great park, great offense. And proving me right so far! Yeah I put both Hud and Kennedy ahead of Chavez. Porcello v. Archer I have them back-to-back. Don’t think I would drop Springer for Porcello though. Cahvez doing well against CWS thus far!

            • Travis says:
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              @JB Gilpin: yeah, I saw. I was just being hopeful since I traded him a while ago for pretty much nothing, expecting he’d regress. Oh well :(

              And na, I have Porcello–it’s Kennedy I’m eyeing a drop to grab.

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                @Travis: Yeah I don’t think Chavez is going to be an ace, but have these nice starts when the cutter is cuttin’ Ah gotcha, yeah Allen for Kennedy I like right now, Shaw seems to be getting the main closer role buzz

  26. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey JB, haven’t hit you up since football season…

    15 moves left….15 teams keep 11, Paxton just hit the wire, have an open DL spot, Worth a look ?

    Would drop M Perez and then grab Keuchel or Chase?

    Staff is: Yu, Shields, Haren, Ventura, M Perez, Pomeranz

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      @Nightpandas: Leake available too

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nightpandas: Hah, good to see ya man! I do really like what I saw early from Paxton, I think he’s a great DL stash. I think Keuchel has a much greater chance of pitching all year so I’d grab him afterwards. This Perez elbow stuff still sounds fishy.

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      @Nightpandas: Ack, just saw the next, yeah I’d get Leake first over Keuchel.

  27. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Sooooooooo Jose is down and it means I can make a play in my NL only league.

    5×5 ROTO.

    Who do you think has the most upside on this/ who you buyin’: Chris Withrow, Will Fresh Prince Smith, Wilmer Flores?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jiggy Nits: I’d go Chase Anderson of those in a normal cat Roto, he’s at least starting. And I thought looked good enough to succeed for a bit. And most definitely, someone dropped Lincecum in NL only?! I know he’s not that good, but still!

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah I know kind of a surprise… with that being said he’s been an ERA (4+) and WHIP (1.3+) killer for the past three years. should I grab him as a FA (10$ salary) and drop a 5$ rex brothers? Nice thing about grabbing chase in this league is you can only make a move when someone gets DL’d or Minor’d, or by picking someone up of waivers after three days when they get dropped from another team. moves are scarce, thats why Im asking so many questions.

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          @Jiggy Nits: No prob! Yeah I think I still would grab Lincecum, the ratios aren’t great, but since NL only it’s not like only aces populate everyone’s rosters. I dunno if Brothers really gets a chance to close this yr.

          • Jiggy Nits says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Yeah its a good point. I think im going to drop hecheverria for lince instead of brothers.

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Jiggy Nits: Gotcha yea no issues there from me haha

  28. Jiggy Nits says:
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    or maybe a flier on chase anderson? ahah!

  29. Jiggy Nits says:
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    uggghhhhh… one more question. Add lincecum drop brothers? thanks!

  30. PsSvgn says:
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    Need RBI and HR to help my team, got an eye on Ortiz. Have Dee Gordon and Andrus. Which would you offer for Papi? Or just wait it out and fish free agency for HR and RBI?

    OF of Heyward, Bruce, Myers, Beltran are particularly killing me. Papi would take Util and I could platoon those other 4.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PsSvgn: I’m fine offering either for Ortiz. Shockingly, I might wanna part with Andrus first if even 2B/SS depth.

  31. Zar says:
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    W00t SoN streams lincecum and wins! And the hittertron smacked down Buerhle, and lost! ugh. I hate you SoN.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zar: Haha well hitting .500 is hall of fame worthy!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Zar: .

  32. Joesh says:
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    No questions, just wanted to say that I really appreciate your rankings and pitcher profiles. My league runs a TON of SPs and has categories like IP and stuff so I have 11 SPs on my team right now (start 8 of them daily!) plus 3 2-start streamers, so this has been a huge help for me. The only time the rankings have failed me was on AJ Burnett. I dropped him after his first few horrible starts and injury concerns for Smyly and sure enough someone snagged him up and he starts pitching good! I still trust in the rankings though, Burnett will fall back down to earth. One sleeper I like on your list (whom I own in my league) is Drew Hutchison. I think (and hope) he will crack the top 50 on your rankings before the ASG!

    One suggestion I have is if it would be possible for you to assign some sort of tier to the pitchers in addition to your 1-100 ranking (which is already super awesome as is). Nothing super analytical, just rough guess-timation to help with trading. For example, when reading through the comments I saw someone asked if they should trade Eovaldi for Archer. You said it was a lateral move, so in this case they are in the same “tier”.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joesh: Thanks so much man! Yeah Burnett was walking everyone then had a hernia. Looked like my hate on him was right, then he was awesome 4 in a row. Burnett bad last time out, and I def like Smyly more, so I think you’ll end up liking it. I do like Hutchison, but I watched his whole start v the Phillies and he depends on perfect fastball location and he missed one that cost him a grand slam. I just dunno, I think he can be pretty good but not great. I’ve never been a tiers guy, but I’ll put some thought into it! You can always ask any trade questions too :)

      • Joesh says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Hutch!!! Yu who? lol.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joesh: Hah well as I mentioned, needed god fastball location and had it! Haha

  33. TR says:
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    I don’t know if you’re gonna see this but I need some help! I was offered Chris Davis and Rios for Goldschmidt and Ramos. He has no catcher and there’s none on our waivers while I have Ramos and Gattis. I love Goldy so I’m trying to give him Encarnacion instead

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: As with the Terminator “I see everything…” haha. Obviously if you can replace Encarnacion it’s a slam dunk, I think I still like it for ya with it being Goldy. Big haul with Rios thrown in there

  34. Connor says:
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    JB love these write ups! Quick question.. I’ve lost jose Fernandez and am looking for some pitching help. I’ve been offered cigriani for Nolan arenado as well as arenado and krod for cliff Lee. Would you take either deal?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Thanks man! Ohhhh love the Cliff Lee deal. Think he’s still a top-tier ace. I like the Cingrani one too, just not quite as much

      • Connor says:
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        @JB Gilpin: He changed the offer to I send arenado, ian kinsler, and wily peralta and get Jay Bruce cliff Lee and Tony cigrani would you take it?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Connor: Hmm, I think given you need pitching help I would do it.

  35. mike says:
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    Thoughts on Dallas Keuchel?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mike: Well, definitely regretting not ranking him this past week! He was one in the list of Odorizzi and Erlin I put in at the end, just thought it was a hot start since he was so bad with marginal Ks last year. One thing I should’ve seen is his line drive rate is extremely low, so hitters aren’t hitting him hard.

  36. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Also interested in Dallas Keuchel… Been putting up some solid numbers and I believe he’s pitching again Sunday? ;)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @My Minor Likes Female Pujols: Looks like we have a winner! Yeah as I just mentioned above, his line drive rate is minuscule, I’m really interested in breaking him down too, haven’t seen him pitch yet this yr.

  37. Joesh says:
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    After last night’s game I couldn’t wait any more on Keuchel… had to snag him up. Now I have a ridiculous amount of starting pitchers. I literally love almost all of my guys except Liriano and Lynn to an extent so I have no idea what to do!. It’s a H2H league that has 10 categories::

    W, QS, IP, K, HLD, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9, and K/BB!!

    As you can probably guess from the categories, saves aren’t worth a damn so I don’t hold any closers. I just hold a few holds guys (haha) so I can chop the holds/saves category each week. 8 SP slots, 3RP slots, and 5 bench slots, rosters can be set daily. I just have SOOO many pitchers now I have no idea what to do. None of them are really droppable though, maybe I can try to trade some of them?

    Squad: Bumgarnder, Lester, Gray, Liriano, Lynn, Kluber, Eovaldi, Smyly, Keuchel, Salazar, Hutchison, Bailey, Walker(DL), Leake (2start streamer), Ublado (2start streamer). Ublado has been dealing as well as Leake so i dunno if I can even feel great about dropping them as they may have some trade value after their next start! As far as set-up guys is concerned, I dropped Cody Allen to pick up Keuchel (no one else in my league is going for the punt saves strategy so I have the entire FA market of set-up guys to deal with, no love lost in losing my boy C.Allen) this morning so now all I have is Tyler Clippard for holds and 0 closers. Obviously in order to lock down the holds category I need to pick up one more set-up guy again so I need to figure out some pitchers to deal away… just couldn’t let Keuchel sit on the FA market anymore since he is now the #20 ranked pitcher in my league based on the league settings above!!

    Soooo…. wtf do I do?!?! Hope Liriano and Lynn throw gems this week and try to get rid of them finally? Flip Keuchel while he is ranked so high? Drop Hutch? =(

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joesh: Yeah I can’t blame ya. A big reason he barely missed my cut was I thought the Rangers would hit him. NOPE! haha.

      The first thought is definitely where I’d start, I’ve never been a Lynn or Liriano guy, so if either throws a good one, I’d look to sell. Also look to move 2 SP for a better one or a hole on offense if you have one. It’ll open a roster spot for another holds guy.

      I don’t think Keuchel really has trade value, he has pickup buzz, but I don’t think trade value. Ubaldo’s velocity has been way down, but indeed looks like he’s picking it up so worth owning (and I need to move him up).

      I think Lester is a good sell high. This K rate is obviously unsustainable. Maybe a team struggling in K and K/9 would pay an extreme price for him.

      Hope some of that helps!

  38. mike says:
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    Drop Peavy or Tillman for Keuchel?

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      @mike: That’s tough because I’m not really a fan of either, but I think I’d hold both

  39. Jonas says:
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    Wonder if you dont mind anwering a non-pitcher related question…

    My buddy wants to trade me either Abreu or Pujols for Longoria. If I do that I will have Rizzo, Prince, and then probably Abreu, with Todd Frazier as my primary third baseman.

    What do I do?

    We have IF and 2 UT spots.

    Much appreciated!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jonas: All questions welcome! I’m holding Longo over both. I know he’s started a little slow, but he had a more premium position and has more upside. Any time!

  40. Diddy says:
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    Beckett or Tillman ROS?

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      @Diddy: As in my ranks, I still have Tillman a good bit higher

  41. TR says:
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    Hey JB!
    Would you give up Ellsbury & Phillips for Stanton
    Or
    Ellsbury, Beltre, and Encarnacion for Stanton, Machado, and Abreu?
    It’s a points league and those RBI numbers from Abreu and Stanton sure look good to me

    Also! I was wondering, do you check the comments on your pitcher profiles each day until you post a new one or what? I ask because I prefer asking you for advice but am not sure how often you’ll see it

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      @TR: Hey man! 1 – probably would od that one, 2 – Nahhhhh, I like the first one more. The downgrade of Beltre to Machado is the kicker. I get a notification every comment, I check em at least once a twice a day! So I’m your man!

  42. michael says:
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    thoughts on Mr. Dallas over there. Reminder for next article!

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      @michael: Yup he’s next! Was just so bad last year I’ve been scoffing him off, but will probably be the focus for next Monday!

  43. AMolnar says:
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    JB I know I asked one of these questions already and you said take the Salazar for Cuddyer deal but I wanted to just ask again and add in a little more detail.

    Trade questions:

    12 team, roto, keeper league — currently in 4th place

    My team is as such:
    C Lucroy
    1B Davis
    2B Hill
    3B Beltre
    SS H-Ram
    OF Cespedes
    OF Kemp
    OF Jennings
    Util Ortiz
    Util T Hunter
    B Cuddyer
    B Pagan
    B Xander Bo.
    B Mark Tex

    P Lindstrom
    P Shaw
    SP Kershaw
    SP S. Gray
    SP Wacha
    SP Liriano
    RP G Holland
    RP Robertson
    B Hutchison
    B R. Montero
    B Drew Pomeranz
    B Darren O’Day
    DL J Fernandez

    I am about to offer up Tyson Ross/Lindstrom for Taijuan Walker… thoughts? The guy needs saves and I want to sell Ross high as his stats look solid right now. Walker is a total spec play as not sure about his shoulder. Do you like Walker or is there anyone else you would “buy low” on right now. Should I try that Ross/Lindstrom deal for Kluber?

    I also am going to offer up Cuddyer for Salazar… thoughts? My intentions are to do the first deal and then the second deal to bolster my SPing and then pick up Kole Calhoun after all of this as he’s on the WW. The best WW SP is Travis Wood or Dallas Keuchel so it’s slim pickens there. How much do I lose by switching Calhoun with Cuddyer?

    Thanks for any help.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AMolnar: Ohhhhhh if you could get Kluber for that, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Kluber’s stuff is just nasty, he’s old-ish for a newer guy, but still only 27 or 28 and the development of his cutter which breaks as much as a lot of guy’s slider is making him unreal. The one for Walker is a good play for later, but I don’t think he pitches much this year. Not a Ross fan, too many walks, so I narrowly like the Walker move, but hurts ya right now. Oh man, yeah Calhoun available is awesome, definitely would try a 2 for 1. I think O’Day might be droppable for him right now since it looks they’re going Britton. You lose some losing Cuddyer for Calhoun, but not as much as most would think when considering ROS and Cuddyer’s health issues (Calhoun was a freak sprained ankle slowing down after stepping on first)

      • AMolnar says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB. I will add one more thing. The fact that Johnny Cueto is #20 boggles my mind. He’s doing ridiculous things a month and a half into this season and is on point. His only knock can be he has been off and on hurt but he’s finally healthy and DEALING!

        Disclaimer: I live in Cincinnati and have been a Reds fan from day 1.

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          @AMolnar: Hah I know, he’ll move up a few more for next week. Injury history indeed, and racking up a lot of innings. But I’ve been really impressed

  44. los locos says:
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    someone dropped lirano, should i drop tillman for him, streaming for next week and the report likes him alot vs, Balt and Wash.

    Thoughts.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @los locos: Yeah I would do that, I’m not a huge Liriano guy but like him more than Tillman, even though Tillman looked great tonight

  45. Pete says:
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    In a H2H points league can I stream Anderson v. LAD and/or Nolasco v. SEA this week? Our points scheme is pretty upside friendly: W +10, QS +5, L -6, IP +2, K +2, ER -2, Baserunner -1
    I’m behind so looking for points and okay with a slightly negative outcome. You can’t find a starter in our league on the wire…that’s how deep it runs.

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      @Pete: I’d do Nolasco, but Anderson probably not going too deep plus I’m worried about the matchup scares me

  46. Mike says:
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    So Salazar is 41 on this list right now and he has been sent back to the minors. Does he tumble to the bottom of it or completely off? I hate it when highly touted pitchers get demoted, then the pool of pitchers I am mulling over gets depleted by one.

    I found Kluber on the wire in a league of mine and was battling with the idea of dropping Shelby Miller for him – dropped Melancon instead. I may have to come back here with my list of starters to determine who to drop when I need a closer in the future.

    On another team, I know you don’t love Fister, but with Fister verses Archer right now, do I run Fister through the two start week next week and then pick a winner?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: He tumbles way down. But won’t be off, I can’t imagine he’d stay down all year and/or not fix the issue. Man, I’m taking Kluber a good bit over Shelby crazy as that is, I have then 10 apart. But with Grili almost back, Melancon seems a better drop. Fister looked better, so yeah I’d take the two starts and cross my fingers. Archer looked good tonight tho

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB! I am trying to figure out how to put Archer on some teams now, where available.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: If he were available in any of my leagues I would too, and hope this control keeps coming back to where it was when the year started.

  47. los locos says:
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    my team is bad this year, looking at moving players now. what do you think of price, i’m in a 10 team keeper league.

    I have kershaw, strausburg and verlander, probably move verlander soon.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: I didn’t like Price compared to most heading into the year, but I think he’s a bad sell right now. Yeah I’d move Verlander first

  48. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Eovaldi or Vogelsong?

    I’m starting to worry about Eovaldi, his K’s are way down, his hits given up are way up, and he also has had cupcake matchups pretty much the entire season thus far. Vogelsong seems to have found his way and pitches for a better team.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: Still Eovaldi for me. I know it’s guy declining over a guy on fire, but more upside for Eovaldi. Not that I expect it to continue, but it is worth mentioning Miami has scored a good bit more than SF (223 to 197).

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