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So while helping Scott with his prospect and two-start pitcher questions over the weekend, I got a lot of questions for the best spot starter on Sunday.  I told everyone Hector Santiago followed closely by the debut of Jose Alvarez.  Score one for me!  I decided to write my pitcher profile on one of those guys, and since Alvarez only came up for one start (he’s already back in AAA), I went with Santiago.  Quick tangent – how unfair is that Tigers rotation?  Justin VerlanderAnibal SanchezMax ScherzerDoug FisterRick Porcello (who everyone needs to pick up – Ks are for real – looks like it’s all together now and he’s only 24), then Drew Smyly who should become a starter one day soon, and now Alvarez.  Yikes.

Anyway, Santiago has been yo-yoed in and out of the rotation, and after Jake Peavy fell to injury yet again, Santiago should remain in the starting staff for at least the next month if not longer.  He’s been better as a starter than out of the bullpen this year, and has over a K per 9 this season.  There’s a lot of things to like with Santiago, so I broke down his start yesterday afternoon against the Athletics to monitor his repertoire and what to expect while he’s in the White Sox rotation.

First Inning: Santiago’s first pitch is a 91 MPH fastball inside, 1-0 to Coco Crisp.  Santiago then paints the inside corner at the knees with the heater, then a change-up is perfectly placed on the outside corner at 83 MPH, 1-2.  Santiago stays with the change at 82 MPH, it just dies from knee high to ankle high, and gets Crisp to swing-and-miss to start the game.  That change-up was filthy.  Jed Lowrie gets a fastball he misses, 0-1, then Santiago blows another heater by him at 92 MPH, 0-2.  The lefty looks fantastic right now.  He climbs the ladder way high, 1-2, then another fastball at 93 MPH, a little bit inside but still over the plate, gets a late cut from Lowrie and blows him away, 2 Ks to start the game.  Santiago has an odd delivery, he starts his wind-up, then just explodes to the plate, almost like he has two different speeds to his motion.  Might be a hint of deception to hitters there.  He starts Yoenis Cespedes with a fastball outside, then another sinking heater at 94 MPH gets a solid inside-out swing for a single to right field.  Wasn’t a bad pitch, tip your hat to Cespedes there.  The first pitch to Josh Donaldson is a fastball in the top of the zone, then Santiago misses low although it looked good to me, 1-1.  Santiago misses outside with the change, then again outside off-speed, then misses low and inside with the fastball for a walk.  So runners on 1st and 2nd, two outs, and up is Nate Freiman who takes a fastball for a strike, then another at 93, 0-2, then pounds it inside and high, 1-2.  Freiman fouls one off, and out comes Tyler Flowers for a quick chat as that foul tip hit his free hand.  Ouch.  Santiago misses outside with the change, then blows Freiman away with a fastball right on the inner high corner, swing-and-miss to strike out the side.

Second Inning: Still a scoreless game, Santiago paints the outside corner to Chris Young with a fastball, then gets a change-up in there, 0-2.  He misses low with a 74 MPH screwball, his first on the day, 1-2.  You don’t see almost any pitchers throw that, but it mimicked a curveball that time.  He misses low with another change, 2-2, a fastball is fouled out of play, then Santiago barely misses the bottom black fo the zone with the fastball, full count.  Santiago goes back to the change, in a great location but it dips barely too low for a walk.  Good eye there by Young.  So up now is Josh Reddick who takes ball one inside, then a change-up goes too low and outside, 2-0.  Santiago goes with a change-up, Reddick has a good rip but is too far in front and fouls it off, 2-1.  Nice decision there, a fastball might’ve gotten an extra base hit.  Another pitch is high, and Young takes off and is thrown out trying to steal second.  And wow, Young looked safe there.  Good benefit of a call for Santiago, who gets another foul by Reddick to get the count full, then another is fouled but it stays in play, two outs.  Two outs, no one on, and Santiago throws a change to Derek Norris, 1-0, then gets a swing-and-miss on a fastball at 95 MPH, 1-1, then Santiago misses low with the heater, this time at 96 (!), 2-1. Santiago is again low, 3-1, and takes a step off the mound to regroup.  He blows a fastball by Norris that would’ve been high, 3-2, then a fastball at 94 MPH is hit opposite field fairly well but right to Alex Rios to end the inning, but Santiago is already at 40 pitches.

Third Inning: Santiago rubs some dirt on his hand before throwing a fastball for a strike to Adam Rosales, then a 77 MPH screwball that stayed a little high in the zone gets hit decently to third, but Conor Gillaspie fields it easily and throws him out, one down.  Back to the top of the order, and the first pitch to Crisp is a change-up that hung a tad right down the middle, and Crisp blasts it for a homer.  Just like that it’s 1-0.  The broadcast called that a hanging screwball, I thought it looked like a hanging change, but whatever.  So Santiago pounds the inside of the zone twice in a row with heaters to Lowrie, 0-2, then misses high, then pounds it inside at 95 MPH, 2-2.  A change-up low gets a defensive swing to foul it off, then another is fouled back, then a slow 78 MPH curveball that time gets a weak ground ball out to second, two down.  Santiago misses outside to Santiago, then a perfect change-up on the outside low corner makes it 1-1, but then a fastball right down the middle is laced hard into left for a single.  Cespedes with two hard-hit singles, and up is Donaldson with two outs.  The first pitch is another solid change-up with good movement in the zone, 0-1, then another screwball high is hit hard to Gillaspie, but it’s fielded on the dive and Donaldson is thrown out to end the inning on a nice defensive play.

Fourth Inning: After a Flowers homer, it’s 1-1 now and Santiago misses low to Freiman, 1-0.  A fastball on the hands is hit very lazily to dead center for a quick first out.  A fastball gets ahead of Young 0-1, then another is inside, then yet another heater blows Young away, 1-2.  A mini-slider it looked like that time at 80 MPH gets an easy pop up right to Alexei Ramirez for the second out.  Santiago with two quick outs misses low to Reddick, then gets the outside corner, then the 1-1 is curveball that got too much of the plate Reddick pounds for a single between first and second for a single.  So from the stretch, Santiago gets a fastball in there to Norris, then another, then one is fouled, before a fastball climbs the ladder, now 1-2.  Santiago goes to the change and Norris gets under it for a weak pop up that Rios nabs on the run charging in to end the inning.

Fifth Inning: Santiago gets two runs of support and now protects a 3-1 lead.  He starts Rosales with a big sweeping curveball that goes too far inside, 1-0, then a change-up gets fouled back and it stays in the park just long enough for Flowers to catch it against the screen, one down.  Now at 73 pitches, Santiago has his pitch count more manageable and starts Crisp with a 93 MPH fastball that’s fouled off, 0-1.  Good thing he didn’t start with a change-up again like on the homer!  Next pitch is another 93 MPH fastball in there, 0-2, then a change-up way outside, 1-2.  Santiago dials up a curveball that hung a tad and didn’t drop low enough that Crisp lines hard but right to Viciedo for the second out.  Two down pretty quick and Santiago misses inside with the change-up, then gets a called strike on the outside corner, 1-1 to Lowrie.  A change-up goes in the dirt, 2-1, then a fastball is fouled out of play, then the 2-2 curveball is grounded to the gap past Gillaspie, but he dives and makes an unreal play, hops up and throws Lowrie out by a half step. What a play!  Probably was a web gem…

Sixth Inning: Still 3-1 Sox, Santiago misses outside with the heater to Cespedes, then a cutter doesn’t get the call outside, then again way too high, and Santiago is down 3-0 on a guy who is 2-2 today.  He gets a fastball over, then a foul out of play to fight it back full, then paints the inside black, perfect pitch, with a 95 MPH fastball for a backwards K.  Dirty.  Nice way to fight back from down 3-0. Santiago misses high to Donaldson then is in there 1-1, then barely low, 2-1.  That one looked good though.  Santiago gets the call this time, 2-2, then a screwball that stayed outside gets a weak swing and a weak groundout, two down.  First pitch to Freiman is outside then one fouled off, 1-1, then a nasty change-up, one of his best on the day, dies on the outside corner and gets a bad swing-and-miss, 1-2.  Another is fouled off, then he paints that inside corner, just like he did to Cespedes, with 95 MPH cheese and gets his 5th K looking.

Seventh Inning: At 98 pitches, Santiago starts Young with a strike then a second fastball gets a foul back, 0-2.  Another fastball at 93 MPH blows Young away for a quick 3-pitch strikeout.  Nasty.  So up now is Reddick, who gets a fastball that looked good but is called outside, then another this time is definitely outside, 2-0.  A fastball is in there, 2-1, then one fouled back, 2-2.  A fastball is way low and outside at 95 MPH, 3-2, the velocity is still there but that was a bad one.  Another fastball is outside for a walk.  That will do it for Santiago, who gets the win and a solid outing.

Final Line:  W  6.1 IP  107 Pitches (67 Strikes)  4 Hits  3 Walks  1 ER  6 K  Gamescore: 62  Gamescore+: 63.2

A great start from Santiago who proved big getting the W for anyone who rolled him out there for a spot start. His high Ks gave him a solid Gamescore+ that was pretty close to his actual Gamescore.  All 4 hits were very well struck, but since there were only 4 and most outs were pretty weak, it evened out.

Santiago features both an above-average fastball and change-up, with the former hitting 96 MPH and constinently around 93, and a change-up with great, sharp sink to keep hitters guessing.  The secondary stuff never really gelled in this start though.  With a cutter, a mini-slider that might’ve been a cutter, a screwball and a curveball, none of the pitches really distinguished themselves in this game.  According to Fangraphs, nothing was considered a curveball, and the fact it was indecipherable to his screwball that never really screwed, tells you everything you need to know.  Santiago needs to get consistentcy with those pitches, at least with one of them, to have the whole package.

Looking ahead to the White Sox schedule, Santiago gets at Houtson, at Minnesota, and at home vs. the Mets.  With that slate coming up, I think Santiago is a must own in all leagues.  He can pitch deep into games, get Ks, and yes the White Sox offense is struggling, but I think can win two of the three pretty easily.  Santiago has some deception hitters might adjust to with an acceleration halfway into his delivery, but for the short-term during the rest of this month, he’ll be great.

120 Responses

  1. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… A guy offered me Brandon Phillips, beltran and masterson or Locke for MCcutchen, Starlin castro and Shelby miller.. What side do you like better and if you like the Phillips side then who would u rather have, Masterson or Locke??? 10 team h2h points league

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Much much much like the McCutchen side better

      • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Very unfair deal. That’s where the veto button comes in.

        • JK says:
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          @Shawn of the mostly living:

          I don’t think it’s very unfair.

          Philips, Beltran, Locke
          for
          Mccutchen, Castro, Shelby

          I’d probably take the McCutchen side, but it’s not very unfair at all. The Philips side is outproducing the Mccutchen side through almost half of our fantasy regular season.

          Veto? Definitly not.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @JK: Yea it’s not vetoable, but Shelby is unreal and Locke is a very lucky pitcher right now, McCutchen is the best player and Starlin will bounce back

            • JK says:
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              @JB Gilpin:

              JB, agreed… I’d take the McCutchen side. No doubt. But definitely not vetoable.

        • 2 Giant rings says:
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          @Shawn of the mostly living: you’re point of view about this trade being vetoable is exactly why I don’t play in league that allow leaguemates a veto vote.

      • Frank White says:
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        Hey remember when I wanted to trade Cutch for Puig and u guys said keep Cutch… The trade was vetoed and I voted against it cause what u said. I am so mad I did that. I should’ve let it be.. Just tell me why you wanted Me TO keep Cutch? This guy is the best in the League right now and it dOESN”T SEEM LIKe HE GONNA slow down. You really think Cutch is better??

        • Frank White says:
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          Sorry if that comment sounded like I was mad but I didn’t read it before I sent and I don’t know why those words were in caps lock.. Can u answer it though? Do you really think keeping Cutch was better then getting Puig??

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Frank White: No no no, Puig has been playing a week man. Prospects do this all the time. Cutch is not just better its not even close.

          • Frank White says:
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            I pivked up Ozuna and Lind… Do you think they’re keepers?

  2. shibboleth says:
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    Good call on Porcello (and Santiago)… thanks!

    Markakis for Myers? 12 team OPS league, can keep Myers for up to 2 years in the 14th round. I feel like Sparkakis is giving up too much at this stage in Myers’ career but no way of really knowing. Can provide my team if it helps any :)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @shibboleth: Awesome glad to help! I’d take the upside of Myers, more power more speed, a tiny bit less AVG, but that draft/keeper value should be pretty solid

  3. Bill says:
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    Great article! I just dealt Anibal Sanchez to get Dustin Pedroia (my team needs more help in R, SB and AVG). Thinking about using the Streamonator. Or I could Santiago, Porcello, Nolasco, Blanton, Cingrani and ride them. (Worried about Cingrani moving to the bullpen.) Any suggestions?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bill: I would ride Porcello. Absolutely love him, his numbers would be unreal if you toss out the disaster at the Angels. Awesome trade you got too!

      • Bill says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Its a keeper league trade which always messes up valuations. The whole deal was me sending Sanchez/Beckham and MiLB Nick Castellanos for Pedroia/Wilhelmson. Sanchez/Castellanos were the only keepers. I am in 3rd making a run and figured it was time to leverage the future for the present.

        Keep up the great work JB!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bill: Yup sounds like a great deal for ya for the push, thanks man! Thanks for reading!

  4. John Stamos says:
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    I feel like he will come in handy when I need a cheap starter at DraftKings!

    Not sure why I decided to be John Stamos on here, but this is @nicolas_kern aka nrk5014 ha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John Stamos: Haha, sweet yup I know ya! Definitely would be, although this week DraftKings for Razzball is on Thursday, but you can use him in their big one on Friday

  5. RL says:
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    Rank the following, ROS: Cingrani, Cole, Wheeler, Pineda, Beachy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RL: Cole, Wheeler, Cingrani, Beachy, pineda

  6. Bri-Guy says:
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    Was just offered Beltran and Freeman for my D. Brown and Reynolds. I hate Reynolds so I’m tempted to pull the trigger. Am I crazy to sell high on Brown?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bri-Guy: Not at all, I like that trade, Reynolds is becoming what he always is, love Beltran and Freeman to be big boppers for ya

    • mike says:
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      @Bri-Guy: I agree…Freddie freeman has just as much potential to go on a crazy streak of power like brown and beltran bats in the heart of an incredible lineup

  7. AJ says:
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    I’m looking to grab Santiago and Porcello off the wire since pitching has been my weakness…current SP Stras, Anibal, Burnett, Liriano, Lackey, Parker, Cole…My Closers are Kimbrel, Soriano, Parnell, Bell and Putz (DL)..Thinking of dropping Parnell and maybe Parker for them. Should I hold or make sum moves? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: I think I’d hold onto Parnell and lose Parker for Porcello. Santiago I think will be great this month but doesn’t project as strong for me down the stretch

      • AJ says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks..Hopefully if Putz comes back strong the Dbacks trade Bell to a team needing a closer so the value remains!! We shall see

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AJ: I actually think Bell stays in the role for a while, unless Putz is lights out.

  8. Psychedelic says:
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    Fantastic as always, was bummed to see Peavy hurt again I really like the way he plays, but it’s cool Santiago gets another chance in the rotation he’s done very well when given the chance

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Psychedelic: Yea Peavy, if he coulda stayed healthy, could have pushed for HOF with those Cys. But very excited for Santiago to get an extended look.

  9. Shawn of the mostly living says:
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    Your thoughts on Jacob Turner? I thought he would make a good two starter this week, but none of you guys seem to be talking about him. Whats the deal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the mostly living: Decent stuff, small win percentage, in deeper leagues he’s a good spot starter, but have to be pretty deep

      • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yea, you’re right. Damn Marlins, he needs to throw a perfect game for a W. He’s going tomorrow against the brewers, who are cold, I’m going to ride that one and see where it goes.

        Everyone tells me I should trade Shelby for Heyward, you agree?

        • mike says:
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          @Shawn of the mostly living: no way .. shelny is having a special season on a great team..and heyward is injury prone in a curse outfield

          • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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            @mike: True but Shelby is also going to be shut down (I think) by September and he’s due to have a few blowups. He’s pitching over his head at the moment and Heyward could potentially be a second half monster. hmmmm. I’m just not sure on this one

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shawn of the mostly living: I don’t think Shelby is a lock to be shut down. Heyward certainly has upside, but right now I’d want Shelby all things being equal

  10. Psychedelic says:
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    Would you trade Matt Moore for Clay Bucholz in a dynasty league?

    • mike says:
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      @Psychedelic: no way…matt Moore has nasty stuff and while bucholz is pitching great the guy is always getting hurt…now its his.neck

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Psychedelic: Agree I want Moore, he’s younger too.

  11. mike says:
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    Who wins in this deal? Verlander and longoria for tulowitzki and aramis Ramirez?

    • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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      @mike: Whoever gets verlander and Longo wins by a mile

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mike: Agree, like Verlander Longo tons more

  12. Jason says:
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    If you could only have two of them which ones?

    Pocello, Bailey, Teheran

    • mike says:
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      @Jason: I’m taking porcello and bailey

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Man tough to ditch Teheran but possibility of losing rotation spot has me wanting first two

  13. Jeff says:
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    I have Howie Kendrick and Brandon Phillips. Do I give up Phillips for Gio?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff: Close close close, I stand pat or try Howie and someone for Gio

      • Jeff says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Torn…I’ll have to see what else I can throw out there. Thanks for the input!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jeff: No prob!

  14. Spyre says:
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    Would you drop Skaggs for Santiago? Both seem to have question marks about staying in the rotation..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spyre: I would, fantastic slate ahead for Santiago who will stick for now, Skaggs could be out by the end of the month depending on performance.

      • Spyre says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool thanks. I could also drop Wacha instead… would you keep Skaggs over Wacha?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Spyre: Nah I think I like Wacha a smidge more

  15. HWY71 says:
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    Start Santiago over Wacha this week?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @HWY71: Yea I would

      • HWY71 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks.

        Do you like Aaron Harang at home vs. the Astros this week?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @HWY71: Don’t trust Harang at all. Like the above guys so much better

  16. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Drop Peavy for Santiago?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Yea I would and if Santiago doesn’t stick you can get a fairly good replacement at that time if someone beats you back to Peavy

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Haha, PS – you should always read the label, you should always read it well! In the most delicious wayyyyy!

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I love my fun-fun

  17. Kevin says:
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    Send Giancarlo and Rosario for Posey? Or Posey and Rios?

    10 team redraft. Giancarlo/marte/Myers are my backup of to choo/ells/holiday.

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Sounds like a good deal, I like both of them

  18. Doorstop says:
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    Rick Porcello or Jon Niese?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doorstop: Porcello by a long shot

  19. kratos says:
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    Give Puig get freeman? 10 team have Ellsbury, Jennings ,Joyce,Gordon,Maybin and Kemp on DL for my OF. Could slot freeman at U. Have Pujols/Goldy for 1b and CI.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kratos: I think I do that

  20. EK says:
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    Cashner vs ATL or Marcum vs CHC

    • EK says:
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      @EK: Pls rank for H2H pts among:

      Cashner vs ATL
      Marcum vs CHC
      Norris @ SEA
      Maholm @ SD
      Milone vs SEA

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @EK: Milone, Maholm, Cash, Marcum Norris

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Cashner

  21. Morgan says:
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    Trade Dom Brown for Beltre? Outfield a little crowded with Ellsbury, Braun, Heyward, Joey bats and Wil Myers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Morgan: Yea that sounds like a great move

  22. Matt P says:
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    16 teams, 20 man rosters, I was streaming pretty easily but a couple of the owners were more active last week and picked up a lot of the decent options that were left.

    I’ve got Doubront, Deduno, and Bud Norris that I could drop and stream but at this point the talent level on the waiver wire is so thin I’m not sure who, if anyone, I should drop now… For example the next couple of days my streaming options are PJ Walters, Harang, Bonderman, Pelfrey, yuckiness

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt P: Haha yea the well dried up quick. I probably stand pat, don’t like the old SEA guys.

  23. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Drop A.Cabrera for Hector in keepers league? Got Andrus on SS.
    Thanx!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: Nah I think you hold onto Asrdubal who is still fairly young even though he’s been around forever.

  24. Cooper says:
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    I like Smyly too. What do you think his role becomes? I saw they want to put him in late innings because of his ability to get both lefties and righties out. There’s no room in the rotation in the forseeable future. Do you think he could become the closer? Or be traded?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cooper: I think he sticks around and enters the rotation when a few guys leave in FA but full disclosure I only know Verlander’s deal off hand. They won’t be shifting him in until he has a full Spring as starter.

  25. Arghhhh says:
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    2 DL spots: Moreland, Lawrie, or Gyorko? 12 team, h2h

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Arghhhh: Probabky letting Moreland out

  26. Alex says:
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    Who to drop for Porcello? Kennedy Miley or Colon??

    I have pretty brutal pitching :(

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex: Hah I think Miley is your cut

  27. J-Lef says:
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    for infield depth and occasional UTIL play, Freese or Prado?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-Lef: Prado

  28. Ryan says:
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    Anyone else starting Cobb tonight? Yikes. I’m going to go pour myself a drink…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Haha wow. Yikes. Lucky me not on any teams. I remember arguing someone Cobb wasn’t an ace. Won’t hear form him anytime soon

      • Beastman says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Glad I didn’t have to make that decision tonight. Cobb through 2 innings: 7 hits, 6 earned runs, 2 walks, 0 Ks.

  29. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Trying to package (Heh, package) Gordon and Puig for Cutch. Total bases are a stat. You like?

    • Beastman says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Seems like a lot to give up, but you’re getting the best player. Besides, Gordon is coming back down to Earth and Puig is still an unproven rookie.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Beastman: Exactly what I was thinking. I have hitting depth. Hope he bites.

  30. Robby D says:
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    Stacked on OF and could use some pitching in my keeper league since my rotation is as follows:

    Moore
    Bailey
    Lester
    Iwakuma
    Cashner
    Garza
    Cole

    My OF is: Aoki, Stanton, Beltran, Cespedes, Bruce, Cargo with the option to drop Craig or Zobrist in there when needed

    There is a guy desperate for a bat (especially the OF, and he has Kershaw, Stras and Samardzija, as well as Shields)

    Who would you give up for Samardzija? I’m leaning towards Stanton for Samardzija, but I don’t really want to give up Cespedes or Cargo unless I’m getting Kershaw in return.

    Would love your thoughts. Also, I have Tulo and Zobrist as my MI with Crawford as my MI. Would it be close if I could deal Cespedes or Cargo with Matt Moore, for Samardzija and Segura? (I have no steals and constantly lose that stat. Could use the average boost from Segura also and given 6 keeper spots, would love to have a pitcher like Samardzija to keep since none of my others are keeper worthy.

    • Robby D says:
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      @Robby D:

      Meant to say Tulo and Zobrist as SS and 2B with Brandon Crawford as MI

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Robby D: Yea I think Samardzija and Segura are great keepers and might fit your 6. Would love the Moore and Cespedes deal for Shark and Segura if you can get it

  31. J-Lef says:
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    Weaver looking good so far in BAL.

    • J-Lef says:
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      @J-Lef: ah the old self-jinx.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-Lef: Rain and a bad hanging change. Wish I could watch but effin blackout for me

  32. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Cutch and Reyes for Tulo. Who wins?

  33. RudyCorrales says:
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    Alright lets see how pumped you are on porcello. Where does he fit in your rankings with these guys.

    Burnett
    Beachy
    Garza
    Lackey
    Colon

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RudyCorrales: Only would rather have Burnett. Super pumped. garza is close but his arm could fall off any time.

      • RudyCorrales says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        That is big time!!!
        You have yet to let me down so i gotta roll with it. Ima grab slick rick. You guys are fantasy pimps. Thanks for ALWAYS responding.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RudyCorrales: Yup I all in. No prob glad to help!

  34. chunk says:
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    Can I trade reynolds for Jerko? Pretty please?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @chunk: With the DL enlistment and your not putting any sugar on top, I say no. Now eat your veggies.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chunk: yup unless a dynasty or deep keeper, can’t now on DL

    • chunk says:
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      @chunk: Ugh Ive been through this before with Reynolds and now its happening again! Gotta get rid of him soon or I’ll snap

  35. alejandro says:
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    What you think of Machado and Starlin for Tulo? And whats your arox projection of Stanton and Machado and Starlin rest of season?
    Tnxs!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @alejandro: Seems like an even deal, Machado is for real and Starling will bounce back, Tulo is the best player but his injury risk evens it out. I think Stanton bounces back, might take a few weeks.

  36. DMurph says:
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    Great article thank you. Would you drop Ian Kennedy for Santiago? Also, what to do with RA Dickey?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DMurph: Thanks man! Yup I would. Don’t trust Kennedy at all any more. Dickey you have to try and trade for whatever you can get. I dumped all Dickey shares I could, got Grilli in one league after about a month, and felt great. Maybe move him for a mid-tier closer as no one values them and at least you get something.

  37. hmmm says:
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    would you trade rizzo for harvey?

    are you guys sold that harvey keep this up all year?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hmmm: I’m sold. That said, if you need pitching Harvey is a great pickup, wouldn’t fault nabbing Rizzo for Harvey if needed hitting at CI/1B

  38. Abdoozy says:
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    Do you like Santiago and Porcello over Cole and Wheeler ROS in a 14 tm redraft h2h 6×6 (QS) league?
    If you had two slots for those four, who would you go with?

    Other arms are SP Greinke, Lynn, Ryu, Scherzer, RP Grilli Frieri Henderson, DL Beachy.

    I’m in first and would like to stay there, but my hitting sucks lately and I need all the pitching I can get.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Abdoozy: Like Porcello over both rooks. I probably go Porcello and Cole.

  39. Ricky says:
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    Shawn Marcum or Erasmo Ramirez for ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ricky: I’ve never been an Erasmo fan… But Marcum is just… Ugh too tough! Erasmo probably.

  40. Frank White says:
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    Hey whats up JB… I asked Grey about this but the trade changed a bit.. This guy wants MCcutchen, Shelby Miller and Starlin Castro for Brandon Phillips, Bautista and Locke or Masterson. Should I do it? Keep in mind I really wanted to get rid of Castro anyway cause I have Reyes..

  41. JG says:
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    Great site. Thanks for answering so many questions…

    I have four borderline starters: Lohse, A.J. Griffin, Tommy Millone, Kyle Kendrick, (also have Beachy/Brett Anderson on DL). If I need to make a move, who would you drop first (and possibly second) from that bunch?

    Thanks!

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