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Alert the trolls!  Plaster up the bulletins under the bridges!  Because I’m biased.  I hate the Cardinals.  They’re just so good against my Brewers!  And yeah, that’s pretty much all I got… Ummm, also… because McGwire did steroids?!  Yeah that doesn’t work from a Brewers fan… Ummm, because Lance Lynn is a porker and dominates us every time out?  Dammit, Wily Peralta is listed 5 pounds heavier!  I have no rational basis…

And with said caveats, I’ve never been a Jaime Garcia fan.  I actually picked him up in that redonk rookie year in 2010, and sold him mid-season which didn’t really work out.  As he returned from a rash of shoulder injuries plaguing the past few seasons, he was further off my radar than the Red October.  Can you believe he’s never had a WHIP under 1.30 in ANY Major League season?  And that includes only 9 starts last year and 10 appearances in 2008.  Then after seriously considering him for my top 100 SP ranks last week, he got rocked at KC Tuesday.  But followed it up with a gem yesterday at Toronto!  What is going on here?!  I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!  So I decided to break down Sunday’s start and re-address my ill-conceived biases – and Garcia – for this week’s re-ranks:

First Inning: Garcia’s first pitch of his fifth start this year is a great sinker at 91 on the outside corner to Jose Reyes.  Then goes two-seam on the fists, and it’s a routine grounder to short to start the game.  Another switch-hitter from the right side – Melky Cabrera – takes a fastball just high and outside, then a two-seamer is just inside, another fastball low, then a sinker stays outside, and it’s a four-pitch walk.  In his first four starts, Garcia actually had a 22:0 K:BB going.  Streak broken!  First walk on the year.  So up is Jose Bautista who takes a solid sinker right on the inside lower black.  Great movement there.

Garcia Sinker

Then an 84 MPH change-up outside and low gets a huge hack, 0-2.

Garcia Change 1

Pretty nasty combination there.  A fastball is emergency hacked foul, then Garcia’s first slider bends on the hands and gets a lazy pop fly to left, two down.  Again a tough righty matchup with Edwin Encarnacion up, and change-up is in the dirt, a sinker gets swung over and missed, then a sick slider that just dies going 11-5 and almost gets E3 on the foot gets a huge whiff, 1-2.  Man, it gets past backup C Tony Cruz for a passed ball too, fooled everyone!  Probably just crossed up signs.  Slider again in the same spot is laid off, Garcia spikes a change-up, change-up is fouled, a heater fouled, another fastball tapped foul, still a full count.  And the 9th pitch of the AB is a sinker in the dirt, another walk.  Runners on first and second, and a two-seamer gets the call on the inside edge to Brett Lawrie, a dandy of a sinker is in the zone, then a slider just falling out of the zone is swung over, and it’s a three-pitch K to get out of the inning.

Second Inning: Man, a brutal inning for Drew Hutchison giving up four runs, giving Jaime a big 4-0 lead.  He starts Steve Tolleson with a cutter high, another cutter is in there at 89 MPH, a 90 MPH two-seamer somehow missed but looked good, but a 90 MPH four-seamer right down the middle is laced to left for a single.  Dioner Navarro takes a sinker just outside, then a fastball is grounded right down the third base line, and Matt Carpenter makes an unreal play to get the slower Navarro at first.  Runner moves to second, and sinker is low to Erik Kratz, then a fastball is hit hard to short, and they get the lead runner at third.  Good defense.  Garcia starts the 9 hole hitter Kevin Pillar with a cutter in the top of the zone strike one, change-up is in the dirt, a cutter low and on the hands is nipped foul, and a huge bending slider that starts at  Cruz’s right shoulder and ends up in the dirt by his left foot is whiffed on, and it’s gone gone chasin’ waterfalls!

Third Inning: The Cards put another tally on the board, 5-0 redbirds, and Garcia is back to the top of the order and Reyes fouls it off, 0-1.  A change-up hangs high, another change down Broadway is fouled, but he sticks with it a third time and gets a bloop pop-up, luckily Jhonny Peralta is able to make the basket catch, one down.  Sinker is low to Melky, another is a tad higher but still out of the zone, gets in there with a 92 MPH cutter, another sinker at 92 is perfect on the lower inside black, 2-2.  All pitches low and inside.  Then another sinker low – closer to the middle of the plate – is tapped to third and it’s an easy out as Melky fell out of the box.  Two down, and a change is on the inside edge, curveball just inside, then a cupcake fastball down the middle – a tad towards the outside – gets grounded to short to end the inning.  Bautista yells in frustration right after he hit it – he knew he shoulda crushed that one.

Fourth Inning: Garcia opens the fourth with that sinking fastball in the zone to Edwin, then a two-seamer breaks Edwin’s bat for a very easy groundout to short.  Change-up is low to Lawrie, a slider bends in the top of the zone to even it up, a fastball gets the call high in the inner zone, then a slider that hung a bit is golfed to left, but it’s an easy catch.  Two down, and Garcia gives Tolleson a two-seamer outside, a perfect change-up at 83 gets a swing-and-miss, 1-1.

Garcia Change 2

That one started like it was right down the middle, then the string is pulled.  Jaime follows it up with a 75 MPH curveball that loops into the zone, 1-2.

Garcia Curve

Great pitching and another back-to-back sequence I wanted to highlight.  After missing a change low, Tolleson saw that pitch floating way up there and took all the way.  Awesome stuff.  Garcia sails a hanging change, fastball is high, then barely high with a fastball again for his third walk.  Well, I jynxed it!  But he’s right back in the zone to Navarro, then gets a weak grounder to third, and Matt Carpenter has all day to throw out the tortoise that is Dioner Navarro, inning over.

Fifth Inning: Well the fifth starts off with a fastball that looked way outside getting the call, 0-1 to Kratz.  Nice help there.  Two-seamer is low, then a change-up outside is fouled back, 1-2.  Might not have swung at that one after that first call.  A hanging curveball is looped foul, then a two-seamer on the hands is grounded to third, one down.  Fastball is in there at the knees, Pillar then chops one foul, and the 0-2 92 MPH sinking fastball is popped to right, but Allen Craig has it go off his glove in foul territory while sliding.  Still 0-2, and a solid curveball gets an emergency tip foul, then a change-up is spiked, and a sick change-up in a perfect spot on the outer black gets swung through, third K for Jaime.  Pillar looks overmatched.  Reyes takes a cutter in there, sinker is just low, two-seamer outside, four-seam inside, then another heater on the hands jams him, but even with a great Carpenter barehand play, Reyes beats it to first for an infield single.  A perfect throw gets him, but great effort.  Melky takes a sinker low, and it’s right through the wickets for a passed ball.  Tony Cruz having trouble.  Another fastball low, yet another sinker went low, but Melky swung at a ball there.  2-1 is a hanging two-seamer, looked pretty easy to hit, and Melky grounds it routinely to Carpenter… But, Carpenter boots it for an error and the inning continues.  Runners at first and third, and rough defense behind Jaime.  Big at bat here with Jose Bautista up, and a cutter is just inside, then a two-seam paints the inner low corner, at the behest of Joey Bats and the crowd.  Looked inside.  A 1-1 change-up is in the dirt but blocked well, 2-1.  Another fastball on the inside corner at the knees gets a strike called, and all of Toronto hates it.  Looked inside again.  Garcia then goes change-up, and Bautista is way in front and over top it, whiffing for Garcia’s third K.  Garcia got two calls and took advantage.

Sixth Inning: At 85 pitches - a lot have been fouled off thus far – Garcia is looking at only one or two more innings of work, and loops a slow 70 MPH curveball that looked like a strike, but is called high, 1-0.  So the umpire giveth and the umpire taketh away.  Change-up drops in there, then a fastball fouled off, a change that hung a tad fouled back, then a fastball at the knees is rocketed to third, but Carpenter makes the play this time for the out.  That was the hardest hit all day.  Lawrie takes a two-seamer low, then a slider gets routinely hit to short, two quick outs, just what Jaime needed.  And even better is a first-pitch groundball hit by Tolleson and another very easy play for Peralta to end the inning.

Seventh Inning: Back-to-back innings with a first-pitch curve, but this time it’s in there from Jaime, Navarro takes another curve low, two-seam low, and a heater down the middle is a routine grounder, one down.  First-pitch two-seamer down the middle is hit up the gap by Kratz for a quick single.  Only Jaime’s third hit given up, and Pillar takes a two-seamer on the inside edge, 0-1.  That looked inside too, but Garcia has been getting that inside corner all day.  Jaime goes further in with the cutter, and a dribbler to Carpenter gets the out made at first, two down.  Another benefit of the call there, Pillar probably doesn’t swing at that if that inside corner call isn’t made.  Of course that’s conjecture… Reyes takes a curveball low, a two-seamer is way high, 2-0.  Cruz comes out for a quick chat and a cutter is in there, then a fastball very high, 3-1 is a sinker that looked to stay high, but gets the call to go full.  Yet again the ump helps him out.  And the payoff pitch is a cutter in the zone hit pretty hard towards the gap, but Peralta is on it and makes the play.

Final Line:  W  7 IP  108 Pitches (68 Strikes)  0 ER  3 Hits  3 Walks  4 K  Gamescore: 72    Gamescore+: 70.2

Final Analysis: To be honest, I really don’t know what to make of this start.  Home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez had a very liberal strike zone, and Garcia looked like the Jaime of old with the three walks.  My Gamescore+ doesn’t figure in lucky calls at the plate, but with the lower strikeout total and a few walks, his Gamescore+ came out just below his Gamescore.

Garcia’s arsenal starts with the sinker, well it’s called a four-seamer on Fangraphs and in play-by-plays – but with his over-the-top motion, it sinks regularly.  He also mixes in a two-seamer and cutter, with the latter at varying speeds.  Fangraphs lists his cutter with an 82.1 average velocity, but I think they lump sliders in there.  They’re similar and/or he is able to vary the speeds greatly.  Then to the off-speed where along with those occasional sliders/slower cutters, and some curves, is the devastating change-up – his best pitch.  He’d only gone to it 13.7% of the time before this past start, but imagine – well, hope – that creeps closer to 20% as the season wears on.  His stuff has tons of movement and a lot of sink, reflected by fantastic GB rates – a career 55.4% mark and 52.8% this year prior to yesterday.

I had a lot of trouble figuring out where to rank Garcia…  After mentioning that 1.30 WHIP barrier he hasn’t overcome yet in his career, he’s rock-n-rollin’ with a 0.95 WHIP right now.  And while commendable what he did at Toronto, no Adam Lind or Juan Francisco (since he’s a lefty) and the 6 through 9 hitters of Tolleson, Navarro, Kratz, Pillar is about as bad a 6-9 you’ll see in the Majors, even the NL!  *Cough*, except maybe the Padres, *cough*.  But I saw enough of this start to slide him in at 86.  I decided to keep him just under last week’s Pitcher Profile subject Roenis Elias, since I don’t really see big K potential from Jaime unless he really gets that change-up going.  That’s his main putaway pitch.  Plus Jaime has been victim to the big inning, giving up multi-run frames in all four prior starts including the 5th inning 6-run disaster last start against the Royals.  That said, the velocity looks good, gotta love the ground ball rate, and he pitches in a good park.  Worth an add in anything deeper than 12-team and a good streamer option otherwise.  Next two are at home with the Nats and Phillies coming to town.  We likey those!

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

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

Dropped Out: Liam Hendriks, Toronto Blue Jays (I really thought he’d earned a chance), Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres (DL – only had him 100 anyway), Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles (you can rest now Cram It :) ), Michael Pineda, New York Yankees (not gonna wait anymore), Tom Koehler, Miami Marlins (walked 4 in two straight, not striking guys out, BABIP show further regression likely in hits as well)

  • Thanks again to all you commenters!  Helped me look back on my Drew Smyly, when I said this in my preseason ranks: “When you see what he did out of the bullpen last year, it’s eye-popping numbers. But don’t forget he’s a lefty and was used in a lot of lefty-lefty situations, giving him 129 lefties faced last year to 174 righties. You’re not going to have that close a ratio as a starter. Compare it to 127 to 289 the previous season as predominately a starter.” (http://razzball.com/2014-top-100-starting-pitchers/).  Even after a bounceback start last Friday, .138 with 1 homer in 61 lefty PAs, .300 7 homers in 169 righty PAs.  Yikes.  K:BB 49:20… Eh it’s all looking like I should’ve heeded my own advice…
  • Did you know that Homer Bailey only has 2 non-QS since April 20th?  I think we all know what has fueled his turnaround…
  • Keeping the trend of Reds being the top two risers this edition, Latos looks set to return the rotation later this week if his final rehab start tonight goes well.  Let’s hope he’s not pitching in San Antonio so he can avoid further cramping…
  • I told you to hold strong on Archer!  What would they have to title his show if he was also on FX?
  • Yordano Ventura had great velocity and looked good in his first game back after the elbow issues-layover (the results weren’t really there – only 1 K – but 6 IP QS), but I’m worried they’ll cap his innings earlier than they would’ve beforehand.  It hurts his ROS outlook.
  • I’m absolutely all-in on Heaney.  After one rough outing @Colorado Springs (PCL in thin air), bounced back with 6 IP 9 Ks 1 BB – 5 hits (all singles) and one run allowed.  Must-own in all leagues.
  • All-in on Jason Hammel.  That slider is filthy this year – he’s using it 30.9% of the time and hitters are .162 against it and an absolutely obscene .076 ISO on it.  Let’s just hope his arm doesn’t fall off throwing all those sliders!
  • I watched Phil Hughes against the Astros, and just stuff wise – ignoring the result – not impressed at all.  Looks so hittable.  At home he should get away with it somewhat since he’s a fly ball pitcher, but the Astros murdered those three homers.
  • Still cautiously optimistic Cingrani can keep his rotation spot and improve.  We’ll see how it hashes out when Latos is back – if Cingrani gets the boot, Alfredo Simon will waddle his way back in.

What say you on Jaime?  And do I have all the teams correctly listed next to the pitchers this week, Dusty Baker?  I can show you what to do with that toothpick if so!  Hah!  Happy pitching this week!

  1. Connor says:
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    What sort of celing do you think Stoman has as long as he stays in the rotation?
    Another great write up btw thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Hmmmm it’d be high-ish, still a little concerned with the control and if he maintains it all year. Plus that’s a tough park. I doubt I would move him much past 60 unless he goes on an absolute tear. Thanks man!

  2. D Jax says:
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    How would Shark’s stuff play in the AL East? Should I be afraid of a trade to Toronto, Boston, Baltimore, etc?

    Odorizzi is available in my 12-team mixed. Any thoughts to spare? His peripherals are pretty good, and a .372 BABIP points to better days. Walking too many hitters, though. You like him, or is he streamer material? (Or both?) Seeing that he’s almost in your top 75, you must see something there.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @D Jax: I wouldn’t be too worried on Shark. GB rate is best in his career, HR/FB is fine (maybe aided some by Wrigley, but marginal), and his walks are a career best – all which should help. I don’t think he’s walking too many at all, 2 or fewer in 7 of 8 and 1 or less in the past 3. With the Ks coming around, he’s pretty hot right now IMO

      • D Jax says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool, thanks. That’s good to hear; some of those ballparks scare me. I’d prefer him to go to Tampa … too bad they’re probably selling.

        Speaking of Tampa, I meant Odorizzi is walking too many–I jumped topics between paragraphs. Originally he was a Milwaukee draftee … no complaints about them getting Greinke in return, but I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do as a Brewer.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @D Jax: Hah yeah Tampa looking like they dug too deep a hole… Yeah the Greinke run I think was worth it as a Brewers fan, and right now our staff is solid so I think it worked out.

  3. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    What do you do with a problem like Balfour? He looks like a hot mess. He doesn’t have a clear replacement. They’re going by committee. Cut bait and grab a good middle reliever? Chase the dragon and hope you land on the guy in the committee who gets more looks?

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Man it’s a toughie. I think I’d like McGee the best, we’ve seen Doolittle as a lefty take over and get the clear job, I think he’s so much better than former Leo Nunez so he has a good shot. Balfour walking as many as striking out is atrocious.

  4. Cram It says:
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    Yay! I knew you could do it Tillman! What a POS..

    Thanks for the Heaney Heads up. Had no idea who he was. Now I have something to get excited about.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Cram It: Hah rejoicing in the Pitcher Profile-dome! So awful, and I was down on him heading into the year. Yeah Heaney is gonna be awesome, I have no concerns except when the Marlins finally make the call – no reason is shouldn’t be this week or next.

    • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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      @Cram It: I feel like we should hold a candlelight vigil for Tillman. This time last year he was on the All-Star team. Here I thought I had gotten him at a bargain when I was nabbing him up late in all my drafts.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Gonzo_The_Great: Candlelight vigil or burning effigy!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Gonzo_The_Great: Like so many Orioles pitchers they groom, they seem like they should be better, but they just can’t take that next step.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Cram It: Gausman and Bundy… Let’s hope they turn it around for those guys!

          • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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            @JB Gilpin: i would have been fine with taking no further steps, but he’s trying out to be this year’s ricky romero.

  5. Harry Caray's Glasses says:
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    Hey! Niice write up, I hate the cardinals too, since I’m a cubs fan… I know, suckks. Anythewho who wins this deal?

    Team A- Arcia, Singleton and Bailey
    Team B- A.Jones and A.Simon

    Thanks JBeebs!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Harry Caray’s Glasses: Haha down with the redbirds! I’ll take B, I think Adam Jones is by far the best in the deal, unless Team B needs depth in like a 20 team league. Be a Belieber!

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thought CUBS fans were too busy hating themselves to hate anybody else. in any event it’ll get better in 3-5 years. (although i’m betting CUBS fans have been sold that many many times over the last 100 years)

  6. Relsh says:
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    Great analysis-

    I’m in a 12 team 6×6 H2H, should I trade Huston Street and Marcus Stroman for Homer Bailey?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Relsh: thanks man! You have some closer depth? I think I would probably indeed do that

  7. Joesh says:
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    That feel when I open this and none of my pitcher’s team names are in bold red font. Although Chavez could be red potentially with one more bad outing i’d imagine. McHugh has an amazing next 2 weeks ahead of him, hope that blister heals fast! He gets the Rays twice in a row and then the Braves. Road to top 50!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joesh: Haha glad to hear it man! Yeah Chavez is very close, tonight against the Angels seeing him a second time… A big barometer, and last 3 that haven’t been great @TOR, DET @NYY are fairly tough. I was on all McHugh after my Profile on him last month, if he keeps it up, might make it!

  8. Meowzers says:
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    Thanks for doing these, they must take a good amount of time

    • Cram It says:
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      @Meowzers: Gareth haz offspring?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Meowzers: Yeah they’re a wee bit of time, but I remember years ago thinking something like these would be the best SP articles and to see a thought like that put together on a site I read years ago as well is pretty effing cool :)

  9. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Hey-O! Traded Springer (I know he’s awesome but wait…) last week for Sale, Wacha and Machado (uh huh) in my H2H 10-Team Keeper League. After gutting my team last year at the deadline to secure my 4th championship in seven years (allow myself to congratulate…myself), I’ve since faced the repercussions and sit in last place and have been retooling. What are you gonna do. In the league I’m in we get to keep six players, but at least two must be pitchers and two must be hitters (stupid competitive balance initiative adopted in 2009). Here’s the dudes I currently have that could be kept:

    1B Chris Davis
    2B Jason Kipnis
    3B Manny Machado
    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Bryce Harper*
    3B Nolan Arenado*

    SP Chris Sale
    SP Michael Wacha
    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Mike Minor

    I also have some trade bait with the likes of Segura, the Zombino, Eovaldi and Kennedy (who I think is going to go bonkers the ROY). Other than that, I don’t have much that would be desirable. First question, of the aforementioned list, who are the best six players of the group? Second question, given your response, what types of dudes who’d you look to target to upgrade? I know that’s tough to decipher, but essentially everyone is out there to be had besides (Trout, Puig and Goldschmidt…who’ve I’ve already told will not leave their respective teams as long as they’re alive).

    Appreciate you taking the time to respond and your weekly article(s). Good stuff.

    Bonus Question: If the old bloods on the Spurs retire on the Spurs following the Finals, would Kawhi Leonard be a top-25 player next year?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Gene Parmesan: Oh yessir! I remember! I think I answered ya a few days ago and took Cutch, Davis, Kip, Harper, Sale Wacha. Fully realizing it’s awful to have to lose Teheran. So some buy low targets… Homer Bailey? Cano? Although I’m not a big Cano guy there in SEA never was… Yessir Kawhi would be! Def need to hop over to hoops and check out my way too early rankings :) Have him 21 already: http://basketball.razzball.com/way-early-rankings-top-50-2014-15-fantasy-basketball

      • Gene Parmesan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I responded a couple days after your post and didn’t check for the last couple of days (gotta scout NBA ya dig), so my apologies for not realizing you already responded. Thank you. I was thinking the same thing as you with regards to keepers, but although Machado will probably not be as good as Davis or Kipnis next season, I’m looking at holding onto him amidst his shenanigans over the weekend making him look like a douche. When you mention Bailey and Cano as targets, is that to replace one of the six dudes you already mentioned, or, just buy-low types of guys? I was thinking of going after the likes of Stanton or CarGom (i.e., offer Davis, V-Mart and Minor). Excellent shizz. Love your posts.

        What’s your call on the finals?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Gene Parmesan: Haha no problem my man! Yeah, weird weekend for Machado… I just meant as in terms of buy low. Cano might have to make your keepers if you got him, but that’s a tough one to keep there in SEA. Aha, yeah buying big and consolidating would help too, Gomez will probably be a cheaper target. Thanks for stoppin by man! I’ll go Heat in 6. Honestly wouldn’t mind either side winning, I like the Spurs and I think LeBron is overly criticized so it’s even to me…

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great post, JB! *looking through non-Brew Crew glasses* I’d slide Wily Peralta about 30 spots down…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Grey: Rick Porcello too. I’ll see to it that he’s off this list completely by the end of the season.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Porcello’s been middling at best, top 40 overall is pretty aggressive….

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Right? JB’s got blinders on with that guy.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Grey: Peralta – yeah I might be a shade too high, but around there I don’t like a lot of guys. Hammel, Fister, maybe Vogelsong even I might rather have, but they’re all so close in that range, I think he bounces back. But you and @Cram It: are nuts, no one likes Porcello, and it’s nonsense! Had only one bad start, sure not a K guy, but is gonna be better there and get that ERA closer to 3.00 than 4.00 with a good WHIP and 18 Wins.

        • Gene Parmesan says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Peralta is going to be just fine and deserves his ranking. I’m in the middle ground with regards to Porcello.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Gene Parmesan: Hop on my side, Gene! Join the revolution!

            • Shawn of the Livid says:
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              @JB Gilpin: For what its worth, I’m with ya on Porcello. I’m holding for now. Your rank for him is a bit high, maybe you’re projecting where he’s going to be in a month?

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                @Shawn of the Livid: Yeah I mean these are ROS ranks so I obviously see improvements. Got shafted on that first ER tonight, effin JD Martinez.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: porcello’s whip has been right at 2 in 3 of his last 4 starts.

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                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @goodfold2: re – “rest of season I obviously see improvements”

  11. IUPAC says:
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    Not starting pitchers exactly, but is it dumb to drop J Nathan over either Eovaldi/Melancon in a Sv/Hd league for Heaney?

    • Cram It says:
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      @IUPAC: Not dumb. Depends where you’re at in the saves/holds categories or what a closer is worth in your league.

      • IUPAC says:
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        @Cram It: I’ve got a pretty good foothold in it, with 4 RPs after cutting Nathan

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @IUPAC: Yeah I’m for it then… Let’s hope Heaney is here ASAP! Only thing holding him back is inept Marlins management.

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      @IUPAC: Agree not dumb at all. I actually might do that since “true” closers are less valuable in that format. I might actually do that

  12. Cram It says:
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    I’ve owned Hutchison all year. After his good begginng, I picked and chose when I ran him out there. Of course he shat the bed when I rolled with him and pitched gems when I benched him so unfortunately I’ve gotten a 5.40/1.44 out of 50+ from him. I finally figured out why:
    Home ERA: 2.03
    Away ERA: 8.72

    So now it’s like, well is that a trend to play to or will both those numbers regress to the middle? I should probably just drop him to avoid these layers of aggravation!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Cram It: Yup that split is atrocious and why he moved down. At the eye level, his stuff just isn’t that great – relies on pinpoint fastball command. Grab Porcello for him! Haha

      • Cram It says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ha. Porcello will NEVER see my roster.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Cram It: More for me!

  13. Clint says:
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    So, in a 12 team roto, whom would you rather replace Cingrani with, assuming he’s bullpen/minors-bound after tonight: Garcia or Stroman?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clint: I’d go for the upside of Stroman, ranked him a couple spots higher and has the higher ceiling.

    • Clint says:
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      @Clint:

      And where do you think Derek Holland will land in your rankings with those 2 in mind? He ranked pretty high last year in my roto league’s scoring system and since it’s not an arm injury, can we assume he’ll return to goodness, wherever that means he lands?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Clint: Hmmmm, that’s a good question, I honestly haven’t thought much on Holland. I think early on he’d be near Garcia expecting some rust.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @JB Gilpin: you mean near garcia WHEN he has the rust, right? over entire career he’s been better than garcia (when both are healthy i mean)

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            @goodfold2: Yea that’s what I meant, right when he’s back in the Majors.

  14. rob says:
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    hi, look forward to these every week!

    I think archer is solid as well (had him all year, just dealt him) but why do you put him ahead of pitchers like Wilson, kennedy, ryu, eovaldi. I feel like those are all pithers i’d rather have. probably just nitpicking, they’re all within ~8 spots from one another which means they are more or less the same..

    do you just like the upside in archer in that he’s young, still getting better?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @rob: Thanks man! Well I think Archer has a little better upside and park – Ryu not enough Ks, Eovaldi some inconsistency, Kennedy – well if he keeps it up all year he’ll move ahead of him at some point but regression seems likely since he hasn’t been this good in a while. Wilson has blow ups and walk issues at times, but then again you can say that on Archer. All very close indeed – but yeah Archer getting better and that park and I think even though he’s young, I feel a little better with his upside than those others for said reasons. Love the conversation though, why ranks are fun!

  15. Los locos says:
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    Trade Verlander for Heaney?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Los locos: Ohhhhhhhhh, I don’t think I could give up on JV right now for a guy not quite up yet. Amazing that it’s close…

  16. Endershadow says:
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    Is Mccutch/Longoria for Tulo/Ellsbury an even keeper trade? 5 keepers, 11 team roto. I’m making a move for this season (I would get Tulo).

    I have Edwin at 3B and would try to deal Segura afterwards.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Endershadow: Yeah i think it’s even, would take Tulo side though, so I think you’d be winning it. McCuth I might narrowly like more than Tulo, but I think Ellsbury over Longo is a decent gap and you have Edwin there as well.

  17. jb says:
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    brantley, mesoraco, Phillips, astrubal for bruce, pierzynski, kipnis, donaldson,,,easy choice right?? Even with Bruce/kipnis struggles to start??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jb: Oh yes incredibly easy :) Very lopsided for right side.

  18. Earl says:
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    Why no love for Lackey? (apart from his face)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Earl: Yup, mostly the face. Haha. Um, 61 I think sounds right – just don’t see upside and he’s about at his peak. Think HR/FB gets over 10% again, I see him walking a few more, but he’s decent enough for a back end guy.

  19. LeSean White says:
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    Matt Latos’ return will put me in a pickle… I will have to drop 1 of the following: Latos, Iwakuma, Teheran, Hamels or Hudson… Any Advice?

    • LeSean White says:
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      oops… I also hve Ventura in the mix…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @LeSean White: Ugh, none! Haha. If I had to choose it very sadly might be Ventura as I’m still scared of innings cap towards the end of the year.

      • LeSean White says:
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        Thanks for the advice! its an auction keeper league and i got Ventura as an undrafted free agent, so that makes it even more difficult:-(

        • JB Gilpin

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          @LeSean White: Oh damn… How many keepers? Yeah that’s tough, might be Hudson then…

          • LeSean White says:
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            Max 13… I’m leaning towards Hudson as well,but i sure would like to trade one of them before Latos returns …

            • JB Gilpin

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              @LeSean White: Yeah agree, that’d be the ideal move if you can make it work in time

  20. Spyre says:
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    Drop Bauer, skaggs, or wheeler for heaney?

    Walker is available too, drop someone for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spyre: I would lose Skaggs for Heaney but not losing anyone else for Walker.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spyre: Just saw Skaggs to DL with bad hammy, an easy drop now – will probably go down in my rankings next week.

      • Spyre says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB.

        PS: Love reading these pitcher profiles, keep up the great work!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Spyre: Thanks man, will do!

  21. Bob says:
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    Would you drop Ventura or Bauer for Heaney. Given the ROS concern for Ventura .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bob: Yeah given those two, I’d drop Bauer for him. Still think Ventura has enough upside short term to be above Bauer.

  22. DLed says:
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    Thanks for your posts!

    Over under on Brad Ziegler saves

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DLed: I’d go low… 4?

  23. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Jamie was good for me in the past, but I’ve avoided him the last 2 years. All for Heaney, hell yeah! That kid is going to be great in that big ass park. I’ve seen some of his starts and he is definitely ready for the majors and should be fun to watch. I stashed him on every team awhile ago so I really hope I’m rewarded for my patience. C’mon 18K debut shutout!!

    Great write up as usual man, I always find myself re-reading and checking out your ranking. Have to disagree with the Liriano and Cingrani ranks though, I have a couple leagues where they are both on waivers. Many of the guys you have below them are not available, and would be picked up immediately if their owners dropped them i.e. Garret Richards, Bauer, Pomeranz, Taijuan, Chavez, even Stroman and McHugh. Their performance leaves em in the 70′s in my never humble option. Cust Kayin

    Maybe I’m just bitter on them because they hurt me on several teams. << Crying baby

    Thanks again for the read, and I await your inevitable Heaney profile!!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shawn of the Livid: Yessir, let’s go Heaney! Cingrani after rough tonight is probably out of the rotation and might go completely out. Liriano still has some upside though, but v. Stroman and McHugh I feel really good about him. Those others are close – another 6 walks and he’ll surely go 20 or so down…. Heaney’s first start is going to be a Profile no doubt! Haha thanks again for stopping by man!

  24. Chris says:
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    Who should I own right now gausman or stroman?

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: I really like to own both but can’t afford it

      Strausburg
      Kershaw
      Verlander
      Fister
      Wheeler
      Beckett
      Evoldi
      Gausman

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chris: Whewwwww so close, have them two apart. I’m taking Gausman, but barely barely.

  25. bored says:
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    Hey man I love your articles. After every weekend this is the article I cant wait to read. Keep up the great work. Any way enough with the praise I have a question about how you figure your game score for pitchers. I play in a league that counts QS instead of W’s so I was wondering if you take that into consideration when determining game score?

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      @bored:

      Also Whitley has been looking descent. Although his first starts were only about 5 INN and wouldnt have gotten me the QS anyway but he may be a guy to keep an eye on.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @bored: Thanks so much man! Really really appreciate it. No I don’t use QS as a criteria and actually the real Gamescore calculation gives you .3 more points an out after the 4th while my Gamescore+ doesn’t figure that. In my linked post when I created the stat, it compares the two:

      http://razzball.com/a-new-razzball-exclusive-stat-gamescore/

      As for Whitley, wow he’s been pretty off my radar and indeed looking good. I’ll have to check out his next start – but a huge thanks for the heads up! Didn’t think he could have a sub 2.50 ERA and 18:3 K:BB at all…

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        @JB Gilpin:
        The only concern with him is the Yanks really havn’t allowed him to throw too many pitches. His last outing was the only time he has went over 5 INN. However he is not walking that many and his K/9 in the 6 range. Sure the K rate is not spectacular but if a guy can help with your ratios which so far seems to be doing well with that I think eventually he will get the INN he deserves. Just keep watch. I know I have been. ;]

        • JB Gilpin

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          @bored: I will do man, is a great tip!

          • bored says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Also I posted a comment on Dan’s article about Marcus Stroman…

            “What is up with Chisenhall? I keep waiting for the regression to begin and it has not came… What can we expect of him the rest of the season? Is he capable of hitting 300? He has only hit over 300 in 2 seasons at the minor leagues and both were only out of 100 AB.”

            Since he hasnt responded I was wondering what you think? I am thinking now is the best time to sell him because come playoff time in leagues he will be the 250-270 hitter that he was in the minors. Your thoughts?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @bored: Man, he legit is looking like a .280 guy right now. My main takeaway is I thought about grabbing him in some leagues and just never did… Mad about it today! I think the average can stay up, maybe 20 homers, does have a lucky FB average, high BABIP, but if he hits .250 the rest of the way to bring it down to .280ish I wouldn’t be shocked.

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                @JB Gilpin:

                I am just surprised he hasnt regressed yet. He is surely a player I am glad I picked up. Injury replacement when Zimmerman went down and held onto him. lol. Injuries can be a blessing sometimes.

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                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @bored: Yeah me either, geez while we were talking about him had the game of his life. Nuts. And I’m still stuck with Pedro Alvarez. Sigh…

  26. Sheriff McRawDawg says:
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    Aight I’ve got E5, Machado, Napoli, Arenado as my corners in a keeper league — what do you think about trading Singleton for Cobb straight up if I can? Or maybe Bailey? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: I’d like both of those. I’m back all in on Bailey, have him almost 10 ahead of Cobb now, I think that’d be a killer deal. Any time as always!

  27. Steve says:
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    Who’s the better stash for ROS production, Bundy or Bradley?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: Wow that’s a great question… I’ll go Bradley because I think there’s very little chance he would go to the bullpen but Bundy might go that route.

  28. Philbo Baggins says:
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    What kind of value do you think a Ryan Zimmerman + Marte trade could fetch for an SP. I’m shooting for pitchers around your 20 spot for rankings and no one’s biting.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Philbo Baggins: I would think right around there, tough thing is is how bad Marte has been… Might have to go a little deeper, but wouldn’t go too far. I’m buying back into Bailey? Jordan Zimmermann? If it fits the need, wouldn’t be the worst move.

    • bored says:
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      @Philbo Baggins:

      I wouldn’t trade Marte. His value is too low for a player who should be a top 50. 2 top 50 players for a guy like Zimmerman or Bailey wouldn’t be enough if you ask me. Zimmerman usually rakes in the second half of the season and would be a good guy to hang onto for playoff time. Not sure if you are in a dynasty/keeper league but either way I would try to aim higher if you can’t get something in top 15 atleast I would hold onto your guys or maybe trade someone else. Just my 2 cents.

      • Philbo Baggins says:
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        @bored: Appreciate the comments. My problem is that I’ve got T. Frazier, Polanco, Pagan, Bautista, Arcia, Ozuna, and Pence along with Marte and Zimm. I think I might try to package Ozuna or Arcia instead of Zimm and then use Pagan instead of Marte. Pagan’s been pretty solid compared to Marte though, so I don’t really feel like I’m missing out too much if I lose a little value on Marte to get an instant pitching upgrade.

        Any thoughts? Thanks for the above comments!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Philbo Baggins: Well, I dunno about to 50 @bored: … He’s been pretty ice cold lately. Even Ryan Zimmerman with the injury questions is debatable. I think if it fits a need, I’m all for it, and yeah Marte is a little flashier since he’s young than Pagan, might command more.

        • Philbo Baggins says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Thanks dude!

  29. Eric says:
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    In a 12 team Yahoo League I traded Ryan Zimmerman (Frazier as my 3B) + Eovaldi + Chavez for Grienke. Then I traded Grienke for Scherzer straight up. What do you think?

    my pitching staff now looks like (With 3 stud middle relievers)

    1) Anibal Sanchez
    2) Julio Teheran
    3) Homer Bailey
    4) Doug Fister
    5) Sonny Gray
    6) Zach Wheeler
    7) Walker
    8) Wheeler
    9) Scherzer

    • Eric says:
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      @Eric: Just wondering I guess if you thought I should have kept my depth + what you thought Scherzer’s ROS outlook was.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric: Damn, really stacked rotation! Do you have an innings limit? If so, and if you’re right at the pace or over limits I really like it, if there’s no innings limit or you’re way under for some reason, might have kept the depth.

      • Eric says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sorry, I meant Heaney instead of the 2nd Wheeler but dang it, no innings limit haha

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          @Eric: It’s still not a bad a trade just a little closer, especially since you have a guy like Heaney too who I think is gonna own :)

  30. Bob says:
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    Any concern of Heaney being on an innings limit this year?

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      @Bob: Maybe a very very slight concern, but he pitches through college so I think they’ll stretch him out pretty far.

  31. Joesh says:
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    Sup man, how does McCarthy rank now after his last great start? I personally would have him above Ubaldo Walkmanyz and A.J. BBurnett. The K%-BB% rate alone is really something else. He just doesn’t walk many people at all, and I like those guys that can find the zone a lot. 21% HR/FB rate is killing him. I think there is some correlation between him and David Price. They both walk a very small amount of batters, so hitters know to look for pitches in the strike zone. This allows them to square up on the ball better when they do make contact, allowing for more of their FBs to go over the fence. Price got his HR/FB rate down to 12%, I think McCarthy could drop his to at least 15-16%.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joesh: He’s been in very close consideration a few weeks, but those blow up starts keep scaring me, and while both Burnett and Ubaldo I don’t like at all, they have a little more K potential IMO. Sure, yeah McCarthy should definitely drop that HR/FB rate, but he doesn’t have the stuff of Price or that K potential, so I’m still a little hesitant to move him in. 92 hits in 79 innings… Eesh. But another game or two of 9ish Ks and he’ll definitely get in there!

  32. 740 says:
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    Sup JB wats good……10team roto 5×5…..Danny Santana must own at this point?

    thanks!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @740: Yo dude! All is well man, hating the NC humidity comin in though! 10 team… Nah I don’t think so, not a huge track record. Twins actually do have something cooking offensively though that helps, and definitely worth owning to see if it keeps up and you have room.

  33. Anthony says:
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    12 team really deep league, there’s basically no waiver wire it’s so bare.

    My Choo and Calhoun for Archer, Rollins, and Span? Could use another SS I just have Starlin but is this low for Choo Choo? Thanks man!!!

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      @Anthony: Ehhh yeah I don’t think it’s enough of a haul for Choo. I do like Archer a lot, but I also like Calhoun and I’m still really mad they sit him vs. lefties even though he’s fine against them… Does the Rollins owner have a better SS option to throw in? Any time!

  34. Dan-O-Mite says:
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    Good stuff JB. 10 team NL only…Activate Latos for Saturdays start and dump Machi or wait a start and evaluate after?

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      @Dan-O-Mite: Thanks man! Yeah I think I’d go ahead and activate right away, Latos has voiced his frustration he had to make that last start in the MInors, I think he’s ready.

  35. Jonas says:
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    Just sit Gausman tomorrow? That was my original thought when I picked him up, but now im thinking about starting him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonas: Ack I missed ya! What’d ya end up doing, hope you rolled him out there!

      • jonas says:
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        @JB Gilpin: no worries, I started him!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @jonas: Schweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

  36. Mike says:
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    Hi JB,

    My team pitching is a mess, based on my 7th place of 10 standing so far this year.

    Here are my current starting pitchers:

    A.J. Burnett
    Andrew Heaney (Minors)
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Homer Bailey
    Madison Bumgarner
    Max Scherzer
    Yovani Gallardo

    I like Bumgarner, Scherzer, Iwakuma, and Bailey – and I thought a good starting four would keep me in the competition. This staff is actually getting me killed in Ks and WHIP.

    Based on your list, I should be considering:

    Hiroki Kuroda
    Wily Peralta

    Would you drop A.J. Burnett and Yovani Gallardo for the two above? I was holding on to both for the Ks.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Yo dude! Yeah your top 4 are awesome, so I think you’re fixable. I indeed would make those two moves. I don’t think Gallardo is gonna help ya there in Ks that much – K rate isn’t too great – and burnett is just so inconsistent and will murder that WHIP. I indeed would make both of those moves.

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks JB!

  37. Manuelo says:
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    Hey JB, first I gotta say that I love these PP’s you do, it’s great to be able to see such a big rankings list that doesn’t come from ESPN! Second, with Latos coming off the DL tomorrow, I need to drop a guy from my team to make room. Would you can Simon, Travis Wood, or Gavin Floyd? Thanks!

    • Manuelo says:
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      Also left off Masterson! After his crap-show tonight I’m leaning more towards him

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Manuelo: Thanks so much man! Haha poor Masterson… I think you gotta hold him, I would lose Floyd or Wood I think, probably Floyd even though I know he’s been decent-ish. Just don’t like that horrible WHIP and low Ks. Any time!

  38. Dubois says:
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    Hey JB, I’m in a fairly deep points league where SP is pretty valuable and much more so compared to closers. I was offered either Gausman or Stroman for Romo, but Stroman’s control and Gausman’s availability concern me. Would I be crazy accepting this trade even if I need another SP?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dubois: I don’t think crazy at all in Pts. Are both Gausman SP/RP eligible in your league? The only risk really if so is if both get sent down, I think Stroman has a more long-term role, but both are unlikely to take the same turn in the rotation from here on out.

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