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Welcome back, Pitcher Profile nation!  I am glad to be back home after a fantastic trip to DC where I got to see my Brewers go 1-1 on the 3rd and 4th and score a handful of runs.  Given it was against Ross Detwiler and Taylor Jordan (along with help from some Drew Storen trouble) – but it was nice to see some good O in person.

Then the Brewers go back home to face the Mess, and while having some decent offense early in the series, we got absolutely stymied by Jeremy Hefner yesterday afternoon.  I didn’t watch too much of the game, I was busy gawking at my boyfriend Corey Kluber, so I had yet to see much of how Hefner looked.  Then I got a tweet from Sky bringing me in on a Tehol question asking: “Am I supposed to know who this Heffer dude is on the Mets?”   My response: “Only watched an inning today, stuff looked better than earlier this year but not overwhelming, Brewers K lots.”  So what better way to elaborate on 160 characters than up it to close to 2,000 words?  Pitcher profile!  Here’s how he looked:

First Inning: Hefner starts the game with a 90-MPH fastball way outside for ball one to Norichika Aoki then a 91-MPH fastball is in there, then the 1-1 is laced foul near the Mets dugout, 1-2.  Another 91-MPH heater gets slashed into the Mets dugout, and the Milwaukee crowd has a good cheer with Aoki laughing as the Mets players and coaches jokingly move towards the entryway.  Funny moment.  Hefner dials up a 78-MPH curveball that drops low, nice late sink on that pitch, then a 93-MPH fastball on the inside corner is fouled off Aoki’s foot, followed by a nasty 86-MPH change-up, almost looked more like a splitter or slider, that is cut on while sinking out of the zone to start the game with a K.  Up now is Jean Segura who bluffs a bunt on a strike in there, then Hefner is low, and the 1-1 is a 93-MPH fastball low, 2-1.  Another heater at 93 is fouled off, then again at 93 inside, full count.  The only other time I saw Hefner was a stream start early in the year vs. San Diego and I don’t remember many 93-MPH pitches.  The payoff pitch is an 86-MPH mini-slider – maybe that’s what the “change-up” was that got Aoki – that gets Segura looking as it bends into the zone for a called strike three.  Two Ks to start the game strong for Hefner.  Carlos Gomez fouls off the first-pitch fastball, then Hefner is inside, then Gomez fouls another off, 1-2.  Hefner climbs the ladder at 92 that Gomez holds up on, then that same mini-slider is fouled back, then another slider at 87 dips low, and another full count.  Hefner again goes with the slider, starting in the zone then dipping low and his best thus far, and Gomez can’t lay off and swings over it – giving Hefner a perfect inning – three-up three-down three Ks on 19 pitches.

Second Inning: Still a scoreless game, Hefner starts cleanup hitter Jonathan Lucroy with a fastball on the outside corner for a strike, then another fastball again at 91 in the same exact spot is hit opposite field but stays up in the air long enough for Marlon Byrd to grab it, one down.  Hefner starts Juan Francisco with a 90-MPH fastball on the outside corner, 0-1, then is low then a fastball on the upper black gets slashed weakly to short for an easy out, two down. First pitch to Rickie Weeks is a heater at 92 on the outside for a strike, then Hefner tries to go inside and plunks Weeks for his first man on base.  As the Mets broadcast lets us know, Weeks hit a homer off Hefner in relief last year – maybe some retribution.  Charge the mound Rickie!  But he takes it like a pro, and Hefner starts rookie Sean Halton with a fastball in there, then another at 89 is a tad inside, 1-1.  This Brewers line-up is not very good, and as I was writing that sentence Hefner goes inside and Halton makes a terrible half-swing at it, 1-2.  Then a slider on the outside corner at 85-MPH is hung, and Halton pokes it just barely in the range of Omar Quintanilla but it was rolled too slow and Halton beats out an errant throw for an infield single.  Not a great pitch from Hefner, but it still was a lucky hit.  So up now is Logan Schafer who takes a curveball outside, then a fastball at 92 in there, then a curveball at 75 dips in there, 1-2.  That looked to dip low but gets the call, but the 1-2 is another curveball – this one biting hard and going in towards the hands – gets a swing-and-miss for Hefner’s 4th K.

Third Inning: The score still 0-0, and Hefner gets a strike in there against opposing pitcher Tom Gorzelanny then big Gorzy fouls one off, 0-2.  The 0-2 is a slider that stayed in the zone a bit too long and hung, but Gorzelanny can only hit it weakly to short, one down.  If there wasn’t a pitcher up that could’ve been a hit.  So Aoki is up and watches an 84-MPH change-up go low, then a fastball up in the zone gets slashed down the line, but solid fielding from Josh Satin keeps it from going down the line for a possible double and gets Aoki.  Two outs, and Hefner starts Segura with a fastball nipping the outside corner, 0-1, then Segura bunts one foul, 0-2.  Hefner goes high and tight with the heater, 1-2, then a curveball, again with that great late break at 77 MPH gets a late swing from Segura way over top it and Hefner is up to 5 Ks.

Fourth Inning: After picking up a run aided by a terrible call, Hefner is now up 1-0 and starts Gomez with a 91-MPH fastball perfectly placed on the inside corner for a strike, then misses low, then gets Gomez to foul it off his foot, 1-2. Hefner goes high with the heater, 2-2, then a curveball at 77 gets Gomez to foul it off, still 2-2.  That one hung a tad, and Hefner goes with it again and over-adjusts, bouncing it way outside, full count.  Then a fastball at 92 is too high, Gomez is able to lay off for a leadoff walk. So up is Lucroy with Gomez certainly on the move at some point, and Hefner starts with a perfect first-pitch slider moving straight down on that outside edge for strike one, then another good pitch, a fastball on the inside corner is called low but looked close, 1-1.  Solid pitching out of the stretch with a nuisance on first.  A fastball high is fouled back, then another fastball is hit hard opposite field and caught by Byrd in almost the same spot Lucroy hit it in the second, one down.  Up now is Francisco, and incoming from the retractable roof is a line of shadows between the mound and home that should give Hefner a good advantage for a few innings.  Hefner gets a curveball over for strike one, another good breaking pitch used early in the count, then Francisco is late on a fastball and hits it foul, 0-2.  Francisco is again hacking foul, then a curveball is in the dirt and Gomez picked the perfect pitch to run on and steals second without a throw.  1-2 and another is fouled, then that slider, perfectly starting in the zone on the inside that dips low and on the hands gets a swing-and-miss, 6 Ks.  Hefner starts Weeks with a fastball for a strike, then a slider that dips low and outside gets Weeks unable to hold his swing, 0-2.  The Mets announcers then say Hefner a little over a month ago tweaked his mechanics and it gave him a tick more velocity, explaining his increase from when I saw him early in the year.  They say it had to do with hip rotation (“it’s all in the hips, yeah!”).  And on cue, Hefner misses low at 93, 1-2, then the slider stays far outside, 2-2.  Then a slider at 85 hangs right down the middle and Weeks slaps it hard but it bends barely foul down the first base line to keep the count 2-2.  Then that heater, an explosive 93-MPH with some movement on it gets Weeks to strike out for Hefner’s 7th strikeout.

Fifth Inning: Hefner starts Halton with a fastball low at 88, then again low at 89.  Lower velocity now, need more in the hips! Ease the tension, baby!  Hefner gets a good slider in the zone, 2-1, then a hanger gets rocketed hard to David Wright, but he makes the catch, one down.  Saved a hit there.  Hefner misses low and inside to Schafer, then again low with the change-up, 2-0.  As I said about Zack Wheeler in his pitcher profile, Hefner’s change-up in the mid-80s isn’t gonna get it down with a fastball in the low-90s. Luckily that’s his 4th pitch behind the slider and curve, but Hefner goes with a 92-MPH fastball high to get Schafer to ground out weakly, two down.  Back up is Gozelanny who takes a fastball for a strike, then takes one low, 1-1, then Gorzo fouls one back, 1-2.  Gorzelanny fouls another off, then again a curveball is fouled off, still 1-2.  Gorzelanny is not a good hitter, Hefner needs to hurry up and sit him down.  And he does so with a fastball at 92 that gets a weak popup, Hefner is through 5 scoreless on 81 pitches.

Sixth Inning: While the Brewers play like Little Leaguers on offense, Hefner now is up 2-0 on two unearned runs and starts Aoki with a curveball for a strike, then a change-up is low, then Aoki grounds one weakly to Satin on the line at first, a much easier play than in the third for the first out.  On the first pitch to Segura, a slider that hung high gets grounded weakly to second, and it’s two down on four pitches.  Up is All-Star Carlos Gomez who almost swings out of his helmet and misses for strike one, and the Mets announcers say that because he’s swinging so hard Hefner should try to hit him in the ribs.  Ummmm, what?  Gotta love the weekend announcers with Ron Darling not there…  Hefner misses low on two in a row, then a fastball on the outside edge is fouled back, 2-2.  I don’t think Hefner has thrown a single fastball down the middle, has been living on the edges.  He misses inside and the payoff pitch is a rolling slider high-and-tight, but Gomez is out in front and Hefner notches his 8th K.

Seventh Inning:  At only 91 pitches, Hefner is back out there and starts Lucroy with a 91-MPH fastball on the outer edge for a strike, then Lucroy misses on another 91-MPH fastball, this one low, 0-2.  Lucroy fights off a fastball that was outside, then a fastball at 92-MPH, inside but a little too close to the heart of the plate, gets ripped for a homer.  Not sure why Hefner didn’t go off-speed with an 0-2 count, but that pitch wasn’t awful, just good hitting.  So now with the score 2-1, Hefner starts Francisco with a slider for a strike, then a change-up floats outside, 1-1.  Hefner goes back with the slider and Francisco rips it hard, but the liner is caught by Daniel Murphy for the first out.  Weeks takes strike one, then the 100th pitch is a rolling curveball, but Weeks doesn’t hit it hard and ground out weakly, two down.  Sean Halton takes strike one via the heater, then Hefner misses low, then again low, 2-1 on all fastballs.  He then bends a curveball and a dandy in there for a strike, 2-2, then Hefner’s final pitch is a 92-MPH fastball at the letters that’s flied out weakly to Byrd.

Final Line: W  7 IP  105 Pitches (71 Strikes)  2 Hits  1 Walk  1 ER  8 K  Gamescore: 76 Gamescore+: 77.4

Final Analysis: Just a fantastic game from Hefner, who had both his breaking pitches working and a fastball with solid velocity throughout.  Of his two hits given up, only the homer was hit well, the other was Halton’s dribbler that scored only a .1 against Hefner in my Gamescore+.  Hefner gave up a lot of weak outs and only a few loud outs, keeping his Gamescore+ above his Gamescore.

Featuring a much-improved fastball than I saw earlier in the season that hit 93 multiple times, Hefner has got the potential makings of useful pitcher in even 10-team leagues.  As I mentioned in the fourth inning, the Mets broadcasters indicate a change in mechanics in his hips have made Hefner more successful after a rough start to the season, giving him a tick more on his fastball.  The slider looked fantastic most of the outing, but still had some inconsistency with a few hung.  Don’t forget this is a Brewers line-up that had no Aramis Ramirez on top of no Ryan Braun or Corey Hart on the DL to help capitalize on mistakes.  Plus a lot of rookies and free swingers to pad the Ks. The curveball also looked great most of the day, with only a few hangers and some rollers.  The change-up is easily Hefner’s 4th pitch, and needs a little bit of work and more change of speed to be effective.

I got a question this morning in comments – Wheeler or Hefner in a redraft?  I’ll go Hefner.  More refined and more consistency on breaking pitches.  That said, Hefner had some mistakes the Brewers couldn’t capitalize on and a few line drive outs that could’ve cost him.  He’s probably a mediocre stream start at Pittsburgh before the All-Star Break, the Pirates are playing well and I think can capitalize on those mistakes, but Hefner had a great start against them at the end of last year.  Past that, I don’t think he’s more than a streamer in 10-team leagues, but deeper leagues looking for pitching depth should go ahead and nab him.

  1. Oz says:
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    Hey JB. No question here, just wanna vent. I’m in a 10 team h2h points dynasty league (keep 25/38). Since I’m solid on OF (Trout, Joey Bats, Taveras waiting in the wing) I’m trying to trade either Josh Hamilton or Curtis Granderson and pick up Buxton at the end of the year.
    SP are greatly valued in our league cuz they can score u up to 40 points for a great game while a good batter averages about 3 points per day. I offered Hamilton or Granderson and was turned down for Rickie Nolasco… WTF? Am I crazy to think Hamilton or Grandy for Nolasco is a fair trade? At this point I’m considering dropping one of those 2 towards the end of the year cuz I plan to keep as many plus SP as possible.

    PS: Thanks for the shoutout but u kinda got it wrong. It’s not just about daily lineups, but fantasy in general.
    “Your kids are like your fantasy team, nobody cares about them but you and we only ask about yours so we can brag about ours.” I guess you can say the same thing about kids and farts, we only like our own but that’s another issue. Thx JB, I’ll need your advice come keeper time lol. At 14-0 I’m already making tough decisions, I wanna run the table in my league. Pretty good considering I knew NOTHING and hated baseball just 5 years ago.
    >Oz

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oz: Hah yea, Nolasco isn’t enough… Haha yea I know, dude I was so scatterbrained that day, was on vaca, in the purgatory between drunk and hungover and sunburnt haha. I was like the stammering Milton at the end of Office Space. No problem on the help, and I’ll try and get it right soon!

      • Oz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Yeah he rejected my offer of Grandy or Hamilton for Nolasco. In a roto league, wouldn’t the side getting the OF win the trade pretty handily? I can’t believe I may have to drop Granderson or Hamilton at the end of the season.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Oz: Wow really? He must see something big in the Nolasco to the Dodgers move… Agree OF side should win. Sucks, but how keepers go sometimes!

  2. Choice says:
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    Jarrod Saltalamacchia(Bos – C)
    Mark Trumbo(LAA – 1B,3B,OF)
    Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B)
    David Wright(NYM – 3B)
    Jhonny Peralta(Det – SS)
    Matt Kemp(LAD – OF)
    Mike Trout(LAA – OF)
    Nick Markakis(Bal – OF)
    Chase Headley(SD – 3B)
    Adam Lind(Tor – 1B)
    Xander Bogaerts(Bos – SS)
    Alex Rodriguez(NYY – 3B)

    Stephen Strasburg(Was – SP)
    Justin Masterson(Cle – SP)
    Zack Greinke(LAD – SP)
    Jonathan Papelbon(Phi – RP)
    Kenley Jansen(LAD – RP)
    Ernesto Frieri(LAA – RP)
    Yovani Gallardo(Mil – SP)
    Jeremy Hellickson(TB – SP)
    Martin Perez(Tex – SP,RP)

    Hey to all Razzball associates -
    I am in a 16 team H2H classic 5×5 keeper league. We get to keep 10 with no limits on keeping durations.

    Simple question – which 10 would you pick?

    I’d like to compare my 10 with an expert’s 10 so please let me know!

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Choice: Haha no prob! My picks would be Trout, Kemp, Stras, Wright, Trumbo, Jansen, Kinsler, Greinke, Masterson – then a toss up between Bogaerts and Frieri, you’re obviously holding Xander to be kept, so if you’re sticking it out now, holding him.

  3. Psychedelic says:
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    Homer Bailey should be your next profile, or Travis Wood would (hehe) be a nice one, trying to determine if it’s a lot of luck or he’s actually pitching pretty well.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Psychedelic: Cool, yea sounds like a plan!

  4. chris says:
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    Hefner or Tillman?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chris: I’ll go Hefner right now

  5. chris says:
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    Hefner or Doubront?

    I picked up Doubront this week vs. Seattle, going to play him then probably drop him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chris: Man Doubront has really quietly turned it around… Still Hefner but close

  6. Evan says:
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    Offer up Carlos Gonzalez straight up for top tier sp? Too much?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Evan: Only Kershaw IMO

  7. Mikey says:
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    H2H Weekly Points Based Leagues: AL only & NL only

    Hitting: Avg, TB, BB, RBI, R, SB-CS
    Pitching: W, L, QS, ERA, K’s

    NL only: Do I start Uggla (7 games – 6 vs righty’s) or G. Jones (6 games – 5 vs righty’s)

    AL only: Which 4 SP’s do I start? Sale @ Det, Dickey @ Bal, Lester @ Sea & @ Oak, Griffin vs Bos, Parker vs Bos, Kluber vs KC?

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mikey: Think I’ll go Jones. Then Sale, Lester, Parker and Kluber

  8. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Bonderman optioned to Triple A. Is it Erasmos time? Maybe Walker even?? I think I want either or..

  9. SpeedyJohn says:
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    I like Kluber, but (like many) I dropped him before his Detroit start. I have Hefner, is he worth a drop to pick Kluber back up? Basically, Kluber or Hefner ROS in a 12 team league? And are either of them more valuable than Leake, Wood, Maholm or Milone (my other drop options)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SpeedyJohn: I’ll still go Kluber. I think I’d like Leake Wood Kluber and Hefner ROS

  10. SeanMcD says:
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    Hi JB,

    I got Grey’s opinion on this but I would like yours as well.

    Bonderman sent down so Erasmo may be on his way. Would you drop anyone from my my current staff for Erasmo:

    (SP) Hamels, Anibal, Burnett, Masterson, Lester, Lackey, Kluber or Cole
    (RP) Street, Uehara, Benoit, Crain(On my DL)

    12 team 6×6 H2H league.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SeanMcD: Nah I think I’d hold everyone you’ve got

  11. Oz says:
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    Any idea on Neftali Feliz’s role or ETA? I drafted him last year and he looked good as a Starter but got injured pretty quickly. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oz: I’d say barring any setbacks another month and a half, and they try him back in the rotation. But I’m not holding out for much hope though.

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        @JB Gilpin:
        Hmm, Okay. But with my pitcher heavy league I gotta take a chance on him a lil b4 he is about to be activated. I gotta throw in a lil humble brag here. My pitchers have thrown 1844 K’s so far and the 2nd highest strikeout team has thrown 1491 K’s. In my league they’ve started calling me the Pitcher-whisperer… (Well I’m calling myself that lol.)

        Thx JB!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Oz: Nice! Hopefully the pitcher profiles are helping you spread your immense whispererererering!

  12. Chris says:
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    Please advice:

    Which 2 of the following Sp do you like more to stream:
    Gee vs SF
    Blanton vs CUBS
    Zito vs NYM
    Chacin vs SDG
    Archer vs MIN

    Thanks,

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: adding to the above comment, i can also add Erasmo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I’d go Gee and Archer

  13. c0wfunk says:
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    I’m pondering dropping Cole after tomorrow night’s start to pickup Doubront Wednesday and keep him ROS.. last 10 starts he’s got a 2.87 era and pretty good looking K numbers.. Would you make this move?

    Grey keeps telling me to drop AJ Griffin but the robots ROS $ numbers are telling me different. How are you feeling about Griffin these days?

    I suppose I’m deciding between Cole, Griffin, and Doubront ROS when it comes down to it, and I’ll wait til after Cole’s start tomorrow to make the move.

    12 team mixed, h2h 23 man rosters.. and people have been hoarding SP lately; about to head into the playoffs just after the ASB (two weeks per round, starting a week after break). I’m pretty much locked into second place right now so I’m looking towards the second half playoff picture.

    I’ve got: Bumg, Kuroda, Teheran, Lohse, Gonzalez, Cashner, Griffin, Cole, and I just grabbed Chen as well.

    Thanks much…

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @c0wfunk: I would drop AJ for Erasmo in a heartbeat. And I’d hold on Cole, he’s pretty damn good. With the kind of velocity he has the K’s aren’t far off

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Shawn of the livid: Just the push I needed.. dropped Griffin for Erasmo. I suppose Cole’s start tomorrow night will determine his fate on my team.. if he’s lousy or only decent with 3ks or something, I’ll go with Doubront

        :)

        • Shawn of the livid says:
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          @c0wfunk: Carlos Martinez might get the call soon too if you’re in need of pitching. Kelly’s last start wasn’t impressive and he’s better out of the pen anyways. I bet Carmart gets the call soon. And his stuff is just plain nasty.

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Shawn of the livid: I’ll keep an eye out, thanks for the heads up!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @c0wfunk: Agree with Shaun on everything, good stuff!

  14. c0wfunk says:
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    hmmm.. just saw it’s Erasmo time.. any of the list above you’d pick him up over?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @c0wfunk: Yeah over AJ if that was the question, think a little more upside than Doubront, but barely

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @JB Gilpin: cool.. Yeah I made that move before it got too late.. Maybe shoulda dropped weeks for green while I was at it but that ship has now sailed. Get well soon Gyorko!

        The other one now is doubront over Cole? Or perhaps cashner? Or maybe even Chen (still an unknown I realize)

        Thanks again man

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @c0wfunk: No prob! I’d rank those last 4 Cashner, Cole, Doubront Chen

  15. Chris says:
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    adding to the above comment, i can also add Erasmo.

  16. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Hey JB, great write up as usual. I’m not hunting for Hefner though. I’m holding on Wheeler to see if his next start is a success ( I call it at 1ER, 8K’s 3BB’s) now that’s aiming for the sky, but I’m a big fan of this kid and he’s just a start or two from sending everyone back to the wire to scoop him up IMO.

    Anyways, my question: What do you think about Ivan Nova? That was a show he put on in Baltimore and I grabbed him along with some good feelings. You think he’s going to be a good grab?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shawn of the livid: Thanks man! Thanks for stopping by again. Yeah Wheeler definitely has much better upside and raw stuff. Don’t blame ya, but right now in non-keepers I think Hefner is the guy. Nova is solid at times but can’t get it together in stretches, fine add in deep leagues, barely a streamed in 10ers

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I know I shouldn’t be on the Nova train, but here I am. On my way to Kansas with him. We’ll see. I wish I didn’t get all pissy and drop Kluber. Now I’m looking to fill an SP spot. C’mon carmart, C’MON!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: Haha I held fast with Kluber – KluberNation!

  17. The Red Cyclones says:
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    I have one move left in a 16 team h2h points league and I’m in 2nd. Do I hold onto my last WW pick or burn it now on Erasmo? For pitching, Ks and SHOs are overwhelmingly most valuable, with penalties for BBs and ERs. Straily, Rajai Davis and Chacin are also WW options.

    C Perez/Zunino
    1B E5
    2B Hill
    3B Miggy
    SS Nick Franklin
    LF Victorino
    CF Parra
    RF Puig
    OF Aoki
    Util Arenado/Wil Myers

    SP Dickey, Cole, Ryu, Teheran, Kluber, Shields, Quintana
    RP Romo, Oliver Perez, Benoit, Mujica

    Thanks for the great article as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Red Cyclones: Thanks for reading! I would hold off for right now with only one move left, and readdress when Eaton comes up that might take some PT from Parra or see how that shakes out. Sounds like there’s a few good people out there.

  18. Brewerfan says:
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    Greinke or Medlen ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brewerfan: Still Greinke

  19. Bryan says:
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    Drop Medlen for Erasmo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: Nah I’d hold Medlen

  20. los locos says:
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    just dropped tillman for hefner, should I drop doubront for kluber?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Yea I would, still a Kluber lover

  21. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Longoria for Adam Jones, which side?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: Taking position out of it, Jones

  22. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    One more: Longoria, Utley, and Cishek, for Allen Craig, Joe Nathan and Matt Cain, which side?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: Seems both sides would fit team needs, in a vacuum Longo side – best player

  23. los locos says:
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    lincecum for medlen?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Despite great game for Timmay last night, still Medlen

  24. los locos says:
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    Miguel gonzalez or kluber?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Kluber

  25. KW says:
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    I’m bombing in my 10 team mixed keeper league and looking to sell. Which guy has the best long-term value: Moreland, Olt, Middlebrooks?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KW: I’d say Moreland. Never been a fan of Olt’s swing and Middlebrooks has a big hill to climb

  26. fantasyvultures says:
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    Martin Perez or Erasmo? Perez or Carlos Martinez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fantasyvultures: I’ll take Erasmo and Martinez for upside

  27. MPC says:
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    Hey JB, cant decide on the two to fill out my rotation, Miguel Gonzo, Hefner, or Erasmo… keep up the awesome work.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MPC: Thanks man! I’d go Hefner and Erasmo. I guess a theme is I’m not very high on Gonzalez…

  28. Rick says:
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    I want to grab Erasmo to strengthen my pitching but have a surplus of offensive players, specifically infielders. Who should I drop out of these guys Michael Young, M Prado, Ike D, or Aramis Ramirez? I was thinking Ike but dont have much depth at 1st base and think he could be useful in the 2nd half. The only pitcher I would even think of swapping for is Miguel Gonzalez, but I’ve been liking him lately. He is nothing flashy but pretty damn consistent.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rick: I’d probably lose Young then. Average is nice but doesn’t do anything else

  29. LongoTulo says:
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    Drop Cashner for Kluber? Thx!

    • shibboleth says:
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      @LongoTulo: I would go kluber – better xFIP and SIERA, better K rate. Cashner is a hodgepadre so he’s not totally useless, though

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LongoTulo: Agree with above, close bc I like Cashner, but Kluber is my man

  30. Alex

    alex says:
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    Braun coming off DL. Drop C. Carter, Arcia, Moustakas, or Rendon? Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @alex: Got ya on the twitttttttah. Moose.

  31. ryanjoe13 says:
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    Would you trade Derek Holland and Wil Myers away to get Matt Holliday? I’m pretty deep at SP

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      @ryanjoe13: FYI, Matt Kemp is on my DL. Rios, Choo, BJ Upton are my other OFs

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ryanjoe13: Yea I would, Holiday is very quietly elite in Runs this year at 4th.

  32. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Luke Gregerson on waivers (10$). 10 team NL ROTO 5×5 … Have 9 starters right now sitting second last in saves. Could use the ERA/Whip Gregerson has to offer. Drop Gallardo (19$), E Jackson (10$) or neither?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jiggy Nits: In NL only tough to drop either of those starters… But if you had to it’s probably Jackson, but it is worth noting YoGa is probably on the block and could go AL, although he’s such a good hitter that would be a disservice.

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        @JB Gilpin: I fell asleep before your answer but I didnt take a crack at him. Nobody else did either so he’s a FA… which means I always have a shot at him if one of my guys gets DL/MNRD/Traded to AL. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.

  33. JJ says:
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    Who to drop to grab Erasmo?

    Wheeler or Cole?

    12 team 5X5 H2H keeper league. We only keep 10

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JJ: Wheeler. Check out his pitcher profile last week. Still has a lot of work to do.

  34. Frank White says:
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    hey buddy.. I have Mujica, Henderson and Gregg as RP’s but I just dropped Gregg the other day. Now I come to find out Henderson isn’t doing any closing till K-Rod leaves. That can be anytime. Should I drop Henderson and pick Gregg back up for the meantime/

  35. Frank White says:
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    Also, Are there games going on this Sunday the 14th? On my matchup page it says all our guys are playing

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yea Sunday is the last day before the all-star break. The Brewers are content to keep KRod there to shop, which is a smart move. Gregg might get traded too, but I’d pick him back up for Hendo. Thought the Brewers would keep Hendo in the role and keep trying to salvage the year, but we’re not

  36. Frank White says:
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    It says on Joe Kelly’s notes that he’s going to the bullpen.. Does that mean Carlos Martinez will get the start this week? Any word?

  37. Pefacommish says:
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    Hefner or Gallardo. No streaming in this league. Gotta play everyone on your roster.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pefacommish: Sticking with Yoga then

  38. Frank White says:
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    Who do you like better for a stream on Sat.,, Hughes or Kazmir? It’s Hughes vs Deduno MIN or Kazmir vs Guthrie KC ?? Or neither?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Nothing official I’ve heard yet but just picked him up in a keeper. LIke Kazmir more

  39. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy… For streaming, Do you like Miley in the matchup on Thursday against Gallardo MIL?? Miley’s favored. Or skip it cause I have more other chances to use this week

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Sorry I missed ya, Yea I woulda picked Miley and he got the W, streamed him in one league, but not that bad if you missed it

  40. El Guapo says:
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    Hefner or Castro? I have only 4SP: Bumgarner, Verlander, Bailey and Garza… I stream the fifth SP. My other SS is Alcides Escobar… Im in fist place (13 team) in ERA, Whip and K (Use to have Scherzer but i tade him two weeks ago for Cano and trade Samardjiza and Shelbby Miller for Verlander 10 days ago)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @El Guapo: I’d say keep Hefner and drop Escobar for Castro

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