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More terrible relievers turning into dominant starters, mo problems!

So it’s been an up-and-down start to this young season – pretty much all of my sleepers except maybe Corey Kluber (who I still like a lot) are doing great, Nathan Eovaldi still looks pretty good and I remain bullish on him, but Tyson Ross who I bailed on turned in a gem on Saturday.

Then to my rankings, where, yes, I didn’t have Jesse Chavez ranked last week.  I had him at 102 and couldn’t break him in, then Monday night he went out and carved up the Angels for 9 Ks in 7 innings with only one earned.  I mentioned that night in the comments I would have to add him in there, but before Monday he was a terrible career-reliever with only one eye-popping start at the Twins.  I’m regretting not adding him somewhere (“welcome to the party, pal!”), as I streamed some guys yesterday who weren’t awful, but would’ve preferred Chavez.  And I would’ve been right too, as he dealt another solid game.  Here’s how he looked yesterday against the Astros:

First Inning: The first pitch Jose Altuve is a 91 MPH fastball outside, then is in there at the same speed, then again 91 and Altuve pops it up, and Josh Reddick tries to get it along the line, but it lands an inch fair for a bloop double.  Very unlucky there.  Dexter Fowler gets a curve outside, then a nasty two-seamer in there, 1-1.
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A cutter on the hands gets a weak foul, then another cutter gets a groundout to third.  So runner still on second, and Jason Castro gets a great two-seamer and misses it, 0-1.  That two-seamer is working well today.  Cutter is low, then a curveball is outside and Altuve takes off, but is caught at third for the second out.  Either a change or splitter at 85 is low, then a fastball is outside for a walk.  George Springer gets a cutter low and away, then a nice slider at 83 is in there, 1-1.  A fastball or cutter at 90 that didn’t move much gets a big swing, and Springer is a few feet foul from his first home run.  That was hammered, at least 10 rows back, but a loud strike.  Then a cutter is absolutely ripped into left for a single.  Man, best swings I’ve seen from Springer so far (I’ve watched a lot of him since the big call-up).  So Chavez has runners on 1st and 2nd and misses low with the curve to Marc Krauss, haven’t seen a good feel for that pitch today, then a fastball in there, cutter fouled back followed by a cutter outside.  Change-up is fouled, then a fastball is flied out weakly to left, and a relatively stressful inning comes to a close with no runs.

Second Inning:  Chavez gets a quick two runs of support, and opens the second with a cutter in there to the .132 hitting Chris Carter.  Chavez misses low, then that nasty two-seamer with some sink gets a bad hack, 1-2.  Cutter stays outside, then another is lifted to shallow left for an easy out.  L.J. Hoes taps a weak one to second on the first pitch, two fast outs.  Up is Marwin Gonzalez who takes a fastball low, then a nasty cutter – his best thus far – gets barely tapped foul, 0-2.
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Then a change-up at 84 on the outside part of the plate is taken to the opposite field for a single.  I don’t get that pitch selection there, and a change at 84 when you’re working 89-91 isn’t going to work.  I say scrap that pitch!  First pitch to Jonathan Villar who gets a cutter and grounds out weakly to second, inning over.

Third Inning: The third starts with a fastball that Altuve grounds out weakly to second, one pitch, one out.  Cutter catches the outside black, then a change at 83 drops low apparently – looked good to me – 1-1 to Fowler.  Cutter is high, two-seamer stays inside, then the 3-1 fastball is way low – second walk for Chavez.  A little shaky with control right now, he had only 2 free passes in his first 3 starts and 2 already today.  Cutter is fouled back by Castro, then Chavez drops in a dandy curveball for a strike, 0-2.  Cutter stays outside, then another curve is tapped foul, two-seamer stays inside, and a 2-2 cutter is ripped foul and this is turning into a good battle.  7th pitch of the at bat is a fastball on the outside corner that Castro waves at late for Chavez’s first K on the day.  Chavez starts low to Springer with the change, again with the change but is in there, then a fastball is way too high, 2-1.  Still a little iffy with his control today.  Chavez goes to the curveball and Springer does a good job recognizing it, but laces it hard foul.  Springer is locking in.  Springer taps one foul, Chavez is racking up the pitch count with 50 already, then a cutter is tapped weakly to third and Josh Donaldson boots it for an error.  Should’ve been an easy groundout, but instead Chavez’s pitch count will continue to climb.  Chavez spikes a curveball a good four feet in front of home, then a cutter gets hit really hard by Marc Krauss, but it’s caught on the track.  Chavez loves his ballpark!  That’s a homer by four rows in Boston.  Krauss was locked in on the cutter which I think more and more batters are going to be able to do.  Regardless, it ends the inning.

Fourth Inning:  At 53 pitches, Chavez’s 54th is a fastball that Carter sat on, and it’s two feet short of a homer caught on the track.  It was a moonshot, but as they say in Major League, “it’s too high!”  Off the monster in Boston and a homer in several parks.  Fastball is low to Hoes, curveball is outside, 2-0.  We’ve only seen a couple of good curves, with 4-5 really bad ones.  So the 2-0 is obviously his bread-and-butter cutter (rhyme!), which Hoes laces to left and it’s caught in front of the track.  That one didn’t get as solid contact as the last two outs, but another deep fly ball.  A very nice change is in there for 0-1 to Gonzalez, then hits that inside corner with a running two-seamer, nice sequence for 0-2.  Chavez getting it together.  Fastball is way outside, but a fastball is left up and Gonzalez crushes it for a homer.  So 4 straight deep fly balls, and that one couldn’t be contained.  Chavez’s four-seamer is pretty straight and Gonzalez locked in on it.  Curveball is low to Villar showing bunt, change-up is in there, cutter eats him up for a weak foul, then another cutter that looked like it got plenty of the outside corner is called a ball, 2-2.  Chavez turned his back after that one, thought he had it.  I did too.  Fastball is fouled, then another is outside, and another is foul tipped into the mitt for Chavez’ second K.

Fifth Inning: So still protecting a 2-1 lead, and a fastball gets the outside corner on Altuve, 0-1.  A good change drops in there, and Chavez throws the cutter on the outside corner and Altuve swings badly, 3rd K, one down.
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Change drops in, then Fowler fowls one (hah), 0-2.  Fastball is high, a curve is fouled back, another heater is high and outside, then a curveball dips low and inside, full count.  The payoff pitch is the four-seamer and it stays high.  Third walk for Chavez, so not as sharp this start.  A fastball doesn’t get the call, 1-0 to Castro, change is in there, a cutter gets in the bottom outside corner, another cutter is fouled, still 1-2.  Chavez dials up the two-seamer, and Castro misses it – late again with the swing – for Chavez’s 4th K.  A change-up gets the outside corner on Springer, another change is low, fastball fouled back, then a nice cutter right on the outside black gets a swing-and-miss and Chavez strikes out the side.
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Sixth Inning:  At 87 pitches, Chavez is reaching the end of the line and it’s low to Krauss, then outside, gets in there, then a change gets one rolled foul, 2-2.  A high cutter at 86 gets a late swing, and up to 6 Ks for Chavez.  Four in a row.  Cutter is in there for a strike, another is fouled back by Carter, a change is fouled back, then a fastball is high, 1-2.  Cutter bends just outside, couldn’t get Carter to chase, then a curveball is hit off the end of Carter’s bat for a weak fly out.  A nice change is in there, a cutter bends just outside, change-up low, a cutter fouled back, and Chavez’s final pitch is a curveball tapped pretty weakly down the third base line, and Hoes is thrown out to end the inning.

Final Line:  W  6 IP  103 Pitches (65 Strikes)  1 ER  4 Hits  3 Walks  6 K  Gamescore: 63   Gamescore+: 63.6

Final Analysis:  So what to make of this game…  My Gamescore+ came out right even with the Gamescore, a lot of weak outs but also some hard hit outs caught on the track in spacious O.co Coliseum.

I like the cutter.  It’s his main pitch that he throws about 40% of the time, and that seemed spot-on to his usage yesterday.  But as I mentioned in the 4th, it’s easy to anticipate when Chavez falls behind in counts, and I don’t think the rest of his arsenal is good enough to sustain this kind of success.  Mixing in a straight four-seamer, a pretty good two-seamer when he’s on, a below-average change-up and a hit-or-miss curve, none of those really stood out besides the good two-seamers to complement the cutter.  I really don’t know what to make of this – his average velocity before yesterday’s start was 91.5 and I don’t think he hit 92 a single time in this game, plus he walked three after only two in his first three starts combined.  Did I see a slightly off Chavez?  I did catch some of his start against the Angels, and he seemed about the same to me then…

Sorry about the waffling, but it’s head-scratching.  Everyone knows regression is coming, but to what extent?  I feel like I’m still wishy-washy putting him at 67.  Remember, these ranks are for the rest of the season, and even though that has him with a lot of fringe-guys in shallower leagues, Chavez absolutely needs to be owned right now while hot.  Chavez lucks out and misses the Rangers early this week and gets a start at Houston.  You obviously like that one, and we’ll see how the Astros hitters adjust.  After that it’s at Texas.  Whew-ee!  I’m scurred there.  After breaking down this start, yes I’m still mad I couldn’t scoop him up for this matchup, but I’ll let him be on another owner’s team when he faces the same line-up a second time then Texas.  The regression could start sooner rather than later.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

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

Dropped Out: Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals (hammy), Ivan Nova, New York Yankees (probable TJ), Jarred Cosart, Houston Astros (sucking)

  • I still like Cosart’s stuff and his upside career-wise, but I don’t see how you could feel comfortable starting him in virtually any leagues.  Bums me out.
  • Jon Lester is looking really good.  29:4 K:BB and I watched him mow down the lowly White Sox the other night.  Man that was a great lefty battle against Chris Sale.  I wish I wasn’t so meh on him coming into the year.
  • Sorry Indians fans!  Both Salazar and Kluber are struggling after success last year.  I still like Kluber a lot and think he’s undervalued – he got a little unlucky yesterday early on and probably rattled him a tad.  Still fought hard though, I think good things will come.
  • Zach Wheeler has walked 3 in each of his last 2 starts and a little worried about his control.
  • The Ks are back for David Price, but the fantasy-ace-ness is not.  He’s got a little bit of a high BABIP and HR/FB rate so his xFIP and all those “normalizing” stats look good, but I’m content to keep him out of my top 20 for now.  Had a commenter worry about that one, but a rough start this past week made me feel a little better…
  • I think one of the most overly-dropped pitchers that shouldn’t be is Drew Smyly.  Had his first start jerked around, and hopefully they just line him up in the rotation now.  Next start should be against the White Sox, I think he’s a must-play there.
  • Yeah, I have no idea how you could feel safe starting Dickey right now.  He’s still in my rankings for the [slight] upside, but man, I should’ve buried him much further.  Hated him coming in the year and I did rank him lower than most ranks I saw, but even a late-round flyer might’ve been a waste pick…

If you have any pitcher questions or additional thoughts on Chavez or hate for the rankings, as always shoot below and happy week 4!

From Around The Web

  1. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Your description of Chavez sounds like my take on Alfredo Simon. (I’m not entirely sold that they’re not the same person.) Both certainly have to regress, but seems pretty tough to figure out how much and to what.

    I could use some encouragement on Kluber. I was a pretty ardent supporter last year. Haven’t seen him pitch at all this year, but the numbers haven’t been pretty. What’s your take on him?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great:

      Kluber has a .390 BABIP against despite slightly lowering his LD% from last year so he’s clearly pitched in a little bad luck. But there’s been a decent size drop in velocity. One thing I have noticed is that he’s pitched in a few cold weather games and been a victim of rain delays and drizzle and wind. Hoping some decent weather starts will get him back on track and that the cold is correlated to the velocity drop and we see it come back.

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        @Gonzo_The_Great: Well said @OaktownSteve: The A’s start had some bad calls and a lot of oppo field singles (which Oaktown might remember) then a flare kept the first inning going v. TOR. And those are both good offenses, I’m still a big fan even though I moved him down a tad

      • I hear he’s been hanging w/ Corey Feldman. Such a destructive force in the life of other Coreys. He’s extorting me to stay away from Dickerson.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: Last year, Corey Feldman sat on Corey hart’s lap and see what happened to Hart’s knees?!?!?!?!?!

  2. OaktownSteve says:
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    I felt like the strike zone jumped around on Chavez a little yesterday. There were some low strikes that went in his favor but the edges were inconsistent calls. I felt like the combination of not his best command yesterday and some zone inconsistency had him behind in more counts and in more deep counts which influenced pitch selection on key pitches.

    I think maybe you did a disservice to the curveball.. Go back and luck at how he pitched Mike Trout. The curveball had Trout scratching his head and he walked away from one swinging strike three on a curve mouthing “wow.” He can actually throw it at two speeds. A slower one that he’ll use as a get over from time to time and a hard one that has tight rotation and which he’s used to get a lot of Ks early.

    I agree that he’s not a sub-2 ERA pitcher. League will adjust after having seen him and he’s going to blow through the number of innings he’s seen in previous seasons. The encouraging part is seeing that he’s got 4 legit MLB pitches all with command, and also can throw different flavors of the fastball and the curve at different speeds so he’s changing speed, changing rotation, changing eye level, working in and out effectively. He’s also a pretty thoughtful pitcher. He interviews well and comes across a thinker in terms of how he’s going to attack guys and use his pitches. Hope he holds on as an owner and an A’s fan.

    • I-man says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Right there with you, and I appreciate the local color.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I agree with most of that. All I’ll say is remember the lens of the Profiles, and I don’t think my observations of the curve is doing it a “disservice”. I’m breaking down what I see in this specific start, and I don’t think you can argue his curve was working in this game. I honestly don’t remember seeing his curve in that Angels game, just all the cutters (and I was watching while working, so wasn’t eying intently). That’s why I mentioned maybe I saw a slightly off Chavez in this start. If his curve and change were a little off, then yeah he certainly has a really good arsenal, but only the cutter looked above average in this specific start to me. But you’re the A’s expert so you’ve seen a lot more of him!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Ah yes…sorry about the “disservice” comment. I forget this is a one start lens. Yes the curve has looked much better in previous starts. I am a little on the fence with him as well. The lack of track record and never having gone deep innings is always a concern.

        What gives me hope is the degree to which he’s pitching and not throwing. The whole seems to be superior to the sum of the parts if you’re just looking at stuff. The consistent strike throwing (6 walks in 4 starts), the mix of pitches and the ability to throw different pitches in any count (yesterday’s reliance on the cutter aside) all hold out some promise. We’ll see how it plays out.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @OaktownSteve: Ok cool, yeah and I mention the 3 walks when he had 2 in the previous 3 games and I think I caught him on a slighlty off day. If he pitches like a little more on, the Astros will have no chance adjusting. Texas will be interesting. And agree – definitely looks like a pitcher not a thrower like some of the off-the-radar guys that start hot early.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I thought he got jobbed a little bit by the umpire as well. Not a very consistent strike zone.

  3. and1mcgee says:
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    I got Chavez and I love him! Should I move Utley for Jeff Samardzjia ? My other 2b are Kinsler and Dee Gordon… Trying to bolster my pitching …

    • JB Gilpin

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      @and1mcgee: Yeah he’s started really well! And will probably torch up the Astros again the next start. Yeah, no problem with that move, Samardzija was one of my big sleepers this year and fits your team

  4. Nick M says:
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    What is your take on Bucholz? You have him ranked pretty high but he got rocked again today in Boston. Time to cut him loose for guys like Morrow or a Bauer stash?

    • and1mcgee says:
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      @Nick M: I just dropped his ass. Until he figures it out, he isn’t worth rostering. He’ll probably hit the Disgraceful List by the end of the day as he tries to find when he fell behind Aiken as the best pitcher alive named “Clay”.

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      @Nick M: Yeah he was bad, didn’t see the start but looking like he gave up hit after hit and wasn’t getting home run derbied. I would’ve ranked him lower had this start factored in, but I will remind it was a really weird start time and his past two were fine. I’m holding over those guys.

  5. Moscowitz says:
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    I do not see anything special in this guys pitching arsenal. Last week someone grabbed him in one of my leagues and no one really cared. He is not good enough to pitch around a 91 mph fastball. Regarding regresion, well its not about if, its about when and to what extend and as someone who plays in leagues with limited moves, i simply couldnt convince myself to waste a move on Chavez for just those two matchups against the Astros.

    Thanks a lot for all the excellent analysis. Great job. As always.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Moscowitz: Other than the cutter, I agree. And as I mentioned, I was guessing when he was going to it. But yea, the 4-seam was straight and not overmatching and almost gave up 2 or 3 more homers. Thanks man!

  6. Jon says:
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    I’m thinking about packaging Chavez with Kemp to trade for a better pitcher. What level starter would you be asking for in exchange for those two?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jon: Ohhhh, I’d shoot pretty high. Probably top 25ish and would start even higher, Kemp while healthy should catch the gleam in someones eye haha

      • Jon says:
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        @JB Gilpin: cool. That’s my hope. We’ll see if I can get anyone to bite…

  7. Wacha wacha says:
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    Where would you put c Martinez should he find a spot in the rotation?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wacha wacha: Probably mid 60s I’d guess, but I don’t think he’s going to get a spot any time soon, once they put him in the bullpen I feel like they’re pretty committed to leaving him there most of the year.

  8. Mike says:
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    how would you rank streaming pitchers for 4/22?

    Milone, Salazar and Erasmo?

    SON ranks Milone quite high but i’m not entire convinced. am i paranoid?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Mike:

      Pretty sure SON like Milone because of his home road splits. He’s a career 3.21 ERA at the O.co. It’s going to be chilly here tonight. Ball won’t carry. No Beltre in the line up.

      He’s also pitched in very bad luck so far this year. .350 babip against. Poor defense played behind him (how is Daric Barton still on the roster). Makes me nervous but I am playing him in two weekly league for the double start this year. Erasmo I would need to see something out of him before I’d trust him. Salazar I have no idea what to expect.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        make that “this week” for the double start.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Definitely not paranoid, all these guys are a little scary. I’d probably rank them in the order you have, Salazar gave up 4 ER in 6 IP to the Royals last year and is scuffling and I’ve never been an Erasmo fan. But Milone is scary too.

  9. Jonas says:
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    you had Cobb ranked a lot higher before the injury. In regards to Iwakuma and his injury, do you think he is really that much higher than Cobb?

    2 factors to mention are a. I am a Rays fan and b. a fellow Rays fan had expressed interest in trading Iwakuma for Cobb,

    so should I do that trade?(…) thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jonas: I did, I wasn’t all Grey for him, but liked him a good bit. Iwakuma is closer to ready (around the corner to Cobb being 1.5 months it’s sounding) and less worried about the injury’s long-term effects. Definitely taking Iwaukma

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    FELDMAN ABOVE NIESE?! ARE YOU CRAZY?! I’m kidding, great post, JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Haha thanks man! If you told me Niese would be healthy all year, yeah Niese goes up a big chunk, but I don’t think he’ll stay healthy.

    • Longbeachyo says:
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      @Grey: Who’s this funny looking guy with the caterpillar on his upper lip? How dare you, sir! Don’t ever question the great J.B. and his supreme knowledge of pitchers!
      Good job, J.B. I was also looking at Chavez but I have no one to drop since my lowest ranked pitchers are Porcello and Estrada… Looks like Chavez could be a nice complimentary (sell high) piece in a trade offer for a bigger name. He looks like he’s got Jared weaver type upside to me, which is a bit boring… Smyly DID get dropped in my league though… I hope I can make some room for him. =)

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Longbeachyo: Yo dude! Yeah I buy the Weaver upside, maybe a few more Ks but I didn’t like Weaver much this year either. I’d hold your guys too, man I want Smyly to do well, hopefully he rebounds from the bad first one!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: What’s funny is Feldman just got Dled HAHAHAHA. Ugh, yeah Feldman will be dropped out

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        My shizz is prescient!

  11. Dave says:
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    Ian Kennedy needs to get ALOT more respect then 75! His velocity is up slightly from last year, hes not giving a homeruns like last year plus he now has a full season in the favorable Padres backdrop. His stats are slightly misleading right now, he’s maintaining a solid K rate and that ERA is bound to come down. Call me crazy but I just dropped Kluber for him and I think in the end I made the RIGHT decision.

    • Dave says:
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      great work by the way. Love the weekly article and rankings!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dave: Interesting, because I felt like 75 is higher than you’d see most places. I won’t say “crazy”, but you know me and Kluber :) I do like Kennedy though, a little undervalued, but Kluber has a lot more upside in my opinion. Thanks man!

  12. Leifer maddness says:
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    so who is the better grab for this week and ros smyly, eovdlio, kyle gibson , or robbie ross? thanks

      • Leifer maddness says:
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        @Moscowitz: im torn between him n smyly, just cant decide. i also dont understand kyle gibson. how long can he keep up those rates? i know he was a prospect.

    • Dave says:
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      @Leifer maddness: Definitely Eovaldi. Great velocity, great park, great k/bb rate. The ERA is gonna come down.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Leifer maddness: Yeah I think I need to move Smyly down some, but I want to see him over a few more starts. I think right now I’d have to say Eovaldi too, especially since you’re factoring in short-term right now. I’ve really liked him since he was the first Profile

  13. Gray or Grey? says:
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    for the GIFs, I would suggest tweaking the frameskip to they don’t appear so choppy. fangraphs (and sbnation) seem to have it down pretty good – if you have some friends over there, maybe would hurt to ask them what settings they use?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gray or Grey?: The issue is a mix of my older computer and it doesn’t stream from MLB very well. So when I get the video, it is dropping frames. I could drop it out of HD, but that looked worse. But I’m going to try and improve these.

  14. Fish says:
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    Was it me, or was Tyson Ross much better the start following his pitcher profile?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Fish:

      Balsley made an adjustment to Ross’ delivery and put some length into the stride. Brought him back up on top of the slider and recovered the downward bite. Hear he looked very good.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Fish: Yup, much better, and if @OaktownSteve: that’s true, I think I’d be a lot less balky of his mechanics. But I didn’t see the start against the Giants, so not sure, going to take a look his next time out

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          @JB Gilpin:

          He’s always had a very odd delivery. He’s real tall but he had this short little stride and then he’d straighten out his land leg and kind of come toppling down over it. I always felt like the stiffness in that leg kind of jarred his upper body and led to an inconsistent release point. I’ll be interested to take a look at him again.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @OaktownSteve: Yeah me too. Me and Oaktown about to go on our first date to Ross’ next start

            • Fish says:
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              @JB Gilpin:

              WTF?!?! How did I get left out of this 3-some love triangle with Tyson Ross?

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Fish: Three’s a crowd!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Fish: Wow, that is much much better. Looks like the velocity is up to. All I wonder was where was this adjustment in Spring!? Hah

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Fish:

            Great links…thanks

  15. doghat666 says:
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    11 team 10×10 roto
    I’m giving:
    A. Cingrani + Frieri for Zimmermann? or

    B. Cobb + Fireri for Zimmermann?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @doghat666: I’m going B, Cobb won’t be back until June it sounds like and I barely liked Cobb over Cingrani heading into the year anyway. I know Tony C is struggling a tad lately, but I think he’ll be fine.

  16. michael says:
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    How much do you like liriano? I was offered him and Gyorko for Utley and Motte.
    Is his control ok? i haven’t followed him last year or this year. I lost Cobb to an injury. My other pitchers are Ryu, Wacha, Masterson, Quintana and Burnett. I am not sure if my team is strong enough in the pitching plus i have weak relievers with chapman being out.

    My league counts QS and K/BB. for hitting they inlude OBP and SLG on top of the 5 x 5

    • JB Gilpin

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      @michael: Yeah I’d have to take that, I’m not a huge Liriano guy, but that’s a big upgrade in that trade. I still like Gyorko a good bit too

  17. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    good stuff here. I come for The GIFs stay for crab cakes. The thing that is missed in this and what I have noticed is that he hides the ball better than you can see in the vids shown. He almost goes from showing it to hiding it to a fast on top of you 91, very similar to what a David Robertson does. He doesn’t throw hard but hides it well than boom it’s on ya. Just my 1 schilling of comments. Back to bed still recovering from 4/20.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Smokey: Haha thanks man! Interesting, yea I didn’t think much on his deception, but it is a pretty quick delivery. But that almost scares me more, hitters might figure out their timing eventually… I dunno… Glad you had a good 4/20!

  18. Tulogit says:
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    Nice work.

    Kluber Lang was dropped in my 12 team h2h. Should i drop Skaggs or Rob Ross Jr to put in a claim? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tulogit: Yes definitely, I’d drop Ross. People shaving their Klubes so early in the year is nutso!

      • Tulogit says:
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        @JB Gilpin: haha. Great. Well, if my rival is gonna shave his Klubes this early in the season, then I’ll show him by scooping them up and glueing them to my upper lip for the remainder of the season.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tulogit: Sounds like the only logical course of action, 100% endorse it

  19. trapperkeeper says:
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    JB-
    You really buyin’ Gallardo’s early success??
    He’s burned me oh so many times in the past but he fell in my lap so cheaply I rostered him…
    But when is the damn shoe gonna drop?!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @trapperkeeper: Not a ton, I did move him up some and his command looks better. Still not great Ks but I think he’ll improve the ERA and WHIP. I think one shoe will fall slightly but that’s about it haha

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @trapperkeeper:

      I’m not buying Gallardo much at all. The thing scouts were looking for was would the velocity come back and it has not. He has dipped the walk rate but not to an ultra low rate relatively speaking. He’s at .36 HR/9 against a career rate around 1 and a 90% strand rate which is unsustainable. He’s got a .264 BABIP which will correct. This guy is a sell high if ever there was one. He’s on the cusp of some beatings.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @OaktownSteve: I’m not thinking he’s anywhere close to what he used to be, but I think he does better than last year and stays in the fringy territory

  20. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Great break down JB. I appreciate it! I was looking forward to seeing Chavez pitch. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up picking him up. Someone else beat me to the punch. Listening to a podcast this morning, they mentioned how Chavez has gone away from his four seamer and started to use his cutter in place of the four seamer. Your analysis agrees. I do think his curveball and change up will grade out above average. If he can consistently throw his cutter, curve and changeup well, he’ll be here to stay (on most fantasy teams).

    I’m now intrigued by Martin Perez. Not sure when he pitches next, but I picked him up in one RCL and hoping he sticks. Pitching in Texas in the summer is a little scary though.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shake N Bacon: Thanks man! He certainly threw more than the four-seam and it’s a better pitch. As I mentioned above to Oaktown, yeah if the curve and change are consistently slightly above average, he’d be solid all year, I just didn’t see that in this past start. I actually just picked up Perez as well in a league, kinda shocked he was still out there. I think some the good times keep rolling.

  21. Eric R. says:
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    Who would you rather keep (non-keeper): Jim Johnson or Sergio Santos

    One lost his closer job and may get it back. The other temporarily has the closer’s job but is likely to give it up. Don’t have room on the roster for both with David Robertson coming off the DL

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric R.: I’d rather Jim Johnson. I know Janssen can’t get his back healed up, but Santos has had control problems at times and I do think Janssen is quickly back in the role when ready

  22. The Thumb says:
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    Not to ask something that may be unanswerable, but do you think Salazar is just experiencing a slow start due to lack of Spring Training work/over-protection or do you think that something is really wrong?

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @The Thumb: What’s crazy is that three of their SP’s have started off poorly. Makes you wonder if it’s coincidence or not. McCallister though has been getting fairly lucky.

      I’d hold tight onto Salazar (masterson and Kluber) for a few more starts. I bet they all start to right the ship.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Thumb: Yeah slow start and sophomore slump. I docked him a few spots in my ranks, but still think he’s going to have a pretty good year, I don’t think there’s too big a concern yet with any mechanics or injuries, but I’ll have to check out his next start

  23. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Not related to this article, but figured I would ask:

    Can you rate these three RP in terms of most saves by the end of the year?

    Rex Brothers
    Daniel Webb
    Dan Carpenter

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shake N Bacon: Good one. I’ll go the order you have them, not worried about Kimbrel, I actually think Lindstrom might hold the role longer than most, and while Hawkins is fine now, Brothers closed pretty well at times last year I think he has the best shot

  24. trapperkeeper says:
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    Talk me off the ledge on Gyorko man….he’s been killing me!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @trapperkeeper: Haha I can’t do it man! .195 BABIP, walking over 11% of the time, I think it’s gonna come around. But not in this series against my Brewers :)

  25. Brendan says:
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    do you like Ian Kennedy, Rick Porcello, Matt Harrison or Nate Eovaldi for the rest of the season? Pick 3. In a points 15 team league that really values QS (+8). Basically a QS league.

    Thanks! Love these posts!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brendan: I’m leaving Harrison way out of that group. Like Porcello and Eovaldi the most. Thanks man!

  26. E says:
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    drop gregerson or farnsworth to add mejia for a 12 team pts league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: yeah, probably Gregerson, esp. since Pts league

  27. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    I had Chavez for this past HOU start then (hopefully) sold high on him and Dee Gordon before they regress (Chavez+Gordon for Heyward + Lowrie; Reyes is my starter so these are just backup SS).

    To fill the gaping hole he left, I then somehow suckered someone into giving up Mike Minor for Axford (guy also has Allen for holds but needed saves). Hopefully suckered. :) My other RP still are Reed, Perkins, Papelbon, Cishek, Melancon.

    What you think of these moves?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Battle of the Sleepers: Ummmmm, A++++++ on everything haha. Lots of suckering indeed! Definitely killer moves.

  28. Nicholas Pieroni says:
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    Trade got vetoed in my league. I gave Braun, Trumbo, Cingrani and Soria for McCutchen, Votto, and Chapman. Points league HR are worth 8 points. Do you guys think it should have been vetoed? Thanks. I have asked a couple of your cohorts already just trying to get as many opinions as possible. The cutch side is the side that everyone says is too much. Basically Braun and crap for Cutch, votto, and chapman

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nicholas Pieroni: Yeah but Trumbo in that format is good too. I think I’d rather Cutch side, but not vetoable at all, vetoes are kinda a pet peeve for me in fantasy these days, people just will veto anything especially if a team doing well gets a helpful deal.

  29. Wash Heights says:
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    I just traded Kershaw for Braun despite an overloaded OF. I have 3 OF slots.+ 1Util so for my purposes basically 4OF slots. Mind you I’m a Yanks homer so I’m high on Sori and Beltran but nevertheless: I got those 2, Werth, Cruz, Billy Hamilton, and now Braun. Who should/can I move in a trade? I’m thinkin Cruz. High on Billy still, I’m loving the whole “cut out the first 0 for 12 cuts” stance, which left him at .273 when I first read it but now it’s .250.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wash Heights: Yeah I mean, I never was a big Hamilton guy to begin with. I do like the trade though. I think yeah Cruz or Hamilton would be my sells, if Hamilton I’d wait until like a 5 steal game with everyone talking about him haha

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        O man if he got 5 tho I’d build a statue for that scrawny fellow. In my overloaded OF state I feel like he’s the perfect guy to keep/bench cause if he can even hit .250 stlil capable of 80 steals (yes still!) And therefore if I play him once every 3 games an easy 25 steals. But I appreciate the advice. Cruz it likely is. I still like all my OFers. Should’ve/Could’ve got Pujols instead of Braun, tough call….

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Wash Heights: Haha then someone would steal the statue! Nah that actually makes good sense slotting him in when you can. Nah, I like you got Braun, if anything you can re-sell Braun for more than what Pujols would bring I’d imagine.

  30. 740 says:
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    JB wsup with Latos how long is he out? Man I’m thinking drop him for Ryan Zimmerman

    10team roto 5x5cat

    Thanks dude

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @740: Yo dude, ummm, he has a thing that requires surgery a lot, one of those flexors, and he’s shut down for at least another week before he even tries anything. No issues with that move at all, even if Latos feels good coming back from it, it’ll be a lot of rehab and rehab starts and that’s if theres no setback

  31. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Would you trade R Soriano for S Gray if you need another SP and already has Cisek Axford Santos/Janssen? I would but I’m sitting on it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: Yeah I think I would, Gray has looked pretty good and I think you have enough RP for now

  32. Joe G says:
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    JB They offer me pitcher zimmerman for my wilin Rosario or wilin Rosario and tony cingrani for jean segura which trade you like moré ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe G: I like the second one more – buying Seggy low. Eh, actually I kinda like both, but do you have another C? Or is it shallow enough to where a decent C is avail?

      • Joe G says:
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        @JB Gilpin: i have mesoraco

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joe G: Yeah I’d take the Segura one. Unless your pitching is really bad which I doubt it could be bad enough for me to turn down Segura

          • Joe G says:
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            @JB Gilpin: i have grienke,liriano,garrit colé,sonny gray,alex wood,Gio González,tyson ross,derek holland

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Joe G: Yeah that’s solid, I think you’re fine with pitching man I’d grab Segura – great buy low. Only hit lower today bc a tough rightie, Segura will be back up there soon, and almost certainly so for the couple games Gomez might be suspended

  33. Sniff Test says:
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    Hamels coming off the dl… my pitchers are Darvish, Santana, Porcello, Sabathia, Peavy, Eovaldi and Chavez. This is a keeper league…not that I would keep anyone beyond Darvish…but who do you drop once Hamels comes off?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sniff Test: Hmmmm that’s a good one. I’d probably say Chavez, but Peavy does have 4 walks in each of the past 3, I probably need to move him down my ranks. Still Chavez though

  34. Matt says:
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    Okay Im gonna drop chavez for wily hoping no one gets him. Cool?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt: Yeah I still like Wily more, unless he has a really bad start over the weekend, Wily will move into the 50s he’s looking solid

  35. ryan says:
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    Do you think Jim Johnson will be in the saves mix any time soon for Oakland? Have him stashed but Strop is out there and thinking of making that move. Any opinion on the better choice of these terrible options?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ryan: Yeah I do – and sooner rather than later. I’d still hold Johnson over Strop, but yeah, neither are exactly that inspiring haha

  36. Dave says:
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    Do I dare go Bauer over Mejia as my replacement for sale?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dave: Ohhhh daring indeed. I think right now I’m sticking with Mejia – and I should have Bauer in my top 100 – but close. Mejia was solid yesterday

  37. Alan says:
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    Do you agree with streamonator on ranking these 3 starts over the next week?

    1 Mejia vs MIA
    2 Chavez vs HOU
    3 W Peralta vs CHC

    Mejia’s control and stanton scare me (see justin upton)

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alan: Haha yea I was watching that game when that happened. Funny stuff! I agree with you, I’m going a full 180. Peralta is looking pretty effing awesome and the Cubs don’t have a clue. So Wily, Chavez, Mejia for me in those starts

  38. malamoney

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    Would you trade Salazar and Springer for Cain in a H2H points league.

    Here’s my staff (we start 4): Felix, Greinke, Anibal, Gray, Shelby Miller, Gerrit Cole, Salazar, Bauer, Carlos Martinez and Bundy.

    My outfield is (we start 4): Braun, Jones, Gordon, Cespedes, Springer, Calhoun, Moss, Prado and Khris Davis

    • JB Gilpin

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      @malamoney: Yeah I actually think I would. Your OF looks deep and gives you another solid arm

  39. Dead Head says:
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    So I’m surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but it’s starting to look like Grey has some sort of *CURSE* with Middle Infielders… I mean first it was Rutledge last year, and this year it’s continued with Brad Miller and Jedd Gyorko. What’s the deal with that Grey? I’m sure I’m missing some others but those 3 really stand out. And it seems the Corner spots are safe, but the middle spots are the ones carrying the *CURSE*. I’ll have to think of some clever name for it…

    But anyway haha Nice write up JB. I scooped Chavez in my 16 team dynasty league and I’ve been enjoying his success. I agree with some of the comments above that the total package is greater than the individual parts since his stuff isn’t elite or anything. But the dude know’s how to pitch. Eno Sarris from FanGraphs mentioned that when he was interviewing the Oakland pitchers last season all of them seemed to highly respect Chavez. He mentioned one of them (I forget who exactly..) said “Ya I just wish I could do things with the ball that that guy can” (referring to Chavez). And he was a little confused by that since he wasn’t a necessarily great reliever. But the Cutter is a big change that he’s used way more as a SP than when he was relieving, and it seems to be a good pitch. He seems to be able to manipulate his pitches pretty effectively with the slower speeds on the curve, 3 different fastball looks, some different spins on the change, etc. Interesting guy I think everybody has no clue what to make of it haha. Will be fun to watch his progress throughout the season.

    One guy I’ve been keeping an eye on in my super deep leagues (16 team dynasty, 20 team dynasty) is Tom Koehler. Guy is having a surprisingly good start to the season, and I caught his last outing vs ATL and he was making guys look silly. He’s got an above average Slider that’s getting good whiffs, and has pretty good velocity averaging 93.7 and touching 96. Held his velocity deep into his start too. Would be interesting to see you do a write up on him if you do some deeper league guys, but I think I’m guna have eto scoop him up and see how it goes. Gotta love that home ballpark.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dead Head: Grey the curser! I think those were just some rough picks, I still like those two to turn it around. Thanks man! Completely agree with your analysis – thus far the sum is better than the parts, and while the cutter is pretty nasty, his mix of everything is getting it done while we scratch our heads a bit. He’ll be very interesting to follow all year indeed. Hmmm interesting on Koehler, I’ve only briefly seen him pitch and will need to check him out. Def like the ballpark, I’m still big on Eovaldi too pitching there in the Canyon. I’ll keep that in mind, thanks man!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: you forget that Grey loved Gyorko and Miller last year too. Nobody was talking about curses when Gyorko hit 20-whatever homers last year while missing around a month and playing like shit for the first 3 weeks coming off that injury early.

        • Dead Head says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Lol geeze man, can’t anybody take a joke around here? That’s what we do here, tell jokes, right?

          And about the curse, you could say that Grey hopped on board right around when he got hurt, and then continued to like him saying when he got back he’d be awesome… but then he played like complete ass! The curse at work once again!! Cust kayin’.

      • Dead Head says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks man I like to think that I learn some things from reading your posts religiously..

        And ya surprisingly the Marlins aren’t completely terrible this year either, it’s amazing what a massive human being like Stanton can do for your team moral when he’s absolutely crushing the ball. But I agree, Eovaldi has been on my radar but this Koehler guy slipped right by me. Playing in deep ass leagues (20 & 16 team dyansty’s) you get used to the waiver wire being filled with complete shizzz, so when you notice a guy out there putting up decent numbers most of the time it’s an illusion, but sometimes you can find some gems. But so far just looking at his arsenal it’s surprisingly not terrible. I’m gunna watch his next start closely, perhaps follow the JB method and take notes pitch for pitch.

        But anyways I ramble on… Good stuff and looking forward to the next profile you put out.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dead Head: Haha well I surely appreciate it! It’s been a big bounceback for some of my pitching picks – Smyly looking good, Kluber – MAN! So things looking up. Yeah when at least 1 or 2 other batters besides Stanton are hitting well, he’s gonna be a beast. Looks like Sunday vs. Mets, if he throws a gem it could be who I go with for Monday!

  40. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Awesome stuff JB, per usual. Maybe Wily Peralta next week?

  41. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    why are santiago and mejia (i know you made this before his STL start) getting worse, as they’ve had their better starts of the year recently. santiago in particular started the year terrible (and at that point i could see you having him off list entirely) but he’s been good for 2 straight. i see you did finally move cosart down, after his 2nd bad start in a row (and worst start of anyone all year)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I disagree Santiago was “good” in that last start. I think he is struggling way too much with his control racking up those 5 walks and he can’t pitch deep enough into games. I think I just started him too high thinking maybe he could get it together and I wasn’t that encouraged. When I did the Mejia downgrade, the blister thing was on my mind, plus some bad control, but I’m a little more encouraged now. Also the Dice K call up seemed a little threatening to Mejia’s role in the rotation – but that last start should quell any concern there. Haha yeah poor Cosart… I bet he watched this dude McHugh’s start from tonight and was like, “wtf this should be me!”

  42. Swfcdan says:
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    Good stuff JB, still missing you on Grey’s morning shifts answering questions in his posts!

    You gotta do Tanaka sometime im telling ya, he is nasty!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swfcdan: Haha I miss doin those man! Unfortunately I work nights now so I’m closer to Grey’s schedule than a normal eastern time zone schedule. I think everyone is pretty sold Tanaka is pretty dirty and will be for years to come! But would be fun to do one on him. Cheering for Smyly tonight, make my rank look good!

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Martin Perez too. Dunno what it is but hes pretty untouchable right now!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Swfcdan: It’s the ground balls man! I think he’s up to like 12 or 13 double plays. Gotta be a league leader in ground ball outs too, everything is on the ground, sinker is workin!

  43. AndrewM says:
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    Realistic projections for Marcus STroman this year?

    My staff is:
    SP: JFern, Sonny Gray, Liriano, Mejia, Kershaw, WAcha, Perez, Ross, Hutchison
    RP: Santos, Lindstrom, HOlland, Robertson, Gregerson

    I have been trying to sell high on perez, ross, hutchison, and mejia but no one is biting. I want to trade one of those and a closer to get another solid SP and then pickup STroman possibly.

    What are your thoughts? Of the 4 I am trying to punt which would you sell… Mejia didn’t pitch terribly last night but the final numbers looked bad bc bullpen gave up 2 additional runs after he came out in the 6th.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AndrewM: I think he’ll be decent, but not dropping anyone on your staff at this point. I’d be selling Ross the highest, didn’t look good against my Brewers, velocity still way down. I just don’t think he’ll be consistent at all. Well Mejia I’m selling too because of innings limit concerns. A lot of injuries through his early years. I like Perez a lot, his ability to get GBs is very encouraging.

      • AndrewM says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Would you do Ross and Mejia for Salazar? Thats what I am about to offer. It’s a keeper 12 man league with 27 players for each team.

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