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I was a little unsure of who would be profiled this week (I thought about Jacob deGrom, but Front Row Amy was in attendance so I’d be too distracted…), so I went with a twitter suggestion that make me scratch my head a bit.  Matt Shoemaker?  Is he really interesting at all?

I’m a big Angels fan, my most important dynasty now has Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun, and Howie Kendrick manning my O (no one cares!), so I’ve seen some bits and pieces of Shoemaker here and there.  You could say, I’ve seen a sole and a… let’s go with shoelace.  A good mix of pitches but with nothing overwhelming, it was shocking to see two 10+ K games in his previous six, before tossing an absolute gem against the Tigers last Saturday.

So I decided to take a deeper look into Shoemaker and see if he has some spot-start or even backend rotation relevance for fantasy owners pushing towards the final stretch:

First Inning: Shoemaker’s first pitch is a 91 MPH fastball on the inside edge for strike one on Austin Jackson.  Fastball low is fouled back, 93 misses just off the plate, then Shoemaker’s first off-speed is a change-up dying low in the zone and gets a swing-and-miss first K.  Great way to start.  First pitch fastball at 93 gets Ian Kinsler to whiff, then a hanging change-up on the outer edge is slashed to left for a double.  Good hitting, but also a bad pitch.  Up is Miguel Cabrera who swings at the first pitch heater and pounds it to short for a groundout.  Hitters so far not picking up the fastball well.  Two outs, and Shoemaker starts Victor Martinez with a curveball falling off into the dirt, change-up flutters outside, fastball is in there, fastball again too high and tight, a high change-up is right there in the zone to fill it up, change-up fouled, and the 3-2 change-up on the hands is swung through and missed, for a very difficult strikeout of VMart.

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Second Inning: Still 0-0, Shoemaker gets a fastball in there to J.D. Martinez, slider goes low and away, slider again but in the zone is pulled foul, Martinez is late on a fastball foul, fastball is juuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside, then a change-up on the outside corner is reached for and hit hard to left, but Efren Navarro makes a great leaping grab to get the out.  Big defensive play there.  First pitch fastball is fouled off by Torii Hunter, fastball is outside, slider dives low, fastball too far inside, and a 3-1 change-up is pulled foul.  Big confidence to throw a 3-1 change-up and get it in the zone.  Change-up again is barely tipped foul, and the payoff change-up on the lower outside corner is dribbled to third, two outs.

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Man, hitting the corner with the change-up on a full count.  Nick Castellanos takes a fastball low, then fastball in the zone is hit moderately hard to short for another pretty routine groundout.

Third Inning: Shoemaker starts the third with a fastball fouled off by Alex Avila, then a slow curveball at 75 is rolled over and grounded to first for an easy groundout.  Eugenio Suarez shows bunt but takes a slider for a strike, then a curveball that was a bit of roller but still looked decent is stayed back on and looped to left for a solid single.  Good hitting from Suarez there.  Back up is Ajax who takes a fastball strike, fastball goes low and outside, then via a challenge Suarez is picked off at first.  Ausmus argues and gets thrown out, taking at least five minutes for everything to work out.  Shoemaker after the delay misses with a change-up, but the 2-1 fastball at the knees is grounded out weakly to short by Jackson to end the inning.

Fourth Inning: The Angels pick up a 1-0 lead and a high slider is fouled off by Kinsler.  Not the best pitch there.  Then a fastball nearly right down the middle is hit hard, but right to Navarro in left for a hard-hit line out.  Miggy takes a fastball low and outside, slider goes down to the same spot, the 2-0 fastball is in there, then a high change-up is barely on Cabrera’s fists for a high, long popup to center.  That was not where Shoemaker wanted it, but Miggy just missed it.  Two outs, and first pitch fastball is inside on VMart, he’s just late on an outside fastball and hits it foul, he’s again late on a fastball out there and hit foul, 1-2 change-up is low, then a slider is rolled over to first for a routine out.

Fifth Inning: Mixing all four of his pitches very well, Shoemaker opens the fourth with a fastball that looked outside but gets the call, 0-1 to J.D. Martinez.  Slider hits about the same spot and gets the same call.

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Wow, what command – and umpire gave him that spot and was able to hit it again with a slider.  Awesome.  And keeps it awesome with a change-up on the hands swung-over and missed for his third K.

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What a sequence there – fastball outside black, slider outside black, change-up breaking low and in.  First-pitch fastball is in there to Hunter, change-up is low, fastball is a bit tight at the knees, then a high outside change-up is pulled to short for an easy groundout.  A lot of easy groundouts so far.  Castellanos takes a fastball in the dirt, then a slider in the zone is popped up and Pujols catches it a few steps in foul territory by first.  K and two really easy outs, great inning.

Sixth Inning: Protecting that 1-0 lead, and very very well I might add, Shoemaker is barely inside with a change-up to Avila, fastball inside is tipped foul, fastball outside fouled off as well, change-up is low, then Shoemaker runs a ridiculous two-seamer at 92 from the inside corner to the inside black of the plate for a K looking.  Nasty pitch.  Slider is outside on Suarez, then Suarez tries to bunt a slider and it hits Suarez leaving the box for an automatic out.  Two outs, and Ajax flares a first pitch fastball to right for a bloop single.  Hit that one in the right spot, and Calhoun couldn’t quite get there.  Snaps nine straight put away, and Kinsler takes a fastball just outside.  1-0 change-up is popped foul, fastball away is fouled off, then a nasty change-up inside and low drops almost to the dirt and is swung over and missed.  5 Ks now as Shoemaker gets Kinsler gone gone chasin’ waterfalls.

Seventh Inning: At 69 pitches, Shoemaker is cruising and starts the 7th with a fastball in there to Miggy.  The Angels are now up 3-0 as well, and Shoemaker throws a two-seamer too far in, 1-1.  Fastball is low, then a change stays high, and the 3-1 change-up right down the middle is lined on a rope to third, but the catch is made.  Huge contact there, just in the wrong spot.  VMart takes a fastball in, perfect curveball on the inside edge gets the zone, then a change-up is popped up to left, but Navarro on the charge in makes the catch, two down.  And on the first pitch, J.D. Martinez skies a long popup toward the left field line and Navarro makes another good catch.  At only 78 pitches, the Angels turn to their money bullpen and get Shoemaker the double-ya.

Final Line:  W  7.0 IP  78 Pitches (51 Strikes)  0 ER  3 Hits  0 Walks  5 K  Gamescore: 76  Gamescore+: 73.6

Final Analysis: Awesome outing from Shoemaker.  The control and command were impeccable, he was able to throw all four pitches for strikes and dominated in the zone.  No walks to the five Ks against one of the best offenses in baseball.  His Gamescore+ came out to be lower than his Gamescore interestingly, but a point or two missing from his pickoff of Suarez is a little bit of a flaw in the system.

Starting with the fastball, Shoemaker two and four-seams it ramping it up to 93 but usually around 90.  The Tigers were kept off balance with the heater all game, which made all of his off-speed pitches all the more effective.  In this start, the change-up was his primary off-speed, which he has used as such through the season as well at 20.4% usage (Fangraphs lists it as a split-finger, but the action is about the same).  At 84.3 MPH (usually 83-84 in this start), it had good downward bite to keep hitters guessing.  And both breaking balls were going as well, with the slider located well, and a few 74-75 MPH curveballs as another strike option.  The command of his whole arsenal really stood out this game.

If I had to make a comp, I think Collin McHugh is a good one.  He’s not quite as lanky, and McHugh’s main secondary pitch is his slider vs. Shoemaker the change, but both have command of all four pitches without an overpowering fastball.  Shoemaker is obviously on a better team, but there still is some concern over if the Angels pick up another starter in a deadline deal.  We’ve seen the value Shoemaker can bring to the bullpen as a long reliever (he was called to throw 3.2 innings when Jered Weaver had to leave early with a back issue a few weeks back), so that worries me a tad projecting for ROS.  If the Angels make a commitment to Shoemaker, I will as well and rank him in the 80s, but until then he’s a good deeper league spot-start pickup with great upside for Ks and low WHIP while available on a ton of waiver wires.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

(rankings based on 12-team Roto, and from this point to the end of season – green for risers, red for fallers.  New indexing key – IL = innings limit concern, WD = wear down concern)

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

Dropped Out: Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (no improvement with elbow inflammation, sounds really bad), Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners (with Paxton about back, he will get a lot of minor seasoning)

  • Thanks for the suggestion on listing innings limit and guys who might wear down.  Any thoughts on how those are listed?  And I’m sure a few will be disagreed with!
  • I’ve wanted to buy back into Alex Cobb a ton, but it took him a hot minute to find his stride after the oblique.  Back to all-in and think he can finish strong.
  • Not worried about last week’s Profile Alex Wood.  Got singled to death by the Pads in just a BABIP regression kind of game for SD.
  • Speaking of the Padres, if Mike Minor struggles today against em, it’s drop in all leagues.  His breaking stuff was missing high every pitch against the Marlins and was getting rocketed.  I think his ineffectiveness, at least at the extent right now, is a surprise to everyone.
  • You see why I never ranked Carlos Martinez!  Figured he’d get moved to the pen.
  • Tyson Ross is really good.  Oops.
  • Another guy I was wrong on, but about a month later, was my early season Eovaldi love.  No trust there anymore.
  • I’ve watched both of Jimmy Nelson’s starts since his Pitcher Profile implosion two weeks ago, and while still a little erratic, looks a lot better.  Mets/Lucas Duda fans… Brewers nation hates you right now!
  • My bad on Harang, meant to keep him in the 90s last week and he just won’t go away.  Worth a back end role on deeper teams.

Matt certainly looked like a short-term Truemaker out there, what do you think?  I’m sure there’s a few disagreements with the ranks as well, shoot below and happy final week of July pitching!

  1. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    JB–thanks for the profile!!! I am glad the Truemaker delivered on Saturday night…I gotta think he sticks in the rotation and I think he should be ranked in the 60s around CJ Wilson, Tim Lincecum, and Gallardo.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hebrew Hammer: It’s possible, he could really shoot up if they fully invest in him. He’ll shoot up by next week if he gets through the trade deadline still penciled in as the 5th guy

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great post, JB! I wish I would’ve streamed The Cobbler, just didn’t have the testicular fortitude….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Thanks boss! Cobbler killed it the other day just like a flaky homemade crust with fruit filling!

  3. Cram It says:
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    Forgot to tell you this is my favorite Razzball resource. As someone who doesn’t pay for pitching in drafts, this will be invaluable going forward, especially as you tinker with enhancements. Hope it stays!

    Now, back to me…I would infer that the WD’s and IL’s might be good sell highs (if they’re ranked well enough). Your rankings aside, any SP’s you feel are on the up and up after underperforming that you would target? Just seeing if there are any JB hunches. Everyone loves to express those right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cram It: Haha thanks so much man! I really appreciate it and makes em easier to do:)

      Oh man, do people love to express the JB hunches! Yeah I think a few of the WD/IL guys are worth shopping, but only at the right price. Chavez for example I’ve kept a teeny bit low despite some good returns because of the IL concern.

      I traded for Cliff Lee in a dynasty push where I’m probably not keeping him and gave up Archie Bradley. Meh, not loving it now! Other buy lows – Strasburg right now might have his value the lowest, James Shields is turning it around, Alex Wood if an owner is really myopic off one bad start, I think those are some OK ones…

      • Cram It says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool. Stras is probably too big of a name but Lee, Shields and Wood might be good opportunities. Thanks man.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Cram It: Any time!

          • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @JB Gilpin: somebody in my 20 teamer dynasty just offered me lee for my bradley/profar. nope. this is the same guy who drafted lee over stanton (i got stanton at 11th overall), after each of us kept as many of our team name from real life we wanted (i am TEX, so super injured)

            • JB Gilpin

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              @And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Interesting… Yeah in a 20-teamer Bradley/Profar for Lee is no bueno at all. MIne is a deeper roster 10-teamer and pitching is my weakness while in first, so Bradley for him made sense for me.

  4. Goose! says:
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    So…Justin Verlander, Jake Peavy, and Marcus Strohman.

    I have the former 2…the latter is sitting there on the FA list.

    Its a 12 team keeper league h2h category wins. Pitching categories are W, HR allowed, Ks, ERA, WHIP, NSVH.

    Rest of my staff is: Sale, Keuchel, Bailey, Salazar, deGrom, Harvey in the DL slot.

    Should I pick up Stro?

    Here’s what the offense looks like (if you think I shouldn’t drop any of those pitchers for some reason but should still pick him up): http://i.imgur.com/XMZZ9mz.png?1

    • Cram It says:
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      @Goose!: My two cents: H2H I’d rather have the SP depth. I’d lose Chisenhall. Dude’s on the skids.

      • Goose! says:
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        @Cram It: I would but Zim going to the DL (and me subsequently dropping him, for Peavy in fact after the trade) makes him my only backup 3B option.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Goose!: I agree with Cram, I think it’s Chisenhall given he’s barely ever playing for you. Depth is nice on O but not if you can get a guy like Stroman :). I would also drop Peavy for him as well, but Peavy has some fun upside with the team switch.

  5. Cash says:
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    In a 12 team H2H league which 2 would you want ROS out of Han, Liriano, Shoemaker

    • Cash says:
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      @Cash:

      That’s Hahn

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cash: I’d go Hahn and Liriano. I liked what I saw from Shoemaker a lot, but ROS is tough since as I said in the piece, I’m a little worried they could pick up another starter and move him to long relief.

      • Cash says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks!

        Would you take Shoemaker over Burnett or Lackey?

        • Cash says:
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          @Cash:

          League has W, QS, K/9, K/BB, WHIP, ERA as cats

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Cash: I think I would for the upside over Lackey. K/9 should be a really good stat for Shoe.

  6. TreeFrog says:
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    I’m sure this was a good article, but I never made it past Front Row Amy…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TreeFrog: Hahaha, who can ever make it past front row amy?!

  7. Natty Boh says:
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    I streamed Shoemaker last week and couldn’t have been happier w/ the production. Any concerns the Rangers shut down Yu to protect his innings while they have nothing to play for?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Natty Boh: Nice! Hmmm, I haven’t really considered it – I don’t think so, but that’s an interesting thought. They certainly could, especially if say his neck issue flares up again, but I don’t think they will unless he has any sort of (no matter how minor) injury.

  8. Lou says:
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    Hey Guys! Who has the best keeper value for next year? C Gomez in 5th, Springer in 15th or Cespedes in 17th?

    And which of those keepers would u trade to get for Ellsbury & Soria? 1st & 2nd choices..thx

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lou: Hmmmm good one. As a Crew fan, tough to say no to Gomey, but I like Springer in the 15th. Arguably the most upside of the three heading into next year.

  9. TJ says:
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    For some reason I just can’t pull the trigger and drop Minor yet. Is it time to cut bait and replace him with Vogelsong? Or do you gamble on the upside of Shoemaker or Hector Santiago?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TJ: Yeah, two homers against the Pads… I dunno and he some quote to the effect of “I found a mechanical flaw, but it’s too late in the year to fully adjust right” or something like that. I actually might Shoemaker for the short term, but Vogelsong ROS

  10. Psychedelic Floyd says:
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    Hey gang, so I duno if you normally handle dynasty questions, but it involves SP so figured I’d see what you thought….

    I’m currently sitting in position número Uno (#1) in my 20-team roto dynasty league (5×5) and was offered Grienke for my Archie Bradley and Lucas Giolito. Is that too much for Grienke at this point in his career? I’m comfortably in 1st so a move isn’t necessary, but if anything were to drop off and lose me the title it would be my pitching. Thoughts?

    • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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      @Psychedelic Floyd: normally I wouldn’t hesitate trading minor league assets for MLB talent like Grienke but Bradley and Giolito could be 2 of the best pitchers in baseball very shortly… But hey that’s life right? Can’t have it all..

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Psychedelic Floyd: Sure, any questions welcome! Wow, that’s a really tough one, Archie Bradley sure took a big hit in value through this year. I still like him, but Greinke in a 20-teamer is a sure-fire ace… How big is your league, especially in pitching ratios? If there are points to be made there, aka a real tight ERA race, I think I would grab Greinke and be sure you get el title!

  11. danny almonte says:
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    So should I prep for Gausman getting shut down for h2h playoffs? Seems like he been jerked around a little, maybe he can pitch thru it

    • danny almonte says:
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      @danny almonte: not sure his minors IP, but 49 IP in the bigs this yr

    • Natty Boh says:
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      @danny almonte: No, the Os need him for a plsyoff push. He has been their best starter.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @danny almonte: I don’t think he’ll get shut down early, but maybe late or moved into the bullpen for the playoffs. As @Natty Boh: says, yeah he’s been their best pitcher most likely and they definitely need him until at least mid-Sept when they prepare/push for playoffs

  12. 740 says:
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    Good stuff JB. like the rankings. i think it helps out a lot. would you drop Soria for either Feliz, Petricka, Lindstrom?

    Thank u!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @740: Thanks man! I think I go Feliz there, helped we got to see a save last night!

  13. Should I continue to wait to see if Joakim Soria takes over the closer role in Detroit, or cut him loose for Mark Melancon, Jake McGee, Joaquín Benoit. or Neftali Feliz? Also, Todd Frazier or Nolan Arenado at 3B? Arenado is now 5-for-14 with two roundtrippers over his last four games and could be on track for a big second half. Frazier has cooled down second half of July. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @madden_curser: Wow, yeah I def would drop him for I think all 4 of those. I’d rank them McGee, Melancon, Feliz, Benoit, Soria right now. Frazier at third by a good bit still, I know their respective values are going in opposite direction, but I like Frazier’s SB.

  14. longbeachyo says:
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    Nice job JB. I like the addition of the “wear down” too. BUT, you weren’t supposed to put any of my pitchers on there!!! J/K What makes you think Arrieta is going to have an innings limit this year? Just a hunch, or have you read anything? Also, speaking of limiting, when is Grey going to cap Tehol’s articles for this year? He’s been wearing down for months. It’s getting ugly…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @longbeachyo: Thanks man! Haha sorry about that! More a hunch – he’s looking like a long-term ace and Cubs are going nowhere with Arrieta having a TJ in his past. A lot of factors that would make sense for a Sept shut down. Haha I can’t talk to that effect, but glad I’m still pushing strong!

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Hey JB!!

    It’s this kind of insightful article that really separates razzball.com from the rest of the other sites. Truly amazing stuff. It’s like I get an armchair’s view of the whole ball game!! I also really appreciate the complete objectivity in presenting the data as it unfolds with sugar-coating it for the faint of heart. I am privileged to have had this opportunity of reading your stuff, man. Thanks a million.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks so much man! Really appreciate it!

  16. jr says:
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    Great article! Thanks for the pitcher rankings. I play in a league that counts quality starts instead of wins. Are there any pitchers that you would bump up significantly in a league like this?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jr: Thanks man! Good question, I’ll go Colon and Gee as some good ones, a really good one is Wade Miley who seems to go deep most starts with only 6 wins. I know he was bad his last time out though… Pretty much any Padre in a home start haha.

  17. endershadow says:
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    Would you deal Cespedes for Teheran? 14 team x 5 keepers H2H w OBP/SLG/CG

    thank you

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @endershadow: I probably would, especially if I needed some pitching. Any time!

  18. Bernie Brewer says:
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    I posted this in Grey’s latest post, but wanted your take too. I was offered Holliday and Alex Wood for Adam Jones. I’m tempted, but wanted to get your input, knowing you’re a big fan of Wood (ha ha!).

    Thanks!

    PS – Think the Brew Crew can hold on and sneak their way in the playoffs this year??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bernie Brewer: Hmmmm does seem close but I love Adam Jones, in a shallow league for sure I would hold off. Any time!

      Yeah I think we can, although it’s not sneaking in anymore! Nice win today, Gallardo being fairly consistent has been huge for us too.

  19. Jonas says:
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    What do you think about Masterson?

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: Is Masterson better option than Mccarthy ROS?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jonas: Ack sorry for the delay! Still out of the top 100 for me until he shows he can get his velo up and command. Whewwwww, tough comp, because I’m not huge on McCarthy either. I’d take MCCarthy first

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