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The first Pitcher Profile is here!  I haven’t been this nervous since Grey had me wax his mustache my first day as an intern.

So if you’re new to Pitcher Profiles, where ya been?!  Well glad to have you, and below is a gargantuan post that I think will break your browser.  But hey!  It’s your one-stop shop (cliche boner) for all pitching questions, rankings, and GIFfing.  I just learned how to GIF, and man, it’s sorta close to learning how to Dougie except less people point and laugh at you (hopefully – but that’d be a bad GIF!).

As always, I tend to select my profiling on a pitcher who is widely available in most 10 and 12ers for owners to gauge their pickup or streaming interest.  I know these was a hope for a Taylor Jordan (sorry Long Beach!) profile, but I wanted to go for a guy who I think can have a bigger impact.  A guy that “Oh my god throws a fire!  Sale.”

We’ve all heard about Nathan Eovaldi‘s stuff.  Huge velocity – the fastest heater in baseball for a starter – but it’s been a while since I’ve really broken down one of his starts.  Plus his name sounds like an Italian deity of fornication.  Now with two solid, you could even say “quality”, starts under his belt (plus he’s still only 24 even though it feels like he’s been around for a while) I decided to tune into his game against the lowly Padres and see if the hurler from Crayola Canyon deserves more love:

First Inning: Big Nate’s first pitch is a 96 MPH fastball dotting the lower outside corner to Everth Cabrera, strike one.  Hits the same spot at 97, and Everth hops around angry at the call.  Roid rage!  Umpire Phil Cuzzi yells back at a barking Bud Black that that pitch will be called for their guy too.  Kinda sweet you could hear that exchange.  Then Eovaldi stays outside but climbs the ladder about a foot-and-a-half higher at 96 for a K swinging.  Cabrera was overmatched there.  95 MPH fastball to Seth Smith is hit hard, but caught by Giancarlo Stanton right on the front of the track, two down.  Probably an out in most ballparks, but might’ve been more trouble.  Maybe gone in Fenway.  Why you like your Marlins!  Eovaldi starts Chase Headley with a strike on the outside corner, then 97 MPH fastball in on the hands and low that’s fouled off, then his first slider at 88 (!) bends too far in, 1-2.  Eovaldi paints the inside corner at 97 that looked like strike three, no call, and back to the slider at 89 isn’t as sharp and Headley weakly grounds it between first and second for a single.  Wasn’t good contact, but also not quite the pitch he wanted.  Just outside to Jedd Gyorko, then in there 1-1, outside again with the heater and another out there is fouled off, 2-2.  Eovaldi elevates the fastball getting it to 97 and Gyorko strikes out swinging to end the inning.

Second Inning: A 95 MPH fastball misses to Yonder Alonso, then another heater with good sink gets a lazy pop fly, one down.  Will Venable takes a 96 MPH strike, then a nasty slider at 88 is taken, 1-1.  Another slider with a little less break is tapped weakly right to the mound, and Eovaldi makes the easy play for a second quick out.  Eovaldi misses twice to Tommy Medica, gets it to 98 on the inside corner for a foul out of play, another fouled off, again fouled off still 2-2, then a great slider gets a very weakly hit ball right to second, and Derek Dietrich could not have messed up an easier play and boots it.  So runner on first with two outs, and Dietrich lets out an awesome F-Bomb that you can lip read when the broadcast cuts to him.  96 MPH to Yasmani Grandal fouled back, then a slider is tapped weakly and barely past Dietrich for a single.  Weak one there which brings up Ian Kennedy who takes strike one, takes another, then a solid slider gets Kennedy to wave and miss, and Eovaldi loves he’s pitching in the NL to easily get out of the inning with a three pitch K.

Third Inning: Eovaldi misses outside, then Cabrera hits a 95 MPH baseball to center for the out, one down.  Doing fine with his pitch count at 32, Eovaldi dots that low outside corner again at 96 to Smith, then another heater is grounded just out of the reach of Dietrich for a single.  Three singles now, and all ground balls not hit that well.  Eovaldi starts off speed with the slider to Headley, and man if he can start counts with the back door slider for a strike, he’s going to be fantastic this year.

Eovaldi-Slider

Then back to the fastball which gets a tailor made double play ball to first, and on the throw back to first, Eovaldi’s foot is off the base.  So he could’ve been out of the inning there, but bears down with two outs and throws a slider low to Gyorko, then a nice slider at 86 gets a swing-and-miss, 1-1.  Back to the fastball, and Gyorko grounds out weakly to short, inning over.

Fourth Inning: Still scoreless, Eovaldi bends a curveball in there for strike one at 75 MPH, and yet another pitch he can add to his arsenal to get ahead.  Then low with the fastball, low again with the slider, 2-1 on Alonso.  Again inside, then a fastball outside gets a foul to fill up the count.  Fastball fouled off, slider fouled off, 7 pitch at bat now.  He goes backdoor slider and Alonso hits it off the end of the bat for a lazy flyout.  Venable tries a bunt that goes foul, then another curveball that backdoors for a strike, quickly 0-2.  Fastball fouled off, then a very lazy flare out to short on the slider, two down.  A fastball gets strike one on Medica, one is fouled off, and another 0-2 count.  Then he paints the outside corner at 98 for a K looking, great inning.

Eovaldi-Fastball

Fifth Inning: Finally with a run of support, Eovaldi gets two fast strikes on Grandal, then a slider gets a lazy flyout, quick first out.  Another two strikes with fastballs to Kennedy for back-to-back 0-2 counts, and Kennedy watches a 96 MPH fastball go by for strike 3.  Kennedy is two of Eovaldi’s five Ks – but on only six pitches!  Cabrera swings and misses, then Eovaldi paints the inside corner, and again paints and a K looking.  The knock your panties off nine pitch, all strikes inning with two Ks looked as good as it sounds.

Sixth Inning: Slider is low to Smith, then another slider is lower and hits Smith on the foot.  “Your ball struck my foot!”  Headley fouls the first one off, Eovaldi misses, then a slider gets a huge swing-and-miss and Headley hurt himself.  Always the mark of a good pitch!  Headley walks it off, fouls one, then takes a ball, 2-2.  Headley then hits a grounder to first, and the Marlins turn a double play.  Woooo, I’m all about some DP!  Ahem, anyway Gyorko fouls one back, Eovaldi misses outside then in there with fastballs, 1-2.  Another is fouled back, he rolls a slider too far outside, then another slider gets a defensive swing-and-miss and it’s up to 7 Ks – inning over.

Seventh Inning:  A curve gets the outside corner on Alonso, then one fouled back, yet another 0-2 count.  A nasty, and I mean nasty 75 MPH curveball gets a swing-and-miss, one down.

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Eovaldi hits the zone, then gets a foul back – and sorry to be a broken record – but man, another 0-2 count on Venable.  Another fouled off then a slider high, 1-2.  A 96 MPH fastball gets a super defensive flick of the bat and it’s hit so slow to 2B that Venable gets an infield single.  All four hits allowed have been ground ball singles.  Tough luck, really could be a no-no going.  Slider is low to Medica, then a fastball is lined just past short for another single.  That was a legit hit – easily the best hit ball of the game.  Runners on first and second, and Eovaldi misses twice, then a slider too far inside, 3-0.  Haven’t seen him get behind like this and out comes pitching coach Chuck Hernandez for a powwow.  A 95 MPH fastball and the green light was on for Alonso and it’s off Eovaldi’s foot and he gets the out.  Alonso must’ve been dead red fastball, so it’s two down.  Up is Alexi Amarista to pinch-hit for Kennedy and he fouls a slider off, 0-1.  97 MPH fastball is fouled off, 0-2, slider is inside, 97 MPH fouled off, slider fouled off weakly, and yet another fastball fouled off, still 1-2.  Fastball on the hands at 96 fouled off, curveball stays outside, then a slider at 84 MPH that wasn’t even a terrible pitch bending low and inside gets a golf swing for a 3-run shot.

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Dude, credit Amarista for that at-bat, fouling so many off before locking in on that one.  First pitch to Cabrera gets a lazy ground ball, and Eovaldi’s day is over.

Final Line:  7 IP  102 Pitches (75 Strikes)  3 ER  6 Hits  0 Walks  8 K  Gamescore: 61   Gamescore+: 64.8

Final Analysis:  An utter dominant start, regardless of the stadium or opposing team.  Eovaldi was pounding the zone all game, rarely getting into three ball counts.  That fifth inning was fantastic.  As you’d expect with a lot of Ks and no walks, his Gamescore+ outperformed his Gamescore.  Plus four of the six hits were very weakly hit singles, so it easily could’ve only been a 2-hit game.

Mixing that power fastball from 95-98 with mainly a slider, Eovaldi also threw a few curveballs and has a change-up that he sprinkles in occasionally as well (I didn’t notice any this start).  Eovaldi didn’t issue a walk in this outing, and now owns a 14:1 K:BB to start the year.  I think his secondary stuff has come far enough along that the K rate is going to be pretty sustainable, plus will gets pitchers to strike out being in the NL and the great park.

In my main league, I dropped Tyson Ross for Eovaldi (reflected in my rankings as well).  I watched a good amount of Ross’ first start, and his mechanics looked a little weird and his release point was mightily inconsistent.  Eovaldi maintained the same mechanics the whole start, maintained the velocity (Ross was a little down in velocity from last year and was all over the place in his start), and sorta got unlucky in my opinion on that homer.  I know that’s a tough argument since it’s in the Canyon, but you can judge for yourself on the GIF.  In 12ers I think he absolutely should be scooped up, in 10ers it depends on your staff.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Top 100 SP

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

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

Dropped Out: Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals (bullpen), Josh Johnson, San Diego Padres (injury), Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers (bullpen), Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles (was #100 and started rough), Randall Delgado, Arizona Diamondbacks (I regret ranking him), Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota Twins (regret it even more)

  • Kershaw moves down a few spots just due to volume loss.  I still think on a per game basis, he’ll probably be the best pitcher in the land.
  • Michael Wacha looked absolutely incredible.  I had him as one of my main sleepers, ranked him very high, and now pushing it all-in.  Conversely, Shelby Miller was not sharp.  A little worried there.
  • James Paxton is the man.  I’m very interested to see how he does going against the Angels again for his second start.  We’ll see how their big boppers adjust.  But counting his last start of 2013, his last two are 14 IP 19 Ks 6 H 2 BB 0 ER.  After the Angels it’s at Texas.  Major tests there, and if he scuffles a bit, I think a good buy low.
  • Jenrry Mejia I thought looked good as well.  Pitching through light rain, he did struggle a bit with his off-speed command, but it was very wet and cold out there.  Sure it may have hurt the Reds hitters as well, but I like the upside.

Feel free to chime in with any thoughts on Eovaldi or the rankings, and glad to be back in business!  Have a good week Razzball Nation!

From Around The Web

  1. kisses says:
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    Thanks for all of the advice in basketball this season (has me currently in the finals). I’m in need of some power and am wondering if it’s worth losing two of my pitchers over.

    My current OF: McCutch, Harper, Myers, CCrawford, Boneface
    My current SP: Verlander, MadBum, Gio, Teheran, Wacha, Lynn, AWood, Archer

    Thoughts on a Verlander/Wacha swap for F-Her/JBruce?

    Thanks!

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      Yes, if you can pull F Her & Bruce do it!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kisses: Nice! Glad to have ya over there on hoops! Even though I am in love with Wacha, your pitching is insane. Yah I’m totally good with that move, F-Her is my favorite of the three pitchers in the deal anyway, I like it!

      • kisses says:
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        @JB Gilpin: He wasn’t going for it until I included CCrawford (Dodger fan…), so I asked for BHamilton in exchange. Trade Accepted. Thanks for the support!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @kisses: Nice!

  2. Mookie says:
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    Drop Lincecum for Eovaldi?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mookie: Yup I would, I moved Eovaldi up a good 20 spots, pretty bullish on him

  3. The Thumb says:
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    JB, phenomenal piece dude. It’s amazing how muh detail can go into one start.

    Anythewho, I know this isn’t really your expertise, but in a sv+hold league would you drop any of the following for the filthy AJ Ramos of MIA?

    Balfour
    K-Rod
    Siegrist
    Cody Allen
    Joel Peralta
    David Carpenter

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: Thanks man! Love my starting pitching. Hmmm I’ve only seen one Siegrist appearance but I think I could get behind that swap

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great post, JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Thanks boss!

  5. JJ says:
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    Great stuff. Im officially tempted.
    Although some guy just dropped Smyly in my league so I am more tempted to grab him at the moment. I would have to drop Tyson Ross to grab him.
    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JJ: Yup I went into it thinking he’s a guy to monitor, but seeing both the slider and curve working I made the move. I still have Smyly higher in my ranks, so yeah I’d get Smyly first. Both over Ross though. I think Smyly has a lot better win potential with obviously the much better team.

  6. Game of Throws says:
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    Nice post. Love the GIFs… gotta say, the best thing you can do for your Fantasy Baseball team is to actually watch real Baseball. Seeing this guy’s stuff is so different from seeing a stat line. I’ve got him in 2/3 leagues I’m in and might drop him for Lance Lynn after his start tomorrow in my third shallower league.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Game of Throws: I agree, you get so much more out of it when you can actually watch the starts. So you’re thinking of dropping Lynn after his start for Eovaldi? Yeah I could see that, have them very close in the rankings

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Its a shallow 10 team league… Only reason I drafted Lynn was because he fell far down in the draft. I’m going to wait it out and try and watch his start tomorrow. I’ve sent out some offers to try and get rid of Lynn before I make the move. We’ll see.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Game of Throws: Yeah I’m not a big Lynn fan but the high Ks keep him relevant. I probably had him ranked lower than most, but he’s still a good K guy

  7. Ty Wiggington says:
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    JB,

    Darvish or JoFer in a dynasty league with no restrictions? Is Darvish good enough to overcome the 6 year age difference?

    • jake says:
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      @Ty Wiggington:

      Ty Wigginton, greatest utility masher ever. Salute!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: Ohhhhh man that’s a good one. Whew I dunno man, that’s such a coin flip to me. I think I’ll stick Darvish but so so close.

      • Ty Wiggington says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks!

  8. Clint says:
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    Hope the analysis by you and Grey regarding Eovaldi’s right. Dropped Wheeler for him in my 8 team H2H points mixed league (10 keepers) and dropped Peavy for him in my 12 team (5 keeper) Roto mixed league today. Grey had me at “the only other guy to do this recently’s Matt Harvey” and your analysis seems to point toward him having staying power as well. Razzball’s awesome!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clint: Def like him over Peavy, Wheeler is close, but still have him a good 10 spots ahead. But not a bad move by any means. Velocity alone doesn’t always get it done, but not too unlike Harvey, the control (14 to 1 K to walk) and secondary stuff looking very good!

  9. J Money says:
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    Very good article JB. I will be looking forward to this every Monday.

    6×6 Roto (QS) 12 Team League, 1400 IP limit

    SP: Zimmermann, Cashner, Salazar, Gray, Porcello, Kluber, Ventura
    RP: Lindstrom, Santos, Valverde, Brothers

    Just looking at your rankings, I shouldn’t drop a starter for Eovaldi.
    If Kluber bombs today, thinking about dropping him for Eovaldi. Thoughts on that?
    Would you consider grabbing Eovaldi over a Brothers?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J Money: Thanks man! I still am high on Kluber, I watched his last start and he didn’t get the benefit on two very very close calls (I thought were Ks) that led to multiple hits afterwards and he didn’t look comfortable at all on the mound. Something funky the A’s ground crew did haha. Over Brothers I think I would do though. Not closing right now, I know he’s one of the first “next in line guys” but I think Eovaldi is more appealing.

  10. weas says:
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    I love Eovaldi but I can’t seem to find a spot for him in my PRO100 roto league.

    Should I drop Fister for him? Only other options are my backup hitters, Eaton, Arenado, Gyorko…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @weas: Yeah I would, I am very anti Fister. I’d have no problem letting Fister go

      • weas says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the feedback!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @weas: Any time! PS awesome pic as well haha

  11. Jamiehov says:
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    I really enjoy these breakdowns, great job.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Thanks man!

  12. Lipson says:
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    With Smyly not getting an actual start for at least a week. Would you drop Smyly for Eovaldi?

    My other pitchers are MadBum, Sanchez, Buchholz, Kluber, Cashner.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lipson: Nah I’m still holding Smyly for the win potential in standard leagues. If QS was a cat instead of wins though, i’d go Eovaldi. Both pretty close, only have them ranked a few apart.

      • Lipson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: My league has both QS and Wins. Rock, hard place.

        What if Kluber has another sub-par outing tonight? Then what?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lipson: Hmmm it’d be close. I’m watching Kluber’s start tonight, so check back in with me then :) haha

          • Jamiehov says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            It sounds like a few on this board are concerned with Kluber. If he has a rough start against the Padres tonight I’m going to consider dropping him for Paxton

            • Jamiehov says:
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              @Jamiehov:

              That being said I’m really hoping for a QS out of him

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Jamiehov: Yeah I still think it’s a tad premature, but they will certainly be close if he struggles. I’m watching the start, so def comment back and I’ll let ya know what I see!

  13. Game of Throws says:
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    Interested in your love for Smyly. Because I like him a lot too. Grey is concerned he’ll be back and forth between the Pen and Rotation. Here is my 12 team Roto Keeper league:

    Cliff Lee
    Gio Gonzalez
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Chris Tillman
    Johnny Cueto
    Zack Wheeler
    Martin Perez
    Drew Smyly
    Nathan Eovaldi
    DL: Tijaun Walker

    As you can imagine, I’m killing is SP points so far. Tijaun will be my keeper for next year, so I can’t drop him. But when he gets activated, I’m going to have to drop someone else to make room. (only have 3 closers and no bench hitters) So I was thinking Smyly.

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Game of Throws: I’d probably drop Perez first of the group. I know he’s young, but you have a lot of guys I like. Maybe Tillman, not a big fan there either. I just like Smyly’s stuff and once we get into the season (a lot of off days early on is why Smyly missed a start plus a rainout) I think he’ll be locked in. Like the win potential too

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool. I should also mention… I can only keep one of these guys (for 6 years): Cueto in the 10th, T, Walker in the 12th or Smyly in the 18th. So adds to my wanting to hold him just to see how it shakes out.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Game of Throws: Cueto with all the injuries I doubt will be effective in 6 years. So yeah Smyly or Walker look like the better options, and yeah I’d def try to hold both all year if you can

  14. Jim says:
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    Hey man — Please help me figure out who to drop in an NL-only 5×5 roto league, would you prefer keeping Ishikawa or Overbay (avg is a bigger concern than power). Another choice would be dropping Brandon Kinzler, who is helping with ratios but the occasional vultured win/save is also helping my beleaguered pitching. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jim: Hah, well good thing I’m a Brewers fan! Ishikawa was playing for us too recently. With AVG a bigger concern, probably dropping Ishikawa. Plus there’s rumors Kendrys Morales signs with them during the summer once his first round pick compensation is gone, Overbay should be our platoon 1B all year.

  15. phenomenot says:
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    Sweet post. I followed your rankings for my draft (i already had some keepers) and its nice to have the follow up to the starts. I’m really glad our league decided to go to QS from Wins this year. Do you follow prospects? I’m a Jays fan and thinking to add Stroman if/when he comes in.(?)

    My roster:
    JoFer
    Iwakuma
    Ryu
    Kluber
    Porcello
    Eovaldi
    Harvey
    Burnett (hes getting dropped as soon as Iwakuma comes back)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @phenomenot: Thanks man! I do follow prospects but not quite as intently as Scott the prospect guru. I do like Stroman though, agree he’s worth an add when up. Will be hard to drop anyone on your list though once Burnett is gone, but anything could happen. Kluber could struggle or knock on wood someone else needs TJ or something

  16. The Guru

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    Nice work, JB, but you’re giving away our secrets and the waiver wire’s getting bare in the RCLs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Guru: Haha sorry man! I did have him ranked pretty well in the 70s I think coming into the year, so I was already a little pumped :)

  17. Baggiejohn says:
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    Great article, both informative and entertaining. I went straight out and picked Eovaldi up in 3 of my 5 Leagues. Thanks, and good luck with your Teams.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Thanks man! Yup I did the same as I went through this start, very encouraging.

  18. Beam Me up Scottay says:
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    Lester is at 54 and 59

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Beam Me up Scottay: I knew I mighta listed one twice, lost some info halfway through, thanks!

  19. stinky_llama says:
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    kelley hittin the board with robertson on DL….where would u rank the following closers ROS:
    – hawkins
    – santos
    – k-rod

    looking to pickup kelley for some additional ammo on the back end….would u drop santos for him for short term gain or do u think santos can win the job RoS? could also drop either wheeler or buchholtz…. thoughts>?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stinky_llama: Nah I think Janssen gets the job pretty much right away. People keep writing him off like he wasn’t effective. I’ll go K-Rod, Hawkins, Kelley Santos

  20. Jon says:
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    I grabbed Delgado when he won a rotation spot but I’m going to lose him. Santiago was just dropped so he’s an option, or I might speculate on Stroman. I’ve got plenty of pitching without Delgado/Santiago/Stroman and it’s a keeper league, so Stroman for the upside or Santiago since he has a rotation spot right now?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Umm, if you have an innings limit and look good there I’d grab Stroman and stash. H2H I might stick with Santiago for now

  21. Hey-oh says:
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    Nice work!

    A lot of people are jumping off the Erasmo bandwagon after yesterday. Do you think it was just a bad day or is it indicative of the type of numbers he’ll put up this season?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hey-oh: I’m not a huge Erasmo guy. I think up and down so I think he’s right there as fringe ownable in 12ers, but he’s not on any of my teams.

  22. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Excellent post JB, and as many other posts have already alluded to, good to have you back on the baseball side of the post equation (although you’re basketball stuff is A+ as well).

    Great breakdown of Eovaldi, but we need to remember that his two starts were against Colorado and San Diego at home. Not necessarily the toughest of slates, in my opinion. His ability to strikeout hitters makes him attractive, but I think he’s one season away from reaching his potential (i.e., stuff is there, just not polished) which makes him an excellent streamer at this point. Depends on the league dynamics, but I feel he’s still a match-up type of guy. Better teams will hit those early count fastballs once the word gets out and the verdict is out on how he will pitch from the stretch.

    I agree with you that he’s better than a Tyson Ross-type of pitcher, but I’m not dropping more proven veterans for him. Why is Chris Tillman so low? Great start against two good hitting lineup’s to begin the season and all the statistics from the last two years suggest he’s arrived. Great pitcher to have in my opinion.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gene Parmesan: Thanks so much man! Oh of course, yeah the schedule was nice. I thought he was close to being polished coming into the year and looks really sharp thus far. As I GIFfed, that slider for strike one is really encouraging that he can go offspeed on strike one. I dunno, just never been a Tillman fan. Tough division, tough park, really high WHIP last year with lucky BABIP and crazy 80+% LOB I think regression is still possible.

  23. Moosebiscuit says:
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    Great work as usual JB. Thoughts on Gausman?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moosebiscuit: Still a little bit away from being a solid fantasy option. And will be up and down in the minors

  24. los locos says:
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    JB Great read… I dropped Hutchinson for him and today dropped Straily for Kelley, need a close bad…

    My off needs help… dropped this week 0-8-2.

    Rate my staff
    Kershaw DL
    Verlander
    Strausburg
    Tillman
    Porcello
    Eovalidi
    Wheeler
    Paxton
    Fister – DL

    Cishek -RP
    Kelley – RP

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Damn, sorry about that start! Your staff is still elite, Strasburg a little bit of a rough start and not worried and Kershaw back is gonne put the icing on the cake. Starters are A+, closers are obviously thin, but keep adding guys like Kelley as they come along and you’ll be good!

  25. Yescheese says:
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    I’ve got Eovaldi as a 3 in a dynasty… I gambled that he’d get it together… You think the control lasts long term at that velocity? I mean we’re talking an ace with his stud if he can keep it all together and not blow out his elbow.

    I suspect the control will vary – who would you compare him to?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Yescheese: I thought the control looked great. More worried about inconsistent breaking stuff, but still very bullish on him. Wheeler might be a good comp right now

  26. Fungazi says:
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    Are Paxton or Gallardo droppable for a RP like Kelley or keep them going for a while. Not desperate for saves, but would like some more.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fungazi: I really like the starts for both, since not desperate there I think I’d hold.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Figured as much. Drafted too well I guess, got no one worth dropping from my team. Thanks man.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Fungazi: Haha well that’s not the worst problem to have!

  27. Mike says:
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    Would you prefer Eovaldi or Tyler Skaggs?

    Our league counts Wins, Losses, QS, K, ERA, WHIP

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: I’m taking Eovaldi. Still like Skaggs but think Eovaldi has more upside

  28. los locos says:
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    would you dump a guy like fister for skaggs?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @los locos: I’ve got them very close in the rankings, I think if you need production now/your DL spots if you have them are full, I would lean Skaggs, but I think I like Fister more still per start

  29. Steve says:
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    Offered Asdrubal for Eovaldi straight up in my dynasty league. Currently have Zobrist at SS and waiting for SS eligibility to kick in for Bogaerets to slide in there. In the meantime I have Zack Cozart filling the SS spot I need… Obviously Cozart sucks.

    Is Asdrubal for Eovaldi something I should be doing? Based on this review and what I’ve seen so far this season, I am hesitant to trade Eovaldi! I’m not exactly deep in young SP.

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve: Sounds like you have a lot of solid IF and Asdrubal isn’t exactly a spring pollo anymore. I’d take the upside of Eovaldi in a dynasty, but I always lean towards rookie nookie pitchers

  30. Project Merkin says:
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    Awesome post JB, love these.

    Kluber is available in my league (I dropped him after his first start)….pick him up for tomorrow’s start vs the Padres (assuming he starts the first game of the double header tomorrow).

    Or go with Eovaldi? 10 Team league, I have 6 starters…..

    Sale
    Gio
    Teheran
    Wacha
    Moore
    Yordano

    Thanks pal!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Project Merkin: Thanks man! I’m sticking with Kluber for now. Love the rest of your staff so you can afford to take some upside, but I think Kluber has good upside too. That whole A’s start he didn’t get calls and every hit was oppo field single except the homer it felt like. I hate the A’s!

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        @JB Gilpin: Dahhhh Moore goes down! I feel like I just watched him tear his UCL. Kluber Lang has officially been picked up.

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          @Project Merkin: Hah yeah did not look good. A pitcher coming out with arm pain mid-start is no beuno

  31. pierce says:
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    Great read!

    Kluber was dropped in our league last week after Oakland game.. are you still a believer? if so who should I drop?

    10 team keeper QS, WHIP, ERA, SV K9

    Cobb, Alex(SP) TB
    Miller, Shelby(SP) STL
    Salazar, Danny(SP) CLE
    Scherzer, Max(SP) DET
    Teheran, Julio(SP) ATL
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Soria, Joakim(RP) TEX

    Masterson, Justin(SP) CLE
    Paxton, James(SP) SEA
    Skaggs, Tyler(SP) LAA
    Latos, Mat(SP) CIN DL

    • JB Gilpin

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      @pierce: Yeah I am. I think I’d drop Skaggs of the bunch, but I know he’s started well. Gets another good start v Mets too coming up. BUt yea still like Kluber a lot

  32. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Personally tired of Puig. Do you think Starling Marte and Zack Wheeler is enough return in a H2H, 10-Team Keeper league?

    • Lipson says:
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      @Gene Parmesan: I skipped on drafting him because of all this.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gene Parmesan: It’s Gene Parmesan! Nice. Ummm, I hated Puig coming into the year too, it seems about right to me, but most will think it’s prob a little too thin.

      • Gene Parmesan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You’re the first and only commenter to get the reference. I know you’re waiting on pins and needles, so wanted to let you know that ended up doing the deal.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Gene Parmesan: Awesome! Just don’t set off the fire alarm and I think you’ll like it haha

  33. SDB says:
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    Hey JB

    12 teamer deep rosters. I’m strong at pitcher:
    BumG Teheran Cobb Wacha Salazar Gray Yordono Smyly
    Have Navarro @ C and players like Calhoun Markakis Avisail Ackley Blackmon rotating into my 2 3 4 5 OF spots
    Holiday at OF 1

    I want to make a trade offer for Brandon Moss and Wilin Rosario.
    Would you trade BumG 1 for those 2?
    Or try to package something else?
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SDB: Mmmm I love MadBum. I’d try something else. Cobb and like a hot Blackmon for those 2?

      • SDB says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB.

        I think I’ll try offering Salazar and Gray. Don’t think he’ll bite though.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @SDB: Yeah I don’t mind that one either…. Good luck!

  34. Clam Bakin' says:
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    To JB! Won my bball league thanks to a lot of your fantasy advice. Thanks homie.

    Really like the breakdown and picked up Eovaldi. I have a decent staff in a twelve teamer, but I’m worried about Matt Moore. I’m thinking about getting a position player for him in a trade. Any idea what I could expect in return? I have a surplus of speed and could easily pair Moore with Bonifacio, Villar, Fowler, Segura etc.

    Thanks J!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clam Bakin’: Wooooo, pop the champagne! Glad we helped my man! If anyone is buying Bonifacio, yeah Moore and Bonifacio would be a good pair. Came out a little early tonight, not watching, but weird…. Def try ASAP hope theres not an injury

  35. Zar says:
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    Hi again JB!

    I would like to grab Mejia but I’m not sure who to drop. It’s an RCL league. I have Martin Perez and Buerhle to stream, I might keep Buehrle for an extra start. I REALLY need wins. Should I pick up Mejia vs ATL or keep Perez vs BOS? The mejia Ks look nice….

    • Zar says:
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      @Zar: Ugh and matt moore just got removed with only 2 strike outs and a;slkjf;alsd;. WTB a pitching staff! I’ve only gotten 2 wins this year with 7 starts…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: I went ahead and ranked Mejia higher already so yeah I’m totally fine making that move. Or for Buehrle too. Both have more W upside than Mejia, but W are a crapshoot sometimes. Yeah weird Moore came out early, not watching, but don’t like it.

      • Zar says:
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        @JB Gilpin: “Apparent Injury” I think I might try and trade him for Cingrani+1…thoughts?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zar: I already had Cingrani ranked higher, so I’m good with it!

      • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was watching, didn’t look like anything major… He winced a little after a pitch, made a fist–looked more like he was angry after a bad pitch, but could have hurt something in his hand. They never gave any indication on the mound what was hurt, and they chatted like they were considering keeping him in. I’d say no worry, just rays being cautious, but we’ll see.

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            @Zar: me too, but still no word at all.

  36. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Wow, no love for Pineda here..

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bobby: Pineda yes I would

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Battle of the Sleepers: Not yet, plus worried about his overall volume. Not the same pitcher he was in Seattle, but yeah in Spring the breaking stuff looked good. Think the Ks won’t be too flashy either.

  37. MB says:
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    Just curious why you like Kazmir, eovaldi better than Marco Estrada?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MB: In my blurb in my detailed ranks, I mention his horrible home run splits (awful in Miller Park last year-hitter’s park) and I think he’s too homer prone. I kinda hope I’m wrong though as a Brewers fan!

      • MB says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yea let’s just hope they are all solo homers

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          @MB: Haha for sure! He doesn’t walk too many usually, so if they’re mostly solo variety the numbers will look good. I’m hoping man! I think Kazmir and Eovaldi in much better parks stay a little more attractive given that Estrada split

  38. longbeachyo says:
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    Yo JB, that was awesome. No complaints here for not doing Taylor Jordan. He looks like a hot mess right now anyway. I actually picked up Eovaldi in my league yesterday! Then, as I was waiting for your post to drop on the world like the BIBLE today, I found this article at fangraphs… http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/just-two-good-starts-for-nate-eovaldi/
    Mr. Eno Sarris knows his stuff, and seems to be a little more skeptical of Nathan. I see enough positives to take a shot on him and dropped Masterson. (After his latest start, I doubt anyone will pick him up before I can figure out who’s better between Porcello and Estrada)
    Let me ask you this though, did/could you notice a difference in his fastballs? His pitch type shows that he is throwing a two-seamer much more frequently this year. Could that be the reason for improvement? The biggest factor to me looks like he’s figured out, or just decided to start throwing in the strike zone more. His “zone” pitches from last year to this are up almost 20%!
    Anythewho, I’m sold. Thanks for the great visuals with the GIFS too. Seriously, your posts are starting to look like they should be on a more prestigious (pay) site… not that Razzball is not prestigious… tehol brings it down a notch. =( Keep up the good work! And what about Skaggs for next week? It looks like his velocity is back up… BTW, I’m still pushing Grey for you to do these twice a week!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @longbeachyo: Thanks man! So glad you like the extended format! Yeah showing a couple of the pitches I highlight I thought would be nice, and the rankings really aren’t that tough at all given my infatuation with SP.

      I didn’t intently analyze that piece, but I get what he’s saying. But we’re seeing pitchers with good fastballs used heavily become more and more successful. Cingrani. Shelby. But that’s not why I’m buying. I really liked what I saw from the secondary stuff. Sure it’s only one game and he can lose the feel he had yesterday, but looked rock solid pretty much the whole start. Plus, like you said, pounding the zone.

      Yeah I didn’t really notice any two seamers. Maybe they just mix velocity, I didn’t notice any of that break-back run you see on two seamers, you know what I mean? So I didn’t notice a difference.

      Razzball pays us with the fanbase! These are really fun to do man… Well if Grey is willing to lower his rates on mustache rides, maybe one day we can do two a week! Haha. Thanks again man

  39. Bosmosis says:
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    Which of the following would you drop to pick up Eovaldi, or would you sight tight?

    Porcello
    Tillman
    Kluber
    Walker

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bosmosis: I know Walker has a lot of buzz, but I’m not as crazy for him I would make that my drop for big Nate

      • Bosmosis says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thank JB. Walker probably would have been the smarter drop, but as it turned out, I was afraid to miss out on Eovaldi and dropped Kluber.

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          @Bosmosis: I still like Kluber, but Eovaldi is damn saucy looking haha. Think Kluber bounces back tonight

  40. Moscowitz says:
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    Well i would like to get rid of Moore in my 8 teamer league you still rank Moore higher than likes of Eovaldi and Paxton though….hm…

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Moscowitz:
      Thanks for your great analysis btw.

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Moscowitz: And thanks man!

    • jal179 says:
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      @Moscowitz:

      Punt Moore got hurt

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      @Moscowitz: well I did, but today’s MRI on the elbow might knock him out a while a lot depends on that

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        well i dont know…even if he doesnt need surgery and even if he only need the 15 days of rest on the DL..i still think his arm is not ready; somethings not right. He will hop from one DL stint to the other all year. I really would like to replace him with Eovaldi at this point.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Moscowitz: I don’t think that’s a reach at all. Very easily could be hours away from being shut down a while.

        • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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          @Moscowitz: watching the game, it didn’t look that bad, and he was in the dugout later–but he does have a history of arm issues, his velocity has been steadily dropping (and a great post from a rays blogger about him this spring and his record number of walks), so I’m considering cutting too… Will wait to see what the MRI says since our league has several DL slots.

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            @Battle of the Sleepers:

            My advantage in an 8 teamer is that i dont have to put up with these kind of situations. I could actually lose someone like Moore and always be able to replace him with some other decent pitcher.

  41. Swfcdan says:
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    Good stuff JB though I was hoping for focus on Tanaka 1st start, next start maybe?

    What do you think of Verlander so far. I was hoping/expecting a big bounceback so I bought him in our keeper auction, really need an ace in our 10 teamer. But looking at him so far im not sure a return to acedom is looming, the stuff’s still decent though not elite anymore and he’s not not commanding it like he used to. I know the results have been ok but watching his starts im not convinced he’s back, very low K-rate too, hitters aren’t missing many pitches so far.

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      @Swfcdan: Maybe! Tanaka I think is locked in as a top 20 SP though, not to say I don’t do those, but I like to do the fringe-guys ya know? Yeah not a very encouraging start, but I do think he can be pretty consistent. 200 Ks might not happen though. I get Orioles and Nationals blackouts so didn’t see the last one, but I thought he looked OK on opening day

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool man, I hear ya. Looking forward to following ones where the guy’s available ha! Nah it’s still useful for trade purposes.

        I live in UK so don’t get any of the blackouts. So if a game is blacked out, isn’t it just on cable tv instead?

        And talking of JV would you consider a Strasburg (getting) for JV deal for this year?

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          @Swfcdan: Well for me I watch everything trough MLB at bat, so I have to wait for the archives before I see them. Unless they’re nationally broadcast over the weekends, which are usually yankees games haha. I would definitely take Strasburg over JV.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks man, will see if I can get it done. Still missing you filling in for Grey to answer Q’s on the morning shifts!

  42. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Freakin awesome post JB! Really shows the extra effort by continually updating your list. Thanks, great read!

    As for Eovaldi, I like him, he’s available in one of my 10 teamers. But so is Porcello and Smyly. With Robertson hitting the DL I have to fill in someone and missed out on Kelley. I know Porcello is probably the better bet, but I’m a sucker for a flamethrower and might roll with Eovaldi or Smyly. Against my better judgment, but oh well

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      @Shawn of the livid: Thanks man! Yeah I’m still a Porcello guy, think he beats Eovaldi in ERA Whip W, but not in Ks. He certainly isn’t as flashy!

  43. Shawn of the livid says:
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    After I praise your post can I now voice the things I think are wrong on it? HA! here goes:

    1. Due to Cashner’s history of meh, he should not be ranked higher than Sonny Gray.

    2. Dickey seems high due to last season, and his start to 14′

    3. I like Pineda, looked good in first start, but I hear on the rank. A bit low for me. Like to see a post on him at some point

    4. Sabathia and Lincecum are done for, only going south on your list. I’m surprised to see them where they are. Name recognition?

    That’s me really trying to find things I don’t agree with. And I’m certainly no expert so I defer to you anyways. Thanks again, look forward to the next one!

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      @Shawn of the livid: 1 – Cashner’s finish to last year and start this year is encouraging. I’m just not a Gray guy, think he still has some “handle with kid gloves” too. 2 – Interesting you think Dickey is high, I ranked him much much lower than other ranks I checked against… I’m certainly not a fan at all. Maybe will have to move him further down next week. 3 – Worried about the K and overall volume. Coming off such terrible shoulder surgery. Breaking stuff looks good but I don’t think he has the K upside most do. 4 – Yeah a little bit, again like Dickey, had them much lower than most I thought. Nice food for thought for next week thanks man!

  44. phorts says:
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    This is a bad ass post! I definitely don’t have time to watch the games, nevermind in full length like this. Well done sir.

    Eovaldi, Paxton and Garza are on my wire and I’m not sure i should drop anyone. Would you drop any of my starters for any of these gents?

    10 Team H2H 5×5

    Scherzer, Cobb, Liriano, Ryu, Smardzija, Moore, Kluber, Nova

    Thanks!

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @phorts: Moore could be done with an injury so keep an eye on that, but I’d pick Nova out of that group to cut and add either Eovaldi or Paxton. Not a big fan of Ryu at all, but no one will suggest cutting him.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Gene Parmesan: I think Moore is done even without a structural damage to his arm. The guy simply cant control his pitches and walk tons of people. That was my own fault still drafting him although i knew about all his issues prior to our draft.

      • phorts says:
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        @Gene Parmesan: Thanks. Im gunna ride Nova for his start today at BAL and then make the call. Someone scooped up Paxton right after i wrote that. You have Garza ranked ahead of all those guys, what are your thoughts on adding him. I feel like i prefer the upside in a guy like Eovaldi.

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @phorts:
          Lose Nova for Eovaldi. Dont give up on Kluber yet and after one start.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @phorts: I’d lose Moore, Kluber and Nova for all 3!

    • Hawk says:
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      @phorts:

      Moore and Nova, out
      Eovaldi and Paxton, in

      Done!

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      @phorts: Ugh rough one for Nova! Moore also is tough to hold, likely DL is latest. With Paxton scooped up, I’m grabbing both Eovaldi and Garza for those two, flamethrowing high upside Ks to come!

  45. Jake the snake says:
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    Hey jb,who could you see being this seasons zach wheeler? A summer call up , that could help out, I know it’s a little early on though

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      @Jake the snake: Love Archie Bradley, think he comes up sooner than later, why I have him so high. Syndergaard I like too, just not sure how many innings he’ll get, and is an easy answer since Mets too haha. Kyle Zimmer if KC has injuries? Like him a lot too.

  46. Alky Sobrera says:
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    YES! Pitcher profiles are back! We need more of these JB. Great stuff.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: Thanks man! Really excited for this year!

  47. Bob is the name says:
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    Hey man, great posts last season great to be back ! I have some trade questions; would you look to try to aquire Matt kemp? Not sure exactly what it would take on my end to aquire kemp

    These are my other OF’s:

    Bryce Harper , Matt Holliday , Hunter pence , and fourth OF It was supposed to be Victorino but he’s on the DL so I have moved Martin prado from Utility to OF

    The rest of my team

    Catcher: Salvador Perez

    1b- goldschmidnt

    2b- pedroia

    SS – Alexi Ramirez

    IF- Eric Hosmer

    OF- see above

    Utility – Nolan arenado

    DH- this week put Carlos Santana at DH

    Bench- Adam Dunn, Yelich, Andrelton Simmons , Victorino DL

    SP’s : Strasberg , Bumgarner , Gerrit cole

    RP: Papelbon , Alex wood (he’s SP/RP)

    Bench : zach wheeler, tanaka

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bob is the name: If you can get him cheap I have no issue with it, but I think with the 2 HR game he’s going to demand much more than I think is fair value. Worried about health, obviously. And the speed which I think is mostly gone. You can always float an offer and try to negotiate, but not sure really where to start, Pence and someone?

  48. Jake VZ says:
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    What’s up JB? Time to focus on fantasy baseball now after a championship run in fantasy basketball. Now, I understand fantasy basketball far more than i do baseball, so bear with me lol. Here’s my squad in an 8-teamer:

    C- Santana
    1B- Goldschmidt
    2B- Pedroia
    SS- H Ramirez
    3B- Carpenter
    OF- Bautista
    OF- Cespedes
    OF- Brown
    OF- Cruz
    UTIL- Rizzo
    UTIL- Weiters
    BN- T Hunter
    BN- Prado

    P- Hernandez
    P- Scherzer
    P- Tanaka
    P- Greinke
    P- Samardzija
    P- Natahan
    BN- Bailey

    Notable FA’s- Beltran, C Crawford, Granderson, Lowrie, Sandoval, A Jackson, B Hammilton, Bogaerts, BJ Upton, Smoak, Blackmon, Bourn, Fowler, Peralta, Gomes

    Grilli, Soriano, Haren, Paxton, Haren, Lester, Garza, Gallardo, Soria, Cashner, J Johnson, Wheeler, Gray, Masterson, Latos, Santana, Hudson

    I think there’s a lot of good FA’s and I don’t know who to keep and who to drop. What do you think of my roster and how can I improve it? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake VZ: Nice! Was a fun year in hoops. Damn, yeah very good FA pool! Roto or H2H? And is there an innings limit? First easy drop is Matt Wieters, no need for two C. He is playing well though. Austin Jackson sticks out the most to me of good FAs avail, Beltran definitely monitor, Granderson still has power, Hamilton tons of steals but I’m not a big fan. I think your pitchers are fine. So Rizzo/Wieters/Hunter I think are your bottom three guys and can replace with hot hitters as they comes

  49. goodfold2 says:
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    why is cosart moving up in yr rankings. it sure seems like an editor forgot his colors.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @goodfold2: Huh? I thought he looked good in both his starts, but these came out before his second start anyway. not like he’s pitching poorly or I’m in love with the guy in the 80s haha.

  50. AndrewM says:
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    Looking for some direction.

    So I am in a deep league. Not many pitchers on the WW. It is a roto 5×5 12 man league with many bench spots – 27 players on each squad. My rotation is the following:
    sonny gray, michael wacha, martin perez, tyson ross, clayton kershaw, jose fernandez, francisco liriano, kevin gausman, taylor jordan, josh johnson (DL spot)

    My relievers are sergio santos, matt lindstrom, greg holland, danny farquhar, and david robertson.

    I need some help on what to do with my pitching. I have 3 guys on the DL with only one DL spot available – Josh Johnson, David Robertson, and Clayton Kershaw. I can’t drop David or Clayton and I have been holding on to Josh and plan to keep holding him till he’s back in early May.

    Of the people on your top 100 list Jenrry Meija, Hector Santiago, Drew Hutchingson, and A.J. Griffin are available. Should I be dropping Taylor Jordan for Jenrry? Do I drop Farquhar for Jennry? Do I drop both to pick up Jenrry and someone else? I need some direction. Last thing I would point out is that I can have 4 RP’s going everyday so I would like to keep 4 of them.

    Others on the WW that I am looking at are:
    Bruce Chen, Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Felix Doubront, John Danks, David Hale (mainly because I need a team name and “Hale to the Victors” would be great), Trevor Cahill, Erik Johnson, Zach McAllister, Robbie Erlin.

    If none of those are worth anything is it worth me to stash another prospect as this is a dynasty-keeper league? I already have Gausman but does it make sense to stash another guy?
    I’m currently in second place and I got second last year, so I am looking to win this year.

    Sorry for the small book. I am very appreciate of any help.

    Drew

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AndrewM: Well I personally would drop Johnson. I don’t think he’s going to stay healthy even when ready. I saw Rodney pitch the other night and I think he holds onto that role all year. So yea, I’d drop JJ and Farquhar for Mejia and then probably Hutchison… I think right now I have Santiago higher, but his control continues to be rocky. Yeah I don’t think there’s anyone great to stash past Bradley and Syndergaard in a dynasty league with 12 teams, maybe Zimmer? But the first two are likely owned. Any time man, hope that helps!

      • AndrewM says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What do you think about me trading Cespedes for Justin Masterson?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AndrewM: I don’t love it, I’m still a sucker for Cespedes haha,

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            @JB Gilpin: I countered with Cespedes, (a closer – which he needs badly), and tyson ross for Strasburg

            That would be solid for me, correct?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @AndrewM: Yeah I like that a lot, as long as the closer isn’t like Kimbrel haha.

  51. los locos says:
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    with Paxton possibly heading to DL, who the next possible options… Skaggs, Peralta or Strailey?

    Peralta whip concerns me, do you really like Peralta?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @los locos: Yeah and Skaggs had glowing reports that first game with the velocity and good matchup next game v Mets. I probably need to move Skaggs up, I like him as the add. I do still like Peralta though too, but Skaggs has more upside.

  52. Jonas says:
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    Dallas Keuchel @ Toronto Tomorrow?

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: I picked up Archie Bradley instead?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonas: Yeah not a Keuchel fan, much rather stashing Bradley who I think will be up soonish

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        @JB Gilpin: much thanks

  53. pierce says:
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    trevor bauer worth a pick up?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @pierce: Yeah stuff looked pretty good. Control will always scare me a bit, but he’ll certainly be on the top 100 once they find a way to keep him in the rotation. But he is likely going back to AAA so would have to be a deeper league to stash him

  54. Los locos says:
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    Got to pick up one who should it be erlin, peralta, Chavez, richards?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Los locos: I’m going my boy Peralta of the bunch

  55. Jon says:
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    Cobb to the DL sucks balls. Who would you add to replace him?

    Carrasco, Chavez, Richards, Santiago, Kennedy, Colon, Cosart, Roberto Hernandez, McAllister

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jon: damn yea tough injury. I really don’t think any of those guys differentiate themselves too much, can you stream the spot daily or look at a two start pitcher if weekly?

      • Jon says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah, I can stream weekly, so you’re right, that’s probably the way to go with that spot.

  56. billy says:
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    would you trade fat latroy Hawkins for eovaldi? hes essentially a ticking time bomb and I also own rex brothers. thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @billy: if you’re looking fine in saves yeah I don’t mind it all. Eovaldi looked good last night just got unlucky and still no walks.

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