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Oh man, it’s back to real life!  After an awesome weekend in DC to see my Brewers (I’ll share some fun graphics next week), it’s back to pitching and back to Wood jokes. And of course I mean the criminally (for a stretch) underrated Alex Wood.

Wood starting chucking phenomenally out of the gates, with blistering Ks and ratios.  But when Mike Minor got off the DL and Aaron Harang deciding not to suck this year, Wood could not chuck any more wood.  [Hah – you thought Wood jokes were going the other way, huh?!]  Repeatably getting hit out of the bullpen, the Braves finally decided to move him down to AAA to [re]stretch out to get back into the rotation.

Upon [re]arrival in late June, Wood had a lot of “meh”, but I was still all in.  I remember there were some drop Wood comments and I remained steadfast in my Woodward ways.  And with another good start yesterday, I decided to take a deeper look into his pitch-by-pitch performance to be sure my Wood was warranted:

First Inning: Wood’s first pitch is an 89 MPH fastball low and outside to Grady Sizemore and we’re underway.  Fastball again at 90 is in there, but an 80 MPH curve that hung a tad in the zone is poked between first and second for a tough-luck single.  It was a dribbler in the perfect spot – it will score low for the Gamescore+.  Up is Jimmy Rollins who fouls off the first pitch fastball, curveball hangs way outside, another curve just misses the outside corner, fastball fouled back to even it at 2-2, 90 again on the hands fouled back, then a nasty curveball sweeping across the zone gets a swing-and-miss for the first out.  Chase Utley takes a fastball that looked good just outside, and a high fastball is popped out to short for an easy second out.  Trade bait, which I guess is better than jail bait, Marlon Byrd takes a curveball outside, fastball nearly right down the middle at 90 is swung through, 1-1.

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With that kind of deception in his delivery, he can get away with those.  Fastball is outside, then a perfectly placed fastball on the low inside corner is fouled off, 2-2 fastball on the outer edge fouled, and Wood dials up his first change-up and Byrd flies it out weakly to center to end the inning.

Second Inning: And we’ve got some rain rolling in, it started dribbling in the first, but it’s a pretty steady mist-ish rain now.  Wood starts Domonic Brown with a fastball low as he hopes to battle the environment, heater outside, fastball again is in there, nasty, and yes deserving of all caps NASTY change-up gets a swing-and-miss, 2-2.

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Then a fastball on the hands – first time this AB Wood went inside – is popped out to short for an easy out.  Wood is outside with a fastball to John Mayberry, perfect change-up on the inside edge is swung over, perfect fastball on the low outside corner gets the call, 1-2 heater is just inside, but the 2-2 is a hanging change-up – it didn’t have that downward bite as the 1-0 pitch – and Mayberry turns on it for a homer.  It was out by a mere foot and Mayberry is a lefty killer – but that said, it was a hanger.  Hoping to bounce back, Wood pounds the zone with the fastball for strike one on Cody Asche, fastball again nips the outer black, then Wood goes to the change-up and it’s tipped foul into the mitt for a three pitch K.  Koyie Hill takes a fastball outside, fastball again up there is fouled off, fastball is in there, fastball again low with great sink on it, 2-2 fastball fouled back, then a curveball that hung a bit is one of the softest bloop singles you’ll ever see finding shallow right field.  Even though the curve hung, it got on Hill’s hands but the spin and location was perfect to get a lucky hit.  Fastball is in there to opposing pitcher Kyle Kendrick, fastball again low, and yet again the heater is grounded weakly to short to get out of the inning.

Third Inning: Wood hasn’t been the most efficient at 39 pitches, but he’s pounded in the fastballs and now supports a 2-1 lead.  He’s back to the top of the order and starts Sizemore with a fastball in there, fastball again inside, then fastball low on the bottom black is lined to third for a hard-hit out.  That makes up for that first inning single!  Fastball low to Rollins, then one in there, change-up floats outside, then change-up again is yanked to short for a routine grounder, two quick outs.  Utley takes a strike in there, a good curveball that started inside and bent into the zone is taken for strike two, then Wood goes curve again but sweeps it across the zone and dipping low for a nasty three-pitch strikeout with Utley unable to hold.

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He gone, gone chasin’ waterfalls!

Fourth Inning: Right off an efficient inning, Wood gets 4 more runs of support for a a 6-1 lead and starts Byrd with a fastball in there, another fastball is perfect on the lower inside black, 0-2 fastball goes outside, that same sweeping curveball almost gets Byrd to bite but it’s 2-2, fastball is way outside, then the payoff pitch is a fastball right down broadway.   Just like the first GIF, Byrd swings through it.  First pitch curve gets the zone to Brown, fastball outside, another fastball is outside, heater again swung-through, you guessed it – fastball again – fouled back, then the curveball dies across the zone and low and Brown gets a tiny piece, but straight into the mitt for K numero 5.  Mayberry fouls off the first fastball – let’s see if Wood goes to a change-up this AB like the HR – fastball again outside is whiffed on, then the 0-2 Wood dials up to 92 and goes too far inside and almost hits him.  Wood reached back for a little extra there.  Fastball outside fouled off, then a hanging curveball that was easily ball 2 is reached for and poked to right for an easy flyout and another 1-2-3 inning.

Fifth Inning: Wood is right back to throwing strikes with a surveball in there to Asche, fastball on the inside edge is swung over, 0-2 is a heater that was really close to that outside black, 1-2.  Wood brings it closer in and takes a step towards third thinking that heater was strike three, but it’s 2-2.  But no matter, Wood goes to another great curveball to get him swinging.

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Hill watches a fastball dip low, then a change-up on the outside edge is flown out to center for an easy second out.  The Phillies leave in Kendrick to hit and he takes a fastball in there, fastball is slashed foul, change-up is taken low, then he paints the outside lower black and Ks Kendrick looking.  Lot’s of Ks at the end of that sentence, and in this game (womp womp)!

Sixth Inning: Rain really starting to come down now, and Wood is barely low with a change, then fastball in the same spot is absolutely ripped but just foul down the first base line.  Sizemore is killing it lately for his new team.  Change-up high is taken, fastball barely misses the outside low corner, curveball floats too high, and the payoff pitch is a fastball on the hands that ties up Sizemore for Wood’s 8th K swinging.  Great pitch.  J-Roll takes a change-up outside, fastball is hit foul, then a “now you see me, now you don’t” curve is swung way over, 1-2.  Fastball runs way too far in, then fastball again is low, full count.  First payoff pitch is a fastball spoiled, Rollins fouls another, then the 8th pitch of the AB is a change-up flied to right for an easy out.  Wood pounds the zone on Utley for strike one, absolutely nasty change-up on the hands ties him up 0-2, fastball is way outside, then the 1-2 high fastball is grounded to Freddie Freeman, who takes it unassisted to end the inning.  After a lengthy rain delay, the Braves easily hang on to get Wood the W.

Final Line:  W  6.0 IP  95 Pitches (62 Strikes)  1 ER  3 Hits  0 Walks  8 K  Gamescore: 70  Gamescore+: 75.6

Final Analysis: Wood was awesome.  Everything I had hoped for since his re-insertion into the rotation came to be in this one.  An incredible aspect of this game is 8 Ks to 0 BBs while playing through on-and-off rain.  Wood was able to fight through the moisture and maintain his control.  As indicated in his Gamsescore+ vs. his Gamescore, Wood cruised through the Phillies with high Ks, all but one out was weakly hit, and really only the homer of the three hits was hit hard.  This was a truly a dominant outing.

Wood’s fastball had all sorts of life, not to mention with that deception in his herky-jerky mechanics, topping out at 92 but usually 89-90.  The old adage of “movement and location beats velocity” is 100% true for Wood.  It seemed like he was at about 70-75% fastballs this game, when he’s at 60% fastball-usage this season.  With his fastball overmatching the Phillies, his off-speed worked even better, with a fantastic change-up that dies out of the zone.  Really his only mistake with that pitch was the Mayberry homer which hung on the inside edge.  Then the curveball – which had great 10-4 life – swept across the zone for several whiffs.  What was great to see with that pitch was it’s effectiveness on both righties and lefties.  He hung a few, but they were mightily outside and he never missed with it in the zone.

So why did the fantasy community seem to give up on Wood after his return?  Well, the back-to-back 3 walk games a couple starts ago was no fun, and the Ks were slipping off.  Even though this was against a lefty-heavy Philly line-up (who have struggled for offensive consistency regardless), I think Wood is ready for a monster second half.  The mechanics seem to worry a lot of scouts who think injury is a near certainty, but I’m kind of tired of hearing that.  Matt Moore had one of the smoothest lefty deliveries you’ll ever see, and he had the dreaded TJ!  That’s not a worry for me (at least, no more than vs. any other pitcher), and neither is the innings limit since the failed experiment to the bullpen cut down his IP.  I confidently have him a top 30 pitcher, and if you can try and deal for him as such with someone undervaluing, I’d try to add some Wood to bolster your rotation.

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)

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

Dropped Out: Vance Worley, Pittsburgh Pirates (bullpen)

  • Overall, not too much on the adjustments with only three games since the break.  “Move Wainwright down after that awful All-Star Game performance!”  That’s what the sarcastic version of my inner monologue sounds like…  Although I will say I may have missed someone since I’m still in post-Brewers series hangover and added two in while only taking one out.  Bonus points to the first commenter who can figure it out!  Because I sure as hell couldn’t…
  • So one of my worst calls this year was David Price.  The worry about changing teams maybe jacking something up is still on my mind, but he’s too good.  And what if he goes to the NL?  Could he do better than CC Sabathia in that Brewers run?!
  • Latos’ low velocity (92.6 on fastballs last year, 90.3 this year) and sluggish K rate have me scared it’s catching up to him.  Hopefully he loosens up as the second half wears on.
  • I’m not hitting the panic button yet, but sheesh was Yordano awful yesterday.  I wonder if ESPN Baseball Tonight’s piece on him tipping pitches against the Rays has messed something up.  I tried finding the video for it, but it was his glove placement right before delivering fastball vs. change-up.  Maybe a tweak to fix that threw him completely off.
  • Matt Garza is the most annoying pitcher.  Ever.
  • I know he’s off yet another ridiculous start, but I can still only barely rank Despaigne.  Just not the best stuff and I think teams will adjust, and adjust hard.
  • Danny Salazar is getting called up for tomorrow against the Twins, but I don’t think he’s even close to a lock in the rotation yet, so he remains unranked projecting for ROS.

Thoughts on Wood?  Figure out my booboo in the ranks?  Shoot your comments below – I will be a little slow with comments until later tonight – and happy pitching post-ASB!

From Around The Web

  1. L-Boogie says:
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    These columns are great… but SO much better when the pitcher is on my team.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @L-Boogie: Haha so you have Wood too! I own him in a lot of leagues too, made this a fun pick :)

  2. Hawks Fan says:
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    Garrett Richards at 22? C’mon Man! the dude is 11-2 with a sub 3 ERA and a K/9 over 9. He’s been solid for months straight now. Putting him at 17 on this list would be more realistic after his duel with King Felix on Saturday. Great job otherwise JB

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hawks Fan: Haha well thanks for making me feel better with the otherwise! Ummm, I think there is legit concern of how much he wears down. I don’t think they could possibly shut him down, but I thought 22 was aggressive already! Vs. Gio is close, but I like 17-20 over him pretty good :)

    • pickleball says:
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      @Hawks Fan: have to agree. even though #17 vs #22 really isn’t much of a difference, and more so splitting hairs, garret richards has done nothing to prove otherwise than deserving a better ranking. he’s been flat out dominant. I’m not a garret richards owner either, i’ve been offered him in trades and regretfully turned them down

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @pickleball: Well I’m glad I had him this high then! There was that one game he got chased before getting out of an inning, just saying it hasn’t been immaculate. And I reiterate my full season load/wearing down concerns. Not saying he’s Patrick Corbin, but he could slightly fade. Still, 22 I thought was really high! Haha

  3. Lemmingness says:
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    Love the weekly post, great work.

    Question, do you buy the “Kazmir hasn’t pitched more than 160 innings since 2007″ argument about his health? An A’s friend of mine (very baseball smart) tells me that Kazmir has been making an effort to be “low effort” in his pitching, which I guess is saying his injury risk is lower than in the past.

    Just trying to see if I should be looking to trade (guys in my league are stubborn about trading top pitchers, points league) or if I should just ride his pitching until it breaks down.

    Thanks a bunch

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lemmingness: Thanks man! Whewwww, I dunno if I buy it, but it does have some credence. Well, I think even your baseball friend would have to admit that even going “low effort” there is still always injury risk with pitchers, especially old ones without recent big innings totals. That said, I don’t know how well others value him and I would probably hold unless you got a great offer. Kazmir in a Pts league should be one of your studs, and I might ride him to the title!

  4. Tom says:
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    Harang is the other guy who dropped out. And since we’re on the topic – Andrew Heaney dropped out last week without a mention too.

    …I may or may not throw your rankings in an Excel spreadshhet weekly to use in conjunction with another list for world domination. Keep up the good work! #waytoomuchtimeonmyhands

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: ding ding ding we have a winner! Damn I dunno why I couldn’t figure it out… He was about out anyway, maybe it was a subconscious thing to knock him out haha.

      Wow, yup you’re right on Heaney, I know I dropped him out intentionally, just forgot to add him to that section. I’ve just kinda lost total faith and the stuff looked good but got adjusted to really fast. Also, he could use more seasoning anyway in AAA.

      Thanks man! And thanks for catching the booboos, I definitely go a little too fast sometimes!

  5. ElPortoDonkey says:
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    Is it time to give up on Tyler Skaggs?

    Keep waiting for him to turn the corner, seems like he’s in an ideal situation with tons of run support in Anaheim, but overall his numbers have been pretty meh all year.

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ElPortoDonkey: Yeah I am, I barely kept him in this week’s ranks. Too hittable and inconsistent unfortunately, and unless a deep 14 teamer or deeper, I’m cutting the cord.

  6. longbeachyo says:
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    Good read. Nice job. No running list of pitchers with possible innings limitations? OR, how about putting an asterisk next to their names in your rankings?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @longbeachyo: Haha yeah I was crunched for time this week :) Asteriks sound good! Def will have it for next week. Thanks for dropping by again man!

  7. The Thumb says:
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    Nitpicking obviously, but still low on Sonny Gray? He’s been way better than Bailey, Latos, and Gio

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: Ummm, I think the A’s have obviously shown concern across the board on their pitchers and I dunno if he stays this strong all year. I’ve warmed up to him off my low(er) rank preseason, Latos and Bailey are def very close…

  8. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Anyone been following Salazar in the minors? Last I saw he had been looking pretty rough still.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I saw that too, but apparently the velo is back up. So we’ll see tomorrow, but I wouldn’t touch that start… Maybe AL only….

  9. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Also still kicking myself that I picked the wrong Angels pitcher to give up on. (Dropped Richards to keep Skaggs because surely he’d regress… still waiting)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Ughghghghg that sucks man, I might’ve done that too early in the year…

  10. Cram It says:
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    Just stopping by to give my full blown Wood support. Uhhh…what? The dude has not wavered since his first year in the minors. I don’t see one damn thing wrong with him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cram It: Neither do I! I picked him up in leagues. Maybe I was a smidge slow to move him to like 30ish off my preseason 40ish early in the year, but I was pumped for this second half after the AAA stretch out

  11. Baezaworldseries says:
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    What’s with Minor? Is it his BABIP and hr/fb rate dragging him down or is there something else. Is he still ownable? Would it be crazy to trade Lee for him in a keeper?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Baezaworldseries: A big thing is the line drive rate. 25.9% when roughly 20% is league average. That’s right up with there with the BABIP and HRs, but all 3 of those combined tells me hitters are locking in on him right now. However, I do think he’s ownable, and the Braves were morons throwing him and Wood in back-to-back games. I think Minor was after Wood too, and they have pretty similar stuff as lefties. Lee for Minor in a keeper… Depends on how much you’re going for now, I def like Lee more this year, but Minor if you’re out of the race.

  12. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hey JB
    I see YU is still up there in the number 2 spot.. no worries/not selling?

    Which side of this trade would you prefer in 10 team h2h categories redraft?

    I give Yu and one of my bench OF Polanco/K Davis/Calhoun (Bautista, Stanton, Pence are my starters) I get D Price and G Richards

    • JB Gilpin

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      @No Soup for Yu: Nope, the ridiculous K rate I think sustains and he’s been a little unlucky lately.

      So for the trade, whewwwww, very close. I think since Price is now right at that elite tier too, getting Richards and losing a bench bat is worth it, I do it! I’d give up Khris Davis of the OF

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Nice post, JB! Surprised to see you still have Shelby Miller so high, speaking of so high Lincecum!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Thanks boss! 80 is high for Miller? Haha, I guess the upside could be there, but not like I’m owning him in shallow leagues… Yeah he’s been good lately! Maybe figuring out how to now suck while not throwing 95??

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    Wood? Oh you mean erection… Why didn’t you say so then!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swfcdan: Hahahaha, I love to erect fake jokes :)

  15. pickleball says:
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    reallly hope shields turns it around. Him, cobb, verlander shouldn’t be surrounded by the names they are, but unfortunately they’ve all played themselves right to that level! good analysis thanks for the read.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @pickleball: Agree, hope all those guys turn it around and could shoot up if they refind their success. Thanks man!

  16. Jack says:
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    I have Wood but I have Wacha too – on my DL. The Cards are saying he’s out for another 5 weeks. In my 10 team H2H league OBP league someone just dropped Votto who the Reds are saying will be out for another 5 weeks. I’m wondering if I ought to drop him to pick up Votto.

    My pitching is weaker than my hitting. If I keep Wacha he would replace Kennedy, Lincecum or Hammels when he comes off the DL. My hitting is strong especially in HR & RBI. I’m weaker in R, OBP and SB. If I pick up Votto he would replace K. Davis when he comes off the DL.

    Drop Wacha for Votto?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: Yeah, I think I’d grab Votto. Both have cloudy futures, but it’s harder to get hitting even though your pitching is weaker. Votto in an OBP league though, for free! I like going for the move

  17. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    Jose Quintana after guys like Wily Peralta, Matt Cain, Homer Bailey, Tim Hudson, Justin Verlander is absolutely hilarious.

    I commented on the last one of these articles and you did finally move Quintana to #45 but let’s be real. None of the guys that I just listed are as good as Quintana.

    Am I taking crazy pills??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ron Swanson’s Stache: Wily… Eh, that’s close I just really liked Wily’s last start. Cain – yes he hit the DL today after I was done, Cain will be far, far below. Bailey – def gotta take Bailey, he’s been turning it around a while now. Hudson, he’s been solid. And Verlander is just for big upside. And I’m with ya! Quintana is awesome, but it’s only been what, 1.5 months or 6-7 starts where he’s been dominant? Still have a bit to go

  18. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    JOSE QUINTANA. just for good measure, thought I’d write his name out one more time.. He’s not even 100%. argghhhh vjkwegfdscqwkjcqwugkb.

    That is all.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ron Swanson’s Stache: Hahaha, yeah not universally owned is a travesty, we agree there :)

    • Sick McNasty says:
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      @Ron Swanson’s Stache:

      Exactly who I was gonna bring up! What u think about Quintana JB? Numbers are lookin pretty nasty lately…..

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Sick McNasty: Yeah it’s just been a really hot stretch, and I buy he can be good but maybe not 1.77 ERA 46 Ks in 41 IP good in last 6 starts. More than 6 Ks in 5 of those 6 starts, in previous 14 starts, topped 6 only twice. It’s kinda an arbitrary number, but before these past 6 starts he was kinda boring. He’s really hot right now, an obvious must-start, but I don’t think he’s all the sudden a top tier pitcher, and in like a 6 team league I couldn’t drop anyone ahead of him for him.

  19. can't fight fate says:
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    Was offered J Shields and C Gomez for S Gray and C Kluber. Most of the people on roto said I should so it. I am hesitant. I do have Hamels, Kershaw and Fister and Cobb still left. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @can’t fight fate: Ohhhh, I like it too, Gomez is best player in deal and Shields has enough bounceback potential+your SP depth that I’d have to do it.

  20. Kenny Powers says:
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    Would you give up JD Martinez for Kemp & Rosario?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kenny Powers: Yeah I would, even Kemp straight up is a thinker, I like buying both low.

  21. Eds says:
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    E5 for Waino?

    Strasburg for Freeman?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eds: 1 – depends on 3B depth, but I probably would want E5 with 3B so thin. If you had say, Frazier or Longo or something like that I might. 2 – I probably wouldn’t do that, I’m still huge on Strasburg to be really good in the 2nd half and Freeman is in another slump.

  22. Chicagifornia says:
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    I’m currently holding Cashner and Wacha. What the heck do I do with them?

    Not great free agent options. Is there any trade value there? If so, what could I get?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chicagifornia: Whewwwww, hold as best you can is about it. Probably not enough trade value at all, maybe target a team with an open DL spot and get lucky, but I’d try to hold both, but would drop Wacha first if you needed the spot badly.

      • Chicagifornia says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        10-4. Thanks JB

  23. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Kluber and Lester for Longoria and K Davis which side do you like value wise in 10 team h2h non keeper with OBP

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wacha Wacha: Whewwww, toughie, probably the pitchers unless Longo side had desperate 3B need.

  24. 740 says:
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    my main man JB! great read as always. wanted to thank you for all your help this past basketball season and looking forward in this coming season. okay question. 10team roto 5×5. i see you are still high on Minor. drop Kennedy and pick up Minor?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @740: Yo dude! Yeah man, can’t wait for hoops! Pumped for the Pod too, I hope RazzNation likes it! After watching tonight’s start, nope hold Kennedy. Minor was giving up rocket after rocket and missing every breaking ball high, he just looked god awful. Luckily for ranks next week, I can wait and see if he mows down the Padres to give us a glimmer of hope, but I just traded Minor for Jimmy Nelson in a dynasty. Haha so done.

  25. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey JB – in a 10-team, keep-10 league (no limit), does Buxton have to be owned right now? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I don’t think “has to” but probably should be. Still unsure when he’d make his impact and if I had a loaded team, I don’t know if I would keep him. Probably would on most squads though.

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    not saying anybody is right or wrong about whether or not wood will get hurt do to having weird mechanics, but this
    “The mechanics seem to worry a lot of scouts who think injury is a near certainty, but I’m kind of tired of hearing that. Matt Moore had one of the smoothest lefty deliveries you’ll ever see, and he had the dreaded TJ!” is not an argument for Wood being safe. it’s simply an example of “smooth” mechanic guys also being possibly at risk for TJ. it takes nothing away from guys with weird mechanics being risky. showing an example of a kid who looks both ways before crossing a street getting hit by a car isn’t an argument for not looking both ways “since clearly even the “safe” kid got hit”. it’s simply less risky to look both ways before crossing a street. doesn’t mean it’s infallible.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @goodfold2: No but you conveniently left out my very next sentence, “That’s not a worry for me (at least, no more than vs. any other pitcher)…”

      Then you say, “it’s simply an example of “smooth” mechanic guys also being possibly at risk for TJ.” So you’re saying exactly what I’ said – all pitchers are risky.

      Your weird metaphor I don’t think really has any bearing, we’re talking about an unnatural motion for any human being to be repetitively throwing a baseball. And all human beings are different with variable muscle strengths/weaknesses.

      Back to your metaphor, so you’re saying a guy with clean mechanics has much less injury risk? I’d like to see some data on that because I’m pretty sure it’s not true – and I’m talking guys who are at the Major League level, not someone learning how to pitch incorrectly when growing up. Sure Chris Sale had the flexor thing, but that’s one minor blip for another lefty with a delivery constantly believed as risky.

      Obviously, nothing is infallible. Well, a lot of starting pitchers are going to get hurt every year. I think that’s an infallible statement haha.

      Good debate topic though! Just my opinion that “different mechanics” (for a guy who’s thrown college innings and successful Big League innings) does not equate to “higher injury risk”.

  27. Jonas says:
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    It looks like Odrisamer has been pitching well, so why is he locked around the same as Skaggs? (trying to get my team together after 3 week hiatus)

  28. Jonas says:
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    Vogelsong
    Gausman
    Eovaldi (on waivers currently)
    Duffy
    Peralta
    Ventura
    Cobb
    Sanchez
    Kluber
    Wacha
    Paxton

    Am I okay?

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      @Jonas: 12 team mixed

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        @Jonas: h2h

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jonas: Eeesh I’m a tad worried. Gausman’s uncertain role, Ventura struggling, Wacha I’m not sure we’ll see this year… Love Kluber, what a game today, love Paxton, but wish you had another ace with Klubes

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        @JB Gilpin: I traded for Wacha just before he got injured…thanks once again!

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        @JB Gilpin: Do you like king Felix for Cobb and Longo?

        • Jonas says:
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          @Jonas: well, just offered straight up Longo for Felix…

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Jonas: Nice! Hmmm, I def like getting Felix for Longo if you’re getting Felix!

  29. Mike says:
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    Hi JB,

    Not long ago I chucked Cole to the wire for Wood – thanks for this column and your advice.

    I kept Minor at the time, and Cole is still on the wire. I know what your rankings say above, but how long do I wait Minor out?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: No prob, thanks man! I am giving Minor one more start, and it’s against the Padres. If he at all struggles, it’s about cutting time. Shocking, I thought he’d easily turn it around, but getting rocked out there.

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