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Oh man, what a week for The Pitcher Profile!  First we had Andrew Heaney called up right when last week posted, Danny Duffy stayed hot after a big ascent in the rankings, and then Rick Porcello throws 6 scoreless for his 9th win.  Power of the Profile!

The cherry on top – Heaney was awesome in his debut.  I’ve had him ranked since the very unfortunate TJ for Jose Fernandez, envisioning a rotation spot sooner than later.  Then when he moved up to AAA (and subsequently dominated), I moved him into the top 50 calling him a must-own.  Ahead of the hype!  I was able to catch most of his debut live, and I’ve got to say, I’ve had some Game of Thrones-esque daydreams since.  Some Will Ferrell with the blow-up doll moments… “You’re my boy, Blue Heaney!”

I’m all the more excited to go back into his sizzling debut for profiling this glorious Monday, and already have a new nickname for him:  McDreamy.  McDreamy Heaney!  Wow, this is going too far… *clears throat and deepens voice* “Beer!  Titties!”  Here’s how Heaney looked pitch-by-pitch in his first career MLB start:

First Inning: Heaney’s first Major League pitch is a 91 MPH fastball painting the inside lower black to Eric Young Jr.

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Great way to start your career.  Another fastball on the outer edge is slapped foul at 93, Heaney’s first off-speed is a slider that hung a bit outside but is hit foul again, a really good slider at 80 starts low and dives out of the zone, but Young lays off for 1-2.  Fastball at 94 gets another late swing and foul (and a great catch by a fan), slider is in the dirt, and 6 pitches in still 2-2 to the leadoff man.  Heater is just inside on the hands, and the payoff pitch is another fastball that gets too much of the plate, and Young dribbles it towards short for an infield single.  Tough break there.  So lefty on lefty matchup against Daniel Murphy who takes a strike on the inside edge, fastball low, the 1-1 fastball is right on the outside black but called a ball, 2-1.  Give the rook some calls, ump!  Fastball on the hands is chipped foul, then right back on the hands and Murphy fists it weakly to second for a tailor-made double play.  Awesome start.  Another young pitcher I love – Yordano Ventura started his career with a four-pitch walk then a double play on the second batter.  Just something fun I remember…  Up is the big boy David Wright – who is mentioned by the broadcast as hitting .403 against lefties – and he takes a fastball strike, Heaney is low and away with his first change-up at 82, fastball low and inside is slashed foul, the 1-2 fastball is just inside on the hands, and then a 93 MPH fastball right down the middle – maybe a shade in the lower quadrant – gets smoked to center for a homer.  One of the hottest hitters against lefties in the NL touches up the rook.  So one run given up early, and the Mets bring up cleanup hitter Eric Campbell.  Yup, you read that right.  First-pitch fastball is just low, another heater is even lower, and out comes Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a quick chat.  Regrouping, Heaney is outside at 90, gets one on the outer edge at 90 again, then the 3-1 fastball is popped up and caught at short to end the inning.

Second Inning: One inning in the books, and Heaney starts Curtis Granderson with a fastball that’s pulled foul, slider bends low and outside, then again slider that barely dips low at 78 is his best off-speed thus far – but it’s taken by Granderson.  2-1 is outside with the fastball, Heaney is then further outside with the fastball for a five-pitch walk.  Even that first-pitch foul was inside, so nothing in the zone so far this inning…  But he rebounds quickly hitting the outside edge on Chris Young, then a nasty change-up that dies low in the zone gets Crispie to swing-and-miss, 0-2.

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Heaney’s next pitch is an 0-2 fastball that was supposed to be high, but it’s right down the middle and blows Young away.

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Maybe not the most memorable first-career K, but Heaney will take it!  And Taylor Teagarden takes a fastball strike, then hits a lazy flyball to center for out number two.  Fastball is high and outside to Ruben Tejada, a nice change-up on the outside edge is swung through, another change is low and outside, fastball on the outside of the plate is slashed foul, another heater upstairs nipped back foul, slider bending in the zone is fought off foul, change stays outside, then the 8th pitch of the at-bat is a full count fastball at the letters at 92, and Tejada swings through it for Heaney’s 2nd K.

Third Inning: Probably a few too many pitches through 2 at 41, and his 42nd is a fastball in there to opposing starter Zach Wheeler, heater is outside, and again fastball is tapped weakly to first, with Heaney covering well for the first out.  Second time through the order and slider is in there to Young, fastball inside, a great change-up is swung on and missed, fastball goes too far inside, fastball again stays outside, and the payoff pitch is a fastball on the outside corner flared to right for the second out.  Young got a good piece of it, but guided it right to Giancarlo Stanton.  First pitch slider is yanked just foul down the first base line by Murphy – barely missing a double – then fastball is taken inside, then taken outside, 2-1 fastball is fouled off, slider with great movement is taken low, 3-2 fastball up and in is fouled off, again full count and a fastball is lined to left for an opposite field single.  Good hitting there from Murphy who wouldn’t chase anything.  Big at-bat here with David Wright off the first inning homer, and fastball is in there, slider bends low and in, then another slider that stayed low but didn’t have a ton of movement is hit hard to third, but Casey McGehee makes a great pick and throws him out.

Fourth Inning: Random side note – these incessant “professional painter” ads on MLB commercial breaks give new meaning to “watching paint dry”.  Yikes.  Thankfully I can scrub navigate!  Anyway, Heaney’s 61st pitch is a fastball on the outside lower black, slider bends low and in – we haven’t seen good command of the slider yet – then another slider is cut on and missed at 76.

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Not quite as much break, but it was a tight late break getting Campbell out in front and good to see Heaney with a little more control on that one.  Next pitch is a fastball on the hands and it’s flown out weakly to center.  Slider bends low and outside on Granderson, then a fastball is a lazy flyball to left for two down.  Then the first pitch change-up to Crispie is dribbled weakly to the mound, and Heaney fields it very well and throws him out.  Great 7 pitch inning with all weak contact outs.

Fifth Inning: Heaney starts the fifth with a fastball in there on the outer edge, then Teagarden chases that slider diving low and in, 0-2.  Fastball is outside, slider is fouled back, then another slider dying into the dirt gets swung over for Heaney’s third K.  Heaney sticks with that slider and bounces it for ball one to Tejada, another slider catches the outside corner, 1-1.  If Heaney can spot sliders like those for strikes, he’ll be awesome.  Fastball is outside, another heater just gets out of play foul, and the 2-2 fastball is flown to left, two down.  Fastball in there to Wheeler, and again heater is grounded very weakly to second, inning over.

Sixth Inning: Heaney has been a fastball machine and brings it inside on Young, fastball again is low, then another fastball is chopped to short, and Adeiny Hechavarria makes a good stab, double clutches for some reason, and makes it a very close out call at first.  Almost another infield hit for Young, it wasn’t hit too hard, but his speed and that double clutch made it close.  Fastball is in there for strike one to Murphy, Murphy then swings over that slider, 0-2.  But Heaney’s 0-2 slider, while definitely low and out of the zone, didn’t break as much as he wanted and it’s a lazy liner just over Rafael Furcal for a single.  Wasn’t hit too hard, but golfed out of the infield.  Runner on first, and Wright takes a change-up just outside, fastball is outside, Heaney challenges with a 2-0 fastball and Wright fouls it back, change-up is outside again, fastball on the outer edge is fouled off, and the payoff pitch is a change-up that stayed in the zone and would’ve been strike three – but Wright grounds it to short for an inning-ending double play.  Unfortunately Heaney gets no support and they pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the inning, giving Heaney a tough-luck loss in his debut.  But hey – a great outing bookended with double plays.

Final Line:  L  6 IP  91 Pitches (56 Strikes)  1 ER  4 Hits  1 Walk  3 K  Gamescore: 62  Gamescore+: 63.0

Final Analysis: An outstanding debut from the young lefty who had gathered a lot of hype before this start.  Even with the hype, he stayed cool, he stayed collected, he stayed McDreamy.  After the first inning homer, Heaney stayed calm and got a lot of weak contact in his debut – giving him a slightly higher Gamescore+ compared to his standard Gamescore.

With a smooth, repeatable delivery, he’s everything I want from an NL lefty in a pitcher’s park.  Nothing seems strenuous, and that includes his body language and demeanor.  He’s not fidgety like Shaun Marcum, who looked like he always had hemorrhoids.  Heaney was all about establishing his fastball, mixing speeds with all sorts of movement from 89-94 (usually 91-92).  That heavy usage of the fastball along with great movement is going to rack up contact outs instead of Ks, so I don’t think Heaney is going to be a strikeout machine.  He went to it 65.9% of the time Thursday night, but I see him mixing up his other offerings a tad more.  His scouting reports call his slider his “out pitch”, but Heaney didn’t have it going as good as I think he will moving forward.  Anywhere from 76-79, very few were in the zone with most diving low.  But I was really impressed that he changed his game plan a bit and utilized a lot of change-ups.  The Mets laid off most of the sliders, but had no answer for the changes.  Usually 80-82, that pitch was on and my favorite part about this start.  With that change-up working, it keeps righties off balanced and makes him a tough pitcher for all hitters.  David Wright hit the homer off the fastball in the first, hit probably the second hardest hit ball off Heaney for an out in the third on the slider, but a weak double play ball in the 6th on the change.  Sure this was against a horrible Mets line-up, but Heaney got better as his outing went on and hitters didn’t improve the second and third time through.

I’ve been all-in on Heaney, and I’m more all-in.  I know Grey didn’t like the debut too much, but I love the smooth delivery, the fastball movement, and that change-up was nasty.  I’m surely going to watch his next time out and keep an eye on the slider, which I think was a little off.  My ranking is aggressive, but with the glut of inconsistency outside the top 30, I think Heaney is going to have a fantastic run through the end of the season.  He pitched through college and is a tall frame with that smooth delivery – I really don’t see an innings limit being too big a concern.  Heaney won’t rack up the Ks, I’m guessing somewhere around 8 per 9, but he’s going to be a WHIP cleanser.  Heaney should already be owned in all leagues, and while this debut was nice, he didn’t get too many Ks and didn’t get a win – maybe you can sneak him in a trade as a throw in.

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

Dropped Out: Drew Pomeranz, Oakland Athletics (“You should see the chair!”), Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals (duh, shoulder issues…), Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies (awful)

  • Big news late last night that Andrew Cashner got scratched for today’s start, and with a change of management a trade could be in the works/completed by the time this publishes.  Which would probably lower him if he moves out of Petco and possibly out of the NL.  Stay tuned.
  • Man was I glad I had Kershaw #1 last week!  That woulda looked baaaaaaad after that crazy perfect no-hitter performance.
  • Sheesh, poor Cardinals.  Jaime Garcia having shoulder problems shocked me more than Sportscenter’s new set!  But I am legit sad to see Michael Wacha also got DL-ed with shoulder issues.  Wompa wompa wompa…  He was a big sleeper of mine, and hopefully once we get an official timetable, it won’t be too long.  Doesn’t sound too ominous from what I’ve read thus far.
  • Nat Gio didn’t have a great return from the DL, and I have a feeling my red hot Brewers and their legion of righties will touch him up too at home.  But after that, send your buy low offers – might be the best value you can get really cheap at this point in the season.
  • Keuchel with 4 walks and 4 earned in both his last two.  With a BABIP still at .276 and LD rate at a very low 15% (which, sure, a groundballer on his game should give up fewer line drives) I’m slightly worried.  But only slightly, not like you’re dropping him or anything.
  • I only moved him up 7, but C.J. Wilson has given up only 76 hits in 99.2 innings.  I’m usually anti-Wilson because the walks, but that’s a pretty unreal stat.
  • As much as I want to move up Danny Duffy, the K:BB isn’t great and he has a .213 BABIP.  I love his stuff and think he’s a must-own where possible, but can’t vault him too high.
  • I just don’t know what to do with Phil Hughes.  I of course stream him in the Houston game a few back and get burnt, then decided for this week’s re-rankings I would buy all-in and he lays a stinker.  Still gets the win, and in one league, I just can’t make myself drop him for Duffy.
  • Time to go all out for Alex Wood.  I had a few comments about my thoughts on him ROS the past few weeks, and everything changes with Gavin Floyd likely out for the season, cementing Wood in the rotation.  I still want to give him a few starts before going higher, but if he has a nice debut and follow up, he’ll shoot up.  Still only 60% owned in Yahoo = crazy sauce!
  • A big sigh of relief for Gausman owners, as his demotion was only procedural before he’ll be back up for a double-header.  Hopefully he sticks past that… he should…
  • Sorry again about Marcus Stroman last week.  Damn clerical error.  “Well who is your mother f cleric, JB?!”  Dammit, you caught me!  But it was a precursor to his worst start!  I still think he’s a decent 80ish-ranked option.  Sucks he gets the Yankees again at home instead of going in the NL at the Reds yesterday…
  • Whew, Jake Arrieta, you hot!  “That Arrieta is so hot right now…”  In a league with a deep wire, sure I’d grab him for the upside over teammate Travis Wood, but I’m weighing ROS and I think it’s more likely this is an outlying hot streak.  I might even grab him over Vogelsong.  It’s easier to make those short-term moves in the shallow leagues and readdress start-to-start vs. factoring ROS from this day forward.
  • Other hotties Kyle Gibson and Jesse Hahn just miss the cut.  Hahn with back-to-back no ER games, but was at the Mets and home vs. the Mariners.  Seems Hodgepadre-ish.  And Gibson I don’t think delivers enough Ks for Roto formats and I don’t have a trust level yet.  .255 BABIP and obscenely low 5.3% HR/FB this year.
  • Last week’s profile-ee Vance Worley squeaks in as Mr. Irrevelent!  Huzzah!

Have I done enough to sweep you into Heaney-fever?  Thoughts on the ranks?  As always, shoot your comments below and happy pitching!

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  1. Steve says:
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    Why do you think Bauer hasn’t been dominant? He had so much hype and seems to have the tools but it’s not translating to big league success. Think he figures things out?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: Great question, looking at that great success in AAA compared to the majors – which is a great comparison since it was 46 innings AAA/47 in Majors – 2.74 BB/9 vs. 3.45 and the big one, .263 BABIP vs. .318. So hitters are more patient and hitting the ball harder with his MLB line drive rate a pretty high 23.4%. He’s also given up too many homers. All that said, he’s been pretty good in 31 home innings (slight pitcher’s park) and pretty bad in 16 on the road (@BAL, @TEX, @KC – who were starting to warm up at that point) so I think he has room to improve. I would probably bench him in tough road starts. Long answer, but hope it helps!

    • Peanut butter jelly time says:
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      @Steve: He was over hyped. He came into this year as the 73rd overall prospect. That’s not that high. They had him ranked right about where he should have been. I don’t think he’ll be quite as bad as he has, but I don’t see a huge improvement coming.

  2. Simon says:
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    Is Janssen too much to give up for Heaney? I’ve got a decent lead in saves, but I can’t decide.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Simon: If you’ve got a lead there, yeah I would do it! It fits a need and I’m obviously all in on Heaney

  3. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Nice profile JB! I couldn’t watch this one unfortunately. F work and family and house!! Damn it! Really wanted to see this one, especially since I own Heaney on all teams and Wheeler on most. ~Sigh~

    I think he’s going to be great too. I hear ya on the K’s but I bet he finds his way to a 9 K/9 with his slider.

    Guess who dropped Porcello from all my teams last week!?!? Oh yeah, I did. Congrats on him throwing some sweetness for you. Might be some crickets in the comments after that start. I stand by the drop because it allowed me to own Wood on all my teams and I take wood over Porcello all day (especially in the K/9 league).

    Great write up as always man! Carmart might be a good profile if he sticks. I was big on him last year but he can’t seem to pull it all together in the big boys league. Do you smell a sleeper!?!?!

    Look forward to the next one

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the Livid: Thanks man! Oh geez, that start was made for you! Yeah he certainly could get to a K per, but that slider will have to improve – which I think it will. I just think that fastball can get so many easy outs he’ll go deeper and be more successfully being a more control guy. Certainly will have those 7 IP 9 K games here and there though.

      Yeah I’m taking Wood over my boyfriend Porcello too. Ranked him 5 ahead. The fact Wood was so widely available shocked me.

      Not huge on Martinez – horrible against lefties and I don’t think will be a long-term starter. Obvious upside, but needs to make more improvements – especially short term Thanks man!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Shawn of the Livid: Crickets? Because Porcello went a whopping 6 innings with 3 K’s for his first shutout of the year. Whoopadeedoo! He really stuck it to the all the detractors with that one.

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      @Cram It: You’re just so negative Cram It! Although, @Shawn of the Livid: – you should know any praise I give Porcello is met with immediate “don’t kick the bear” syndrome. All I said was it was a good week! You can Cram you Porcello bashing for one week – Cram It!

      • Cram It says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ha. You’ll see friend-O. The wins are the only thing making him useful. A 3.75/1.25 with a shitty K rate doesn’t play on my staff. And you can’t stream him, because he’s really good at having blow up games.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Cram It: He’ll be under both with more Ks and 18+ wins.

          • Cram It says:
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            @JB Gilpin: It’s a bet!

        • Shawn of the Livid says:
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          @Cram It: I didn’t say the crickets would be quiet Cram, I just said you’ll hear them! Some crickets sound like this:

          ~chirp, A 3.75/1.25 with a shitty K rate doesn’t play on my staff, chirp~

          or this

          ~chirp, Whoopadeedoo! , Chirp~

  4. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    What do you make of Alfredo Simon? I just can’t quit him. Every week I say “This is the week I drop him for [insert hot schmotato of the moment pitching prospect]” and every week he somehow manages to get a win and I hold him until the next week.

    I was shocked, shocked I say, to see that he’s still sitting on a 3.05 ERA and 1.11 WHIP and that because of his inflated win count he’s in the Top-25 pitchers on Yahoo at the moment.

    The bottom has to fall out right?

    • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I just started looking at the underlying numbers and they’re maddening.

      I said “inflated” win total, and yet he’s only 69th in run support. He’s giving up a ton of homeruns and yet keeping runs under control. Don’t even get me started on the SO’s or the K/9….

      The guy’s got me pulling my hair out!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I think Simon can stay competent with virtually no upside. Maybe 3.50 ERA barely under 1.20 WHIP? I think that’s feasible, but he really hurts your Ks as you mention. This guy is making me take crazy pills! BABIP is low – but was even lower last year – and gets ground balls at a pretty good clip to minimize the damage in hitter friendly CIN. Left on base is high, but other than a few more runs scoring and only 5-6 more wins I’m guessing, I think he can maintain.

  5. Jake says:
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    Who do you like this week; odorozzi, bartolo colon, jake arrieta , Matt Cain or Lance Lynn thank you sir

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: Lynn is at colorado so he’s out, without knowing all the matchups I like Arrieta but am going Cain for the SD start. Any time!

      • Jake says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for the response! I love Cain tonight especially w/ cashner scratched. Only thing whoever I go w/ I have for the week, it’s a weekly lock league

        Bartolo colon tomowrow in NY vs A’s & vs Scott kazmir & start 2 faces pirates in pitts vs Locke

        Thought odorozzi had two starts, guess not anymore.

        Arrieta looks inticing pitches tomowrow in wrigley against reds w/ bailey pitching for reds & start 2 against nats? Can’t tell if he’ has two starts cubs don’t play on Sunday.

        Cain’s first start we know about the cashner less padres, start 2 is in SF vs reds w/ Alfredo Simon pitching for reds.

        I agree about Lynn + coors field & leaving him off

        I wanted Heaney but someone nabbed him

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jake: Colon w 2 starts is nice, but Cain with the 2 starts and one awesome one is a goodun. Even Reds at home is certainly above average. Ah man, sucks you didn’t get Heaney, but you can cheer for him in spirit! Haha.

  6. Grey

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    I didn’t hate the debut, I just didn’t think he looked like ace material… He looked like a fantasy #2, which is still terrific, and a compliment — think Cashner if healthy… His poise really stood out as stellar… I’m not going to say I know everything there is to know about him after seeing one start, he could be even better than I think…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Grey: You were so hateful! “…and looked like he might be in high school with Yelich.” You take that back! It’s just interesting because I was actually more encouraged than before – and already had him a top 50 guy the past few weeks. If he’s Cashner – that’d be a huge haul off the wire and a huge debut season (hopefully with Cashner’s early season Ks). PS – I love you Grey.

      • Grey

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        Haha… Yeah, but Cashner’s a 7-ish K-rate guy, which is great and all, but not an ace…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Grey: Agree – and I don’t think Heaney is an ace yet either – I guessed a 8 K per and probably will stay around 30 in my ranks

          • Grey

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            No, JB, I agreed with you! AHHHHHH… Yeah, makes sense… Hope 8 K/9 happens, that would be real nice (not that I own him — dah!)….

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Grey: I AGREED FIRST! Haha

  7. Henry says:
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    Someone offered Heaney for my Matt Holliday. Too much to give up?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Henry: Yeahhhh I think that’s a little too much. I know Holliday has kinda sucked so far, but I think the HR and R improve for him.

  8. Jack says:
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    Drop Bauer for Odorizzi, Duffy, Eovaldi, or Shoemaker? Or ride him out?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jack: I’d drop Bauer for Eovaldi or Duffy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: I’d drop him for Duffy probably right now. Lot of options I think you can roll the hot hand

  9. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I’m somewhere in between your and Grey’s assessment on Heaney after watching his last start. I don’t quite think he’s worthy of his new “McDreamy” moniker, but I do think he’s going to be a quality pitcher at the MLB level, especially as a quality lefty in the NL. Maybe producing Jon Lester-esque numbers going forward? Excellent pickup nonetheless.

    Totally bummed on the Wacha injury. Like you, I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as some reports I’ve been reading have said, but if it’s 2-to-3 weeks, I’ll take it. Speaking of which, I’m gonna start looking for an insurance policy on Wacha in my keeper league. I’m out of contention this year, but have a wealth of trade bait options in Kipnis, Davis, Machado, Arenado and a handful of good starters (i.e., between #35 and #60) in your rankings. Looking to get a younger SP and Kershaw and Darvish are at the top of my list. Probably will be problematic to do so, so what 2-to-3 other guys would you suggest I look at obtaining with an eye on the future. Good article as always and thanks for your feedback.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Pssshhh he’s McDreamy! Don’t you take that away from him! Vs. Lester I’ll say fewer Ks but better WHIP.

      Wacha’s injury is McPoopy. Yeah Kershaw and Darvish will be really, really tough to get. After that 7 ER game I offered Adam Jones straight up for Kershaw in my main dynasty with Jones cheaper and he couldn’t do it even though he needed OF baaaaad. Anyway, Alex Cobb is still young… Mike Minor had an awesome buy low window but is off an 11 K game… He’s young. Today’s spotlight – Heaney? Or maybe even Jo-Fer/Matt Harvey off the Tjs? Might get some good buy low mojo there.

      Any time man! Pumped for the Hoops draft!

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Stoked for the NBA draft as well! Yeah, I know Kershaw or Darvish will be tough to come by so may need to look elsewhere considering what I have to give up. I just traded Teheran and Minor away to another owner who’s in playoff purgatory for Cargo, Gausman, Stroman and a 3rd round pick next year, but he wheels & deals like he was a blackjack dealer at 4:00AM in Reno, so he could be an option. Who would you want to make your bed with in a keeper league? Minor or Teheran?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Peter Nincompoop: Aha yeah I remember that now, I think I’d rather Teheran – a little younger and more upside.

  10. Chris says:
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    I love following the fans behind the plate as they progress through your gifs. For instance, check out the girl coming down the stairs in the first shot. In the second shot, she’s on the left there and I think she’s either knitting a sweater or about to eat a huge forkful of spaghetti. Then in the third she appears to be stealing a bottle of water from her invisible friend. Then in the fourth it turns out the invisible friend is real and he’s like “where’s my water?” and she just looks up at the roof thinking to herself, “you were so much more fun to be around when you were invisible.”

    By the way, nice profile and rankings! This is one of my favorite fantasy columns of the week that is on the internet.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Hahahaha I never thought about that! HAHAHAHAHA I sure hope it’s a big f bowl of spaghetti!!!!! Haha, don’t take my water Lennay Kekua!!! Yea man, she hates when he becomes real!

      Thanks so much man! You officially win the comment of the year award. I laughed so hard on your narration that I started sweating…

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Chris: I agree. Great stuff!

  11. Freddie Gonzo says:
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    Danny Duffy is on my waiver wire. Who do I drop out of these 3? Simon, Travis wood and Vogelsong

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Freddie Gonzo: Wheewwwww, I think I’d dropping Wood. I think he has some good underlying stuff going on, but it’s not happening yet.

  12. D4H says:
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    R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP
    SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9, K/BB

    send my Verlander/Perkins/R. Zimmerman for his Braun/Sandoval/Heaney?

    My other closers shat the bed, so I am punting saves.

    What say you?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @D4H: Yeah I would def do that one. I have watched Braun his whole career and he doesn’t look that bad, his BABIP 2009-2013 has been .331+ and it’s .306 despite having the highest line drive rate of his career. So he’s been unlucky. I think he’s by far the best in the deal and I like Heaney more than Verlander so love it!

  13. Tom says:
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    Need to stream in H2H this week. Pick one for tomorrow:
    Heaney @PHI (Buchanan)
    Archer vHOU (Locke)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: OH mannnnn, I can only pick one!? It’s like Sophie’s choice! I’ll go Heaney – narrowly.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Tom: Agree with JB’s sentiments. I stream both. If only one, I’m going with Heaney as well. The Phillies have never seen him.

  14. Steve says:
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    Need SP help, I’ve been offered Gallardo for Alexei, my other MI: Gordon, Simmons, Miller, D. Santana

    Think it’s a good move?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Steve: No dice. I don’t like Gallardo or Ramirez, respectively going forward, but you gotta play the hot hand. Hold.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: Nah I don’t think I would either. Damn, you have a lot of MI! Maybe counter Brad Miller back or something?

  15. asdfasdf says:
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    Hey,
    In an NL-only points league, what do you think about trading away Wily Peralta and receiving Martin Prado? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @asdfasdf: I think I like it! Sure Peralta probably scores a few more, but I like Prado still and can fill tons of position needs.

      • asdfasdf says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Great, thanks! My 3B situation is currently terrible and Prado is better than he has been so far. Thanks again!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @asdfasdf: Sounds like he fits well, any time!

  16. Bunny says:
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    Do you are telling me to drop Roark for Archer, is that correct?

    All my other pitchers are ranked higher than Archer so I can’t drop anyone else. Still, I’m last in ERA and wins with these great SPs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bunny: Wow your whole staff ranked about Archer and you’re in last in those cats? Wow – but yes I’d rather have Archer.

  17. Allan says:
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    Geez what the hell is wrong with Cobb? He’s gonna have to crush his second start just for me to break even on him this week.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allan: I dunno man, rough start tonight – you see he gave up 4 steals? Ryan Hanigan probably didn’t help. Probably jacked up his rythym

  18. booya says:
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    So do you like Yovani more than McHugh ROS or is this just for the short term?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @booya: Yeah the ranks are for ROS – I’d rather Gallardo. A little more long-term track record and his last 3 have been good.

  19. scott says:
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    Stromans looking solid tonight. Would you drop McHugh or Arrieta for him given how he looks tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @scott: Yeah a huge start for Stroman indeed – I probably would drop McHugh Arrieta has a lot of upside too

  20. ty says:
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    Always love the pitcher profiles JB. I swooped up on Heaney when I had the chance but now i’m thinking about swapping out for A. Wood instead. I think Wood maybe able to help my club deeper into the season. or maybe drop Haren and have both?

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      @ty: Thanks man! I would definitely drop Haren to have both. I think both younger guys have some great upside.

  21. Halkster says:
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    My sps
    Teheren
    Kluber
    Alex wood
    Kennedy
    W peralta
    Eovaldi
    Heaney

    Would u drop any for carlos Martinez?
    Thanks

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      Or I can drop hector rondon
      I have (uehara, rosenthal, soria and krod)
      And kinda hating rondon for ruining my week tonight

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Halkster: I’m not a huge Martinez fan, so definitely not dropping any of your SP. With 4 closers – yeah I think I would drop Rondon for the upside hopes for C Mart. Any time!

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          Thanks

  22. Nick says:
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    So now that I have my shiny new Heaney, I’m considering parting ways with Andrew Casher. Scratched from his start tonight and placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder soreness. ERA and WHIP is decent, but only has 2 wins and 59 Ks. What type of value can I drum up with Cashner and maybe a thrown in the likes of Eric Hosmer, Kyle Seager, or Coco Crisp? Great read as always, thanks!

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      @Nick: So shiny! I’m actually considering cutting him too in one league where I have a ton of pitchers and well above my innings cap. Do you have a better 3B? 3B is so incredible thin, that maybe Seager and Cashner could bring you a nice haul from a team needing a 3B? Maybe like Mike Minor who I like a ton still?

      • Nick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: If I traded Seager, I be left with Todd Frazier and Encarnacion (3B eligibility, usually play at 1B).

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          @Nick: Oh I think that’s plenty of depth then – yeah I would think he would command the most in the trade market given the weak position, but Hosmer still has a lot of fans too

  23. Abdoozy says:
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    Hiya JB,

    Love your work. I really enjoy these profiles. I learn something every time.

    My SPs (with your rankings):
    13 Teheran
    14 Sanchez
    25 Cobb
    34 Ventura
    35 Heaney
    57 Chavez
    74 Colon
    RPs Allen, Rodney, Melancon

    Colon’s spot is my streamer position. Couple of questions:

    1. Someone just dropped Cobb on Sunday (desperate attempt to catch up in H2H). I have a pretty good waiver position; would you spend it on Cobb, dropping Colon (and giving up on a streamer slot)? Or Gausman, who is currently FA but will be picked up soon?

    2.You have Walker ranked pretty high for a kid who still seems buried in Tacoma. Do you think he’s coming up anytime soon, and if so, given my current staff who would you drop for him?
    My inclination is to stand pat since I’m currently in first place (12 team H2H 6×6 w QS, redraft) but every time one of these new arms starts getting touted I get all tingly (I’ve picked up and dropped Walker two or three times this season in anticipation).

    Thanks in advance. You da man.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Abdoozy: Thanks so much man! I would definitely get Cobb. Even after a rough start tonight, he certainly shouldn’t have been dropped. I still like Gausman but still some uncertainty with his role… I like Colon narrowly more ROS, but Gausman surely has that upside.

      2 – Yeah I think Walker is close. That said, I think you’re holding the staff you have right now. He’s only had one bad start in the PCL so I think it’s encouraging. I’m definitely not as tingly as my Heaney love! Haha.

      Thanks again – any time!

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        @JB Gilpin: Gaah! I already own Cobb. It’s the other Alex — Alex Wood — who’s available. I re-read my comment and said “um, ovbiously the author was drunj.”

        So, same question: would you pick up Alex Wood for Colon, use the waiver slot and give up on streaming? I don’t have a bench bat to drop and really need 3 closers to stay competitive.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Abdoozy: Hahaha no problem my man – yeah I’d lose Colon for Wood in a heartbeat. Which sounds really really weird if you didn’t know those were last names… I think Wood is too valuable to not own for a while, maybe an injury rolls around or all the sudden Chavez is ineffective and you can readdress streaming.

  24. Allan says:
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    Stream Arrieta, Duffy, or Archer tomorrow? Leaning toward Arrieta especially after Pirates lit up Cobb. It’s a points league if that makes a difference.

    • Allan says:
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      Oh or Heaney. I like Heaney but K’s are worth 2 points and as good as his first start was it would have only netted me 4.5 points.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Allan: So only one? I think Arrieta too since Ks seem to be the elixir of points. Duffy isn’t K – ing too much, Archer is close though even after the Bucs rocked Cobb.

  25. Eric says:
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    in a 12 team Yahoo League with OBP instead of AVG would you rather have

    1) Adam Jones, Teheran, and Sonny Gray

    or

    2) Trout, Cobb, and Minor?

    Is it close or is it overwhelmingly to one side? I just wanted to see how much wiggle room you thought I might have.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric: It’s not very close at all, very much 2. Jones gets hurt in OBP since he doesn’t take walks and Trout is so much better anyway. Side 1 I only barely like the pitchers more.

  26. Jonas says:
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    JB, when are they going to get you on the Radio?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonas: Haha well my crazy “real life” work hours have made it tough… But Razzball Basketball Podcast is coming this Friday! Since I run the show I can force the hoops guys to come on my schedule haha :)

  27. Mike says:
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    Good Morning JB,

    I have three questions (for now, the wires have been busy this week):

    First Question:

    On a team, I have these SPs:

    Doug Fister
    Gio Gonzalez
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Julio Teheran
    Mat Latos
    Matt Cain
    Zack Greinke

    If I have Kipnis and Phillips at 2B, would you drop any of them for Jed Lowrie (backup to Kipnis since Phillips is iffy)? After another bad performance, I am thinking Cain.

    Second Question:

    Do I drop Melancon for Qualls where I can (just to have THE closer on a team), and is Grilli ever getting the job back (in your opinion)?

    Third Question:

    Michael Wacha has been dropped in a league of mine. Is he worthy of a pickup (if I am dropping Eovaldi for him) and how long is his projected stint on the DL?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Morning man! I work very late so it’s morning still for me :) I’m not a Lowrie guy at all, I think I’d hold Phillips and Cain.

      2 – I probably wouldn’t, but I do think Grilli gets another shot. My concern is HOU deals Qualls for yet another prospect at the deadline.

      3 – YEEESSSSSS! Def lose Eovaldi for him. I don’t think there’s a projection yet, but I’d rather sit on Wacha’s upside for now.

      Any time!

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: in regards to Qualls, any insight on the next in line?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: ESPN lists Farnsworth as next… Ehh I dunno, I think Josh Fields could be back in the mix – he’s pitching a tad better – and if Jesse Crain can ever get healthy (still on the DL with no timetable after various setbacks), he also could be in the mix. Probably Farnsworth if a deal is made – give it a vet out of the gate.

  28. ebudz says:
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    Grrrr.. my pitching’s been so frustrating! Make any moves?

    12 Team H2H Yahoo Standard:
    (2) SP: Bumgarner, Homer Bailey
    (2) RP: K-Rod, Belisario
    (4) P: Betances, Cobb, Kluber, Chavez
    Bench: (Heaney, Gausman, A. Wood, T. Walker)

    Available SP Pitching: Stroman, Bauer, C. Martinez, Eovaldi, Odorizzi, Duffy, Kuroda, Porcello, Estrada, Tillman, Leake, Jimenez, Hutchinson J. De La Rosa, Morton, McCarthy, Vogelsong, H. Santiago, Shoemaker, Chen, Miley

    Available RP Pitching: Balfour, McGee, T. Hunter R. Brothers, Axford, Familia, Joba, Broxton and also every possible Belisario replacement is available (Webb, Guerra, Putnam, etc.. )

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @ebudz: Haha seeing Belisario on that list is frustrating enough! I know people hate my insistance on Porcello, but I’d own him over Gausman and Taijuan. I’d grab Duffy too to replace those guys. Stroman off a hot start is tempting too, but I just don’t have full trust he can stay consistent. The only RP that is close is McGee. I think I might actually make that move, Belisario is so awful.

      Any time!

  29. Mike says:
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    Hi JB,

    These are my SPs in one league:

    Alex Cobb
    Anibal Sanchez
    Doug Fister
    Geritt Cole
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    James Shields
    Jon Lester
    Zack Greinke

    Any of them droppable for:

    Alex Wood
    Andrew Cashner

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: I know I’m still a little in the minority, but I am not a huge Fister guy, I’d drop him for Wood. But leaving Cashner.

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was thinking Fister too – I may wait out Wednesday’s start and jump on the wire. Thanks!

  30. Mike says:
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    Hi JB,

    You have Andrew Heaney behind Yordano Ventura and it leads me to this question.

    I have a couple of leagues where I am sitting on Cain (been terrible lately) and these two are on the wire.

    I could pickup Ventura, but he probably gets an innings limit, and if Heaney has another good start tonight I will probably lose my chance at the add.

    So should I still drop Cain for Ventura as my first option?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Whewww… Yeah those two were a struggle as I have them back to back. I think I might go Heaney reconsidering it – especially after a good start now. I’d get Heaney first

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Now I am starting to sound like a chicken – I am going to wait out the start tonight and react to it if good. Thanks JB!

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          @Mike: Probably a good move! I still like Heaney but he and Ventura back to back in my ranks I might go back to Ventura now :)

  31. joet says:
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    JB,

    Which start would you choose?

    Emphacizing ERA/WHIP as I’m OK on W’s and K’s.

    Milone @MIA
    Hughes @TEX
    Harang @HOU, @PHL

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @joet: Oh man that’s tough, not in love with any of em… I think Hughes.

  32. 740 says:
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    Wus good JB? great stuff as always. Hughes just match up guy, or should i hold onto him ROS?

    10team roto 5×5.

    Thank u!

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      @740: What’s up man?! In a smaller league, he’s very very fringe. I’m holding him in one, but one more bad start and he’s gone. Only thing holding him on is he got that win last time out, which should mean nothing, but I decided to give him another shot haha.

  33. Achilles says:
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    Great read man, and got a couple of questions for you. In a 10-team, 5×5 H2H redraft league with QS instead of W, should I pick up Heaney with the following pitchers currently on my roster:

    * SP: C Sale [6], C Hamels [12], C Kluber [21], S Gray [24], A Wood [39], D Fister [45], J Hammel [50] & D Holland on the 1 DL spot we have in our league

    * RP: K Uehara, J Soria, and M Melancon

    My pitching is pretty good as is and I win most of the categories on a weekly basis. Hitting is my weak point but I can drop C Dickerson, G Polanco, or E Hosmer for Heaney if needed. I was debating dropping Hammel but all of his peripheral stats indicate he will keep up his performance. His FIP is 3.06 and SIERA is 3.20. His track record is not as great obviously but I’m concerned Heaney will be shut down early. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Achilles: Thanks man! Yeah I’m definitely grabbing Heaney over Fister or Hammel. Probably Hammel. I agree Hammel’s peripherals look great, and I think my rank of him at 50 is higher than you’d see most places. But I don’t think Heaney gets shut down since he pitched through college, had a little bit of rest between AAA callup and first ML start… I know it’s risky, but is Hosmer starting for you? If he’s a bench bat, he’s so ice cold I might actually drop him.

      • Achilles says:
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        @JB Gilpin: No that’s the thing for Hosmer. My starting 1B is Goldy and of my 2 UTIL spots, I play Longo as one of them cause I think he’s a great hitter and will turn it around soon. My starting 3B is Beltre so he’s a boss. For my second UTIL I’m currently switching between Matt Adams, G Polanco, and Dickerson. So essentially, Hosmer is taking up a wasted spot on my roster at the moment.

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          @Achilles: While I think he indeed will get better, man your offense is pretty good and I don’t think you’ll miss him too much. I’m a little scared too in one league and haven’t done it yet. I know Heaney did kinda bad tonight, but got really unlucky and had a good WHIP. 3 run homer in 1st off a walk and hbp, then a triple on a bad misplay scores on wild pitch, then the 5th ER was after he was taken out. I think some nerves first start on the road.

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            @JB Gilpin: Ok, good to hear your evaluation because I didnt get to watch the game. How do u feel about Colon over Heaney or Hammel ROS? He’s been showing signs of dominance as of late and if he can do what he did last year with the Athletics, I think he’ll be a good player to pick up.

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              @Achilles: I still like them Heaney Hammel Colon for Roto, but Pts it’s a lot closer for Colon. Agree all 3 are worth owning I need to move Colon a good bit up

              • Achilles says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Ok good looks. Quick question, what should I be looking for when evaluating players for H2H versus Roto? Ive played in both leagues but am currently in only H2H ones. Thanks boss.

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                  @Achilles: Well I won’t lie, it’s been a while since I’ve done H2H points. You’re in H2H points, right? H2H vs. Roto with both being the categories is pretty similar, my main change is I tend to only own through the whole year my aces and stream the hell out of the rest. When it comes to Roto vs. Pts, the main change is Ks are more important in Roto and how deep starters for Pts. Most Roto include an innings limit, so you need guys who K well per 9 innings. In Pts, you get points for every out, so if you’re going deep you don’t need to have the Ks. Obviously they help a little, but if you’re averaging 7 innings a start with a few Ks, it’s better than averaging 5 innings a start with 5-6 Ks every time. Hope that answers your question!

                  • Achilles says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Great answer and makes sense but Im in H2H categories (not points) with a standard 5×5 except QS over W. Anything change in that analysis?

                  • Achilles says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Great answer and makes sense but Im in H2H categories (not points) with a standard 5×5 except QS over W. Anything change in that analysis?

                    • JB Gilpin

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                      @Achilles: Aha. Yeah I think I might go Colon over Heaney right now with the QS aspect. Since 10 team and options aplenty, I wouldn’t really get married to any of these guys, I would stream the spot if you needed pitching stats towards the end of the week. That’s at least how I played, I won a H2H last year with Darvish, Hamels, and maybe 1 other top 20ish SP, then streamed SP like they were in and out of style haha

                  • Achilles says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Ok sounds good man. I’ve been pretty set on pitching so far so I’ll employ that strategy if needed. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

      • Achilles says:
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        @JB Gilpin: But, Im scared to drop Hosmer because he can’t be this bad…right?

  34. Cram It says:
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    Please rank, you jolly green jizz face:
    Heaney, Keuchel, Stroman.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cram It: Haha I like that order

      • Cram It says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Word. Thanks buddy.

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