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Shameless cross-pollination!  Yes, just as shameless as Tony Parker cross-pollinating Brent Barry’s wife, I’m hijacking the open of my post to let you know Fantasy Basketball rankings have begun!  I hope Grey doesn’t suspend me for conduct detrimental to the team… I’ve got my top 50 up earlier than anywhere else (well, no one has recent rankings up!) and if you suffer fantasy depression through winter, and/or hate that Fantasy Football is nothing but pure luck, Fantasy Basketball is the rebound (womp womp) for you!  The mix of percentages and counting stats appeal the Fantasy Baseball-ist in everyone, so if you’ve thought about trying hoops, hop over to basketball and into an RCL when they open next month (I sense another hijack coming…)!

“Get back to the diamond JB, this is a friggin’ baseball blog!”  Fine!  Has any pitcher in the initial top-50 (non-injured) had as tumultuous a season as Danny Salazar?!  Maybe Justin Verlander… But now he’s injured too!  Salazar pitched like a gangbuster (…? can you be only one gang buster?  Ask Ness…) closing out last year, but lower velocity, control issues, and just overall ineffectiveness were so bad he went back down to AAA.  After two months in the Minors, Salazar has been pretty good in 4 of his 5 starts since the call up in late July, including a decent outing yesterday.  Just can’t get deep into games!  To be honest, I haven’t watched a single Salazar start this year (using all my Indians time on Corey Kluber, k?!), so I decided to break down his afternoon against the Orioles and if he needs to be scooped up in more leagues even if his rotation spot is non-guaranteed:

First Inning: And the afternoon begins with a 93 MPH fastball from Salazar to leadoff man Nick Markakis.  95 MPH heat misses a tad up, but Markakis pounds it to short for an easy groundout.  Good to see that velo.  95 again misses outside, 1-0 to Steve Pearce, fastball inside, 2-0 heater in the zone is chipped foul, then the 2-1 94 MPH fastball on the outer third is rocked to center, but Michael Bourn got a good read and gets it trotting towards the track.  That was absolutely laced, but mostly to dead center with Bourn playing relatively deep.  Two outs, and all fastballs thus far with another in the zone to Adam Jones 0-1, 95 MPH misses an inch outside, first non-heater is an 88 MPH slider in the dirt, then fastball just off the edge of the plate is lifted fairly deep to left, but that one is an easy catch out there to end the inning.

Second Inning: 10 pitches thus far, 9 fastballs, and make it 10 heaters with a four-seamer low to Nelson Cruz, 1-0.  And ohhh-weee!  A nasty slider gets Cruz to half-swing, 1-1.

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If Salazar gets em on that edge like that, he’ll have a huge day.  Back to the heat which is low, then he elevates one at 95 on the hands to get another whiff, 2-2.

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Dominating this AB against a tough hitter.  Two-seamer with some good tail on the fists is tipped foul, then 2-2  again is Salazar’s first change-up at 85, and Cruz is down swinging.

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I usually vary up my GIFs through a start, but man, Salazar showed us all three pitches that at bat, getting swings-and-misses with each one.  Salazar hits the outside corner on Delmon Young 0-1, another slider just like that first GIF gets reached for and missed 0-2, Salazar climbs the ladder at 96 but it’s taken, fastball on the outside edge is hit hard foul, high slider is fouled off as well, then Salazar buries his split-finger change-up at 85 and Young swings at it in the dirt, two gone.  Back-to-back Ks after a fast inning, and he’s looking like an ace. Up is J.J. Hardy who takes 96 low in the zone for strike one, again low but outside, on the outside corner is fouled off, then up in the zone on the outside third at 96 is popped up to center for an easy flyout.  Kinda blown away with Salazar’s first two innings.

Third Inning: Hoping to keep it going against the Orioles’ 7-8-9, and Chris Davis is all over a first-pitch two-seamer at 91 MPH and oppo-fields it to left for an off the wall double.  91 MPH?  Don’t know why Salazar threw a get-me-over.  Sure the two-seamer loses a little velocity, but don’t like it.  Back to 94 MPH is in there for strike one on Nick Hundley, barely low with the fastball 1-1, then a slider that stayed in the bottom of the zone – a hanger there – gets lased towards right, but Jason Kipnis catches it full extension on an absolute web gem, and doubles Davis off at 2nd.  Davis had no chance to get back, and after two crushed balls, Salazar finds himself with two outs – very very lucky and an amazing play.  Jonathan Schoop takes 95 on the outside corner for strike one, Schoop whiffs on another fastball at 96 on the inside edge, fastball again fouled off, and after that amazing 2nd inning, only one off-speed pitch which was a hanger.  Yikes.  An 0-2 change-up is fouled off, finally an off-speed but it stayed in the bottom of the zone as well, then 94 on the inside corner is rocketed at Lonnie Chisenhell, but he can’t make the play, it ricochets off him, and Schoop ends up at third.  I mean, that was a hard liner, and they gave Chisenhall an error?!  The official scorer must be in the Salazar family, that’s kinda unreal.  Three crushed balls, and Salazar has two outs with a guy on from an error – just such a Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde after that amazing start… Back to the top of the order and fastball is low, 1-0 to Markakis, a decent get-me-over slider gets the outside corner 1-1, then fastball is way high with his shoulder flying open, 2-1.

Salazar-Fastball

Losing his mechanics there.  I couldn’t get a great GIF of it, but the arm seemed to be behind the shoulder and kind of slung in.  Much better mechanics with the fastball and it’s barely inside, 3-1, fastball on the outside black fouled back, fastball letter high fouled off, then 3-2 slider is in the dirt for a walk.  Wow, that looked more like an 0-2 slider, not something in a full count.  Bizarre.  Runners on first and second and Pearce takes low, then there’s the slider Salazar wanted 3-2 on Markakis – great bite at 87 MPH and barely went out of the zone for a hack and miss, 1-1.  That slider looked like a Kluber cutter.  94 is taken high, 95 inside on the hands is foul tipped 2-2, then fastball high is popped up and caught at first to end the inning.

Fourth Inning: Hoping to bounce back after that rough inning, Salazar is just outside at 93 to Adam Jones, fastball inside 2-0, then a 2-0 cookie in the inside third but in Jones’ wheelhouse is crushed to left and caught right at the wall by Michael Brantley.  Man, that might’ve been gone in Camden.  First pitch 95 MPH fastball is swung on and missed by Cruz, fastball low, change-up is bounced in the dirt, 2-1.  Fastball way high, 3-1, and again, shoulder looked to fly open.  He obliterated Cruz in the 2nd inning too!  Fastball right down the middle is fouled off, and Cruz is mad he missed that one.  Full count, and fastball on the inside lower black is taken and it’s K numero tres.  Great pitch there, wish he could throw those for strike one!  First pitch slider is cut on and missed by Young, slider again is way low and outside, slider for a third time dips low, fastball on the outside edge fouled off, then fastball again out there at 97 is hit hard right back at Salazar, he’s able to duck out of the way and Young has a hard hit single.  Velocity topped out, but Young was on the pitch before so I would’ve liked to see him go with something else.  Hardy takes a fastball in the dirt, fastball gets in there, then fastball again on the hands is popped up and caught just out of the infield for an easy out.

Fifth Inning: Salazar picks up a run of support now up 1-0, and gets a fastball in there to Davis, 0-1.  Slider is low with Davis showing bunt then pulling it back, 1-1. Haha, never thought I’d see that from Chris Davis after last year!  Fastball high, again high but it’s cut on and fouled back, then slider with good movement but ended up down the middle is grounded sharply into the shift, with Carlos Santana making a good pick and getting him out.  Another ball hit pretty hard for an out.  First pitch-swinging Hundley crushes a slider to left but it’s just foul.  Almost pulled a homer there.  Salazar goes ballsy and throws slider again and gets it in the zone 0-2, fastball is slung way outside, and it looked like he didn’t release it right.  Another weird failure in his mechanics.  Fastball at 96 is an iota low, that looked good, then 96 again is two iotas low but still close, 3-2.  Payoff pitch is a fastball fouled back, then fastball again in a perfect spot on the outside lower black gets a late swing and miss, fourth strikeout for Salazar.  Two down, and fastball is outside, high slider is cut on and missed by Schoop, then a fastball at 94 right down the middle is ripped to left, and it barely hits the top of the wall for a double.  That one definitely is a homer in Camden.  So a two out double, and a change-up is in there to Markakis, fastball misses up, fastball gets a generous call on the outside corner 1-2, slider stays a good bit outside and hangs, high fastball fouled off, then a change-up in a good spot on the outside lower black is reached for and fouled off to left for an easy out.

Sixth Inning: At 85 pitches, Salazar is hoping for a quick inning but hangs a slider way high, 1-0 to Pearce.  Fastball at 92 (?) is low, 93 is pulled foul, then a 2-1 fastball on the low outside corner at 94 MPH is driven to dead center, and it hits the base of the wall for a leadoff double.  Not a horrible pitch, but after hanging that slider, I think Pearce was sitting fastball the rest of the AB.  Jones fouls off a first-pitch 91 MPH fastball, and again, low 90s now.  Then fastball runs inside and hits Jones on the arm to put runners at first and second.  With the velocity dropping, Terry Francona makes the smart decision to pull him, but the bullpen does him no favors with both runners coming around to score.

Final Line:  L  5 IP  91 Pitches (57 Strikes)  2 ER  4 Hits  1 Walk  4 K  Gamescore: 54  Gamescore+: 53

Final Analysis: Sigh.  Those first two innings were just plain ace-worthy.  The long Pearce flyout was hit pretty well in the first, but it was a quick inning followed by a 2 K inning.  Then it all fell apart – inconsistency with all his pitches and prolonged innings.  If you followed the box score, you would’ve seen one inning extended due to an error, but giving Chisenhall the error was an absolute gift for Salazar.  Plus the line out double play very easily could’ve been an RBI double or triple.  Why I love having the time to break down starts, following the box score I would’ve seen the error and the only runs scored after he was yanked.  And I’m ecstatic to see my Gamescore+ get a lower score to reflect what my eyes saw, as all 4 hits were very hard hit and he didn’t look quite as good as the box score indicated.

Salazar’s heater for the most part was as-advertised, topping out at 97 and 94+ virtually the whole outing.  He did lose the velo in the 6th hence his early pull.  His overall fastball average velocity this year is 94.2, but has been 95+ his past four starts and I suspect would be right at that again in this one (speed data wasn’t available at the time of this writing).  He leans on it heavily at 76.3% of his arsenal, with his main secondary pitch the slider with a power velocity usually 87-89.  It had good break with some decent control on it, but he tried one on 3-2 to Markakis and it went into the dirt for his only walk.  It could use more refinement.  Then the split-finger change-up at 85ish MPH got a big K of Cruz as in the third GIF, but it lacked consistency and he only threw four or five.  Wow, overall for the season he’s actually used the change-up more at 13.7% vs. 9.8% for the slider.  I guess he felt better with the breaking ball this start.

No question, the upside is still there.  As I said before, those first two innings were dominant.  But will Salazar finally put it all together?  It actually reminds me of my analysis of Zack Wheeler last year.  He looked dominant in the first inning against the Nats, then first pitch of the second gave up a homer and was horrible.  Same with Salazar after two, first pitch of the third gives up a double to the sub-.200 Davis then lacked consistency.  Problem is, Wheeler still hasn’t quite put it all together yet and maybe never will.  I didn’t move Salazar much and am keeping him in the 90s.  I worry about the general inconsistency, the inability to pitch deep in games, and his tenuous at best hold on the #5 spot in the Indians rotation.  I actually think he could use more seasoning in the Minors.  We very well could see him sent back today (he was still up by late Sunday night).  He’s worth spot starts against lesser opponents if he stays up, but I’m not seeing a dominant finish.  If he’s still pitching late in the year against a terrible team with a lot of September call ups, that would be a money time for the streamboat.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

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

Dropped Out: Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers (not enough upside to hold even in deep leagues in the top 100), Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds (if he gets back it’ll be very late), J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays (I got caught in the allure of a huge K game!  But Fiers is different!)

  • Whew, Mike Fiers!!!!  Man that was awesome to watch.  While he’s an obvious add in probably all leagues, I still caution that he’s not 100% guaranteed a spot when Matt Garza is back and had some struggles after his hot run in 2012.  The K numbers in AAA sure make it look legit though!
  • So this might sound uber lame, but sometimes I have dreams where sports numbers are way wrong, and I dreamt that Kazmir’s velocity all the sudden spiked and he threw a pitch 102 MPH.  Hah!  But back in reality, my wear down label I’ve had on him seems to be coming true with only 11 Ks in his last 4 starts with middling results.
  • Even though I still have serious doubts, both Pineda and Tanaka worked their way back into the ranks with a return and a successful bullpen, respectively.
  • Kyle Hendricks has certainly pitched well enough to vault in the ranks, but I’m not the biggest fan long-term.  The Brewers got some good swings on him late before chasing him out, and he reminds me of Jered Weaver with a few less pitches.  Great change-up, but I still worry teams adjust – I certainly wouldn’t start him against an opponent who has seen him before.
  • On the flip side, wasn’t impressed by Tsuyoshi Wada.  He shut down the Crew, but they also started getting big contact include back-to-back homers off him.  He doesn’t quite make it.
  • Along with Wada, this was the first week I really had a rankings crunch.  Carlos Carrasco, Shane Greene, Chris Young, and yes – even Roberto Hernandez – made it through 105.  All have merits with upside and stability, but couldn’t drop anyone else.  Well maybe I should’ve dropped Lincecum haha.

Thoughts on Salazar?  Rankings still helping out?  Drop some comments below and happy pitching!  PS – I’m off next week, but I’ll come back strong on September 1st after skipping a start.  Just general soreness, no major injury here!

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Saying the word uber out loud is uber lame… Nice post, JB! At some point, Salazar’s going to put it all together like Scherzer, but until then he’s gonna be risky with upside…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Grey: YOU’RE THE AUTHORITY ON UBER COOL! So fine, I guess I’ll accept that… Haha thanks man! Yeah he could, who you think has more upside for their career, Wheeler or Salazar? I think Wheeler still…

      • Grey

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        When in doubt go NL, but for career, I think I’ll go Salazar… May not know for two years…

        • Halkster says:
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          I have McCann stuck in my dl spot and need to cut someone to play a catcher
          I have jd Martinez and Castro on bench (starting Baez)
          Other options to cut
          Kennedy
          Pineda
          Mchugh
          And Salazar (want to hold for the stros, but maybe best to cut)
          Or do I roll without the catcher unless I need offense later in week?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Halkster: Hmmmm I think I would probably indeed drop Salazar, he’s the pitcher I have lowest even though I like the Astros matchup too for the K upside.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Yay hoops!

    Nice analysis of Salazar. I’m ashamed to admit this, but early in the season I tried a 2-for-2 with me sending Kluber and getting Salazar. Thankfully, the other owner rejected it. But wait! Facing a roster crunch not too much later, and with him struggling, I dropped Kluber right before he turned into vintage Pedro. That’s a 14-teamer where my first 3 picks were Goldy, Prince and Harper. Somehow I’m still in the playoffs, but man, that’s some of my worst fantasy decisionmaking in years.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: Yessir!

      Oh man, dodged a bullet there! Wait, what?! You shaved your Klubes?! I told everyone to keep their Klubes! Haha well, it was def a rough start for Kluber, and man, if you turned that into a playoff team I rebut your worst decision making and say you got unlucky but managed well to stay in it!

  3. frankgrimes says:
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    you writing for football side at all this year?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @frankgrimes: And even if not, what’s your take on this Benjamin kid? Dynasty gold?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @frankgrimes: Nah I’m not this year, I am retired from football :(

        But yes, @Steve Stevenson: , I loved Benjamin the second commish read his name at the draft! Looks awesome in preseason, gonna be on all my teams!

  4. Jimmy says:
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    Great writeup! On the ‘Taijuan watch’, he is now two for two with good starts.
    last Fri night 6IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 K
    More walks than his last outing, but the last two games combined makes 4BB and 22K in 13 IP = he’s at 15.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9the last two games if my math is right?

    “NEW ORLEANS — Taijuan Walker pitched six strong innings as the Tacoma Rainiers beat the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-1 Friday night in a Pacific Coast League game….Walker (6-3) allowed only three hits and one run, struck out nine and walked three.”

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jimmy: Damn, yeah he’s killing it! I know we’re hoping he makes the rotation, I don’t think they can keep throwing a scrub like Erasmo out there if Walker has another dominant outing like this.

  5. Kevin says:
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    What does Phil Hughes have to do to get some respect?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Kevin: Not have maddening cold streaks and an absolutely surreal 5.7% HR/FB rate that screams a homer fest could be coming at some point before the end of the season. 56 is high even for me I felt!

      • Kevin says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        In regards to the home run issue I tend to take solace in the fact that his rate of homeruns allowed has remained mostly consistent this year despite, as you said, his apparent streakiness. If he was switching between amazing and poor as well as homer suppressing and not-homer suppressing…I would be much more inclined to be worried.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Kevin: I don’t think it’s “apparent” streakiness – Jun 22-July 24 in 7 starts 6.31 ERA, still only walked 4 which is awesome, .422 BABIP is unlucky, but not as much with a really high 29% LD rate in that span. Past 4 now after that stretch, 2.05 ERA. Been great lately and is worth using while hot, but that’s a pretty streaky block of bad/good IMO.

          • Kevin says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Meh. I guess I just can’t recall the last time I’ve seen a player who is kicking the spreadsheets collective asses around the block this hard so overwhelmingly disregarded by the community. Guy is 20th overall among qualified starters in xFIP and that’s the least flattering of them.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Kevin: I don’t disregard, just not a guy I trust :) Also, with xFIP, one of the biggest factors is that pitcher’s HR rate vs. the ML average, and I don’t think his microscopic home run rate is sustainable.

  6. Sherm says:
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    Hey, JB, Love the basketball advice, but don’t know if I’m in again for this year. I’m going to try hockey for the first time. If I do get in, you’ll be my go-to guy.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sherm: BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!!! You’re giving up hoops to try hockey for the first time?! For shame! Haha jk, but would love if you could hop in at least one league with us :) It’s so much fun and I did this for the winner! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cThY77aqzvc

  7. gg says:
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    Do you think Darvish starts again for the Rangers this season and if so how aggressively would you pursue him knowing of his 8-9 starts that 6 of them will be against division rivals that have his number?

    e.g. in a $200 budget keeper league, you bidding >$20 FAAB (keeping him at $22 in 2015)?
    Dropping a $2 Paxton or a $2 Stroman?

    or should I let Yu be someone else’s headache?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @gg: Yeah I do, everything seems to indicate he’ll be back up right at when he’s eligible, so I didn’t move him down my ROS that much.

      Wow, at $22 for next year?! Yeah I would get it close to $30, I don’t knwo what pitchers tend to go for in your league, but he’ll be top 3-4 again next year. Sucks you gotta drop someone though… Probably Stroman for me, although I know he’s flashed great upside.

  8. I dropped Fiars in favor of Nate Evoldi so I could clear room for Wil Myers. Do you guys think I made a good choice. I was just scared of Friars keeping his rotation spot. I like Nates match up this week and he had been really good against struggling lineups the last few weeks

    • @Dnut eastwood: that said either guy would be expendable going forward. I just think Fiars comes back top earth. And for some reason I keep on thinking Evoldi is going to put a good run together. Any thoughts on taking a chance on Myers my pitching I’d solid but my offense had been marred by injuries.

      • @Dnut eastwood: I guess I should of looked at your list better before asking my question. Sorry for all your troubles

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Dnut eastwood: No trouble at all! I agree with everything mostly, I do see Eovaldi having a good run left in him, but I’m taking Fiers. I agree rotation spot is iffy, just so much upside and I’m unquestioningly starting him against TOR even. Feeling good about it.

          • @JB Gilpin: I wish this article was posted yesterday. I couldn’t make up my mind this morning and had to do something before I lost out on a bat. I do love the way Fiars pitches changing eye levels moving in and out with minimal velocity, the Bob and weave is working

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Dnut eastwood: Yeah he’s got some awesome stuff, deception makes it look faster, and control was unreal. Commanded everything at Wrigley, and shut down a Cubs team that while not a monster, was hitting pretty well and still is right now.

  9. MooseOutFront says:
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    I watched this Salazar start and came away feeling the same as you did. Really nice fastball and then kind of pointlessly let some people on base. The start would have looked pretty nice if not for Hardy’s 2 out hit in the 6th off the reliever.

    Thanks for the rankings. Really puts some perspective on all these streamers dancing through my head. Every time one does well I’m thinking I can’t drop them. This list shows me otherwise.

    I’m talking to you Stroman.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MooseOutFront: Yeah for sure, but like in the article, Salazar had some rockets find gloves. Could’ve looked like an unreal start if it stayed scoreless.

      Haha, Stroman I did get up near 50ish I wanna say, but not getting out of the first is really scary plus I could see a shut down at some point. It’s def tough thinking of ROS with so little season left too! Why Fiers is ungodly high, couldn’t do that in April.

  10. Clint says:
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    Fiers as the top rated Milwaukee Brewer on the list? Wow. That some cajones there, JB, coming from this fellow Brew Crew fan I hope you’re right ;)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clint: Me too man! I just think the K upside is so immense, I mean he was a huge K guy when he was hot before! I think it affords them the luxury of being sure Lohse’s ankle is OK.

      • Clint says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Baring that in mind, in my 8 team h2h pts league, I snatched Fiers but Lohse and Garza are both available with the playoffs starting in 2 weeks & I’ve already got Bailey/Wacha occupying my DL slot. Should I stick with Fiers or once the latter 2 get healthy drop him for…whom?

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          @Clint: I would hold Fiers for now, Lohse should be back sooner but sounds like the ankle will linger and Garza is just so effing inconsistent. He pitches like an ace for two months, EXCEPT the game @WAS I was at. Ugh!

  11. adam says:
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    Have to drop one
    Avisail Garcia, Castellanos, or Markakis.
    who’s it gonna be

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      @adam: I know he’s just off the DL with a great start, but probably Garcia for me.

  12. Paul says:
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    Any concerns about Yordano’s walk extravaganza the last couple starts? Wondering if I should be dropping him for Paxton (esp with SON favoring Paxton’s matchups over yordano in tex this week).

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Paul: OH man, Sophie’s choice! I like both but think I agree and would go Paxton too. Any time!

      • Paul says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I know!!!! Maybe this would help – I can also drop Cole Odorrizi Mchugh or Liriano. Would you drop any of those over Ventura to get Pax? Love them all. Thanks!

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          @Paul: Whewwww, I think I would, between Odorizzi and McHugh. Probably McHugh, btu man, you’re right don’t wanna drop any of em!

  13. Endershadow says:
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    Yes, love having updated ratings. Thank you

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Endershadow: No problem, thanks man!

  14. Chris says:
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    Tillman been on fire as of late 10 team keeper should I drop Verlander for him also degrom Salazar are on my waivers

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Yeah he’s been better, Salazar I think is the best keeper, but deGrom, if he is healthy, is the guy I would want ROS. If you keep a ton of guys, I might grab Salazar for him, I’m donezo on Verlander, shoud’ve dropped him more…

  15. scott steelers says:
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    After Hendricks today would you prefer him over Stroman ROS?

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      @scott steelers: I mean I’m impressed. Vs dodgers, vs rockies IN colorado. Vs cards. Vs brewers. All very dominant. I need to drop either him, stroman, mchugh, or weaver. I got mccutch coming back and I gotta get rid of an SP. I can’t decide!! Haha

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      @scott steelers: I mean I’m impressed. Vs dodgers, vs rockies IN colorado. Vs cards. Vs brewers. All very dominant. I need to drop either him, stroman, mchugh, or weaver. I got mccutch coming back and I gotta get rid of an SP. I can’t decide!! Haha

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      @scott steelers: Haha I am sticking with Stroman for the Ks. If Ks weren’t a big concern in a roto league, or in a Points league, I would go Hendricks. Haha def tough, with one going up and Stroman going down!

  16. Eds says:
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    Erick Aybar or Brandon Phillips ROS?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eds: I’ll go Aybar

  17. mcBlunty says:
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    Alex Rios or Charlie Blackmon ROS? Thanks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mcBlunty: I’d take Blackmon there. Any time!

  18. Mike says:
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    No love for Brandon McCarthy?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yeah he’s been at the bottom of my spreadsheet (i.e. just out) and can never do it, I just don’t trust the guy even though he seems really cool. I know he’s been killing it in NYY and walk rate has always been elite… Man he has been doing better than I thought though, definitely like him over Lincecum, that was a foolish guy to keep on the list haha. McCarthy’ll make next week.

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: gotcha… Yea he’s been pretty impressive since the trade to the Yanks. More Ks than I expected.

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          @Mike: Yeah me too, they’ve improved since he’s added a cutter I think it is, but was still getting rocked here and there. Seems to be avoiding the blow up games.

  19. Frank D. says:
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    I love Gios Ks but not ratios. Grey told me to lose him and pick up McHugh. Thoughts?

    Ill prob. hold onto Gio for his start @Home vs. ARI and then lose him for McHugh @CLE. What do you think JB?

    Other Pitchers on my team are – Cueto, Arrieta, A. Wood, Fister, Shields, E. Santana and Odorizzi.

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      @Frank D.: I would still hold Gio, I know it’s been rough, but I’ve seen parts of two of his recent starts and stuff still looks good. Unlucky BABIP lately. Love the start against the Diamondbacks and would still hold after unless you’re in a playoff matchup H2H and really need it. Got a pretty good staff there! With no high ADPs, well done!

  20. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Nice one JB! Salazar will be great one day. I like Greys above comparison to Scherzer. He’s going to have one of those years where he’s drafted at 180 or grabbed off waivers and the next year people will be grabbing him in the second or third round (not Razzballers of course). Once he fine tunes his stuff, he will know uber greatness. And will be uber fun to watch. And will be uber fantasy relevant. Uber :)

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of The Livid: Yeah the pieces are there, why I suggested another little run in AAA. A little more refinement. You’re my uber most favorite commenter! hahaha

  21. Cram It says:
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    Hell, I had a dream last night that during my fantasy football auction draft, I took Dan Marino, Fast Willie Parker and Dellin Betances with my first three, so, yeahhhhhh, I’m with you.

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      @Cram It: WHOA GIVE CRAM IT THE CHAMPIONSHIP RIGHT AWAY! Haha yeah I’ve had some nuts fantasy football dreams too. Most of my dreams are based in reality-ish i.e. co-workers and real-life stuff, so makes sense fantasy would get in there haha

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        @JB Gilpin: Haha. Championship! When you’re living and breathing the stuff every day, why wouldn’t Kolten Wong appear by your side to help you fight off killer clowns from outerspace?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Cram It: I really need to amp up some lucid dreaming research, me and Carlos Gomez would have so much fun shagging… As in, shagging balls in the outfield

  22. Jake Stone says:
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    Does Smyly have innings limit?

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      @Jake Stone: I think he might especially after changing teams, the reason I don’t have that concern on him in the ranks is all the shuffling DET did to keep the innings down going in and out of the rotation and I forgot to re-assess after the trade. I could see TB shutting him down as they’re pretty much out of the race, I need to add that on there. I don’t know of any concrete number though. Thanks for the heads up!

  23. Jonas says:
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    P of the PP

    I am looking for a second opinion on whether to drop Eovaldi for Mookie Betts?

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: We will get a look tomorrow at him I know, but he’s been pretty solid right?

      Also, could drop Avisail Garcia.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Jonas: Haha I’m probably holding Eovaldi. I’m not a huge Betts guy, I’d hold Garcia too. Maybe I’d drop Eovaldi if he implodes or if you need speed.

  24. Jonas says:
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    just dropped Vogelsong for Pomeranz.

    Good deal?

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: wait, are you on a honeymoon? congrats

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonas: Haha no, still not married yet. Just engaged, thanks man! I probably would’ve held Vogelsong, but that spot can be streamed, sounds like Pomeranz might not make too many starts but like him a lot for tomorrow v. Astros.

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