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As you all know, pitching is my favorite part of fantasy baseball and baseball in general.  It’s as overpoweringly addictive to me as gasoline is to the leather-clad gangs in The Road Warrior.  Now I most certainly don’t have any ass-less chaps, but I was on the edge of my seat watching some of thee performances, I’m not gonna lie mainly Chris Sale last night, just because he’s on many of my teams and I was on vacation over the weekend…

There were a lot of comments last week asking for a Shelby Miller breakdown, and as probably everyone knows (spoiler alert!  Wait it’s in the title.  Don’t look at the title…) all he did was go out and throw a 1-hitter.  So I went back to watch the tape and break down the start for all you loyal pitcher profile fans:

First Inning: Miller’s first pitch is a 93 MPH fastball on the outer edge for strike one taking to Eric Young, Jr.  Miller relies a lot on that fastball, so look for that velocity to amp up a few ticks.  Miller then spikes a 95 MPH heater for ball 1, then barely misses the outer black at 94, 2-1.  Miller is again outside, then a 93 MPH fastball on the hands breaks Young’s bat and it bloops between second and right field for a single.  Wasn’t well hit, but Miller was hoping to keep that outside and he missed inside.  Miller paints the outside corner to Dexter Fowler at 93 for strike one, then misses low at 93.  All fastballs through seven pitches.  Miller then at 94 paints the outside corner to get a swing-and-miss, 1-2, Fowler spoils the next one, then Miller at 95 MPH misses high.  Now 10 pitches all heaters.  Miller then misses outside with a change-up, and Young steals 2nd (base runners now 5-5 against Miller).  Now 3-2, no outs, runner in scoring position.  Miller dials up a 95 MPH fastball low and on the hands and Fowler pops out in the infield for the first out.  Hard to believe Miller went from 11 pitches, nobody out, and a runner at scoring position to start this.  He starts Carlos Gonzalez with a fastball outside, then again outside at 95 and gets the call, 1-1.  Miller again at 95 paints the higher inside corner, 1-2.  Working both sides of the black now.  Then a 94 MPH fastball, still inside but more over the plate, is taken for strike three.  With 15 of 16 pitches now fastballs, I don’t know what CarGo was looking for.  Miller starts Troy Tulowitzki with another painting fastball at 95 on the outside corner, 0-1.  There’s a curveball, at 81-MPH, that sharply bites 2-8, that’s taken for strike two.  Then Miller at 95 MPH, catches the outside corner again and gets Tulo to strike out looking.  That would’ve been tough to hit anyway, and, as Bud Lite would say, “here we go” through 8 hitless.

Second Inning: First offering to Wilin Rosario is a 93 MPH fastball right down the middle taken, then a 78 MPH curveball breaking from the inside edge to the outside edge stays in the zone taken for strike two.  If MIller gets a fastball on you then can follow with that, yikes.  The 0-2 is a curveball that goes from the outside corner to way outside and on the ground, then misses outside with a fastball, 2-2.  Miller then goes back to the curve that stays up a bit too much and Rosario lines it to center but caught pretty easily.  Miller’s first pitch to Todd Helton is a fastball popped back, then a fastball is outside, then back in the zone, 1-2.  Miller spikes a fastball at 95 MPH, then a 94 MPH fastball on the hands gets Helton to swing-and-miss for his 3rd K.  Miller hangs a curveball too high, 1-0 to Nolan Arenado, then bends one in there, 1-1.  The next pitch is a 95 MPH fastball on the outside corner that Arenado hits pretty hard to short, but Pete Kozma is able to field and throw it to first, but it pulls Allen Craig off first however Craig is able to tag Arenado to end the inning.  Could’ve easily been a hit or error there.

Third Inning: With a run of support, Miller gets halted from warming up by the umpires it looks like.  Then a trainer comes out of the dugout with a cup of water or something and Miller chugs it and heads back to the mound.  Weird, literally never seen that before.  But all is back to business, and Miller starts the 3rd with a 91 MPH fastball low to Josh Rutledge, then a fastball is grounded very sharply to David Freese, but Freese drops to one leg, sticks it, and gets him out at first.  Miller gets ahead of Jon Garland with a 91 MPH fastball for strike one, then Garland fouls one back, then Miller climbs the ladder at 92 and gets Garland to swing-and-miss.  Oh, to pitch in the NL.  Miller dialed it down and still got a three pitch K, his 4th.  Miller is outside to Young, then Young fouls one off, 1-1. Miller is again outside, then Young again fouls one off, 2-2.  Young fouls again, then a curveball is poked off the end of Young’s bat for a weak grounder to first, inning over.

Fourth Inning: Miller gets a second run of support on a Beltran solo shot, and starts Fowler with a 91 MPH fastball outside, 1-0.  Miller gets a change-up over at 84, haven’t seen but I think one other of those, then gets Fowler to foul tip a fastball, 1-2.  Then a fastball at 93 MPH gets a tad of tail to the outside and gets Fowler to miss, 5 Ks.  Gonzalez tries to bunt the first Miller pitch this time and bunts foul, 0-1, then a nice curveball at 77 MPH dips too low, 1-1.  Nice pitch there despite not getting a bite.  Gonzalez then fouls two off, and the announcers claim this is the best Miller’s curveball has looked all year.  I’ve watched one other Miller start vs. my Brewers and he just blew the Crew away with heaters, so I would agree.  Miller misses barely outside and low at 94, 2-2, then after Gonzalez fouls another two off, he paints the high inside corner at 94 for strike three looking.  Miller starts Tulo with a 93 MPH fastball very high that Tulo looked completely fooled on swinging at.  Miller is low, then just outside, 2-1.  Miller hangs a curveball, 3-1, then a 78 MPH curveball barely hangs onto the outside corner and Tulo almost threw his bat taking the walk but it’s full.  Nice pitch there, no way Tulo was looking off-speed, and it broke inside corner to outside corner perfectly.  Then Miller paints the same corner with a fastball for strike three, striking out the side for 7 Ks.  Very solid Miller could paint that same corner and gets the same call on the black.  Tulo starts yelling at the ump and throw his helmet – suffice to say not too happy with those back-to-back strike calls.

Fifth Inning: Miller gets ahead of Rosario with a fastball, then a 94 MPH heater is fouled back, followed by a 95 MPH fastball high, 1-2.  Another fastball is flied out pretty lazily to left, one down.  Miller misses outside to Helton, then again is too far outside, 2-0.  Miller yet again is outside, and falls behind 3-0.  Back in there at 91 MPH, then a fastball is fouled back to work it back full.  The payoff pitch is a 94 MPH fastball on the lower middle edge and Helton flies it deep to center but it’s caught fairly easily by Jon Jay, two down.  Miller gets Arenado to foul the first one back, then another, then Arenado laces one well to center, but it’s caught by Jay charging in to end the inning.

Sixth Inning: The 6th opens with a 92 MPH fastball right down the middle for strike one to Rutledge.  I don’t know why the Rockies aren’t hacking on the first pitch.  Miller misses low, then Rutledge chases one too high, 1-2. Miller then paints the outside corner at 94 MPH for Miller’s 8th K looking.  Easy money there.  Pinch hitting is Reid Brignac for the pitcher, who takes a fastball high, 1-0.  Miller blows him away on the inside corner, 1-1, then a fastball is outside, 2-1.  Miller again blows him away at 93 MPH, Brignac again late, then a pitch is fouled off, with another 2-2 pitch blowing him away at 95 MPH at the letters and Brignac had no chance with that swing.  9 Ks.  Miller paints the outside corner on Young, 0-1, then blows him away high at 95 again, 0-2.  Then the 0-2 is up to 96 MPH on the hands and Young ground out weakly to first.

Seventh Inning: Starting to set in that this is a fantastic outing with 18 sat down in a row, Miller starts Fowler with a curve that’s fouled off his foot, 0-1, then another fouled back, 0-2.  Miller then paints that outside corner at 94 MPH and Fowler is blown away swinging, 10 Ks.  Miller again starts with the curveball to Gonzalez and it’s fouled back.  Again a curve and it’s grounded weakly to first, two down.  Amazing that Miller has a completely new game plan starting with a lot of breaking balls to keep the Rockies guessing.  Miller goes back to the heater on the outside edge to Tulo that’s fouled off, 0-1.  Maybe first pitch hacking wasn’t a good idea either… Miller then explodes a 96 MPH fastball that Tulo misses, then Miller climbs the ladder at 95 that gets Tulo to foul it back, still 0-2.  Miller then paints the outside corner at 96 MPH, gets Tulo looking, probably the best pitch of the night so far.  Unhittable.  11 Ks.

Eighth Inning: At 96 pitches, Miller starts Rosario with a front door curveball that nips the inside corner, 0-1.  Then again the curveball, a nasty one with sharp movement gets Rosario to swing-and-miss, then the 0-2 is a 94 MPH fastball that Rosario saw coming and hits hard to center, but it’s caught right in front of the warning track.  Rosario has had three pretty well hit balls, but just under all of them.  1-1 to Helton is fouled back, 1-2, then Helton fouls the next fastball into foul territory but it stays in play for Holliday to catch it, two down.  Back to a first pitch fastball, 93 MPH for strike one, then the next one is grounded lazily to short by Arenado, inning over.

Ninth Inning: At 105 pitches, Miller begins with a curveball that gets Rutledge to ground out weakly to short, one down, one pitch.  Miller paints a 93 MPH fastball for strike one to pinch hitter Jordan Pacheco, then again in nearly the same spot, 0-2.  Pacheco fouls one back, and the broadcast indicates Miller has never thrown a professional complete game in 78 games.  The 0-2 pitch is a 94 MPH fastball that again paints that outside corner for strikeout number 12 looking.  26 in a row.  The first pitch to Young is a fastball taken for strike one, then a 94 MPH fastball is fouled back for strike two.  The Cardinals fans all on their feet, chanting “Shel-by!  Shel-by!” and the 0-2 pitch is a fastball at 95 MPH that paints the inside lower corner for his 13th K looking, 27 in a row, a perfect game after the leadoff single, an utterly masterful performance.

Final Line: W  9.0 IP  113 Pitches  1 Hit  0 Walks  13 Ks  Game Score: 98 (I’m going to start adding these)

Final Analysis: Obviously one of the best pitching performances this year.  Miller’s game score of 98 is the best this season (Harvey’s one-hitter against the White Sox was a 97, the only difference being 1 additional strikeout for Miller), but having watched both, I would argue Harvey looked more dominant, as he had 4 pitches working vs. 2 for Miller.

Miller is in a class of his own as a rookie pitcher.  His fastball is elite; he has the control and command to paint both sides of the plate at up to 96 MPH.  His average velocity on the heater this season is 93.2 MPH, but he’s able to ramp it down and up as need be, as seen in the first at bat against Jon Garland in the 3rd where he struck out the opposing pitcher on three pitches never going over 92 MPH.

The curveball was working, but never really looked like a dominant pitch.  He can get it over for strikes (like going to it 3-1 on Tulo in the 4th then the 7th inning he started the first two batters with curveballs) and can make it a wipe out pitch, but he didn’t get any Ks using it that way.  In fact, every single strikeout this game came via the fastball.  Some curveballs were hung high early and one was almost laced by Rosario in the 2nd.  However, the delivery is very consistent between both pitches and it looked impossible for the Rockies hitters to lock onto fastball vs. curveball.  The change-up was pretty much an afterthought, only used twice (only 1.4% of his pitches this year have been change-ups).

After a rough start last year in the minors, it looks like Miller has everything worked out to put together a really solid rookie season and I think is the best rookie pitcher by far.  But valuing Miller against all starters is a bit tricky.  Owners probably won’t want to budge unless there’s a great offer, and there’s no way I sell despite some obvious regression coming.  He relies so heavily on that fastball that if hitters can lock in on it his second time through the league and the curveball isn’t as on as it was last Friday night, he’s going to have some rough outings.  I’m still incredulous that all 13 Ks this last game came via the fastball.  I would hold Miller unless some offer blew me away and only buy if an owner for some reason isn’t buying into this ridiculous start.  But after this game, I doubt there will be any.

  1. james t work says:
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    just recieved a trade offer… Chris Davis for Cj Wilson. I have Aoki, Willingham, Bourne, Arcia, Morse and McClouth allready for depth. Is this adecent trade?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @james t work: Ew, I hate CJ Wilson. Chris Davis is pretty far and away more valuable, I stand pat, maybe offer one of those last few OFs for Wilson, but I wouldn’t be targeting him, even for another Old Spice ad.

      • james t work says:
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        hmmm ok, well he has these SP available too. He has K. Lohse, Scott Feldman and Kevin Slowley???

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @james t work: Like Lohse the best by far. That said, I still would hold onto Davis. I would hold onto Bourn as well, but I would trade any of your others for Lohse.

          • james t work says:
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            ok, roger that, over and out!

  2. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Nice work JB.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Guru: Thanks man! I think this might be the longest yet, maybe the longest article this year on Razzball. Jam it or Cram it?

      • The Guru

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        I’m going to say JAM.

  3. malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Miller for Kemp in a H2H points league where Miller can be used as RP?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Wowwwwww. The fact I have to think about it is kinda nuts, I think I take Kemp, but in a Points league it’s very close. Maybe run it by Tehol as well since h knows points leagues better than I.

      • malamoney says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I know man. That’s why I have to ask for some opinions on this one. Preseason, this is a ridiculous conversation. But right now, I don’t know. I have Miller and I think I’d rather have him. In a H2H points league where Miller can be used at RP, I just think he adds more value. That and considering my outfield consists of Braun, Gordon, Marte, AJAX, Morse, BJ Upton (sucks), Wil Myers and Hart on my DL, I don’t think Kemp is needed.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @malamoney: Yea that’s a loaded outfield… I could go either way on this one, I still think it’s Kemp especially since Jackson is headed to the DL

  4. NJY says:
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    I’m looking to grab 2 pitchers, most likely 1 SP, 1RP. I can stash one on the DL so i listed those guys first. Garza, Madson, JJ, Anderson, Beachy, Hudson, Jansen, Cashner, Norris, Feldman, Griffin, Detwiler.

    My gut is telling me to grab/stash Beachy, pick up Cashner and Jansen. With how Frieri’s pitching i see Jansen closing sooner and he’s the best RP of this crew anyway. The SP is the tough call for me. I’m also debating stashing Beachy and still grabbing Garza. I guess the question comes down to Garza/Anderson/Cashner/or Norris in a non-keeper traditional 5×5? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @NJY: Definitely think Jansen has a better shot, Madsen isn’t even pitching yet and I’m surprised how many people think this role will be his. I’m not too sure what to expect from Beachy, he’s starting rehab starts tomorrow, so I would monitor those, but since Garza and Anderson are closer I’d rank them higher. I’ve never been a huge Cashner fan, just can’t pitch deep into games it seems like. I’m so burnt out on Bud Norris because you can’t ever start him on the road and even at home he seems iffy. I think I grab Anderson, best shot at wins, I think he rebounds from a rough start, still had a K/9, and then Jansen

    • jame t work says:
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      yea, i picked up Beachey 2 days back and statshed him on the DL, thinking of doing the same with Garza… and Jansen, def worth a pickup
      I like Cashner alot too, I rostered him a month back!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @jame t work: Yea he’s been OK thus far and does pitch in Petco, I just think he’s overrated because he can throw so fast. If he can learn to pitch deeper, I’d be on board!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @NJY: you mean how league’s pitching so that jansen gets closing job soon.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yea that’s how I read it at first too, I think he meant in regards to Madson being less valuable than Jansen

  5. Clint says:
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    So you don’t think that the second time around Miller’s the kind of pitcher batters will start to “figure out” since he only has 2 pitches as compared to Harvey’s 4? I’ve heard suggestions elsewhere that based upon that and a potential innings limit coming to sell high before the All Star break on him. Personally, I’d love to right him to the end of the season since him & Lester are currently carrying my team.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clint: Well I definitely dont think Harvey will be figured out, and he’s already starting to get to that 2nd time through the league. The Cardinals are just notorious for getting the best out of their pitchers that I think he will be good enough to get through this whole season pretty solidly, work on his breaking stuff in the offseason again, and be solid again with better off-speed pitches next year. Love your hat!

  6. JDW says:
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    A dude in my league had both Miller and Lester throw complete game one hitters on the same team on the same night. He went for seventh to second in WHIP and 5th in first in ERA…or something like that. Anyway….DAAAAAMMM…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JDW: Wow! Yea that’s pretty unreal, and the commenter above you had the same. I thought I had it good with Sale and Harvey last night, but you guys win!

  7. jame t work says:
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    is Ubaldo Jimenez worth a pickup? any stats on this guy,

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jame t work: I really don’t trust Ubaldo at all. Small sample of a line drive rate way down compared to years’ past, but a home run to fly ball rate way up. He claims a “renewed mechanics consistency” I say, meh. I’d let someone else grab him and have a blow up start which he’ll inevitably have.

  8. Eng says:
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    Great article. Do you think he’ll add pitches and become a future top ten starter that goes in the first 5 fantasy rounds year after year?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eng: I think it all comes down to the change-up. If he can work that off his fastball then yes. But that’s a big if. I’m going to say top-20 next year and next few years, outside of top 20 for right now just because it’s so early and I am not 100% gung ho yet

  9. Eng says:
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    Basically, how good is this kid longterm?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eng: As I said above, I think it depends on the change-up. I think a fantasy #2 for a good while, if he develops a change-up, back-end #1 with upside

  10. Frank Lynch says:
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    Wutup my man!! Whats the difference between shallow or deep mixed leagues? Yo also, that was a great break dwn on Shelby Miller!! Because of all of your guys blogs, everybody I pick off the wire turns to gold. I picked up Shelby like a month ago and’s Insane and Corbin, Mark Reynolds, Mujica, Segura, etc…. Hey I made great trade moves just trading my waiver wire’s. Thank you all!!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank Lynch: Glad we could help! Yup that’s a cavalcade of nice moves! A shallow mixed league is a standard roster with 10 teams. A deep mixed league usually is 14+ teams, or if the rosters have more than 5 OFs, multiple other positions, etc. that stretch the available players thinner.

  11. Tim says:
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    Would u trade Dexter Fowler and RYU for cliff lee?? Need a spot for Heyward and think Lee is big upgrade over RYU ?
    Thoughts?
    Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tim: Yea I think I do that. I like Ryu but Fowler is for sure crashing hard (if only he could hit against John Axford all year!) and if he’s gonna be on your bench, I love upgrading for Lee. Even though I like Ryu, Lee is still indeed a big upgrade.

  12. Ryan says:
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    Wilhemsen or Paplebohn ROS??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Still Papelbon. Like Wilhelson though.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Wilhelmson*

  13. Tim says:
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    Fowler for Kenley Jansen?
    Thinking could be a steal if he eventually closes?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tim: Eh I hold onto Fowler. Yea Jansen would be a top 10 closer if he had the job, but he might not thrive with the job, we’ve seen him struggle a tad before, and there’s always going to be another 10-15 solid closers come off the wire ROS. I think I stand pat.

  14. Evan says:
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    Would you start Grimm tonight vs Oakland? They’re lineup with all the injuries is pretty awful looking and he has good K potential, not to mention the park is well suited for pitchers. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Evan: I think I would. Not a huge Grimm fan, but a lot of the better A’s hitters are hurt right now. Helps he could get a win even if he pitches not as solidly with that offense behind him.

  15. Hunter says:
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    Since pitching is your thing, can you tell me WTF is going on with Gallardo? Is he going to turn it around as always or is there something wrong with him? He’s been especially atrocious and I’m not seeing any positive signs thus far.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Hunter: Hah, well not only is pitching my thing by the Brewers are my thing. I could go on about a million word rant here, but here’s the problems and why I haven’t been a Gallardo believer in at least 3 years for fantasy: The fastball is low 90-s instead of being mid 90s as it was 3-4 years ago. Since it’s usually straight as an arrow, it doesn’t have the same effect. Then the curveball and slider both are utterly inconsistent. If I had a nickel for every spiked breaking ball I’d be able to buy out YoGa’s salary. Ok maybe the math doesn’t work out there. When you can’t consistently throw breaking pitches and your fastball is straight it’s frustrating to watch this guy. Of course some games the breaking stuff does work, and he can get through a game. But those seem fewer and fewer…

      • Hunter says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thank you!

  16. Russ says:
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    I’m close to middle of the pack in a sixteen team rotisserie dynasty league, hurting in various spots. My big names on my roster right now are Trout, Pujols, Trumbo, Ortiz, Ackley and my DL has Werth and Eaton with my pitching staff fronted by Lee, Sale, Shields and Masterson. I’ve got someone really pushing my on moving Trout. His offer right now is a lot of prospects (Brad Miller, Jonathon Schoop, Noah Synderrgard, Luke Jackson, CJ Cron and Rymer Liriano) plus Mike Moustakas (my 3B situation is abysmal, Mark DeRosa/Ryan Roberts combo anyone?) solely in exchange for Trout. Pull the trigger? Or hold onto Trout?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Russ: Don’t really like any of those guys to be honest. At best, maybe 2 pan out to be bottom end top-100 fantasy picks at some point in their careers? I hold onto Trout.

  17. Matt says:
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    Drop gyorko for eaton?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matt: Never been a big Gyorko fan so I like that move if you don’t need Gyorko at one of his positions.

  18. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    If Cingrani gets demoted when Cueto returns, would you consider stashing him in a Yahoo! NA slot, even if it meant dropping the current resident, Jurickson Profar?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Johan Barleycorn: Hmmm, I’d rather have Profar there. Similar upside, but Profar projects longer and offense is harder to come by.

      • Johan Barleycorn says:
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        Thanks a lot JB. Really appreciate it.

  19. Eng says:
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    Thanks for the earlier response, JB. How about Mike Minor over the longterm? Cmparable to Shelby or a few steps behind?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eng: No problem! I think they do compare well, but I indeed take Miller over him. I have a feeling their long term value will be similar, but there’s no question Miller has tons more upside and who I would pick either way.

  20. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Who do you like rest of the year for Utility spot? Michael Saunders, McLouth or Vernon Wells? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Noooooooo! Don’t do it Jbbbbbbbb!!!!! McLouth. Yikes. Hah

  21. Prezii says:
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    Nice article, JBroadside! Stole Miller in every league except the RCL.. Go figure, right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prezii: Thanks man! Haha yup that’s how it goes… but you’re enjoying it everywhere else!

  22. Zoltan says:
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    You seem to be pretty high on Harvey. I gave him up for Price, what do you think? Don’t get me wrong I like Harvey which is why I drafted him in the first place but I’ll take the much more proven pitcher for the long run.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zoltan: Wow, very close, but I think for redraft leagues I stick with Price as well

      • Zoltan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, nice article btw.

  23. BigRedLatrine says:
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    which side JB?

    cozart/chris perez for gregorius/ethier

    12 team 5×5 roto

    • JB Gilpin

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      @BigRedLatrine: Tough because not sure which side would need the saves but I think I like Cozart Perez. Not a Gregorius believer and Ethier’s stats are so empty.

      • BigRedLatrine says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’d be me giving up perez. I have 4 closers and I can only start 3. It’s been near impossible to move one though, this is the best that has come along.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @BigRedLatrine: In that case I have no problem with the trade. Sometimes closers are indeed a tough commodity to move and if you’re not starting one, I like taking the deal.

  24. james t work says:
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    Everth Cabrera…I drafted him and as luck would have it hes panned out thus far….semi well. Anybody else picking up at SS or is he a keeper?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @james t work: Jean Segura? Hah, I keed! I think you’re probably holding onto him without knowing who’s available.

      • james t work says:
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        segura been gone for a while, any other options?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @james t work: No one really comes to mind, Alexei Ramirez has gotten a handful of steals and got dropped in a lot of leagues and I think Yunel Escobar will turn it around. Still like Cabrera more though.

  25. RedRox says:
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    I was offered Kemp+Arenado for Miller+FHer

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RedRox: Even though offense is tougher to get, I stand pat with the pitchers. Arenado is going to hit .150 in some month at some point as he adjusts and I don’t think that’s enough to swoon me from those hurlers.

  26. tomthebod says:
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    @JB Gilpin. Hey JB. I have both Harvey and Shelby Miller on one team. Do you think Miller and Harvey will have their innings capped come September?

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      @tomthebod: Yea that is definitely a big question. I think Harvey has the better chance of a cap because the Mets are terrible, but he pitched through college and 180+ innings I believe last year through the Minors and Majors so I think he will get to 200 barring injury. Miller I don’t think will at all with the Cards in the playoff hunt. and he’s pitched a lot of innings as well.

  27. BrewerFan says:
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    I offered Matt Harvey, Garza, & Corey Hart for Strasburg in a redraft H2H. Still a solid deal for me if he accepts right?

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      @BrewerFan: I think so, the X Factor is my boy Hart who I am sitting on in a few leagues too. If you need him and your team needs power, I think I might not do that.

  28. Shaun says:
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    was offered Lester for Miller. Being a Red Sox fan, I had to take it! I hope it was the right move.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaun: Yea I think that’s close and Lester is safer despite struggling last year. More experience.

  29. Ian says:
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    How do you rank: Lorenzo Cain, Domonic Brown, Justin Ruggiano, Andy Dirks and Emilio Bonifacio the rest of the way?

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      @Ian: Cain, Rug, Brown, Dirks, Bonifacio. Not a big Bonifacio fan, but if you need steals maybe move him up one or two.

  30. JB, just wanted to comment that this is a fantastic breakdown, excellent work. Watched the game and thought Miller was amazing all night, but I agree I think Harvey’s was slightly better if against a weaker time IMO.

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      @Shea Sera Sera: Thanks man! Yea both fantastic performances, but Harvey commanding 4-pitches was pretty incredible. Although Miller’s fastball was placed so well all night, it’s splitting hairs picking the better game. Thanks for reading!

  31. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup my man!!! I picked up Nuno yesterday cause some reason I thought he was gonna be a full time starter but I guess I was wrong but now should I drop him or keep him?? I didn’t know if he was going to be in the bullpen or not.

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