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I know, I know.  Terrible title pun and Vance Worley isn’t exactly the most exciting Pitcher Profile.  CALL UP ANDREW HEANEY ALREADY!  Just needed to get that out of my system…

I thought about a Danny Duffy.  Maybe Daisuke Matsuzaka. Mostly because that would be an inning-long Pitcher Profile and I could play more Call of Duty.  He shoulda laid off the Steak “n Shake!  Over/under on amount of times you see that joke today…

But back to Worley.  I think it’s easily forgotten just how good a run he had for the 2011 Phillies.  3.01 ERA?  119 Ks in 131.2 IP?  11 Wins?  Really surprising looking back on those… Then he was terrible in his follow-up with the Phils, followed by getting absolutely crushed in 10 starts for the Twins last year.  Starting 2014 in AAA, Worley was meh in 7 starts with a 4.30 ERA, but an encouraging 43 Ks in 46 innings.  Which nobody would ever care about, except he had as good a debut anyone could’ve expected yesterday at Miami.  And actually – and I didn’t even think to look until the broadcast showed his Minors numbers – 43:4 K:BB in AAA.  Wowzer!  So I decided to take a look at the spectacled SP and if there’s anything there for you to care about in your fantasy leagues:

First Inning: Worley’s first pitch of the 2014 season is an 87 MPH fastball just low to Rafael Furcal shortening up for a supposed bunt.  88 heater fouled back, then 89 on the outer edge is bunted to the mound for an easy out.  Furcal might be the worst leadoff hitter in the Majors… Anyway, up is Reed Johnson who takes 89 in the zone, a nice sinking 89 MPH two-seamer is foul-tipped in the mitt for an 0-2 count.

Worley 2seam

Another two-seam is fouled off, then Worley’s first off-speed is slider at 83 tapped foul, then 90 MPH on the hands and low is a very weak flyout, two down.  5 strikes that at-bat, and all on the edges.  Another painter at 90 MPH to start Giancarlo Stanton gets Worley up 0-1, but a slider across the zone is muscled up the middle for a single.  Casey McGehee takes a two-seamer low, four-seam is a tad inside, two-seam bends inside, gets a fastball in there, another fastball on the hands fouled back, then the 3-2 slider is popped up right to the bag at first in foul territory for an easy out.

Second Inning: Garrett Jones is first-pitch swinging, and hits a lazy flyball for a quick out.  Fastball at 90 is high and outside – virtually all fastballs thus far – he’s just inside to Marcel Ozuna 2-0, a perfect front door slider at 85 starts in then bends into the zone, 2-1.

Worley Slider1

Then Worley follows it up with a curveball at 77 and bends that one in as well.

Worley Curveball

Wow, if he can throw those for strikes, he’ll be good to go.  Another slider over the plate is tapped to short, and the easy play is made, two down.  Slider is poured in there for a strike to Adeiny Hechavarria, then a curveball in the inner lower half is crushed to the right field gap for a double.  That wasn’t a bad pitch, Hechavarria was just able to wait back on it and tracked it for a great swing.  But it doesn’t cost anything as Jeff Mathis pops up the first-pitch slider to shallow left to end the inning.

Third Inning: The Buccos pick up a run, and Worley starts opposing pitcher Henderson Alvarez with a fastball low, cutter is in there, a slider gets Alvarez almost to fall over swinging, then another slower slider with a more downward break is swung over for Worley’s first K.  Gotta love pitching in the NL!  Maybe that’s what the issue was in Minnesota… Fastball is in there to Furcal, goes inside with it, then a cutter is tapped weakly to third, but Pedro Alvarez throws it in the dirt and Ike Davis can’t make the pick for an error.  15 errors for Alvarez now – yikes!  Cutter at 87 hits the inner black to Johnson, slider low, another slider tapped foul, then a third straight slider is hit to center for an easy out.  Slider bends into the zone for strike one to Stanton, fastball inside, another slider hits the outer black bending across the zone, then a fastball on the outer edge gets a ton of the plate and locked Stanton up.  Not sure what Stanton was looking for there, I guess he thought it was a slider about to bend out of the zone.  Two Ks for Worley.

Fourth Inning: Now protecting a 2-0 lead, Worley starts McGehee with a fastball strike, then another in the same spot is rocketed to center for a hard hit single.  From the stretch, Worley gets a first-pitch curveball strike in there to Jones.  Good stuff there.  Fastball is in and low, another fastball outside, and another cut fastball on the hands is muscled to right for a single.  It jammed Jones, but it looped over the infield for a solid hit.  So Worley in some trouble with runners on first and second and no outs, and is just outside with a slider to Ozuna.  Another slider is hit hard to the opposite field, but it’s foul by about ten feet over the fence.  Man, just missed a three run shot there.  Fastball is inside, another fastball is called high that was close, slider front doors Ozuna – good faith there after one was almost hit out – then the payoff pitch gets a swing-and-miss at 89 on the higher outside black.  Ozuna was looking off speed and was late – proof you can throw slow and still get guys to miss fastballs.  3 Ks and a huge one for Worley, and he starts Hechavarria with a slider low.  90 MPH fastball is in there, slider fouled off, another slider nipped foul, then a 91 MPH two-seamer is hit right to second, and Worley is out of the mess with a huge double play.

Fifth Inning: Still up 2-0, Worley starts Mathis with a cutter, then goes a little lower on the outside edge with a heater and gets a whiff, slider is just outside, then a slider that ends up down the middle is a lazy flyout to center.  A slider is in there to Alvarez, whose late swing is up there with Pablo Sandoval for the worst swing we’ve seen this year.

Worley Slider2

0-1 is an 88 MPH fastball and it’s hit hard on a line, but right to Josh Harrison at second.  Two down quickly, and cutter is low to Furcal, another gets the outside black, two-seamer is perfect on the outside lower corner, 90 MPH heater slapped foul, curveball stays outside, then the 2-2 91 MPH four-seamer is hit to Harrison to end the inning.

Sixth Inning: Worley opens the 6th with a two-seam in there, another heater is fouled off Johnson’s foot, then a 90 MPH fastball that looked way low and a shade outside gets the call.  Johnson is mad, it certainly looked like a ball, but it’s Worley’s 4th K.  Really no complaints about the zone today until now… but it’s strike three.  Stanton takes a fastball low and in, takes one in there, fastball again low and in, with the 2-1 heater dribbled to third for an easy groundout.  Two quick outs, and fastball is low to McGehee, 88 MPH two-seamer smacked foul, Worley goes inside again with a fastball, but McGehee turns on this one for his second single.  Quick hands there by McGehee.  Fastball low and in to Jones, cutter is way outside, fastball on the outer black is swung through, another heater on the inside black is called a strike, slider on the hands pulled weakly foul, fastball is high, and the payoff pitch is popped up for an easy catch by Russell Martin to end the inning.

Seventh Inning: Worley is cruising at 86 pitches, and is inside with the fastball to Ozuna.  Cutter stays high, 2-0 fastball is in there 2-1, a slider is perfectly placed in the lower inside corner, Worley then paints the same spot with a fastball for his 5th K looking.  That was some serious paint – on both those pitches.  Hechavarria is first-pitch swinging and pops up a high and tight fastball in the infield, two outs.  Mathis takes a fastball in there, four-seam low and inside is tapped foul, quickly 0-2.  And Worley’s final pitch is a 77 MPH curveball, reached for and floated out to center for yet another easy out.  What an outing.

Final Line:  W  7 IP  95 Pitches (68 Strikes)  0 ER  5 Hits  0 Walks  5 K  Gamescore: 72    Gamescore+: 73.8

Final Analysis: As I mentioned in the open – and want to reiterate – Worley had an unreal 43:4 K:BB in AAA.  And he kept it up in this one, with 5 punchouts and no walks.  What I really like about that ratio, is Worley was all over the paint in this start showing some incredible control and command.  Even though the Marlins probably game-planned for Worley coming after them, they had a ton of weakly hit outs contributing to a Gamescore+ ahead of his Gamescore.

Worley throws a lot of fastballs, but can do a ton with them.  Four-seam topped out at 91, two-seamer 88-90, then cutter usually at 87.  All three had good movement to keep Marlins’ barrels from really connecting.  Worley’s main off-speed is the slider, which ranged wildly from 79-85.  He could break it horizontal with a 2-8 break, or almost straight down with a little less speed.  He also mixed in a few curveballs around 77 MPH.  The broadcast talked up a change-up he had developed this year, but I don’t think he threw a single one in this start.  I don’t think he necessarily needs it, but if it works it will mix up his speeds even more.  Stuff wise, he kinda reminds me of Phil Hughes, with maybe not quite as good a cutter but slightly better off-speed.  He doesn’t throw as hard as Hughes either, but he’s the best comp I can think of.

Since I’m not a huge Hughes fan to boot, Worley is going to stay outside my top 100 – for now.  It’s worth mentioning the Marlins line-up without Christian Yelich is very blah (even though I know they’ve had a good year scoring this far) and Ozuna just missed taking him deep for a three-run homer.  But if this K:BB stays this legit in the Majors, he could find himself surging in my ranks.  It’s interesting Worley has developed such impeccable control, because his walk rate in the Philly years – the big 2011 and underwhelming 2012 – was over 3.  I will mention his BABIP in 2012 and 2013 was .340 and .401 respectively, so it looks like Worley was a little unlucky there.  With all the weak contact he racked up yesterday, this could really turn out to be someone to watch.  We’ve seen pitching coach Ray Searage turn some scrub pitchers around, and in the NL in a good ballpark is about as good as it gets.  Might actually end up with a decent WAR[ly]!  And in the short-term, his next start is at the Cubs, so he may be worth a spot start there if you need some innings.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

Dropped Out: Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds (had to really work hard to lose that job), Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles (is just so bad, and I didn’t like him much to begin with…), Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks (getting less and less faith he’s up before August on a Dbacks team still not improving too much)

  • Slight shake-up up top, with Waino moving from 1 to 3.  As I’ve said the past few weeks, those top 3 guys are so close to me.  The elbow issue doesn’t seem to be serious, but it’s an elbow for a SP that’s logged a ton of innings with a prior TJ.
  • Man, Mat Latos looked goooooood.
  • I’m not that concerned with Wacha, but the strikeout drought is annoying.  Only moved him down 5, but any decent movement that high in my ranks I like to highlight.
  • Not moving Minor – I actually think he’s one of the best buy-low targets if you’re looking to improve your rotation.  Stuff and velocity looked good in primetime last night, but the Angels were locked in.
  • Tough to not be all-in on Keuchel at this point.  After yet another gem, I imitate the voice of Kevin from The Office and merely say, “That’s Dallas!”
  • Apparently Rick Porcello has become my main whipping target.  He looked good against the Twins yesterday, having one rough inning that had a lot of bad luck.  Hard hit RBI double by Josh Willingham, lucky weak grounder by Kendrys Morales for an RBI single, then a solid single by Kurt Suzuki and they had Morales dead to rights at home but Alex Avila bobbled and dropped the throw, scoring the third run.  Very easily could’ve been 7 or 8 innings of one-run ball and a win.  Of course I’m biased though.  I think he’s gonna be pretty good moving on – enjoy disagreeing with me in the comments per usual!
  • I thought Cliff Lee would progress faster.  Damn my decision to forgo medical school!
  • Done with Marco Estrada.  I think he just up another 16 homers.  Can he pitch the home run derby?!  Sorry Brad Radke, there’s a new clown on the mound!
  • I’m all in on Duffy.  As I mentioned in the open, thought about doing today’s Profile on him – his stuff looks nasty.
  • After that collapse at Oakland, Garrett Richards has been redonkulous.
  • Some of the best pitching news this week was Alex Wood’s demotion to get stretched back out.  With a doubleheader coming at the end of the month, it could be pretty quick before Wood is back in the rotation.
  • It was mentioned last week in the comments and something I’ve monitored – Drew Hutchison has the craziest splits baseball has ever seen (ease down hyperbole police!).  8.72 ERA 1.89 WHIP at home, 1.79/0.94 on the road.  Another good one is 3 day starts 11.81/2.16 to 2.40/1.05 at night.  Next time Hutch pitches at home in a day game, the universe might implode.

Thoughts on Worley?  Beef with the rankings?  Got a new Porcello joke for me?  Shoot below and happy pitching!

From Around The Web

  1. bored says:
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    Whitley throws a QS against TOR on Wednesday your do next article on him? It is a demand not an option!!! ;]

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bored: Haha well Heaney getting the call up, virtually right when this article posted, I think has to be the next one :) I don’t want to take all the credit for convincing MIA but I am!

      • bored says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        If Whitley throws the QS and Heaney doesnt do the article on Whitley? If they both throw QS do it on Heaney? deal or no deal? I got 5$ on Whitley. ;]

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @bored: Hahaha well we all know who your favorite pitcher is! How about we do Heaney for next week then Whitley the following week? :)

          • bored says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Not necessarily my favorite I just think he may be valuable pitcher to have. I could be wrong but so far in the season he’s done well. Toronto should be a nice test to see if he’s truly legit option.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @bored: I hear ya and tonight didn’t really give too much a definitive look. 95 pitches to get through 5 and 2 Ks… Looks like he should get the win though!

              • bored says:
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                @JB Gilpin:
                Yea not too sure why he is throwing so many pitches. I havn’t had a chance to watch him play but he is not worth much to me in my QS league if he can’t get atleast 6 INN. Drop him to own Vargas, Vogelsong or T. Wood or stream? I’m leaning towards owning Vargas.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @bored: Yeah in QS Vargas gets a huge boost, I probably would have him over Vogelsong/Wood in those formats, with the caveat you’re not struggling in Ks/WHIP which he hurts ya.

                  • bored says:
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                    @JB Gilpin:
                    Right now I have Zimmerman, G. Gonzalez, S. Gray, Elias, Harang, Hudson, Keuchel, R. DLR, Cain, Gibson with Skaggs and Liriano on DL. I had an awful week so far and I likely wont win ERA/WHIP as it sits with 10 starts (12 Max) 5.60 ERA, 1.52 WHIP. Im one descent SP, that I can run out there every week ,away from being a playoff team. I dont see it coming off of the FA pool though and trading for a SP is next to impossible in my league.

                    • JB Gilpin

                      JB Gilpin says:
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                      @bored: Yeah it’s gonna be tough to find one off the wire. Hudson had an unlucky off game for ya, not big Harang/DLR/Elias/Gibson fan – but they’re probably the better than your wire…

  2. Dan says:
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    Rick Porcello over Garrett Richards?? Cmon man!

    • bored says:
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      @Dan:
      Yea I agree. I still am not a fan of Porcello. I’d still take Richards over Porcello.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan: Porcello hasn’t had a game where he couldn’t get out of the first inning! Sure Richards will crush him in Ks, but I can see Porcello winning Ws and marginally in ERA WHIP

  3. IUPAC says:
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    Heaney just got called up, per Twitter

    • mzorob says:
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      @IUPAC: I guess the marlins mangament are razzballers too.

    • Carnac says:
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      JB, your magic is real and I believe in you.

      • IUPAC says:
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        @Carnac: Seconded, thanks JB

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Carnac: Thanks guys! @IUPAC: Now to use my magic to get Porcello back to where I think he’ll be…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @IUPAC: Haha thanks guys! Awesome he got called up right when this posted and I’m higher than him than anywhere else. Thursday will be a national holiday for the Pitcher Profile!

  4. Lemmingness says:
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    Thoughts on Cain? Is what he’s shown thus far going to last the rest of the year, or does he have any chance of improving? Someone in my league dropped him, so wondering if he’s worth an add (my back end pitchers are Leake, Hutch, Arrieta)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lemmingness: Definitely need to grab him, like him much more than those 3. I think I should’ve ranked Arrieta, but I do question ROS potential, probably dropping Hutchison because I hate those splits I mentioned.

  5. Spyre says:
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    Agree on Porcello. He was criusin until the 3 ER inning, and Avila shoulda caught that throw

    Also, ESPN is reporting that Heaney is getting the callup for Thursday vs Mets.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spyre: Yessir to both! Pumped for that Heaney start and Alex Avila needs a better mitt or something. Haha

  6. Eric says:
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    WOOT HEANEY CALLED UP

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric: DROP THE CONFETTI! Or well, repurpose some of the leftovers from San Antonio…

  7. Bear says:
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    Nice article…!!
    So I want Wainwright right bad! LOL. How about this trade…

    Wainwright
    Matt Carpenter
    Blackmon

    for

    Smyly
    D Santana
    Chisenhall
    Marte

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bear: Nice time to buy on Waino indeed! Love that deal if he takes it! I’m rooting for him to hit accept!

      • Bear says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah this is a pretty smart league…LOL…no go. How about this one…

        Wainwright
        Ellsbury (I need SB)

        for

        Puig
        Smyly
        J. Garica (just plucked off Wire)

        Trying to do a 2 for 3 as I have Gio Gonzalez coming off the DL and need room.
        Thanks for your time and advice!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bear: Oh that one is a no-brainer for ya as well… I know Puig has been awesome, but Ellsbury isn’t a huge downgrade to me then Waino for Smyly and Garcia? Hope he takes that one this time! Any time!

  8. Sheriff McRawDawg says:
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    Someone just offered my Coco Crisp for Heaney… I’m like 8th in steals and have Marte and Revere as well. Do I take this? I’m down on the Heaney love and all, but ppl like Wily and Smyly are available…

    Good stuff as always JB

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: Hmmm with Wily avail I think since you need the OF depth I would probably take it. I have Wily only 2 spots below, but a nice debut will move Heaney up a few more too… Very close I think if you would be starting Crisp every game out I’d do it – but it is an injury risk too…. Thanks man! Sorry to waffle on that one haha

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @JB Gilpin: it’s all good – i’m all about the rookie nookie too so I may stand pat haha thanks!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Hah I am too, been all about some Heaney since JoFer thinned out their rotation!

  9. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I’ve been reading conflicting things regarding Jaime Garcia. Grey seemed skeptical, but some of the underlying numbers looked positive. Is he yet another Cards pitcher developing into a stud or do you think his recent numbers are a fluke?

    Also, as a Phillies fan, I’m super skeptical of Worley. He had some great games here and there with the Phils too, but he’s always struck me more as a Quad-A pitcher.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I don’t know about “stud” but I think he can be solid while healthy. That shoulder is certainly a big concern. I’m not huge on Worley either, going to take a good run of a few more to make my top 100, but as a streamer against bad NL teams I think he’s worth a look – especially against the Cubs next time! Hah

  10. Mike says:
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    He had been called up!

    So Nathan Eovaldi or Andrew Heaney RoS?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: WOOHOO! Eovaldi for the moment, but I’m very tempted to take Heaney now that he’s up. I already had them close, and I think against the Mets will increase the buzz even more.

  11. Tom says:
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    What happened to Stroman? Has to be an oversight, right? Was at like 80 & pitched fine.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: Hmmm I thought he was in there… Yeah I’m gonna fix that he shoulda been in there

      • Tom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sounds good. Love the column, by the way. The profiles are stellar.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tom: Thanks man!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hank: Stroman is 80 and Simon 80.1. I thought Stroman looked fine but didn’t want to move him too much since I have ROS concerns, and somehow even with adding 3 to the ranks and dropping 3 he disappeared and I can’t figure out where he went in my spreadsheet – so I’m going to wait until next week and do a complete overhaul with how I put together the ranks so guys don’t disappear on me! :)@Tom:

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: I can’t for the life of me figure out what’s going on, I added three and dropped three but can’t figure out where he went, gonna do a revision later tonight

  12. Allan says:
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    No drop in the rankings for Kluber? He’s been pretty meh since his fantastic May. I was actually thinking of dropping him for Heaney. Oh and I know this is a pitching article but would you drop Morse to pick up Polanco?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allan: Nah I love Kluber! He’ll bounce back. I wouldn’t drop him for Heaney. Yes I’d definitely drop Morse for Polanco, any questions welcome!

  13. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    What up JB? Great stuff as always. Hard to write an interesting article on Vance Worley, but that was compelling and rich. Since I consider you as my pitching coach, I wanted to get your opinion on a trade I recently completed. I sent Teheran, Minor and Kendrys Morales for Cargo, Gausman and Stroman. I hurts the depth of my pitching staff, but I got Sale and Wacha as my two keepers and am in the midst of comprising a filthy hitting ensemble.

    Second, I got my eye on Duffy and A. Wood. The bottom of my rotation consists of Peralta, Bauer, Eovaldi, Gausman, Stroman and Garcia. Claim day is tomorrow. Any of those aforementioned dudes droppable for Duffman or A. Wood? Is it to early to snag Wood? Thanks for your insight as always on the baseball/basketball fronts. Much appreciated.

    P.S. Kawhi Leonard…au shizz!

    P.P.S. Some dude named “Parmesan” says hello.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Thanks man! Next week will be Heaney, and much more interesting, wanted to challenge myself this one :) haha. Awesome, I’m a pitching coach! Dude yeah you get Cargo who hopefully should be fine after this tumor is removed, I like it! Like both of those young lefties. Yeah I’d grab both, dropping Garcia anddddd probably Stroman. Yessir – basketball about to have a POdcast! Stoked for it. Kawhi is the man, have a new nickname for him. Oh it’s Geeeeeeeeeeeeene Parmesan! It’s ok you set off my fire alarm…

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sorry bout the alarm, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. Really looking forward to the hoops podcast as you and SLIM do a great job on the basketball site!

        I know it’s the wrong forum, but just need to gloat for a minute. Joined a 12-Team basketball keeper league two years ago and inherited a crappy roster. Immediately adopted a 25-and-under philosophy and began collecting young players (including trading my 1st round pick in 2014/2015 for Kawhi back in November). Turned it around this year and ended up making the playoffs as the final seed (i.e., #6) while acquiring a non-playoff team’s 1st round pick which is TBD, but top six. Stoked.

        While I’m at it, I can keep 10 going into next year and got Kemba, Oladipo, Batum, DeRozan, Leonard, Drummond and DeAndre as no brainers. Need to pick three out of Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverley, Terrance Ross, Larry Sanders, Jared Sullinger and Mike Scott. Initial thoughts? Thank you as always.

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          @Peter Nincompoop: Oh it’s understandable, I’ll give you a very meager amount of money haha. Thanks man! We really enjoyed hoops last year and ready for a Bigger 14-15.

          Oh damn man, sick! You should have a really exciting team this year. Whewwww, a lot can change but I think Ross Sully and Sanders are my picks. I love Mike Scott but don’t think he’ll get a long-term chance, and the PGs are exciting but I don’t think are in situations to be fantasy big boys like the first three. Any time man!

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            @JB Gilpin: parmesan is a detective.

  14. Scarecrow Greinke says:
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    Just picked up Taijuan Walker to stash on my bench but with the Heaney news I dropped my other stash, Alex Wood, for Heaney. Good move? I’ll try and pick up Wood again closer to his start, but from what I read, Walker might be here to stay sooner than Wood.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scarecrow Greinke: Yeah I support that, Heaney is up and ready now while Wood will be at least a few weeks. And yes – Wood could move back to the bullpen or stay longer in the Minors than we expect, so like it!

  15. Mike says:
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    Now that Heaney can start, I was looking at the next couple of SP prospects that could have a decent impact soon:

    Archie Bradley
    Jimmy Nelson

    The first you dropped from your list today – the second – I never see any mention of here.

    If I were to add either, which would it be?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: It’d probably be Nelson, but he’s at least a start away. I read Roenicke doesn’t want Nelson up for @COL. And if Estrada gets lit there like everyone would expect, it could be Nelson time. I think Bradley’s elbow will keep him out of the Majors until prob Sept.

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB!

        I figured he was probably a start away, so I just need to let Monday’s games start and make a CBS pickup after the weekly lineups are locked.

        Who would you drop for Nelson?

        Wei-Yin Chen
        Wily Peralta

        My guess – based on your list would be Wei-Yin Chen. I have both in my lineup this week as two-starters. After that, I am going with June call-ups at the back end of my bench.

        Thanks!

        Mike.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Mike: I’d drop Chen indeed, I think Wily is fine and going to continue being pretty awesome. We might have some clarity on Nelson at the end of the week too, so if he’s up it’d be a pretty easy move to make and I’d rank Nelson maybe 80ish next week.

  16. Tom Wilson says:
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    This post is excellent. Keep up the good work JB

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom Wilson: Thanks so much man! Will do!

  17. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    Here’s my pitching:

    Sale, Zimmerman, Gray, Archer, Keuchel, Wheeler, Wood (stashed). Duffy is available–would you lose Wheeler or Wood for Duffy? They are all ranked fairly close.

    These breakdowns are awesome JB. Really enjoy them and your updated rankings. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Janssen with the Stars: Whewwwww that’s a close one. How is your innings limit/do you have one? If you were under/don’t have one I might drop Wood for him, if you’re over or looking good there, probably standing pat. Thanks so much!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        1250 inning limit. I’m on pace for +5 over at the moment so looking good there. I’ll hold for now, but will keep an eye on Duffy. Thanks again.

  18. GG says:
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    Darvish ($42)
    Tanaka ($26)
    Cueto ($4)
    Minor ($6)
    Cole ($22)
    Archer ($4)
    Eovaldi ($6)

    8 keeper league and will probably keep 3 or 4 of the above – salaries are adjusted for next season.

    Who would you drop to activate Heaney ($4)? Thinking it’s Eovaldi, really like him but Archer/Heaney seem to have more finesse/long term upside.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @GG: Yeah I think I’d do that too, they’re so close right now, but Heaney has a great long-term outlook. Couldn’t drop anyone else. Cueto at $4?! Domination! Haha.

  19. Chris says:
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    I’ve got Archer, Gausman, Stroman, Niese and Ventura. Any of these worth dropping in a H2H points league for Andrew Heaney?

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      @Chris: Whew that’s tough since I’m guessing Gausman and Stroman have SP/RP elig. If those guys are starting in RP spots I’d drop Niese for him, if not, would drop Stroman for him.

  20. Dan says:
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    No love for Arrieta? Thinking about dropping him for Odorizzi even though I like Arrieta for everything but Ws.

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      @Dan: He has upside, sure, but I question his ROS impact with injury concerns, win potential, and innings cap possible (but unlikely). And he’s been streaky. He’s worth streaming while hot though.

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        @JB Gilpin:

        With his 11K game today I sense a Pitcher Profile coming on Mr. Arrieta soon, JB? I snatched him in my 12 team roto and 8 team h2h pts leagues, dropping D. Holland and Masterson for him, respectively, so I hope these numbers aren’t a fluke.

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          @Clint: Yessir! He’s on the short list. Heaney’s debut tomo is locked in for Profiling Monday. I’m actually fine with both of those, Masterson is close, but I’d roll dice on upside too, Arrieta will for sure make a big leap into the rankings next week

  21. AMolnar says:
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    Nice work JB. If Nelson gets the call here in the next week or so would you be dropping Hutch to pick him up?

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      @AMolnar:

      Oooo … and is Arrieta just a streamer or should I be holding him. Picked him up for Sunday’s start but I think I am holding till he starts to show some signs of weakness. Next start Thursday has some promise too.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AMolnar: Haha funny you asked on Arrieta too – yeah I think just a streamer right now. Yeah I’d drop Hutch for Nelson, those splits for Hutch are atrocious. Right now I’d probably own Arrieta over Hutch too for the short term even though I don’t have Arrieta ranked – think he can have some nice short-term impact.

  22. Jubu_Needs_A_Refill says:
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    Man, it was hard to watch Verlander tonight. Is it just me or does his fastball have exactly zero movement anymore. At his best, it had some late life but man it’s got nothing left. His mechanics look completely out of whack. No way I’d rate him #41 the way he looks.

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      @Jubu_Needs_A_Refill: He looks… awful. But for your thoughts on the rank, its tough for 4 reasons – A – it’s one more nail in the coffin after my ranks came out, B – he’s been crushed in one deadly final inning a lot lately, C – his massive pedigree (Kate Hudson agree, if ya know what I mean! :) ) and D – I’m pretty sure I have him lower in my ranks than anywhere else. Buy low for… Ervin Santana? Ian Kennedy? You wouldn’t be able to trade those guys for JV? I mean, I’ve got him ranked among guys not owned in all leagues. I think the off-chance he figures it out a bit in the 2nd half is worth a rank in the 40s, but as I said, I’m lower on him than most. ESPN 24 (http://espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/story/_/page/ranksupdate140611/make-closers-such-jonathan-papelbon-joakim-soria-sean-doolittle-casey-janssen) CBS 3 main guys 31, 25, 26 (http://espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/story/_/page/ranksupdate140611/make-closers-such-jonathan-papelbon-joakim-soria-sean-doolittle-casey-janssen)

      • ram says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I have posted on this site before that I will keep trotting Verlander out there until Labour Day….but man he can nuke a day. On the bright side, Rubby DeLaRosa looked great again today – 97 and 98 on the gun and throwing more fastballs than past two starts – why not? I think he will be higher than 95 next week and I hope not to see Buchholz again this year.

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          @ram: Yeah Verlander seems close, not like he’s getting shelled every inning. Yeah Rubby did pitch very well, a little worried about when/if they shut him down – but another good one next time out will certainly vault him. Man, I think everyone hopes Buchholz disappears! But I think if he’s healthy and has a few more effective AAA starts, they’ll trot him back out there. 4.2 IP 4 hits 2 homers yesterday in AAA, but like the 5 Ks no BBs and a few more like that I think he’ll be back in there…

  23. Joesh says:
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    When’s it time to cut the leash on Bauer? Would pick up a streamer in his place (or Alex Wood when he gets closer to coming back)

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      @Joesh: Well he looked pretty good yesterday, I’d give him another turn or two. If we knew Wood would be back say by the end of the week AND his rotation spot was guaranteed, I would take Wood, but those are some factors to consider.

  24. Hank says:
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    What is Stroman’s ranking for this week?? I thought he pitched pretty well his last time out!

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      @Hank: 80, he forgot to put him in, or there was a computer problem.

  25. Bear says:
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    Hey JB I gotta make room for Gio coming off the DL…I need to drop Smyly or J Garcia. Any advice? Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bear: Whewwww that’s a close one. I think I’d drop Smyly, hate the left/right splits and only 14 Ks last 4 games. Any time!

  26. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    On the fence about these starts. I was thinking pitch Archer and bench Gray and Wheeler. What do you think? Right on line with innings limit so no issue there.

    Gray v. Tex ($10.1)
    Archer v. Hou ($13)
    Wheeler @ Mia ($9.5)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Janssen with the Stars: I like the two SON picked, I would’ve played Gray – promise that’s not me cheating! I like Archer, would indeed sit Wheeler after somehow getting hit by the Pads.

  27. chris says:
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    drop evoldi for hammel or hughes?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chris: I wouldn’t for Hammel, I’m going to have a very tough decision for Hughes when waiver clear tomorrow. Of course, the one time I used Hughes in some leagues was his only bad start lately (HOU). Flip a coin on those two…

  28. Connor says:
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    Got offered Matt Cain for archer straight up. Who would you rather ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Whewwwwwwwwwwwww… You see the rankings? literally back to back. So I’ll go with those and say Cain but easily can go with either.

  29. Jonas says:
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    Thanks for the heads up on Duffy.

    You see Gausman moving up a lot in your rankings?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonas: Yessir! And Heaney looked pretty good in his debut too. Power of the Profile! He may move up a smidge, but not a lot yet, a big concern si they’re still in a 6 man rotation and I’m still not 100% buying in yet. Yesterday was a nice step up tho

      • Jonas says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Im a believer!

  30. Joesh says:
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    Who to drop for Alex Wood?

    Chavez, Stroman, Bauer, Eovaldi

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joesh: Definitely need Wood… Probably Stroman for me, but I know he’s been pretty good lately.

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