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Man it was a crazy weekend!  I think the biggest event was I saw a dude with a Fangraphs shirt on.  Way to wear your heart on your sleeve!  With a 79.8% confidence.  Then my boy James Paxton was straight up nasty, striking out the White Sox in order in the first inning and turning in a good start.  Pour the syrup, hoser!  Oh, and I got engaged…

But despite all that hooplah, I’m back, I’m fierce, and I’m ready to hit the Pitcher Profile harder than Wade Miley at the free lobster Golden Corall!  “That’s just mean, JB…”  Well, what was really mean was if you started Miley in his last start, tagged for 10 runs against the Royals.  “Damn that Alex Gordon for bringing me those KC ribs!  I had the meat sweats before I hit the field!”  Even so, Miley bounced back well yesterday, and still has a surprising 144 Ks in 156.1 IP.  He needs three more to surpass his 147 career-high last year that took him 200+ innings, so he’s taken a giant step forward.  Which may or may not sound like Jurassic Park.  Ok, I’m done!  Here’s how Miley looked yesterday, with some analysis-ation on if he can help your fantasy squads down the stretch:

First Inning: Miley’s first pitch is a 91 MPH fastball on the hands of Corey Dickerson, who fouls it off to left.  First thing’s first – he’s really not that beefy, I retract my open, but don’t wanna re-write it!  I’m the lazy one!  Definitely no Bartolo Colon out there… Anyway, another heater at 90 is inside but gets a whiff, 0-2.  Fastball again up and away is slashed foul, Miley’s first slider is in the zone and fouled, then another slider sweeping across the zone gets a defensive swing and poked to second for an easy groundout.  All strikes thus far as well.  First pitch fastball is low to Brandon Barnes, then a fastball on the hands is grounded to third, two down.  Good to see Miley able to command the inside corner both to a lefty then righty.  And wow, Nolan Arenado gets a first pitch two-seam fastball, and waves through it like a pitcher with two strikes.

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Man, you don’t see Arenado doing that on the first pitch very often!  Another perfect fastball on the low outside black is fouled, 0-2 fastball away is poked foul again, then with backup catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (who?!) clearly calling for a high fastball, Miley makes a mistake and leaves it down the middle for a hard hit single to center.  Miley was baffling Arenado through three pitches, sucks to see him make a mistake there.  Up is Wilin Rosario who takes a fastball outside – only 2 balls 10 strikes thus far – but Miley misses again low, 2-0 is a change-up just off the outside corner but Rosario swings through it – bailed out there – a good fastball is swung on late and fouled, fastball inside runs it full, a good change-up in the zone is dribbled barely foul, and 3-2 again is a change-up swung through and missed to get Miley out of the inning.

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Second Inning: Miley picks up two runs of support on a Mark Trumbo double, and opens the second with a fastball high and tight to Drew Stubbs.  Fastball again low and inside, fastball outside, 3-0.  Finally grooving a heater in there 3-1, but Miley loses him with a fastball outside.  Five pitches to one of the most strikeout prone hitters in the Majors – and didn’t make him swing once!  Rough start.  Fastball is inside to Ben Paulsen, then wow – a pretty good slider starting inside and off the plate moving to the inside lower corner is rocked to right center for a two-run homer.  The slider hung a smidge, and even though it’s Paulsen’s first career homer, that was a saucy swing.  So Miley hoping to bounce back and gets Charlie Culberson to foul off a fastball, fastball again fouled, then Miley’s best slider of the day gets Culberson swinging – and that’s how you bounce back folks.

Miley-Slider

Nasty pitch there.  One out, and DJ LeMahieu takes a fastball barely low, then Miley gets the call on the knees 1-1, two-seamer tails outside, change-up is outside, 3-1 fastball nicked foul, then the payoff two-seamer just off the ouside corner is grounded to first, two down.  First pitch fastball is taken for strike one by opposing pitcher Franklin Morales, heater is low, a good fastball with slight sink is swung over, 1-2 fastball is low, then Miley blows him away with a fastball on the outside edge for his third K.  Love pitching in the NL!

Third Inning: Still a 2-2 game, and a fastball is high to Dickerson.  Perfect fastball hits the low outside corner, slider is hung high and tight, 2-1 is a much better slider sweeping to the outside edge and cut on and missed, then the 2-2 fastball is an absolute paint job – nicking the inside black for Miley’s 4th K looking.  Miley starts Barnes with a nasty first-pitch curveball taken for strike one.

Miley-Curveball

At 76 MPH, I love when pitchers can get curves over for strike one – seems to open up the arsenal.  Plus the curve is Miley’s 4th pitch, so good to see.  Fastball inside, perfect change-up gets Barnes way out in front at 83 MPH, then woof – a fastball that looked perfect low on the inside corner doesn’t get the call… Then fastball again inside and high is slashed and gets a pretty weak grounder that hugs the first base line for a single with Trumbo playing way off the line.  Not good contact and a lucky inside out swing.  Runner on first, and Arenado takes a fastball on the outside corner for strike one, two-seamer is way outside, Miley gets Arenado to reach for a fastball low and outside and it’s fouled, sinking fastball is low and outside again but taken, a good slider sweeps low and inside to make it 3-2, and the payoff pitch is another slider that dips low for a walk.  So runners on first and second, one out, and Rosario takes a change outside, then a perfect fastball on the outside lower black is grounded weakly to second for an inning-ending GIDP.

Fourth Inning: Stubbs gets a fastball and takes it for strike one, Miley is low with the change, whew a good change-up looked like it hit the outside lower corner but called a ball, fastball right down the middle is hit hard foul, then fastball on the hands is hit to right for an easy flyout.  Up is Paulsen who had the homer, and takes a fastball on the outside edge for strike one, fastball again close to down the middle is taken for 0-2, slider is way outside, high and tight fastball nicked foul, then a nasty slider which was hard at 89 MPH with tight break (may have been a cutter) gets Paulsen to swing over it as it sweeps outside for Miley’s 5th K.  Payback’s a bitch!  First pitch curveball is tapped foul by Culberson – glad to see that get strike one again – curveball again is ripped foul, fastball at 92 pounds barely inside, slider sweeps way low and inside, then a high change-up on the outside corner – maybe a bit of a mistake – is tapped weakly to third, but Jake Lamb can’t make the barehanded play and Culberson gets an infield single.  Lucky one there.  LeMahieu takes a first pitch curve low, Miley finally missing with that one, curveball again is tapped foul, fastball low, change-up low and outside, then change-up again at the knees is flied out weakly to center to end the inning.

Fifth Inning: Good to see Miley get LeMahieu out to end the 4th so he can start against Morales, who oddly shows bunt and takes the fastball outside.  Bunt again and it’s barely hit in front of the plate for an easy out.  I guess Morales didn’t want Miley to pad his Ks like we did!  First pitch slider is hit foul by Dickerson, then fastball on the hands is grounded weakly to second, two quick outs.  A solid fastball is right in there to Barnes at 92, curveball drops low, whew nasty change-up that died into the dirt is swung over and missed 1-2, then nasty nasty nasty again with the hard 88 MPH slider sweeping low and inside is swung over for his 6th K.  That was a dirty sequence there, and a quick inning with a K.

Sixth Inning: Miley still protecting a 3-2 lead gets a high fastball in there to Arenado, fastball outside is hit foul, two-seamer tails way outside, then two-seamer again out there is reached for and grounded weakly to short, one down.  But then a first pitch 92 MPH two-seamer on the outside third is rocketed by Rosario for a laser HR to right center.  Rosario sat fastball and got it, but it barely cleared the fence.  “I hate pitching in Arizona!”, yells Miley’s inner monologue.  Haha.  Nasty first pitch curve is taken for strike one by Stubbs, change-up is outside, fastball low, then that curveball hammers in the zone again, 2-2.  And wow, curveball again, this one dropping low, gets swung over and missed for K number 7.  All three strikes that K on curveballs.  Miley pounds the outside corner with a fastball to Paulsen but it’s called a ball, Miley again missing by a millimeter outside, fastball is high, and it’s 3-0.  Miley fights back with a fastball in there, fastball again tipped back foul – 93 MPH on both of those – then the 3-2 high slider sweeps from inside to into the zone for Miley’s 8th K looking, and that’ll be the end of his afternoon.

Final Line:  ND  6 IP  101 Pitches (62 Strikes)  3 ER  5 Hits  2 Walks  8 K  Gamescore: 56  Gamescore+: 60.2

Final Analysis: Miley looked really, really good in this one.  Even with the great WHIP and great Ks, he got stung yet again by the long ball, giving up homers 21 and 22 this year.  I wasn’t kidding when I telepathically heard he hates pitching in Arizona!  That said, he got the Colorado AAA team in this start, so he can’t be too upset.  Two hits were really lucky, along with the high Ks, giving him a much higher Gamescore+ value over his Gamescore.

Even though he won’t blow you away with velocity, a four-seamer topping out at 93 (topped out late in the sixth as well!) along with a two-seamer at 90-91 with good tail lays the bedrock for his arsenal.  His main off-speed is the slider, which wasn’t at it’s best.  He gave up the big 2-run shot to Paulsen on a bit of a low hanger, but he had it going the majority of the time.  Fangraphs has it averaging 84.5 MPH, but he ramped up a few in the high 80s, so he’s got some variations on it – or has included a cutter that’s still classified as a slider.  Then to the change, which had good downward bite and could really keep hitters off balance.  Then I was floored by his seasonal curveball usage – only 0.7% of the time this year.  The curveball was nasty yesterday!  He threw about 10, and if that pitch can develop into a 6-7% usage rate, he’ll have that full 4-pitch arsenal to mow through hitters.

With this great start, Miley’s numbers are still pretty poopy this year.  A 4.61 ERA and 1.32 WHIP isn’t going to get it done.  But he struggled early and had a huge outlier of a horrible start earlier last week against the Royals.  I didn’t move him down much, I really liked this last start, but he did move just out of the top 50 with the fear he could have another blowup.  That said, his next start will be at Miami and should really limit his homer downside as long as he doesn’t through a cookie to Giancarlo Stanton.  I’m streaming him in that start in every one of my leagues.  His home splits of 6.20 ERA/1.44 WHIP are atrocious, but on the road he’s money with a 3.00/1.19 split.  Even with a horrible offense supporting him, I think Miley is a sure-fire start almost every road outing here on out.

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

Dropped Out: Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels (TJ – after yet another “non-serious” forearm stiffness… How many times are we going to hear that story?!), Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers (hip, might miss rest of season), Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates (never had him out of the 90s and Ks are disappearing again)

  • Big movers this week – Doug Fister and Francisco Liriano.  Yawn!!!  Boring vets… Fister I was way wrong on and he’s been ridic.  Mostly the latter syllable.  And Liriano is on fire with high velocity.  Feeling good using either no-question right now.
  • Oh man, how good is Kluber?!
  • Mike Minor is still a hold for me in leagues deeper than 12 teams.  In 2012, with the same exact velocity, pre-break 5.97/1.42 vs. post-break 2.16/0.87.  That included a 9.95/1.89 May and a 0.87/0.71 September.  Needless to say, he was atrocious and then found it.  No way I could start him right now, but since the velo is the same, maybe he finds it in a few starts.
  • I know the pair of Yankees pitchers – Pineda and Tanaka – are working their way back, but I have no faith in either one to contribute (well) again this year.
  • I don’t know what it is – but I just want to like Eovaldi so much!  Back-to-back great starts with 6 Ks in each.  Maybe a late-season hot streak could sneak up on us.

What do you think about Miley?  Do you think my love for him “can’t stop”?  As always, I love your thoughts and comments and let me know what you think on the ranks!

From Around The Web

  1. Neil says:
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    Great job as always JB, I am interested in your thoughts on the big drop on Gausman from last week and the big rise for Kennedy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Neil: Gausman – worried about the Ubaldo call up and whatever they’ll have to do to accommodate in that rotation. Obviously he’s been up a start, and also 3 Ks or fewer in the three starts before the last one… I dunno, losing some love for him. Kennedy I just got peer pressured from comments to move up haha. “Only” walked 3 last time, and I agreed re-thinking it I moved him too low.

  2. Cram It says:
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    Miley’s on my shit list. Don’t have to tell you which I game I steamed him. I’ve got my eye on Kyle Hendircks this week. Very solid, consistent minor league #’s, including the PCL. Hopefully WGN airs his upcoming game. You going to watch it since it’s against the Brewers?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Cram It: Haha I hear ya, glad I didn’t stream him that one in Zona! Damn, yeah I probably should’ve given him a rank, I’ve been interested too. Yup, I should be watching a good bit of that one tomorrow, I’ll hope to have negative thoughts! haha

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Congrats on the engagement! Make sure you get a very high ceiling for the ceremony…

    • Joe says:
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      @Grey: grey would you trade mat adams and David wright for iwakuma?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Thanks boss! Oh for sure, or else I’ll be the Hunchback of Notre Dame haha

  4. J-MoneyIV says:
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    Congrats on the engagement JP!

    If you are taking requests for next week’s profile, any chance we can see one on Odorizzi? I do not recall if you did one on him, but he really has come a long way since the beginning of the season.

    I see you added Mike Fiers in your top 100. General thoughts on him? Grey seems to believe that he is someone to take a chance on.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @J-MoneyIV: Thanks man! Interesting, definitely taking requests! If he pitches over the weekend, we’ll have a winner! Love Fiers, but has a very small margin of error since he’s a deception guy that throws 90 at the high end. Was a monster in 2012 for most of the year, then fell apart and got hurt last year. I think he should have no problem filling in most of the rest of the season with Garza hurt, who I probably should’ve dropped out. Looked great v. LAD and looking forward to another start this week.

      • john says:
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        @JB Gilpin: 11.35K/9 v. 1.5 BB/9 in AAA with sub-3 FIPs. Seems like he’s back, and stream-0-nator certainly agrees.

  5. gg says:
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    Congrats!

    Would you drop Gerrit Cole to keep Paxton? kind of thinking that if Cole works his stuff out he’ll be a top 20 option again..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gg: Thank you so much! Whewwwww… so like a dynasty I’m guessing… Oh man…. I think I’m just all-in and googoo for Paxton. I think Paxton has about equal upside overall with a smidge more K upside.

  6. Scarecrow Greinke says:
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    Any idea on the innings limit either Stroman or Duffy are looking at?

    I’ve clinched a playoff spot so if they’re not seeing any starts in September I’d like to pick up some guys that will.

    Also these, along with Smokey’s bullpen threads, are my favorite articles on the site. Thanks JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scarecrow Greinke: Thanks man! Smokey is awesome with the bullpen stuff, thanks for the high praise :)

      Both are off TJ and haven’t had big ML innings, but I don’t know precise numbers. I’d guess Stroman can get to mid-Sept. and Duffy about the same. Both aren’t at huge numbers right now, but I see a lot depending on where both teams are in their respective races. I see Duffy going deeper since the Royals are surging right now – then again, Duffy is easier to drop given what Stroman has shown this year…

  7. gg says:
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    If you had to wildly guess, who do you think gets the start on Tuesday. Montero or Syndergaard. and of the 2, who would you rather own in a keeper?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gg: Almost positive it’s Montero coming up tomorrow. Reports are out now that Syndergaard is unlikely to pitch in the Majors this year. But long-term – I’d want Syndergaard

    • The Thumb says:
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      @gg: Montero gets the start. Syndergaard in a keeper

  8. Swfcdan says:
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    You got engaged? Man that’s such a minor detail, should’ve left that out entirely haha just kidding. Congratulations man, hope she likes baseball!

    Seeing as you’re a pitching kinda guy thought it would be cool to see which side of this pitching deal you like: Gausman (prosp) and Paxton ($0) for Y Ventura ($0) and R Stephenson (prosp). I love Yordano’s arm (guess that’s given away the side I got….damn!) and liked Paxton but his injury problems scare me (that injury he had was only meant to be a few weeks! lol). Gausman doesn’t seem to K enough guys for my liking, and I love Stephenson’s potential. Anyway fun to hear your take.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Swfcdan: Haha I know, right?! She didn’t beforehand, but we’ve been together a while, it’s growing on her :)

      Whewwwwww that seems like a dead even trade and all of your thoughts mimic mine. I think I’m higher on Paxton than most, plus Ventura had that weird elbow thing too and throws so hard that he has some injury risk too. It all comes down to Stephenson, who I like too, but struggled ever since getting to AA since last year. I think I like Gausman/Pax a smidge better for now, but Ventura side if next year doesn’t look a contending year either and you’re building for 2016.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moronymous Lohse: Hahahaha that is fantastic! Too bad McAdoo is an atrocious FT shooter and would miss no matter what the song was! Go Heels!

  9. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Congrats on the good news JB!!! This was an interesting one for me because ol’ Wade really screwed me with his two blow ups. Really close in pitching stats in a couple leagues and if I removed his garbage starts I would have a big win. Instead I’m teetering on not making the playoffs in 2 leagues, and trying to google his home address.

    But, in one of those leagues I drafted (not in order of course):
    Harper
    Shin Soo Choo
    Henderson
    Parnell
    Nate Jones
    Wil Myers
    Gyorko
    Liriano.

    It’s a yahoo pro250 too, so its for some decent cash. Jut LOOK at that team!!!!! Don’t look too long or you’ll puke on yourself. I felt good on draft day, but those feelings are long gone. Few games back on making the playoffs which I consider a miracle. At least I avoided Dom Brown in that one.

    Congrats again my internet friend!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shawn of The Livid: thanks so much man!

      Yeah the blow ups have been rough, but all at home! Yikes! Hopefully you held onto Liriano thought! But I already have puked a little :)

      Thanks again good sir, thanks for dropping by!

  10. MB says:
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    Which SP would you trade for Marlon Byrd?

    Homer Bailey, Iwakuma or Scott Kazmir?

    Thanks in advance

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MB: FOR Marlon Byrd? While the homers are good, to be honest I don’t think I’d trade any of them. Bailey I have lowest though if ya had to.

  11. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    Congrats on the engagement JB! What’s his name? Jk haha. Archer and Wheeler are currently holding down the back end of my rotation and Quintana just hit the waiver wire. I’m mostly in need of Ks and Whip (Ws too I guess) would your ranking change at all knowing this?

    Also, what does WD stand for again?

    Thanks again for these articles, I love them. If Grey is cool with it, Id like to suggest a quick link to your rankings list. I use it multiple times during week and sometimes it takes a while to find the actual post. Just a thought!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Janssen with the Stars: Thanks man! If his name was Carlos Gomez, I would be just fine with that :)

      Nah I think I’d stick with Archer for sure, and Wheeler for the K upside. I actually had to drop Quintana in a league where I’m way over innings and the K rate is going back to what you’d expect heading into the year.

      WD = wear down concern. i.e. I don’t think Kazmir will get shut down or have an innings limit, but since it’s been nearly a decade since he had a high-volume IP season, I worry a tad of him wearing down.

      Haha, thank man! Well, you can “Player News”-“Pitcher Profiles” from the top menu, but I’ll run it by the bossman :)

      • Janssen with the Stars says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Nice, I didn’t know about the pitcher profile link– that’s exactly what I was looking for! Appreciate the advice as always.

  12. Dave says:
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    What do you think about Tsuyoshi Wada after 3 consecutive QS with a solid K rate? Does he crack the top 100 with another solid start?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dave: He is right there with Hendricks in my near-ranked Cubs. To be honest, I haven’t seen him pitch before and will get my first look on Wednesday vs. my Brewers. If he shines there, and I like what I see, I could see him indeed cracking the ranks.

  13. AKSNOW says:
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    Out of DL spots. Okay to cut deGrom for Hendricks, Neslon or Alverez? Six more weeks left trough the playoffs. Sanchez is one the injured in a DL spot if that matters.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AKSNOW: Yeah I think it’s safe, I’d grab Henderson Alvarez of the three, but he and Nelson are neck and neck

  14. AMolnar says:
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    What are your thoughts about Liriano’s start against Detroit this week? Sit? Streamonator hates the start with $-5

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AMolnar: Whewwww, good one… I think if you’re at all over an innings limit I would sit, but in H2H or if you’re under an innings cap, I’d play him

      • AMolnar says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Do you see Heaney getting a call back up anytime soon. Ive been holding onto him now for a month.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AMolnar: Whewwwww I’m not so sure… Especially with Henderson Alvarez coming back and taking back his spot. I would say mid-September for a few more, but I might be pessimistic after he burned me so bad in his debut run!

  15. Count de Monetball says:
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    Congrats Big Biscuit! Make sure and read Smokey’s description of the top tier closer’s (Marry) so you know what enjoy!

  16. bomb.com says:
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    how good has kluber been!?

    i’d rank james shields a little higher, but otherwise i thought it looked great! good job.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bomb.com: He’s been the man! Been tooting for my Klubes since early last year. Yeah I think I agree, I’ve moved him up marginally the past month after that prolonger slump, but he looks back. Thanks!

  17. Jonas says:
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    You like Fiers a lot more than Hellickson?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonas: Yeah I do, I’ve owned and seen enough of Hellickson to have absolutely no faith. I think Fiers has a lot more K upside as well even with Hellboy starting decently.

  18. Jimmy Bond says:
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    What’s up with Teheran? He looked so good early season, and admittedly he has struggled with zero offense behind him all season, but the last few weeks have just been blegh. I remember watching him earlier in the year when he would have a fastball right down the middle that looked like it was floating, often came out as first pitch, and fooled many a batter. Lately I haven’t seen it as much and he seems to be throwing all over the place including tons off-plate, spiking balls, etc. Any thoughts on this? Have tweaked his mechanics for the worse??? Even the bullish rotowire writeups on ESPN started giving up on his ‘ace’ status after the last start and tonight didn’t help any.

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      @Jimmy Bond: Great question, of which I don’t have a great answer :) When he’s had some rough patches it’s seemed like he’s bounced back, which I thought he’d do last night… That said, I think the “ace” label is semantics, and I personally would say he’s right there at the tier barely not aces. #17 pitcher in my ranks I think reflects that. Velo has been consistent this year, nothing seems to be wavering too much stuff-wise, just a few rough starts. I haven’t watched a Teheran start in a bit, but he’s only walked 3 two times since May 14, so if the control is wavering maybe it’s control in the zone rather than walks… I don’t think I’d lower him unless his next start against Oakland, given it’s a bad matchup, is atrocious.

  19. Ante GALIC says:
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    JB!!!

    Gr8 shizz! First of all, C-O-N-G-R-A-T-S!!! on your engagement!!!! It’s a brave new world and these are the best of times. Love each other until the end of time.

    Now on to baseball…That Miley curveball was gr8. Even better? the Concession girl’s behind walking up the steps behind home plate!

    On Miley in general, not liking him too much. Sticking with tried and true (Kluber, Iwakuma, Bailey, Cobb, MadBum, Teheran, Gray, Kazmir, AWood) plus the hottest of the hottest (Paxton, Quintana and Liriano to name a few).

    Thanks for the good work.

    Cheers,
    Ante

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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks so much man! I’m going to be sure and show that to Mrs. “He Hate Me” Smart haha.

      Man, those concession girls were on point! There 3 outta 4 times! Yup, totally agree you should hold your guys, and have them all ranked above Miley. If you have an extra roster spot for any streaming, Miley on the road has been pretty trustworthy! Just needs outta the desert haha.

      Thanks again!

  20. Zar says:
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    Hey congratulations JB!

    I have both Gio and Anibal. One has crapped the bed the past few starts, and the other hit the DL again. I dumped Anibal in a DL spot to spend time with CarGo. Do you have any faith left in gio? Any consoling words?

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      @Zar: Thanks man! Really appreciate it. Yeah I think Anibal is droppable, but I still have Gio faith. velo and stuff still look pretty good, just losing the control which plagues him a lot. I tried to buy low in one league so I would hold

  21. dem ribbies says:
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    Hey JB.. thanks as always…

    Keeper league pls pick 4 of the following 6 to hold on to. prices adjusted for next season.

    Cueto $3
    Ross $3
    Ryu $17
    Wood $3
    Paxton $6
    Stroman $3

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dem ribbies: Whewwww, I think I’m throwing out Ryu with the price. I’d rank them Cueto, Wood, Paxton, Stroman, Ross, Ryu, even though it’s tough throwing back Ross, I’m just not a long-term believer.

  22. Cram It says:
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    Did you catch much of Hendricks last night? I didn’t get to, but watching the gamecast, he seemed to be cruising with a low pitch count until that last inning. I’m keeping him for his next turn in Metco, but beyond….?

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      @Cram It: Yup I watched a good amount, and his stuff is decent… I like Brian Anderson’s comp to Jered Weaver. A little deceptive, over the top, barely hits 90s with a great change-up. Definitely liking the Mets matchup, but the Brewers hitters were looking much better against him in that final frame, so if the matchup after that is a team he’s faced before, I wouldn’t use him.

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        @JB Gilpin: Word, I’ll ditch him after the Mets outing then. Thanks for the insight, good looking out.

  23. Jimmy says:
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    Taijuan Walker finally (!) played an awesome game, albeit in Minors, on Aug 10:
    7IP, 2H, 1BB, 13 K (!!!!)

    Think there’s any chance we’ll see him up again for SEA before the month is out? They are 9GB, wonder if they would chance it or just let him develop for next year.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jimmy: Whoa, I missed that! Damn. Ummmm, I think we could, depends on if they want to take out Erasmo Ramirez again, which is obviously not a big hurtle haha. I would’ve thought it would have been Sept. before seeing him back up, but McClendon said it’s between Erasmo/Taijuan for this weekend, so I’m leaning towards Walker making that start.

      • Jimmy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sorry which start would that be for? I don’t see any blank pitching spots in the SEA schedule, looks like Paxton/KingFelix/Young for this Fri-Sun – are you talking about them putting in one of Ramirez/Walker instead of Paxton or Young?

        Are you perhaps looking at an out-of-date Rotowire comment? Aug 5: “:Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez are candidates to start Sunday’s game against the White Sox.
        They could also elect to go with a bullpen start. Walker was rocked for eight runs over 2 1/3 innings at Triple-A Tacoma Monday, but McClendon said that won’t be a factor when he makes a decision on Sunday’s start. The young righty holds a 3.60 in three starts for the big club this season. Aug 5 – 6:41 PM”

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          @Jimmy: Oops, I didn’t see it rotowire, but yes I saw that news bit and forgot it was a week old. Kinda in basketball mode right now!

          Also, surprised they sent Elias down. But since Walker is in the mix, I still think he could be up soon – and yes for Erasmo especially if he struggles his next start

  24. Hakuna Machado says:
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    Love these rankings! KLUBER IS A BEAST!!! Thanks for the early info on that. Where do you see A-Wood in your SP rankings next year? Does he have the upside and peripherals to eventually break your top 20?

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      @Hakuna Machado: Thanks man! Kluber is so the man! Great question, I dunno about top 20, but top 25 seems very likely. Lester probably will move down, but Tanaka if he seems healthy could be back up, and most ahead of him now will be ranked ahead… Still a quality #2 pitcher.

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