Ah Flexibility. It’s like when you were a kid, (or still are a kid) and you have to do that v-sit reach test. You stretch and stretch and in your mind you are awesome, but in reality there is some Romanian chick in your class name Nadia who can eat spaghetti-o’s one at a time with her naval and makes everyone look horrible. This, my friends, is all about the fake baseball flexibility, the laid back one where you pick Cheetos’s one by one out of your belly button, and that to me is grandiose. First lint and now artificially flavored cheese snacks — the world will never cease to amaze me, next thing you know we will put a man on the moon. So last week I gave a preemptive strike into the flexibility thing covering RP that will or may be starting come regular season and are only eligible at RP. Now I am covering some guys that will have both RP and SP, it’s like a fluffer and porn star all rolled into one. So with out the frills and more annoying hullabaloo here are some cats that have dual eligibility. Keep in mind that everyone plays with different settings, so I am only giving guys with 5 starts/5 relief appearances or more to be considered.
Kyle Kendrick – One of my favorite dual eligible guys this year. K rate has grown 3 straight years, minimally but still better. He is going to be the number 4 starter for Philly and match-up wise he will be a great option facing up against other weaker teams’ 4th starters.
Ross Detwiler – As I just said with Kendrick, I like him from the match-up standpoint and he will fare better as the Nats number 5. Solid lefty that pounds the zone and has a great propensity for grounders. I can see him winning more games than Haren this year.
Carlos Villanueva – He is slated to start the year in the rotation due to all the boo-boo’s in the starting rotation. Great K potential as he finally got more of a chance in Toronto then was swiftly kicked out the door. ERA will be lower and K potential will increase with the change of leagues because I said so, and there are facts to prove it.
Scott Feldman – I personally loved the show The Two Coreys. Now if there was a famous dude named Scott Haim. The move to the NL will help his periph numbers and he has always had moderately good K numbers. Health and building arm strength are the only caveats for the Lost Boy.
David Phelps – Only competition is Ivan Nova for a rotation spot. That right there is a comforting factoid of justice. Showed well in limited time last year. With decrepit and lack of better talent in front of him, I can see him making 20-plus starts.
Joe Kelly – I’ll put a prediction in on the Shelby Miller/Joe Kelly battle. Shelby loses. and by lose it’s more of a we don’t need you yet type of loss. Kelly offers less sex appeal then a banana eaten by a dude or a banana eaten by Shelby. Both guys are slated to pitch Thursday for the Cards in ST, and it has been said that it is the final start to determine who is what and which is whom. Nondescript pronouns, me love you.
Jake Arrieta – Is pitching well for a crowded yet unestablished rotation for Buck. Is looking like a number-crunching casualty at the moment, but still should make plenty of starts as the ready five option like Maverick.
Anthony Bass/ Eric Stults / Tyson Ross – Ok, so I am lumping together these three. So as a whole they offer the same amount of fantasy relevance. Hodge-padre to the max, as a mix and match home field just add marshmallow treat. I prefer Bass as a better option with more potential for K’s; Ross is an injury case with too many questions and Stults is better off touching Laura Dern’s face with his career K/9 in the mid 5’s.
Erasmo Ramirez – I am curious what a whole season will look like from the man from Shazbot. Great K potential and a ballpark that albeit smaller still is a pitchers friendly handshake. I am expecting good things ala Iwakuma last year.
Drew Smyly – The emoticon is battling, and losing the opening day rotation battle to Porcello. So what I say. Still will eke out some value as a handcuff for a trade and how many other starters are spelled with a colon and a closed parenthesis.