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We back baby!  The Pitcher Profiles are back!

It’s a brand new season, so we got some brand new digs!  Hah not really, just some new GIFfing magic to help make the posts pop a little, and see some pitches a little clearer.  Even better content if these posts are too long, and you just watch the GIFs then scroll to the ranks!

If you’re new to the Profiles, I break down a starter’s outing pitch-by-pitch, to try and portray how they “really” looked.  We’ve seen multiple guys have a lucky BABIP day – or a few flares fall against them – that can really skew their numbers (especially early in the year).  The Profiles try to help give an eye level account, leaving nothing to question.  I also developed my own “Gamescore+” stat, that I will continue scoring for pitchers getting Profiled.  With Statcast data now out there, I still need to work with Rudy to automate it!

So to our subject today, I know I’ve Profiled Sean Manaea before…  Here’s his 2016 Profile, but I decided to go back to the well and see if he’s maintaining his good stuff that he showed in the second half last year.  Plus in that Profile, it was his Major League debut and I thought he looked a lot better once he settled into the rotation by August and September.  I mostly hope and pray he looks good in a tough matchup @TEX so Grey would feel bad about laughing at my high Manaea rank.  My order of baseball priorities – 1) Brewers 2) Proving Grey wrong 3) My SP Ranks 4) My fantasy teams.  Here’s how Manaea looked yesterday afternoon in the desert:

First Inning: Manaea’s first pitch is a two-seamer away, 1-0 to Carlos Gomez.  93 MPH 4-seamer is slung in there and Gomez dribbles it to second, easy first out.  Manaea is then seemingly way inside on Elvis Andrus but gets a very generous call, then fastball on the outer edge is grounded routinely to short, two quick and easy groundouts.  Fastball outside to Nomar Mazara who can’t hit lefties, fastball looked to paint the low outside corner but called a ball, then 2-0 is a fastball hit hard towards the gap, but Jed Lowrie makes a nice diving play to get Manaea a nice 1-2-3 groundball inning on all fastballs.

Second Inning: Fastball high and tight to Mike Napoli kicks off the 2nd – might be able to shave him! – 85 MPH nice, sinking change-up dips low, 2-0 is 92 MPH high and away, and Manaea losing a little control.  92 is about right down the middle, fastball again low and away gets a whiff, then the payoff pitch is a slider on the outside edge that gets waved through for his first K.  What a bounce back falling behind 3-0!  Grey’s boyfriend Rougned Odor takes a first-pitch slider, and it’s in there for strike one:

Man, if he can command that for first-pitch strikes, look out!  Then high-and-tight 94 MPH fastball is yanked down the line, and caught a few feet in front of the 325 wall for the second out.  Close to a homer, but seemed like he got way under it – Texas effect!  Ryan Rua takes a fastball outside, then that outside slider bends into the back of the zone, 1-1:

Love that pitch!  Fastball well high, then nassssssty change-up at 86 gets a whiff, 2-2.  Manaea goes fastball and almost paints the low inside corner at 94 but taken, then 3-2 slider jams Rua, but he flares it enough off his fists for a bloop single.  Ugh.  Then first-pitch fastball hit hard to left by Robinson Chirinos for a legit single.  Nice hit there, now runners 1st and 2nd.  Anddddddddddddd first-pitch slider is murdered by Joey Gallo who must’ve been sitting off-speed for a 3-run homer.  All set up by a fluke bloop.  Figures.  But that was a hanger in the zone…  Can’t do that.  Grey’s ex-boyfriend Delino DeShields takes 95 just off the outside – Manaea throwing mad now – 94 is bunted through, outside change-up fouled off, 95 on the outside corner fouled off, then slider sweeping across the zone that FoxTrax had inside gets the call for a taken strike 3.  Yeah the homer was bad, but the BABIP gods set that one up…  Still liking what I see.

Third Inning: And ummmm, first pitch of the 3rd hits Carlos Gomez in the hip to open the 3rd.  Yikes.  And then his first pickoff attempt sails several feet wide and Gomez ends up at 3rd on Manaea’s error.  Let’s see if he can settle down at all.  Fastball barely high and tight on Andrus, change-up in the dirt, 94 is just off the outside edge, another 3-0 count.  Then 93 MPH is outside.  Ever since he hung a slider to Gallo, this is turning into an implosion.  Fastball low to Mazara, 6 straight balls.  1-0 slider gets a swing-and-miss, Mazara game him a favor there, slider again gets another whiff boring down at the knees on the inside, slider again this time in the dirt, and Andrus takes second base.  Really wasn’t that wild of a pitch…  But Manaea ties Mazara up with a 94 MPH fastball on the hands for his 3rd K swinging.

Napoli swings through a first-pitch change-up, and man that’s nasty:

Slider in the dirt, 1-1 95 MPH fastball is away, similar change-up to that GIF above is tipped foul, then Manaea goes high fastball at 93 to get a swing-and-miss, and a huge one at that:

2 straight Ks in a desperate situation.  94 paints the outside corner to Odor, high fastball looked to get a  swing but ruled he held up, inside slider is pulled for a weak grounder foul, then slider again this time in the dirt gets a swing-and-miss, and Manaea is the man!  Struck out the side.  Wow.

Fourth Inning: Still down 0-3, Manaea opens the 4th with a low fastball to Rua, fastball in the zone gets a whiff, then change-up dropping well out of the zone gets another whiff, fastball in the zone fouled back, then huge, bending back-foot slider gets a wave and a miss for another K.  5 straight Ks now!  Fastball in the zone to Chirinos, change-up gets a whiff 0-2, then another huge back-foot slider gets another K, 6 straight!  I wrote this while watching live, this is awesome!  Up is the big baddy Gallo who takes slider low, fastball wayyyy inside on the hands is pulled well foul, fastball again on the hands fouled off, the slider gets another K, and unbelievable.  7 straight Ks!

Fifth Inning: The A’s load the bases but still don’t pick up any runs on Martin Perez, so Manaea still down 0-3 and starts DeShizz off with a sinking fastball, 1-0.  Then fastball is grounded right to third, one down.  There goes the K streak, boooo!  Gomez swings at a slider and has his patented helmet-fly-off, slider again in the dirt almost gets a swing but he held up 1-1, 93 MPH fastball gets an ugly half-ish swing through, high fastball taken, slider is well outside and low, 3-2 slider fouled off, then payoff again is a fastball at 92 just off the plate, but Gomez chased for another K.  93 absolutely blows Andrus away 0-1, then slider at 90 has Andrus wayyyy out in front with a little dribbler groundout for an easy-breezy 1-2-3 inning.

Sixth Inning: Another inning starts where the A’s threaten but can’t score, and Manaea is high and outside to Mazara, 1-0.  Slider gets a whiff, fastball away, fastball fouled back, then 2-2 fastball hits Mazara in the helmet.  Sheesh.  Thankfully it hit the helmet and he can stay in the game, but damn that’s scary.  Hopefully Manaea can rebound, and a nice painting fastball on the outside edge is fouled back by Napoli, 0-1.  Change-up out there gets a whiff – Napoli isn’t seeing the ball at all from Manaea – and I helped call it while writing that sentence, as a slider gets yet another K.  Gnarly!  Fastball right down the middle to Odor fouled off, fastball again is in there, then 0-2 slider has Odor in front, but Ryon Healy who moved to first has it go right off him for an error.  Gotta make that play.  So runners at 1st and 3rd, and hanging change-up stays well outside to Rua, slider on the outside edge fouled off, fastball that was clearly in the zone on FoxTrax doesn’t get the call 2-1, slider stays outside, then change-up stays outside, bases now loaded with the walk.  And at 86 pitches, they’re gonna yank him, and as I write this while watching live – I just know they’re all going to score…  …I swear this wasn’t fabricated – they all scored.

Final Line:  L  5.1 IP  86 Pitches (53 Strikes)  5 ER  3 Hits  2 Walks  10 K  Gamescore: 48  Gamescore+: 59

Final Analysis: I mean, I guess it’s not the worst thing in the world if you were only bad in one category!  With a sub-1.00 WHIP and 10 Ks, it’s a pretty ridiculous start!  Just all those earned runs…  Well the homer shouldn’t have happened as it was set up with a 2-out bloop, then Bob Melvin in his infinite wisdom pulled a guy who had 10 Ks in 5.1 innings out of the game with the bases loaded – when he desperately needed…  strikeouts.  Smh.  As we typically see with the Gamescore+, the added weight on Ks scores a much more favorable value than the Gamescore, as this was a pretty unfortunate start, all things considered.

Looking at his stuff, and the fastball was nice and lively, with a deceptive cross-body delivery at 92-94 and peaking several times at 95.  Control and command were mostly there, although both HBP (including the very scary Mazara plunk to the helmet) were on fastballs, so those got away from him.  Oddly wild!  The big pitch for him is the slider, ranging from 80-84, with pretty good movement every utilization.  That is, of course, the one he hung to Gallo for the 3-run bomb.  I was surprised at how dominant his change-up looked though.  He only threw 13 of them, but all had nice bite and sink, and it looked like his best off-speed offering.  Interesting he was 10.9% slider/30.4% change-up his first start against the Angels, then 29.1% slider/15.1% change-up this start.  A lefty with a mid-90s fastball and two pretty dominant-looking off-speed pitches?!  I’m in.

Grey clowned my Manaea rank, mainly questioning the IP and K upside.  Obviously we’re at a small sample, but dude had 7 straight Ks this outing and got 20 – yes TWENTY – swinging strikes this game.  Double-digits is usually pretty good for a starter, and he only threw 86 pitches!  He posted 10+ K-rates literally every step of the way in the Minors, that fell to 7.71 last year in his ML-debut season.  I could see that easily climb to the high-8s, and his control isn’t that bad (for the most part) either.  He just needs to avoid the handful of wild/HBP pitches, and this could be a really dominant pitcher.  And this was @TEX too, which could’ve gone even worse.  Next start is against the K-happy Astros at home – must play there.  I’d own him in all of my leagues/RCLs – despite needing flexibility with your streaming pitchers.  Even more upside than I expected here.

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

(rankings for ROS based on 12-team Roto, green for risers, red for fallers)

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD
2 Max Scherzer, WAS
3 Madison Bumgarner, SF
4 Noah Syndergaard, NYM
5 Yu Darvish, TEX
6 Corey Kluber, CLE
7 Chris Sale, BOS
8 Justin Verlander, DET
9 Jon Lester, CHC
10 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
11 Jake Arrieta, CHC
12 Jacob deGrom, NYM
13 Johnny Cueto, SF
14 Kenta Maeda, LAD
15 Gerrit Cole, PIT
16 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
17 Danny Duffy, KC
18 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
19 Cole Hamels, TEX
20 Danny Salazar, CLE
21 Chris Archer, TB
22 Carlos Martinez, STL
23 Aaron Sanchez, TOR
24 Zack Greinke, ARI
25 James Paxton, SEA
26 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
27 Lance McCullers, HOU
28 Matt Harvey, NYM
29 Sean Manaea, OAK
30 Ivan Nova, PIT
31 John Lackey, CHC
32 Rick Porcello, BOS
33 Jose Quintana, CHW
34 Dylan Bundy, BAL
35 Michael Fulmer, DET
36 J.A. Happ, TOR
37 Kevin Gausman, BAL
38 Jameson Taillon, PIT
39 Taijuan Walker, ARI
40 Felix Hernandez, SEA
41 Marcus Stroman, TOR
42 Julio Teheran, ATL
43 Matt Shoemaker, LAA
44 Blake Snell, TB
45 Vincent Velasquez, PHI
46 David Price, BOS
47 Jerad Eickhoff, PHI
48 Rich Hill, LAD
49 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
50 Aaron Nola, PHI
51 Jason Hammel, KC
52 Jeff Samardzija, SF
53 Tanner Roark, WAS
54 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
55 Daniel Norris, DET
56 Robbie Ray, ARI
57 Jonathan Gray, COL
58 Brandon Finnegan, CIN
59 Jeremy Hellickson, PHI
60 Tyler Glasnow, PIT
61 Julio Urias, LAD
62 Joe Ross, WAS
63 Adam Conley, MIA
64 Amir Garrett, CIN
65 Michael Pineda, NYY
66 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL
67 Reynaldo Lopez, CHW
68 Jake Odorizzi, TB
69 Marco Estrada, TOR
70 Drew Pomeranz, BOS
71 Jharel Cotton, OAK
72 Adam Wainwright, STL
73 Robert Gsellman, NYM
74 Charlie Morton, HOU
75 Alex Cobb, TB
76 Tyler Skaggs, LAA
77 Ervin Santana, MIN
78 Zach Davies, MIL
79 Bartolo Colon, ATL
80 Matt Moore, SF
81 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
82 Josh Hader, MIL
83 Lance Lynn, STL
84 Carlos Rodon, CHW
85 Jaime Garcia, ATL
86 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
87 Garrett Richards, LAA
88 Ian Kennedy, KC
89 Joe Musgrove, HOU
90 Kendall Graveman, OAK
91 Trevor Bauer, CLE
92 Dan Straily, MIA
93 Jose De Leon, TB
94 Patrick Corbin, ARI
95 Andrew Triggs, OAK
96 Luis Severino, NYY
97 Michael Wacha, STL
98 Zack Wheeler, NYM
99 Jesse Chavez, LAA
100 Jordan Zimmermann, DET

Dropped Out: Junior Guerra, MIL (Yeah, that was an absolutely awesome Opening Day for me… Calf strain is going to cost him half the season, ugh.), Collin McHugh, HOU (elbow impingement), Francisco Liriano, TOR (goddammit, why did I let the fantasy industry sucker me into updating him into my top-100, last time I listen to other fantasy “experts” out there, F, F, F!!!!!!!!), Steven Matz, NYM (Ugh, I mean, who the hell knows when/if he can make it back…)

  • Just to reiterate to everyone, MLB has changed how they read velocity to how Statcast measures velo – as the ball leaves the hand – vs. 50ish feet to the plate their old way.  That slight difference of air drag gives pitches roughly a 1 MPH bump in their measurement.  Here’s a piece Fangraphs wrote on the change, although I was talking about this last Sunday and Monday, before Dave Cameron got off his ass and wrote a piece on it!  [read that last sentence in Grey’s “I’m in an Quality Starts League” pompous voice]  So before you go too nuts for velo spikes, be sure and consider everyone is up a little right now, AND it’s April.  So they might go up even more.
  • Yup, this is why C-Mart stayed outside my top-20, just wayyyy too inconsistent.  You get his adrenaline up – and yeah, he looks unstoppable!  Would love him as a World Series starter!
  • Can’t wait to grill Grey on Zack Greinke.  Huzzah for getting him so late!  Gonna be my “Pujols-in-the-9th-round” guy!
  • James Paxton is the man.  The industry finally followed me into battle this time, and it indeed looks like I was too early with my Pax-love the previous 2 seasons.  Better late than never!
  • Awesome debut for Ivan Nova!  I watched his whole start in a wintery-mix Pittsburgh afternoon, and at first he was throwing 91-92 and not looking too crisp, but then settled into a groove and was hitting 94-95 and mowed down the Braves.  Sure, sure, bad weather start usually helps the pitcher, but it was good to see.  Still surprised how on an island I was/am with my Nova rank…
  • Yeah, I had a pretty good first week of pitching :).  Minus streaming Liriano in one of my RCLs, oops!   But most of my mid-round sleeper calls looked awesome, including my several shares of Dylan Bundy.  Looked dominant.  Sure, IP remain a concern, but he looks sooooooo good.
  • Pretty nervous with my Blake Snell love though, which I mentioned several times since his initial rank in the comments.  Did NOT look any better in Spring, where he coulda had a 10+ ERA as long as his walks were down.  They weren’t.  He wasn’t atrocious his first start, but walked the bases loaded then gave up a grand salami.  I almost had him down all the way to 59, but decided to split the difference with his move down and give him one more week.
  • Amir Garrett looked F’in awesome.  His arsenal and effectiveness looked exactly like 2013 Patrick Corbin.  Not overpowering fastball, but great slider.  Still tempering expectations a little bit, but I think he’s going to go on a very strong run for a while.
  • Aight, aight, mea culpa on Alex Cobb, he looked pretty good in his 2017 debut.  We’ll see how he holds up, but his start this afternoon (by the time this is out, he’ll have most of his start wrapped up) is one I have dog-eared to watch pretty intently.
  • It would still be a little while before he’d crack my ranks, but the opposing pitcher in that Manaea start – Martin Perez – hit 96 multiple times when he needed some gas!  I know I mention the velo thing, but pre-TJ he was a 90 MPH pitcher!  Velo ramped up last year, and it’s up again now.  Something interesting for AL-only owners.

 

Thoughts on Manaea thus far on the young season?  And give me your thoughts on the ranks (anyone I left out?) and the new GIFs!  You like the slow-mo replay?  Got some new programs and our friends at Gfycat to thank for making these look better!  Hopefully you all had a strong first week on the pitching side, Razzball Nation!

   
  1. JMoney says:
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    Thoughts on Maeda after a couple shakies? Was expecting to see him in the red, I know its only been two starts buy not overly encouraging. Appreciate your work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JMoney: Ah, too many pitchers with names starting with M and lots of As and Es! Manaea and Maeda ahhhh! Nah not really concerned at all, velo is there, one was at Coors. I guess a concern might be only 75 then 83 pitches, but I still think that gets ramped up. Still pitches in a nice park for one of the better offenses. Thanks for dropping by man!

  2. JMoney says:
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    Yessir! Thanks man. Went all in this year on Paxton as well, solid ROI this far! Someone dropped Joe Ross in y 12 team 6×6 K/9 league and I happily threw Liriano to the curb after his shit show and managed to grab Ross with the 7th waiver priority, was surprised but I’ll take it.

    Cheers!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JMoney: Hell to the yes! Yeah stupid other sites/”experts” starting hopping on the Paxton bandwagon finally, so he didn’t get to me in any redraft leagues, sadly.

      Nice add of Ross! Although i did see he might not make the rotation for another few weeks since Nats won’t need a 5th SP for a while… Which is a bummer

      • JMoney says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Indeed, however my rotation is as follows: Carrasco, Duffy, Maeda, McCullers, Paxton, Nova, and Nola, so I feel confident I can afford to wait him out. Stuck pretty closely to a combination of yours and Greys rankings…excited about Nova’s stuff thus far!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JMoney: Man no aces, but a lot of good #2 SP upside type guys and I really like the value you got for this staff. Yeah man, Nova all the way!

          • JMoney says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Yeah, been following Greys wisdom in avoiding aces and locking up solid hitters in the first handful of rounds, then snagging high upside strikeout guys, where its a k/9 league as well. In the words of Austin Powers, I too like to live dangerously.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @JMoney: Yup I typically do too, but lately the past year or two, it’s beeen too much hate on the aces haha. But living dangerously can def work!

  3. david arquilla says:
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    What are you thinking about Graveman?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @david arquilla: I noticed the velo hop last year – mentioned em in the profiles and on the Pod – but not much came out of it. It’s up more again, but getting exacerbated by the whole league having velo hop up. I just can’t get over he’s only throwing fastballs… Maybe he gets by with a strong start so worth streaming, but I think league will adjust hard

  4. Don says:
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    So Pineda….does today’s start give you any confidence, or is it just more of the same? Expecting a very up and down year?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don: Yeah, look at his first start, then this one. Fastball/cutter was unhittable today, but he has to be perfect with those to succeed. Plus it’s the Rays… I might bump him up a little for next week depending on his next one, he did look phenomenal…

  5. BravesfanintheUK says:
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    Have Matz, Smyly, Hill and G Richards on the DL in my RCL and only 2 DL spots….

    Are either Smyly or Matz likely to contribute much this year..? Smyly safe to drop or both…?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BravesfanintheUK: In RCLs, yeah you def need to drop both. Hill is a must hold. Any of the other 3 you can cut, but yeah, Smyly and Matz are for sure cuts. Any time!

      • BravesfanintheUK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Fab, thanks!

  6. The great knoche says:
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    Love me some Manaea. So glad Grey compared him to Pineda this AM.

    31 for Franklin? Damn it. Thought my $15 bid would be sufficient. I need Dahl and Desmond back, and I think I have a chance to compete this year.

    • The great knoche says:
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      @The great knoche: also very happy now with Greinke in round 8 NFBC.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @The great knoche: Hah yup, and the ER weren’t even that bad! 2 out bloop, then all his inherited runners score bc Melvin is an idiot.

        Hah yeah i went bold. His position elibility is huge not just for me to filter in some ABs, but for trade flexibility so I can keep a legal roster.

        Hah I can even beat that – round 9 pick 11 for Greinke for me in NFBC. The hate had gone WAY too far

  7. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    What – no Ryu?!! Hadouken! He looked terrific in Coors. Just my $0.02

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Hah well 4.2 IP 6 hits, 1 walk, 5 Ks didn’t spike my interest too much, but I didn’t catch that game. Velo is still low, I don’t think his shoulder will hold up… Very apprehensive.

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Box score doesn’t look great – but he was on an 80-pitch count – hence the low IP. It was at Coors, and he looked really sharp. I was happy to roster him rather than the dude at #51 (barf).
        Also, I think Chen is getting slept on.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mrs. Featherbottom: Hah yeah Hammel has looked bad, but still early… Maybe on Chen, he was just sooooo bad last year, and doesn’t really have upside. Loved him in that park last year!

  8. Braden D Christensen says:
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    Yo, JB! Great work man. I’m gonna float some lowball offers to Manaea owners after this.
    I have to know your thoughts on Jimmy Nelson and Chris Devenski! Nelson looks like his velocity is up significantly, and Devenski’s peripherals look amazing… What are your thoughts!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Braden D Christensen: Thanks for reading! Ack I saw that, but didn’t get to those guys! Jimmy – velo looks entirely like he’s got the standard bump everyone is getting with the change to velo readings. Trust me, I’ll painfully be watching a lot of Jimmy this year, so I’ll watch most of his outings. From what I saw in spring, still little command. Interesting he’s using the change-up more…

      Devenski – He’s weird bc he doesn’t really fit the article! Could be a SP! But now he’s super reliever. He’s must own in a starts limit format in RCLs, but in like IP roto, tough to own him…

  9. Wilson Moreno says:
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    JB!

    talk to me about your boy Jimmy Nelson

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      @Wilson Moreno:

      disregard – just saw the message before mine where you discuss Jimmy Nelson

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Wilson Moreno: Hah sure thing! Excited to see his next couple starts, see if I see anything much has changed

  10. Rock D says:
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    interested in hearing your thoughts on Tyson Ross. Coming off major surgery scares me. Move from NL to AL scares me. Buttttttt, if he can regain his old form he is super sexy sitting out there on waivers for free.

    Two questions. Do you believe he will be able to regain his old form?

    And second question is being that he had his surgery 3 months after Matt Harvey do you think it will take at least 2 more months to be able to see those results?

    • Cyler says:
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      @Rock D: I am not expert but I don’t think Ross will be relevant until at least next year. He may get a few starts in this year but he won’t be very effective.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Rock D: @Cyler: Well I’m certainly not an expert either hahaha. But yeah, I have pretty tempered expectations, and I was already a pretty anti-Ross guy. not a fan of his delivery. Also yeah – Texas. So yeah, I’ll say no to the old form, and that I think it’ll take longer for Ross. He had major shoulder issues before the thorasic stuff, Harvey was healthy before he got that, I think… So yeah, still kinda bearish on Ross

  11. Cyler says:
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    I too bought into the Paxton train. He is my Cy Young candidate this year. He rounded my staff out nicely when I drafted him in the 20th!!! round.

    Jacob DeGrom
    Kenta Maeda
    James Paxton
    Tyler Glasnow
    Julio Teheran
    Michael Fulmer
    Aroldis Chapman
    Kenley Jansen
    Raisel Iglesias
    Blake Treinen
    Jaquin Benoit

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cyler: 20th round?!?!?!?! He went top 10 rounds in all my redraft leagues, ugh! Jealous! Haha. Yeah like this staff a ton! Nice work!

  12. Ryan says:
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    JB, I’m in a 10-team redraft 5×5. Should I work to upgrade my rotation thru trades?

    DeGrom, Salazar, Quintana, Lackey, McCullers, Nola, Pineda, Ross (na).

    I could package guys like Odubel, Kendrys, Or Puig.

    I know it’s a big question, but who would you offer and target as an upgrade (if necessary)? Btw, I shopped Pineda the past two weeks to the sound of crickets.

    • Cyler says:
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      @Ryan: That rotation looks fine to me. You have an ace in DeGrom and some nice complimentary arms. I do think that Pineda is rather worthless, even in a 10 team league. What is available on your wire? If anything I would drop Pineda and use the slot as a streaming option.

      • ryan says:
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        @Cyler:

        Waiver Wire: Wacha, Gio Gonzalez, Hammel, Gsellman, Wright, Morton, Amir Garrett, Folty, etc, i.e, not much.

        • ryan says:
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          @ryan:

          I would stream but we have limit of 60 transactions, so I’ll hold off until later in the season.

        • Cyler says:
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          @ryan: I would use the slot to stream / pick up a hitter if you need it. I always find it helpful to have an empty slot on the roster just in case.

          But if you had to pick someone off the wire Gsellman or Wright are good fliers.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @ryan: @Cyler: Well now is the time to sell Pineda! I’d keep him around and keep shopping and hope his next start can be dominant as well. So yeah, I think I would hold off for now with the transaction limit

  13. Chris says:
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    Give up Matt bush for Mazara, cotton, m. Harvey. Dynasty
    Bush has 5 yrs left. The others have 1

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      @Chris: Oh absolutely! Always sell your closers/ relievers even on long deals. Would take Mazara

  14. indefiniteinfinite says:
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    Thanks for the breakdown JB. You might be happy to know I’m the proud owner of Manaea in every single league I have. In my keepers I’ve been holding onto him ever since he was drafted, so I believed in the talent. He may have a higher ceiling than I thought after what I witnessed yesterday. I know the chances are slim but do I see a little Bumgarner-lite here? This is why I love fantasy baseball!

    I also own a few shares of Joe Ross and was wondering how you feel about his chances of becoming a 3 or even a 2 for this year and beyond. Thanks, and nice work!

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      @indefiniteinfinite: Hell to the yes man, love to hear it! I was thrilled with this start after his high rank – a few more bounces his way and people might be freaking out over him. I dunno if he’ll ever have quite Bumgarners command, but it’s not that outlandish!

      For beyond, I think there is still 2 or 3 upside. This year is gonna be tough, he’s gonna get yo-yoed a ton in AAA and MLB and maybe bullpen to rest him down the stretch, it’s gonna be annoying

  15. M says:
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    I am in on E-Rod this season, do you think he has potential to rise much higher than your mid-50’s rank?

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      @M: Oh most definitely, lefty with a big arm, love his stuff, and after he ditched the cutter experiment last year, he was great. Certainly upside to get into that must own top-40 or top-35 range, but will wanna see it for the first month or two

  16. We Are Out Of Room says:
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    Whats up JB! I was a Manaea owner last year but missed out on him in the draft this season. I do have K-Pax, Nova and Bundy though although I dont have a true Ace but I dont think my staff is too shabby. Amir is also available in my league, and seems like an intriguing addition, but I’m not sure I see a drop for him.

    I ended up adding Leon over Vogt at C while Sanchez is on the DL. R.Martin was recently dropped though, would you make a move move there or just hold Leon at C? Also I’m curious about a former sleeper pick of yours in McCarthy…think he can return to form and climb the ranks?

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      @We Are Out Of Room: Forgot to post updated roster, Inciarte is trying to make himself expendable but I lack speed and B.Gardner is about the only speed option producing thats on the wire. So in summary Leon or Martin at C? Hold Inciarte or swap for Gardner? Or punt SB’s drop Inciarte and add Amir, Snell, Ross or another high OBP bat like Avisail, or more power like Judge or Renfroe?

      10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

      C Leon
      1B Rizzo
      2B D. Murphy
      3B K.Seager
      SS Russell
      OF Trout
      OF Springer
      OF Inciarte
      UTL 3B/OF Sano
      UTL DH Morales
      UTL 2B/OF Zobrist
      BN SS Anderson
      BN OF Margot
      DL OF JD Martinez
      DL G. Sanchez

      P J.Paxton
      P T.Walker
      P Carrasco
      P Duffy
      SP Nola
      SP Nova
      RP Giles
      RP J.Johnson
      BN RP Holland
      BN SP Bundy
      BN SP Eickhoff

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        @We Are Out Of Room: Nice, yeah K Pax, Nova and Bundy are looking like a hell of a trio right now! Plus Carrasco looks healthy… I like where you’re at.

        Steals are too fluky/sporadic to worry too much about who is on the wire performing there yet. I think inciarte can go, and you’re not really punting SB with Margot and Trout still there.

        Yeah Martin has 6 bb to 4 Ks, I would add him for Leon even though no hits. Seeing the ball well. I’d prob grab Renfroe for Inciarte.

        • We Are Out Of Room says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Thanks man, appreciate the insight. I was also offered Kimbrell for Morales. Thoughts? Most in the league have 4 closers and my 3 aren’t very strong as is. I have power and still have JD and Sanchez on the DL if I move Morales(plus he’s a DH only in ESPN). If I add Renfroe for Inciarte and Martin for Leon that could help offset losing Morales(hypothetically) and add a fairly solid closer, would you agree?

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            @We Are Out Of Room: Wowwwwww, yeah def taking that deal. Morales isn’t that interesting, I guess in TOR they like him a ton? Yup completely with ya, make the deal then add Renfroe!

            • We're Out Of Room? says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Yeah jumped on that lol. Also swapped Incite for Renfro & have to wait for Martin to clear waivers tomorrow to swap him for Leon.

              • We Are Out Of Room says:
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                @We’re Out Of Room?: Although Martin with 3 K’s tonight isnt screaming pick me up lol. Just cant figure out the best C. Youve got Leon who I own, but is still a question mark imo, Vogt, and then guys like Castro, Soto, and McCann…bleh lol. Losing Sanchez kinda sucks right about now.

                On the pitching side, really nice start by Carrasco and Bundy was decent too. Looking forward to getting Kimbrel for Morales, although he will inevitably heat up and mash for a spell or two, kinda needed Kimbrel with most of the top tier teams having 4 closers.

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                  @We Are Out Of Room: Nice, glad you took the deal! Hah yeah Martin didn’t look good at all. He started bad last year too tho… Yeah C is rough to invest in haha. I’d be fine sticking with leon, I mean they’re virtually the same to me.

                  Yup Carrasco looked good an healthy! Will be moving up in my ranks next week

                  • We Are Out Of Room says:
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                    @JB Gilpin:
                    Pretty sure this post is gonna room us right out of room. But I’m curious on your thoughts about the best DL stash for my roster. JD is nearing a return, possibly in the next week or two.

                    So Im going to try to drop a guy, add a DL stash and then activate JD a day or two early allowing me the room to pull off said maneuver.Based on this roster below, who’s your drop, and which of the following would make the best DL stash(Capps, G.Richards, or Rodon)?

                    10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

                    C Martin
                    1B Rizzo
                    2B D. Murphy
                    3B K.Seager
                    SS Russell
                    OF Trout
                    OF Springer
                    OF Inciarte
                    UTL 3B/OF Sano
                    UTL OF Margot
                    UTL 2B/OF Zobrist
                    BN SS Anderson
                    DL OF JD Martinez
                    DL G. Sanchez

                    P J.Paxton
                    P T.Walker
                    P Carrasco
                    P Duffy
                    SP Nola
                    SP Nova
                    RP Giles
                    RP Kimbrel
                    BN RP Holland
                    BN RP J.Johnson
                    BN SP Bundy
                    BN SP Eickhoff

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                      @We Are Out Of Room: Haha always outta room! Ummmm, I think I would do Rodon, but it’s close among those DL guys. I would def wait until the very last minute to make the move tho, as several other DL stashes might become available in the next week or two until JD is ready

  17. rick says:
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    trumbo or tanaka?

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      @rick: I’d prob take the bat of Trumbo in most situations

  18. marimon says:
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    Who to drop for Tijuan Walker? Thx!

    Chris Owings, Yasmani Tomas, Mitch Haniger, Russell Martin (have Realmuto), Wade Davis, Finnegan.

    Have Rodon and Price on DL, and Garrett Richards sitting on bench

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      @marimon: Yeah if only a 1 C league, I would lose Martin for him. Any time!

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        @JB Gilpin:
        Pomeranz…grab instead of Walker? Or drop another, and who? thx again

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @marimon: Hmmm good one. Is Owings in your starting line-up, or just a bench MI? If he’s just on your bench, I would swap him for Pomeranz

  19. PED Inc says:
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    How much do you like Amir Garrett’s next start at Pitt? Thinking about streaming him there since Glasnow just really shit the bed on me tonight. Thanks buddy

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      @PED Inc: I’m luke warm, REALLY impressed with his stuff, but the Pirates are lefty mashers. I’d lean no in a 10 or 12er, but actively watching clsoesly

  20. Quintero says:
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    Josh Hader at early 80s. That’s very interesting. Own him in my dynasty league and would love to know what’s your projection for him, Brew crew bias or not. Thanks!

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      @Quintero: Yeah I think he’s up sooner than later. Col. Springs as a pitching ruiner AAA spot I think will influence bringing him up sooner than later. Guerra hurt, Davies is bad, our whole rotation is bad… I think he can be a sub-3.00 like 1.20 WHIp kinda guy in his prime, with a K per 9. WHIPs will never be completely pretty…

      • Quintero says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB! Good to know. Your optimism is the reason fantasyballing is fun(and Grey’s sarcasm!)

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Quintero: Haha yeah I am the eternal optimist, and Grey will be sarcastic about anyone haha. Any time!

  21. Hugman says:
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    I own 6 pitchers in your top 30 plus Lance Lynn. Not even worried about using the streamonator… YET!

    (Relievers on the other hand…)

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hugman: Hell yeah man! No streamonater needed! Haha. Yeah relievers have been up and down for me. Got Kintzler in a lot of leagues, got Jeanmar cheap in a lot of leagues haha. Hope you’re doing well man!

  22. Btdrnks says:
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    Good Stuff as always Jb! Any thoughts on Shelby Miller? Interesting article on buying him over at Fangraphs today…

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Btdrnks: Just gave it a quick read. The one line I don’t buy in the least is “This is a guy who had always been good until last year”. High WHIPs and terrible K rates in 2014 and 15. ERA was good, and that was it. So with that in mind, plus the fact he kept scraping his hand when throwing his curveball last year – I mean, horrific mechanics much? – has me pretty tempered. I will def be keeping an eye on his starts this week tho

  23. CUBS WIN CUBS WIN !!! says:
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    So i’m in a h2h al/nl weekly points league we start 5 SP and 2 RP here is my pitching staff, Kershaw, Duffy, Salazar, Lackey, Paxton, Glassnow, Pomeranz, Joe ross, Britton and Colome who would you drop if any for any of these guys and in what order for # 37 Gausman, #44 B.Snell, or # 54 Eduardo Rod these are the only 3guys in your top 60 available !!!! Thx for your help !!

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      @CUBS WIN CUBS WIN !!!: Definitely adding Gausman. Snell is on such thin ice at that rank, that he’s more of a wait and see. I think I would wait on Glasnow one more start (might as well), see how Pomeranz looks tonight, but I would lose Ross for Gausman. Then readdress maybe losing Pom or Glasnow for Snell if Snell can be decent at all his next start

  24. Another Dan says:
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    Excellent stuff JB thanks. Love the Hader love, have him stashed in a couple of leagues. Worried about his health ?

    Am in a 9×9 H2h where the stats are W,L,K,HLD,SV,ERA,WHIP,K/9,H/9. It’s a dynasty team that I have taken over pre-season and the pitching needs a bit of on overhaul.

    I enquired after Manaea and was given options of 1 for 1 deals for any of Rodon, Eickhoff, Paxton, Andrew Miller. Do I follow it up?

    Best wishes,

    Dan

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      @Another Dan: Thanks man, appreciate ya dropping by! Nah not too worried, he gets a lot of Sale comps, and Sale was able to stay healthy. Still hasn’t ever been a correlation of “smooth looking mechanics” vs “wonky” mechanics and injuries.

      Holds def makes Miller valuable. Yeah I would go upside of Manaea over Eickhoff, if that deal is available!

  25. nick the dick says:
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    Hey JB, love you long time….Want your thoughts on if I should scoop up the REL or the Razz30? REL looks like a steaming pile of dogshit and the Razz30 looks awesome…appreciate your time, and oh, Razz30 all day baybay!!!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nick the dick: Haha so I guess this isn’t going away :) Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and you know Razz30 was all started because REL sounded so awesome!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: as the saying goes, troll the ones you love

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @nick the dick: Awwwww, nick the sappy dick! Ew, that sounds disgusting

          • nick the dick says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Hahaha

  26. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Mr. JB – Long time no see!

    Thought and a question.

    Thought – Went to the Yanks/O’s game over the weekend. Tanaka looked horrible. While he got through the order fine the first time, the second go round was nerve wracking. Tons of balls left hanging in the zone. Pitches just stopped moving for him it seemed.

    Question – If Wood sticks as the 5th starter in LA, where would you rank him?

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Yo what’s up man?! Good to see ya! Thought – Interesting, well he had a great spring and never had control issues, so I feel like he’s had a long enough track record where it feels like a blip. I’m not too concerned yet Question – That’s a toughie – mannnnn he looked pretty good. Throwing 95!!!! Problem is their rotation has so many “guys”. If you told me now he’d be in the rotation all year, from this point on, I might say… Top-40? He looked THAT good. BUT I think they move him back to bullpen for Urias, Kazmir when healthy, Brock Stewart I still like for spot starts when healthy. And Wood being a lefty would be valuable in a long relief role

  27. malamoney says:
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    Great title!

    What are you basing your Gerrit Cole ranking on? 2015?

    I think you’re too low on Teheran. If it weren’t for Freeman dropping a sure think pickoff the other day, you might be looking at a shutout. Blake Snell two spots behind him? And Bundy ahead of him based on one start.

    I don’t know JB. Love the work though…

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      @malamoney: Hah thanks! Cole – basing on 2016 thinking he was injured. Still not dramatically changing my ranks based on the first week. Teheran – same thing, was low on him going into the year, so still tempering expectations. Snell – Yeah, as mentioned above, reallllly nervous there. Bundy – Had him well higher than Teheran to begin with! Not based on one start! http://razzball.com/jbs-2017-top-100-starting-pitchers/

      I DON’T KNOW MALAMONEY! Hahaha, I need to visit you more, the hitters game sounds like a ton of fun

  28. 3up 3down says:
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    Thanks JB for what you do and enjoy reading. In a crazy 2000 max inning 6×6 roto league. Always go bats early and build staff as I go. Staff is Carrasco, Maeda, Shoemaker, Nova, Ray, King Felix, J Ross and Wacha. Wondering your take on Wacha and if he’s on the rise and love Ross but am worried like you of the yo yo up and down. Know it’s early but Shoe has me worried. Available is Cotton, E Rod, Norris. Cotton’s change is wicked. Grab any or stay put and thanks in advance

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      @3up 3down: Thanks for dropping by! Yeah Shoe has me worried as well, probably shoulda moved him down further this week. Wacha I def don’t mind short-term holding, my low rank/pessimism is a lot based on health concern and his shoulder that keeps breaking haha. I think I’m about done with Shoemaker and good with an upside grab. I still prefer E Rod – Cotton still looks kinda inconsistent – but would be good either way

  29. Chucky says:
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    Kyle Davies has looked real bad. Would you cut the Brewers current #1 SP ( Jr is out) for the likes of Ross, Folty, Shelby or Conley?

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      @Chucky: Wait, Kyle Davies the Royals long relief man! The former Braves SP! Haha yeah Zach Davies can probably go, he actually got a little BABIPed though. Looks not too bad to me, bad first inning vs Cubs, then recovered. But yeah, I would get Ross or Conley for him. Probably Conley and see how his encore against the Mets goes

  30. peterlorresghost says:
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    Hey JB-

    I’ve been thinking bout something and curious as to your thoughts. I haven’t really been able to execute on this in terms of a draft strategy or valuation. And DEFINITELY not nit-picking rankings because I have shares in all these three guys and like all three but I want to just use them as a point (who knows might be even coherent)….

    60 Tyler Glasnow, PIT
    64 Amir Garrett, CIN
    68 Jake Odorizzi, TB

    I don’t argue that Glasnow and Garrett have higher upside then Odorizzi. You also have park/league factors – but NL Central has superstacked offenses and some pretty hitter friendly parks so in this instance I think it’s closer than it’d appear initially.

    What I’m trying to identify is some sort of ease of ownership factor with these starters. Because out of those three price for odorizzi and ease of ownership is SO much higher. Odorizzi will not have a major innings limit, has proved durable over the last few years, has solid yet not flashy numbers and can prove he can do it in the MLB for a season. But what I think would be interesting might be a stable qoutient of some sort. In that tier there’s a lot of high ceiling super low floor guys – mixed in with there here because they’re high floor with not much upside. So again I see why they’re ranked where they are but could see ending up with a bunch of upside fliers out of that tier.

    Again not nit picking and depending on your team composition might be the wrong choice – guess what I’m trying to figure out is how could someone use mathems to calculate a top 10 stable/boring/low risk/moderate ceiling guys but very high floors. metrics could include innings pitched avg over last 3 years, QS logged avg over last 3 years, % delta between xFIP, era, etc and prob lots others to identify stability of say top 100 starters THEN rank them in upside – just think it’d be a interesting exercise. And something supplemental to traditional ranks.

    Because when I look to compose my teams I really like to have at least 2 starters that are pretty much odorizi’s / kennedy types – or lackey before he got sexy all of a sudden (to everyone else – he’s always done it for me) – but it’s my first year in a RCL and I would’ve liked to get more like 4 or 5. Get them for cheap on draft day (or even just pickup after and grab more bats), plug up some SP, don’t have to babysit and worry too much about matchups knowing every other season it always evens out to OK or OK plus and just focus on hitters.

    I don’t know – hard to quantify – does any of that make sense? Just think an interesting piece for next year could be something along the lines of building a big boring floor as part of draft strategy and who to target to do that. Razzballians for the most part are gun shy of top-tier starters for good reason but i think some of these super snoozer blah guys can make really good backends.

    But this is my first year in a RCL and having lot o fun. Still learning intricacies of batty calls and the like. I’m Deadiniowa in the humidor league. But if I could redraft I think I would target maybe 4/5 of these types and a flier upside guy or two and a few good relievers instead of the mix I got. Still pretty happy though with my team considering it’s my first roto league – at least didn’t get crushed week one (thanks ren-sano for monster weeks). My home league is deep keeper league points (12 team, lots of DL spots and AAA spots) – so very different but both pretty awesome. But having a core of those guys so I could just focus on vulture saves and batty calls and removing most of the SP stream – sit or start type work I think would potentially work.

    as always keep jason marazzballing and finally my life has a replacement for the TGIF lineup. TGIT because Razzball pcast is ON!

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      @peterlorresghost: Peter Lorre! Not coherent at all! haha. Jk jk.

      Ease of ownership factor, interesting… Well the tough part of it all is, I rank for 12 team roto, so only like the top 40 are must holds. Rest are pretty much streamers. And agree, if you’re going to hold one and maybe not start them every time, no way you’re holding Odorizzi over Glasnow.

      Hah yeah I pimped out Lackey a little bit this yr. Stability and win upside. Thing is RCLs are even more steroid-ed than most 12 team redraft, in that you have to do SO MUCH daily streaming for ABs and reliever innings that you only need to be holding 4 or 5 starters.

      Agree Razzball was WAYYYYY too gunshy on starters. I got Greinke and Harvey in the last like 4 rounds of the Perty Perts draft. While everyone else was chasing 8th inning RP, I got my closers earlier and was able to get SP value.

      But I love the idea of developing a risk or range-of-outcomes metric, that would be like a 10 for Glasnow, and a 2 for Lackey haha. Appreciate ya dropping by man, hope you liked the Pod!

  31. We Are Out Of Room says:
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    Top of the morning to ya JB. So in an effort to open up a roster spot for JD Martinez’s impending return from the DL. I was able to trade Tim Anderson and Margot for SS Xander Bogaerts. Thoughts on that deal? Now I can either find a temp bat/SP streamer until JD gets activated(OF Judge, OF Souza, OF A. Garcia, 2B C. Hernandez, SP A. Garrett, SP J. Ross, or one of the two handcuffs RP Gregerson or Harris since Giles has looked shaky.)

    Or I could activate JD and let him ride my bench(only have 2 DL spots) and stash SP Rodon, RP Capps(could be used as trade bait if he ends up closing or eventually replace a struggling closer on my roster), C Mesoraco, or SP G. Richards. Those are the best players currently on the DL in my league. Thoughts on the trade, which temp player from the list above to add, and which DL eligible player would be the best fit this roster below?

    10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

    C Martin
    1B Rizzo
    2B D. Murphy
    3B K.Seager
    SS Russell
    OF Trout
    OF Springer
    OF Inciarte
    UTL 3B/OF Sano
    UTL SS Bogaerts
    UTL 2B/OF Zobrist
    BN (Empty)
    DL OF JD Martinez
    DL G. Sanchez

    P J.Paxton
    P T.Walker
    P Carrasco
    P Duffy
    SP Nola
    SP Nova
    RP Giles
    RP Kimbrel
    BN RP Holland
    BN RP J.Johnson
    BN SP Bundy
    BN SP Eickhoff

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      @We Are Out Of Room: So looks like JD is still a few days from activation, probably wait until the last minute to make him active(assuming you still like Rodon as the best DL addition when I do activate him?) Mesoraco, G.Richards, or Carter Capps are still the best DL eligible options outside of Rdon.

      But for now who would you plug in my open spot: Amir Garrett, Cesar Hernandez, OF’s Judge, Souza, Renfroe, Tomas or A. Garcia?

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        @We Are Out Of Room: And finally would you drop C Martin(who’s still whiffing a lot and has like 3 whole hits) for d’Arnaud until Sanchez comes back from the DL?

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          @We Are Out Of Room: Morning (well afternoon now haha) man! Sorry I am slow today :)

          Whaaaaaaaaaaaa?! Yeah you killed that deal getting Xander. It’s daily moves, right? Yeah none of those DL guys interest me enough to stash them and not use that roster spot. Hmmmm, probably getting Judge, Renfroe or Tomas. Since usually gonna be on your bench, gimme Judge and you just hope he stays really hot. And yeah, nab d’Arnaud, just stream whoever is hot at C until Gary is back

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            @JB Gilpin: No worries my friend, appreciate your advice whenever you have the time to give it. Yeah i figured I’d sell high on Margot and Anderson has been pretty meh, now my SS’s are Xander and Russell…much improved imo. And yes it’s daily moves, 7 per week.

            Already dropped Martin and added d’Arnaud, so glad you agreed on that. Man is C hard to fill this year or what lol? Martin had shown some signs of life but he’s still K’ing quite a bit, his ability to draw a walk was the only thing making it palatable.

            Obviously whichever bat I pick up would be the drop when JD returns from the DL…correct? Or do you see another droppable player? I was curious about Hernandez because of my lack of speed, but sounds like you’d go with one of the power OF bats. I appreciate it man.

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              @We Are Out Of Room: Any time, always got time for baseball! Ah that’s right. Yeah I’ve been fairly lucky with C in most my leagues, avoided Posey and Sanchez hah.

              Yeah probably would be the bat to drop, mayyyyybe Taijuan Walker I’m kinda bleh on him in that Snell range

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