Honestly, I don’t know how much of a sleeper Masahiro Tanaka is going to be in 2018.  I’m writing these posts without a ton of draft data.  You down with ADP?  No, actually, I’m not, and you know me.  My guess is Tanaka will be drafted between 100-130 overall.  There’s value to be had with that draft spot.  If people start hyping him and his splits (which I’ll get to), then Tanaka’s going to zoom past the point of sleeper.  I imagine in a lot of friendly leagues where people show up the day of the draft because it’s the only time they get away from their families, who they not-so-secretly despise, Tanaka will be a relative bargain.  And by ‘relative bargain’ I don’t mean the cousin who is living with you who you tried to sell on the Darknet.  Tanaka will have the Yankee inflation even in those leagues, so he’s not going to be as cheap as his last year 4.74 ERA should have him.  Then, in quote-unquote smarter leagues, Tanaka might be drafted in the top 90 overall because in those leagues people want to prove how much more they know than their leaguemates so they push up a guy like Tanaka on draft boards.  In most leagues, however, people will know Tanaka has a tendon issue, they’ll know he had a wretched first half last year (I promise I’ll get to the 2nd half), and they’ll know there’s safer guys while not wanting to prove anything to anyone by drafting Tanaka early.  In those leagues, Tanaka should come at a relative bargain.  Again, not the cousin you put on Darknet’s eBay.  So, what can we expect from Masahiro Tanaka for 2018 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

For the season, Masahiro Tanaka had the 13th best xFIP, between Aaron Nola and Robbie Ray; the 16th best K/9 with 9.8; the 8th best BB/9 with 2.1; the 18th worst LOB% (right after fellow sleeper, Michael Wacha); the 8th best K/BB; the best swings generated on pitches outside the strike zone since 2015, and 2nd best since 2007.  His homers allowed *covers mouth to hide number*  wasn’t good, but why, or better how, someone gets so many swings outside the strike zone while giving up an insane number of home runs makes zero sense.  You get hitters to swing outside the strike zone because you’ve fooled them.  Home runs allowed are pitches where the hitters weren’t fooled.  My guess is Tanaka didn’t trust his stuff to get guys to chase when men were on base.  Only way I rationalize it.  For all intents and purposes, or porpoises if dolphins are reading, Tanaka was a top fifteen pitcher.  And that’s with his terrible 1st half and home run proneness (Proneness?  Is that a word?  Hmm, maybe not, but I avoided using the word proclivity which is a word worse than moist).  Okay, okay, OKAY!  The 2nd half.  Here’s a tweet Prospector Ralph sent out earlier this offseason:

Someone’s using their 280 characters, huh?  In the 2nd half, Tanaka had the third best xFIP, a glorious 2.83, and a 2nd-to-only Kluber K/BB of 6.5.  Kluber obliterated norms like Cliff Clavin paying Vera Peterson a secret visit, but a 6.5 K/BB is Kershaw-type level of dominance.  Tanaka’s 2nd half ERA of 3.77 was still kinda whatever, but if you put up a 6.5 K/BB more times than not, you’re going to be more successful than a 3.77 ERA.  Tanaka could have a 2.75 ERA next year and it would not shock me.  Of course, he could also have a 5.00 ERA and his elbow finally breaks off in slow motion in the most epic of ways like a Werner Herzog documentary about pitching.  Or he simply puts a few runners on a game and allows an unfortunately-timed homer.  This latter scenario seems the most likely if things go pear-shaped.  For 2018, I’ll give Masahiro Tanaka the projections of 14-9/3.49/1.14/205 in 194 IP.

   
  1. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Loving a few of your sleeper pitchers this year. But like u said people reach for players they want real early anymore. Great stuff as always boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al KOHOLIC: Thanks, AL! There’s more to come still!

  2. Swfcdan says:
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    Counting down the days till its ranking season! How long till your (much awaited?) catcher rankings start it off?

    Thinking DeGrom could be another underrated ace next year, big time K rate last year. Only issue is it’s the Mets so they could have been pitching him with a torn UCL all season for all we know.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Swfcdan: he might have some value if he falls out of the top 40 overall but probably won’t happen. He’ll get drafted top 30 in my league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Top 10 happens before top 20 catchers — deGrom’s being drafted in the top 40 overall

  3. Mini-Bat says:
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    Grey, what dollar amount would you put towards Tanaka in a 12 team Quality Start league with a $265 overall budget? I’m thinking $17-24. Pitching seems to be overvalued in our league m

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mini-Bat: $15-17 sounds about right

  4. LenFuego says:
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    You forgot … “with a chance for much more.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LenFuego: Ha, yeah, I’m not sure there was a chance for much more here

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: Oh noooeeezz! Limited upside sleeper! Heh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  5. John Stewart says:
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    Need a bit of help if you don’t mind….

    Updated Trade Offer in my Dynasty League
    12 Team H2H – 6×6 w/ OPS

    My Rhys Hoskins
    for
    Ozzie Albies / Taillon / Gohara / Mateo

    C Jonathan LuCroy
    1B Ryan Zimmerman
    2B Anthony Rizzo
    3B Rafael Devers
    SS Trea Turner
    OF Bryce Harper
    OF Yeonis Cespedes
    OF Nelson Cruz
    UTIL Rhys Hoskins
    UTIL Josh Donaldson
    BN Alex Bregman
    BN Gregory Polanco
    BN Brett Gardner

    SP Noah Syndergaard
    SP Gerrit Cole ($14)
    SP Danny Duffy
    SP Zach Godley
    SP Mike Clevinger
    SP Justin Verlander
    SP Ervin Santana
    SP Dinelson Lamet
    SP Carlos Martinez
    SP Brandon Woodruff
    SP Eduardo Rodriguez
    SP Charlie Morton

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @John Stewart: if you can keep Hoskins at 1b and Turner as a SS; I wouldn’t make that deal.

      • John Stewart says:
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        @JoeG414:

        I can…but Albies is a 2B. Seems some people aren’t buying Albies as a stud as much as others. Thx for the response.

      • cmutimmah says:
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        @Grey: Rhys is worth so much more than what you are being offered. A bird in the hand is not worth a bunch of eggs in a bush.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  6. mthom42 says:
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    I’m big on Tanaka this year. He had the best O-Swing%, (yes above Kluber, Sale, and Scherzer ) and third best swing strike rate behind Kluber and Scherzer. Yes please!
    I just noticed his HR/FB rate last night… Yikes

    • mthom42 says:
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      @mthom42: also, I have him in the tier with Verlander, Yu, and CMart which might be optimistic but those other guys had some trouble with walks.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @mthom42: I don’t think I have any of those 4 in the same tier

        • mthom42 says:
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          @Grey: can’t wait for those pitching tiers! Thanks

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  7. Slappy Jack says:
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    Tanaka screwed me so bad last year. Almost dropped him in mid May after 2 really bad games against tampa and houston. But then his next game was a jem. Which bought him slack for 2 more starts .. which naturally he was awful in.
    So I dropped him after 4 out of his last 5 games were less than 6ip, less than 5k, and 5+er

    Of course, he went on to be really good the rest of the year

    never again!

  8. IV says:
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    Good Morning Grey,
    This may seem like a stupid question, but after this season we should treat Severino like an ace, correct?
    I am valuing him as such since none of his metrics scream fluke to me.
    I bring this up because I made a trade for him in a dynasty league and I was shocked with how many of my league mates perceive him to be risky (beyond the fact he is a pitcher).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IV: Severino is an ace

      • IV says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate the second opinion FML, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @IV: That’s how I am too . . . probably one of the best value arms to keep from a dynasty standpoint right now IMO. What did you trade to get him? Maybe they didn’t like who you gave up . . .

      • IV says:
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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I agree with your thoughts there which is why I went after him. It’s a 24 team really deep league with contracts. Most of the aces cost at least $20 ($225) while Severino costs $4.5 each of the next 4 seasons.

        Exact trade was:
        Severino $4.5 (4 years), Soler $9.6 (4 years),
        Dylan Cozens, Albert Abreu, Zack Short
        For
        Stroman $8 (4 years), Pick 1.3 in our Amateur draft, Pick 27 in our minor draft, Yordan Alvarez, Yunior Severino, MJ Melendez

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @IV: Sounds pretty amazing too me, though I don’t know Yordan, Yunior, or MJ well. I always like to get the best overall player in a multiplayer deal, and I think you did that.

          • IV says:
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            @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Thanks Duda! Yordan is definitely the best prospect of the bunch (Ralph had him 49 in his top 100) and while I gave up future value, I rather have Severino and worry about the future later.

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Some really great SP sleeper posts this year.

    1. Would you move your $13 JDM for a $7 Gary Sanchez? Keep 7 forever (+$3 annually).

    2. Same idea, would you trade a $15 Schoop or $11 Devers for a admittedly-hated $20 Josh Donaldson?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Quite the opposite actually, esp. if he ends up in BOS. Our keeper trading period opened + I’ve put Goldy, Bellinger, and Blackmon off limits . . . JDM is my best keeper outside of those guys so I’m getting the most interest there. I’d rather keep . . . injury risk is literally the only thing I don’t love about him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Yeah, Sanchez for him at that price is decent

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. I’m not a positional scarcity guy, but it’s a 2-C league and I am keeping a lot of OF guys, so I’d rather be drafting an extra OF than an extra C. We’ll see if he sends the formal offer . . .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              In a 2-C league, especially

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: Yeah – plug Sanchez instead of JDM and then draft Acuna or any of these intriguing OF guys for that open spot . . .

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  ACUNA!

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: I feel like if Ozuna and Acuna ever met, the conversation would be about the same as the one that Hodor and Groot would have together.

  10. Randy says:
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    What’s up with Harrison Bader? Sleeper or dud stuck as a 6th Outfielder on the Cardinals?

      • Randy says:
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        @Grey: oh man he can’t beat out Dexter Fowler?? Trade him to the Orioles with Jack F. for Machado.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way, Fowler’s the starter unfortunately… Bader will be up as an injury replacement…

  11. Cheese says:
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    After the last 2 years, I never thought I’d see this post. I guess you are much less worried about his elbow than the past 2 years? How would you rate your worry factor compared to those past 2 years?

    • Grey

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      He’s thrown plenty of innings the last two years with the tendon issue, and there’s talk from the medical field that injections instead of surgery work, so, yeah, the only real drawback with Tanaka is he suddenly breaks down… It’s a risk, but worth the reward…

  12. Bort says:
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    16-team dynasty trade question:

    I give up: Ohtani & Garrett Whitley

    I get: Tony Rizzo

    I love Whitley and the potential of Ohtani, but I really need a 1b, too. Thoughts?

    • Bort says:
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      16-team dynasty trade question:

      I give up: Ohtani & Garrett Whitley

      I get: Tony Rizzo

      I love Whitley and the potential of Ohtani, but I really need a 1b, too. [email protected]Bort: Correction: I’d give up Forrest Whitley, not Garrett

      • HawtSauce says:
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        @Bort: If by Tony Rizzo you mean Anthony Rizzo then no brainer. Rizzo is so good.

        • Bort says:
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          Yea, Anthony. My only real hesitation is if I wait until the draft, the offers for Ohtani might get better? Don’t want to overplay my hand.

          • HawtSauce says:
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            @Bort: I think Ohtani is a time bomb ticking. A pitcher who only gives you 150 innings really isn’t going to be worth a whole hell of a lot. Definitely not nearly as much as Rizzo.

            Steamer has Ohtani going 147 IP 3.37 era with a 1.21 WHIP. Also not to mention that if you want his hitting stats Ohtani will need to take up 2 roster spots. And when he goes on the DL then you are using 2 DL spots.

            No brainer in my opinion. I would take Rizzo everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ohtani’s value will only go down

          • LenFuego says:
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            @Bort: By playing both ways, Ohtani is unlikely to get enough starts/innings to be a top fantasy pitcher or enough at-bats to be a top fantasy hitter. He could end up being an MVP type player who is not a top 50 fantasy player either way.

            Also, in Japan, pitchers pitch only once a week, and Ohtani was no different. That gave him ample opportunity, after taking a day off before and after each start, to play the field (or more recently, DH). It remains to be seen how his body and arm react to pitching every 5th or 6th day and then hitting in between as well. I think that is a real risk factor for him, especially given that he already apparently has some elbow issues.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rizzo

  13. Willy Mo says:
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    I will not be on this train.

    2 of the last 3 seasons Tanaka had a huge hr/9 number. Its not like last season was his first expeience with giving up the long ball.

    And if hes not throwing his fastball as much teams will realize that and not swing as often early in the count. Plus the elbow thing still in play. I dont trust him at all insdie the top 150 players. Like u said even when he was dominant in the second half he had a 3.77 era.

    You wouldnt be suprised if he has under a 3 era? Id bet the over on the era u projected for tanaka of 3.49 and feel really, really, really good about it. Too bullish here imo. GL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, the homers are an issue, will see how big of an issue they are…

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: also maybe he was keeping his elbow healthy by limiting the amount of sliders and splitters he was throwing. If theres a big increase in those pitches over a full season I could easily see him on the dl

        • Grey

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          Maybe, but PRP seems to be a viable option for some guys, and it seems to have worked for Tanaka (to an extent)

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Willy Mo: There’s been a big increase since the elbow injury. This was a story in 2015, but he’s pitched two and a half years since making 61 starts in 16 & 17. He’s in the top 30 in starts the past two seasons and top 20 in innings pitched. So the approach change toward less fastballs hasn’t been an issue for health. Or caused any significant missed time.

          Less fastballs has become an organizational philosophy driven by pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Even Severino threw less fastballs this year.

          The splitter usage jumped after the elbow injury, as did the slider usage, and his fastball usage has gone down every year. Go check out his pitch usage on Fangraphs or Brooks. So the big increase already happened, in 2015.

  14. Roger Podacter says:
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    Most importantly – he will not throw a (live)pitch to Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez or Giancarlo Stanton for the entire season.

    Seriously though, I’m so damaged from last year. He almost destroyed me (we have HR’s allowed as a stat in both H2H and Roto’s I’m in)

    doing my best to ignore this Kool-Aid despite the fact it comes from one of the most knowledgable (and handsome) baseball minds of our time.

    • Willy Mo says:
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      @Roger Podacter: obviously for your league settings with hr allowed as a category you have to downgrade tanaka a ton. Grey’s advice is for 5×5 standard.

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Willy Mo: Yeah I spend a bit of time index=matching the war table to try and weed out guys who give up a lot of HR’s as well as offensive players that make a lot of errors, among other stats…

        The league stats are:

        R-HR-RBI-SB-BB-K-E // IP-W-L-SV-HR-K-ERA-WHIP

        R-2B-3B-HR-RBI-SB-BB-K-AVG // IP-W-L-SV-HR-K-ERA-WHIP-QS

        Grey is on top of everything though, so its nice to stop in a faketeams or whatever punter captures my attention at the time but Grey is the most important step in my vetting process.

        I typically punt one category each in the second league there. (typically SO’s and L’s)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  15. Willy Mo says:
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    Last thought. Based on name value alone I dont believe tanaka comes at any sort of discount on draft day and for him to outperform his adp he will need a season i doubt very much he can deliver.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll likely go around 100 ADP, and can be a top 50 player if he does his 2nd half over course of this year

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey:

        2017 tanaka second half:

        July: 33 innings, 3.82 era
        August: 24 innings, 2.63 era
        September: 30.2 innings, 4.99 era

        …. maybe if he can repeat those 24 innings in August for 200 innings next year hes got a shot to surprise you and have under a 3 era…

        • Willy Mo says:
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          @Willy Mo: or not surprise you i mean…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3.77 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 with 13-16 wins would be a top 20 starter, doesn’t need a 2.63 ERA…

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Grey: his career k rate is closer to 8.5 and hes 29 with a hopefully healed elbow.

            Crazy his k rate was so high last year. He had a few sick games including a 15k in 7 innings game vs the Jays his last start of the season.

            You expect 9.5 ks per 9 over over a full season for tanaka again? If so hes prolly serving up longballs again too. Lets talk about Tanaka for dayssss.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have his projections in the post, 9.51 K/9 –205*9/194

              • Willy Mo says:
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                @Grey: well yeah but you also projected him for 3.49 era and 9.5 ks per 9 in the post but in our convo here you rolled that era back to an easier to swallow 3.77 … im going to eat some trader joes all natural hummus out of the container with a spoon brb

                • Willy Mo says:
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                  @Willy Mo: so i assumed that when you said 9.5ks per 9 you really meant like 8.6

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I wasn’t rolling it back to 3.77, I was just saying if he just repeated his 2nd half over the course of a season it’s a top 20 season

                  • Willy Mo says:
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                    @Grey: his k per 9 was a lot higher than 9.5 in the second half so I guess you were only extrapolating some stats?

                    104ks in 87.2 innings last july, august and september good for a 10.7 k rate.

                    Anyway good chat as always. Sorry for being annoying. Of cousre i will be back for more

                    • Grey

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                      No worries

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Willy Mo: HR/9 dropped in the second half.

              1st half: 2.03
              2nd half: 1.41

              • Willy Mo says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: 1.41 is encouraging :/

  16. Member Berries says:
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    Great write up, Grey. I like Tanaka especially since I wasn’t a victim of his early season struggles last season and benefited from others giving up on him too early.

    I would take Tanaka over almost all of the following names that fall after him in early mock draft ADP:

    Cueto
    S. Gray
    R. Hill
    Duffy
    K Hendricks
    Fulmer
    Price
    J Gray
    Hamels

    personally, I’d take Hendricks out of the 10 names

    • Grey

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      I don’t mind Hill and Gray, but they’re close to Tanaka vs. way above or below him, the rest of those names aren’t close…

      • Crime dog says:
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        @Grey: oh god… Which Gray??? Also. Why don’t you like Kyle Hendricks? Had a good second half from what I remember. Always seems to have great ratios when healthy. K/9 lags but I feel like he’s a safe bet for ERA whip QS or wins.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, 85 MPH pitcher who relies on grounders… He’s okay, nothing special…

  17. Evan says:
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    14 team – deep leagued mixed keeper

    Offered:
    $17 Hosmer
    $18 Wil Myers
    for $1 Alex Wood

    You think it’s worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many do you keep?

      • Evan says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry. Keep 9

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold

          • Evan says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks so much. All these decisions will be easier when your rankings come out..ha

            Alex Wood a top 20 starter?
            Hosmer at top 5 1B?

            • Grey

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              Wood’s near that, but risky and Myers and Hosmer are solid, and worth keeping (assuming your team isn’t stacked)….

  18. Old School Brother says:
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    In a depressing sub 80 win year for the Rangers, the highlight of the season for me was watching Tanaka get shelled and talking trash to the 4 different idiots that attended the game dressed up like Judges. Those poor “Yankees” fans must’ve had a miserable drive home back to their DFW suburbs. Thanks Tanaka san!

    • Grey

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      Haha, OSB!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Old School Brother: Had it not been for that start and the Toronto start in the last week of the season his 2nd half numbers would have been even better. Fourteen of his thirty two second half ernies came in those two games.

  19. I’m beginning to think you’re right, that Tanaka is no longer a sleeper. Most rankings I’ve seen have him in the mid to low 20s for SPs. I wrote a sleeper post back in November on him and rank him 15th with a Bold prediction on twitter that he ends up ahead of Darvish.

    I mean he was 3rd in MLB in SwStr% ahead of Sale! I also think his .305 BABIP was unlucky, his career BABIP is .275

    • Grey

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      Yeah, agreed, we’ll have to see… I’d guess he’s a sleeper in some less aggressive leagues, where people show up at their draft with little prep…

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Any sneak previews of how you’re valuing Pham this year? Anyone who carries a mirror in his back pocket to be a badass post-SB (and/or fix his contacts) is A-OK in my book.

    The most pessimistic projections I’ve seen seem to have him at a .265 20/18 . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I enjoyed owning him last year, doubt I own him this year

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense – 30 year old breakouts aren’t very common and his health stuff is very unpredictable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I had to cut him in a keeper league when his eye thing came up. I don’t regret it because I won my playoff matchup. I might have kept him, though, over my final keeper (Luis Castillo). That would mostly be because as it stands I will be keeping 4 pitchers out of 8 keepers.

  21. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I feel so validated this week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Some people above are less impressed…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: As long as I’m 7th in your eyes behind Ted, Cougs, your mom, Halp, the guy that walks your dog, and the girl that makes your daiquiris, I’m good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m an Italian Jew, my moms is number one!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I hope I made the top ten

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’d have to bump Rudy…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: like I need to fight him?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Can you fight him in math?

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: I think we should make it a math-bareknuckled brawl hybrid sort of thing.

                    This way it’s fair for all involved. Jack may knock Rudy to the ground, but his finishing move needs to identify X in the equation. This obviously allows Rudy time to recuperate.

                    We’ll have to check Jack for an earpiece to make sure Magoo isn’t feeding him nuggets of arithmetic.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They will wrestle on an X/Y access graph

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: let’s make it fair. Half physical half trivial pursuit. For every pie earned you get to punch the guy in the face. First one knocked out loses

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think anyone would agree to that

  22. E says:
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    Votto and Brinson or Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman (dynasty OBP , SLG ROTO)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  23. FrankGrimes says:
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    You should post the rankings in ASMR this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, maybe I will!

  24. VinWins

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    Enjoyed Patriot. Definitely a bit strange. Started on Godless. Very good so far. In between I watched End of the F***ing World. 8 short episodes. Basically a long movie. I thought it was a good watch. Plus the soundtrack includes Hank Williams, Ricky Nelson, Tom T. Hall, and Brenda Lee!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, strange, but good, right? End of the World huh? Okay, will look for it… You gotta watch Peaky Blinders too!

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Oh, sure, it was good. Easy to keep watching. I’m sure I’ll get to Peaky eventually. The subtitle part is just moving it down the list.

        • Grey

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          They do speak English, but it’s a thick accent…

  25. Dan Reynolds says:
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    Best fantasy advice ever!
    When I win (sidebar – never have appeared in a title series let alone win in 20 years) my 16 team auction – keeper league this year I’ll be sending you a super soft cotton champion tee.

    This is how my squad is setup for ’18. How would you proceed? Target pitching or hitting? I have 5 roster spots to fill in March.
    In my best Princess Leia, “Help me Grey, you’re my only hope”.

    C Russell Martin C | TOR
    1B Josh Bell 1B | PIT
    2B Jonathan Schoop 2B | BAL
    3B Evan Longoria 3B | SF
    SS Dansby Swanson SS | ATL
    OF Lewis Brinson OF | MIL
    OF Nelson Cruz OF | SEA
    OF Nick Williams OF | PHI
    DH Jesse Winker OF | CIN

    RESERVES
    C Carson Kelly C | STL
    2B Kolten Wong 2B | STL
    SS Christian Arroyo SS,3B | TB
    SS Ketel Marte SS | ARI
    OF Joc Pederson OF | LAD

    MINORS
    OF Ronald Acuna OF | ATL
    OF Luis Robert OF | CHW

    SP Gerrit Cole SP | PIT
    SP Yu Darvish SP | LAD
    SP Jerad Eickhoff SP | PHI
    SP Shohei Ohtani SP | LAA
    RP Walker Buehler RP | LAD
    RP Andrew Miller RP | CLE

    RESERVES
    SP Brian Johnson SP | BOS
    SP Alex Meyer SP | LAA
    SP Joe Ross SP | WAS
    RP Francis Martes RP | HOU
    RP Mark Melancon RP | SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want that t-shirt! Your hitting looks like a bit of a mess… Hopefully Marte can start for you at SS… I do like your ACUNA… I’d try to get some more safety in your OF and hitting in general…

      • Dan Reynolds says:
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        I was going to target a big bat(s) but I hate spending big $$. Safer than starting pitching I suppose. So you’re not high on Swanson? At least I hope to be singing “Acuna Matata” by May 1st.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Swanson who hit so bad last year he couldn’t stay in the majors?

  26. NatroneMeansBusiness says:
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    10 team H2H 7×7 (BB,TB/HLD,QS), 19 roster spots can keep up to 10. I’ve traded away my 11th rd pick. I want to get Acuna. I’m afraid he’ll be gone by the time it gets to me in the 12th. Hoskins is my 10th keeper, BN bat. Last year (first offseason keeping up to 10) one team kept 7, one 8, one 9, the seven kept 10. Wondering if you think it’s worth dumping an awesome piece of trade bait for a chance at Acuna? I’m leaning towards taking the gamble.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You wanna get Acuna if you can…

  27. J-FOH says:
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    You ever been to a restraunt called we have noodles in silverlake? I heard it was pretty good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, never heard of it… Pine & Crane is good up there for Asian…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: yeah go look it up. Sounds delicious

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did, truffle dumplings? Wait, why is that not in my mouth right now?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I want that in your mouth right now…. wait that didn’t come out right

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d put it in my mouth too!

  28. Matt says:
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    Hahaha!!! Two more of my players!!!! You love my team don’t you Grey!!! I swear, that makes seven of my guys a sleeper for you now!!! Let’s see … Trevor Story, Trey Mancini, Nick Castellanos, Eddie Rosario, Michael Wacha, Luis Castillo, and now Tanaka!!!! Hahaha!!

    Should I just change my name to the Razzball Sleepers???? Haha!!!

    Keep the good stuff coming Grey, I love the daily updates on all my players!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ou will never get my Haniger sleeper post, don’t even try it!

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey:

        Come on Grey!!! You know you want to write about Mitch ‘Sleepy’ Haniger!!! You gotta admit, he’s the perfect candidate!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No Mitch Haniger!

          • Matt says:
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            @Grey:

            You’re killing me Grey!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re killing me Smalls!

  29. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you rather have as a backup 1B Albert Pujols, or Eric Thames?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames

  30. Crime dog says:
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    How high would you draft acuna in a redraft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings will go over that

  31. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    What it is Grey?! What it is…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What it do what it do? Happy New Year! How was your holidays?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: been a while. Failed on the reply.

  32. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Happy New Year! Holidays were chill, low key. My mom has had some health issues so we didn’t do much. Met the chick’s parents! How about yours?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You A) Got a new girl B) Already met her parents?

      I was back in NY, sick as a dog, and didn’t do much, super low key….

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