I’ve just never been a Matt Moore guy…

Uber-talented Moore has always gotten praise for his clean mechanics and smooth delivery, plus fastball, and solid slider, but it never materialized into good control and solid numbers.  Those horrible, horrible walks…  Moore’s K zone looks like a star chart!

After never ranking him favorably the past few years because of a 4.5 walk rate, yes 4.5, I thought the buzz for him off the DL from TJ recovery was too… buzzy.  I’m at a loss for words I’m so confused!  But I hadn’t seen him pitch since hitting the DL after two starts last year, and maybe a reconstructed elbow can help.  “He’s more machine now, than man!”  Well let’s hope it helps the horrific walk rate!  Here’s how he looked yesterday hosting the Astros, along with ranks for pitchers for the second half:

First Inning: Moore’s first pitch is a down and in 92 MPH fastball fouled back by Jose Altuve for strike one.  Moore hangs a change-up, then a 93 MPH fastball right down the middle is hit pretty hard to center, but Kevin Kiermaier drifting back has it for the first out.  Pretty hard hit to start it off.  92 MPH hits the inside corner on Marwin Gonzalez, 0-1 is 92 MPH just a tad low, 91 is inside, 83 MPH change-up flutters outside, and all the way down to 3-1.  Then a 3-1 92 MPH fastball is skipped to the catcher for a walk.  Yeesh, here we go.  Change-up stays high and outside to Carlos Correa, and that pitch hasn’t been close yet.  1-0 is a 89 MPH fastball in there, took some off just to get a strike, then whoa a 91 MPH fastball has catcher Curt Casali jumping to grab it, 2-1.  Control is all over the place.  Then a 2-1 fastball right down the middle towards the lower part of the letters is ripped to left for a double.  Gonzalez gets to third, and it hasn’t looked good at all.  Moore throws 89 MPH outside and Evan Gattis waves through it, then his first slider is a 79 MPH beauty that bends into the zone for strike two:

Moore-slider-1

I’m not sure why those haven’t been mixed in yet, maybe there’s fear for throwing those off TJ?  Then the 0-2 is another good slider, Gattis barely taps it towards third, Gonzalez is able to score, Gattis out at first, and Correa gets to third.  A little unlucky there – very weak contact, but runner at third went on contact to score the first run.  Fastball outside to Colby Rasmus, then even further outside, 2-0. Inside fastball ripped foul, fastball at only 89 is high and tight, then a nicely located fastball at 91 is popped up, it was in foul territory but gets lost in the Trop roof.  Crazy.  3-2 is popped back but gets out of play, then 3-2 again is an 89 MPH fastball too high to put runners at the corners.  Rough first inning – but in Moore’s defense of that walk, it would’ve been an out in any other stadium.  Chris Carter takes a 79 MPH slider that drops in there for strike one, and all 3 of his sliders thrown today have been his best pitches. Then a fastball at the knees is popped weakly to center, and Moore is mercifully out of the inning only giving up one run.

Second Inning: Hoping to get moore efficient (hah – I typoed that but didn’t want to change it), fastball is high to L.J. Hoes, heater again slashed foul, then his first change-up in the zone gets a routine grounder to short for the first out.  Finally locating the change!  Fastball way inside to Jake Marisnick, fastball on the outside edge is flared foul, and James Loney going into the stands barely misses it for a loud foul.  Loney made a kid cry in the stands jumping in there!  Then that sick slider with fantastic life gets a tap foul, 1-2.  That pitch has been located fantastic today!  Then Moore goes right back down there but with a 91 MPH fastball to get his first strikeout:

Moore-fastball

Very impressive bounce back inning thus far.  Slider stays barely high to Jason Castro for strike one.  Still had movement and looked good.  Fastball barely outside, then a heater on the hands jams the hell out of Castro, but it flares to left for a tough-luck single.  Fastball is perfect on the outside edge to Altuve as we go the second time through, then high heat gets Altuve to tomahawk under it for an easy fly to center to end the inning.

Third Inning: Now up 2-1, Moore starts Gonzalez with a fastball in there, huge bending slider breaks down and in, slider again is again down and in, 2-1.  Fastball is outside, yet another 3-1 count, but Moore gets a heater in there, 3-2 fastball inside is ripped foul, then a nice sinking fastball at 91 is cut over and missed for Moore’s second K.  What looked like a perfect slider is somehow called a ball to Correa, fastball inside, tough luck 2-0 count.  Fastball is then in there, change-up drops low, fastball tipped back fall, and another full count.  A lot of those today.  Then the 3-2 is a change-up, and Moore bounces it in.  Yikes, that’s two 3-2 walks on pitches in the dirt.  First-pitch fastball is popped up by Gattis, it might’ve stayed in play but hits a rafter and drops in the infield but when that happens it’s a ball.  That’s now two outs taken away by the Trop.  Yikes.  Slider skips in low, and now he’s lost the consistency with that pitch as well.  1-1 is a change-up, Gattis absolutely torches it to third, and Evan Longoria is able to save it from a double and knock it down to keep it a single.  Hard contact hit, but again it could’ve been an out that AB if not for the Trop’s terrible design.  There’s that good hook in there to Rasmus, fastball inside, fastball high, fastball up at 92 absolutely blows a swinging Rasmus away, then 91 on the outside edge gets Rasmus to wave through it for Moore’s third K.  So a chance to get out of it and Carter first-pitch swings at a fastball in the zone and hits a towering out to center to get Moore out of the inning.

Fourth Inning: At 58 pitches, Moore is in there at the knees with the heater to Hoes, then blows him away with heat again 0-2, then a great slider gets a weak chop on the third base line, Moore gets to it and makes a decent throw, but it hits Hoes in the butt for an infield single.  Right off the Hoes’ buttcheek!  I’ve said that phrase a few times…  And the Rays have a good case that Hoes was out of the running lane.  Anyway, Marisnick bunts one foul, fastball low, then Moore’s best change-up on the day dropping out of the zone at 82 gets a swing and miss, 1-2:

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93 MPH is way outside as Moore tried to amp it up, fastball down the middle fouled back, a nice slider pulled foul, 2-2 again is another good slider bending into the zone and gets a lazy fly to right.  Fastball way outside to Castro, fastball in there, another good slider gets a groundball into the shift, but Jake Elmore makes a nice play to run to second to get the lead runner.  That was a tailor-made double-play ball, but Elmore was playing like a second baseman so they could only get the one.  Perfect slider drops in to Altuve, slider again tipped foul, then a high fastball at 92 is ripped to left for a two run shot.  Wow, why a fastball?!?!  Two great sliders, then a fastball hittable in the zone on an 0-2 count.  Terrible.  So now down 3-2, Moore is down and in to Gonzalez, then a fastball on the hands is hit to third to end the inning.

Fifth Inning: At 76 pitches, Moore starts Correa with a fastball way high, again high fastball but close to the zone is fouled back, change-up way inside, then fastball again is a lazy fly to right for an easy first out.  Fastball popped foul by Gattis, fastball low, then the 1-1 is that absolutely wicked slider at 79 MPH that got Gattis fishing:

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Slider again tipped foul, and slider one more time is pulled to third for an easy groundout.  Two down, and fastball is outside to Rasmus, 91 outside as well, then 91 again in the zone is hit pretty hard to center, but Kiermaier has it on the edge of the track to end the inning.  And that will do it for Moore who ends on a high note, and also picks up the W as the Rays took the lead in the bottom of the frame.

Final Line:  W  5.0 IP  88 Pitches (54 Strikes)  3 ER  5 Hits  3 Walks  3 K  Gamescore: 45   Gamescore+: 48.0

Final Analysis: Location, location, location…  Moore’s still as wild as ever, but even with the poor control, the line should’ve been a lot better.  He had two outs taken away by foul balls hitting/getting lost in the Trop roof, and right before the Altuve HR he had a perfect double play ball that the shift took away due to placement.  As usual with shorter outings, his Gamescore+ ended up a tad higher than his true Gamescore.

Moore’s fastball is at a career-worst 91.3 MPH.  According to Fangraphs, he also utilizes a cutter averaging 88.7 MPH, so a few of the fastballs I mention above were technically cutters, but they didn’t really do too much.  Moore struggled to locate either pitch, and even though he got a few Ks with heaters, the fastball is down a full 3 MPH since his first full season in 2012.  His off-speed stuff features a change-up that, well, didn’t look great.  The change-up GIF above was by far his best one, as he struggled to locate the pitch and keep it down.  But there was one major positive – the slider.  Fangraphs calls it a curveball, but it had sharp movement in the high 70s and was pretty consistent all afternoon.  He was dropping them in for strikes and able to bury them for whiffs.

You have to wonder if Moore is still a little concerned to throw too many of those great breaking balls.  It was his best pitch yesterday, and yet he wouldn’t go to it a third time to Altuve on 0-2, instead throwing a very hittable fastball that was crushed.  In the first inning, he hesitated going to them as well.  I’m worried this is going to be a lost season for Moore as he battles control and slowlly builds up confidence for the breaking ball.  That said, he could be a really interesting deep-league sleeper next year.  The stuff is there, but he still has the abhorrent control issues.  I couldn’t rely on him at all in standard leagues, but he remains in the bottom of the ranks for his smidge of upside in the second half.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s 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 Chris Sale, CWS
4 Felix Hernandez, SEA
5 Corey Kluber, CLE
6 Madison Bumgarner, SF
7 David Price, DET
8 Gerrit Cole, PIT
9 Zack Greinke, LAD
10 Chris Archer, TB
11 Jake Arrieta, CHC
12 Matt Harvey, NYM
13 Cole Hamels, PHI
14 Jacob deGrom, NYM
15 Sonny Gray, OAK
16 Johnny Cueto, CIN
17 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
18 Francisco Liriano, PIT
19 Jose Fernandez, MIA
20 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
21 Carlos Martinez, STL
22 Michael Wacha, STL
23 Michael Pineda, NYY
24 Jon Lester, CHC
25 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
26 Danny Salazar, CLE
27 Jeff Samardzija, CWS
28 Jason Hammel, CHC
29 James Shields, SD
30 Jordan Zimmermann, WAS
31 Tyson Ross, SD
32 Alex Wood, ATL
33 Garrett Richards, LAA
34 Noah Syndergaard, NYM
35 A.J. Burnett, PIT
36 Shelby Miller, ATL
37 Trevor Bauer, CLE
38 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
39 Taijuan Walker, SEA
40 Lance McCullers, HOU
41 Jose Quintana, CWS
42 Jake Odorizzi, TB
43 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
44 John Lackey, STL
45 Collin McHugh, HOU
46 Scott Kazmir, OAK
47 Julio Teheran, ATL
48 Lance Lynn, STL
49 Mat Latos, MIA
50 Andrew Cashner, SD
51 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
52 Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL
53 Mike Fiers, MIL
54 Vincent Velasquez, HOU
55 Carlos Rodon, CWS
56 Yordano Ventura, KC
57 Patrick Corbin, ARI
58 Phil Hughes, MIN
59 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
60 Rubby De La Rosa, ARI
61 Jimmy Nelson, MIL
62 Nate Karns, TB
63 Erasmo Ramirez, TB
64 Wei-Yin Chen, BAL
65 Kendall Graveman, OAK
66 Kyle Gibson, MIN
67 Andrew Heaney, LAA
68 Cody Anderson, CLE
69 Anibal Sanchez, DET
70 Jesse Chavez, OAK
71 Chris Heston, SF
72 Marco Estrada, TOR
73 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
74 Hector Santiago, LAA
75 Robbie Ray, ARI
76 Kevin Gausman, BAL
77 Dan Haren, MIA
78 Matt Cain, SF
79 Aaron Nola, PHI
80 Chase Anderson, ARI
81 Edinson Volquez, KC
82 J.A. Happ, SEA
83 Ian Kennedy, SD
84 Ervin Santana, MIN
85 Mike Leake, CIN
86 Jake Peavy, SF
87 Doug Fister, WAS
88 Michael Montgomery, SEA
89 Drew Hutchison, TOR
90 Justin Verlander, DET
91 Matt Moore, TB
92 C.J. Wilson, LAA
93 Jaime Garcia, STL
94 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY
95 Bartolo Colon, NYM
96 Yovani Gallardo, TEX
97 Danny Duffy, KC
98 Mike Bolsinger, LAD
99 Taylor Jungmann, MIL
100 Mark Buehrle, TOR

Dropped Out: Steven Matz, NYM (yup, torn lat scares me that much, he might only have 5 more starts this year – if that), Clay Buchholz, BOS (same deal – partially torn flexor, it could be a while), Jesse Hahn, OAK (rough couple weeks for injuries!), Joe Blanton, KC (Eesh, my bad.  In my defense, his velo through 7 relief appearance and one start was about 91.5, then it fell to 90.7 when I made my call to 89.7 when it collapsed in Houston.  And never the same again.  Lost it.), Alfredo Simon, DET (talk about losing it!), Trevor May, MIN (bullpen, although they said it wasn’t a season-long decision, but I think it could be), Aaron Sanchez, TOR (seems more and more likely he’s going to the bullpen as well), Matt Shoemaker, LAA (read Sanchez, Aaron), Joe Ross, WAS (the fact he didn’t immediately get the call to fill in for Strasburg tells you they hate him), Aaron Harang, PHI (we knew it’d fall apart, but not like this!)

  • At the halfway point, and technically more than halfway through the season, it’s at the time where injured pitchers just aren’t worth the hold in redraft.  Minor things like a groin for Jaime Garcia, and nothing elbow-related to Stephen Strasburg have them still in, but with some steep drops.  Any arm issues are just too scary.
  • I know I’m a little clumpy with new guys coming in/big risers, but it’s right where the Andrew Heaney and Kyle Gibsons of the world seemed to fit.  Man, Heaney was one of my worst calls last year, but he’s 1-1.5 MPH faster on all his pitches since last year and looks much better.
  • I’ve been enamored with James Shields‘ Ks to the point I hadn’t looked enough at his career-worst walk rate at over 3 per 9.  Embracing his inner Trevor Bauer!
  • It’s about time to pour one out for Garrett Richards, who I thought could crack into the top 10 at some point.  No indicators, well, indicate that he should be much better.  But I’d still hold as an owner.
  • Man, Wei-Yin Chen gives up a ton of homers, but has otherwise been ridiculous this year.  Although even with his HR rate at 14%, his xFIP is still over a run higher than his ERA.  But the career-best K rate gave him a boost in the ranks.
  • I think Cody Anderson is for real.  As in, like a 3.50 ERA guy rest of the way, with not a great but usable K rate.  Love his fastball/cutter mix.  But certainly only in the streaming class for now.
  • Geez, I guess I have to take Hector Santiago a little more seriously…  All-Star bias!  His BABIP is still insane low, but Ks up, BB down (from last year) – I think he can be OK.

It’s great to be back!  Am I still too anti-Moore?  And a lot of shake-ups in the ranks; be sure to let me know if I missed anyone big!  Rick Porcello doesn’t count…  Thanks for dropping by, and catch ya after the All-Star break Razzball Nation!

  1. B the Esq says:
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    Great write-up! When he first came in the league I was caught up in the Moore hype. Even had him on my DL for a while this year…..ended up letting him go after his first start back and haven’t looked back.

    10 team H2H keeper. Keep 5 then 5 under a series of rules for rookies from prior years: round drafted or last round if FA pick up, move up 5 rounds each year.

    Current pitching staff is Greinke, Lester, Eduardo Rodriguez, C-Mart, Shark, Fiers, Kershaw, Kazmir, Hammel and Nola. Currently have Paxton, Aaron Sanchez and Yordano in DL slots.

    Yordano is no longer DL eligible, and on Yahoo cant make any moves with him in my DL spot until I drop him or drop someone else to activate him. So……..drop Yordano or drop someone else to activate him? If so, who? Yordano was a last round keeper coming into the year, so he will move up 5 rounds next year.

    Yordano in the 20th or 25 rounds better value that Nola or E-Rod in the last round?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @B the Esq: Thanks for stopping by man! Yeah I can’t blame ya, rough control…

      Yeah I think Yordano still has more upside than those guys, and enough to hold onto him. Eesh I love Aaron Sanchez as a stash too, but I hate he might go bullpen ROS. I’d still rather lose Sanchez though, but that still doesn’t fix the problem haha. I think I’d lose either Nola or Fiers, I think Yordano is worth holding. I bet he’s drafted ahead of Nola too. I’m struggling to decide if you can’t tell, gun to my head, drop Fiers!

  2. CMUTimmah says:
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    100% agree on your thoughts of Moore since day one. We play in a league that penalizes walks (head to head, Walks and K/Walks are categories.) Pitchers like Phil Hughes/Mark Buehrle have much higher value in this format because even if they get hit they carry stellar K/BB rates and almost never hurt you in the walk categories. IF he can keep the ball in the park a little better in the second half leagues with these kinds of settings make Hughes/Buehrle top 50 pitchers easily.

    Velasquez is a guy that is a buy in my opinion. He’s got a history that shows his wild start is probably due to nerves. He pitches much better out of the windup than the stretch, so keeping free passes down will greatly impact his ratios in the second half. I see him finishing in the top 50 and no, I don’t own any shares of him currently to taint my opinion.

    Nola is my mystery man. I picked him up as a stash (deeper benches) in my head to head league anticipating that post all star break call up. I assume he’s going to be pitching in front of a quad A lineup the rest of the season, so I’m not super bullish about his roto potential, but if he keeps his ratios down, he’ll be a nice second half asset for my squad. For reference the top pitchers on the wire are Nelson, Elias, Tillman, etc… it’s not pretty.

    Gausman is out there, I’m considering trading one of my middle of the pack pitchers for a bat, and snagging him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Ewwwww, yeah he is horrific in that format! Yup totally see those guys in that range.

      I completely agree on Velasquez, I think I had a commenter a few weeks ago say I was too high.

      Well i like Nelson still over Nola, but yeah he scares me a tad that he could be like Heaney last year. Not the most overpowering stuff, but very very good. Gausman still scares me too, i was ready to drop him out but they said he’s in the rotation after the break so left him in. So much potnetial, but it might not be until next year.

  3. Sean says:
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    Robbie Ray has some interesting underlying peripherals. His fastball velocity is up 2MPH over last year due to a mechanical adjustment. I think the change and improvement could be for real. What are your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sean: Yeah love watching him pitch, but righty heavy lineups have hurt him at times. HR rate is crazy low though, which scares me a tad. History says his walk rate should be worse, but we’ve seen a lot of guys reign that in once getting to the majors. I like him, but still a lot of risk

      • Sean says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You’re right, the HR rate is like 3%. However the wOBA of righties is actually 264 which is lower than lefties which is 267. It is something to keep an eye on as he throws more innings. He looks like he might have a bit of a split with better road performances. He’s probably a streamer, but hoping the adjustment in mechanics fuels his improvement.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Sean: Hmmm that is interesting… I’m mostly remembering that Pads game a few back. As a deeper dynasty guy to see what happens, he’s certainly mad intriguing

  4. los locos says:
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    Matt Moore is another Tim Linecum, was a fan when he first was brought up looked great and he strikes out 10 walks 6.

    Wow, surprise start on Andrew Heaney, I grabbed him in his first start, then dropped him a day later for Hendricks (cubs) cause of his two start status, which I should of dripped Fiers instead. I couldn’t get him back, so I missed out, oh well it happens.

    Been thinking of dropping Fiers for Quintana, and streaming Chavez and Hendricks..

    10 team keeper league (k/9) Can keep 4 offensive or 3 pitching or vice versa. Heaney would of been great to hold onto, but I think I Kershaw, Darvish, Strausburg and Salazar isn’t too shabby.

    Not much on waivers: CJ Wilson, Quintana, Erasmo and Hughes are the big names. The guys who intrigue me are Milone, Haren Karns and Jungman.

    Starters
    Kershaw
    Salazar
    Bauer
    Chavez
    Fiers

    Closer
    KRod
    Miller

    Bench
    Strausburg
    Hendricks
    Boxberger
    Darvish DL

    • JB Gilpin

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      @los locos: Haha, well Lincecum had some dominant years at least! So long ago now…

      Eh, well Hendricks has been great too! Hopefully you held onto him!

      Deffff would move to Quintana, he goes on some streaks but right now he’s on one.

      Hah yeah your pitcher holds are fine. Long term moves I’d def get Qunitana for Fiers and probably Hughes for Chavez, but Hughes vs. Erasmo is fairly similar to me

  5. Stringer says:
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    Can you shed some light on Fiers being 53 overall? Seems to have nice strikeout upside, but his control has been awful and pitches in an awful park. Any signs that he repeats that strong second half he put up last year?

    Also, who are you more confident in making a second half turnaround: Wood or Richards? Both guys have been pretty frustrating to own so far…..looking to deal one for Pujols in a points league that favors strong pitching.

    Thanks for all you do JB!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Stringer: Yeah he prob needs to be lower, a couple comments above I had that same though. I just think he’s streaky and has a good streak left in him at some point.

      Ummmm, I’d probably say Richards because his pure stuff is better. But man it’s been a rocky road. I would much rather give up Wood.

      Thanks for dropping by man!

  6. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Great write-up and glad you’re back!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Glad to be back, appreciate it man!

  7. Michael says:
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    Why so low on Iwakuma? I know he had a rough first start off of the DL but his second start was sterling and his numbers the past two seasons have been pretty impressive. If you knew he was fully healthy would he have a large boost in the rankings or do you have other concerns?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Michael: Well he was pretty bad in the second half last year too – eh just looked it up and 4.15 ERA isn’t terrible – and always so homer and injury prone. If I “knew” for sure he was gonna be healthy, yeah that’s probably a boost of 20 spots, the homer rate still scares me though since he throws so slow and deliberate

  8. Cool Hunk says:
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    Buxton was just dropped in my 12 team redraft. Should I use my #1 Waiver priority on him? My OF definitely has room to improve (Reddick, Heyward, Revere, Ethier, Dickerson DL)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cool Hunk: Mehhhh, in a redraft I don’t think I would, but if he clears waivers and you’re not dropping anyone too good I don’t mind the add and hope he can get back healthy

  9. Scott says:
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    C-Mart finally overtakes Wacha! I’ve got them both in my NL-only league, and C-Mart has been way more valuable.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scott: Yup, he’s been too good! Still has a tad of risk due to age, but it’s not like Wacha is all that more experienced. C Mart has been awesome, I shoulda jumped harder on the train

      • Crimson Fratellis says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Dude, I thought you were the conductor of the train!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Crimson Fratellis: Hah not in preseason! Although I did move him up pretty quick and kept him 40ish even when he had those back to back 7 ER games. But never quite saw this coming!

  10. dem ribbies says:
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    In a QS league would you be higher on Jaime Garcia? He and guys like Bhuerle don’t crack the top 100 and are yet like top 30 options in QS leagues. Guys like Wood and Ross w/ the K upside are nice, but they tank the ratios and are like 50/50 on the QS.

    Guess I’m saying, ok to drop my wood for Garcia?

    • dem ribbies says:
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      @dem ribbies: when i say don’t crack, i mean “barely crack the top 100” they’re there but in a 10 teamer they seem almost unownable in the 90’s…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @dem ribbies: Oh yeah for sure QS leagues are very different. Ross would for sure be way down. If Garcia was healthy right now, I might hop on board and do it, and I know it’s only a groin, but he’s so injury prone that I think the odds it contributes to hurting something else is likely.

        Gotcha, yeah 90s is def barely streamable, but yeah in QS leagues both are much higher

  11. Scott says:
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    What do you think about Brett Anderson? Just some good matchups lately?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: I’m so afraid he’s gonna get hurt again. I know he’s on a really good run, but his WHIP is still pretty high with not great Ks – that sad most of the peripherals say he should be what he’s doing. It’s just all injury risk for me ranking in ROS terms

  12. roger roger says:
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    Carlos Martinez has unexpectedly become the backbone of my rotation. (Felix, Carrasco, Shields have all been more erratic, even if at least two of them seem like surer bets.) Should I be worried about him getting shut down at some point before the end of the fantasy season? (Keeper league, so I’d be really hesitant to deal him unless absolutely necessary.)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @roger roger: I sadly don’t own him anywhere… INteresting point, I wanna say no since they’re going to walk into the playoffs, but then again maybe they run away with it and start cutting back. I think in a keeper you definitely hold true though, even if going for now

  13. fork says:
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    Hey man, what would you think about this trade?

    Jorge Soler and Jose Fernandez (and possibly Cesar Hernandez)
    for
    Mitch Moreland, Jimmy Paredes, Michael Pineda, and Kolten Wong?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fork: Hmmm, interesting. League size is really important, I definitely like the depth of the second side, but Fernandez has so much upside. I think I like the Wong side as long as MI is a big need, Moreland is good but I think regresses and Paredes is more filler. Very close, so close I could say it’s team dependent

      • fork says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s a 10 team league. Here is the rest of my roster:
        C: Stephen Vogt
        1B: Adrian Gonzalez
        2B: Jose Altuve
        3B: Josh Donaldson
        SS: Carlos Correa
        2B/SS: Hanley Ramirez
        1B/3B: Miguel Sano
        OF: Brett Gardner
        OF: Jorge Soler
        OF: Joc Pederson
        OF: Billy Burns
        OF: A.J. Pollock
        UTIL: Cesar Hernandez
        Bench: Kelly Johnson
        DL: George Springer

        P: Clayton Kershaw
        P: Aroldis Chapman
        P: Matt Harvey
        P: Tyson Ross
        P: Jake Arrieta
        P: Cody Allen
        P: Francisco Liriano
        P: Jose Fernandez
        P: Kenley Jansen
        P: Danny Salazar
        P: Noah Syndergaard

        My pitching and lineup is pretty solid, but i’m just trying to bolster my team for the playoffs.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @fork: Gotcha, yeah with your MI so good and the fact you’d be dropping two guys I think I’d hold off. Even though Kelly Johnson isn’t exactly a hard cut haha

  14. ferris says:
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    Dynasty – keep 20 (12 teams)

    Keep Matt Moore?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ferris: Ummmm, maybe as the last guy, but I would imagine he’s barely there.

  15. Zeus says:
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    JB great write up. Trying to trade Votto in an OBP league for a pitcher. Which group would you target? Obviously based on if the ther team needs ObP?

    • Chucky says:
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      Similar situation in a 12 team dynasty. Someone offered me Pineda, even up, but I turned him down. OBP here as well. It certainly wasn’t an unrealistic offer. I may live to regret that. Votto appears to have thrown in the towel. Wait until Cueto, Chapman and Bruce are gone.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Zeus: Yeah Votto should command a ton. I certainly would look at the top 20. Maybe even closer to the top 15.

        @Chucky: Yeah Pineda wouldn’t be enough for me either. But yeah it’s not a bad offer. Good point on the Reds likely selling everything.

        Maybe Hamels as a slight buy low?

  16. griff says:
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    What type of fantasy SP do you tyink Nola will develop into? A SP2 or SP3? Trying to get a handle on him and there seems to be a variety of opinions. Some sites say stash him and act like he is going to be an Ace, others have more tempered outlooks. Any thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @griff: I’m thinking closer to 3-4 range. I think he’s the unfortunate bystander of seeing 15 better prospects all get called up early, so he’s one of the best left but not as elite as those guys. A little worried about lefties and run support the next few years

  17. chadaristic says:
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    So when is Nola going to get the call?

    I’m ready to drop Chavez for him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chadaristic: If you’re doing good in innings pitched/starts, i.e. a little over your limit thus far, I’d go ahead and make that move. Sounds like he’ll be up right after the break

  18. Sange76 says:
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    Asking around and your the pitching guy!
    12 team h2h points keeper league. I added my possible keeper rounds for next year. Can only keep 3….

    C. S. Perez
    1b pujols
    2b d. Gordon (rd 8 k)
    3b Seager
    Ss Alexei Ramirez
    oF matte
    Of Brantley (rd 9 keeper)
    oF Adam jones
    Ut c. Santana 1b/3b
    Ut sano 3b rd (Rd 10 k)
    Bench y. Tomas 3b/of (rd 11k)
    Bench c. seager ss (rd 12 k)
    P scherzer
    P Arrieta
    P Garrett Richards
    P carrasco
    P Teheran
    P Ervin Santana
    RP tolleson
    RP Cody Allen

    Offer is my Richards and Flores for Tulo and Heaney. He’ d prefer carrasco. Do I do the deal with either carrasco or Richards? I can counter to try for Tyson Ross instead of Heaney…..worth it?
    Or do I stick hard to my Original deal or bust?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sange76: Yessir, you’re in the right place! I def like Carrasco more than Richards too, even though Richards is younger. SS is a big need too. I’m actually pretty good with the deal as is! Heaney and Ross aren’t too different long term to me, I think it’s solid with the Richards deal!

      • Sange76 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks! So if he pushes hard for carrasco, do I just stay as is with a sick staff, or do I give in on carrasco to land Tulo?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Sange76: Ya know, Carrasco is a bit older since he took so long, I don’t think Richards is that much worse, maybe if he wants Carrasco push a tad harder for Ross

          • Sange76 says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Gotcha. Much appreciation. I’ll see what I can pull off. But if it comes down to It, with my roster, gun to our heads….do you do carrasco and Flores for for Tulo and Heaney?

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              @Sange76: Gun to my head, hand shaking, I think I gotta take it! So close

  19. Eric B says:
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    What up JB. Just dropping, in good stuff as always but this time it just felt like(wait for it…) Moore.

    Ok so lets jump right into my roster. I could go either way drop a bat and add an arm, swap out a couple of my current players for others etc. As always I appreciate your advice. My roster is below…

    5×5 12 Team HTH w/ OBP
    Bats
    C McCann
    1B Y. Grandal
    2B Kipnis
    3B Santana
    SS Aybar
    OF Pollock
    OF Calhoun
    OF Cepesedes
    OF Betts
    Util Melky
    Util Soler
    Util Sano
    Bench Avisail Garcia
    Bench 2B/SS/3B Semien
    DL Freeman
    DL Springer
    DL Stanton

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Cole
    P Bauer
    P Salazar
    P T. Walker
    SP Odorizzi
    SP Graveman
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Melancon
    Bench RP Motte
    Bench SP Montgomery

    Possible adds from wire: maybe CJ Cron on O
    Wire pitchers: Hendricks, Erasmo, Nola, maybe Gausman

    I figure on O Melky and Avisial are the most expendable but Im hesitant to give up either unless it’s an upgrade to my roster, eventually I hope to have my DL sluggers back but for now its about tweaking my roster to stay in the playoff race.

    As for SP’s I know Hendricks and Erasmo are rated higher than either Graveman or Monty but that below 50 it gets pretty open to interpretation. I can drop a bat and Monty if you feel llike say Hendricks and Erasmo do more for my staff. I could also lose Motte and Monty and hold my bats. And finally I could drop a bat, add Cron and then drop Motte and Monty to add Hendricks and Erasmo…ok so thanks for taking my post,I’m gonna just log off and listen.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric B: Haha whats good man?!

      Yeah all those hitters are in about the same range, I’d be fine losing a cold Avisail for a hot Cron. I think Cron has a tad more power and can slot in at first.

      Yup totally agree! After the 50 range it’s so close, why I get bunchy with risers in there. I think I’m doing the Cron add and would nab Hendricks for Montgomery. Graveman vs. Erasmo is apples vs. apples so I would just hold there for now, maybe look ahead to the first matchup or two after the break.

      Hope that helps man! Good to see ya as always!

      • Eric B says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the reply/advice JB, have a good one. I’m sure I’ll be checking back in towards the end of the week.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Eric B: Awesome man, chat with ya then!

          • Eric B says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Hey JB, well I didnt quite make it till the end of the week before I checked back in lol. Any who I just made a trade wanted to see what you thought. I flipped Melky, Magic Mike and Motte for RP Andrew Miller and SP John Lackey. Makes my roster now look like this:

            5×5 12 Team HTH w/ OBP
            Bats
            C McCann
            1B Y. Grandal
            2B Kipnis
            3B Santana
            SS Aybar
            OF Pollock
            OF Calhoun
            OF Cepesedes
            OF Betts
            Util Avisail Garcia
            Util Soler
            Util Sano
            Bench 2B/SS/3B Semien
            Bench
            DL Freeman
            DL Springer
            DL Stanton

            Staff
            P Kluber
            P Cole
            P Bauer
            P Salazar
            P T. Walker
            SP Odorizzi
            SP Graveman
            RP Chapman
            RP Britton
            Bench RP Melancon
            Bench RP Miller
            Bench SP Lackey

            So after processing tomorrow morning I’ll have an open bench spot and I’m looking at 3 players: Dyson(steals), Cron(power) or Hendricks(decent arm). How would you rank those three as it relates to my roster needs?

            • Eric B says:
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              @Eric B: Make that 4 players because someone just dropped Corbin, so one spot for either Dyson, Cron, Hendricks or Corbin.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Eric B: Awesome move man! Miller is best in the deal so I love it.

                Ya know, I think I’m going Dyson. Love the steals upside and I think that could help ya out

                • Eric B says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Added Dyson, would you add Hendricks over Graveman. You have Hendricks rated 14 spots higher and he is still available in my league.

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @Eric B: Hmmmm yeah I think I would – they’re so friggin close but NL vs AL ya know? Haha

                    • Eric B says:
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                      @JB Gilpin: I’m picking up what you’re laying down JB!

                    • Eric B says:
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                      @JB Gilpin: Meant to mention Corbin is out there too.

  20. Don Julio says:
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    need to pick 2 out of the 4 of these guys for the second half: Montgomery, jungman, Eduardo rodriguez, corbin. (corbin and rod are available to pick up, I have monty and jung).

    my thought on corbin is that hes coming off TJ and will take a lil while to wear off the rust, and have an innings limit. you have him ranked the highest out of the three though.

    I know you have junbgman way down there but theres something about him that I like (beast of a kid from texas, top draft pick, just turned in a bad ass performance at LA).

    thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Don Julio: Yeah I do like Corbin, he’s looked pretty good but I agree there will be some rust. That said, Montgomery I think will have some major regression, as will Jungmann. I would personally swap them both. As the resident Brewers fan, Jungmann looks “OK” just not overpowering in my opinion, but after years of having no true aces it’s easy to be jaded haha

  21. Ante GALIC says:
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    JB!

    Super write-up!!

    So Heaney and Quintana for the second half if available, huh?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks man! You mean like as adds, or Pitcher Profile guys to break down? Def would try and add em!

  22. handsome ed says:
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    19 guys in front of Dallas Keuchel, domeone hasn’t been paying attention!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @handsome ed: Domeone hasn’t at all! .255 BABIP and over 80% LOB is a tad lucky. And I guess you’d have him #1 over Kershaw and Scherzer by that comment?!

  23. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Was curious to see who you’d have ranked lower- Bucholz or Matz, but I see that they’ve both been booted from the top 100. With only 1 DL spot, who would you stash? Thanks!

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      @Gordon Shumway: Yeah in ROS terms I don’t think they have enough value, but obviously are fine DL stashes. I would stash matz, I think his per-game upside is much better. Any time!

  24. Stubby Clapp says:
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    Helpful list. But you’re mistaken about Buchholz. He doesn’t have a partially torn flexor. He only has a sore elbow. According to Rotoworld, he will most likely only miss one turn through the rotation.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Stubby Clapp: Well a “strain” is technically a partial tear. These tend to last a month, at least on average (I have no data on that though, just gut feel). And he is on the DL, where did you see he’s only gonna miss one start? I see a week off throwing then reasses: http://www.rotoworld.com/player/mlb/4538/clay-buchholz

  25. Nitro says:
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    ROS

    E Santana
    Velasquez
    Nola
    all streamers?

    Thank you

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nitro: Yeah I think all streaming class in 10 or 12ers, unless your innings pitched/starts limit is really high. Certainly for Santana. Velasquez is closest to a hold for me of the group

  26. greg says:
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    I am sorry, but I think you have Rodon way too high….he hasn’t shown any signs that he can get his control issues under well, control….really, how many games has he had with 4 walks or more? Besides….I dropped him, and if he DOES do that well, I’m going to be annoyed. Ha.

    Through trades, I got Kluber, and I drafted “low” on DeGrom, Archer, CMart, call it hunches, so I have 4 out of your top 21. Nice since I lost Rendon (after he came back), Miggy, Springer, then Matz, Bucholz, and Grilli. Lacking saves, power, rbis now, but hey, got wins, era whip….

    And I wonder…you really think Cashner will bounce back? What are his issues, and why will they improve?

    Lastly, I had a thought today. FIP doesn’t mean as much as people make it out to be. Because a lot of the guys with higher eras out there, and lower FIPs, aren’t “bad luck” they pitch for teams with CRAPPY defense. And that isn’t going to change…so either is the other stuff…people laud the Giant’s defense, especially at home. So the ERAs at ATT are loooowww..(see Chris Heston)….I dunno….my point is: there are some LOUSY fielding teams out there this year…A’s…for one, and a few others. All things being equal, I’d rather have the guy with the Crawford-Panik automatic double play tandem than Semien to god-knows-who into the stands….

    Or maybe I don’t understand FIP. I mean, you can say, wow, he doesn’t deserve that ERA, but if the team fields amazing, then, well, he’s going to continue it, deserving or not, isn’t he? He’s blessed to be on a team that gets more outs than they “should.”

    Asking on Cashner (won’t trust Rodon) because I took Erasmo after Matz went down (no complaints at all) and Gibson after Bucholz (his periphs are trending up…k/9 etc), but looking at your chart, I should have Cashner instead…even if Pads can’t field either. ;)

    Happy ASB

    • JB Gilpin

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      @greg: Yeah Rodon’s control is awful, but he’s still getting away with it ERA wise. Obviously a WHIP killer. But his BABIP is .341, even though he’s given up barely less hits than innings! BB rate goes from 5.5 to 4 in the 2nd half and he’ll easily make that value, but that’s me thinking he improves just a tad.

      Nice work! Archer I had medium, Martinez I didn’t rank well at all since it looked like he was bullpen early preseason, deGrom I loved though.

      Haha poor Semien and his d… Yeah I like FIP just as a measure, but not as a stat I solely rely on or anything. I don’t have any stat that I say “hey look, his ___ is this, so he will be better/worse” I like to mix em all up. Maybe a pitcher’s ERA is higher than a FIP, but then xFIP explains some of it with HR rate and then BABIP explains the ERA more. A lot of stuff in the pot in these days of sabermetrics.

      Yeah Cashner has been annoying… Around mid 40s it all is kinda a hodgepodge, I do like Cashner’s higher K rate and he has a mad unlucky 61.5% LOB. He should strand a few more guys and the ERA should fall a tad, but Erasmo and Gibson are close. Happy break man!

  27. greg says:
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    (wait, I have 5, I drafted JoeFer on the DL, too….Kluber, DeGrom, Archer, CMart, JoeFer. With Matz and Bucholz I was in the clouds but still doing well….and too many good pitchers out there, this year, so no, I can’t move anyone for a bat)

    But I would rather have Eduardo Rodriguez than Cashner I think….

    • JB Gilpin

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      @greg: Yeah JoFer! He looks boss. Yeah 5o vs. 59 for E Rod, I couldn’t strongly argue either way other than my points on Cashner above and risk for a youngun like E Rod

  28. greg says:
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    Last word on FIP…lot of sites show discrep. between actual ERA vs. FIP as signs of regression etc. And I disagree on some….guy has better ERA than FIP, well, maybe he has great D around him….for fantasy purposes, I don’t care how he’d fare on a gold glove other team, just the one he’s on….

    And another…some guys with LOW Fips and HIGH ERAs…they say, “he, he’ll turn it around, look at that discrepancy.” No, he won’t. Not if his fielders suck. Used to pitch, watching hits that should be outs and frequent errors drains you….affects other things.

    I must be overally tired and overally chatty late at night…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @greg: I agree, I don’t think ERA vs. FIP automatically a pitcher will be better/worse. FIP can improve with better D too, like the Cleveland guys. Man lindor can play D…

      Hah well appreciate ya droppin by man!

  29. Lando says:
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    When Joe Ross gets called up again, where do you think he’ d be on the list?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lando: Eesh, I wish I knew when it’d be! Depends on how sure his spot looks. If next week they say, “he’s in and staying ROS”, I would think 50ish. E rod ish.

  30. dom says:
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    I’ve been offered Tyson Ross for McCullers in a 12 team h2h with W, L, QS, IP, K, ERA, WHIP cats. Tempting because I’m not sure if McCullers is on an IP limit and Ross may actually be pitching when the h2h playoffs come around?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @dom: Hmmmm, that’s a good one! They’re very very close. I think the Astros will be in it and push McCullers though too, IP is an odd stat though, I think I might indeed take Ross, I agree I expect him to throw more innings, but very close

      • dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks, it ended up being a package where I gave up McCullers Syndergaard Cueto Freddie Freeman for Keuchel Pineda Ross and Votto. Syndergaard I heard is def on an 180 IP limit and I just feel better about the playoffs with the rookies off. Votto is a big OPS league upgrade over Freeman cuz I’m worried about his wrist and the rest of Freeman’s lineup is complete trash. Hopefully Keuchel isn’t too much of a downgrade from Cueto the second half. ok drunk history of my team is over

        • JB Gilpin

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          @dom: Whoa, that escalated quick! Yeah I like your adds, plus Cueto has some elbow risk we’ve seen. I’m also worried about Freeman. Nah man, you did awesome love the move!

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @dom: that show rules (drunk history)

  31. Skeezix says:
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    Hey JB, great stuff! I’m targeting some rookies, and I’m interested to see you’ve got Velasquez ranked ahead of Heaney. Guys I’m considering selecting in my mid-year draft are Heaney, Velasquez, Jungmann, and Montgomery – probably in that order (though only one of them). Thoughts on ROS value for these guys? Keeper value is not relevant – just ROS.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Skeezix: Yeah, Heaney burned me so bad last year, maybe I’m too slow on the upkeep :) Heaney obviously has a small sample size, but in the Minors he was walking a bit too many and I think he has some regression coming. Velasquez was fantastic with walk rate through the minors – at least a lot better than in the majors – and has a lot more K potential to me.

      • Skeezix says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB. Also a question on Corbin – you seem to have pretty high hopes on a quick recovery for the second half?

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          @Skeezix: Yeah i do, he’s throwing the slider a lot so he has confidence there, and velo is a smidge higher. Looked good vs Mets mot of the game too.

  32. Sky

    Sky says:
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    NO YOU’RE THE DOMEONE!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sky: Hahaha, that was an unfortunate typo…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        It was a great one, really, and no shade to the guy who did it. Might have to use it myself some time!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sky: Haha maybe it was intentional, ya never know!

  33. Crimson Fratellis says:
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    I never should have started Wade Miley again. Apparently I was suffering from stuphoria.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Crimson Fratellis: Hahaha, I “may” have had him in one week, but that’s all! I remember I got blasted for having no Red Sox in my top 100 in my first ranks in Feb, and only Buchholz has proved that wrong! Got their pitching coach fired!

  34. Chucky says:
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    12 team Dynasty forever. Would you drop Buerle, Ventura, Oddorizzi or Anibal for Cashner? Not overly concerned about the keeper aspect of the deal. Needing to stay in contention is my primary objective.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chucky: Ummmm, yeah I think Cashner should be owned. IP or starts limit? Or H2H? I almost certainly am losing Buehrle for him, but maybe not in a Pts league.

  35. SDB says:
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    JB!

    What range in your pitcher rankings do you see as a fair trade for Carlos Santana (note: in a league that inlcudes both AVG and OBP as categories).

    Thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SDB: Yo! Hmmm, well Santana is going way down, with bad GB rates. OBP does help though. I’d fine if it fits a need in the 35/36 range. Any time!

  36. Fawn says:
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    Need some 12 team h2h advice. Steals/net steals. Saves/net saves
    Drop any guys for Nola, Giles, will smith, pomeranz,Jesse Chavez, Jungman, bolsinger, gausman

    Pitchers are
    Carrasco, Thor ,Ventura, e-Rod, Hendricks, fiers
    Axford,holland,Ziegler

    C- Lucroy,
    1B – Encarnacion,
    2nd – Odor,
    3rd -Arenado
    If – pujols
    Ss – alcides
    Of – upton , yelich , soler, bruce,
    Util – choo
    Bench Khris Davis, dyson, deshields (3 game series in col on Monday),cron

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Fawn: I think you have a few too many bats. Is it daily lineups? Then more bats is cool, I think Giles is the only guy I’m def getting. I think Khris Davis is out for him

  37. Raindoggg says:
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    Brett Anderson?

  38. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    What’s good JB? Late to the party here, but wanted to get your two cents on my SP staff as I’m thinking about dropping a player to pick up Smyly and stash him on my DL for August/September. I’m in really good shape for the playoffs in my 10-team, H2H, Keeper, QS league so can afford a temporary drop in the long-week after the break.

    I got Sale, Zimmerman, Pineda, Lester, Samardzija, Salazar, McHugh and Heston.

    I know you liked Smyly in the pre-season, and when he was temporarily back, he pitched well. If stashing him now could save me some auction $ when it counts, I’m all for it. Is dropping Heston or McHugh to pick up Smyly worth it in your opinion?

    Superb stuff per usual…appreciate your help!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Peter Nincompoop: What’s good man?! Yeah I’m surprised Smyly is getting back this year, and with QS a stat I wonder how deep they let him go.

      I would hold McHugh, Heston interests me though. I think as long as your H2H weeks are going well with one less pitcher, I’m all for it! Especially if it’s weekly lock lineups, since a bench spot is a little less important.

      Appreciate it man, thanks for droppin by!

  39. Nightpandas says:
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    JB

    Got an offer of Shelby for my Rodon. It is a partial keeper as both guys would be maybes (keep 11)

    Cats: W L Era Whip K K/9 QS

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nightpandas: Whewwww that’s a toughie! K/9 helps Rodon but L/QS help Miller. I imagine Rodon seeker is lower in the standings and hoping for next year. I have a feeling neither make the top 11 so I would go for now and take Miller

  40. Ryan741 says:
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    JB, quick trade opinion for a H2H points keeper league. I would be trading Kershaw/Shields for DeGrom/Zimmerman/Syndergaard. I could keep DeGrom in the 3rd and Syndergaard in the 12th next year. I have both Kershaw and Max as 1st rounders next year, so I would get to keep one of them as my 2nd. Can’t decide between that or keep one in the 1st plus DeGrom/Syndergaard. Your thoughts…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan741: Whewwwww. Man that’s a toughie. Ya know, I would like it more if you could change it to Max/Shield in the deal. Kershaw I think is going to go back to being a monster next year. If you’re not too close this year and planning for next I like it either way, but as a move for ROS I don’t think I’d do it unless it’s Max instead

      • Ryan741 says:
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        @JB Gilpin I’m 3rd in total points for the season, but tied for the last playoff spot with 3 other teams. My schedule the last 6 matchups is pretty easy, so I’m torn about going for it this year since I’m the reigning champion, but I’d like to stock up for next year. Either way, it’s hard moving Max or Kershaw since they are easily the 2 best SP in our league, plus Sale. It’s hard to trade either one…..

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan741: Oh for sure, Scherzer is gonna be a top 3 if not the #1 pitcher next year, but he’s about to turn 31 while KErshaw is 27. Why I would like the deal for Max instead if he’ll take it

  41. JoeG414 says:
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    Lost Hahn. If Peavy can stay healthy , could he be a nice 2nd half sleeper ? He’s starting Sat @ Az , do you like at least like that start ? Deep daily mixed 6×6 roto.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JoeG414: Oh I definitely like Peavy! I’ve kept him in the ranks all year even though he got hurt. Although I don’t know about that start, Dbacks offense has been good and it’s obviously a tougher park, but in a deeper league I’d be good with the risk

  42. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    in a 14 team dynasty where my kept staff is
    rodon/vince V/j.garcia (he was too good to drop if he’s back soon, but wait till you see how good what’s out there)/iwakuma/arrieta/hendricks (stream spot) along with
    darvish (DL)
    stephenson/berrios (NA’s)

    who’s the best two out of these to keep, i can still stream the rest: vince/garcia/hendricks/sky walker/jungmann/peavy/ray/chavez/gausman?
    QS and K/9 also categories.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: heston/niese/karns/locke/milone/wisler/george of the roses/rubby/hughes/hellickson/montgomery/happ/corbin/hutch.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: other streamers listed last.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: Ack, weird I just now saw this! Sorry about that! I didn’t get my normal notification… Anywho…

          Haha George of the Roses…

          Ummm, Hughes is getting a tiny boost tomorrow. Profile is on Corbin, who I like too. Karns I have pretty high.

          But my best two, especially for keeping, have got to be Vinnie V and Taijuan Walker. Both have huge ceilings and I think are the for-sure holds in there.

          Sorry again about the delay!

  43. Eric B says:
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    Just taking a shot to see if I could get a lil’ advice prior to tomorrows updated ranks. Here Vinny V is getting recalled Tuesday. Is he worth re-acquiring, noticed you still had him ranked pretty high. I streamed Jungman tonight after adding Hendricks earlier this week. My roster is below:
    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Cole
    P Bauer
    P Salazar
    P T. Walker
    SP Odorizzi
    SP Hendricks
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Melancon
    Bench RP Miller
    Bench SP Lackey
    Bench SP Jungman

    So Vinny V, Corbin, Gausman and Graveman are out there. Making a move to add one?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric B: Yo! Yeah I think they sent VV down just to make a roster spot, so it was a temp thing. Mannnnn Jungmann has been crazy good, but I don’t think this lasts. I will for sure have Vinny V higher, although tough to drop someone so hot!

      Mmmmm I like Corbin too. Spoiler alert! Profile will be on Corbin tomorrow. I’m not quite done yet, so let me answer Corbin vs. Vinnie V tomorrow :) But I am def adding one over Jungmann.

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