Baseball is back!  Our long wait through an absolutely ridiculous winter (in pretty much all aspects of life) is finally over!

I looked back at my re-ranks from last year to kick off the season, and can you believe this is Year 5 of the Pitcher Profiles?!  Who woulda thought Grey would let me write these silly things this long?!  I’m in my 5th year though, have a lot of seasoning, I’m ready to hit my prime!

As always, a lot had changed in the past month+ since I put out my ranks in late February, with big names falling to elbow issues/concerns this time out vs. a fairly injury-free 2016.  My Alex Reyes dynasty team weeps for this offseason!  Plus ya know, massive changes after opening day.  Drop Masahiro Tanaka everywhere!  Yeah, if I were in any schmohawk leagues, I’d offer buy lows non-stop for Tanaka.  Wait, I am in the Perty Perts league, I’ll try there!  Haha I keed, I can’t walk the walk, not like I’ve topped the Perts league my first two years against Grey’s 1,000+ moves every season…

We’ll be getting into the Profiling next week (everyone watched those first 3 games, seems silly to profile any of those Opening Day guys), so get ready for some mad GIFs!  And going to try a little something new for the GIFs too!  Hopefully you like em…

Here’s my updated top 100 SP for the first week of the fantasy baseball season:

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

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

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

Dropped Out: Anthony DeSclafani, CIN (elbow), Drew Smyly, SEA (flexor strain, insert “frowny” joke here), Luke Weaver, STL (didn’t crack rotation and out of room), Lucas Giolito, CHW (I knew he wouldn’t make the rotation, but again, out of room…), Sonny Gray, OAK (never have been a fan, and now he’s hurt), Jordan Zimmermann, DET (still think there’s a chance, but not enough room!), Jesse Chavez, LAA (same here, might have deep league sleeper appeal, but gets edited out with some new guys coming in)

  • I’ll mention this on the Podcast as well, but during the Giants/Dbacks game, the broadcast booth reported that the MLB has changed how they determine velocity – now it’s speed out of the hand vs. speed ~50 feet to the plate.  That little bit of extra air friction might have velocities across the league look a little up; I’m going to try and find more info on this during the first week.  Couldn’t find much yet, let me know if you guys have seen something!
  • Is Madison Bumgarner the best overall baseball player in the world right now?
  • Carlos Martinez sure looked awesome last night.  The Cubs K a ton though, and I dunno if C-Mart is gonna be able to peak at 100 MPH very often.  I really debated moving him to the 14-15 range, but will hold off until we see his next few starts.  Might really take that ace leap this year though…
  • Man, rough start for two of my top-15 pitchers in the Feb. initial ranks, with Carlos Carrasco‘s elbow barking and getting rocked in Spring, and David Price‘s elbow flaring up, with legit risk he might not be able to come back and need surgery.  Price said something to the effect of, “if I were younger, I’d go ahead and get the surgery”.  At least I heard something like that…  As with more of the fantasy consensus, I’m pretty worried about the pair.
  • I can’t believe the deflated value where I got Zack Greinke.  Not a great start, but he looked fine to me.
  • The same goes for Matt Harvey, who I got a round later in the Perty Perts.  I drafted Jon Lester and Stephen Strasburg as early-mid round guys, then got Greinke and Harvey in the late round flier range.  With his velo amping up through the Spring, I’m happy with where I have him/ranked him initially.
  • Definitely a fubar on not ranking Tyler Glasnow initially – I really didn’t see him making the opening day rotation.  Always liked his stuff (this is me filming here!) through the Minors, but didn’t show enough of a 3rd pitch last year in the Majors.  Apparently a new change-up looked good in Spring, and the concerns with his shoulder are assuaged.
  • I’ve been a big Amir Garrett fan ever since I’ve scoured every single player in the NL when the REL launched last year.  A little surprised to see him in the rotation this soon, but his groundball tendencies for that park should be a great fit.  Innings limit and wins are concerns though…

As always, let me know what else I fubared, so I can fix for next week!  Love debating on some ranks, and looking forward to the first week of action to kick it off.  Good luck in week 1, and happy pitching, Razzball Nation!

  1. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good JB? Let me get this straight…you dropped Carrasco AND Joe Ross in your rankings + moved up Felix? What the what?

    Can’t wait for your pitching profiles to start up…maybe Tyler Glasnow to start?

    Here’s my pitching staff in my 10-team, 6×6 (K/9 instead of aggregate K’s), keeper league. Let me know what you think…

    Chris Sale (Keeper)
    Carlos Carrasco (Keeper)
    Danny Duffy (5th)
    Rich Hill (6th)
    Lance McCullers (10th)
    Taijuan Walker (13th)
    Drew Smiley (12th)
    Tyler Glasnow (Waivers)
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (Waivers)
    Junior Guerra (Waivers)

    Edwin Diaz (4th)
    Ken Giles (6th)
    David Robertson (8th)

    Thanks JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Hah well hurt, and Minors, vs. looking better with velo… Yeah kinda had to :)

      Ohhhhh I like that idea for Glasnow! See if he has that change-up.

      Might be losing Guerra (see below). Like that staff a ton man! I’d prob lose Smyly too. Ryu I’m iffy on. But the rest looks really good, love the K/9 upside. mcCullers owns in that format!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, Guerra and Ryu are just spot starters. Already dropped Guerra after he got hurt today. You were big on Taijuan last year, are you thinking he gets a bump from a change of scenery? I’m a lifelong M’s fan, and I watched that dude since he got drafted. Have a feeling that he goes the way of all Mariner prospects traded in the past…turn into all-stars!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slimcompoop: Yeah that was a bummer on Guerra. Ughghghghg. Hah yeah it could happen if Walker has found that slider that was rumored through Spring. I wanna see it in a few straight reg season starts before a further bump up. I don’t like his lack of mixing of speeds and homer prone-ness now in the desert…

  2. JSF says:
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    Hey JB,

    I’m hoping your rankings turn out well, because my staff is looking pretty good right now, if so.

    Scherzer
    Darvish
    deGrom
    Maeda
    Nova
    Norris
    Lynn
    Karns

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JSF: F yeah man, what a baller rotation! Maybe a little top heavy, but with add/drops through the year, I think this will be huge

  3. Tim Davis says:
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    What about ryu? Looked pretty good in spring training.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tim Davis: I’m not a Ryu guy, wasn’t his velo like mid-80s through Spring? I don’t have faith in that shoulder holding up at all

      • Longbeachyo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yes! I heard/read somewhere that he was throwing in the upper 80’s. Unless you like Jared Weaver style pitching, I’m staying far away from Ryu. Good news for Urias owners though…

      • Tim Davis says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was looking at that 12/1 k/bb. From what I’ve read velocity and k/bb are two things that do translate from spring to regular season.

        • Tim Davis says:
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          @Tim Davis: and streamonator really likes his start this week. He’s a streamer for now, but he’s gotta be a top 100 pitcher

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Longbeachyo: @Tim Davis: Oh I completely disagree. Maybe on a start-by-start basis he would probably be in the list, but dude hasn’t been healthy in years and had major shoulder issues. No way I see him getting 150+ innings. And throwing slow? I’m not a fan, I’d need to see it for a few weeks. Lefty Weaver indeed haha

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Joe Ross bumped down AND dropped from your team for Holliday (per Grey’s AM post)?! JB is that you or your Westworld clone?!!

    That said, still feeling pretty great about swapping Rodon to snag Ross when the Rodon “it’s no big deal” news first came out.

    Speaking of Rosses, what do you think Tyson can do June 1 on?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Hahahaha I didn’t see that I’ll have to comment. Nah I just used that spot to stream, Ross was my last pick haha.

      I don’t have much faith for Tyson. I never liked his delivery and thought it was always too prone for wildness. Now off a major surgery, I ain’t seeing much

  5. Harry says:
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    Thanks for the rankings.
    12 teamer H2H QS not wins
    Scherzer
    Darvish
    Archer
    Paxton
    J Ross
    Snell
    G Richards
    Oh Diaz Trenian RPs
    Would you drop any for Glasnow? (We have transaction limit of 50 for entire season)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Harry: Thanks for dropping by! Yeah I would take the gamble on upside, I know I have Ross a few ahead, but I think I would swap him out for Glasnow. Upside + in rotation now

  6. Bullish on Bundy, I see. & no Cobb? Not buying a return to form from Cobb? Bundy at 42 and Cobb outside the 100 says enough. But worth hanging onto Cobb to see how he starts the season??? I’ve got questions JB!

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      @zombie: Hah yeah Cobb was on my debated list, right next to T Bauer, who I bet would be in most top-100 ranks. I really really like Bundy, I don’t think his innings cap is too dramatic. I would make that swap any day

  7. We Are Out Of Room says:
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    Now we’re talking, if JB’s posting the top 100 then it’s official! Baseball is back!. So lets get right into it lol. I recently added DeShields because my team was light on speed, but he’s my 2nd bench bat, and Profar got the nod today anyway. So my question is, do I hold him, add someone like Dyson instead, or drop him, don’t worry about the bags right now, and add Snell? I did swap Crawford for Anderson at SS so that helps me with speed a little. Roster is below:

    10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

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

    P J.Paxton
    P T.Walker
    P Carrasco
    P Duffy
    SP Nola
    SP Nova
    RP Giles
    RP J.Johnson
    BN Holland
    BN SP G.Richards
    DL SP Rodon

    • JB Gilpin

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      @We Are Out Of Room: Yessir, baseball is here! Wooooo! I would lose DeShizz and go ahead and nab Snell. I really wanna see what kind of control he can hopefully show a modicum of improvement with. Talked him a little on Pod for tomo morning. Like that Anderson add for the speed!

      • We Are Out Of Room says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB. Tough luck with Guerra today, whats his prognosis? Better than my Braves bullpen looked I hope.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @We Are Out Of Room: He was either getting an MRI last night or today. Bad calf strain. JJ Barea had a bad one in the NBA and missed like 6 weeks. Would be my guess. Hoping for the best

          • We Are Out Of Room says:
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            @JB Gilpin: So Is Finnegan that good or did the Phillies just make him look that way? Walker put up a familiar stat line tonight, hopefully he looks better going forward.

            • We Are Out Of Room says:
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              @We Are Out Of Room: Also Garret left hurt, dont have a DL spot for a stash if he’s going to be out. Highest rated SP’s on the wire are E-Rod ,J.Ross, Skaggs or Folty(by your rankings).

              Or I could add a 2nd bench bat and try to improve team speed with OF Margot, OF Ellsbury, OF Gardner, or 2B/SS Saladino. Judge, Renfroe and Hamiger are also on the wire but that doesn’t help me in the speed department.

              10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

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

              P J.Paxton
              P T.Walker
              P Carrasco
              P Duffy
              SP Nola
              SP Nova
              RP Giles
              RP J.Johnson
              BN Holland
              BN SP G.Richards(DTD)
              BN Snell
              BN Eickhoff
              DL SP Rodon

              • JB Gilpin

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                @We Are Out Of Room: Mix of both? Once Finnegan changed his change-up, he was a LOT better last year. Still dunno if I have full, must-hold trust. More a streamer. Well if we get Richards DL news sometime soon, i would maybe stream in a bench bat for today… Ummm, well Haniger might help speed! Nice steal yesterday and said he wanted 20 SB. I might nab him, I like him a lot. Got him as 5th OF on a lot of teams.

                • We Are Out Of Room says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: No DL for Richards, but I just noticed Bundy is on the wire, based on your rankings, Richards injury history and Bundy’s first start, is it safe to say you’d swap Bundy for Richards with my staff as is? Also thoughts on Snell? I was hoping for a lot better showing.

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                    @We Are Out Of Room: 100000% I would get Bundy for either. Ugh yeah Snell was disappointing, that said, if Morales doesn’t murder that ball, it’s not that bad

                    • We Are Out Of Room says:
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                      @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB, appreciate ya! Dropped Garrett(although I thought he looked good before the bicep cramp), added Bundy. You holding Snell with my staff above, targeting another arm, or adding a 2nd bench bat like Haniger in Snell’s place?

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                      JB Gilpin says:
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                      We’re out of room! Haha. I’d say give Snell one more start. We’ll see how he looks

  8. Jensen says:
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    C-Mart looked fantastic last night, esp if you just watch the 3 AB’s against Bryant in a row. Just able to locate his stuff so well down in the zone and then just blow guys away with the high 100MPH fastball. Viscous. I don’t know if he will ever have the elite consistency but when he is feeling it he is as dominant as it gets.

    Gerritt Cole and Gausman both had great starts today through 4 innings then fell of a cliff. Sandy Leon bunting around a shift crushed Cole, bringing the top of the Sox lineup back up but Gausman lost all of his command in the 5th after a couple of really long AB’s where he couldn’t finish guys off with 2 strikes. Walked 3, including 1 with the bases loaded. Feel like both guys were 1 pitch away from getting out of their innings 4 batters sooner.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jensen: First paragraph = for the win. Completely agree. When he’s on top of his game, he looks unreal, and like a Cy Young. But yeah, let’s see how he looks with a little less adrenaline and not quite hitting 100.

      Add Jon Gray to the 4 innings looking awesome, then falling apart. Cole I’m not too surprised coming off injury, and Gausman either, just seems like he teeters that line of looking awesome/losing it too much for me

  9. John says:
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    Hey JB,

    In a 12 team h2h where moves are capped out at 30 for the year and there’s a 45 innings minimum to reach each matchup. In addition, pitching is pretty scarce. My starting rotation is as follows:

    Darvish
    Archer
    McCullers
    E-Rod
    Robbie Ray
    Bundy

    And I’ve unfortunately lost McHugh and Rodon to the DL. Though it seems McHugh might not be that far off from returning.

    Skaggs, Triggs, and Corbin are available. Anyone worth burning a move for with the thought they may stay on?

    Also Urias is available. Is he worth a stash?

    Thanks as always! Looking forward to another season of the great work done by the Razzball team.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @John: Yeah McHugh I think is a ripple from the 10 day DL effect I’ve been mentioning a lot. I have Skaggs ranked really high still which you can see in the above, but nah, I wouldn’t burn a roster spot yet on those guys. Urias is tempting… Just tough to stash in innings min league… But still prob holding for now

  10. Longbeachyo says:
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    Yo, JB! Great job man. Love what you do here. Maybe Grey should just stop talking about pitchers and let you take over that side (case in point- Jon Gray).
    Can you talk a little bit more about Garrett? What’s his upside and repertoire? I’m in a QS’s league, so don’t care about wins…
    Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Longbeachyo: Hah appreciate that man, good to see ya! Yeah the love for Gray was a little crazy for me.

      Ohhhhh man, Garrett would be great in QS leagues! He’s a lefty, pretty hard fastball with sink, kinda a groundballer. Maybe 7.5ish-8ish K/9, but nice WHIP and good control.

      Any time!

  11. jon says:
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    Nova or Ross?

    W HR ERA K WHIP K/9 QS

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      @jon:

      Would be dropping De Leon

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @jon: @jon: Nova for sure right now. K/9 he won’t be great at, but like him for the rest.

  12. WDH says:
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    I own Pineada, and know he’s a blowup waiting to happen. Would you drop him for Snell, Bundy or Glasgow?

    • Jensen says:
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      @WDH: did you even look at his ranks before posting this question…… Drop for Snell.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @WDH: @Jensen: Agree on Pineda, yeah I hate he doesn’t mix speeds and think he lacks pinpoint command, so just way too hittable. I would take any of the 3 over him as ranked above. So yeah, gimme Snell! Wanna see a few starts before panicking over his control again, he looked baaaaad in Spring

  13. Lary says:
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    Nova at 33! Wow pretty bold

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lary: Yeah man, love what I perceive as a pretty high floor, medium ceiling. Great park, throws hard still, Searage effect… Not the huge upside of like McCullers or big K guys, but I think will be really solid.

  14. Eric J Lyman says:
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    Hi there JB — Given the injury worries and the way he was beaten up in Spring Training, would you start Carrasco in his season debut @TEX? Or would you be more cautious?

    Thanks!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric J Lyman: Mannnnn. Yeah I was able to trade Carrasco in my long-term dynasty, thankfully. I kinda wanna be cautious and bench him to be honest

      • Eric J Lyman says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Keeping my fingers crossed for him….

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Eric J Lyman: Yeah me too, love his stuff… Would be a shame if the elbow flares up still

  15. M says:
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    Hey JB-what do you think of these pitchers in a 15-tean league, enough to be competitive?
    Kluber
    Duffy
    Pax
    Gsellman
    Folty
    J.Ross
    Morton
    E-Rod
    J-Zimmermann

    • JB Gilpin

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      @M: Oh for sure, I actually really like this staff for a 15er! Top 3 are def solid (I know Kluber was blah today), and enough upside guys and bounceback fliers to feel good. A couple home runs off the waiver wire and you’re likely one of the best staffs!

      • M says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! Yeah had Kluber since 2014 so I know all about his slow Aprils but baseball is a marathon! Rolled into the auction with Kluber Duffy & Pax then kind of LIMA’ed the auction… Love Pax a lot more than my leaguemates, think Gsellman can be DeGrom 2.0, intrigued with how Folty can further develop as well as Morton’s extra velo & the great Houston D behind him. Appreciate the input!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @M: Yup same with me and Kluber. Man he’s be good if he could iron out April! Yeah Morton is someone I was intrigued with in his brief showing last year, and sounds like velo might be higher yet again. I’m really intrigued

          • M says:
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            @JB Gilpin: not sure how true this is but I read somewhere that the cold Cleveland April weather messes with Kluber’s ability to throw his breaking balls (although he was pitching in Texas last night). Also read Morton would have had the highest GB% rate last year if he had the IP to qualify-so here’s to hoping he stays healthy!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @M: Yeah he always seems to lick his fingers a lot early on… Random Kluber observation.

              Yeah morton’s fastball is a sinking one, so I hope so too! Off the fastball is a really underrated 90 MPH cutter that looks like Carrasco’s… It could actually get really interesting

  16. Landisimo3 says:
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    Hey JB! Awesome write up .. Very helpful.. Here’s my staff in a 12 team roto .. Keep 10

    Maeda -K
    Salazar – K
    Hendricks – K
    Taillon – K
    Nova
    Gausman
    Happ
    Conley
    Montgomery
    T Anderson

    Guys like Hammel, Colon, Garcia, Tomlin, Kazmir etc are avail as of now .. Whatcha think? Thank you as always

    • Landisimo3 says:
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      @Landisimo3: Volquez also avail for now

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Landisimo3: Thanks man! Well, you lack one of the true “aces”, but I like what you have cobbled together for right now. Def will be looking for some Ks, so keep streaming heavy and try to get that next guy to emerge. Would prob lose Montgomery and take flier on Corbin. Passing on Volquez, I don’t really buy much from him. Hope that helps!

  17. marimon says:
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    Would you trade away Odor for Sale and Peraza? thx

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @marimon: Nah. I wasn’t as high on Odor as Grey, but I thought he was worth a late 2nd/early 3rd pick, and I’m not huge on Sale. I’d pass

      • marimon says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Have a pending offer: His manaea + Aaron sanchez for my ian desmond + kyle seager. should i take it?

        My pitching is weak (hendricks, lackey, nola, richards, skaggs, nova, price, lynn, rodon, matz)

        • JB Gilpin

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          @marimon: Nah, it’s not nearly enough pitching for me to wanna take that. I would need to get a better asset there

  18. Illuminatty says:
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    Hey JB,

    Right now I own Skaggs, Bundy, and Daniel Norris at the back end of my rotation. Corbin is on waviers, would you drop any of these guys for Corbin? it’s a h2h points league btw (10 man)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Illuminatty: Nah, Corbin is a little interesting, but I like the upside of those other 3 a little better right now. Guessing if Pts league it’s weekly moves, not daily adds? If daily adds, I would go ahead and snag Corbin and stream the hell out of it haha. Oh, and if Corbin is SP, RP, I might like him over Norris too, if Norris is only SP

      • Illuminatty says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks for the feedback JB. The league are based on h2h matchups against another team. We only allow 12 starts per week and are not allowed to use SP, RP Pitchers in RP slots. Wavier picks up are usually done daily or have to play the wait game if someone is dropped to pick up on a claim or 2 days after. Hope this isnt confusing.. lol

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Illuminatty: Hah I think I follow, so yeah, with a starts limit and inability to play Sparps, yeah I would hold off :)

  19. TommyL says:
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    Joe Ross’ demotion was just procedural right? He’ll be up to join the rotation at the end of the week. Is this why he plummeted in your rankings?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TommyL: A little, but just feels like he might teeter the whole season, going up and down. I just don’t see him topping more than like… 160 innings? And his shoulder issue last year… I think lingering love for him had me rank him a little too high at first

  20. That guy says:
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    Big fan of King Felix this year. Really excited to see him sitting at 92 with his fastball yesterday! All of last year he was sitting in 88-90 so if he can maintain the velocity I think he can be this years Verlander as an old guy bounce back candidate.

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      @That guy: Yeah, after seeing WBC, it was a big reason to move him up. Hopefully this groin strain is just a little blip. It could be possible for F-Her! Verlander was a little easier to see since he ended 2015 really strong

  21. Huffin Gas says:
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    Any insight on Kendall Graveman in 2017? I never had interest until I read somewhere he was hitting 97 in the spring…and saw he had an amazing spring training….then saw he had 7 K in 6 IP yesterday. So I went searching and found more positive/breakout type articles than I was expecting on him, all written over the last several months. If something has changed with this guy, I wonder what he could be considering that sinker, which already generates a ton of groundball. Really want to know more here.

    • Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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      @Huffin Gas: He’s a thoroughbred sinkerballer, and, yeah, his sinker was sitting 95 and reaching 97 last night. Last season he pitched a 98 pitch complete game.

      Most are concerned about his lack of upside with the career 5.5 k/9, but as he’s shown this spring and last night, he can strike guys out. I think the concern is more with his approach to pitching, which is to get guys out quickly.

      He’s more valuable in a points league that rewards for QS, IP, and such. In a 5×5 he’s got limited upside because of the lack of Ks and average WHIP.

      Keep an eye on him, though. If he seems locked-in for the next few starts, he might be worth owning in mixed leagues.

      Sincerely,

      your resident Kendall Graveman fanatic

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Huffin Gas: @Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry: Interesting, yeah I didn’t do much research on him as he was clearly outside my top 100. Maybe he did what Charlie Morton did, and changed his powersinkerball into a speed pitch. Wow, is this correct for his pitch mix?!

        93.3% (94.6) (FB) 1.9% (85.0) (SL) 4.8% (90.4) (CT)

        http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15514&position=P

        93.3% fastballs?!?!?!?! Yeah that harkens back to K concern, plus the Angels are an awful lineup minus Trout. Agree he’s MUCH better for points, getting early contact and should eat innings. Streamer in Roto I think is best case scenario, but the velo up 2 MPH is encouraging. I think I mentioned this with Graveman last year actually, on the Pod and in the pitcher bullets, but nothing substantial came out of it, so kinda slipped my mind. Velo last year went up to 92.7, when it was 90.7 in [email protected]Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry:

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @JB Gilpin: either forgot that trout doesn’t play for OAK or grave… man doesn’t play for LAA. i’m betting the 2nd.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @JB Gilpin: @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Huh? I was mentioning that because he (Graveman) had a good game against LAA and I don’t like their line-up…

  22. Jensen says:
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    My WHIP took an f’ing beating last night dude. 14 free passes in 20 IP. Had to stop watching Darvish, just a heart attack for 3 straight innings.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: Yeahhhh, well at least it wasn’t an implosion.. Walks werent abyssmal in spring either, I think it’ll be fine

  23. dustyfingers says:
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    Julio Urias is sitting out on waivers and I’m thinking of dropping Ryu for him next week. Only issue is I’m in a 12 team daily categories h2h league, so having the most available pitchers to run out every week is optimal. Is it worth the wait while Urias waits to get called back up?

    Here’s my SP roster. Think they can get me through for W, CG, QS, K,ERA, and WHIP in meantime or hold tight for the call up?

    Noah Syndergaard
    Jon Lester
    Carlos Carrasco
    Sean Manaea
    Michael Pindeda
    Dylan Bundy
    Joe Ross
    Hyun-Jin Ryu

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dustyfingers: Daily moves, yeah you don’t wanna hold Urias, unless you’re just absolutely killing it and preparing for playoffs. Which would be a leap this early haha. I would hold off, but def would be streaming Ryu and Ross’s spots to max out innings

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        @JB Gilpin: Cool, thanks!

  24. Dave says:
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    What are your thoughts on Morton of the Astros? Showing velocity spike to go with his great groundball tendencies. Top 40 for Tijuan Walker, am I crazy for letting him sit on the wire in a 12 team league?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dave: Really like Morton, i brought up his velocity shooting up last year when he showed this on the Phillies. He has an underrated 90 MPH cutter now too. I think it could be really interesting. In my initial ranks, here’s what I said:

      “Yeah, yeah, I argue about strikeouts then rank a pumpkin like Morton… He’s a groundballer, and probably so far off everyone’s radar that they’re pissed he’s taken Musgrove’s spot, but Morton has transformed as a pitcher. He’s made mechanical changes, and in his brief 2016, was throwing absolute gas, averaging 94.3 MPH on the sinking fastball. Plus he has a 89.9 MPH cutter now! And even with the heat, in his small sample 2016, he was throwing the off-speed stuff a lot more, which could make him a usable K source. His 2016 ended early due to a terrible, fluke hamstring injury covering first, so it’s not like his arm had issues throwing harder in his older age. I’m excited to see where this goes.”

      https://razzball.com/jbs-2017-top-100-starting-pitchers/

      But yeah, I think I would have to try and own Taijuan

  25. Shark says:
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    Fangraphs just posted an article explaining the whole measurement of velocity change.

  26. Matthew Baumer says:
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    You waiting to see if Liriano is a mirage before upping him 20 spots or is he just not worth the headache in most leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matthew Baumer: Leaning not worth the headache, the drop he had in control was so drastic again, and was already bad… I dunno. I could see raising him too, but will need to see a good stretch of starts with good control

  27. TTRA1N says:
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    Wow you like Snell that much? Top 30?

  28. We Are Out Of Room says:
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    Not sure if you’ll check this thread again or not but I lost my C sanchez to the DL last night. I didnt have an open spot on the DL with JD and Rodon there. So I dropped Rodon(whose timetable is a little longer) and slipped Sanchez there. Added Vogt, at C. It was him Leon, Castillo, or Cervelli. You agree with that move or nah?Obviously I’d have liked to keep Rodon but thought it made the moist sense. I also dropped Snell for Margot(need speed), his cleared waivers so i can re-acquire him if you think that wasnt the right move…thought? Roster as it stands is:

    10 team ESPN HTH 5X5 w/OBP and QS

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

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

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @We Are Out Of Room: I’m always around man! Sean Manaea about to get profiled in 3 hours too :)

      Yup, moved Rodon further down. I think I woulda gone Leon over Vogt since your power is really solid, but I don’t mind the Margot move. Anxiously waiting for Snell’s next start too, hoping he can bounce back. Benching him in some leagues…

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