As the season rolls along, my choices for starters to profile should be wearing thin. Luckily for all of you, myself, and my relationship with anyone not in the Crab Army, spot starts and rookie callups give me the perfect intersect of my two worlds. Now as any good Seinfield fan knows, worlds colliding can be catastrophic. Just ask George Costanza. That however is not the case for your loyal and eccentric Prospector/Pitchspector. It’s all good on this end. Why? Because I’m more than happy to dig into the ratio roulette that is rookie starting pitchers. In the grand tradition of my messiah like activity on the prospect side, I’m here to observe these wild cards, provide my take, and lead you on the path to true fantasy salvation. This is a really long winded, and pompous, way to say I’m profiling Reynaldo Lopez’s White Sox debut today. I’ve been lower on Lopez than many other prospectors in the industry. For what feels like two years now, I’ve been constantly banging my shoe on the table of the United Prospect Nations, sternly proclaiming that “Lopez is a pen arm!” I’d make a joke of my followers storming the town square with Pier 1 style tiki torches, but the rest of the Lifshitz clan prolly wouldn’t appreciate that. Anywho, here’s what I saw.Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s just like old times, as we here at Razzball are profiling a Brewers starter this week. I can’t put my finger on what that means, but I digress. The familiarity doesn’t just end there my friends, oh no, we just happen to be covering the MLB debut for one of the top pitching prospects in the minors, Brandon Woodruff. On the heels of a somewhat out of nowhere breakout in 2016, Woodruff exploded onto the dynasty league radar, and squarely into the ranks on several top prospect lists. After leading the minors in strikeouts last year, the righty credited an increased pace, thanks to the direction of AA pitching coach Chris Hook. After a solid showing in the challenging confines of Colorado Springs earlier this season, Woodruff was called up in mid-June to make a spot start. Unfortunately he was injured warming up, was scratched from his debut, and did a month on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Recalled Friday to face the contending Rays in Tampa, Woodruff might be an interesting stream down the stretch in re-drafts of all sizes. Let’s see how the highly touted rookie looks vs a seasoned AL East lineup. Not a bad litmus test.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Baseball’s parity is better than any other sport. ¬†You can go into the season like, say, the Rockies. ¬†No chance at all of the playoffs with no closer, no pitching, an injured offseason acquisition and be a favorite for the playoffs in July, without that offseason acquisition doing anything, not getting anything from your returning superstar shortstop and defying gravity with a pitching staff keeping a team above water even at one mile high. ¬†Then, on July 31st, parity goes out the window and all teams doing well get much better and teams struggling sell off everything. ¬†Speaking of “I’m rich bitch,” the Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish. ¬†The deadline was mostly, “Well, there goes a middle reliever,” and, “Another middle reliever? ¬†Snooze,” then, at the last moment, the Dodgers swooped in and grabbed Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani, two more middle relievers. ¬†Just like LA to want two Tonys, like ¬†Oscars aren’t enough. ¬†Oh well, nothing big this year. ¬†When, thirty-five minutes after the trading deadline, the Dodgers announced, “Psyche, fake-out, we got Darvish too.” ¬†Los Angeles is about the best landing spot a fantasy owner could hope for Darvish. ¬†He has a 9.7 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 3.81 xFIP, but was pitching in the 5th best offensive park. ¬†Hello, NL West, Dodger Stadium and facing the Giants and Padres. ¬†Now you see LA brewin? ¬†Yu sexy, get me some Trojans. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Maybe Carlos Rodon is a bit more high, ahhh, ummm, profile than the usual pitching, ahhh, ummm, profile candidate I cover. After all, at points over the last few years this is a guy who’s been universally owned. Things have definitely been a different story in 2017, as he missed all of April and May, and most of June recovering from a biceps injury. Following two strong starts upon his return, we’ve seen “Bad Carlos” over the last three turns. The former third overall pick has been steady, but inconsistent throughout his first two seasons in the big leagues. Apt to spells of poor control and command, that typically led to some ugly pitching lines. Is that what’s happening here? Simply a case of “Bad Carlos”? Good or bad, something has obviously been amiss the past few starts, let’s take a look under the hood and see what’s going on. Are these problems fixable or is there a lingering injury?¬†On Sunday¬†Rodon faced the red hot Indians and my guess is you already know what happened. Here’s what I saw.Please, blog, may I have some more?
My dislike for catchers in DFS is well documented.¬† Thankfully, FantasyDraft has an awesome format that doesn’t require me to waste money or a roster spot. ¬†IMO, catchers in fantasy are an absolute waste of time and I’ll never understand the two catcher formats.¬† That said, I’m throwing out the playbook for the day because today is the Ultimate Zig Day. ¬†Yep, I’m rostering not one, not two, but three catchers for tonight and I’m hoping their stats are sweeter than a Tres Leches cake. ¬†Brian McCann, $7,200 is my numero uno because he mashes against Alex Cobb posting a solid 8/15 with 2 HRs. ¬†At $7,200 he’s solid value as he’s back at home in Minute Maid Park and he’s got 2 HRs over his last four games. ¬†Salvador Perez, $7,600 is my number two because he has an excellent matchup against Ubaldo Jimenez in hitter friendly Camden Yards. ¬†We all know about Baltimore’s pitching woes, but Ubaldo is rocking an extremely hitter friendly 8.42 ERA at home. ¬†WOW! ¬†I’ll be adding a few more Royals to the roster tonight, K.C. Stack anyone? ¬†Rounding out catcher heavy lineup is J.T. Realmuto, $7,200. ¬†He’s facking Gio Gonzalez who has been pitching well this season, but he’s giving over 1.50 ER more when pitching on the road. ¬†Now that we’ve got our infield set, let’s see who’s going to rack up our Ks for the night.
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Between trade deadline deals and prospect call-ups, I am so super jacked right now, I could jackhammer a road with my excitement! ¬†Is it weird that I’m picturing a mural of Giancarlo on the ground while I jackhammer said road with my excitement? ¬†“Hey, move that traffic cone! ¬†Giancarlo’s birthmark is further down and to the right!” ¬†That’s me directing city workers as they put my Giancarlo mural on my block. ¬†So, with Dexter Fowler hitting the DL with a forearm strain, the Card called up¬†Harrison Bader. ¬†I’m kicking myself for going Willie Calhoun over Harrison Bader two weeks ago in NL-Only FAAB. ¬†Real bad call by me. ¬†Now, I got Willie Calhoun, who sounds like someone in Alcatraz, and I’m kicking rocks. ¬†Why do we care? ¬†Bader has 19 HRs, 9 SBs and a .297 average in Triple-A, and Prospector Ralph put him 36th overall on his top 100 fantasy baseball prospect list. ¬†I attempted to add him everywhere, even in ESPN leagues where he’s not in their system yet. ¬†Oops, guess they didn’t see him coming. ¬†Apparently, they don’t put the ESP in ESPN. ¬†Bader’s overall profile looks to be a 20-ish homers, 12ish steals, .275-ish average. ¬†His -ish looks Fowler-ish, and I’m chicken-lickin’. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
If your approach in RCL leagues is anything like mine, then you’re carrying maybe 2-3 starters, and filling in the cracks with well researched streamers. Part of my process, as I’m sure it is with many of you, is to check the streamonator for the highest value available probables. Then I dive deeper into the matchup stats, and follow that up with a glance at the starters recent track record. One of the more common suggestions over the past few weeks has been Mets starter Rafael Montero. Best described as a AAAA starter, he’s long been the shuttle guy, and spot starter, whenever an elbow pops in the Mets rotation. With injuries a plenty in Flushing, there’s been abundant opportunity for Montero to stick for the better part of the next month, and beyond. Let’s take a deep dive into Montero’s Sunday start vs. the Oakland Athletics, and see if he might be an arm to keep in mind, as we stream our way to the promised land.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Since I haven’t touted my wares in a minute, I wrote a Jake Lamb sleeper post last December. ¬†Going back to read that now, and,¬†I don’t often laugh at my own stuff, but the opening paragraph is funny. ¬†Not unintentionally either, like I called Aaron Judge a preseason bust (I actually liked Judge a lot in the preseason, and own him; something I also don’t tout often — the hype’s strong enough, isn’t it?). ¬† Then, into the 2nd paragraph, I drop more gems, but they’re useful vs. haha. ¬†One gem that particularly stands out to me as I reread it, Jake Lamb hates the summer. ¬†He might also dislike girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch. ¬†Before yesterday’s 2-for-5, 6 RBIs, two-homer game, Lamb had a .150 average in July with no homers. ¬†Last year, as I point out in that post, he was just as bad — 9 HRs, .197 in the 2nd half. ¬†Last year, there was a wrist problem — That’s what she said! ¬†What? — so maybe his splits aren’t as obvious as a banana gymnast. ¬†Here’s hoping he makes last year an outlier and not the beginning of male pattern badness. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Way back in April the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Commonwealth of Independent States, sent the notorious “Player To Be Named Later” to the Baltimore Orioles for Parker Bridwell. At the time Bridwell was an unheard of 25 year old righthander with less than 20 innings above AA. The move flew under the radar to most of the baseball world with the exception of the Bridwell family, and an eccentric dyslexic real estate agent named Shelly with a passion for anything bird related. See no one at the time, could have foreseen this unheralded pro in his 7th season in the minors helping a major league ball club. Fast forward 3 months, and here we sit about to breakdown Bridwell’s 6th major league start of 2017 against the contending Tampa Bay Rays. What a world!Please, blog, may I have some more?
I really wanted to start this post with a quote, something like “it’s always darkest before the dawn”, or something like that. I figured that was a great way to offer hope and encouragement regarding the “second half” of the season. Let’s face it, with this whole “seamingly” out of nowhere spike in offense the last two seasons, there’s one inevitable conclusion. Pitching sucks!!! I mean we’ve been holding onto any shred of decency available. Look at Jason Vargas! Why am I ranking Jason Vargas? Does he have some sort of magnificent secret about these new Hi-C joints MLB is calling balls? Why the hell is he so much better than Justin Verlander? I have too many questions! I’m supposed to have answers! Here’s the truth, as if I’ve been lying to you before. There’s maybe 20 matchup proof starters in all of baseball, and then the rest of them you have to be careful with to varying degrees. Now, that’s not necessarily true for points formats, or deeper leagues with quality starts. Or even those with a greater emphasis on counting stats over ratios. But in our RCL formats, or any 5×5 roto with innings or starts limits, you must choose wisely. Around every corner lurks a roofie to your ratios. Just because Jordan Montgomery has been good more often than not, that doesn’t mean I’m up to a level of confidence that I’d start him in Colorado. Nah mean? ¬†Nod along. ¬†If you’re having trouble knowing which starts to avoid, check out Rudy’s Stream-O-Nator. It’s the perfect objective voice on those tough decisions you won’t get in your own head, or from your friends. That is, if you have friends with voices in your head and all. Anyway, be careful out there, and good luck in the second half.Please, blog, may I have some more?