Man, I was coming into yesterday afternoon all pumped for today’s Profile – high-caliber young gun in Noah Syndergaard going on Sunday, facing my terrible Brewers, it was going to be a monster start…  Andddddd – he plunks my favorite player Carlos Gomez in the face.  F you Noah!  You went from Chris Hemsworth to whoever played the nincompoop in Blue Lagoon.  What a ninny!  And he didn’t even look remorseful, but in retrospect while re-reading my open, he was a little shaken.  Regardless, I only barely like him more than Yordano Ventura now…

Biases be as they be (I think I heard that on some rap mixtape Grey made for me), but I still gutted through an objective-as-possible Pitcher Profile to break down how Syndergaard looked and how much we can expect from him in his rookie season:

First Inning: Thor’s first pitch is a 97 MPH fastball that Gomez rips at and fouls back, then Syndergaard goes curveball and CarGo is way in front for an easy infield pop up.  97 is in there to Khris Davis, then a nasty curve at 80 MPH almost gets the inside corner, 1-1.  Seeing that nice mix of power and curves, and yet another curve gets a late swing tipped back foul, then Davis with his hard-to-watch-as-a-Brewers-fan long swing misses at 98 MPH away – first K for Syndergaard and the second out:

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Gotta love that power arm!  And he keeps it ramped up with a perfect 98 MPH fastball on the inside lower corner for strike one to Ryan Braun, heater again fouled, 97 jams Braun up and in for a foul back, curveball at 78 is in the dirt, fastball inside again is fouled off Braun’s foot, 98 right down the middle has Braun late on it foul, change-up at 88 dips low, long battle here.  Then the 8th pitch of the AB is another fastball inside, it ties up Braun trying to hold up, but he clearly goes around for two Ks in the first.

Second Inning: Syndergaard gets an early run of support and starts Adam Lind with a 95 MPH fastball in there for strike one, 96 on the outside corner has Lind swinging late and whiffing, then 97 up and in gets Lind tied up inside, and it’s 3 straight Ks.  Man, pounding em right now.  Fastball is taken by Aramis Ramirez outside – first batter he’s been behind on – then oh man, look at this buckling curve to get strike one:

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Sheesh, when you’re sitting fastball and get that, yikes.  Fastball again at the knees gets Rammy to fly out to center for an easy second out.  Scooter Gennett rips at the first-pitch high fastball and cuts it foul, Syndergaard pounds another fastball in and it’s hit back foul again, 0-2.  Syndergaard keeps going inside and Gennett pops it foul, and inside one more time at 98 MPH gets an easy infield pop to end the inning.

Third Inning: Up is catcher Juan Centeno making a rare start and he drags the first-pitch fastball foul, dayum this Brewers line-up is atrocious with all our injuries…  Decent 86 MPH change-up flutters outside, fastball just off the plate, 96 is inside, down 3-1.  And Syndergaard misses high and outside with the heater again for four straight balls for a walk.  Opposing pitcher Wily Peralta hitting 8th shows bunt all the way, and lays down a good one to move Centeno to second.  9th hole hitter Luis Sardinas takes an uppercut swing on the first pitch fastball low and inside and flies it out easily to right, two down.  Back to the top and Gomez barely holds his swing on a high fastball, then Gomez with his patented helmet-loss swing guesses fastball and guesses wrong at this curveball, 1-1:

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You see that pretty much every other game now – hey Carlos, talk to the equipment guy and get a helmet that fits!  Stop using Bartolo Colon‘s!  Maybe not the best curve, but when Gomez sits dead red fastball he can go really empty.  And Syndergaard goes curve again and it moves tighter a little more laterally almost like a slider, and CarGo misses again 0-2.  Then curve one more time, Gomez is all over this one but is barely under it for an easy flyout to left.  That said, Gomez swung hard and missed that by a millimeter; he even lets out a likely curse word right after contact.

Fourth Inning: Whoa, Syndergaard again starts with that knee-buckling curve to get strike one on Davis.  The fact he can hook that in for strike one is fantastic.  Fastball is fouled back, 97 up high is again fouled back, curve bends too far inside, then the 1-2 is a 96 MPH fastball laced hard to left, but Michael Cuddyer is able to snag it for the first out.  First hard contact thus far.  The crowd boos Braun who takes a nice curveball that goes a bit too low, then Braun reaches for 98 MPH that was likely outside for an easy grounder to first, two down.  Syndergaard gets a perfect painting fastball on the outside corner for strike one on Lind, Lind fouls back a 98 MPH fastball, a curve that hung a tad is laced just foul, fastball low and outside is flared foul, still 0-2.  An 88 MPH I think change-up is in the dirt – he hasn’t really found that pitch yet – but he tries it again and 88 MPH hangs in the zone and Lind crushes it for a single.  Bad pitch selection there – you’re up 1-2 in the count, just threw a bad change, I don’t like it.  Then Syndergaard misses way outside with the fastball – probably his worst one – 1-0.  Then Thor misses way way inside and almost hits Ramirez hopping back, 2-0.  Over comes I think Eric Campbell from third for a quick chat, and yeah after finally giving up a hit, Syndergaard indeed seems a little rattled.  2-0 98 MPH fastball is right down the middle, but the terrible Ramirez pops it foul instead of working the count and Syndergaard is out of the inning with it caught first base side.  Horrible decision to swing at that, even though it was hittable.  Make the rookie work his way back into the count, ya schlub!

Fifth Inning: The Mets pile on and give Syndergaard a 5-0 lead, and Gennett takes a 95 MPH fastball in there for strike one, Scooter rips an inside fastball foul, curve is low, back-to-back fastballs are fouled off, 98 on the hands is tipped back foul, then Syndergaard gets absolutely hosed on a curveball that was all in the zone, 2-2.  Hey, I told you I’m objective!  Then another inside fastball is rolled over weakly to first for an easy first out.  Fastball is low and inside to Centeno, 97 high and tight gets an easy flare to left, another easy out.  Pitching everyone inside.  Syndergaard is way outside to Peralta, 97 is in there, 97 again is taken all the way 1-2, then 97 paints the outside corner for his 4th K.  Not much an opposing pitcher could do with that anyway.

Sixth Inning: At only 65 pitches, Sarinas takes a fastball in there, 96 is high, 96 on the hands is blooped foul, 1-2.  Keeping it inside.  97 yet again inside is popped back foul, a great curveball just misses outside, 2-2.  That one was close but I think indeed was off the plate.  Then 97 again inside, and the young Sardinas has made a good adjustment and turned on it, but it’s just foul.  Easily had home run distance – which is surprising since he’s hit only 6 HR in over 1,000 AB in the Minors.  Then Syndergaard tries that change-up and it again costs him – Sardinas pokes it to the third base gap and gets a leadoff single.  That change-up is just not ready – it was fluttering out of the zone but hung with no break.  Up is Gomez and we all know what happens and my heart rate is going nuts, 96 is inside but he hits it back foul, then 97 is the killer and hits Gomez in the face.  Luckily it was off the helmet just below the ear hole and Gomez avoided a concussion, but he indeed comes out of the game.  Damn, nice reaction from Gomez on a 97 MPH fastball, he had to turn away from it to get it off the helmet – a millisecond slower and it gets him in the jaw.  Man, you can see the ear flap’s red wrinkle across Gomez’s cheek!  Maybe the equipment guy did his job well with the helmet after all!  Gomez is able to walk off, Syndergaard has to regroup, and his first pitch to Davis is a high 95 MPH fastball, 1-0.  Davis foul tips into the mitt a 95 MPH fastball, curve is low, 96 is high, down 3-1.  95 is high but in the zone with Davis swinging, and it’s right back into the catcher off the mask, 3-2.  Man, dangerous game right now.  Luckily Johnny Monell is OK and the payoff pitch is 97 rolled foul, then one more time is another 98 MPH fastball Davis has no answer for, and Thor gets the first out:

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Righties with long swings have no chance.  And Syndergaard with that strike one curve is in there on Braun, 0-1.  Such a weapon.  Then he follows it up with 98 away and Braun is late and under it whiffing, 0-2.  Syndergaard then tops it out at 99 and Braun is late and fouls it off, 98 gets another foul, then a nasty nasty curveball at 79 gets a late swing and it’s fouled back to spoil it, still 0-2.  That was probably in the zone too, just all-out attack.  Curve again just off the outside corner is tipped back foul, and the Mets broadcast is all but screaming for Synergaard to pound inside.  Change-up at 89 is in the dirt – Mets broadcast hates it – then 98 again on the outside corner is rocketed by Braun to right for a hard hit single scoring Sardinas.  It wasn’t a terrible pitch, but Braun is great at inside-outing outside pitches and Syndergaard didn’t want to go in.  Maybe some lingering effects of the Gomez HBP.  Up is Lind with runners at the corners and he takes 97 way outside, and out comes Monell for a brief pow wow.  Again outside 2-0, 88 MPH change-up flutters way outside, 3-0.  Change-up is just not there.  97 paints the outside corner – BIAS ALERT!  It looked outside.  Then the 3-1 is a 96 MPH fastball up at the letters and Lind pops it weakly to left.  It was a hittable pitch, but Lind didn’t get the bat high enough.  Then Ramirez swings at the first pitch fastball, it’s driven pretty well to center but doesn’t quite make the track and Ramirez again bails Syndergaard out with a bad at bat.  Sigh.  Oh yeah, this is about Syndergaard!  Showed some good moxy to get out of the inning and avoid the 6th inning blowup that ruined his debut, and the Mets easily hold on 5-1 to get his first Major League win.

Final Line:  W  6.0 IP  95 Pitches (67 Strikes)  1 ER  3 Hits  1 Walk  5 K  Gamescore: 66  Gamescore+: 69.8

Final Analysis: I really think that top-20 to top-25 potential is there right now…  But I can’t quite rank it out that way – it’s only been 2 starts – and his lack of a third pitch is scary.  And I will cut him a little slack on that Gomez HBP – Syndergaard’s game plan was to pitch inside all game so it’s not like it was a show pitch that got away or anything like that.  But subjectively, listen to today’s Podcast for my real thoughts…  His Gamescore+ came out very favorably compared to his Gamescore due to a lot of weak contacted outs – although it is worth mentioning Gomez almost crushed one his second AB and Sardinas yanked one just foul himself.

It obviously all starts with the fastball – just ask Carlos Gomez’s face – as it constantly hit 97-98 and topped out at 99 in the 6th on Braun.  He was locating it well all night, able to move in and out of the zone.  It was especially impressive to see him pitching well inside to both righties and lefties; the only mistake was the HBP to Gomez.  Really his only other ML-ready pitch is the curveball, but it’s a dandy.  Able to drop it in for strikes and also drop it into the dirt to get Gomez-helmet-losing swings, he had a great command for it all day.  Then there’s the big question – will his change-up ever come around?  It was not a good pitch yesterday, as he only threw maybe 7-8 and two of them yielded 2 of the 3 hits.  They were either hittable in the zone or way in the dirt.  If he showed any promise with that pitch, I’d be all about Thor’s hammer.

The easy comp is the lefty rookie who came up at the same time, Carlos Rodon.  Both with blow-em-away fastballs and a fantastic breaking ball, but Syndergaard has better command with both of his pitches.  Neither have a third pitch, and I think we’re going to continue seeing the effects of that as he goes through the order a third time.  The 6th inning in his debut against the Cubs ruined his first outing, and it took 30 pitches to get through the 6th in this game.  Fortunately the Brewers bats (cough, Aramis) bailed him out.  Plus, other than Lind, the Brewers have no real lefty presence.  As Syndergaard faces better lefties and teams a second or third time, I think he’ll show some warts.  But for now I think he makes an immediate short-term run.  It also helps he’s in probably the best division to pitch against with some lowly O.

Razzball Baseball

JB’s Updated Top 100 SP

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

RANK SP, Team
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD
2 Felix Hernandez, SEA
3 Max Scherzer, WAS
4 Corey Kluber, CLE
5 Chris Sale, CWS
6 Madison Bumgarner, SF
7 David Price, DET
8 Matt Harvey, NYM
9 Johnny Cueto, CIN
10 Zack Greinke, LAD
11 Jake Arrieta, CHC
12 Cole Hamels, PHI
13 Gerrit Cole, PIT
14 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
15 Garrett Richards, LAA
16 Sonny Gray, OAK
17 Michael Pineda, NYY
18 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
19 James Shields, SD
20 Michael Wacha, STL
21 Jon Lester, CHC
22 Jacob deGrom, NYM
23 Collin McHugh, HOU
24 Danny Salazar, CLE
25 Jeff Samardzija, CWS
26 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
27 Tyson Ross, SD
28 Chris Archer, TB
29 Jordan Zimmermann, WAS
30 James Paxton, SEA
31 Francisco Liriano, PIT
32 Andrew Cashner, SD
33 Julio Teheran, ATL
34 Jason Hammel, CHC
35 Lance Lynn, STL
36 Jesse Chavez, OAK
37 Scott Kazmir, OAK
38 Yordano Ventura, KC
39 Jake Odorizzi, TB
40 Alex Wood, ATL
41 Carlos Martinez, STL
42 Trevor Bauer, CLE
43 A.J. Burnett, PIT
44 Anibal Sanchez, DET
45 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
46 Jose Quintana, CWS
47 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
48 Shelby Miller, ATL
49 Noah Syndergaard, NYM
50 Jose Fernandez, MIA
51 J.A. Happ, SEA
52 Phil Hughes, MIN
53 Mike Fiers, MIL
54 Mat Latos, MIA
55 Carlos Rodon, CWS
56 Matt Shoemaker, LAA
57 Patrick Corbin, ARI
58 Rubby De La Rosa, ARI
59 Jimmy Nelson, MIL
60 Aaron Harang, PHI
61 Bartolo Colon, NYM
62 Chase Anderson, ARI
63 John Lackey, STL
64 Ian Kennedy, SD
65 Taijuan Walker, SEA
66 Drew Hutchison, TOR
67 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
68 Shane Greene, DET
69 Edinson Volquez, KC
70 Drew Pomeranz, OAK
71 Rick Porcello, BOS
72 Jered Weaver, LAA
73 Chris Heston, SF
74 Jesse Hahn, OAK
75 Archie Bradley, ARI
76 Mike Leake, CIN
77 Miguel Gonzalez, BAL
78 Nate Karns, TB
79 Jon Niese, NYM
80 Clay Buchholz, BOS
81 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY
82 Danny Duffy, KC
83 Anthony DeSclafani, CIN
84 Alfredo Simon, DET
85 Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL
86 Wei-Yin Chen, BAL
87 Wily Peralta, MIL
88 CC Sabathia, NYY
89 Jake Peavy, SF
90 Kevin Gausman, BAL
91 Tim Hudson, SF
92 Tim Lincecum, SF
93 Kyle Lohse, MIL
94 C.J. Wilson, LAA
95 Alex Colome, TB
96 Aaron Sanchez, TOR
97 Brandon Morrow, SD
98 R.A. Dickey, TOR
99 Henderson Alvarez, MIA
100 Lance McCullers, HOU

Dropped Out: Doug Fister, WAS (flexor strain, yikes), Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA (suffered a setback with his lat, was regressing hard anyway, I don’t know that another 1-2 months out is worth holding in the top 100 if you don’t have DL room), Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD (more and more setbacks with that shoulder), Travis Wood, CHC, Chris Tillman, BAL (slight back issue, major being bad issue)

  • While it was a slight improvement, Stephen Strasburg still didn’t look great and had a weird fall after throwing a pitch yesterday as well.  I’m still buying though.
  • Even off a bad start, Danny Salazar‘s ridiculous 180 with his control has me frothing at the mouth.  I wish I liked him this offseason!  Third time as a sleeper’s the charm!
  • I’m pretty worried about Jeff Samardzija.  At the time of this writing, Fangraphs hadn’t added his pitch types from yesterday’s game yet, but the previous 4 before that he was averaging about 5% usage with his split-finger – his usual money pitch – after using it double-digits the first three starts and even more in previous years.  Ks are down and he’s getting hit hard; he really needs to find that pitch again.
  • Mmmmmm, look at my boy James Paxton getting it together with close to a 20 inning scoreless streak.  Sure, sure, sure the K:BB isn’t great and he’s not getting enough Ks, but the velo is back up after the slow start and he just pounded the Red Sox with almost nothing but fastballs and they could only make weak contact.  He didn’t start mixing in offspeed stuff because he didn’t have to.
  • Remember when you guys peer pressured me into ranking Travis Wood?  Last time I let that happen!  Welcome to the bullpen…
  • Speaking of the Wood family (not really…), Alex Wood seems like he has to be a pitch-to-contact guy to find success this year.  Ugh.
  • 6 walks?!  Really?!  C’mon Carlos Rodon, I know everyone slams your control but I know you’re better than this…
  • Another week, and we’re closer to Jose Fernandez getting back.
  • And speaking of recovering TJ guys, reports on Patrick Corbin are glowing.  I should’ve had him ranked at least a week or two ago.  Already hitting 95 on the gun, the question is if he can command the slider.  It’s worth the risk in the 50s for now.
  • Mike Leake has 8 strikeouts his last 4 games, across a whopping 27 innings.  Doug Fister is like, “Whoa dude, look at that low K rate!”  Less strikeouts his last 4 games than ER in his last outing (9).  Ouch.
  • As I mention on today’s Pod, Chris Heston keeps having an early week gem then a catastrophic game over the weekend right before my ranks.  I’m still not a huge fan, but he has a slight bit of promise.
  • Aight, I’m buying Nate Karns a little bit now.  And the surprising above-.500 Rays really need it.
  • Really excited to see what Lance McCullers does tonight in his debut.  He is buzzy enough to barely crack the ranks, but still want to see him face above-AA talent first.  Mike Wright is interesting on the bubble as well.

Thoughts on Thor?  Any ranks have you want to hit me with a hammer?  As always, shoot your thoughts below and happy pitching Razzball Nation!

  1. Cram It says:
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    Nate Karns cracked the rankings. My work is done here.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cram It: Nice job my man! You should be his agent!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: i thought since mid april he was in fact trying to audition for that. he finally got his walk rate better than a.miller’s, and a.miller is a stud, he should use that once he is karns’ agent.

  2. Kevin says:
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    Why are you so low on Chase Anderson? What makes Matt Shoemaker better?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: I’m low on Anderson? I was one of the only people to rank him top 100 into the year!

      I have them very close, Shoemaker gets a boost with a low WHIP and his HR rate is going to go down, no way it stays over 20% and he showed a longer track record of really good success last year. Anderson is losing a couple Ks and a tad too many walks lately

  3. Bye Felicia says:
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    Sup bro. . Where are you on Folty? He’s sitting on waivers in 12 ers and his last 2 have been pretty impressive. 7 K’s in both. Worth an add over Rondon or Cecil?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Yo dude! Good to see ya on baseball, I just don’t like his walks. Two straight good games but I think he could be Aaron Sanchez. Roto I def wouldn’t, I probably wouldn’t in any league

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool. . Yea I’m still doing NBA stuff. Been betting games etc. I’m about to start getting serious about baseball come June HAHAHA
        Thanks bro, think I’ll let it ride. Good seeing ya.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felicia: You too man! Go… I think Warriors are the team I’m cheerin for here on out

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Biases be as they be is the B side, check out ‘Aliases are what they are…’

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Ah, gotcha, feat. Jennifer Garner?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

  5. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Looking for a holds guy but our wire is slim pickins’. Any love for any of these guys? Jepsen? Hatcher? Duke?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I kinda like Jepsen, he’s had some control issues lately but always seems to be in close games I think he’s the #1 guy

  6. john says:
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    Frias getting into top 100 convo?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @john: Yeah for sure, a little bit of a concern is if the Dodgers gets pitchers over the deadline, he could go back to bullpen. Another solid start this week and he’ll be in though

  7. Swfcdan says:
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    Still a better start from Shark, I’ll take it! If he was using the splitter earlier on this year then I reckon it’ll start being used more again, thought he might have scrapped it during the offseason before hearing that.

    But hey got another pitcher to worry over now, woohoo! Move over Shark, Carlos Carrasco gave up 5 runs and again the big hit hurt him as he struggled when men are on base. He’s such an enigma, goes from looking fantastic to us thinking “what the hell just happened”? You think he’ll figure it out soon? Gomes back would be very helpful I think and hey wouldn’t mind a weak offense for once (those lucky NL pitchers!)

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Oh and nice start from J-Pax but say it with me…sonavabench!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Swfcdan: Yeah let’s hope so, I don’t know if he can get away with his stuff without it.

        Nahhhh Carrasco’s peripherals are all great – control, good GB, Ks, etc. Still very pumped.

        Ahhhh you know I never woulda sonavabenched my Pax!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @JB Gilpin: SON don’t like him sometimes, including 5-23.

  8. Clint says:
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    In my 8 team, 12 keeper, h2h points league, I’ve got Bryce Harper and came into the league a few years after it formed (swung a deal to get him last year). I should mention there are no limits to how long you can keep a player. A guy keeps bugging me to deal him to him and I’m wondering how to pull off something that works or if I even should. I also have Pineda, Salazar, Jay Bruce, & Jose Bautista. You see any combo of those 3 you’d deal to him along w/Harper & in return for whom? His best guys are as follows:

    Bats: Bryant, McCutcheon, Adam Jones, Miggy, Votto, Cain, & Addison
    Arms: Sale, Kluber, Bum, Cueto, Paxton

    If it matters, my keepers last season were Harper, Freeman, Machado, Altuve, Segura, Puig, Pence, Seager, Bruce, Joey Bats, Arrieta, & Shark.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clint: Man I dunno if I’d be a seller of Harper at this point. I could see why he wants to deal, his studs are getting old. I honestly would just tell him it would take too much that he’d probably offer

  9. jal179 says:
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    Hector Rondon for Liriano fair offer? 12 teamer. Could use another high K starter… my other closers are Holland, Miller and AJ Ramos.

    Think Rondon could snag Tyson Ross?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jal179: Sure, I think I’d try for Ross first – kinda doubt it would work but you never know – but both are fair and not outlandish if RP is a need for them

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What puts Pineda ahead of DeGrom for you ROS?

    I’m a Yankee fan and considering a trade where I can pick between Pineda and DeGrom…just want to make sure I’m not being a homer if I pick Pineda!

    For me, it looks like Pineda has gone to the next tier in terms of control…just worried about his injury history.

    Thanks!

    PS. We may not have SuperGreene, but if De La Rosa keeps it up, we CAN have Rubby Rhod!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Just has been so much better, deGrom should be fine and has been unlucky with some homers, and Pineda’s control is unreal even off a bad game. I think if Pineda was a young gun and no injury history, he’d be even higher for me. Hah, I wrote all that before reading your third line :)

      Amu time man! Ruby Rhod works for me, we can party with him in Flohston Paradise!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JB Gilpin: https://media0.giphy.com/media/lHYzVpeRKul5C/200.gif

        Thanks, JB! At the risk of being redundant, I’ll run the same trade offer by you that Grey weighed in on this AM…only because it’s a biggie and I’m struggling over it:

        My Tulo for his Dozier (replacing D. Travis); Correa, Pineda…

        Getting Pineda would make my non-streamer rotation a nasty: Kluber/Arrieta/Pineda/Hammel/Chavez/Syndergaard/A. Wood with JoFern on the DL.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Hah nice!

          Hmmmm, is it a keeper? If so I def like it. Redraft… Man it’s close, but leaning a yes – Tulo is mad funky right now

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Redraft. Yeah, so close! Thanks – I think I’ll let it marinate for a week and see how I feel about / how Devon or whatever 2B I throw out looks.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah you could try to shop Travis for something small too, maybe that will help push it over the edge

  11. J-FOH says:
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    You lika McCullers without him throwing an MLB inning?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-FOH: Yup! I liked Syndergaard and Rodon coming into the year without throwing MLB innings…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JB Gilpin: true but he wasn’t on any radars in March to impact this year….cust kayin’

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @J-FOH: True, but it was Haren vs. Bolsinger vs. McCullers to round it out. Ugh right?!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JB Gilpin: no love for the ball slinger? you don’t have to answer that

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @J-FOH: Hah, his balls are slung just out of the bottom there. He’s the truck nuts to my ranks

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah but rodon and thor were big time highly drafted prospects, who HAD been in AAA, cullers cullers cullers never went that high.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: It was just a tongue and cheek sarcastic response to the way Jack phrased it

  12. Wjessereid says:
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    It hit him in the ear flap and didn’t even give him a concussion.

    Homer:-)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wjessereid: Hah, biases def came through here and there, I’m sure :)

  13. Mak says:
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    Top 3 streamers for the week

    Hutch vs La
    Chase Anderson @MIA
    Brett Anderson @Sf
    Jorge de la Rosa vs PHI
    Lyons @mets
    Hendricks @SD
    Locke vs mets
    Colome Vs oakland
    Bolsinger vs SD
    Rubby vs chc
    Nelson @atl
    Hutch vs seattle
    Pomeranz @tb
    Greene vs milwaukee
    Folty vs tampa

    Need 3 starts which ones are they!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mak: Hah, ohhhh some good ones. Rubby vs. PHI, Anderson vs. @MIA, and I’ll roll dice on Pomeranz at Tampa. Good luck this week!

      • Mak says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Its jorge vs Philly not rubby. Would you go Bolsinger for the last start or someone else on the list

      • Mak says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Its jorge vs philly, not rubby. Slide bolsinger vs SD or nelson @atl?

      • Mak says:
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        @JB Gilpin: it’s Jorge not rubby vs philly. Would you replace him with Bolsinger vs SD, nelson @atl… Or someone different on list

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mak: F. Went too fast. Too many Rosas. Prob too late for McCullers tonight?

          • Mak says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yes have 3 adds for the week so anyone from Tuesday to Sunday.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Mak: Gotcha, I think Nelson is my third in that case

  14. Ricky P says:
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    For points leagues, who do you like going forward, Jesse Hahn or Jered Weaver?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ricky P: I’ll go Weaver, I think he pitches a lot more innings

  15. Mike says:
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    Is ventura a streamer or must own
    Thinking about using a waiver on him

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Closer to a “must own” than streamer, I would say “I’d like to own” if that helps haha

  16. Don says:
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    Considering CMart’s recent struggles and the likelihood of an innings limit, likely through skipping starts and/or bullpen work, who would you rather own ROS: him, Shoemaker, or Corbin?

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      @Don: I’m still narrowly leaning Martinez, bounced back a little last time out, and they need the SP depth. That said, a great rehab start or two from Corbin and I might move to him as he nears return

  17. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Where’s Matt Moore at?!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: On the shelf! I’ve never been a Moore fan and it’s still at least another month, I don’t think he’s good enough to be top 100 with what he does minus at least a month

  18. m says:
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    What is the word on Carlos Gomez? I told the league I need an OF and was offered Pence for Garret Richards who I kept from last year so yes I’m pretty high on him too
    My OF looks like
    Dickerson
    Gomez
    Cain
    Aoki
    Inciarte
    Vogt can play OF when Gomes comes back
    My SP looks like this
    Kluber
    Hamels
    Richards
    Santiago
    Hammel
    Niese
    M. Gonzalez
    I guess what im saying is should I trade for pence or drop Niese and pick up Gose

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @m: Well Gomez is playing today and should be fine, just really hope the Brewers don’t trade him.

      I think it depends on the league – you start 3 or 5 OF? If 3, I probably hold Richards, if 5 I think an OF upgrade is needed and I’d take it

      • m says:
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        its only 3 I think I can manage
        thanks
        @JB Gilpin:

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @m: Any time!

  19. Timmah R says:
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    I know this list is already in order but…. would you drop Odorizzi for these guys below?

    Paxton, A.Wood, Quintana, Syndergaard

    Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Timmah R: Oh man, so many good options! But yeah, I’d have to take Paxton. Any time!

  20. Russell says:
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    no ranking for Bolsinger? He’s looked good each time he’s come up

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Russell: Hah I had him vs. McCullers for 100th. True story. Went upside, and the Dodgers rotation is such a mess that I think they trade for someone and Frias and/or Bolsinger are in trouble for ROS terms.

  21. ScottyB says:
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    Thoughts on dropping someone like Carlos Martinez or Matt Shoemaker now to stash Patrick Corbin who will be back in two weeks. which?

    Yes, id lose 1, maybe 2 starts a week but long term id be better with Corbin.

    Also, I’m in first place in a 12 teamer so shouldnt lose much ground.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ScottyB: Yeah I think I might lose Shoemaker, Martinez has so much upside still which is nice when you’re in first, you can kinda start/sit him based on matchup and see if he gets it completely together

  22. Eric says:
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    Do you think Syndergaard will have an inning cap?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric: Maybe, they have a history of innings limits, but only at like 190 total innings AAA+MLB and I don’t think it’ll hurt his final numbers too much

  23. Adam says:
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    Would u trade dee Gordon and pujols for
    Mccutchen and either David Robertson or Andrew miller
    Thx

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: For sure, really the only issue is if you have no other SB options, but it’s still enough of a haul for me to do it, and I’d likely take Robertson

  24. Adam says:
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    Lease rank holland, miller, Robertson ROS?
    Need saves

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Gimme Holland, Miller, Robertson.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: F was going too fast, Holland, Robertson, Miller

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah, you would’ve contradicted your just previous k-rob over miller.

  25. Jack says:
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    Take a look at Buchholz’s numbers inside of his era/whip. I think he should be ranked in the low 50’s with a chance to go higher not at 80. Is he really that much worse than Fiers? Where am I wrong?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jack: That’s been a lot of people’s arguments for him as a pickup.buy low, Grey included, but I don’t trust he can ever be consistent. That said, Fiers is a good point… I guess maybe the headache of Buchholz last year is still lingering for me and his lows have been worse than Fiers’ lows

  26. MArley says:
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    Relivers are Netfali, axford, jim johnson, holland, ziegler
    2 cats are saves/net saves

    Do i drop one of those guys to have another streamer spot my other streamer spot is being used by frias for his start @sf and his start at sd this week. I can drop frias instead of one of those guys but can’t pick him up for his start against sd.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @MArley: drop feliz and j.johnson.

  27. Adam says:
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    Would u trade dee Gordon straight up for Mccutchen??
    Trying to sell high

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Oh for sure!

  28. Mario g says:
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    2 cats net saves/saves

    Have Jim Johnson, netfali, axford, ziegler, Holland. I want to drop one to add another streamer spot my other steamer right now is Frias for his start @sf and vs SD. Do I drop one one of those closers or frias but I can’t use him for his start at SD if I drop him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mario g: Ehhhh I think Grilli is fairly safe still, I think Johnson can go.

  29. Team Maxwell says:
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    Tolleson or Giles in a keeper forever league. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Team Maxwell: I’d have to go for the upside, gimme Giles. Any time!

  30. Threnton says:
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    Who should I target next week if my starters are Samardzija, Ross, Salazar, Burnett, Chavez?

    People in your top 100 available in my league:
    Carlos Martinez, Mat Latos, Patrick Corbin, Jimmy Nelson, Kyle Hendricks, Chris Heston, Nathan Eovaldi, Danny Duffy, and Kevin Gausman

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Threnton: If a weekly league, I’d def look to 2-start matchups which I don’t have quite yet. I think Martinez is the guy to add overall though. If a weekly league and not everyone starts or this is a bench guy, might stash Corbin instead

      • Threnton says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s a daily league, I just ran out of adds. Thanks for the help!

  31. So someone dropped George Springer in our 8 teamer. Would you drop any of; Joc Pederson, Gregory Polanco or Carlos Gonzalez to pick him up? I was leaning CarGo for Springer. CarGo seems lto be going Shelly (Shell of a man). What say u JB Gilpin? Hold or drop one for Springer? Thanks for helping a fantasy team out brotha.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @madden_curser: Hah, wow. I know he hasn’t been good, but I think I hold CarGo, I think my drop would be Polanco. only giving steals, well decent runs too, but in a 8er I think you can stream those later if it’s a need. Any time man!

  32. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    hey im in bad need of pitching and have an offer to get phil hughes, archie bradley or volquez for my maikel franco…which do you like best?

    my 3b is panda w/rendon on the DL,appreciate it!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Maxi: I’m pretty sour on Hughes… But in desperation I think I would take him for Franco. Any other pitchers you could try a combo deal from him though?

      • Cafuné

        Maxi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: the rest of his pitchers are all ace material…cole, kluber, scherzer, carrasco, so I think it’s either Hughes or Volquez or I hang onto Franco and hope his value goes up.

        I could maybe try to get a reliever from him, it’s a SV+H league: Giles, Yimi garcia, clippard, carlos torres, joakim soria or doolittle on the DL

        thanks again and great podcast yesterday

        • Cafuné

          Maxi says:
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          @Maxi: mike leake is available too but bleeeeeh

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Maxi: Ugh, yeah big gap there. Carrasco I think is a great buy low, but that’s a popular opinion. Yeah if even a bottom end reliever came with Hughes, I’d like it better. Def avoiding Leake though haha.

            Thanks for listening!

  33. Adam says:
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    Would u trade dee Gordon straight up for Marte??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Hmmmm that’s close… I probably would indeed take Marte

  34. Marte says:
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    Pick up rubby de la Rosa for Ros and only use Frias spot as a streamer or don’t add rubby for Ros and have 2 streamer spots 12 team h2h

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Marte: I think Rubby is worth owning and holding right now, I said a couple of weeks ago I thought a nice run was coming, he hasn’t been “huge” but he’s been pretty good

  35. Ante GALIC says:
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    JB!

    Great work, man!

    When would you peg the returns of:

    a. Patrick Corbin
    b. Jose Fernandez

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks man! A – I believe the DBacks when they say June 4, so I’ll say then B – I’d guess something like 3rd week of June. Any time!

  36. SDB says:
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    Hey JB, thanks thoughtful column…

    I was offered Carrasco and Syndergaard for J.D. Martinez and Soria. Assume the vacuum… Any thoughts?

    Appreciate it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SDB: Thanks for reading! I really like Carrasco. I think he’s a great buy low. So hard to answer this one in a vacuum with two SP for a hitter and RP haha… All things equal, I think Martinez’s power wins the deal

  37. Eric B says:
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    Ok JB, thanks for the new rankings. So to pick up on our previous convo; I had dropped Rubby to add Bauer(who was on the wire). I held Walker, who has been decent his last 2 starts, but Chavez is still on the wire. You have Chavez ranked much higher. Do you think he sticks in the rotation ROS and is he really that much better than Walker? I also see you have Hutchinson ranked just below Walker despite his last two strong outings, just dont believe Hutchinson will stay the course?. Anyway here’s my staff(below) Chavez in Walker out or hold(Rubby has already been scooped up)?

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Odorizzi
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP Bauer
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench RP Melancon
    Bench SP Fiers
    Bench SP Walker
    DL Corbin
    DL Moore

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric B: Thanks for stoppin by! Yeah I do think chavez sticks, Pomeranz has a hurt shoulder, they lost Parker, I think they need him. I’ve never been a Hutch guy, I think he relies on fastball command too much and isn’t precise enough game to game. Ya know, Fiers is gettin’ close to the edge too, I have Chavez ahead of him as well. But he’s been better. I think Walker is the cut

      • Eric B says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah figured it was Walker or Fiers, might see how Walker does tonight and check back in with ya.

        • Eric B says:
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          @Eric B: Sooooo…dropped Walker for Chavez lol. I may hold on Fiers for now, maybe Corbin can eventually claim his spot if he starts to struggle again.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Eric B: Ugh yeah twasn’t pretty. Def for the move!

  38. slimbo says:
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    Thanks for the rankings

    Jason hammel is available in my 8 team keeper league with saves and holds..I’m rolling with 1 extra relief pitcher

    Should I drop yimi garcia for hammel?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @slimbo: Thanks for reading! Yeah I think I would nab Hammel if he’s out there for Yimi

  39. The Animal says:
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    Total rookie question so please excuse me.
    Are these rankings based solely on this week or is it a rest of season projection?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Animal: No problem! These are for ROS. So I still think from this point on, Kershaw will be #1 (and these exclude what has happened so far)

      • The Animal says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Thanks !!!

  40. Gozer says:
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    Who do you like the best as a streamer 2morrow Hutch vs Laa Phelps vs Dbacks Chase A. @ Mia ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gozer: I’m def taking Chase Anderson there

  41. Scott says:
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    I picked up Tom Koehler as a longshot for the Miami closer gig. Instead, he’s starting. How is he as a starter?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Cosart getting “hurt” (vertigo). Kinda made them have to for now, and they’ve made Ramos the 100% closer and he looks great

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Scott: koehler wouldn’t be good closer anyway, even if ramos wasn’t so good this year.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: Probably not, but he might be better than K Rod! “The human BP” is my nickname for K Rod…

  42. Pat s says:
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    He has 9 starts left which includes wacha twice, kluber twice. I have 6 left. Do I put a waiver claim in for ventura or get 2 more streamers for the week to put me at 8 starts

    I’m in ninth so streaming those 2 pitchers could help me beat the first place guy but I know ventura will help my team in the playoffs

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pat s: Yeah I’d prob grab Ventura and stream the other spot, I think he could start turning it around any time

      • Pat s says:
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        @JB Gilpin: if I picked him up do I use rubby de la Rosa spot as a streamer or just go with no streamers it’s 12 team h2h

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pat s: I like Rubby, but it’s def good to stream in H2H… I might hold Rubby for another start and reassess

  43. saiyanzzrage says:
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    Hey JB, question for you…

    Hammel, Tanaka, Rubby, and Gio Gonzalez are on the waiver wire in my H2H points league. Get points for IP, K, W, CG, QS and lose points for BB, H, ER, Loss.

    My league locks rosters for the week, and limits SP to 5 starts per week (sucks)

    Current SP are:
    Harvey
    Kershaw
    Hamels
    Cashner
    Quintana
    Burnett

    Would you drop any of my SP for either of the 3 guys i listed that are on the wire? Another possible drop are my OF/Util spots:

    Yelich
    Span
    Carlos Gonz
    Pollock
    Soler
    Springer
    Brandon Belt

    Would you keep my team as is, or drop a SP/OF/UT for one of those waiver pitchers?

    • saiyanzzrage says:
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      @saiyanzzrage: forgot Matt Holliday as an OF too

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @saiyanzzrage: Oh with a 5 start limit I think you HAVE to get Tanaka. Easy to stash him. So now it’s who to drop… Guessing you can afford to lose an OF, I really don’t know if Yelich gets out of this… I’d be fine losing him but I know that might not be the most popular opinion

        • saiyanzzrage says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Yeah, Tanaka makes sense…99% of the time i get 4 starts out of Hamels, Harvey, and Kershaw so its just a matter of playing matchups at that point i guess for the 5th start

          Thanks for taking the time, love the blog each week!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @saiyanzzrage: Any time my man, thanks for stopping by!

  44. williaint says:
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    Drop Frias for McCullers?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @williaint: Yup I would!

  45. Swfcdan says:
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    Yordano finally showed what he can do last night. Of course he was sonavabenched! But do you think he can do more of this going forward now, rather than the Reds just being punchless last night?

    First Sale worries, then Shark, then Carrasco, now Anibal! My pitching on 2 teams has been truly tragic so far. I had to cut Anibal in a 10 team league, can’t be dealing with more eruptions like he’s shown already. He goes from cy young one week to Tyler Lyons the next! Utterly maddening.

    Loving seeing Gerrit Cole ranked so high. Had to decide on keeper contracts this offseason with him, only keep 8 year-to-year and I went 2 years ($6) rather than 3 ($8) due to still not knowing quite what to expect. Well I know what to expect now! Was that a totally dumbass move at the time? Obviously regretting the shorter deal now.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Swfcdan: Def can’t blame a sonavabench there haha. I think he’ll be better, maybe not a complete 180 and turn into the ace a lot of people thought, but be good.

      Yeah Anibal in 10er can go, although seeing my Brewers go back to back to back was mad nice :)

      Cole’s K:BB and finish last year had me high on him from the get go. Looks great. Given the kind of finish he had to last year, I def woulda done the 3, but with pitchers you never know! Might blow out his elbow or shoulder at any time at this rate…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Wow didn’t realise they went back to back to back. Very nice!

        Yeah I think I need to ask you for advice for pitching keepers going forward lol, see you in the offseason! I thought the hot finish was due to weak offenses partially, clearly not, kids (why do we always call grown pitchers kids?) a stud. Yeah injury risk was another reason, hence me only taking Yordano for 1 year!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Swfcdan: Hah sure thing man, any time! Well I dunno about you, but must of the buzzy pitchers are younger than me, and I’m not even 30! I imagine broadcasters are further out as well :)

  46. Scott says:
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    Ugh. News is out that Corbin’s next rehab has been pushed back. So, could be July, or next year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Ugh sums it up perfect. Dropped him in the few leagues I snagged him. Dbacks aren’t going anywhere this year anyway, but this could just be a blip

  47. Ryan741 says:
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    JB, trade question in a H2H points league. I was offered Tulo for Carrasco. I love Carrasco, but that’s super tempting to do. Currently I have Kershaw/Kluber/Carrasco/McHugh/Wacha/Burnett/Rubby/Taijuan. I just traded Shields to get Wacha/Burnett for depth in case I wanted to trade another SP. Just been running out a shit show at SS. I would drop who I have now and grab Shoemaker most likely. What are your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan741: Whoa. Tulo not having the walks all the sudden is def hurting him in Pts though. But yeah I think you gotta take Tulo… If weekly, Carrasco helps since he can play RP though. It’s really effing close, shockingly, but yeah gimme Tulo

      • Ryan741 says:
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        @JB Gilpin the other owner also just offered me Edwin/Soler for Carrasco/Ortiz/Duda, so I’m debating between that deal and the Tulo offer still on the table. I have Ortiz and Duda using both of my Util spots, so it would be nice to open 1 of those up and get a better player in Edwin. Which deal do you think I should take?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan741: Oh man, really like both of those…. I think since a Pts league and Edwin shining in that format, I’m taking the Edwin one

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