We’re all here because we love baseball (on Razzball, not Earth; that’s a different “Why are we here?” discussion for another column/site). When did you know you loved it? Feel free to skip through if you just want the rankings.

For me, it was before I was a teenager. My grandfather played on a small-college national championship baseball team in the late-1940s, and he loved to play catch with me in their big side yard. After enough routine throwing and warming up, he’d challenge me by throwing me grounders and pop-ups where I’d have to really range to one side or the other, mostly diving, to make the play. When I’d successfully come up with the catch, he’d call me “Sweet Lou” after Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker, who then became my favorite athlete in any sport (and my avatar for this site). When my grandpa called me Sweet Lou, my chest would puff out a little bit and I’d feel just a little bit like I was something or somebody; more than just some little kid from a town of 1,000 people who was still a little afraid of getting hit by the kids who had already reached puberty and could throw much faster than I’d prefer. 

It was enhanced by my father, who would coach my little league team and be my own personal Lance Parrish in the backyard. I couldn’t throw hard, and couldn’t throw any other pitches but a fastball. But that didn’t stop my dad from humoring me and catching pitch after pitch, even if he’d already had enough physicality from the day (he and my grandpa owned and ran a wood and aluminum boat dock manufacturing company). Every now and then, I’d try to really muscle up on one, it’d go wild, and he’d have to go chase it down; there were no good backstops in our yard. Every now and then, I’d try to throw a curveball or try to make the ball do something other than my typical “fastball” (which was less “fastball” and more “go slowly in a reasonably straight line”), it’d go wild, and he’d have to go chase it down again. I could tell he’d get frustrated at times, but he’d never make me feel bad. He’d coach our team, we’d lose plenty of games, sometimes I’d pitch well, sometimes I’d get shelled…but he never showed disappointment in how I played and never made me feel as if I wasn’t enough. I may know I stunk that night, but it was never because my dad made me feel that way. He’d encourage, and pump me up for next time.

It’s so difficult to, in the words of To Kill A Mockingbird lawyer Atticus Finch, get in somebody else’s skin and walk around in it. But it’s Father’s Day (I’m writing this article on Sunday night, after kid bedtime, for Monday morning submission) and I’m a dad now, so I have the benefit of finally understanding something my dad and grandpa understood long ago; I can finally walk around in their skin a little and see those times the way they saw those times. When I play catch with my youngest daughter, it doesn’t really matter what plays she makes; when I watch her softball games, it doesn’t really matter if she pipes a strike or pulls one through the SS/3B hole. She wants to do well, but she needs to know that I love and support her. I want her to do well, but I need to know that she knows how much I love her and how proud of her I am. I’m old now, and won’t ever play catch with my dad or grandpa again. Some day, she’ll face that same reality with me. But for now, I’m going to take advantage of every single opportunity to spend meaningful, impactful time with her. She doesn’t realize that it’s even more special to me than it is to her. When she wants to go practice pitching at 8:30 p.m. after a game, and it’s already been a long day, well…I’m not saying no.

I think that was a strike, but I can’t be sure; there’s something in my eyes.

Now, to the stuff you came here for–this week’s SP ranks.

 

Injury Notes

  • I excluded Nathan Eovaldi (BOS) from the list, as he’s supposed to be out at least into July.
  • I excluded Marcus Stroman (CHC) from the list, as he’s also out until early July.
  • Walker Buehler (LAD) is out until September, so he’s off the list.
  • Brandon Woodruff (MIL) is back on the list, as he made a rehab start this past weekend and struck out 7 of the 8 hitters he faced. It’s looking like one more rehab start and if there are no setbacks, he’ll rejoin the team. Freddy Peralta (MIL) is excluded; he’s throwing, but there’s no timetable for any sort of bullpens/rehab.
  • Bailey Ober (MIN) is excluded (no info on rehab timeline).
  • Tylor Megill (NYM) is excluded; he won’t throw for at least a month, and then there may be a considerable ramp-up period. Max Scherzer (NYM) is back on the list; he’s slated to throw a rehab start Tuesday, June 21, and may only take one more rehab start if there are no setbacks. Jacob deGrom (NYM) is excluded; he’s thrown multiple bullpen sessions but still a few weeks away from anything newsworthy.
  • I’m including Zach Eflin (PHI) but he just got lit up Sunday, and was removed after a couple of innings with continued right knee soreness. The Phillies say that he was scheduled to only go three innings anyway, but the fact that they’re limiting him so much and then he was so ineffective he was pulled early isn’t a terrific sign for his health going forward, so take his numbers/ranking and feel free to move him downward if you’re even remotely risk-averse.
  • Joe Musgrove (SDP) is on the COVID-19 IL but he pitched great the day before going on it; there’s no news that it’s anything other than precautionary or that it will only be missing one start.
  • Jake Junis (SFG) is excluded as he’s out around four weeks due to a hamstring strain.
  • Andrew Heaney (LAD) is excluded but returned to the Dodgers rotation on Sunday.

 

Player Notes

  • I’ve got to address Sandy Alcantara’s (MIA) “low” ranking. How can I have a guy 26th when his ERA is 3rd in baseball, his WHIP is 16th, his xERA is 2.76, and his xwOBA is 9th? His last 62 IP have resulted in a meager 7 ER. TWENTY-SIXTH, HOOVE?!?! I hear you, I do. Here’s the why: his K%-BB% is only 15.7%, good for 55th overall. Even though he throws his fastball almost 98 mph on average, his K% isn’t super-high (23.4%), and his walk rate of 7.7% is definitely higher than you’d like from your ace. He’s also middle-third in both xFIP and SIERA. Alcantara has been great, but I used these metrics for a reason, and too many of them tell me that his outputs aren’t commensurate with his inputs.
  • Keeping with the “Why is he so low?” idea, let’s look at Tony Gonsolin (LAD). He’s tops in MLB in ERA, WHIP, is 8-0, and is top-10 in both xERA and xwOBA. In my ranks, he’s *scrolling, scrolling, scrolling*…49th? Out of the six metrics I use for my inputs, his *highest* rank is in CSW%, and it’s only 33rd among the starters that qualify for my rankings. In the other five metrics I use, he’s average to below-average among his peers. It’s hard to quibble with the results, but it’s also hard for me to recommend him much higher than where he is going forward.
  • Let’s switch up to some good news, shall we? Last week Jon Gray (TEX) checked in at 71st in my rankings, while this week sees him fly up to 37th. He’s had 13 innings since I pulled the stats for last week’s rankings, and in those 13 innings he’s given up 1 ER and struck out 16. That’ll do, donkey…that’ll do. And before you say “Hey, one of those starts was against the Tigers, that doesn’t count!” I won’t argue with you. But until Detroit is relegated, Premier League-style, I’m going to go ahead and use them even if those stats are more inflated than…well, maybe this isn’t the right time to be making inflation jokes.
  • Another major riser is Taijuan Walker (NYM). Since pulling the stats for last week’s column, Walker has thrown 12.2 innings of 2-run ball, striking out 19 while walking two. Those are big-time increases, so are they sustainable? Walker’s last two starts were marked improvements in staying out of batter-advantage counts (2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1) and in getting early outs on balls-in-play counts (0-0, 0-1, 1-0, 1-1). The other inputs don’t show much actionable change, but if Walker can stay ahead and get early action, that may be a recipe for success for him.

 

This is a reminder that these rankings are me sticking to what my formula spits out using the input metrics that I discussed in last week’s column. There are certainly some guys I’d move around based on my personal preference, but what good is a formula if I’m just going to put my own personal biases into things anyway? I just want to give you what my formula spits out, and if you like Player X better than Player Y, then by all means move them–but at least then, it’s *your* bias making the adjustment for you, and not *mine* making the adjustment for you. We can all cherry-pick stats that support our own preferences for Player X over Player Y, or to knock Player X over Player Y. The only personal bias I want these rankings to have is the personal bias of what inputs I used. After that, the rankings are the rankings.

All data pulled at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19 and did not include any starts that day.

Rank Pitcher Team Hval (HooveVal)
1 Corbin Burnes MIL 1.00
2 Spencer Strider ATL 1.17
3 Gerrit Cole NYY 1.33
4 Shane McClanahan TBR 1.50
5 Kevin Gausman TOR 1.67
6 Zack Wheeler PHI 2.00
7 Max Scherzer NYM 2.00
8 Jeffrey Springs TBR 2.00
9 Alex Cobb SFG 2.17
10 Dylan Cease CHW 2.17
11 Carlos Rodon SFG 2.17
12 Aaron Nola PHI 2.33
13 Shohei Ohtani LAA 2.50
14 Pablo Lopez MIA 2.50
15 Brandon Woodruff MIL 2.50
16 Luis Severino NYY 2.50
17 Aaron Ashby MIL 2.67
18 Joe Musgrove SDP 2.67
19 Kyle Wright ATL 3.00
20 Tarik Skubal DET 3.17
21 Max Fried ATL 3.17
22 Tyler Anderson LAD 3.33
23 Jordan Montgomery NYY 3.50
24 Nestor Cortes NYY 3.50
25 Shane Bieber CLE 3.67
26 Sandy Alcantara MIA 3.67
27 Carlos Carrasco NYM 3.67
28 Frankie Montas OAK 3.67
29 Logan Webb SFG 3.83
30 Lucas Giolito CHW 4.00
31 Alex Wood SFG 4.00
32 Sean Manaea SDP 4.00
33 Garrett Whitlock BOS 4.17
34 Alek Manoah TOR 4.17
35 Justin Verlander HOU 4.17
36 Chris Bassitt NYM 4.33
37 Jon Gray TEX 4.33
38 Ross Stripling TOR 4.33
39 Brady Singer KCR 4.50
40 Tyler Mahle CIN 4.67
41 Hunter Greene CIN 4.67
42 Julio Urias LAD 4.83
43 Luis Garcia HOU 4.83
44 Robbie Ray SEA 4.83
45 Jameson Taillon NYY 4.83
46 George Kirby SEA 4.83
47 Yu Darvish SDP 5.00
48 Corey Kluber TBR 5.00
49 Tony Gonsolin LAD 5.00
50 Dane Dunning TEX 5.17
51 Cristian Javier HOU 5.17
52 Nick Martinez SDP 5.33
53 Eric Lauer MIL 5.50
54 Kyle Gibson PHI 5.67
55 Patrick Sandoval LAA 5.83
56 Logan Gilbert SEA 5.83
57 Luis Castillo CIN 6.00
58 Dylan Bundy MIN 6.00
59 MacKenzie Gore SDP 6.00
60 Martin Perez TEX 6.00
61 Zac Gallen ARI 6.00
62 Miles Mikolas STL 6.17
63 Nick Pivetta BOS 6.17
64 Zach Eflin PHI 6.17
65 Framber Valdez HOU 6.17
66 Charlie Morton ATL 6.33
67 Jose Quintana PIT 6.33
68 Joe Ryan MIN 6.50
69 Taijuan Walker NYM 6.67
70 Drew Rasmussen TBR 6.67
71 Daniel Lynch KCR 6.83
72 Paul Blackburn OAK 7.00
73 JT Brubaker PIT 7.00
74 Noah Syndergaard LAA 7.00
75 Jose Berrios TOR 7.00
76 Josiah Gray WSN 7.17
77 Zach Davies ARI 7.17
78 Keegan Thompson CHC 7.17
79 Triston McKenzie CLE 7.17
80 Michael Kopech CHW 7.33
81 Jordan Lyles BAL 7.33
82 Rich Hill BOS 7.50
83 Jose Urquidy HOU 7.50
84 Elieser Hernandez MIA 7.67
85 Bruce Zimmermann BAL 7.67
86 Tyler Wells BAL 7.67
87 Adam Wainwright STL 7.83
88 Kyle Bradish BAL 7.83
89 Johnny Cueto CHW 7.83
90 Alex Faedo DET 8.00
91 Merrill Kelly ARI 8.00
92 German Marquez COL 8.00
93 Cole Irvin OAK 8.00
94 Yusei Kikuchi TOR 8.17
95 Michael Lorenzen LAA 8.17
96 Kyle Hendricks CHC 8.33
97 Reid Detmers LAA 8.33
98 Zach Thompson PIT 8.50
99 Justin Steele CHC 8.50
100 Austin Gomber COL 8.50
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Brian
Brian
6 days ago

Good afternoon Hoove, Just wanted to thank you for all you do. We appreciate the way you filled in and time and work you put into this. I enjoy EWB but I just as much enjoy your articles it’s always good to get two different outlooks. Also appreciate you giving us what the formula spits out so we can make our own biased decisions. Everything is much appreciated.
With that said who do you like more between springs and strider?
And would you package springs/strider (the one I didn’t pick) and Carrasco for severino? Or should I aim higher? I’m looking to do a 2 for 1 so I can make an add
Thank you for your time

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
8 days ago

Hi Hoove,

thanks for all your help and Patience!

i have Toronto’s Ross Stripling. His next two starts are both at home against Boston and TB. what are your thoughts?

thanks!

martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
9 days ago

Hi Hoove,

thanks for taking so much time to help us fantasy “geeks”!

1. i was going to starting TB Springs at home against Pitt. Do you agree?

2. Springs’ next start is on the road at Toronto. i was going to sit him. Thoughts?

3. i was also going to start Boston Nick Pivetta on the road against Cleveland. Do you agree?

4. Pivetta next start after Cleveland is also on the road at Toronto. i was leaning to sitting him. what are your thoughts? Am i being too conservative?

thanks!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
9 days ago

I’m right with you, Martin—sit Springs and Pivetta against TOR.

In fact, I wouldn’t even argue if you sat Pivetta against CLE, but that’s not one I’d quibble with you on either way. Cleveland’s got a sneaky decent offense even outside of Jo-Ram.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
8 days ago

thanks!!!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
9 days ago

Hi Hoove,

of course, i started Blackburn and Clevinger and sat Gray. Oh Well, that’s baseball.

Is it time to waive one of them? what are your ideas as to when to start them?

when Kris Bryant is off the IL, i have to cut one player. would you cut one of them or Christopher Morel of the Cubs?

Thanks for an amazing column!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
9 days ago

I think Blackburn was pitching a bit over his head; he can be useful in Oakland in the right matchup, but I may not be terribly interested in him otherwise. Clev has history of being good to very good, but he’s also coming off of injury and we can’t really be sure what his “new normal” is. I may rather drop one of them than Morel when Bryant comes back.

Thanks again, Martin.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
9 days ago

Thank you Hoove.

really appreciate the help!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  martinrostoker
9 days ago

PS Do you think that that Blackburn or Clevinger have any trade potential? Can you think of any pitcher who i should look to get (Appreciate the broadness of the question)

i took your advice and picked up Ross Stripling. when would you use him. His next start is at home against Boston. i was going to sit him. Do you agree?

i very much enjoy all our conversations!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
9 days ago

I’m not sure how much you could get 1-for-1 for Blackburn or Clev. If you threw in a hitter you weren’t playing or were hoping to get rid of, maybe we could look at a possible target.

Strip has been great. Hitters love Toronto and Boston hits, but it’s hard to sit Strip right now. I wouldn’t argue with you either way on what you do. If you’re protecting your ratio standings placement, use caution; if not, ride him while he’s hot.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
9 days ago

thanks!!!

TIM CHILDS
TIM CHILDS
10 days ago

Love the write up Hoove. Have do decide on a pitcher for Wednesday that’s left in our league DFS. Montgomery, Gray scares me going up against Wheeler, Skubal or McKenzie. Always enjoy your feedback and articles are so helpful.

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  TIM CHILDS
10 days ago

I’d lean Monty or McKenzie; I love Skubal but a lefty in Fenway makes me nervous, and I’m with you on Gray vs Wheeler and the Phils offense right now.

And I’d lean Monty over McKenzie.

Thanks for reading and the question, Tim—good luck!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
11 days ago

So when did this become Facebook with home videos?

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 days ago

I’m sorry this article wasn’t what you were looking for, Harley. EWB will be back next week, and he’s terrific at this.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 days ago

Hi Hoove,

sorry for the lateness of the hour.

1. I was leaning to starting the Dodgers Tyler Anderson at Cincinnati? do you agree?

2. i was unsure whether to start Texas’ Jon Gray at home against Zack Wheeler of the Phillies. What would you do?

3. I was leaning to starting Miami’s Pablo Lopez at home against Colorado. Do you agree?

4. just to confirm i should take Ross Stripley over Merrill Kelly if he is still available. am i correct?

thanks for all your help!!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 days ago

I like Strip over Merrill, and I’d start almost anybody that gets to face the Rockies playijg away from Coors, especially a dude like PabLo. Full speed ahead there.

I lean starting Tyler Anderson vs Cincy, even in Great American Launching Pad, but if you’re protecting ratios, I have no problem sitting that one out. Gray is a tough one; he’s an arrow-up guy but Philly is playing/hitting so well and it’ll be tough to grab a W vs Wheeler. I may lean sit there if there are innings limits to your league.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
10 days ago

thanks much for these fantastic responses!

James Bishop
James Bishop
11 days ago

Thoughts on Alex Cobb? What are you seeing in the underlying numbers to warrant a #9 ranking on your list?

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  James Bishop
11 days ago

Cobb’s xFIP, SIERA and CSW% are elite; all top-10% among starters that met my innings qualification. His K-BB% was top-20%, and the same with his O-Swing%; his stuff has been so good he’s getting a lot of swings at pitches batters can’t do much with. He may not have the wins or volume numbers other starters have, which may suppress his popularity, but the provided metrics say he’s pitched like one of the best SPs so far—he just hasn’t gotten the tangible results he deserves so far.

Thanks for reading and reaching out, James!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 days ago

Hi Hoove,

Thanks again for your father’s day message! it meant a lot.

As you know, Aaron Ashby is on IL. it seems like i should move on. Do you agree?

Several pitchers are available. i been spoiled by your advice on picking up Mikolas and Pivetta. i realize that i can’t always be lucky. The following pitchers are available Ross Stripling, Merrill Kelly, Graham Ashcroft or Rich Hill. The other option is to wait for a better option. also, please let me how your would use the pitcher selected.

thanks so much for all your hard work!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 days ago

Why do you have to move on from Ashby–no IL spots? If you *have* to drop him, I like Strip/Kelly/Ash/Hill in that order. But I’d want to understand why you *have* to move on from Ashby first. Thanks Martin!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
11 days ago

Hi Hoove,

thanks for stopping me with your great question.

i have one IL spot and Kris Bryant is occupying that slot. Hopefully he is off in a few days.

i thought that Ashby would be out for significant time. Now, i am not so sure and he may be out one or two weeks. What have you read about Ashby’s condition? I can certainly wait for a few weeks if you think that he is worth keeping. what would you recommend?

thanks for your advice! i both appreciate and enjoy your feedback!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 days ago

If Bryant is coming off in a couple of days I may try to eat that roster spot until I could move Ashby to IL. I wouldn’t want to trade Ashby for any of your other options short-term, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that MRI results showed no damage, just genera inflammation.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
11 days ago

thanks so much!!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 days ago

Hi Hoove,

I like your idea what of keep Aaron ashby. Great input.

i did have one other variation. is Strip or Kelly worth getting and maybe worth one of my utility players like Siantiago Espinal or Brendan Rodgers be used?

thanks again for all your input!!!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 days ago

I could see you dropping espinal for one of them. I’m not sure your roster composition, but when I play, I like to basically have one backup for every position, and then nothing but pitchers (making multi-position guys valuable to me). I’d rather have a ton of SPs that I can decide what matchups to play than a bunch of hitters sitting on my bench.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
11 days ago

i love that philosophy! thanks for sharing it. i am doing that except for catcher where i have Will Smith as my only catcher. i tried picking up a second catcher. it didn’t work, because by the time i found out that Smith wasn’t playing, it was too late to use the second catcher since his game had already started. The well laid plans of
mice and men.

when Bryant comes back, then i could drop Espinal and put Ashby in the IL slot.

i f you think Strip or Kelly are worth it, i could drop Espinal now, and play with one position player for one position till Bryant comes back. Thoughts?

as Always, i very much appreciate all your kindness and help!!

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 days ago

I could drop Espinal and play with one bench player until Bryant comes back, for one of those guys.

Chris
Chris
11 days ago

Hi Hoove,

Good morning.

Would you target any of the following SPs to trade for:
Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Morton?

I’m guessing they are rank from expenssive to least in the order I named them.

Morton would be the cheapest? Is it worthy it?

If i’m offering next year picks, what would be an appropiate value?
it is a 3 keeper league, so none will be keepers.

Thanks,
Chris

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Chris
11 days ago

I think Morton is a HUGE buy right now, and he may be cheapest of those guys. Morton just had a banger last weekend, and I think the arrows for him are pointing up. I just acquired him in my dynasty for peanuts after an owner got sick of the rough ones. Walker also is trending in the right direction. Carrasco always gives me the heebie-jeebies but that’s my personal bias with him; I always feel like I’m waiting for the injury to strike. But he’s clearly a good SP when healthy. I like all of them, but may go Morton/Walker/Cookie if I were ranking them by who I personally want.

MarmosDad
12 days ago

Great write up here, Hoove. Loved the top & have good memories with pops the same as you do. Lots of whiffle ball games and catch in the backyard with the two little MarmoJuniors the last few years made that video pretty relatable too. Looked like a strike to me.

Really liked the ranks too. Strider that high is a nice surprise & McClanahan is one bright spot I’ve had in my drafts this year (we won’t talk about the Giolito/Clevinger/Stroman/Strasburg in Razzslam – ha!)

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  MarmosDad
11 days ago

I’m eating the Gio poop sandwich in my dynasty league, so I’m right there with you. Enjoy the games with the MarmoJrs!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
12 days ago

Don’t have memories of my dad playing catch with me, but loved the intro write-up. Appreciate the work you put into the rankings.

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Slimcompoop
11 days ago

appreciate you reaching out and reading, Slim!

Chucky
Chucky
12 days ago

How comfortable are you starting two start Roansy v ChC @ TB over Kirby @ Oak, Urias @Atl, Wright v SF and Gore v Phil?

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Chucky
12 days ago

I think I like Roansy 2-start over all of those, particularly over Wright vs SFG and Gore vs PHI. Urias is hitting his stride, but it’s ATL. Kirby @ OAK i like really well, but probably not more than both of Roansy’s.

Thanks for reading and reaching out, Chucky!

PDX Express
PDX Express
12 days ago

I appreciate the rankings, commentary, and young pitcher carving up that strike zone!

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  PDX Express
12 days ago

Thanks for reading and reaching out, PDX!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
12 days ago

Hi Hoove,

Thanks for all your help in picking my staff that includes Mikolas, Pivetta, Spring, Gray, Anderson, ashby and Javier. Well done.

1. Would you start the Brewers ashby at home against the Cards Jack Flaherty ?

2. On Wednesday, would you start the Texas Jeffrey Spring at home against the Phillies Wheeler? i was leaning yes. Thoughts?

3. Would you start the Padres Mike Clevinger at home against the Diamondbacks?

4. The intriguing question would you start Oakland’s Paul Blackburn at home against Cinn’s George kirby?

Thanks for all your hard work and details in your response.

martin

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
12 days ago

Hey Martin,

I’d start Clev and Blackburn. Ashby/Springs….all my numbers say full speed ahead but man, the Phils are mashing right now, and the Cards are 6th in baseball in OPS vs LHPs. If you’re looking to err on the side of caution, you could sit Springs and Ashby, but I’m kind of a “always play my best pitchers (outside of coors)” guy as well. I suppose without knowing your standings in the ratios and if you’re better served being risk-averse and protecting, or if you’re in a good spot and you should let your good guys shove, it’s harder to recommend them. But I’m certainly not *against* it.

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  martinrostoker
12 days ago

Appreciate you reading and asking, Martin!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
12 days ago

thanks for all your efforts and help!!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  martinrostoker
12 days ago

Ashby on DL today.

Also Kirby on Seatle.

Last edited 12 days ago by Norman Ginsberg
Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
12 days ago

Nooooooooooooo

Just saw the Ashby news. Didn’t find Kirby. Dang! Thanks for sharing, Norman.

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
12 days ago

Oh I see, you were correcting Martin’s team placement; I thought you meant he was on the IL too. *phew*

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Hoove
12 days ago

i just saw that Aaron Ashby is IL inflammation. ouch!!!

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
12 days ago

Hey Hoove,

Got a trade offer to send Mcneil for either Gallen or Lynn. I know Gallen is higher here at the moment but which one of those guys would you want? Thanks for your help.

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
12 days ago

I like the offer you’ve received for either of them. I think I’d prefer Lynn here but I’d sure feel better about it after a successful second start for Lynn coming up.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Hoove
12 days ago

Thanks Hoove

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
12 days ago

Appreciate you reading and reaching out!

RRR
RRR
12 days ago

I skipped this after “Sandy at 26”

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
12 days ago

Hi Hoove,

Thanks for sharing your touching story. i can remember playing catch with my father! i very much appreciate you reminding me of those precious moments.

i

everywhereblair
12 days ago

Just gonna sit here and cry for a while (about the video not the rankings)

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  everywhereblair
12 days ago

The rankings can likely stir up some negative emotions as well

Musky
Musky
12 days ago

Spencer Strider is the #2 ranked pitcher??

Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Musky
12 days ago

Yes; that’s what my rankings spit out. In my article I said I didn’t want my personal biases to change what my formula gave; I said there were guys I may move around (see: Sandy Alcantara) but if I’m just being really subjective, then what’s the purpose of a formula? I wanted you guys to see what my formula spit out given my inputs, and then if anybody used bias in the rankings it would be *your* personal bias, not mine. I just wanted you to see the rankings based on the six inputs (my personal most important metrics) I used.

Last edited 12 days ago by Hoove
Hoove
Hoove
Reply to  Musky
12 days ago

I also linked to last week’s column for explanation of my process and rationale.