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Happy Monday, Razzball faithful!

Let’s get this out of the way first. Somehow, deeply rooted in my psyche, is that Britney Spears song. I did use it last year for a Ji-Hwan Bae post. But for reasons unknown, when I looked at the SP26-50 for this week, one obvious lede stood out. 

Then, after the madness that was the increased population of the starting pitcher graveyard this weekend, I figured it was time to double down and commit.

I give you…“Hit me Bibee, one more time”…

 

Oh Tanner Bibee, how was I supposed to know?

That somethin’ wasn’t right there

The sticky stuff, they shouldn’t have let it go

And now guys sure aren’t right, yeah.

Shohei..no he won’t be, surely

Bieber, Eury, arms no good, the guys are…going down!

Manoah-mess…is killing me…(and I)

I must confess…I drafted Fried (drafted Fried!) 

When I see I.L., I lose my mind

Give me a sign (but hopefully not that red one with the cross?)

Hit me Bibee, one more time!

 

So, the beautiful Utopia that was the ‘reliable’ starting pitcher meadow has been cluster-bombed by shoulder injuries and IL flooding this week. We lost Shane Bieber for the season, Spencer Strider is headed for an MRI, Eury Perez is on the Tommy John train, and so many others are dropping like bowling pins at a Mookie Betts birthday party. 

I’ll add a link to Keelin’s Ambulance Chasers, here, if you want to read more about that injury madness.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Speaking of pitcher injuries, make sure you set your Razzslam FAAB that runs TUESDAY night, 4/9 at 10 PM ET.

And before I do a quick write-up on Bibee, I wanted to share a clip that I saw last night from Tyler Glasnow.

 

A lot of buzz is swirling about laying the blame on the introduction of the pitch clock and its subsequent negative influence on the rotation stalwarts over the last couple of seasons. While I wouldn’t discount that as being a contributor, I like Glasnow’s take. The removal of all materials outside of rosin has created an even bigger problem for pitchers than the pitch clock itself. 

MLBPA Chief, Tony Clark, will probably disagree, but it makes a lot of sense.

With all of that said, Is Tanner Bibee a ‘safe’ arm to pursue in the hellscape that is the season of the ‘dangle-arm’?

Bibee (SP33 in our list) was going off the board as the 43rd pitcher this spring, and the 29th SP overall (according to yesterday’s NFBC ADP data). I’ll admit that being slotted in the middle of the pocket of starters that went Ragans, Cease, Musgrove, BIBEE, Eury, Bassitt, Sale made it tough for me to pull the trigger on the Guardians budding ace. In that pocket, I found myself drafting a closer, (often Pete Fairbanks), or one of the other arms that I saw more positives with (Ragans, Cease, Bassitt).

That might have been a mistake. Hindsight and such.

After a short, rough start against Oakland on March 30, (4 IP, 6H, 3 ER, 5BB, 4K), Bibee looked great against Minnesota last Thursday. 5.1IP, 5H. 1ER, 0BB, 9K is certainly an improvement from his 2024 debut, and hopefully an indication of things to come as he ramps up through his first few starts.

If anything, now that Bieber is down and out, Guardians fans are hoping that Bibee can step up and ‘Gimme More’. 

At this point, though, fantasy owners will just be happy if Bibee isn’t another victim of the pitch clock/rosin reaper singing “Oops…I did it again”.

I explained how I’d run through the Top 100 last week, and to keep things more focused I’ll just quickly explain that this week I’ll be focusing on the SP26-50 in our list as far as blurbs are concerned. 

Before we get to the list, though, I need to link y’all to The Streamonator to help you answer those burning questions that we might not be readily available to help you with 24/7. I’m sure a lot of you know already, but Streamonator is more than a good resource for the entire season. It’s going to save you a lot of time researching on your own, and stop you from making those tough “Should I start…?” decisions. Check the link, yo.

 

The Top Starting Pitchers for 2024

 

RANK

(LAST WEEK)

Name TEAM BUY? NOTES? ANYTHING!?
1 Spencer Strider Braves Not moving down until/if MRI results come back with bad news.
2 (3) Corbin Burnes Orioles
3 (2) Kevin Gausman Blue Jays Rough outing @NYY, but hopefully that was weather-related.
4 Zack Wheeler Phillies
5 Luis Castillo Mariners
6 Freddy Peralta Brewers
7 Pablo Lopez Twins
8 George Kirby Mariners
9 Yoshinobu Yamamoto Dodgers 5IP, 3H, 2BB, 8K – That’ll do!
10 Logan Gilbert Mariners
11 Framber Valdez Astros
12 Aaron Nola Phillies W, but velocity was down again.
13 Zac Gallen Diamondbacks
14 Tarik Skubal Tigers
15 Tyler Glasnow Dodgers
16 Grayson Rodriguez Orioles
17 Blake Snell Giants
18 Max Fried Braves 4.1IP, 10H, 7ER. Oof. Hopefully not re-injured.
19 Logan Webb Giants
20 Zach Eflin Rays
21 Jesus Luzardo Marlins
22 Bobby Miller Dodgers
23 Joe Ryan Twins
24 Chris Sale Braves
25 (26) Cole Ragans Royals Preseason darling now with 2 great starts.

 

And now for our next blurb pocket…SP26-SP50…

 

26 (27) Dylan Cease Padres
27 (29) Shoto Imanaga Cubs
28 Chris Bassitt Blue Jays
29 (30) Joe Musgrove Padres
30 (31) Hunter Brown Astros
31 (32) Jordan Montgomery Diamondbacks
32 (33) Tanner Bibee Guardians
33 (34) Mitch Keller Pirates
34 (35) Bryce Miller Mariners
35 (36) Hunter Greene Reds
36 (37) Justin Steele Cubs Is due back ‘sometime in May’.
37 (38) Merrill Kelly Diamondbacks
38 (39) Jose Berrios Blue Jays
39 (46) Reid Detmers Angels 2-0, 11IP, 2ER, 4BB, 19K. 
40 (41) Justin Verlander Astros Could rejoin rotation on April 17th.
41 (42) Walker Buehler Dodgers Progressing well. At least one more rehab start.
42 (43) Charlie Morton Braves
43 (44) Sonny Gray Cardinals Will make Cards debut tomorrow.
44 (40) Bailey Ober Twins
45 Cristian Javier Astros
46 (47) Yusei Kikuchi Blue Jays
47 (48) Nestor Cortes Yankees
48 (49) Yu Darvish Padres
50 (83) Garrett Crochet White Sox

 

Dylan Cease (26) – Two starts, (and like everyone else, we know it’s all small sample sizes), but the 2BB per game is encouraging. Especially when that’s accompanied by more strikeouts than innings pitched (10.1 IP / 13 K’s).

Shoto Imanaga (27) – Only allowed two hits in each of his starts, but didn’t pitch into the 5th inning for the start yesterday. 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP qualifies as a pretty good start to an MLB career. 12K’s in 10 IP is encouraging too. I’d be sending out trade offers before he puts up any more of these gems.

Hunter Brown (30) – A rough outing Friday night, (3IP, 8H, 5ER, 4BB, 3K), so this spot is more about faith that he’ll be fine and a good arm to own than reading anything into the bad start. FWIW, his first game was 4IP with zero earned runs and 5 strikeouts.

Bryce Miller (34) – He’s kind of the reverse of Hunter Brown so far. Miller followed up a rough first outing with 7 innings of shutout ball. The single walk and 7 strikeouts are exactly what fantasy managers want to see more of from this 4th starter.

Reid Detmers (39) – Outdueled Garrett Whitlock on Saturday and notched his second W of the year. 6IP, 3H, 1ER, and a career-high 12 strikeouts helped to push him up our list here.

Justin Verlander (40) – Was expected to throw 75 pitches in a rehab start yesterday and is on track to pitch against the Braves on April 17th (barring any setbacks).

Bailey Ober (44) – “I will not overreact to one bad start…I will not Ober-react to one bad start…I will not…”

Yusei Kikuchi (46) – Yusei goodbye, and I say hello. And Kikuchi says shutting out the Yankees at home with 7 strikeouts is a nice bounceback from a ‘meh’ start in his first game.

Nathan Eovaldi (49) – I never know what to think with Eovaldi. Part of me has that old worry about the arm issues he had way back when he was in Boston and Tampa. Part of me thinks he’s a sneaky starter who can flash ace ability. The 2021 version is the one we all want – with the 195 K’s – but I think we get somewhere between the two. That qualifies as a serviceable SP2/3 for our fantasy teams.

Garrett Crochet (50) – Oh boy. Crochet was in line for his second win of the season yesterday before Deivi Gracia came in and promptly flubbed the game in the 7th inning. Regardless, I’m still in on the Croch Rocket (™).

I had Brayan Bello slotted for the final spot in this group, but I had to bump him for the mounting Garrett Crochet hype. This guy is rocketing up the list, fuelled by two very strong starts in which he gave up just 2 ER (total) and struck out 8 in each game. A history of arm trouble could scare some away, especially with the multitude of starters going down with injuries this week. The problem is if you don’t go grab him off the wire, one of your league mates likely will (or already has).

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE!!!

Here’s the rest of the list.

51 (55) Brayan Bello Red Sox
52 (53) Nathan Eovaldi Rangers
53 (50) Carlos Rodon Yankees
54 Michael King Padres
55 (52) Eduardo Rodriguez Diamondbacks
56 Ryan Pepiot Rays
57 Aaron Civale Rays
58 Bryan Woo Mariners
59 Nick Lodolo Reds May face CWS this Friday.
60 Kenta Maeda Tigers
61 (51) Lance Lynn Cardinals
62 Triston McKenzie Guardians
63 Braxton Garrett Marlins AAA rehab start yesterday.
64 (79) Garrett Whitlock Red Sox 2GS, 9.1 IP, 1 ER, 12 K.
65 Jon Gray Rangers
66 Gavin Williams Guardians
67 Kutter Crawford Red Sox Great start to 2024. Excellent ratios.
68 Seth Lugo Royals
69 Gerrit Cole Yankees 60 day IL – out until at least early June.
70 Nick Pivetta Red Sox
71 Sean Manaea Mets
72 Max Scherzer Rangers Avoids 60-day IL and could return at the end of May.
73 Kyle Harrison Giants
74 Brandon Pfaadt Diamondbacks
75 Cristopher Sanchez Phillies
76 Luis Severino Mets
77 (81) Jared Jones Pirates 17K’s in 2GS.
78 Logan Allen Guardians
79 (64) Griffin Canning Angels Ratio killer (so far).
80 Tyler Wells Orioles
81 (NR) Tanner Houck Red Sox Great first start. Up 3-0 at time of writing.
82 Shane Baz Rays TJS recovery. 15-day IL.
83 (94) Luis Gil Yankees AVG 7 K’s/GS. Fewer than 5 IP in both starts though.
84 Paul Skenes Pirates
85 Gavin Stone Dodgers
86 Marcus Stroman Yankees
87 Dane Dunning Rangers
88 MacKenzie Gore Nationals
89 (NR) Ranger Suarez Phillies
90 Edward Cabrera Marlins Shoulder impingement.
91 Casey Mize Tigers
92 Jordan Wicks Cubs
93 Kyle Bradish Orioles 15-day IL. UCL sprain
94 AJ Puk Marlins No Puk’ing Good.
95 Erick Fedde White Sox
96 Dean Kremer Orioles
97 Ryan Weathers Marlins Meh. This may be another slide off the list if the next start doesn’t impress.
98 Reese Olson Tigers
99 Jack Flaherty Tigers
100 Kodai Senga Mets At least 6 weeks out from a throwing program.

BIGGEST DUMPERS : With apologies to Cal Raleigh, these are some of the biggest dumpers (in value, not pants size).

Shane Bieber (TJS – out for the year), Eury Perez (samesies), Lance Lynn, Bailey Ober, Carlos Rodon, Griffin Canning, 

BIGGEST JUMPERS : Who’s got hops? These are some of the biggest jumpers in value this week.

Garrett Crochet, Brayan Bello, Nathan Eovaldi, Shoto Imanaga, Garrett Whitlock, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jared Jones, Luis Gil

OOF! The following players dropped off the list this week.

Shane Bieber, Eury Perez 

WHEE! The following players launched into the Top 100 this week.

Tanner Houck (81), Ranger Suarez (89)

And, of course, I can’t leave without a banger of an updated rendition of our title tune. Three cheers for the real Kung-Fu Panda. (Sorrey, Pablo Sandoval).

That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoyed it! Next week, I’ll post the Top 100 Starting Pitchers with more blurbs in that 51-75 ranked section.

Drop some comments in the chat if you’re feeling extra fired up about some of the names I do (or don’t) have here. Have a great week!

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martinrostoker
martinrostoker
1 month ago

Hi Marmosdad,

Thoughts on Tyler Anderson? would you pick him up and Mize, Manaea or Cristopher Sanchez? Does he have any upside?

thanks so much for all your enjoyment!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  martinrostoker
1 month ago

Sorry pick him and then waive one of the three listed?

Thanks

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  MarmosDad
1 month ago

Thanks so much! I will pass.

I usually stay away from RPs. However, I did dabble last year with Paul Seward and then added Chapman and Kimble. I do have Harvey. On waivers are Shelby Miller of Detroit and Elvis Peguero of Milwaukee? Should I stay the course ot waive one of my streamers ?

Your help is so very much appreciated!!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  MarmosDad
1 month ago

Thank you for all this help!!

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Hi MD, out of curiosity how far off the list is Wacha? Thanks!

Mariners89
Mariners89
1 month ago

Awesome

Dude
Dude
1 month ago

Great stuff!
SVHLD
Pick 2 please. Ratios are huge in this league.
Fairbanks
Payamps
Finnegan

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
1 month ago

Excellent stuff, Marmo! Much appreciated.

Btw, hoping it’s nothing big. Valdez got scratched from tonight’s game.

All the best,

Jolt

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
1 month ago

Good stuff MarmosDad. Couple notes and a question:

1. Yeah Imanaga didn’t pitch into the 5th, but that was because of a 3 hr rain delay. Looks legit so far.

2. I was sitting behind the plate at Verlander’s rehab start. He looked good. Not worried about him getting knocked around some. He threw his whole arsenal for strikes, velocity seemed fine (in both cases, as far as I can tell; either the gun or the display in the stadium wasn’t working), delivery looked smooth, body language was good. He seems close to normal.

3. Re: Canning, does the parenthetical “(so far)” indicate you think he’ll turn it around? Unfortunately my AL-only squad depends a little too much on him not continuing to do this.

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
1 month ago

Hi MarmosDa,

I am so looking forward to your feedback on my staff after the start of this season. Your detailed analysis makes my day!

As you recall, the following is my staff

SP: Burnes,
Skubal,
Nola,
Zack Wheeler
Cole Ragans
GreyRod

Streamer:
Kutter, at home vs Baltimore and at home vs CLE
Cristopher Sanchez, at home vs Pitt and home vs CO
Sean Manaea at home vs KC and home vs Pitt
Casey Mize at Pitt and home vs Tex
Crockett at home vs CINN

RP: Hunter Harvey

1.At this point, I am starting my SPs against all including Ragans against Houston. Do you agree?

2.Has your opinion changed about this staff? Would you make any changes to the streamers?

3.Are their any of the above starts by streamers would you avoid if any?

4, Would you try and get a another RP and would you waive?

THANKs so much for all your help. I am very grateful!

Martin

A b
A b
Reply to  martin rostoker
1 month ago

Blanco? 15 no hit innings and not even top 100?

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  MarmosDad
1 month ago

Perfect- thanks for such a fantastic detailed response!!!

Do you have some suggestions of a RPs to ask for in exchange for Nola? I think that you are right. Shelby Miller is available on waivers. I think that I can do better.

Thanks again for your great advice! very much appreciated!

Sos
Sos
1 month ago

MarmosDad,

Believe it or not I have Strider, Bieber and Eury all on my roster….well, HAD!!!

I had covered covered Eury with Weathers at the onset of the season, I just covered Bieber with Houck (got the start yesterday) and now I need someone to cover Strider.

5×5 Roto, 12 team

My team has gotten off to a fantastic start in the pitching cats already and am looking for someone with stability but maybe at least some upside, especially short term.

Who do you think is my best option…these are guys avalable.

5×5 Roto, 12 team

Littel (TB)
Gil (NYY)
Dunning (Tex)
Blanco (Hou)
Singer (KC)
Wicks (CHC)
LAllen Taylor (Cle)
Bradford (Tex)
Schmidt (NYY)
Blackburn (oak)
Meyer (Mia)

Perhaps just a few to help narrow it down?

Is there a dominant middle reliever that you might think can rack up some K’s while preserving my ratios that would suggest?

Thank you…I am in triage mode right now and trying to stop the bleeding….and surgeries!!

Soler Eclipse
Soler Eclipse
1 month ago

How far off the list is Jordan Hicks?

kirbmeist
kirbmeist
1 month ago

Looks like you have Eovaldi at 49 and 52. Just a heads up!