We’re finally starting to settle into the season!  The Opening Week jitters are gone, and while we still say “small sample size” on everything – it’s not the size of the data but how you use it!

With starting pitching, most guys have only made their first start on the year – a few top-of-the-rotation guys have made two – so unless you see something drastic, you’re not panicking.  And full disclosure, I wrote this intro before Joe Ross‘s first start, so admittedly I am a little nervous…  I have several shares of Ross – on all my redrafts teams, I ranked him crazy high, he’s going to have my first born child…  But whatever happens, it’s still only one start!  This is one of the most nerve-racking Pitcher Profiles I’ve done!

My heavy investment in Ross made him an easy choice to break down for the first Profile on the young season, so here’s how he looked on Sunday afternoon hosting the Marlins, after having his start Saturday night postponed:

First Inning: Here we go!  Ross’s first pitch is a 95 MPH fastball on the hands to Dee Gordon, and ugggghhhhhhhhh, he pounds it into the right center gap and makes it to the wall for a first-pitch leadoff triple.  Not too bad on the location either; it still scores as a 0.5 on the Gamescore+ scale, but it’s not like it was a get-me-over-cookie like Jimmy Nelson‘s first pitch to Jose Altuve yesterday.  Yikes.  So some immediate stressful pitches coming up, and an 85 MPH slider sweeps outside to Marcell Ozuna, 1-0.  Mmmmmm, that slider.  Lookin’ saucy.  93 MPH fastball gets Ross’s first whiff jamming Ozuna up and on the hands, 1-1 is another high fastball, and it’s lined right to Daniel Murphy for the first out.  Wasn’t lined too hard, but still, thankfully someone was there with Gordon’s speed.  94 MPH is inside to Christian Yelich, 94 nips the high inside corner to the lefty, and there’s a new pitch, an 88 MPH cutter (I think – maybe compact slider) just misses the outside edge, 2-1.  92 is inside, that cutter again at 89 is fouled back, and the payoff pitch is a 94 MPH fastball low and inside for a walk.  Hoping this is a rare walk, given Ross’s strong K:BB for the majority of his rookie season.  That slider sweeps again outside 1-0 to the ever-dangerous Giancarlo Stanton, and while it wasn’t a strike, I decided to GIF this one, and you’ll see why:

Joe-Ross-Slider-1Because he follows it up with another slider, and it’s a completely different pitch!

Joe-Ross-Slider-2Wow.  Most exciting 2-0 count in history right there…  Fastball is fouled off, slider at 84 goes low and outside, then a perfect fastball on the knees at 93 fills it up:

Joe-Ross-Fastball-13 GIFs right away…  But unfortunately the curse of the GIF selection has Ross’s slider in the zone rolled right in between third and short for an RBI single.  The shift was on, but if it wasn’t, that’s an easy out right to the natural SS position.  So one run on the board, runners at first and second, and 94 MPH is inside to Martin Prado, fastball high fouled back, then fastball again on the hands is as routine a groundball as you’ll get, and Ross gets out of the inning with a tailor made double play.

Second Inning: The Nats pick up a run in the first to make it 1-1, so Ross is hoping to clean up the sheets and is outside to Justin Bour with the fastball, slider is low, and quickly 2-0.  Fastball on the outside edge is fouled off, 91 MPH is high, then a 3-1 fastball is flared to shallow left for an easy out.  And after a few high-pitch outs, J.T. Realmuto grounds the first pitch fastball to second for an easy first-pitch out.  2 down, and Adeiny Hechavarria takes a fastball strike, 92 MPH again is in there, slider skips into the dirt, then Ross amps up a 96 MPH two-seamer, and it cuts back towards the outside corner and gets the call for Ross’s first K on the year looking.  Yup.  96 MPH two-seamer.

Third Inning: Opposing pitcher Tom Koehler takes a 94 MPH fastball just outside, 92 is in there, 93 strike, then a slider breaking into the dirt low and outside gets a swing and miss for Ross’s 2nd K.  Back to the top, and Gordon takes a fastball way low and inside, two-seamer runs outside, two-seamer again barely outside, 3-0.  Ross fights back with a 93 MPH fastball in there, that cutter again at 87 MPH nips the inside corner for strike 2, and a fastball on the outside black at 94 is grounded routinely to short, two down.  First change-up on the day is an 85 MPH solid-looking pitch that dips low to Ozuna, fastball is in there to even it up, fastball again for a strike 1-2, slider goes low and outside, 2-2.  The slider is breaking, but not quite looking tempting enough today.  But a sinking 94 MPH fastball gets an ugly half-swing hold up from Ozuna for Ross’s 3rd K.

Joe-Ross-Fastball-2Man, look at the movement on that, at 94!

Fourth Inning: Still a 1-1 game, and there’s what I’m happy to see, that slider nice and compact with a ton of movement, but stays in the zone for a first-pitch strike.  Ain’t nothing Yelich could do but take.  Fastball runs outside, and ugh, curse of the Pitcher Profile again as a slider is pulled way into the dirt and inside, 2-1.  Then that cutter low and inside is golfed to center, and it’s an easy flyout, one down.  The big boy Giancarlo takes a slider low and outside, fastball on the inside black is called a ball but looked good, then a slider in the zone is rocketed to third, but Anthony Rendon makes the play for the second out.  That was hit a lot harder than his RBI single, but this time an out.  Law of averages.  Two down, and Prado takes strike one, and a 94 MPH on the outside black is roped to right, and dumbass Bryce Harper dives out of it – whiffs – and it rolls to the wall for a triple.  Harper had it to, it just went under his glove while he tried to dive.  Ugh, either catch it or play it on the hop, ya clown!  THAT’S A CLOWN OUTFIELDER, BRO!  So runner at third, two down, and it looks like another change-up at 89 runs outside to Bour, fastball catches the top of the zone at 93, huge slider breaks inside and low, 91 is barely high and tight, then a 89 MPH cutter perfectly located on the low-outside corner is popped to center, and a routine third out escapes Ross from the triple.

Fifth Inning: The game remains tied, and a great slider bends into the zone to Realmuto, 0-1.  Fastball nips the high outside corner 1-1, fastball well high gets a chase but fouled back, change-up again looks pretty good at 84 MPH but it’s a smidge inside, 92 is bareeeeeely outside, then 91 MPH on the high outside part of the zone is hit hard to left for a leadoff single.  A lot of pitches high that AB, wish Ross went low to mix the sightlines.  After a check at first Hechavarria fouls off a fastball, slider low and away, then a sinking fastball at 92 is grounded weakly to second for another easy double play.  Gotta love a groundballer!  Two outs, and a great sinking fastball at 93 gets a whiff from Koehler, fastball low and outside, fastball again outside, fastball fouled back, then a slider in the zone gets an emergency poking swing for another easy groundout to second to end the inning.

Sixth Inning: After the Marlins escape with no runs given up with the bases loaded, Ross has to continue protecting the 1-1 tie with a slider cut on and missed to Gordon, 0-1.  Slider again dips low, then slider again in the zone is groundball through the gap for a leadoff single.  A great test here – Ross with no one out and Gordon on first – you know he’s going.  Excited to see what composure he can bring.  Two checks at first run Gordon back, and a fastball is in there to Ozuna, fastball again on a slide-step delivery is in there 0-2, then a fantastic slider out of the stretch gets Ozuna swinging for a 3-pitch strikeout with Gordon held at first:

Joe-Ross-Slider-3…I mean…  Wow.  Even the broadcast was distracted by Gordon, and cut to Ross’s delivery too late!  Another check at first, some long stops-and-starts to try and hold Gordon before a first-pitch fastball is barely outside to Yelich, again Ross misses on his 80th pitch, then a beauty of a change-up gets Yelich hacking, 2-1.

Joe-Ross-ChangeupI try to limit myself to 4 GIFs, and I’m at 6.  I can’t help it!  I can’t believe people were hating on his change-up!  Yet another check at first almost gets Gordon, then a fastball is low – Gordon takes off – and Wilson Ramos guns him down.  Credit Ross as much as you can – the lead wasn’t huge, his jump wasn’t great… Awesome.  Yelich fouls off a 3-1 fastball, but Ross loses him on a 3-2 slider low and inside.  I dunno about that pitch selection there.  Runner again at first, and Stanton takes a slider low and outside, fastball nips the outside corner 1-1, 91 MPH sinker gets Stanton unable to check his swing 1-2, then a high fastball in the zone is flied to right, and thankfully it’s routine as hell for Harper because he’s an atrocious fielder…  I’m still bitter!  Ross is out of the inning with some impressive pitching.

Seventh Inning: After a long and taxing inning (with Gordon taking some much attention) even though no one scored, Ross is back out there at 88 pitches with the game still tied and drops in a fastball to Prado for strike one, slider sweeps low and outside, then another gorgeous slider bends into the zone 1-2, and slider again is in the zone and Prado takes for Ross’s 5th K looking.  Slider stays outside to Bour, then a sinker on the outside edge gets a routine lazy fly to left, two down.  Realmuto takes a slider inside, fastball runs back to hit the outside black 1-1, then a fastball jams Realmuto on the hands for an easy grounball out to short.  The Nats would go on to score 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, giving Ross a W in his 2016 debut.

Final Line:  W  7.0 IP  97 Pitches (57 Strikes)  1 ER  5 Hits  2 Walks  5 K  Gamescore: 66  Gamescore+: 68.0

Final Analysis: Yeah, Joe Ross is awesome.  You’re welcome, America.

After that leadoff triple on the first pitch, Ross was borderline dominant, going 7 shutout on 96 pitches.  My apprehension I had pregame while writing that open was quickly abated, and Ross looked awesome.  There’s a little hot and cold water you could throw on this though.  It was a very cold day which tends to favor the pitchers.  Also, it’s the Marlins.  Sure they have some weapons, but they’re not exactly the Blue Jays out there.  That said, Ross flashed a plus change-up (a big detraction from many analysts was his lack of a third pitch) plus a usable cutter, AND the broadcast talked about a split-finger he’s been working on (I didn’t notice any this start, so maybe it’s still in progress).  The fastball and slider are both obviously pluses, dancing all over the zone all day.  I wish he was able to make his slider look a little more hittable in this start though – it was breaking too far down and low to make hitters offer at it on several occasions – but overall, fantastic stuff.  And I also want to re-emphasize his ability to hold runners.  He allowed all of 1 steal last year, pitched amazing from the stretch yesterday (see the 2 GIFs in the 6th inning), absolutely dynamic holding Gordon eventually leading to a CS.

We talked ad nauseam about Ross on the Podcast this offseason, and frankly I was surprised I was so alone on an island with his high ranking.  I pushed him back up a few more in my ranks after this start – I originally ranked him 27 coming into the season, but down a couple with all the skipped starts talk – I love seeing them stick with him even after a PPD.  I don’t even think his slider was near 100% on point and with the Nats are sticking with him in rotation this early, I think big things are coming.  If Ross somehow went undrafted and is still available, get him now.  And if you’re feeling iffy on your rotation, given his ADP and this not being a 0 ER 10 K start, your buy low window might be barely cracked open.

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

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

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD
2 Jake Arrieta, CHC
3 Chris Sale, CWS
4 Max Scherzer, WAS
5 David Price, BOS
6 Jose Fernandez, MIA
7 Madison Bumgarner, SF
8 Matt Harvey, NYM
9 Corey Kluber, CLE
10 Chris Archer, TB
11 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
12 Jacob deGrom, NYM
13 Noah Syndergaard, NYM
14 Gerrit Cole, PIT
15 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
16 Jon Lester, CHC
17 Felix Hernandez, SEA
18 Zack Greinke, ARI
19 Carlos Martinez, STL
20 Danny Salazar, CLE
21 Carlos Rodon, CWS
22 Cole Hamels, TEX
23 Francisco Liriano, PIT
24 Joe Ross, WAS
25 Marcus Stroman, TOR
26 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
27 Raisel Iglesias, CIN
28 Jeff Samardzija, SF
29 Justin Verlander, DET
30 Patrick Corbin, ARI
31 Taijuan Walker, SEA
32 Johnny Cueto, SF
33 Sonny Gray, OAK
34 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
35 Yordano Ventura, KC
36 Luis Severino, NYY
37 Drew Smyly, TB
38 Adam Wainwright, STL
39 Michael Wacha, STL
40 Steven Matz, NYM
41 Jason Hammel, CHC
42 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
43 Ian Kennedy, KC
44 Jose Quintana, CWS
45 Michael Pineda, NYY
46 Mike Fiers, HOU
47 Wei-Yin Chen, MIA
48 Jake Odorizzi, TB
49 Vincent Velasquez, PHI
50 Garrett Richards, LAA
51 Jordan Zimmermann, DET
52 Juan Nicasio, PIT
53 James Shields, SD
54 John Lackey, STL
55 Andrew Cashner, SD
56 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
57 Aaron Nola, PHI
58 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
59 Julio Teheran, ATL
60 Shelby Miller, ARI
61 Kenta Maeda, LAD
62 Aaron Sanchez, TOR
63 Robbie Ray, ARI
64 Collin McHugh, HOU
65 Jerad Eickhoff, PHI
66 Lance McCullers, HOU
67 Anthony DeSclafani, CIN
68 Tyler Glasnow, PIT
69 Jimmy Nelson, MIL
70 Edinson Volquez, KC
71 Tyson Ross, SD
72 Kevin Gausman, BAL
73 Nate Karns, SEA
74 Scott Kazmir, LAD
75 Blake Snell, TB
76 Yu Darvish, TEX
77 Jaime Garcia, STL
78 Adam Conley, MIA
79 Ervin Santana, MIN
80 Taylor Jungmann, MIL
81 Jose Berrios, MIN
82 Rich Hill, OAK
83 Clay Buchholz, BOS
84 Jake Peavy, SF
85 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
86 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY
87 J.A. Happ, TOR
88 Mike Leake, STL
89 Rick Porcello, BOS
90 Derek Holland, TEX
91 Matt Moore, TB
92 Jon Niese, PIT
93 Bud Norris, ATL
94 Josh Tomlin, CLE
95 Kris Medlen, KC
96 Marco Estrada, TOR
97 Hector Santiago, LAA
98 Shane Greene, DET
99 Brandon Finnegan, CIN
100 Chris Tillman, BAL

Dropped Out: Andrew Heaney, LAA (DL), Henry Owens, BOS (Meh, had a change of heart. I know he was sent down but decided he isn’t good enough to wait for, even if it’s only a few weeks), Kyle Gibson, MIN (I wanted to get those final two in and he was the last cut after a poor debut)

  • I’m a little worried about this lat issue with Jacob deGrom.  Certainly not panicking, but if there’s a DL stint coming, it’s so close with that 1-15 range that any little issue takes you down a few.
  • Yup, I’m panicking on Dallas Keuchel.  10 walks in 2 starts!  And obviously I watched his last outing as it was at my Brewers, and he never got to 90 MPH.  Really had to labor his way to 5.2 IP, and while he’s not a hard thrower, his fastball was at 89.6 last year and could get up to 92-93 when need be.  Well, a lot of times yesterday it needed bein’!  Averaging under 87.8 MPH so far this year, and a 2 MPH drop early is a littler concerning with someone who throws slow to begin with.
  • I’m not worried yet on Jeff Samardzija.  He always gets pounded at Miller Park, and that was another start I watched due to my bias.  Stuff still had good movement.
  • I never try to root “too hard” against guys I was low on, but it was nice to see Johnny Cueto AND Scott Kazmir both have bad games against each other.  Score.
  • Great start for Ian Kennedy, who I had ranked really favorably compared to ADP and I remain bullish on.
  • I think you kinda have to buy Juan Nicasio at this point.  He reminds me of Michael Pineda in that rookie year for the Mariners.  I never realized just how big Nicasio is, and just the power fastball and slider combo with it looking like he’s just on top of the hitters with that long frame lunging forward…  But the comp has another parallel – I think we could see a bumpy second half and a wear down.
  • I should’ve ranked Aaron Sanchez higher from the onset… I’ve always liked his stuff, and while obviously hindsight is the whole 20/20 hooblah, I’m not too surprised he flashed some Ks and looks good.  First real regret thus far, I’d add him where I could.
  • As you all know, I’ve never been a big Tyson Ross guy (irony I love little bro!), and I’ve DEFINITELY never been a fan of shoulder injuries.  Scary stuff.
  • Even after a no-hit debut, you’ll see I didn’t even rank Ross Stripling.  He has pretty boring stuff to me.  Reminds me of Chris Heston and that no-hitter last year, and he went on to be a streamer at home at best.  NL-only is the only leagues I’m getting Stripling for now.

Do you guys still think I’m nuts for J Ross?  And what are your thoughts on this first in-season re-rank?  As always, let me know your thoughts below, and happy pitching, Razzball Nation!

  1. ferris says:
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    Any movement on Verlander after today’s shelling?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @ferris: Too much plate for Verlander. Was hit hard a few times but a lot of well placed grounders and duff singles hurt him more. And the walks… too many at bad times. It wasn’t good but it wasn’t terrifying.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @ferris: i haven’t liked him for a cpl years.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @ferris: @CMUTimmah: @Bye Felica: Yeah he probably will sink a few, especially after another rough one his next time out before wk 3 reranks. But I won’t panic yet either.

        Bye – first time I’ve ranked him well past few seasons

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RotoLance: That is fantastic! Yeah the improvements in the second half had me a huge buyer, I didn’t see enough of his first few starts to notice the change. Thanks for sharing, great read!

  2. Bye Felica says:
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    What’s up brudda, What do you think about losing Grichuk for Nola. My OF is stacked with Mookie, Harper, Trumbo, Dickerson, Mazara, Mallax (SAGNOF)

    I only start 3 OF

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Bye Felica: Forgot I have Wil Myers also

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bye Felica: Whoa yeah that’s too many OF, I’m fine with that in that situation. I’m still holding Grichuk in most leagues though

  3. I am in a H2H 5×5 league and had Heaney on my staff. The day before he hits the DL I was sent an offer of Granderson and JRoss for OZUNA.

    Ozuna is on my bench, and my O is sick so not much room for him in this weekly lineup league. I jumped at it and as a Met fan am double excited to have Grandy on my bench for his eventual hot streaks.

    How tasty is this trade on a scale of Goober PBJ to Pulled Pork Carnitas?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The discarded head of ted williams: That is on the scale of best pulled pork carnitas I’ve ever had! That nice crunchy sear on the pork, some nice plantains, mmmmm, is it dinner time yet?!?!?

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    First time I own T-Ross (in two leagues, no less!), and boy is it T-Rough!

    Based on your comments, I would assume that you would (a) drop Ross for a streaming slot in a redraft 10 team h2h and (b) in your keeper league, sell low on Ross while people think he’ll be back and fine in a week?

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Also – I thought you’d appreciate that I picked up SUPERGREENE! for the two start week in my weekly league.

  6. Regan says:
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    I would try and trade for him but……i already drafted him on every team! Thanks JB!

    First start for Shark didn’t inspire much confidence. Now he goes to Coors so at least it’s an easy sit. Not sure i feel confident starting him outside of SF. Already regretting that pick, especially since he burned me so bad last year.

    And WTF happend to Keuchel? I see he is one of the few top guys to get a downgrade. Did you see anything specific to warrant concern?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Regan: Noice! J Ross for president! Ugh yeah definitely sitting him there. But Coors and Miller are two of the worst parks and he didn’t look terrible to me. Yeah velocity as I mentioned for Keuchel, just had to rely on nibbling, and just couldn’t seem to attack. I think seeing his fastball at 86-88 topping at 89 made him a little sheepish

    • Regan says:
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      @Regan: Never mind, i see you already answered that question in the general comments section. Got Keuchel in a keeper league, time to start shopping.

      3 Other guys super excited about after first starts. Nola, Kendricks, Velasquez. YummYumm!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Regan: Hah all good! Went into a little more detail there :)

        Velasquez def seems tasty!

  7. Fungazi says:
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    Better ignore Samardizja again this week, he’s up against the Colorado Storys tomorrow.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fungazi: Hah yes, easy sit there haha

  8. Eric B says:
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    Good stuff as usual JB. Ross looked pretty darn good, hate that I wasn’t able to snag him in the draft. Tried to swing a trade for him(his ESPN ownership is so low) but his owner was having none of that lol.

    At Least I was ahead of the curve on Nicasio, don’t think my staff is too shabby, although it still really doesn’t have an Ace. I was able to bolster my RP a bit swapping Domingo for Vizcaino…still have some iffy RPs behind Kimbrel but based on my needs, how do you view that trade?

    Also I know we were chatting on the last update about me not needing 3 bench bats and possibly adding Ian Kennedy to bolster my staff. You still feel like thats my best move? Not sure if you ever responded since you updated today but I was trying to figure out who to drop Myers or Zimmerman to add Kennedy…love to hear your thoughts.

    My O underperformed for my tastes in week 1 although I won 9-1, still peeved I lost Pollock lol. Which reminds me, with the news Pollock may not return, and being in only a 4 keeper league, would you dump him and grab Choo, Descalfani, Gausman or Cobb for my DL spot or hold tight?

    Thanks as always, look forward to the feedback.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric B: Thanks man! Ugh well, at least you were thinking on him! And nice you got Nicasio! I still like that Vizcaino deal, Domingo is really selling out to see as many pitches as possible at leadoff.

      Yup I think I said Myers, but of course he hit a HR haha. I’ll flip flop to dropping Zimmerman :)

      Meh, I think I’d hold Pollock a little longer in your DL vs those other stashes

    • Eric B says:
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      @Eric B: Forgot to post my roster for ya:
      12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS

      C J.T. Realmuto
      1B Cabrera
      2B Daniel Murphy
      3B Seager
      SS A. Russell
      OF Stanton
      OF Springer
      OF Polanco
      UTIL Burns
      UTIL Sano
      Bench 2B/SS Castro
      Bench 1B/OF Will Meyers
      Bench 1B Zimmerman
      DL Pollock

      SP Salazar
      SP Corbin
      RP Kimbrel
      RP McGee
      P T. Walker
      P Odorizzi
      P C.Rodon
      P Nicasio
      Bench Vizcaino
      Bench RP Tolleson
      DL SP E-Rod

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Eric B: All good! Yup everything I posited there stands as posted above :)

    • Eric B says:
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      @Eric B: Thanks JB, you’re the best, yeah I hear you on Myers vs. Zimmerman…really a toss up. Myers has a little more upside imo, similar pop, little more speed and positional flexibility. Plus you just know Zimmerman won’t stay healthy lol. Appreciate the timely advice and your willingness to answer multiple questions, you rock buddy!

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        @Eric B: I try man! yup can’t dispute any of that, but on a day-to-day it’s a coin flip until Zimmerman is inevitably hurt haha

        • Eric B says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Agreed, in an OBP league Zimmerman has his advantages too(he K’s a lot less), tough call but think I’ll keep Myers for now. A tougher call, after I drop Zimmerman for Kennedy, will be who goes when E-Rod returns…hmmm.

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            @Eric B: Haha yeah that indeed will be a tougher one, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there :)

            • Eric B says:
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              @JB Gilpin: So myers goes deep but then Zimmerman scores 3 runs and has a 75o OBP, not so sure who to cut now lmao…the joys of fantasy baseball.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Eric B: Hah well at least it’s a debate between two good players and not two bad ones!

                • Eric B says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Yeah the debate rages on, gonna press my luck and give it one more day and see how each perform and then hopefully snag Kennedy before his next start. BTW is this Finnegan kid for real? Just trying to have a back up plan in case Kennedy gets scooped before I can make a decision.

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @Eric B: Meh, his slider was great, but he doesn’t throw crazy harsd, bad team, bad park… I’m not going too crazy yet but you can see he did crack my ranks

                    • Eric B says:
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                      @JB Gilpin: So thoughts on Nicasio today, should I be worried or bump in the road?

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                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @Eric B: We outta room! I’m not panicking yet, it was cold and I think he’ll be better

  9. Jack says:
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    Like Anibal at all this week? I added him for his two starts…okay idea or terrible idea?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: H2H Pts with weekly lock… I’m good with rolling the dice there. But in roto on a game by game basis I’m massively avoiding. I’ll give it an “Okay idea” if in that format!

      • Jack says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, h2h no weekly lock. I have a hard time sitting people, much to my dismay. I guess I will take your advice above on Samardjia.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack: Yeah you’re definitely sitting Samardzija, and not panicking in the least if it’s another bad one.

          • Pete says:
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            @JB Gilpin: how about in a points league? ok to roll him out there? K’s are +2, wins are 10, and losses are only -6.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Pete: Yeah in a Pts I would go for it

  10. joe says:
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    I trusted my gut and started Nola, J Ross, and Velasquez. You obviously went into great depth on J-Ross. Any extended thoughts on Nola and Velasquez. Me Likey.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @joe: Like all those guys! Velasquez getting the rotation spot outta spring I think spoke volumes. Nola not as sharp tonight against the Pads, but nice strikeout numbers again. I might have to move him up with another strong start his next time out

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Offered Cashner and Karns in my keeper league, for T-Ross. Based on your rankings, looks like a definite take–though I’m wondering if I can get more, as I don’t love Karns.

    What do you think of the below counters I’m mulling over….(in order of pref)

    1. T-Ross for for Cashner and Hammel?
    2. for Cashner and Gio G?
    3. for Hammel straight up?
    4. for Gio straight up?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I kinda like Karns! But yeah, you might be able to get more. Especially in a keeper with Ross still fairly young. That said 1. def yes 2. meh, maybe not 3. if in win-now mode 4. nope. Any time!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks! What’s your take on Karns?

        1. Looks like he’s sticking with Cashner + Karns. Do it or just hold?

        2. Also, what do you think of T-Ross straight up for an unproven commodity like Nicasio, Arron Sanchez, or V for Velazquez?

        It’s a keeper league, but The keeper part isn’t too relevant. I can only keep 7 (I try to keep mostly bats) and I’ve luckily got below market Rizzo, Betts, Franco, Strasburg, super cheap Iglesias and Matz, plus $0 or $1 blue chip prospects (Urias, Berrios, Yoan Moncada, and your guy Orlando Arcia), Buxton, plus Grey picks like Polanco, Deshields, Schoop…so hopefully I won’t need to think about keeping Cash or Karns!! And yes that rosterbating was to console myself while Matz gets The Mountain-ed by MIA.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: He had a great K rate last year, I like his stuff – I know not the best startm but I think he can be OK. 1 – Yup I’d try to hold out for more and hope Ross is healthy soon 2. Ohhhh OK, yeah 7 keepers it doesn’t matter on these guys. It’s a risk, but I like Nicasio more ROS than Ross, I would do that one!

  12. Jensen says:
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    When I look at Joe Ross’ K/9 over his minor league career i see a guy who will be lucky to get 7k/9 in the bigs. He is going to have to keep a 1.0 WHIP of lower to get anywhere near your rank, and get lucky in the W’s department. Now if he were on the Pirates I could see top 25 overall.

    PS. should have benched Jugmann in the REL. Ouch!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jensen: Well his walks were worse and he just wasn’t the pitcher he is now. After the trade to the Nats, he found his slider. I think some coach somewhere turned a light on. Really disagree his Ks are in the 7s, wait why lucky in the Ws department? 97 pitches and 7 innings in his debut, he doesn’t walk guys so should go deep most games…

      Hah yeah. I mean Wily has been just as bad. Maurer with a hold though! My cobbled together bullpen looking OK. Thinking on my offer some more? I could sweeten the pot a little

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        @JB Gilpin: I agree the slider is nasty. Easily a plus pitch, scouts totally missed that one, should be atleast a 60grade. But I see lots of problems for a guy who only has two pitches to throw. His fastball is maybe above average but nothing elite and that is it. His changeup is really bad and I have never seen him throw a cutter so I’ll have to catch his next start to see it. But until he finds a 3rd offering I just don’t see him being more than a mid/back end rotation guy. He has nothing offspeed to keep hitters guessing. So last year in the MLB he had 8K/9. That was with a 26% swinging strike rate on his slider which would be one of the best in the majors if he did it over a season. His high groundball rate helps his pitch count but his fastball is actually below average at generating ground balls compared to the rest of the league. Combine that with the fact he is going to throw 65-70% fastballs (which is going to be top 15 in the league) and I just see where he could easily wear down over the season.

        His pitch selection and velocity give him two obvious comps. Wily Peralta and Chris Archer. You have him ranked like the next Archer but I think it is just as likely he is Peralta. You find a lot more aces with 50% fastball rates than 70%.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jensen: Why I linked to the change-up! Totally disagree it’s bad. And the cutter was a nice new addition. Your slamming here is exactly the slams on Archer to start last year. I think his slider is one of the best in Majors – there ya go. Is the fastball data you’re looking at parsing out sinker/4seam/2seam?

          As someone who unfortunately watches all of Peralta’s starts, it’s apples and like – I dunno – rotten wasabe balls comparing those two. I also don’t see Ross’s pitch arsenal on fangraphs breaking out the cutter. He DEFINITELY threw 6-8, yet lumped them in with fastballs I guess. So that would drop the FB% in this first start to like 53ish%

  13. Grandslamdolf says:
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    Tom Koehler looked OK from what I saw also. Would prefer him over most of the low-end AL BEAST pitchers in your top 100, as a streamable option in the NL LEAST. Only a madman would roster those AL guys in a mixed league.

    thanks for the breakdown (and gifs!) of J-Ross 1st start, nice job

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Grandslamdolf: Sure, yeah Koehler was one of my handful of guys out in all these iterations. His stuff always looks good, but seems so inconsistent year-to-year. I’ll keep my eye out for him this week, thanks for the thought!

      Appreciate it man! J Ross is nasty!

  14. Jerry says:
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    Hey, JB! Wei-Yen Chen, Estrada, or Velasquez for the season? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jerry: You know these are current top 100 pitcher rankings?

      Hi JBeeeeee!

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        @Jerry: @Cram It: Yup ranks above are for ROS, so gimme Chen, Velasquez, Estrada.

        Hi Crammmmmmmmm! Good to see ya as always!

  15. Robert says:
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    I am in a league with a limit on player moves so I have to be careful about impulse buying. With that in mind, would you drop Leake for Ross? I am guessing the answer is yes.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Robert: You should do that before someone else does.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Robert: @Cram It: Yessir! Grab him now!

  16. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Chris Tillman is the Brooklyn Brawler of fantasy baseball. He’s always just kind of around making you go “oh yeah, that guy.”

    Any thoughts on Hellickson? Late career resurgence or small sample size against bad teams? I was torn between adding him or Hill.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Hahaha, yeah I know, his velocity is up in this very small sample, but with most pitchers with velo down, it was interesting.

      Meh, yeah never been a big fan of Hellboy’s stuff, I haven’t ever ranked him high. Bad team, doesn’t throw hard, very meh to me. I would go upside of Rich Hill

  17. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Great post buddy. Ross is Boss!

    Talk to me about Sean Manaea. What’s his impact this season? Should he be stashed?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @malamoney: Thanks man! Ross is indeed da Boss! Screw this Springsteen schmuck!

      Mehhhh, while he finished strong in AA last year, he’s a little hurt and at least a month or two away from being in the rotation I would think, I’d rather invest in Berrios/B Snell/Glasnow, etc

      • malamoney

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        @JB Gilpin: I am already stashing Berrios and Glasnow in one league and Snell and Glasnow in another. Urias and Giolito are already gone. How about Reyes. When do you see him surfacing?

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          @malamoney: Ummm, probably August at the earliest, the suspension doesn’t help. Long term I def like him more, this season only I would lean Manaea

  18. jal179 says:
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    JP please calm me.. btw the top 100 starters is my fav list of all time.

    10 team redraft league weekly H2H standard cats Hits + OPS + QS.

    My staff is as follows:
    SP1 Mad Max
    SP2 Thor
    SP3 Carrasco (love this guy)
    RP1 Chapman (drafted him 100th overall… took a chance)
    RP2 Rondon
    P Matz (i reached for him in the 13th around 135th overall… I may regret this)
    P Maeda
    P Severino
    P Betances
    Bench Buckholz, Dickey
    DL- Erod, Boxberger
    NA- Glasnow

    I’m worried real bad if Matz, Severino and Maeda don’t live up to expectations… I likely went a little too heavy on upsidey.

    I dropped Hoover for Eugenio Suarez cuz I’m weak at SS with Ian Desmond (do NOT trust him…)

    Thoughts on my staff?

    Drop any for Rich Hill, Eickhoff, DeSclafani, or Alex Colombe?(I’m light on saves with Chapman eating a roster spot…)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jal179: Yeah I was pretty low on Matz and Maeda. I might try to sell Maeda high if his next start is great. I think the rest of your staff is amazing though! Well, minus those two bench guys. I’d spec add Hill and see what happens (even though I have Desc and Eick higher in my ranks, I think Hill is just riskier) and get colome for Buchholz and Dickey

  19. Chicken Dinner says:
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    How manning innings is ya boy gonna get this year?

  20. Chris says:
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    12 team H2H. Is it worth it to use a #2 waiver on Jorge soler and drop Khris Davis? I don’t think soler will make it through waivers but not sure if using the #2 waiver is smart or not here.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Chris: I’m not a huge hoarder of a waiver spot, I’d go ahead and use it there

  21. Ben says:
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    15 team roto

    Guy offered me Maeda for David Robertson. My pitching scores are brutal (can’t tell how much that had to do with Tolleson).

    Is this is a deal you would do?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ben: Nahhhhh Robertson is such an elite closer and I’m worried Maeda tails off by the second half I would want more

  22. Scott says:
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    Joe Ross was sitting on the waiver wire in one of my leagues, an RCL at that! Picked him up thinking,”JB would never forgive me for leaving Joe on the wire.” !!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Whoa, it’s like finding gold! Eureka! And yeah, I would never forgive you haha

  23. Scott says:
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    Don’t worry about DeGrom. It’s just new dad stress!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scott: Haha I thought about weaving that in somehow, but then I got worried. Remember when Buchholz missed like a whole year after falling asleep holding his baby weird? I didn’t wanna put that negative joojoo out there!

  24. griff says:
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    Who do you like better in a dynasty: j.ross or nola?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @griff: Definitely Ross

  25. M says:
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    JB-I am high on J. Ross and agree with all of your analysis regarding him. Like you said, something clicked wigh Ross’ slider and he has great movement and (unlike his big bro limits the walks and the SB’s)

    Just realized that my staff (15team roto) has a bunch of your favorites.
    Arrieta
    Kluber
    Salazar
    Hammel
    J.Ross
    V.Velasquez
    B.Finnegan
    B.Maurer
    K.Medlen

    Ross and Velasquez looked great over the weekend, and now Finnegan is flirting with a no-no.

    Thanks again for the great work!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @M: Yup, glad I have some believers with me! Well, most people seem to be believing too, but that Grey on the Podcast… Ugh!

      Pretty good stuff! Nasty slider yesterday from Finnegan. Nice work!

  26. Headdown says:
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    I’m going to try a different approach next year. Not gonna draft any pitcher but what is left after I spend all my chops on offense and relief. Harvey and Price and every other pitcher itouch goes to hell. Just pick up the early phenols and let it ride!

  27. Slimbo says:
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    hey boss

    would you drop cesar hernandez for andrus?

    thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slimbo: Ummmm, Yeah I think I probably would, close though. Not huge on Andrus and I know Cesar has started hot, but I would lean Elvis

  28. Swfcdan says:
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    Ross my boy! Wish I had him on my other team too, grabbed too many SP’s by then and didn’t have enough money in the late game to go after him. Gah! Him and E-Rod are my breakout pitchers predictions for the year.

    See you quite like Conley in your rankings, makes me feel better about holding him and starting vs the Mets in my 16 team H2H despite his last start. Worth a shot right?

    What about Chase Anderson too on your Brewers, amazed you haven’t talked about him! Guess you don’t like him lol, but is he worth holding onto for his next start @STL and see how he does- he was intriguing to start last year too.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Swfcdan: Why I go slow with pitchers, and scoop em up later! Haha. I liked E-Rod in my initial ranks a ton too, but this injury was no bueno. Sure, yeah Conley should be owned in 16ers. Mehhhh, anderson and the HR scare me in a pitcher’s park, and STL is heating up. I’m a little worried, but still in Jungmann shellshock maybe haha

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: So surely Anderson is ok in a pitchers park lol, I might take the gamble, depends if I’m leading ERA/WHIP or need to take a risk.

        Few firsts, just listened to the razzball podcast for the first time (about time too!). Few points: 1. Grey’s voice is hillarious . 2. Was he drunk/high or both that episode? haha 3. His pronouncation of players names was also hillarious, “I like Mazaro and Matt Scherzer” Wtf hahaha crazy guy.

        Also I’m not a fan of any other American sports (football as you call it soccer’s my main sport in England here!) Haha. But checked out a few of the other razzball sports blogs (seriously forgot anything other than baseball existed!) and saw you are the main man on the basketball one so kudos, you are the Grey of the fantasy basketball world haha.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Swfcdan: Its a gamble for Chase, but yeah I’m not horrified by it. only league I have him in is my 30 teamer where I have to own 15+ Brewers ha.

          Thanks for listening! 1. Yup! 2. Who the hell knows… 3. Yes! Become a big part of the show haha.

          Yup I am the Grey of hoops, glad you agree! Season ends tomo (most fantasy leagues are over, H2H is usually the preferred format) so we’re kinda coasting into the offseason.

          Every weekend I try to catch at least 1 EPL game, and it just happened to be that Arsenal West Ham thriller Saturday morning. Then Leister Sunday morning. I used to love playing Fifa, but the wife banned it from the house due to rage issues hahaha

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Ha cool that you watch EPL games, my team is Sheffield Wednesday in the 2nd tier of English football (hence my username haha). And we are in with a shot of getting promoted to the premier league next year. What do you reckon to the idea of promotion/relegation in sports, it’s funny that we have such different league systems to US. Wouldn’t it be cool for the Yankees to get relegated to the minor leagues one year? haha . Gotta admit I prefer our way due to the excitement for promotion each year, though US system is much better for developing young talent than ours!

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Swfcdan: Ahhhhhh I never put that together! Nah just a casual fan of all teams, no allegiances.

              I just don’t think any owners would allow for that to happen with all the $$$ here in american sports, and with salary caps in NBA and NFL, it just couldn’t happen, but it would be cool!

              But yes, and was going to be my next point, all the teams just below the pros are mostly for developing talent i.e. minor leagues, D-League in NBA, etc.

              If I ever have Sheffield on I’ll watch and be a die-hard fan!

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Haha thanks man, we should be in the playoffs at the end of the year for promotion, it works like baseballs in a way but starting with just 4 teams. So you might just see us on tv then!

                But don’t call us just Sheffield as there is 2 teams in my city, Sheffield United too who I hate haha.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Swfcdan: Cool, well I’ll def be on the lookout! Thanks for letting me know, as I embrace full SWFC fandom, go Owls!

                  • Swfcdan says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Haha awesome, I’ll let you know if we make it! And you knew our team nickname, impressive!!

                  • Swfcdan says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Just needed to say just got a trade accepted in my dynasty, getting Joe Ross for Shelby Miller. Oh yeah baby!

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                      @Swfcdan: Hell yeah!!!!!!!!! Noice!

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: And yeah FIFA can cause major rage issues hahah, but it’s fun.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Swfcdan: Yeah it’s def fun, but almost too fun in that I wanna be the best, put in a ton of hours, and then get mad when my keeper lets in this terrible goal ahhhhhhhhh

  29. Swfcdan says:
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    Just read the article too, man I need to try and get Ross in my other league! It’s a 16 team dynasty so he’ll cost more unfortunately, Shelby and Karns for him too much? Shelby by himself?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Swfcdan: I’d def start with Shelby but no, I don’t think the combo is too much at all!

  30. I’m relying on Ross to be a key part of my thin rotation in one RCL league, hope he can keep it up!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Elijah: Yessir, me as well!

  31. Speaking of which, I was looking for streamers this week and noticed Ian Kennedy is unowned…perhaps he can be my #5, he looked good when I was watching and I see you are high on him as well.

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      @Elijah: I’d def add him if you didn’t have a #5. Had a lot of unlucky factors while in SD, now a much better defense, the park is better as Petco has become neutral-ish… K upside. A lot to like

  32. 9 Men on grass says:
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    What are your thoughts on McCullers. I have a DL spot and am thinking about picking him up. If his sholder is healed I would think theres a lot of upside. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @9 Men on grass: In my original ranks, I said for this year I was worried about rotation vs. bullpen yoyoing issues. We’ve seen that mess with pitchers before, and I could for McCullers this year. Definitely lots of upside though, if you have a DL spot open I love stashing him for sure

  33. Dab says:
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    What are your thoughts on Chris Bassitt? He sits in mid 90’s with decent control and off speed pitches. #2 pitcher in pitcher’s park. Perhaps some upside on k/9 based on minor #s.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dab: He literally was #101 coming into the year haha. So he’s bareeeeely out. The Ks didn’t really translate last year, and maybe there’s some AL-only type upside, but I’d want to see a nice continual run on Ks before he got up into the mixed league ranks (like 60ish)

  34. Ryan741 says:
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    JB, trade question in a H2H points league. Would you consider dealing Kershaw for DeGrom and Kris Bryant? Little worried about DeGrom’s health, but it seems like a fair offer. Right now I have Kershaw/Kluber/Noah/Joe Ross/Hendricks/Aaron Sanchez in my rotation and McCullers on my DL. I still think Kershaw is just too dominant in a points league to do that deal.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan741: It’s not the worst offer, but yeah I would certainly keep Kershaw. In Roto, I would definitely take the Bryant side, but yeah in Pts, you gotta keep the dominant Kershaw

  35. Alex C says:
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    Honestly it’s a bit embracing that you still have Syndergaard at 13 overall. Unless he has arm problems, he is a top 5 pitcher. The guy was throwing 95mph sliders to people, and avg 99 on a sinker… I’m not even sure I’d move him for anybody outside of Kershaw.. he’s that good.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex C: So you’re embracing my rank? Thanks, I think it’s a good rank too!

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I think he meant… aww man. That’s some embracing ish right there.

  36. malamoney

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    Points league question involving pitchers. League is heavy in points for pitching. Last year Machado scored 486 points and Greinke scored 808. Greinke and Machado were keepers. We only keep 5 on each team so Berrios wouldn’t be a keeper.

    Pick a side: Greinke and Moustakas for Machado and Berrios.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @malamoney: I’ll take Machado. Sure there’s the gap, but Greinke is regressing and it’s easier to find pitcher Pts on the wire

  37. DzChronic says:
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    JB,

    This is only my second post ever (my last was last year to express my admiration for these articles, I really love your breakdown on guys, and to ask a few quick questions). I have a few more, I should probably wait until tomorrow for your next update, but I finally got the chance to sit down and type this out so here goes.

    First, I’m surprised Giolito isn’t in your top 100? I realize this is a ROS, but he has to be better then some of the guys you mention. I mean, you have Glasnow at 68, and he can’t be coming up that much sooner then Giolito, can he? I thought maybe you really just don’t like Giolito, even if you don’t, he can’t be considered that much different then Glasnow (I think they are very close personally).

    Second, you have Darvish at 76. Again I realize this is ROS, but when (and I’m assuming he’s at 76 for you because it’s still and if not when) he comes back, assuming he comes back strong, he would fly up the list right? I ask because I took a shot on him, probably sooner then I should have, but I liked the value where I got him if he can return to top 20-30 SP form. Sort of wanting to confirm what you feel on him. Also the exact same question on McCullers.

    Lastly, someone dropped Severino in one of my leagues. I’m in a mixed 12 team points league using 5 SP each week. I have Salazar, J Ross, Iglesias, Gonzalez, T Ross as my “solid” starters (T Ross obviously not looking good but I listened to Grey’s advise from his top 20 and he was a steal for when I drafted him if he panned out to be good again (I don’t normally love him either, but i’ll take a mid to low 3’s ERA, 1.25 WHIP and around a strikeout per innning guy, no problem)). I also have Nola, Nicasio, Eickoff (dropped Berrios to get him), Giolito, Darvish and McCullers. So, I’d like to take advantage of someone pulling the ‘drop’ trigger on Severino too quick (in my opinion) but I’m not sure who i would drop (probably Eickoff, but he’s looking pretty solid right now). Full disclosure I have no bats on my bench as I can usually do a good job of finding serviceable hitters in the event of an injury versus quality starting pitching and being able to rotate quality starters in for the playoffs makes a huge difference in our league.

    Sorry for the novel, eager to hear your feedback!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DzChronic: Hah so almost everything you mention here are things I have addressed in my ranks earlier today :) Appreciate you posting man, glad you like these!

      Giolitto is limping in this time. I still worry it could be like August though… I def think Glasnow is much sooner though, I read they discussed calling him up in Sept last year, and he has to overtake Vogelsong or Locke. Clearer path to me. But yes, them being like 20 spots different is about my callup thoughts, not skill level disparity.

      I expressed worry on McCullers in my initial ranks, that I’m concerned he gets yoyoed from SP to RP. Darvish is up about 10 spots this round though, and will continue to climb as he nears a return.

      None of your guys clearly stand out to me as your drop, it’s between Gio/T Ross/Eickhoff, but would def drop one of them. I guess Eickhoff, but don’t feel great about it either :)

  38. Patrick says:
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    JB…after his outing yesterday, do you think Matt Moore is worth dropping Justin Verlander for?

    (10 tm mixed, H2H)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Patrick: Yeah, even though I’ll still have Verlander higher (I’m hoping he gets better as season goes on, and I have longer-term Moore concerns), in a 10 team mixed I would make that move since you def wanna ride the hot guys. Can’t be as patient

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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man

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