Not Just A Spray Tan

May 26, 2016 | SP Roundup

Like Snoop Dogg preparing for 4/20, Tanner Roark keeps rolling, putting up a line of 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks against the Mets.  I'd be upset about Roark's surprising success this year if Giolito wasn't looking worse than Lady Gaga making a walk of shame after the Grammys.  Anyway, I still believe he's playing well above his ability and it's going to come crashing down at some point, which would make him a prime sell high...but his future first half schedule is way too beautiful. He doesn't have a single non-weak opponent (well maybe the Dodgers) for the next two months.  Seriously, it goes Phils -> Reds -> Phils -> Padres -> Dodgers -> Mets -> Reds -> Mets.  What the hell man, that's just not fair.  Guess you gotta go for it unless someone is willing to overpay.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Buy & Sell 5/25: Identifying Which Trending Hitters You Want To Own

May 25, 2016 | Buy/Sell

Every Wednesday, Dapinder joins Pitcher List to outline the best position player buys and sells of the week.  He'll outline the hitters to trust in your lineups and who to shop while their price is high. Make sure to stay ahead of the curve and use the market to your advantage.

BUY

Kendrys Morales (1B, Kansas City Royals) - As Morales hits under the Mendoza line, he’s the buy of the week. He’s being saddled by a BABIP of .211, well below his career .297. The higher strikeout rate may give some cause for concern, however his swinging strike percentage is consistent with his career meaning he’s gone down looking. Morales’s contact rates are consistent with his career. The Royal will be heating up soon; don’t miss out.

Tom Koehler's Curveball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Tuesday's Games

May 25, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Tom Koehler's Curveball - Koehler may not be an ace, but he does have a pretty Curveball that allows him to get a strikeout or two.  He got some excellent depth on his hook with this pitch to Steve Pearce for the K.

Just In The Zone

May 25, 2016 | SP Roundup

It took a pair of seven ER starts to calibrate Justin Verlander, but it may have been worth it as he's looking like a one heck of a stud after going 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 10 Ks against the Phillies last night.  He's now collected a monstrous 37 strikeouts in his last four outings while holding a 1.19 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in that span.  Pretty gorgeous stuff, and it's time for us to stop ignoring the fact that he's holding a 9.69 K/9 while averaging nearly 6 2/3 innings per start.  This isn't a sell high situation, but rather a sit back, relax, and enjoy the patience you exhibited to wrangle a Top 30 arm at a Top 50 price.  If an owner thinks he's selling high, I'd snatch him before he faces the Angels + ChiSox + Yankees as this party isn't coming to an end for a while.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Closing Time 5/24: Ranking The Top 45 Closers Every Tuesday

May 24, 2016 | Closing Time

Welcome to Closing Time where all the closers and speculative save options are are broken down into tiers based on skill, competition/opportunity/job security, and injury risk. It's a mixture of short and long term value with more focus placed on the long haul.

Added next in line arms in case a closer gets hurt or starts to get shelled.

Share your questions and critiques in the comments. Follow me on twitter @HisDudenessOfNY for the occasional snippet. 

TIER 1

1. Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers) - Pedro Baez

2A. Wade Davis (Kansas City Royals) - Kelvin Herrera

2B. Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees) - Andrew Miller

2C. Craig Kimbrel (Boston Red Sox) - Koji Uehara

2D. Zach Britton (Baltimore Orioles) - Darren O’Day, Brad Barch, Mychal Givens committee

GIF Breakdown: Analyzing Lance McCullers in 9 GIFs

May 24, 2016 | GIF Breakdown

Hello fellow fans of baseball! My name is Ian Post, but you may know me as The_Don_Giggity over on Reddit's baseball and fantasybaseball subreddits. I started a series a couple weeks ago where I extensively broke down pitcher outings on guys such as Jose Berrios (here), Sean Manaea (here), Joe Ross (here), and Michael Fulmer (here), and I'm thrilled to continue the series here at Pitcher List.  But enough about me, let’s get into why we’re really here.

We’re here to break down Lance McCullers second start of the 2016 season since being shut down in mid-March due to right shoulder discomfort. His first outing was foreseeably shaky, as he had the difficult task of going into Boston to face the AL’s most potent lineup (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BBs, 4 Ks, 89 pitches [55 strikes]) and his second start should give us a better idea of what to expect from the sophomore.

Adam Wainwright's Curveball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Monday's Games

May 24, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Adam Wainwright's Curveball - Waino hasn't been featured too much this year as he's still trying to get back to the old Waino we know and love. Yesterday featured some of what we remember with this classic hook to opposing pitcher John Lackey.

Mapping Nat Gio

May 24, 2016 | SP Roundup

I don't spend a whole lot of time talking about Gio Gonzalez as he's always been a pitcher hovering around the 40s to 60s.  He's like Michael Wacha as the most prolific of Tobys. Well, he's been getting more attention this year as he entered last night's outing vs. the Mets with a 1.86 ERA...which ballooned over a point to 2.87 after going 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 10 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks.  Now, we kinda knew this was going to happen at some point - his xFIP and SIERA were both 3.97 before this outing - but it was like Gio wanted to get it all out of the way in a hurry as he allowed a trio of longballs, making his HR/FB go from 5.8% to 10.7% in one evening.  Still, at the end of it all Gio is hinting at a 8.00 K/9 with a low 2.19 BB/9 and an ERA that will probably sit in the low-to-mid 3s. That's a solid addition to any 12 teamer staff and I wouldn't worry about this blip against the Mets.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

The List 5/23: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

May 23, 2016 | The List

Every Monday, I will be releasing "The List" where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for the rest of 2016, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Note: We're working on fixing the "prev" column.  They may be a bit off this week.  

Let's see how the SP landscape has changed since last week:

Felix Hernandez's Changeup + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From This Weekend's Games

May 23, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Congrats to Noah Syndergaard's Fastball for winning GIF of the Week!  Spotting 100 MPH on the black to Bryce Harper barely edged out Rich Hill's fantastic Curveball.

 

Felix Hernandez's Changeup - Felix looked like a King against the Reds, shutting them out across six innings of work.  His Changeup looked good, especially this offering to Eugenio Suarez that never stopped diving off the plate inside.

Splitting Arrows

May 23, 2016 | SP Roundup

This is getting to the point where every day I need to talk about another expected stud trippin' and not in the Doc Ellis way.  Today's victim is Chris Archer who just went 3.0 IP, 6 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks and now owners are once against freaking out like whoa.  I have mixed feelings about it all.  My first instinct is that Archer will drive you guys crazy for a bunch of the season and this isn't going to disappear in the next week or two.  His BB/9 is stupidly high at 4.47 and don't get me started on his 35%+ hard contact rate.  Then on the other hand you have an xFIP below 3.50 (21.7% HR/FB), a K/9 comfortably above 11.00, and he's allowed more than 2 ER in four of his starts - under half his 2016 total.  It's a tough call, but in these types of situations, it's often best to rid yourself of the headache, especially when said headache still holds plenty of value in Archer.  Sure, he could return back to his 1st half 2015 form as I outlined earlier, but you're essentially hedging your bets by selling, since the return piece shouldn't be a major drop-off that would destroy your chances this season.  Just don't go selling him for Pogs and you'll be fine.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Chris Sale's Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Week

May 22, 2016 | GIFs of the Week

Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Chris Sale's Slider - How can we not include Sale's Slider?  It's too deadly of a pitch and as long as he keeps executing them perfectly like the one above to Gary Sanchez, we'll keep adding it to these roundups.

What To Make Of Jake

May 22, 2016 | SP Roundup

Let's be real and consider what's going on with Jacob DeGrom. It has been far from the expected season from The Hair and yesterday's 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks didn't do much to make things better.  Well, it's the first time he's collected seven strikeouts all year, but he needed 100 pitches to get through just five frames.  Am I hugely concerned moving forward?  Yes and no. I don't believe we're going to see a major fall from grace like many others inside the Top 20, as he's always been a finesse pitcher at heart who just happened to throw harder than what finesse pitchers are supposed to do.  Still, he clearly is having issues commanding his Fastball, which has always been the crux of his success.  I'd consider him a decent buy-low as I'm sure there are owners who just want to jump ship, though I'll have him outside the Top 10 tomorrow.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

The Stash 5/21: Ranking The Top 10 Pitching Prospects To Stash Every Weekend

May 21, 2016 | Prospect Rankings

 Every Saturday, Alex is here to write about which minor league pitchers you should be stashing on your team.  This list will range from the top prospects to the more esoteric that should potentially be on your radar. Players who I believe are likely to receive the call to the Show soonest will be at the top and players who may be more of a long term stash will be featured closer to the bottom. Picking up these prospects can be a great way to stay ahead of the curve in your league regardless of whether it’s a deep dynasty league or a shallow 10 teamer. 

The minor leagues features hundreds of pitchers that are rotating through farm systems and major league clubs daily. Injuries or even extra inning games can turn a fledgling AAA pitcher into a spot starter. If you feel there is someone who should be mentioned who wasn’t or if you have a general question about anyone on the list, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get to it ASAP. 

1. Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) – Remember last week when I was all snide about Snell’s command issues? How I was like, “Yeah, I’m not willing to forget the two game struggle Snell had" ? What a dingus I was. Let’s take a look at the two starts that Snell had this past week. 05/15: 5, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BBs, 9 K and 05/20 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. It’s really encouraging to see Snell have back to back 9 K performances and even more encouraging to see him limiting his walks again. While the 8 hits are the most he has given up since April 14th, this marks the third consecutive outing for Snell with two walks or less. Also, with this performance, Snell now leads the International League in strikeouts (he has two more than Glasnow and five more than Taillon) and has raised his K/9 to an astounding 12.29. If for some reason Snell is available in your league, you absolutely need to be stashing him. 

Shoveling Colby

May 21, 2016 | SP Roundup

Can you guess who went 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. last night?  I mean, that's not a real question since you saw the bad pun in the headline and already saw Colby Lewis' name highlighted, but it was Lewis who now holds a 2.75 ERA for the season.  I know what you're thinking.  Okay, what's the downside?  Nah, don't care I'm still going to pick him up since that ERA is so good!  You can do that, and I will obviously concede that he's done well thus far.  Funny thing is that you don't get credit for his previous starts when you pick him up and every piece of data we have on Colby suggests that he's going to be pretty bad pretty soon.  His LOB rate right now is 92.3%.  His 4.13 SIERA is lower than both his 4.46 FIP and 4.24 xFIP is 4.24.  He hasn't been a strikeout guy since 2012, and he'll be sitting comfortable under the 7.00 K/9 this year.  What this means is you're just chasing that low ERA and hoping a low WHIP follows suit - a Three-Fists compromisewith every indication that he won't keep up his side of the deal.  If you like, I'll make down this very start and see how he performs ROS.  If his ERA is under 3.50 and WHIP below 1.15, I'll write a poem about Lewis' success.  And I hate writing poems.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

THE LIST

Rank Change Player
1 Clayton Kershaw
2 Jake Arrieta
3 Chris Sale
4 Noah Syndergaard
5 Max Scherzer
6 Jose Fernandez
7 Stephen Strasburg
8 Madison Bumgarner
9 Corey Kluber
10 David Price
11 Jacob DeGrom
12 Carlos Carrasco
13 Zack Greinke
14 Gerrit Cole
15 Johnny Cueto
16 Danny Salazar
17 Jon Lester
18 Steven Matz
19 Aaron Nola
20 Yu Darvish
21 Felix Hernandez
22 Drew Smyly
23 Jose Quintana
24 Cole Hamels
25 Chris Archer
26 Matt Harvey
27 Taijuan Walker
28 Jeff Samardzija
29 Joe Ross
30 Marcus Stroman
31 Jaime Garcia
32 Lance McCullers
33 Kevin Gausman
34 Rich Hill
35 Drew Pomeranz
36 Masahiro Tanaka
37 Justin Verlander
38 John Lackey
39 Jordan Zimmermann
40 Kyle Hendricks
41 Carlos Martinez
42 Jason Hammel
43 Gio Gonzalez
44 Jake Odorizzi
45 Vincent Velasquez
46 Kenta Maeda
47 Raisel Iglesias
48 Tyler Duffey
49 Aaron Sanchez
50 Rick Porcello
51 Wei-Yin Chen
52 Michael Wacha
53 Jerad Eickhoff
54 Chris Tillman
55 Dallas Keuchel
56 Edinson Volquez
57 Francisco Liriano
58 Julio Teheran
59 Nathan Eovaldi
60 Ian Kennedy
61 Blake Snell
62 Mike Clevinger
63 Marco Estrada
64 Alex Wood
65 Carlos Rodon
66 Tanner Roark
67 Eduardo Rodriguez
68 Jameson Taillon
69 Tyler Glasnow
70 Nate Karns
71 Sonny Gray
72 Tyson Ross
73 Hisashi Iwakuma
74 Michael Pineda
75 Patrick Corbin
76 Josh Tomlin
77 Adam Conley
78 J.A. Happ
79 Juan Nicasio
80 James Shields
81 Michael Fulmer
82 Matt Moore
83 Jon Gray
84 Yordano Ventura
85 Steven Wright
86 Mike Leake
87 Adam Wainwright
88 Collin McHugh
89 Alex Cobb
90 Zack Wheeler
91 Julio Urias
92 Scott Kazmir
93 Bartolo Colon
94 Jimmy Nelson
95 Robbie Ray
96 Matt Shoemaker
97 John Lamb
98 Rubby De La Rosa
99 Mike Foltynewicz
100 Mike Fiers