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All The Ladies Be Like “You Go Chavez!”

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You know who had a 2.82 FIP, 8.45 K/9, and 2.68 BB/9 entering last night’s games?  A fella named Jesse Chavez in Oakland who is once again taking advantage of his opportunities in the starting rotation.  He continued his solid 2015 yesterday going 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks against one baseball’s best offenses, the Detroit Tigers.  I don’t think he’ll be a major addition to your staff, but I think I’ve been a bit unfair so far, and given his home ballpark of O.Co, I’ll be moving him around the high 40s, low 50s in next week’s edition unless he has a massive meltdown against the Yankees.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Matchups

Matchups of the Week 5/26: Three Pitchers You Need To Start

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There is a statistical jungle in baseball, filled with so many numbers it’s easy to get lost. You’re a busy person – there’s no time for you as a fantasy owner to go out and discover the statistical gold. That’s where I come in. Every week, I’ll be out there for you, looking through stats and information databases to find the three starting pitcher matchups that stand out from the rest. They won’t always be the best pitchers and won’t always be streamers, but these are my “Matchups of the Week.”

CC Sabathia (#82 on The List) @ Oakland A’s (Thursday, May 28)

I remember when I was younger, I would watch the highlights on SportsCenter at night and every five days, you could count on seeing C.C. Sabathia being featured. He was an absolute workhorse and even though he didn’t strike out as many guys as you would’ve liked, he generated groundballs like no other as a quintessential ace. However, father time has caught up with Sabathia. His velocity has dropped, his opponents are pulling the ball more, and C.C. has lost effectiveness. Nevertheless, the Yankee southpaw can still hold value in your fantasy league. What really makes this matchup enticing is the Oakland A’s are the 28th best team in wRC+ vs. Left-Handed pitchers. With the likes of Marcus Semien and Billy Burns populating the starting lineup as well as C.C. neutralizing Stephen Vogt from the left side, the big Yankee lefty should be able to handle the A’s. If you need a low-ceiling/moderate-floor streamer in a deeper league, take a look at C.C. for this week.

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Carlos Martinez’s Slider + The Best Pitches From Monday’s Games

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Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the “GIF of the Week”.  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.

Carlos Martinez‘s Slider – He’s been a constant character of the roundups and instead of a Fastball or Changeup, Martinez now gets a personal highlight for his Slider.  It was sharp Monday afternoon, making opposing pitcher Chase Anderson look foolish as he whiffed through the slide piece for the strikeout.

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Leaning Tower Of Rizzi

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Entering the year, both Chris Archer and Alex Cobb seemed to be the prime pitchers of the Rays staff.  As we pass through the quarter mark of the season, Jake Odorizzi has been the king of Tampa Bay and earned a line of 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks last night against Seattle. The preseason outlook for Odorizzi detailed a high upside for Ks paired with a worrisome walk rate.  The good news is that Jake has changed his repertoire to dramatically lower his walk totals, which have been slashed nearly in half from 8.2% to 4.3%.  The bad news is that this repertoire change (swapping in a Cutter instead of his Slider), has also reduced his strikeout numbers, which puts him just over 7 Ks per 9.  Those who are hoping for the same walk rate with the K upside should accept the new Odorizzi and plan accordingly.  I see a guy very similar to Wacha, and if owners are paying Top 25 dollars for him, I’d be interested to sell, especially with his 3.70 xFIP.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

The List

The List 5/25: Weekly Rankings Of The Top 100 Starting Pitchers

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Every Monday, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank 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 2015, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Let’s see what has changed in the SP market since last week:

The List (Click to expand table)

Current RankingPlayerPrevious RankingWorst RankingBest Ranking
Clayton Kershaw 111
Felix Hernandez 222
Max Scherzer363
Chris Sale443
Corey Kluber554
Matt Harvey6166
Madison Bumgarner997
David Price787
Zack Greinke888
Johnny Cueto101310
Jake Arrieta121411
Jacob DeGrom132012
Carlos Carrasco142113
Gerrit Cole18244
Cole Hamels151610
Jon Lester162015
Michael Pineda173717
James Shields223118
Garrett Richards202618
Lance Lynn215220
Collin McHugh192519
Sonny Gray243622
Tyson Ross233023
Stephen Strasburg11245
Jake Odorizzi265925
Danny Salazar27Unranked26
Jordan Zimmermann282813
Chris Archer295628
Noah Syndergaard30Unranked29
Alex Wood313116
Dallas Keuchel325731
Francisco Liriano335432
Michael Wacha254425
Jose Fernandez 406534
Jason Hammel538235
Yordano Ventura444426
Jeff Samardzija353723
Masahiro Tanaka414026
Julio Teheran363923
A.J. Burnett427840
Scott Kazmir345132
Trevor Bauer497542
Carlos Rodon38Unranked39
Ubaldo Jimenez56Unranked45
James Paxton394930
Carlos Martinez506931
Shelby Miller437443
Andrew Cashner454836
Mike Foltynewicz71Unranked49
Gio Gonzalez485537
Matt Shoemaker375133
Shane Greene476238
Mike Fiers525537
Anibal Sanchez555534
Jose Quintana576342
Mike Bolsinger98Unranked56
Jimmy Nelson466744
Hisashi Iwakuma605823
Alex Colome549249
Aaron-Harang69Unranked60
Jaime GarciaUnrankedUnranked61
Clay Buchholz81Unranked62
Phil Hughes596340
Kyle Hendricks73Unranked64
J.A. Happ66Unranked65
Anthony DeSclafani628853
Chase Anderson658965
Tanner RoarkUnrankedUnranked68
Ian Kennedy637260
John Lackey74Unranked70
Jesse Chavez72Unranked71
Rubby De La Rosa89Unranked72
Edinson Volquez649964
Bartolo Colon51Unranked51
Nathan Karns87Unranked74
Andrew Heaney 677662
Nathan Eovaldi587751
Justin Verlander757870
Chris Young90Unranked80
Chris Heston70Unranked70
Brandon Morrow839463
C.C. Sabathia 869576
Drew Hutchison778354
Michael Lorenzen88Unranked85
Aaron Sanchez828573
Taijuan Walker 858636
Rick Porcello919683
Jesse Hahn798853
Archie Bradley61Unranked59
Brett AndersonUnrankedUnranked90
Wandy Rodriguez93Unranked91
Wei-Yin Chen94Unranked92
Hector SantiagoUnrankedUnranked93
Roenis Elias96Unranked94
Lance McCullersUnrankedUnranked95
Tsuyoshi WadaUnrankedUnranked96
Patrick CorbinUnrankedUnranked97
Tim Lincecum100Unranked98
Mike WrightUnrankedUnranked99
Jon Niese76Unranked76

Notes

– The Stephen Strasburg story has gotten even worse as he surrendered 5 ER in only 3.2 IP to the almighty Phillies over the weekend.  He’s far from droppable, but consider him a super high upside stash right now.  I expect him to figure it out in a few weeks to a month, then be an ace once again.  Still, it puts a damper on his 2015 outlook and we have to plan accordingly.

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A.J. Burnett’s Slider + The Best Pitches From This Weekend’s Games

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Every morning we review the five best 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 Week”.  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 Corey Kluber’s Slider for winning last week’s GIF of the Week!  Yordano Ventura’s Fastball put up a fight, but the whiffle-ball action of the Indians’ ace was too good to deny.

A.J. Burnett‘s Slider – Burnett is having one of the best starts to his lengthy career, as he now features a 1.37 ERA and a solid 1.10 WHIP over 59.0 IP.  He struck out 10 Mets batters over the weekend, including this lively slide piece into the ankles of Lucas Duda. 

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Wacha To The Bank

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This is going to sound weird, but you’re going to see Michael Wacha take a hit in tomorrow’s rankings. But he’s done so well!  Just look at line last night! 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks calls for praise, not a demotion…right?  Well, his K/9 is sub 5.50, which makes him in the bottom 20 of all qualified starters.  His glorious near 2.00 ERA is buoyed by a 85.0% LOB rate and a .231 BABIP, making his FIP near 3.70 and xFIP above 4.00.  This start was the sixth outing where Wacha collected four strikeouts or fewer, meaning he’s in line to regress to a poor outing pitcher with little upside for Ks.  You can probably get a pretty penny for Wacha, where you can upgrade your SS situation and get a replacement SP that may be just as good ROS.  I’d cash out now and look to great times ahead.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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The Best Pitching GIFs Of The Week 5/24 – Who Will Take The Crown?

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It’s been another exciting week of baseball with many excellent pitches from around the league.  You’ve been voting all week, now the top pitches battle for the crown of “Pitching GIF of the Week”.  Who will win? 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.

Corey Kluber‘s Slider – This may be the toughest week to declare a winner this year, with many pitches well deserving of earning the crown. Kluber had another marvelous outing this week, with his best pitch coming from this Slider with unreal movement to Jose Abreu.

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You’re Killing Me Stras

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It’s one of the most difficult elements of fantasy baseball.  When a player isn’t performing well, when do I bench him?  When do I cut him? Stephen Strasburg is making owners crazy right now after yet another disappointing outing – against the freakin’ Phillies, no less – when he produced a line of 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks.  It’s no secret that his issues are rooted in his inadequacy from the stretch, and it only continued yesterday.  With runners on base, batters are hitting .400 with an OPS of 1.022, with Stras earning only a 6.23 K per 9.  That is just plain wrong.  He’s been a little unlucky with the bases empty, but at least then he holds a K/9 of 11.00, making the difference mighty apparent.  The good news here is that this seems to be a fixable problem outside of a “he just sucks” problem, and I would simply hold for the moment.  Think of it like a DL stint and we’ll get through this together.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Prospect Rankings

5/25 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Pitchers to Stash

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Noah Syndergaard (NYM) has pillaged his way to the majors, and there has been some shifting around on this list, especially on the front half. There aren’t many apparent imminent call-ups as most of those guys have already gotten the call, but several pitchers have put themselves in good position and need to wait until a frustrated major league hurler punches a wall. Without further ado:

These players are ranked in order of most likely to make an impact for your fantasy team in 2015. It does not include pitchers who have already hit in the majors this year.

1.  Jose Berrios (MIN) – Some people believe that despite his outstanding performance, that a debut this year is not in the cards. Yeah, I’m not buying it. He’s posting an outstanding 10.44 K% with a great 2.88 BB% in Double-A and is likely on the verge of being tested at Triple-A. If he excels there, he could see the majors by the All-Star break. While he may throw fewer innings than some guys due up sooner, he’s a better bet to be a major contributor down the stretch.