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Walker On Sunshine

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Don’t even get me started Taijuan Walker.  You think that after an amazing start of 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks I’m just going to grovel at your feet?  Who do you think you are, Corey Kluber? Look guys, he had the best start of his career BY FAR where he didn’t get a single 3-ball count.  Insane!  Ridiculous!  NO WAY!  HAVE MY BABIES!  But here are your options.  You can stick with someone like Walker who has a sample size of one game that looks great, or you can recognize that outside of the major elite, pitchers have trouble replicating success every time out.  That means we probably won’t see another start like this all season and we’ll be seeing more of that ghastly 4.06 BB/9 and xFIP of 4.44.  Is that really how you want to live your fantasy life?

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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The Best Pitching GIFs Of The Week 5/30 – 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.

Roenis Elias‘ Curveball – He outdueled Odorizzi in Tropicana Field Monday night, and his stuff was as electric as ever.  This sweeping Curveball is incredibly tough for Kevin Kiermaier to resist.

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5/30 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Hitters to Stash

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Prvoious honorable mention Dixon Machado got the call, but other than that, most players have remained in place since last week.  But many of the league’s top minor league hitters heated up again, and a few new names have taken some big leaps forward.  It’s anyone’s guess who of these players will reach the majors first.

Here’s the list for the minor league hittersmost likely to make an impact for your fantasy team in 2015. It does not include hitters who have already hit in the majors this year.

1.  Carlos Correa – (SS, Astros) – Triple-A has been mostly smooth sailing for Correa, who is showing his combination of power, speed, and discipline. Unsurprisingly, his power and speed haven’t quite been as studly in Triple-A, but are still impressive, and should improve as he gets more comfortable.

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Nick Martinez’s Curveball + The Best Pitches From Thursday’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.

Nick Martinez‘s Curveball – He’s not known to carry major swing-and-miss stuff, but this big hook from Martinez was a beautiful sight.  “From nose to toes” as my grandfather would say. (h/t @SixToolPlayer for the request)

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More Than Just Coffee

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After heading to the Red Sox in the Andrew Miller trade with the Orioles last season, rookie Eduardo Rodriguez made his MLB debut yesterday to the tune of 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks.  Beautiful stuff to look at.  He featured a three-pitch repertoire of a Fastball, Slider, Changeup, and dismantled a hot Texas offense.  If you’re wondering about adding the young flamethrower (93.4 MPH average Fastball), I’m here to tell you to add him everywhere you need some upside in your pitching staff.  He’s going to stay in the Red Sox rotation, and I’ll be riding him until I see a good reason not to.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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GIF Breakdown: Understanding the Mystery of Matt Shoemaker in 11 HD GIFs

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After an impressive rookie season in 2014, pitcher Matt Shoemaker has been an enigma in his sophomore year. Despite putting up an elite K-BB% of 17.9%, Shoemaker has suddenly struggled with the longball allowing a staggering 2.28 HR/9 with a 18.8% HR/FB rate.  His ugly 5.44 ERA, 5.26 FIP, and 3.83 xFIP do not inspire confidence, especially from a pitcher who induces grounders only 32.9% of the time. For his latest outing in Anaheim, I tuned in to determine what we can expect from the Angel’s starter moving forward. Here is Matt Shoemaker‘s GIF Breakdown with 11 HD GIFs from his Tuesday performance against the San Diego Padres.

As always, let’s first look at his strikezone plot for the evening:

location.php-pitchSel=533167&game=gid_2015_05_26_sdnmlb_anamlb_1&batterX=&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=2&league=mlb&pnf=&zlpo=&cache=1There are three things of note:  1) Shoemaker did a poor job of nibbling at the plate, as most of his pitchers were either very hittable or outside of the zone.  2) He struggled throwing his Fastballs (FA and SI) inside the strikezone and 3) relied heavily on his Slider and Curveball in the heart of the plate to earn strikes.  We’re going to touch on all of these points and what it means for Shoemkaer with a bunch of GIFs so let’s get started with his Fastball.

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The Hold Up 5/28: Betances Takes Over

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It’s hard to lose your number one ranking when your ERA is 0.00, but that’s just how dominant Dellin Betances has been. Hitters seem completely overmatched and his numbers dwarf any other relief pitcher in the game, closers included.

TIER 1: Closer Material – This group is the cream of the crop. Ample opportunity for holds, high K-rates and low ERA’s make these guys a must own in any Holds league. 

1. Dellin Betances (Yankees) +1

2. Wade Davis (Royals) -1

3. Joaquin Benoit (Padres )

4. Ken Giles (Phillies)

5. Tony Watson (Pirates)

6. Pat Neshek (Astros)

7. Sergio Romo (Giants) +1

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Felix Hernandez’s Curveball + The Best Pitches From Wednesday’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.

Felix Hernandez‘s Curveball – The King set up court in Tropicana Field yesterday, pitching a complete game shutout to take down the Rays.  He accrued eight strikeouts on some filth including this Curveball that dismantled Nick Franklin.

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Richards, You’re Kinda Being A…Jerk

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You know who has been frustrating to own this season?  Garrett Richards who produced a line of  6.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. last night, doing little to change his 3.53 FIP, 4.30 xFIP, 7.35 K/9 and 3.77 BB/9.  Yet here’s the crazy thing.  His .242 BABIP may not be incredibly lucky after all since he’s inducing weak contact on nearly 30% of his pitches.  To give you an idea, most of the league dances between 18 – 22%, with below 15% being poor and above 25% excellent.  He’s also only allowing 15.9% hard hit balls.  Essentially, Richards has dropped his strikeouts in favor of inducing weak contact – and he’s really good at it – but he’s also raised his walk rate.  Not great news for fantasy owners, but the floor for his ERA should be pretty high.  You just won’t see the elite Ks nor solid WHIP you were hoping for.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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Matt Shoemaker’s Splitter + The Best Pitches From Tuesday’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.

Matt Shoemaker‘s Splitter – Today is a special day as every GIF features a zoom-in shot letting us drool over each pitch just a little bit more.  Anyway, Shoemaker had a fantastic outing last night, as he effectively stayed on top of his Splitter and prevented the longball.  Here’s a great look at his putaway pitch against Will Venable.