Painting A Picture Of Drew

September 27, 2016 | SP Roundup

As we start the final week of baseball, it's tough for me to watch Drew Smyly give us a meh performance against the White Sox - 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks as I really liked the kid entering the season. Now I wonder if I'll be able to call Smyly a post-hype sleeper next year. It's not out of the question that he takes a step forward as he is still young and could develop with more time. That 1.64 HR/9 and 67.7% LOB rate really killed him. That and having a worse Curveball that lowered his K/9 almost two full points to 8.57. What I'm trying to get at is that I think he'll be better than his price come the 2017 draft. I'd take the chance in an AL-Only league.

Let’s see what every SP did yesterday: 

Back To School

September 26, 2016 | SP Roundup

Eduardo Rodriguez was a possible stream if you needed a savoir on the final day of your championship round and hallelujah he came through with a line of 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 13 Ks. Holy Wade Boggs' mustache! Erod got all but three of his outs by way of the K - including his final 11 outs coming via the strikeouts - though it may him get pulled in the sixth due to a high 113 pitch count. I kinda want to say Blame it on the Rays if only to remind y'all to keep his matchups on your mind. I'm still hesitant against the Jays next time out and I'm not too high in 2017. I think it will be a bit of ups and downs and not so much of a steady producer that you'd want at the backend.

Let’s see what every SP did yesterday: 

GIF Breakdown: Remembering What Made Us Love Jose Fernandez

September 26, 2016 | GIF Breakdown

The horrific news of Jose Fernandez's death is still haunting me and the best way for me to come to terms with what happened was to write about what made him so special in my eye. Instead of the today's normal morning routine of the SP Roundup and GIFs of the Night (they will be out this afternoon), I took the time to write this long Reddit post where I went over the history of Jose in the league featuring a ton of GIFs from my archives.

I hope it helps you in this dark time.

Jose Fernandez's Changeup + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Week

September 25, 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 check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second 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.

 

Jose Fernandez's Changeup - It was a stellar night for JoFer in his final game as he fanned 12 Nationals en route to eight innings of shutout ball. He made some beautiful pitches through the start, though this slow ball in a tight jam was as pretty as they come. We'll miss you Jose.

Jose It Ain't So

September 25, 2016 | SP Roundup

I'm finding it difficult to write this article this morning. If you haven't heard, Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident last night. Throw any adjective you would like out there - devastated, sick, crushed, stunned, sad - we're all feeling it right now. Not only was he one of the best pitchers in all of the game, not just a player with an unrivaled passion for what he was doing and spread his love for playing baseball to everyone around him, but he was just a 24-year-old man with a growing family ahead and a glistening future. Truly tragic. 

I'll do my best to do the normal schtick I do. Sorry in advance if it doesn't have the same pizzazz I normally bring.

Let’s see what every SP did yesterday: 

Snuffing The Duff

September 24, 2016 | SP Roundup

Here's something that shouldn't really surprise you guys if you've been following my Danny Duffy thoughts this year. In Duffy's recent four poor starts, he's had an average FB velocity under 95mph, including last night's clunker of 3.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. You can see his 2016 velocity map of the year here, including his time as a reliever before May 21st. I, including a good amount of the fantasy world, believed in Duffy because he was maintaining that elite velocity he was featuring as a reliever. But as the season has gone on, his velocity has consistently dipped, which is why I've been suggesting that I'm going to be pretty low on Duffy for my 2017 rankings. It's hard to believe that he'll keep his heater above 95mph through next season and he clearly takes a hit in effectiveness when he's not at that mark.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:  

Jeff Samardzija's Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Thursday's Games

September 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 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.

 

Jeff Samardzija's Fastball - The Shark feasted on the Padres last night, collecting nine strikeouts across seven innings of work. He had a field day commanding his Two-Seamer glove side and got some luscious movement to nip the outside corner to send Wil Myers back to the dugout.

Deflated Price

September 23, 2016 | SP Roundup

It's getting to be that time when we get to sit around the fire and wonder what the hell went wrong with David PriceHe continued to fatten his ERA for the season after tonight's 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks line as his season ERA now sits at 3.91. Hey, that's a lot better than the grotesque 4.50 figure we saw most of the year! I think you're going to hear about his second half a lot before next year's drafts, and since August 17th, Price has now allowed 17 ER in 55 innings - good for a 2.78 ERA over that time. The big difference maker is his Fastball, which was simply atrocious earlier in the season. Tossing it better has increased his soft contact and lowered his hard contact to a not as ghastly 31.8% figure (still far from his sub 30% numbers in all previous seasons, but definitely not his 35% rate he featured in the first half). I'm not entirely convinced it means that Price will be a Top 10 or even Top 15 guy entering next year, though it certainly makes me put him back into the Top 15 conversation.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:  

Sit or Start? - Reviewing Every Pitchers' Schedule Down The Stretch

September 22, 2016 | Articles

As promised in this morning's Podcast, I have gone through the rest of season schedules and made a table of any pitcher in consideration for starts where I assessed if I would be sitting or starting the players at hand: Blue = Start, Orange = Questionable, Red = Bench. Aces were not included for obvious reasons, while clear fantasy irrelevant pitchers were also left off. If you don't see a pitcher here, it should be clear how I feel about them, but of course feel free to leave a comment and I can any omissions.

I ran through all of the players in the Podcast this morning, where you'll find more in-depth reasoning for either start's assessment. Treat this as a follow-up to the article I wrote two weeks ago, which is a little outdated by now.

Let's get to it:

Note: Luis Cessa and Mike Clevinger are the only two pitchers with three starts remaining. Instead of adding a third column, their third starts were added in their "2nd start" column.

The Hold-Up 9/22: Ranking The Top 60 Relievers For Holds Every Thursday

September 22, 2016 | The Hold Up

It’s Thursday and that means Justin Perri is here ranking the best setup men in the league on The Hold Up. The following rankings are meant to give you some help on how to evaluate relief pitchers that do not finish games for their team. The beauty and craziness of a holds league is that a hold can be just as important as the save, but everyone knows who the closer is. With holds you can find an unowned and solid reliever who can really help your squad win a matchup.

Holds can be difficult to predict, so these rankings focus mostly on the raw potential seen in a relief pitcher to get a hold opportunity along with their ability to not leave you with a blown save or a loss based on what has been happening thus far this year. Some things to always consider are strikeout/groundball/flyball ratios, as you do not want to mess with the BABIP gods if you do not have to, but also your specific team needs based on your league.

Feel free to leave your questions and angry remarks in the comments section below. Let me know if you feel someone should be lower or higher on the list, I’ll be sure to take what you say into consideration. Give me a follow on twitter @Just_In_Relief for all things concerning bullpens next season and who knows what else fantasy baseball related in the offseason. 

Tier 1

1. Addison Reed (New York Mets)

2. Joe Blanton (Los Angeles Dodgers)

3. Brad Brach (Baltimore Orioles)

4. Kelvin Herrera (Kansas City Royals)

Jacob Barnes' Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Wednesday's Games

September 22, 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 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.

 

Jacob Barnes' Slider - You probably don't know Barnes, but after watching this 91mph Slider easily avoid Francisco Cervelli's bat it'll be hard to forget him. It's just an added bonus that he made the Pirates' catcher dance in front of the plate as a result.

Cold Hand Luke

September 22, 2016 | SP Roundup

You've probably been rolling with Luke Weaver for a while and I'm sorry if you had to endure his 2.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks outing last night. It was in Coors though and the single start that was a clear bench ROS for Weaver this month. Anyway, I wonder how I'm going to feel about Weaver heading into next year. On one hand, he has good command with a solid Fastball/Changeup combo that should give him a better floor than other youngins. However, I don't see him making a major splash like Jameson Taillon or Sean Manaea at the same time. Then there's the situation of the Cards having six guys for their rotation out of ST assuming Jaime Garcia gets his shot back in the rotation and Alex Reyes hovering around. We'll see.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:  

On The Corner Podcast: Episode 13 - Matchups and 2017

September 22, 2016 | On The Corner Podcast

The latest episode of the Pitcher List Podcast "On The Corner" is live! Join Nick Pollack and Alex Fast for Episode #13 as they talk about everything inside the pitching world of Fantasy Baseball.

Thanks to the awesome Spencer Snyder for the fantastic theme music!

Here are the timestamps for Episode #13:

Buy & Sell 9/21: Identifying Which Trending Hitters You Want To Own

September 21, 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

Sean Rodriguez (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF) –It doesn’t get any better than Sean Rodriguez this week. Over the past fortnight, Rodriguez has 5 HR with a .378 batting average. He’s even more valuable because you can play him anywhere but catcher.

Jose Fernandez's Changeup + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Tuesday's Games

September 21, 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 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.

 

Jose Fernandez's Changeup - It was a stellar night for JoFer as he fanned 12 Nationals en route to eight innings of shutout ball. He made some beautiful pitches through the start, though this slow ball in a tight jam was as pretty as they come.

THE LIST

Rank Change Player
1 Clayton Kershaw
2 Max Scherzer
3 Noah Syndergaard
4 Chris Sale
5 Yu Darvish
6 Jose Fernandez
7 Justin Verlander
8 Rich Hill
9 Madison Bumgarner
10 Johnny Cueto
11 Danny Duffy
12 Carlos Carrasco
13 Jose Quintana
14 David Price
15 Jon Lester
16 Jake Arrieta
17 Corey Kluber
18 Kyle Hendricks
19 Cole Hamels
20 Kenta Maeda
21 Masahiro Tanaka
22 Drew Pomeranz
23 Michael Fulmer
24 Tanner Roark
25 Rick Porcello
26 John Lackey
27 Jameson Taillon
28 Carlos Rodon
29 James Paxton
30 Luke Weaver
31 Marcus Stroman
32 Jason Hammel
33 Jerad Eickhoff
34 Gio Gonzalez
35 Anthony DeSclafani
36 Chris Archer
37 Julio Teheran
38 Carlos Martinez
39 Kevin Gausman
40 Felix Hernandez
41 Aaron Sanchez
42 Julio Urias
43 Hisashi Iwakuma
44 A.J. Cole
45 Jose De Leon
46 Joe Musgrove
47 J.A. Happ
48 Adam Wainwright
49 Ivan Nova
50 Alex Cobb
51 Trevor Bauer
52 Sean Manaea
53 Seth Lugo
54 Colby Lewis
55 Zack Greinke
56 Derek Holland
57 Martin Perez
58 Dylan Bundy
59 Jeremy Hellickson
60 Marco Estrada
61 Bartolo Colon
62 Taijuan Walker
63 David Phelps
64 Tyler Skaggs
65 Robbie Ray
66 Junior Guerra
67 Jose Urena
68 Matt Boyd
69 Ian Kennedy
70 Dan Straily
71 Chris Tillman
72 Ervin Santana
73 Matt Moore
74 Mike Foltynewicz
75 Mike Montgomery
76 Blake Snell
77 Drew Smyly
78 Steven Brault
79 Eduardo Rodriguez
80 Jon Gray
81 Tyler Anderson
82 Jeff Samardzija
83 Yordano Ventura
84 Daniel Norris
85 Kendall Graveman
86 Mike Leake
87 Chad Kuhl
88 Michael Pineda
89 Jharel Cotton
90 Brandon Finnegan
91 Zach Davies
92 Jake Odorizzi
93 Robert Gsellman
94 Steven Matz
95 Mike Clevinger
96 Tom Koehler
97 Ubaldo Jimenez
98 Andrew Cashner
99 Joe Ross
100 Jacob DeGrom