Hector Rondon’s Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From NLCS Game 5

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Hector Rondon’s Fastball – Rondon will be known for serving up a grand slam to Kiké Hernandez, but it’s not like he didn’t make any good pitches Thursday night. For example, check out this luscious heater that featured a boatload of horizontal movement, sneaking under the bat of Charlie Culberson.

Ian Post’s 10 Bold Predictions for 2017 In Review

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As an eventful 2017 season winds down here at Pitcher List, it’s time for us all as a staff to look back at what we took a stance on before the season started and see how we faired with our bold predictions. I usually don’t need reminders that putting faith in the Mariners is a terrible life choice, but it seems like ‘pre-season me’ could still use a wakeup call. I’ll be sure to use the past 16 years of sadness to not be so optimistic for any Mariner’s fantasy outlook for 2018. Live and learn – I guess. And by learn, I mean keep coming back with blissful ignorance that your hometown team will finally put it together one year. But probably not. Let’s get into it!

1. Felix Hernandez returns to form and finishes as a top 10 SP

Yikes. Ian, what in the world were you thinking? Your Mariners needed a healthy Felix to return to a fraction of his past self to make it down the stretch for a playoff push. That’s like a guaranteed reason for it to never happen – you should know these things by now! Look, I remember in Spring Training Felix was flirting with 94mph on his Fastball. That got me excited. He didn’t have to get all the way back up to 98 like his Cy Young days. 94 would be enough if everything else clicked. It did not click. Nothing did. Hernandez saw all four of his pitch types dip in velocity as the season wore on and encountered injuries, such as shoulder bursitis, that kept him off the field for lengthy stretches of time.

Needless to say, I missed big time on this one. Hernandez did not finish as a top 10 SP. He didn’t even finish as a top 100 SP. Among all the players that qualify as a SP, Felix Hernandez finished #110 on the player rater.

WRONG – 0 for 1

Nic Gardiner’s 10 Bold Predictions In Review

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We’re continuing to review the Pitcher List Staff Bold Predictions this week, with Nic Gardiner next up as he looks back at his predictions from March.

1. Gregory Polanco ends the year a top 15 hitter

I thought his 2nd half slump in 2016 was going to be an anomaly and he would improve upon his first half numbers in which he hit .287/.361/.506/.867 through the first 92 games. He instead regressed and hit .251/.305/.391/.695 in 2017 with 11 HRs and 8 SB in 108 games. He was nowhere near the top 15 as his production and injuries kept him from contributing any value. He could be a good buy-low candidate in 2018 but only if he falls to me in the late rounds.

WRONG – 0 for 1

Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Wednesday’s Playoff Games

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter – Tanaka finally got his revenge against the Astros and Dallas Keuchelcrusing through seven frames of shutout baseball. His biggest pitch of the night came in the fifth innings, fanning Josh Reddick with two runners on via a nasty Splitter that dove off the plate. It’s hard not to love Tanaka’s emotion jumping off the mound after getting the big whiff.

Pedro Strop’s Fastballs + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Tuesday’s Playoff Games

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Pedro Strop’s Fastballs – Strop may be inconsistent, but there is no denying that he carries great stuff. It starts with his Fastball that generates a boatload of horizontal movement at mid-to-upper 90s velocity. Check out two of his Fastballs from Tuesday night, each starting well out of the zone before tailing back over the plate for a strike.

Dynasty Rankings: Top 150 Hitters To Own In Dynasty Leagues Entering 2018

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There’s a saying that there is no off-season when it comes to dynasty fantasy baseball, so I’m back after a seven-month hiatus with Pitcher List’s Way Early Top 150 Dynasty Bats for 2018.

I’ve ranked players based on their prior performances, youth, future potential, position scarcity, and team composition (the talent around the player). I’m also more bullish on prospects this year as there are some very impressive young men coming out of the minors such as Ronald Acuna, Eloy Jimenez, Gleybar Torres, Victor Robles, and Vlad Guerrero Jr. I would not be surprised in three or more of these guys became all-stars.

Charlie Morton’s Curveball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Game 3 of the ALCS

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Charlie Morton’s Curveball – Morton didn’t pitch nearly as bad as the box score will tell you and looked well in control out of the gate. This Curveball to Chase Headley tells it all, getting vicious bite on his deuce forcing Headley to take a hack despite nearly hitting his backfoot.

Brandon Morrow’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From This Weekend’s Playoff Games

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Brandon Morrow’s Slider – Morrow has been excellent for the Dodgers out of the pen and he showcased some filthy stuff yesterday, dialing it up to 98mph while dropping this crazy good Slider at 93.1mph to Jayson Heyward. This pair of velocity and depth is something we rarely see.

On The Corner Episode 53 – Top 100 Starters For 2018

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Kyle Bishop from Rotoballer (@amoralpanic) joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Starting Pitching in Fantasy Baseball in Episode 53 of On The Corner. This week, they review Nick’s Top 100 SP for 2018, discussing the ranks of Luke Weaver, Luis Castillo, Luis Severino, Kyle Hendricks, Michael Fulmer, Marcus Stroman, Garrett Richards, and many others.

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Jake Arrieta’s Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From The Final LDS Playoff Games

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Jake Arrieta’s Fastball – Arrieta battled against the Nations and showed off his Cy Young stuff through the outing. Our favorite offering was this Fastball that bore into Michael Taylor out of nowhere, earning a whiff on an understandable check swing.

Ben Palmer’s 10 Bold Predictions In Review

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We’re continuing to review the Pitcher List Staff Bold Predictions this week, with Ben Palmer next up as he looks back at his predictions from March.

1. Hector Neris finishes the year with more saves than Craig Kimbrel

I, like a lot of people, really liked Hector Neris coming into the year. My logic was that Craig Kimbrel didn’t look all that great in 2016 and had fewer saves than Jeanmar Gomez, so why wouldn’t Neris, who’s a better pitcher, do something similar? Well that’s because Kimbrel decided to have a fantastic season, finishing the year with a 1.43 ERA and 67 saves. Neris, on the other hand, ended the year with a 3.01 ERA and 26 saves. He was usable, but not even remotely close to Kimbrel.

WRONG – 0 for 1

Andrew Todd-Smith’s 10 Bold Predictions in Review

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We’re continuing to review the Pitcher List Staff Bold Predictions this week, with Andrew Todd-Smith next up as he looks back at his predictions from March.

1. Oakland’s bullpen is so mired in committee mediocrity that both closer candidates Ryan Madson and Santiago Casilla each blow seven saves and fail to amass 30 saves individually

This is a partial credit situation that is, to an extent, contextually bolstered by the fact that Madson ended up becoming a Washington National so that throws the Oakland depth chart slightly out of whack for this prediction. Furthermore, Dusty Baker used him more as a setup guy whose relief appearances instead afforded him the chance to secure holds during the second half, and he did amass 25. At the end of the day, however, he blew more saves than he ended up getting (three versus two). Casilla got only 16 saves under his belt and did in fact blow exactly seven for the Athletics this season.

KINDA 0.5 for 1

Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2018: Way-Too-Early Edition

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Before you look at the massive table below, please note one thing.

These rankings are going to be…okay.

It’s not that I didn’t spend a ton of time crafting them, they just won’t be on the same level of the ones I will be posting at the start of February, as I’ll have plenty more time to do individual research. Not to mention rotations being established, trades, free agency signings, hidden injuries, etc. It’s going to be different, though this will serve as a foundation for me to build on as I give my full pre-season rankings in a few months.

Nevertheless, check out the notes below as I give a basic outline to my thoughts for approaching this table. I’m looking forward to debating the names here to help refine the list in the late winter.

Let’s get to it:

Yu Darvish’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From This Monday’s Playoff Games

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Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Yu Darvish’s Slider – The Dodgers traded for Darvish for a stable arm in the playoffs, and Darvish game them just that, pitching over five frames and striking out seven, allowing just one ER. When Darvish is on, his Slider is public enemy #1 and the pitch made a fool of Paul Goldschmidt as its late bite pulled the pitch off the outside corner.

Ben Pernick’s 10 Bold Predictions in Review

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Hey folks, Ben Pernick here and it’s time for a retrospective of my 10 Bold Predictions from prior to the 2017 season. I’ll tell you now, in hindsight, they look pretty bad! But the positive takeaway is I still somehow ended up with the PitcherList Writer’s League championship (woohoo!), so one can be wrong a lot and still end up okay.  With that said, hold your nose, because here we go!

1. Byung-Ho Park makes a triumphant return, smacking 30+ longballs with a .240 AVG

Hoo boy, we’re off to a great start. It’s hilarious to see how bad this one looks now. My reasoning seemed sound, as his Barrel % and FB/LD exit velocity from 2016 were actually nearly identical to the rates put up by Matt Olson this year. And he was so on fire in the Spring. I still think it was unfair that he wasn’t given a chance given he damn-well earned it in ST before being bumped by a no-name swingman. But in the minors, he was a mess, hitting just .253 with 14 Home Runs and dealing with injuries and never earning a MLB call-up. I still believe in the ability but he needs his confidence back.

WRONG – 0 FOR 1