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Daniel Norris’ Curveball + The Best Pitches From This Weekend

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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 Two-Seamer for winning last week’s GIF of the Week!  I’m happy to see everyone loves front-door Two-Seamers as much as I do.  We’ll have a contest early next week to see who will earn the GIF of the Month, don’t forget to vote!

Daniel Norris‘ Curveball – He’s starting to put it all together and dismantled the Rays over the weekend, including making Desmond Jennings so badly on this bender that the bat traveled well past third base on this whiff.  There are few things more satisfying as a pitcher.

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Merry Christmas, Saint Nick

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It’s been a blissful start of the year for Nick Martinez, who produced a line of 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks today against the Angels. I was in a discussion with a friend of mine recently who is proudly rostering Martinez given his sub 0.50 ERA, and I understand the conviction.  Why not continue rostering Martinez while he gives me wins and a great ERA?  Well, it’s because he has an xFIP over 4.75, and I didn’t think it was possible, but he lowered his 4.00 K per 9 after this start.  Is this really who you want to be taking a chance on each week?  Be happy that you were able to squeeze all of the juice out of the lemon, and get out before you it blows up in your face.  All the numbers are there to tell you he’s been incredibly lucky – even in this start, 9 baserunners and 0 ER in 6 IP?!  Don’t let the low ERA seduce you and let your rational self make the right move for future you.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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The Ace Of St. Louis Goes Down

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After Adam Wainwright started the season stomping the doubters who expected a major decline, last night he left after slipping out of the batter’s box in the fifth inning (4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks) limping off the field with an obvious injury.  Some said an sprained ankle, but expectations are the worst – an Achilles’ injury that will have Waino out the entire season.  It was a fun ride, but now you’ll have to rely on making some quality pickups to make up the slack.  Keep in mind, you don’t need to get someone equivalent to Waino to make up for the loss, just a middle of the road improvement is still an improvement..  Marco Gonzales would be the guy to grab – and he still might be – but he hit the 7 day DL with shoulder soreness earlier in the week and he may be pushed back until the first week or two of May.  Remember, he had an incredible Spring Training and barely lost the 5th rotation spot to Carlos Martinez, and has some solid upside with a chance to make a big impact. 

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Prospect Rankings

4/26 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Pitchers To Stash

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Every weekend, I will be looking at the best minor league pitchers and hitters to stash in your fantasy leagues.  These rankings will be weighted in two ways 1) How soon they will be in the big leagues and 2) How well they will perform when they arrive.  That means you’ll be seeing better players lower in the list since their ETA is later in the season.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see where we stand on 4/26 entering the fourth week of baseball:

1. Jose Berrios (MIN) – He’s still chugging along with great strikeout numbers, and it will be interesting to see if this regresses heavily towards career norms or if he’s truly turned a corner.

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Dallas Does Oakland

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I’ve long preached my affinity for pitchers who can produce high strikeout totals and expressed concern for those who focus on getting their outs by inducing weak contact.  Dallas Keuchel is one who falls into the later category, as he carries a K rate of 6.25 per 9 and the MLB’s best groundball rate well above 60%.  Last night he showed his ceiling with a line of 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks as he now has a a 0.62 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over his first 29 IP…and a 5.59 K rate…and a 3.43 xFIP…and a .165 BABIP…and a 3.41 BB per 9.  It’s easy to go nuts over a guy when he has a a solid ERA and WHIP output for the first few starts of the year, but you need to keep it relative to an entire season of ball.  We know who Keuchel is, we’ve seen all of this before, and he’s never going to crack the Top 30 due to a lacking K rate and heavy reliance on BABIP that creates a lower floor than someone like, say, Michael WachaWould I be selling Keuchel?  Darn tootin’, and I’d be searching for teams that rank near the bottom of pitching categories to get a solid bat in return.  I’d be shocked if he has higher value than right now through the entire season after coming off a CGSHO.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday: 

GIF Week

The Best Pitching GIFs Of The Week 4/25 – Who Will Take The Crown?

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It’s been an exciting first 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 Two-Seamer – You know I love when batters are fooled by front-door pitches, and Kluber gets Adam Eaton to hop back on this riding Two-Seamer that cuts back across the plate with bravado.

Prospect Rankings

4/25 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Hitters To Stash

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Every weekend, I will be looking at the best minor league pitchers and hitters to stash in your fantasy leagues.  These rankings will be weighted in two ways 1) How soon they will be in the big leagues and 2) How well they will perform when they arrive.  That means you’ll be seeing better players lower in the list since their ETA is later in the season.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see where we stand on 4/25 entering the fourth week of baseball:

1. Peter O’Brien (C, Diamondbacks) – So we know he’s probably not a major league catcher. But what we also know is he can mash the crap out of the ball, and that’s what he’s doing right now in Triple-A, hitting .431 with 5 HR in 54 ABs. None of the current outfielders on Arizona are first-division starters, and I’d expect them to call up O’Brien within the month as an outfielder once he gets a few more reps. He has the impact to make a huge impact with his power hitting in a hitter-friendly stadium, though I’d expect him to strike a lot too… Basically, a younger Mark Trumbo, who might have Catcher eligibility in some leagues… Sign me up.

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Anibal Sanchez’s Changeup + The Best Pitches From Yesterday

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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.

Anibal Sanchez’s Changeup – Sanchez bounced back against the Yankees yesterday after getting beat up his last time out.  He showed off an impressive Changeup, especially this one to Brian McCann that has lustful late bite to it.

Two Start Pitchers

Two-Start Pitchers for 4/27 – 5/3

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Every week we’ll recommend three two-start pitchers for those in weekly leagues, focusing on those who are owned in under 50% of ESPN leagues.  Get a leg up on your opponents and snatch them up before the week rolls around.

Jimmy Nelson (@Reds, @Cubs) – At first I left Nelson off this list because I assumed he would be taken well over the 50% threshold, yet of this morning he sits at 45.5% owned in ESPN leagues.  Nelson should be owned everywhere regardless of his double starts next week, and while a Win cna be tough to grab in both outings, he’s easily the best pitcher available.

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One Geezer To Rule Them All

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I know it’s already the second time talking about the big honcho in the opening blurb, but Bartolo Colon pitched his fourth straight Quality Start to open the 2015 season (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks), and it’s time to fully acknowledge that the Geezer Quality Start Battle doesn’t have an end in sight.  The other two contenders are Mark Buehrle and Aaron Harangwho have also defied all odds for yet another season, and I don’t expect either of them to duck out in their fourth starts, as Buehrle gets the Rays and Harang gets the Braves.  There’s a vote at the end of this article today for your pick, and I’m genuinely interested to find out who you guys believe in more.  Will it be Colon, who’s owned in more leagues?  Will it be Buehrle who has made a career of making people aware of how bad you can be to earn a QS?  Or will it be Harang who was the most relevant starter in 2014?  TAKE YOUR PICK.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday: