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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: 

Holding On

The Hold Up – Wade Is Dethroned

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Only two and half weeks into the season and our top two ranked relievers have already been thrust into the closers role. As John Sterling once said, “You just can’t predict baseball.” This week can also be looked at as a changing of the guard with older names falling off in lieu of younger relievers making a name for themselves.

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. Ken Giles (Phillies) +1 

2. Joaquin Benoit (Padres ) +2

3. Kelvin Herrera (Royals) +2

4. Tony Watson (Pirates) –1

5. Dellin Betances (Yankees) +5

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Clayton Kershaw’s Slider + 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.

Clayton Kershaw’s Slider – He’s the best pitcher in baseball for a reason. Kershaw throws some mean pitches in his repertoire, including this Slider than induces a poor swing from Brandon Crawford. There’s so much movement off the plate, it’s unfair.

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The Price Isn’t Right, It’s Outright Horrible

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The man who sparked the idea of VPR proved why he’s so gosh darn infuriating tonight.  David Priceafter putting up fantastic numbers thus far, showed why he had a 1.60 2014 VPR as he was rocked by the Yankees with a line of 2.1 IP, 8 ER, 10 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks.  Don’t forget, the pinstripes were also the culprits behind Price’s outlandish 8 ER in only 2 IP last season.  Odd coincidences aside, Price has always been prone to the blowup, which makes him one of the most infuriating pitchers to own in fantasy.  We all knew this coming in, so just push it aside and carry on.  He’ll likely just throw 8 innings of shutout ball next time in an attempt to win his owners back.  I’m sorry that your week is busted, though (Price sure isn’t, that jerk).

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Gif Breakdown

GIF Breakdown: Taijuan Walker’s Stroke Of Luck

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Taijuan Walker has been enigmatic during his start to the 2015 season.  He had an impressive Spring Training where he held a 0.67 ERA and a 26/5 K per BB ratio through 27.0 innings of work, and many, myself included, were excited to see it translate into the big leagues.  Sadly, before last night’s outing Walker’s numbers were abysmal — a 17.18 ERA, and with a 6/6 K per BB rate.  I elected to sit down and watch his outing against the Houston Astros last night and give him the GIF Breakdown treatment with 10 HD GIFs.

Here are some quick details before we dive in.  The 22-year-old Walker only has 65.2 major league innings under his belt, but showcases a blazing Fastball that he can dial up to 98 MPH. Including last night’s game, these are the usage rates for Walker’s four pitches in 2015: a Four-Seam Fastball (59.8%), a Split-Changeup (18.1%), a Cutter (12.2%), and a Curveball (6.7%).  Alright, it’s time for some GIFs.

To start things off, here’s the final pitch of Walker’s first at-bat of the game against Jose Altuve: