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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: April 10-16: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

One week does not make a big enough sample size, but having a week’s worth of regular season action is better to use to evaluate things as opposed to Spring Training and 2016 results. We also need to be careful not to overreact in either direction.  With that in mind let’s take a look at the pitchers who will be taking the mound twice this week:

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – at Detroit; vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at Philadelphia; at Miami
  3. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – vs. Boston; at Cleveland
  4. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. LA Dodgers; vs. Pittsburgh

Tier Two:

  1. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Detroit
  2. Matt Harvey – New York Mets – at Philadelphia; at Miami
  3. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at LA Angels; at Seattle

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Waiver Worthy: Identifying Potential Replacements For Gary Sanchez

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While fantasy owners appear to have dodged a major blow with Trea Turner’s injury being minor, Gary Sanchez owners weren’t quite as lucky.  For now we don’t know the expected timetable for his biceps strain, but Bryan Hoch tweeted:

“Joe Girardi said that because the injury is to Gary Sanchez’s throwing arm, they will be cautious with his recovery.”

As with most all strains, there are different degrees.  While we await to find out the severity, fantasy owners should be preparing themselves for a few weeks absence.  We all know that the position is relatively shallow, even for those in single-catcher formats, so let’s take a quick look at a few options owned in less than 25% of ESPN leagues who could be worth adding: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is There Any Value In The Potential Junior Guerra Replacements?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there weren’t many notable injuries the first few days of the season, the Brewers did lose starter Junior Guerra to a strained calf (which he injured on a sacrifice bunt) for the next 4-6 weeks (or more).  With Matt Garza also on the shelf the Brewers’ rotation depth is going to be tested early.  There are two obvious solutions, with one being immediate and one being potentially down the line, with fantasy owners likely thirsting for one over the other:

 

Tommy Milone
He took over after Guerra went down and will get the first start, though he’s not a name that’s going to excite many.  The owner of a career 6.45 K/9 and 38.8% groundball rate, things could get ugly pitching in Milwaukee.  He’s coming off a year where he posted a 1.95 HR/9 while pitching for the Twins, so it’s anyone’s guess as to how many long balls he could give up in ’17 (but the number is going to be ugly). Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Is There Still Hope For Yasiel Puig Or Is It Time To Cut Bait?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Quote:
“Roberts said Puig would not bat in the middle of the lineup vs right-handers.”

 

The Fallout:
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Puig will hit lower in the lineup against right-handed pitching, assuming he’s in the lineup at all.  The biggest takeaway from the quote may not be his spot in the order, as it seems Puig isn’t headed for a platoon to open the season.  That’s important for a player who has shown upside before, though many thought he wouldn’t get much of an opportunity in ’17.

Of course opportunity does not necessarily mean success.  There are numerous questions hanging over him, and there should’ve always been even when he was excelling early in his career.  As we noted in our Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, ranking him 70th among outfielders: Read more

Ranking the Starters: April 3, 2017: Some Intriguing Youngsters Make Their Season Debuts & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotprofessor)

Obviously it’s Opening Day (Part 2), so we are going to be getting the best of the best taking the mound (at least in most cases, I’m looking at you Ricky Nolasco).  That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some options who are better than others, so let’s take a look at the pitchers scheduled to start tonight and determine who have the highest upside:

1) Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. San Diego
2) Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. Atlanta
3) Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Texas
4) Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. Miami
5) Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – at Chicago White Sox
6) Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. Cleveland
7) Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals – at Minnesota
8) Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies – at Milwaukee Read more

Ranking the Starters: April 2, 2017: Rough Start For Carlos Martinez? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously it’s Opening Day, so we are going to be getting the best of the best taking the mound (at least today we will be).  That doesn’t mean that there aren’t options who are better than others, so let’s take a look at the pitchers scheduled to start and determine who hase the highest upside:

1) Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at Arizona
2) Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – at Tampa Bay
3) Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at St. Louis
4) Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. New York Yankees
5) Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Chicago Cubs
6) Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. San Francisco Read more