Tag Archive | starting pitchers

Death of the Starting Pitcher

Death of the Starting Pitcher

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. The timeline of someones life is constantly being updated. Two months ago my family and I attended a destination wedding for my nephew. Each day was filled with countless laughs and wonderful memories that will last a lifetime, small increments along the […]

Replacements for Injured Staring Pitchers

Replacements for Injured Staring Pitchers

The trade deadline has passed for most leagues.  Playoffs are on the horizon and may even be starting soon in leagues that try finish up a bit early.  Many teams are struggling with injuries, particularly injuries to their pitching staff.  James Paxton just went onto the DL, the Yankees plated both Sabathia and Tanaka on […]

Bauer and Estrada: A pair of second half bloomers

Bauer and Estrada: A pair of second half bloomers

Baseball, by nature, is a sport of luck. In any game, you can see a fielder simply be just out of position on a double play ball, a pitcher can throw a curveball out of the zone that gets hit into the gap, hard hit balls will still find gloves anywhere on the field. Of […]

Better things ahead for Jose Quintana

Better things ahead for Jose Quintana

Few informed baseball fans will question the absolute value that Jose Quintana brings to the table, a precise throwing lefty with a good track record of success in Chicago. Quintana has made a name for himself despite not being overly lauded by bigger news outlets, striking out around 20% of opposing hitters, keeping walk rates […]

Second Half BABIP – Time to Sell

Second Half BABIP – Time to Sell

Kenny Rodgers, the Gambler, is a song that should easily resonate with fantasy players. In poker, when you get on a streak you ride it as long as it lasts. In fantasy, when you own a player that gets on a role you do the same thing. But as they always say, all good things […]

Jason Vargas’ hot start

Jason Vargas’ hot start

If anyone is talking about how they were banging the Jason Vargas drum earlier this season, you should unfollow those liars immediately. He was targeted by practically nobody; a 34-year-old who has been riddled with injuries, compiling just 12 starts over the past two years. He has a career 15.7% strikeout rate, average grounder and […]

A trio of wild pitchers having good seasons

A trio of wild pitchers having good seasons

Location, location, location. Probably the three most important parts of being a solid pitcher in any era. Being able to work hitters eye levels is just as, if not more important, than hosting an assortment of off-speed and breaking pitches, and painting the corners is a much prettier picture in the eyes of Cy Young […]

Pitch Count: Week 12 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 12 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

With the continued rash of injuries, teams using the new 10-day DL to their advantage, and the passing of the Super 2 deadline, the free agent pitching pool continues to change rapidly in 2017. It’s easy to get fooled by small sample sizes as young pitchers get called up for their first shot at the […]

Pitch Count: Week 11 Waiver Wire Streamer Options

Pitch Count: Week 11 Waiver Wire Streamer Options

Our resident streaming and waiver wire pitcher expect, Marc Goldstein, was placed on the 10-Day DL retroactive to April 5. He should be able to return as soon as eligible which means he will be back here next week. I’ve been summoned from the bullpen to make the spot start today. Unlike other bullpen arms, […]

Pitch Count: Week 10 Waiver Wire Streamer Options

Pitch Count: Week 10 Waiver Wire Streamer Options

I’ve always been a big fan of Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler. You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. This is basically the theme song for streaming pitchers and managing a fantasy baseball pitching staff, especially in 2017. Below is a list of pitchers who are owned in less than […]

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel’s coming out party in 2014 surprised just about every fan of the game. A 26-year-old with basically no prospect pedigree in his career grabbed headlines any way he could, keeping his ERA under 3.00 on an underwhelming Astros squad. While many had thought it was just a nice season from someone who hadn’t […]

Pitch Count: Week 9 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 9 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Streaming pitchers can be fun and exciting, but isn’t there comfort in settling down? (Insert whichever emoji you think is appropriate)  This week we continue to take a look at the current pitching landscape with a focus on the week ahead, taking advantage of good matchups for the quick fix in the short-term, but also […]

Pitch Count: Week 8 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 8 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

At this point in the season, most of the pitchers available to be added in the fantasy world have flaws and risk – hence their lower ownership levels. Every once in a while a potential star emerges.  Jose Berrios was highlighted in this space for the past two weeks as a speculative add.  Last week, […]

Player Spotlight: Chris Sale

Player Spotlight: Chris Sale

It’s no secret the Red Sox are going all in for a championship window over the next few years. With recent free agency signings such as David Price, and then of course selling off some top notch prospects for players currently in their peak – in particular the subject of this piece, Chris Sale. When […]

Pitch Count: Week 7 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 7 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Another week off the calendar, and another week of numerous health concerns for MLB pitchers.  As players are shuffling on and off the DL at record pace (partly due to the new 10-day time frame), it becomes very easy for fantasy owners to see players as a pile of statistics, adding and dropping, jumping from […]

IFFB and What It all Means

IFFB and What It all Means

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you.  At one point in my life I believed  “Just because.”did not serve as an acceptable answer to any question. In short, I felt it was a dismissive response to something that obviously has some type of importance to the person who asked. […]

Pitch Count: Week 6 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 6 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Down goes Syndergaard.  Down goes Kluber.  Down goes Paxton.  The pitching landscape took another big hit this week as we are reminded again of the volatility and uncertainty of today’s major league pitcher.  It’s difficult to imagine any fantasy team that hasn’t been affected, and we may need to begin re-thinking the construction of our […]

Pitch Count: Week 5 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 5 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

The calendar is turning to May, yet the baseball season is still in its early stages and many questions remain unanswered. But the picture is becoming a bit more clear.  All of the early season pitching breakouts have been claimed from the free agent pool in most leagues, leaving very few potential difference makers currently […]

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

As the fourth week of the 2017 MLB season approaches, pitchers are preparing to make their 4th or 5th start of the year. Yet, we are still dealing with small sample sizes that leave some uncertainty between what is a real, reliable trend, and what is a hot or cold streak that will even itself […]

Pitch Count: Week 3 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 3 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Heading into Week 3, it is still too early to make definitive, performance-based decisions on pitchers.  In the case of those who have underperformed thus far, if you believed in a player during your pre-draft research and drafted him with confidence, have some faith in your process and give that pitcher another two or three […]