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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Starting Pitchers

43

Paul Sporer

Two possible first-round picks give these rankings a distinct sixth tier.

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February 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers

12

BP Fantasy Staff

A look at seven starters who should provide good value on your draft-day investment this year.

You know how everyone waits on pitching in drafts every year? Don't feel the need to wait on these pitchers.

Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
Seasoned fantasy players often avoid taking young arms early in drafts, and for good reason. Prospect hype can lead to inflated ADP and auction prices, and owners can get caught paying for perceived performance rather than likely results. I'm advocating for throwing caution to the wind with Cole, though, and I think his current aggregate ADP (courtesy fantasypros.com) of 103 is quite reasonable. Some people got bored with Cole in the minors as he ever put up huge stats, but he's an absolute horse who's fully capable of notching 200 strikeouts, 15-plus wins, and a sub-3.50 ERA as soon as this year. He may not be a bargain where he's being drafted right now, but you won't have to reach for him either and he's an excellent no. 2 fantasy starter with top-10 SP upside. The term "ace" gets overused a lot, but Cole could become one in short order. —Ben Carsley


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August 9, 2013 6:33 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

17

Paul Sporer

A look ahead at the matchups for next week's two-start pitchers to help you set your fantasy rotation.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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A look at what the Brewers' rotation options offer from a stuff (and beer) perspective.

I like the old cliché, “You go as far as your starting pitching takes you.” It's best to have about seven to nine arms handy to get through the season, because pitchers often get hurt or fail to meet expectations.

Brewers fans may recall a recent season where they barely used six starters. Then, of course, there's last year, when they needed 11. Somewhere in between is normal. For the 2013 Brewers, the question is not if they will go deep into their rotation, but when. And as the summer nears, manager Ron Roenicke will be handing the ball to quite a few young arms.

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January 21, 2013 3:19 am

BP Unfiltered: MLBDepthCharts Mailbag

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Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez answers questions on the Rays' lineup and Brewers' rotation in the latest 'MLBDepthCharts Mailbag'.

Jacob Larsen (@jakelarsen) asks this question about the 2013 Tampa Bay Rays, "Do the Rays sign a DH, allowing Brandon Guyer and Matt Joyce to fill an OF spot until Myers is ready?"

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September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

Weekly Planner: Week 26

2

Paul Sporer

Paul wraps up Weekly Planner as we approach the season's final full week.

And down the stretch they come… it’s the final week of two-start pitchers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts:
Cole Hamels and Matt Cain


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August 22, 2012 10:35 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 22

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Matthew Kory and Sam Miller

Within: Notes on baseball being interesting.

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August 20, 2012 5:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Six Starters for the Desperate Owner

11

Derek Carty

Injuries and attrition have probably wiped out at least a portion of your rotation. Here are six pitchers with upside that are probably available.

As we pass the 75 percent mark of the 2012 season and approach the homestretch, the list of injured players only continues to grow.  Finding suitable replacements at this point in the year can be difficult, so I thought I’d look today at six pitchers who may be better than their ERAs indicate. For fantasy teams in need, no stone should be left unturned.  Whether you’re looking for permanent roster replacements or just spot-starters to pad your win and strikeout totals, these guys are all worth considering, especially when they have favorable match-ups.  Keep in mind that these players are best used in deeper leagues—don’t pass up Anibal Sanchez for Justin Germano just because he’s on my list—but some may at least warrant consideration even in medium-depth mixed leagues.

Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers
Estrada has one of the largest differentials between his surface stats and peripherals in all of baseball, and that’s going to correct itself going forward.  He’s a fly-ball pitcher, but his strikeout rate remains excellent (8.7 K/9), and he’s made big strides with improving his control this season (1.9 BB/9).  He has a good offense supporting him for wins, and at just 5 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, one could make a case that Estrada is most valuable unowned pitcher in fantasy baseball right now.


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A review of last night's episode of "ESPN Sunday Night Baseball." The early storyline fizzled out quickly, but the B- and C-stories helped pick up the show.

A review of last night's ESPN Sunday Night Baseball just as soon as I find a ballpark in America where a higher percentage of fans wear their team colors*...

It's a long season, we know, and you can't expect a stellar showing every week, but that doesn't excuse the mediocre-at-best offering of this week's episode of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. With so many great episodes already aired—the introduction of Ichiro to the already eccentric Yankees' cast, the Emmy-contender known simply as "Bryce Harper's debut", the producers' surprising choice to derail the R.A. Dickey feel-good story with some true conflict back in June—we must hold this season of SNB to a higher standard and last night's episode just didn't cut it.

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May 10, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 5/10/12

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Paul Sporer

Paulino, Dickey, Zambrano, and Ogando make the VP cut this week

We have seen a shift in recent years with dwindling offensive output giving way to more dominant pitching. At one point or another, each of the last two years has been dubbed the “Year of the Pitcher,” and 2012 is on the same path (though Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton may have something to say about that).  This can be seen as a boon to fantasy owners, as Value Picks remain plentiful.  Heck, just a cursory look at the top 10 starters in fantasy this season shows a handful of VP-types like Lance Lynn, Jake Peavy, and Jason Hammel.  In short, there will always be some arms out there being undervalued or on the cusp of breaking out.  Let’s take a look at this week’s list.

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September 10, 2009 2:40 pm

Transaction Action: NL Roundup

6

Christina Kahrl

Fish-y fixes, a returning Rockie, the usual suspects show up in DC, and a pair of Brewer prospects.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
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Recalled RHP Bryan Augenstein from Reno (Triple-A). [9/2]
Purchased the contract of RHP Daniel Cabrera from Reno. [9/3]
Activated OF-R Eric Byrnes from the 15-day DL. [9/5]
Activated LHP Scott Schoeneweis from the 15-day DL. [9/7]
Recalled OF-L Trent Oeltjen and C-S Luke Carlin from Reno. [9/8]

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November 28, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis Special

0

Christina Kahrl

The notable moving and shaking that's been going on.

Chicago White Sox
Acquired SS-R Orlando Cabrera and cash from the Angels for RHP Jon Garland. [11/19]
Designated OF-L Scott Podsednik for assignment. [11/20]
Signed RHP Scott Linebrink to a four-year, $19 million contract; gave Podsednik and INF-S Alex Cintron their unconditional releases. [11/28]

Oops. In itself, the deal with the Angels isn't a bad thing, it's just that it doesn't fit in very well with the initial decision to keep Juan Uribe for $4.5 million, and there's the irony that the exchange might have also encouraged the Halos to upgrade on Gary Matthews Jr. and go get the center fielder Kenny Williams so clearly wanted for his own club.




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