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07-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rick Porcello: Buy or Sell?
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Craig Goldstein

03-12

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
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Craig Goldstein

02-25

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

09-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: What's Gotten Into Rick Porcello?
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Craig Goldstein

08-07

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Sporer Report: Seven Starting Pitchers on the Rise
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Paul Sporer

06-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Paul Sporer

06-07

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Five to Watch: Checking in on the Holy Trinity
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Bret Sayre

03-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello
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David Laurila

01-21

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Painting the Black: Buy Low, Porcello
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R.J. Anderson

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

02-29

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The Lineup Card: 14 Choices for 2012 Breakout Players
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Baseball Prospectus

01-12

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/12/12
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Mike Petriello

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four: Cruz Control
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R.J. Anderson

08-10

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The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in Basebrawls
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Baseball Prospectus

06-24

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Transaction Action: Junior Circuit Jam
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Christina Kahrl

06-20

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Fantasy Beat: Porcello Optioned, Owners Rejoice/Sigh Simultaneously
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Marc Normandin

05-24

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One-Hoppers: Porcello Shouldn't Rely On Tigers' D
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Marc Normandin

03-09

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Team Health Reports: Detroit Tigers
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Will Carroll

11-16

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Voting for Real
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Christina Kahrl

09-10

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Workload Worries
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Christina Kahrl

06-05

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Fantasy Beat: Rookie Hurlers
by
Marc Normandin

04-24

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Prospectus Today: Ladies and Gentlemen, Tonight's Feature Presentation...
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Joe Sheehan

04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Rick Porcello
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David Laurila

02-08

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Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-14

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Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-19

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Back to School
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Bryan Smith

06-06

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Mock Draft 2007
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Kevin Goldstein

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July 3, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Rick Porcello: Buy or Sell?

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Craig Goldstein

The Tigers righty is coming off a shutout, but do his peripherals portend a strong second half?

Late last season, I took a look into what had changed with Rick Porcello that enabled him to strike out 19 batters over a two-game stretch, the highest two-game total in his career. That two game sample was just an impetus to look at a larger change in Porcello’s profile though—a marked increase in strikeout rate. With another impetus occurring on Tuesday night (Porcello’s 0 K, 0 BB CGSO), I thought it’d behoove us to take a look at Porcello’s season thus far in 2014.

The 2014 season has gone swimmingly for Porcello, as he’s posting an ERA of 3.12, which would be just the second time in his career that he recorded an ERA below 4.00, with the other being his rookie campaign that ended at 3.96. Do the peripherals line up with this improved production, though? The answer, almost overwhelmingly, is no. In fact, he’s reverted to being the pitcher he was in 2009-12, ditching the peripheral improvements he picked up in 2013.

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March 12, 2014 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers

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Craig Goldstein

These junior-circuit hurlers had elevated BABIPs last year, but was it all because of bad luck?

As we learned in the NL iteration of this exercise, BABIP affects bad and good pitchers alike, but that doesn’t mean it is pure luck. Team defense, ground-ball rates and the ability to miss bats all factor in to a pitcher’s likelihood of retaining a low BABIP, decreasing a high BABIP or just producing consistent a consistent BABIP year-to-year.

Below are the top five BABIP affected pitchers in the American League from 2013. While one has since been sent to the National League, there’s reason to believe that four of the five have the ability to be better this year than they were last year. Then there’s Joe Saunders.


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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Starting Pitchers

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Paul Sporer

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

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September 23, 2013 8:21 am

Fantasy Freestyle: What's Gotten Into Rick Porcello?

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Craig Goldstein

The Tigers right-hander has fanned 19 batters over his last two starts. Is this a sign of things to come in 2014?

As a fan of Rick Porcello out of the draft and through his one season in the minor leagues, it shocked me as it did most others when he was promoted straight to the majors in 2009. While he managed quite well that season, for a 20-year-old with relatively scant professional experience, it only served to whet the appetites of fantasy owners. We all thought he could continue to build on his rookie season, learning to mix the strikeout ability he showed as a prep schooler with the ground-ball tendencies he’d developed as a professional. Unfortunately, 2009 has served as Porcello’s banner season to date, at least as far as surface stats go, as he posted his best full-season ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.34). The underlying stats though, were not so exciting, as Porcello had failed to crack 14 percent with his strikeout rate, though he did keep the walks in check, never exceeding six percent after that initial season. So when Porcello received hype once again this offseason, I was wary. We’d heard it all before and been disappointed time and again. This season appears to be much of the same… or is it?

History is great and all of that, but fantasy is a “what have you done for me lately?” type of game, so it’s worth noting that Porcello is on pace to have his best season since his rookie campaign. What piqued my interest in Porcello were his two most recent starts, where he totaled 19 (!) strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings, walking only two batters. Those 19 strikeouts represent the most that Porcello has totaled over a two start span in his entire career. Upon further investigation, there wasn’t a drastic change for Porcello over his last two starts, as his release point was largely consistent with previous outings, and the pitch usage was inconsistent between the two starts. So while there might not be a trend to note that caused the change over these last two starts (at least as of yet), we can look at Porcello’s season as a whole and see what changes he’s made because while his ERA looks right in line with his previous seasons, 2013 represents a drastic departure from the norm in other aspects.

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August 7, 2013 7:19 am

Sporer Report: Seven Starting Pitchers on the Rise

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Paul Sporer

Does your fantasy team need rotation help? These hurlers might provide a nice upgrade down the stretch.

Can you believe the season is four months old? As excited as I am to see how the races play out both in the MLB standings and in my fantasy leagues, I’m definitely a little bummed that we only have two months of regular seasons games left. Enough bellyaching, though, we have pennants to chase down.

We just finished another great month that saw all sorts of interesting performances, and I want to highlight seven pitchers who were particularly sharp during the month-plus*, as you may have missed their recent surges, especially if you are only looking at their season-long numbers. They need to be on your radar whether you’re entering the trade market or scanning the free-agent pool in a shallower league. They are ranked in order of how much I like them the rest of the way.

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June 21, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13

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Paul Sporer

A look at the upcoming 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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June 7, 2013 5:00 am

Five to Watch: Checking in on the Holy Trinity

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Bret Sayre

Bret looks at the quintet of hurlers that has met the strikeout, walk, and ground-ball benchmarks that generally ensure a pitcher's success.

About a month ago, Russell Carleton talked about pitcher stats and when they stabilize. And now that we’re two months into the season, the time has come where we can look at some of the high-ticket items my eyes drift toward on the stat page without worrying about being distracted by small sample sizes. These performances are real and whether or not they continue, we will always be able to look back upon them through sepia tones and Instagram filters.

If you’ve read my stuff from a previous life, you’ve undoubtedly heard me talk about the Holy Trinity as it comes to starting pitchers. It encompasses the three skills that are most important to the art of pitching: getting strikeouts, reducing walks, and keeping the ball on the ground. Any pitcher who does at least one of these things well can be a major leaguer. Just two of these qualities are enough to be a star, but the pitchers who can do all three are the ones who are special, because they have the largest amount of control over their downside risk.

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Flash back to the first time Porcello competed for a spot in a crowded Tiger rotation.

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The Tigers have to decide what to do with Rick Porcello, who's competing for the fifth-starter slot with Drew Smyly this spring and could end up on the trade block. They were facing a similar situation when David Laurila caught up with a younger Porcello in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Q&A" column on April 1, 2009.

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January 21, 2013 5:00 am

Painting the Black: Buy Low, Porcello

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R.J. Anderson

The Tigers possess a veteran starter who just turned 24. But is there still reason to hope for more from Rick Porcello?

When camps open in the coming weeks, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly will each begin a spring-long effort to win a spot in the Tigers rotation. Dave Dombrowski last week conceded Porcello’s experience gives him an advantage before hedging by adding, “I don’t know which way that would end up going,” as well as, “Smyly did such a good job for us last year and you ideally want a left-hander in your rotation.” Even so, don’t be surprised when Porcello opens the year in someone’s rotation—be it in Detroit or otherwise.

Although Porcello celebrated his 24th birthday on December 27th, the 2013 season will be his fifth in the majors. That kind of tenure has the effect of making Porcello feel older and more disappointing than he is. When, in 2007, the New Jersey native—armed with a heavy sinker, power curveball, and Kevin Brown comparisons—slipped in the draft to Detroit at the tail end of the first round due to signability concerns, many pundits proclaimed him the odds-on favorite to become the steal of the draft. His time in the minors did little to rob him of praise. Kevin Goldstein wrote of Porcello’s glass-half-empty projection in 2009, “it’s hard to see him being anything less than a good starting pitcher.”

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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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Which players do the BP staff expect to have breakout campaigns in the coming year?

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January 12, 2012 3:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/12/12

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Mike Petriello

Greinke, Dempster, Porcello, and Maholm make this week's Keeper Reaper cut

As I fight off the temptation to discuss whether Jack Morris is a keeper in shallow leagues…

Paul Maholm | Chicago Cubs
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allow: NO
Medium:
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Deep: NO
NL-only:
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Super Deep:
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