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Starting Pitcher Chart – April 24th, 2024

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I got on that yardwork grind today after a good bout of rain the last week or so and frankly, it took me out a bit so I’m crashing!  I’ve got my chat at 1pm CT tomorrow, though, so feel free to come out and ask any questions you might have and I’ll have a proper commentary bit in this space tomorrow night.

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Starting Pitcher Chart – April 23rd, 2024

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Why do they hate Reynaldo López?? They have pushed this man off a potential 2-step for three straight weeks. Maybe they are simply trying to protect their RP-turned-SP, but I’ve yet to get the hint and instead keep getting fooled into thinking this is the week! They moved him back 2 days this time now, so he’s off his every Tuesday pattern from the first three starts. Thankfully, they didn’t push him out of the Miami series, that would’ve just been cruel.

Jared Jones twirled another gem. What a phrase… twirled a gem. Anyway, he was chucking rubies — or is it just a single ruby since it’s twirling “a gem” and not multiple “gems”? — at the Brewers, allowing just 1-run in 6 innings with 7 Ks and 25 swinging strikes!! He had 13 with the heater, 11 with slider, and 1 with the changeup. I know there is excitement for Paul Skenes to come up and join Jones, but let’s appreciate Jones while he is shining and being the true frontliner for the Pirates. I didn’t love the innings-instead-of-pitches approach to limiting him last time out, but I understand that they aren’t just going to turn him loose and not at least try to mitigate damage, even though these types of plans haven’t been shown to tangibly improve pitcher health at all.

I don’t even mind a pitch count limit that much, but it just feels wasteful to take him out after 59 pitches and yes it was made markedly worse by the next pitcher losing the game for the Pirates. No shade to Luis L. Ortiz, everyone has tough games, but Jones should’ve gotten at least another inning so Ortiz would’ve had more time to warm up! At least get him to 75 pitches. Let’s not harp on the past, though, and let’s appreciate that the Pirates blessed the baseball viewing public with 91 pitches from the 22-year-old tonight. I really hope they push him a bit this year, especially if they continue to play .500 or better ball. He’s had 123 and 126 innings the last two seasons, it seems like 160 should be more than workable.

Obviously, they know their pitchers better than I ever could, but a 40-50 inning increase doesn’t seem out of pocket after making 26 starts in both 2022 and 2023. Either way, just enjoy Jones while he’s pitching. You landed on a gem if you drafted him or scooped him off waivers so don’t focus on when it might end or the occasional shortened outing/extra day or two of rest, but instead dial in for his outings every fifth (or so) day and watch an impressive young righty pop off with a brilliant fastball-slider combo as he cultivates the curve and change in hopes of a developing a bankable third offering.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1287 – Cut or Hold: Shallow League Hitters Edition

4/22/24

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SHALLOW LEAGUE: CUT OR HOLD

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Starting Pitcher Chart – April 22nd, 2024

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Talked a bit in my chat about doing a full week ranking at some point and while I wasn’t able to do that this weekend, I do have a new feature: a 2-start ranking board!

Monday Morning Update:

  • Added Grayson Rodriguez because he is probably getting Baltimore’s 2-step instead of Albert Suarez.
  • Added Michael King, didn’t see that he and Cease were both getting 2-steps this wk
2-Start Rankings for the Week
RANK TYPE PITCHER MATCHUPS
1 1 Tarik Skubal at TBR/at KCR
2 1 Jared Jones MIL/at SFG
3 1 Dylan Cease at COL/PHI
4 1 Logan Gilbert at TEX/ARI
5 1 Grayson Rodriguez at LAA/OAK
6 1 Tanner Houck at CLE/CHC
7 1 Hunter Greene PHI/at TEX
8 1 Carlos Rodón OAK/at MIL
9 2 Reid Detmers BAL/MIN
10 2 Zack Littell DET/at CWS
11 2 James Paxton at WSN/at TOR
12 2 Michael King at COL/PHI
13 2 Cristopher Sánchez at CIN/at SDP
14 2 Ranger Suárez at CIN/at SDP
15 2 Marcus Stroman OAK/at MIL
16 2 Yusei Kikuchi at KCR/LAD
17 3 Brady Singer TOR/at DET
18 3 Michael Wacha TOR/at DET
19 3 Dane Dunning SEA/CIN
20 3 Brandon Pfaadt at STL/at SEA
21 3 Andrew Abbott PHI/at TEX
22 4 Bryce Elder MIA, CLE
23 4 Albert Suarez maybe? at LAA/OAK
24 4 Lance Lynn ARI/at NYM
25 4 Keaton Winn NYM/PIT
26 4 Jose Quintana at SFG/STL
27 4 Jordan Wicks HOU/at BOS
28 4 Wade Miley at PIT/NYY
29 4 Chris Paddack CWS/at LAA
30 4 Jonathan Cannon at MIN/TBR
31 5 Ben Lively 라이블리 BOS/at ATL
32 5 Joe Ross at PIT/NYY
33 5 Paul Blackburn at NYY/at BAL
34 5 Taijuan Walker perhaps at CIN/at SDP
35 6 Bailey Falter MIL/at SFG
36 6 JP Sears at NYY/at BAL
37 6 Patrick Corbin LAD/at MIA
TYPE Key:
1 – Auto-Start | 2- All Formats | 3 – Most Formats |
4 – Some Formats | 5 – YOLO | 6 – Hard Pass

And now, Monday’s board:
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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1285 – 2-Start Pitchers for Week 4

4/19/24

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  • Jack Leiter was smoked in his debut – pickup this wknd?

2-START FOR WEEK 4

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Starting Pitcher Chart – April 19th, 2024

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Decided to skip commentary on some of the obvious ones where I didn’t have anything terribly insightful to say.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1284 – Breakthrough Pitchers

4/18/24

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EARLY BREAKTHROUGH ARMS

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Starting Pitcher Chart – April 18th, 2024

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With so few games tomorrow, it is easier to just do quick notes on the pitchers going instead of going through the whole charting process.

Logan Webb SFG v. ARI – A fantasy ace; must-start. Reco: All

Ryan Pepiot TBR v. LAA – I’m still fully in on my guy. The 5.40 ERA isn’t great, but the 23% K-BB and 1.02 WHIP leave me undaunted by the extra runs he’s allowing. He’s still locked into my lineup and he gets DET next week, too! Reco: All

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Paul Sporer’s Baseball Chat – April 17th, 2024

Transcript is live, thanks for coming out!! Feel free to post your thoughts on the Daily SP Chart and the one-liners if you didn’t get to come to the live chat.

1:06

Paul Sporer: Hello everyone, thanks for coming out!!

1:06

Love Is A Battenfield: Who is the better pickup/stream for Friday: Gore vs the Astros or Flaherty vs the Twins?

1:07

Paul Sporer: Flaherty for me, HOU is still good vL as their offense isn’t the main culprit behind their slow start

1:07

Günter: Is it time to move on from Colt Keith? Just another prospect that experts missed on?

1:07

Paul Sporer: Stopppp, it’s been 2 weeks…

1:08

Paul Sporer: Like he might be cuttable in a shallower format bc he was probably drafted pretty late, but suggesting he’s a miss already after 62 PA is wild

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Starting Pitcher Chart – April 17th, 2024

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Pretty straightforward board on Wednesday. I think you have to stick with Fried and Gausman despite their slow starts. There’s a nice handful of streamer types to take shots with across all formats or in DFS. I really wish Feltner wasn’t a Rockie so I could just roster him all year, I think he’s really good. Next week I’ll start adding this year’s stats for pitchers. I just don’t want to people to get overly influenced by weird ass ERAs. It’s not like next week is some perfect cut-off, either, but I’m trying to wait for most guys to have 4-5 starts at least and I’ll do my best to point out when there’s 1 start causing a misleadingly bad ERA and things like that. I’ve got my chat on Wednesday at 1 pm ET so feel free to bring your questions there or just leave ’em in the comments of this post!

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