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    Lol thought we were on the Yankees theme lol. Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valuist View Post
    Anything new on Scherzer? The other day I heard he was considering throwing a three finger fastball to accomodate the sore knuckle. I can't imagine that would work out well.
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    I'm glad I don't have a regular season over bet on the Nats.

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    Thoughts on Sanchez?
    Gary is IMO an elite player and going to stay an elite player.
    the moment he started playing last year the Yankees who were not hitting at all were a different team. he was mashing the ball from day one and He's been mashing the ball in Spring Training too. I Hope to land him on my fantasy team with an overbid. Further- what a cannon for an arm.

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    Reds:

    Are in the middle of rebuilding but there are a few things to like. Votto is one of the best players in all of baseball. Votto posted a ridiculous .408/.490/.668 line with 15 homers and 55 RBI after the All-Star break.

    Let's look at the lineup....
    Projected Lineup

    Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
    1 Billy Hamilton OF 455 68 4 27 60 0.248 0.298 0.330 0.628 31 86
    2 Jose Peraza 2B 431 49 4 35 25 0.285 0.321 0.374 0.695 19 60
    3 Joey Votto 1B 538 95 27 86 9 0.316 0.421 0.535 0.956 96 99
    4 Adam Duvall OF 550 81 33 98 5 0.236 0.289 0.487 0.776 37 152
    5 Scott Schebler OF 485 64 19 68 4 0.274 0.329 0.474 0.803 29 104
    6 Zack Cozart SS 505 67 15 54 6 0.246 0.295 0.400 0.695 33 79
    7 Eugenio Suarez 3B 548 72 19 67 9 0.255 0.312 0.412 0.724 39 134
    8 Devin Mesoraco C 265 27 11 37 1 0.230 0.308 0.411 0.719 25 57


    This lineup has some sneaky value. Hamilton the fastest player in MLB and a great defender leads off, Peraza should be a solid 2nd hitter and if these speedsters can get on base with Votto on deck things could get interesting. Duvall hitting cleanup should get plenty of RBI opportunities and should see some great pitches that Votto won't see. Bottom 4-5 of the lineup doesn't strike much fear but Mesoraco and Suarez are good hitters that I could see having big seasons.

    Lineup is sneaky good.


    Rotation, eh....

    Projected Rotation

    Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
    1 Brandon Finnegan SP 175 7 13 4.42 1.29 151 75 9.6% 91.7 mph
    2 Robert Stephenson SP 115 4 9 4.77 1.45 98 57 9.4% 93.2 mph
    3 Scott Feldman SP 112 6 7 4.18 1.34 71 29 7.1% 90.3 mph
    4 Cody Reed SP 108 4 8 4.25 1.38 89 33 9.3% 92.8 mph
    5 Amir Garrett SP 83 4 5 4.12 1.30 64 31
    6 Tim Adleman SP 75 3 5 4.32 1.55 63 33 9.7% 90.8 mph
    7 Anthony DeSclafani SP 89 5 5 3.84 1.28 74 23 9.5% 92.9 mph
    8 Homer Bailey SP 74 3 5 4.38 1.55 62 25 9.6% 92.7 mph

    I really can't tell you what this rotation is going to consist of but this rotation is shaky to say the least. No true ace, nobody you would bet EV money on to have an ERA under 3.8. I do like Iglesias but he is already having back issues and he might be the closer. Him and Storen would make an interesting 8-9 inning guys and Cigrani vs LHP is interesting. I think the BP will be much improved from last season but not enough to make too much depth.


    I am thinking overs will be good considering the ballpark they play at, the lineup construction and rotation woes. The bottom of the lineup might hurt over chances.
    This team won't do anything obviously but they have some guys coming in like Stephenson and Garrett. Think they are at least a year away and 2 SP's away.





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    Brewers

    Talk about an interesting team. Thames hasn't hit in MLB since 2012 and he'll be hitting clean up. Villar could very well be a 20-60 guy and will be a fantasy stud who should go no lower than the 3rd round.

    Projected Lineup

    Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
    1 Jonathan Villar 2B 551 84 14 58 50 0.285 0.354 0.434 0.788 59 141
    2 Keon Broxton OF 544 79 19 59 45 0.243 0.326 0.436 0.762 66 192
    3 Ryan Braun OF 511 80 26 87 18 0.290 0.349 0.503 0.852 43 96
    4 Eric Thames 1B 521 77 20 77 9 0.263 0.334 0.447 0.781 52 118
    5 Domingo Santana OF 539 78 25 79 8 0.254 0.343 0.449 0.792 66 176
    6 Travis Shaw 3B 421 56 16 63 3 0.247 0.305 0.430 0.735 33 104
    7 Orlando Arcia SS 522 63 10 55 18 0.236 0.281 0.364 0.645 32 107
    8 Jett Bandy C 255 29 9 37 2 0.243 0.283 0.400 0.683 10 45


    Getting Villar and Broxton on base with their speed and Braun, Thames, Shaw and Santana on deck could get really interesting. Will be a very fun team to watch no doubt. They have some hitting depth as well with Scooter, Perez etc. 7-8-P hitting will likely be pitiful and something to watch in first five inning wagers as it appears the last three hitters in lineup will be easy outs.


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    Projected Rotation

    Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
    1 Junior Guerra SP 168 9 10 3.70 1.15 137 61 10.9% 93.1 mph
    2 Matt Garza SP 174 7 13 4.34 1.47 124 62 7.8% 92.2 mph
    3 Chase Anderson SP 143 5 11 4.53 1.35 113 46 8.3% 91.1 mph
    4 Zach Davies SP 140 8 7 3.66 1.23 115 36 8.4% 89.3 mph
    5 Wily Peralta SP 129 6 9 4.40 1.52 92 43 8.5% 94.8 mph
    6 Jimmy Nelson SP 65 3 4 4.43 1.43 52 28 7.4% 93.1 mph
    7 Tommy Milone SP 71 2 6 4.56 1.31 50 18 8.7% 87.6 mph

    Guerra had a good season and there is no reason to think otherwise. Jimmy Nelson has thrown 177+ and had ERA's in the 4s, he is an innings eater and if he can repeat his 2015 season the Brewers would be very happy. Anderson is a good young arm that has thrown 155+ 2 seasons in a row, any improvement from him could result in mid 3 ERA. Peralta, Garza I don't trust at all, they allow tons of baserunners and anytime they pitch i will either fade or bet against. Davies, Milone are ok. Average. 1-3 has some sneaky value, 4-5-6 look scary bad.

    Feliz is a shaky closer who I don't trust whatsoever. Allows too many baserunners had a FIP of 4.52 and is probably past his prime. Brewers setup and long relievers could surprise, BPs are hard to predict.


    Overall the Brewers will be one of the more fun teams to watch and could make us some money. Brinson and Diaz are coming up in the minors and both of them could be all star caliber players. Brew Crew needs more pitching and a better bottom half lineup to compete but there is a future with this team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    Thoughts on Sanchez?
    Quote Originally Posted by bomzee View Post
    Gary is IMO an elite player and going to stay an elite player.
    the moment he started playing last year the Yankees who were not hitting at all were a different team. he was mashing the ball from day one and He's been mashing the ball in Spring Training too. I Hope to land him on my fantasy team with an overbid. Further- what a cannon for an arm.
    He batted .225 in Sep/Oct ,obviously small sample size,but so was his hot streak.Im intrigued how he goes this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManchesterUk View Post
    He batted .225 in Sep/Oct ,obviously small sample size,but so was his hot streak.Im intrigued how he goes this year.
    I agree. I think anybody who thinks they can just double Sanchez' counting stats is kidding themselves. The league will adjust to him, and then its up to him to adjust. Remember how dominant Puig was for 2/3 of a season in 2013? But Sanchez plays a much more difficult position. He's going to have to know all the AL hitters and weaknesses and that will take time. The Yanks look like a solid RSW total under play, IMO.

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    Remember sabathia usually starts slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    Remember sabathia usually starts slow.
    At this stage of the game, he may start slow, middle slow, and finish slow.

    FWIW, I have no axe to grind with the Yanks. In 2-3 years, they are going to be very good. They basically got Gleybar Torres and Castro for nothing, and raided Cleveland's farm system (although there was a price for that one). But 2017 isn't going to be a good year for them.

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    Yankee SS Dee Dee Gregorius out 6 weeks to start the season.

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    Red sox yanks overs might be legit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    Red sox yanks overs might be legit
    ya but you gotta factor in the inflation during the games while your money is held by the book.

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    Have just seen Sabathia pitching yesterday,safe to say,hes enjoyed the off season,blokes bigger than ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    Red sox yanks overs might be legit
    Red Sox yes. Yankees? Not this year.

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    JD Martinez out the First 4 weeks of the season and Miguel Cabrera has a gimpy back

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    Just heard Buxton will be batting 3rd for the Twins to start season....lol Twins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangover View Post
    Just heard Buxton will be batting 3rd for the Twins to start season....lol Twins

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    They should be a good TT under as long as Buxton is batting 3rd...mite not last too long tho before Twins realize they are idiots

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    Lets watch that TT situation. You might be right.

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    Last year as I recall Minny was the king of the "overs" and the Blue Jays were King of the "Unders'.

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    Speaking of the Twins, here's a bullish case for Berrios. Guy does have some nasty stuff.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/do-th...a-budding-ace/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bomzee View Post
    JD Martinez out the First 4 weeks of the season and Miguel Cabrera has a gimpy back
    My favorite season win total bet was Detroit under. This doesn't hurt at all (for me, not them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GusGreenbaum View Post
    Speaking of the Twins, here's a bullish case for Berrios. Guy does have some nasty stuff.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/do-th...a-budding-ace/
    Are you going to post DFS stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    Are you going to post DFS stuff?
    I will be posting only dfs stuff,hopefully Gus adds plenty too,as long as you guys don't mind it cluttering up the daily threads.You guys will never learn anything from me when it comes to baseball betting so hopefully it can save you some time making your dfs decisions.
    On a related note ,I've just opened a yahoo dfs account and see how it goes,the lure of the big $$ is obviously enticing on DK but the 150 entry limit offsets that,anyway,gonna do some yahoo too.

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    2016 at a glance
    Record: 86-76 (2nd in NL Central)
    Hitting: 5th (4.81 R/G)
    Pitching: 12th (4.08 ERA)

    I like the pickup of Fowler and the Cards haven't had a true leadoff guy like this for some time. .393 OBP last season. Other than Fowler they are a very similar team to last years.
    Let's look at the lineup which is solid.


    Projected Lineup

    Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
    1 Dexter Fowler OF 515 89 14 46 15 0.266 0.359 0.427 0.786 69 115
    2 Aledmys Diaz SS 522 78 18 71 5 0.285 0.349 0.467 0.816 47 68
    3 Matt Carpenter 1B 518 80 21 77 2 0.272 0.362 0.483 0.845 69 103
    4 Stephen Piscotty OF 565 81 20 85 6 0.278 0.339 0.458 0.797 44 117
    5 Yadier Molina C 424 39 6 47 2 0.292 0.338 0.401 0.739 27 47
    6 Jhonny Peralta 3B 399 46 12 47 1 0.268 0.325 0.419 0.744 31 71
    7 Randal Grichuk OF 500 72 27 76 5 0.252 0.296 0.502 0.798 28 144
    8 Kolten Won 2B 495 66 12 51 14 0.259 0.322 0.396 0.718 36 76


    The problem won't be the lineup, the problem is the pitching which is filled with question marks.
    Projected Rotation

    Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
    1 Carlos Martinez SP 187 12 9 3.32 1.26 176 67 9.4% 95.6 mph
    2 Mike Leake SP 174 10 10 3.88 1.25 120 37 7.2% 90.6 mph
    3 Adam Wainwright SP 179 11 9 3.52 1.28 143 48 8.1% 90.3 mph
    4 Lance Lynn SP 142 8 8 3.74 1.37 123 58
    5 Michael Wacha SP 115 6 7 3.76 1.34 97 37 8.1% 93.2 mph
    6 Luke Weaver SP 75 5 3 3.48 1.21 65 18 9.8% 91.9 mph
    7 Marco Gonzales SP 58 2 4 4.81 1.48 50 31


    Leake is ok but he barely pitches 90, doesn't strike out much and allows more baserunners than I like. Wainwright is still a solid pitcher but not the ace he used to be. Lynn and Wacha are major question marks and I will be looking more to fade them than betting them until they proof they are back to form. Cards rotation will be allowing a lot of baserunners and that is something that could keep them out of contention if it comes to fruition.
    Bullpen looks like a strength with OH who will likely dominate and Rosenthal will be a great setup guy. Cards will go as far as their rotation takes them. Pitching is so important and the rotation will be the difference between a wild card spot and being left out of the playoffs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    2016 at a glance
    Record: 86-76 (2nd in NL Central)
    Hitting: 5th (4.81 R/G)
    Pitching: 12th (4.08 ERA)

    I like the pickup of Fowler and the Cards haven't had a true leadoff guy like this for some time. .393 OBP last season. Other than Fowler they are a very similar team to last years.
    Let's look at the lineup which is solid.


    Projected Lineup

    Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
    1 Dexter Fowler OF 515 89 14 46 15 0.266 0.359 0.427 0.786 69 115
    2 Aledmys Diaz SS 522 78 18 71 5 0.285 0.349 0.467 0.816 47 68
    3 Matt Carpenter 1B 518 80 21 77 2 0.272 0.362 0.483 0.845 69 103
    4 Stephen Piscotty OF 565 81 20 85 6 0.278 0.339 0.458 0.797 44 117
    5 Yadier Molina C 424 39 6 47 2 0.292 0.338 0.401 0.739 27 47
    6 Jhonny Peralta 3B 399 46 12 47 1 0.268 0.325 0.419 0.744 31 71
    7 Randal Grichuk OF 500 72 27 76 5 0.252 0.296 0.502 0.798 28 144
    8 Kolten Won 2B 495 66 12 51 14 0.259 0.322 0.396 0.718 36 76


    The problem won't be the lineup, the problem is the pitching which is filled with question marks.
    Projected Rotation

    Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
    1 Carlos Martinez SP 187 12 9 3.32 1.26 176 67 9.4% 95.6 mph
    2 Mike Leake SP 174 10 10 3.88 1.25 120 37 7.2% 90.6 mph
    3 Adam Wainwright SP 179 11 9 3.52 1.28 143 48 8.1% 90.3 mph
    4 Lance Lynn SP 142 8 8 3.74 1.37 123 58
    5 Michael Wacha SP 115 6 7 3.76 1.34 97 37 8.1% 93.2 mph
    6 Luke Weaver SP 75 5 3 3.48 1.21 65 18 9.8% 91.9 mph
    7 Marco Gonzales SP 58 2 4 4.81 1.48 50 31


    Leake is ok but he barely pitches 90, doesn't strike out much and allows more baserunners than I like. Wainwright is still a solid pitcher but not the ace he used to be. Lynn and Wacha are major question marks and I will be looking more to fade them than betting them until they proof they are back to form. Cards rotation will be allowing a lot of baserunners and that is something that could keep them out of contention if it comes to fruition.
    Bullpen looks like a strength with OH who will likely dominate and Rosenthal will be a great setup guy. Cards will go as far as their rotation takes them. Pitching is so important and the rotation will be the difference between a wild card spot and being left out of the playoffs.


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    Sounds like Wong and Gyorko will be in a platoon. Gyorko did top 30 HRs last season. He probably should also see some time at 3B. At this stage, hard to imagine Peralta keeping someone out of the lineup.

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    I like their depth, a lot of talent that won't be able to get on the field most nights. Carpenter is the real deal, stud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball Zealot View Post
    2016 at a glance
    Record: 86-76 (2nd in NL Central)
    Hitting: 5th (4.81 R/G)
    Pitching: 12th (4.08 ERA)

    I like the pickup of Fowler and the Cards haven't had a true leadoff guy like this for some time. .393 OBP last season. Other than Fowler they are a very similar team to last years.
    Let's look at the lineup which is solid.


    Projected Lineup

    Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
    1 Dexter Fowler OF 515 89 14 46 15 0.266 0.359 0.427 0.786 69 115
    2 Aledmys Diaz SS 522 78 18 71 5 0.285 0.349 0.467 0.816 47 68
    3 Matt Carpenter 1B 518 80 21 77 2 0.272 0.362 0.483 0.845 69 103
    4 Stephen Piscotty OF 565 81 20 85 6 0.278 0.339 0.458 0.797 44 117
    5 Yadier Molina C 424 39 6 47 2 0.292 0.338 0.401 0.739 27 47
    6 Jhonny Peralta 3B 399 46 12 47 1 0.268 0.325 0.419 0.744 31 71
    7 Randal Grichuk OF 500 72 27 76 5 0.252 0.296 0.502 0.798 28 144
    8 Kolten Won 2B 495 66 12 51 14 0.259 0.322 0.396 0.718 36 76


    The problem won't be the lineup, the problem is the pitching which is filled with question marks.
    Projected Rotation

    Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
    1 Carlos Martinez SP 187 12 9 3.32 1.26 176 67 9.4% 95.6 mph
    2 Mike Leake SP 174 10 10 3.88 1.25 120 37 7.2% 90.6 mph
    3 Adam Wainwright SP 179 11 9 3.52 1.28 143 48 8.1% 90.3 mph
    4 Lance Lynn SP 142 8 8 3.74 1.37 123 58
    5 Michael Wacha SP 115 6 7 3.76 1.34 97 37 8.1% 93.2 mph
    6 Luke Weaver SP 75 5 3 3.48 1.21 65 18 9.8% 91.9 mph
    7 Marco Gonzales SP 58 2 4 4.81 1.48 50 31


    Leake is ok but he barely pitches 90, doesn't strike out much and allows more baserunners than I like. Wainwright is still a solid pitcher but not the ace he used to be. Lynn and Wacha are major question marks and I will be looking more to fade them than betting them until they proof they are back to form. Cards rotation will be allowing a lot of baserunners and that is something that could keep them out of contention if it comes to fruition.
    Bullpen looks like a strength with OH who will likely dominate and Rosenthal will be a great setup guy. Cards will go as far as their rotation takes them. Pitching is so important and the rotation will be the difference between a wild card spot and being left out of the playoffs.


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    Ive always liked Fowler but to say the Cards haven't had a leadoff hitter like him for some time isn't accurate in my opinion. Carpenter was fantastic for years in the leadoff spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Ive always liked Fowler but to say the Cards haven't had a leadoff hitter like him for some time isn't accurate in my opinion. Carpenter was fantastic for years in the leadoff spot.
    He wasn't a prototype leadoff guy was my point. I did read that after and think that might be wrong the way I wrote it.
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    2016 at a glance

    Record: 78-83 (3rd in NL Central)
    Hitting: 13th (4.50 R/G)
    Pitching: 18th (4.21 ERA)


    Last year I predicted a bad season for the Pirates and it came to fruition. This season I don't have a strong opinion but there could be some bounce back, how much I do not know. Let's look at the lineup.

    Projected Lineup

    Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
    1 Josh Harrison 2B 501 64 6 51 17 0.289 0.321 0.405 0.726 19 75
    2 Josh Bell 1B 422 52 12 55 2 0.270 0.344 0.422 0.766 47 68
    3 Andrew McCutchen OF 568 84 23 84 9 0.276 0.360 0.463 0.823 68 114
    4 Starling Marte OF 525 76 13 60 39 0.297 0.347 0.448 0.795 24 106
    5 Gregory Polanco OF 529 79 16 69 21 0.255 0.314 0.420 0.734 47 103
    6 David Freese 3B 406 54 12 51 0 0.264 0.331 0.409 0.740 33 106
    7 Francisco Cervelli C 344 43 3 34 4 0.279 0.362 0.360 0.722 40 65
    8 Jordy Mercer SS 500 56 9 53 2 0.254 0.311 0.364 0.675 38 76


    This lineup is lacking power and the longball is important is today's game. Lineup is solid and I am a huge fan of Marte and Cutch is ready for a bounceback season but again this lineup lacks the power that I'd like to see and that will limit their chances to do some big things considering that their rotation is not top notch.





    Projected Rotation

    Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
    1 Gerrit Cole SP 185 13 8 2.82 1.23 174 47 8.5% 95.2 mph
    2 Jameson Taillon SP 177 12 8 3.05 1.03 148 25 8.3% 94.3 mph
    3 Ivan Nova SP 154 9 9 3.80 1.31 127 35 9.4% 92.6 mph
    4 Chad Kuhl SP 121 7 6 3.79 1.29 87 29 8.9% 93.2 mph
    5 Tyler Glasnow SP 110 6 7 3.85 1.32 117 61 11.6% 93.5 mph
    6 Trevor Williams SP 85 4 6 4.45 1.35 52 24 9.8% 92.8 mph



    I am all in on Gerrit Cole, think he is the steal of the draft and will have a great bounceback season. Taillon was very good last season and we should expect the same this season. Their #1 and #2 are VERY VERY good and possibly underrated. Then we get to Nova batters have hit .301 vs him in road games last 3 season, lefties bat .312. ERA in the 4s. Nova can eat innings but he will give up his share of runs. Glasnow is someone I do not trust just yet and could be a bust considering some think he is going to have a huge season, the mental aspect of the game scares me a bit. Be careful with him. Kuhl allowed lefties to hit .300+ against him last season and is very young and I am expecting a pedestrian type season. Trevor Williams is an Arizona State stud who has great stuff and could be a good #5 if he gets there.

    The rotation is good on the top, possibly even underrated. Nova, Glasnow and co concern me quite a bit and I think will be the reason they do not make the playoffs. No more Melancon in BP and now have Watson, Hudson, Bastardo. Not a BP that gives me the warm and fuzzies.


    Expect no more than a .500 season unless Glasnow is a stud and the BP overachieves.
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