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  1. I like Travis Wood quite a bit and think he will be a solid starter as he settles in. He's not going to be a #1 or even a #2 imho but he fits nicely as a #3 or #4 and that makes him fantasy relevant. Sam LeCure is not someone I would expect to have long term success as a MLB starter. He has bounced around the minors and has just so-so stuff with a fastball that tops out around 90 and mediocre secondary pitches. I saw him awhile back and he didn't show anything too interesting and I would be surprised if its gotten significantly better. He is the kind of guy the league will catch up with sooner rather than later so he profiles as a spot starter/long man in the pen swing man type to me.
  2. Not a big Sanchez fan, especially with his injury history. Problem is in very deep leagues there may not be much out there unless you are looking to take a flier on someone to stash on your bench. I am thinking Sanchez might be hurting because he has not looked good at all - and even though I am not a fan, he hasn't been this rough.
  3. I'm guessing not for awhile. Its possible but I think they would like to play this hand for a bit and see if they can work through Porcello's struggles. I watched him the other day and he showed some good but inconsistent stuff.
  4. Pineda - I like him quite a bit. I think anticipating results like those from Latos and Hudson might be a bit optimistic, but all in all I think he will provide decent numbers for a kid boosted by playing in Seattle. He *might* be the Latos or Hudson of 2011 but I think you are setting yourself up for a disappointment if you expect it. Jurrjens - I am a Jurrjens believer. I really liked him in '09 and talked him up a lot. Last year was a combination of things but I am still a believer until he shows me what he had in 2009 is gone. He's on a couple of my teams and I am looking forward to this weekend to see where he's at.
  5. I like McClellan. He's not Adam Wainwright but he will contribute to the Cardinals this year. For fantasy purposes he's a solid guy who should give you a respectable WHIP and ERA with a fair amount of strikeouts. He fits well at the back of a fantasy rotation in most leagues and should be better than a lot of MLB 5th starters.
  6. He's your basic back of the fantasy rotation guy. He would be alright in a very deep league where you could pick and choose his starts and probably has value in an AL only but he doesn't have the upside to be a huge help long term.
  7. I was scouting a couple of other games during his last start so I only got to see a bit of his outing. I just can't get excited about his stuff. he has certainly enjoyed success so far this season but I am still skeptical regarding his long term value. I'm not ready to label him a sell high guy yet but I am not convinced he is a fantasy boon either.
  8. Chatwood would be a cameo at this point in his development. He doesn't have the command to take a regular turn at the MLB level yet and I am iffy on whether he will in the future. He has good stuff but things will need to click if he's going to make it as a starter. I am guessing a bullpen role might be a possibility. As for Luebke, his value will be completely dependent on his opportunity. He *should* be the Padres 5th starter right now but it appears they want to give Mosely more time to see what he can do and they also have LeBlanc waiting to have a go. Mosely baffles me - he always has had far better stuff than results, but it all means Luebke is buried right now and he can't help you unless he grabs a useful role. If he does, I think he could be worth a flier.
  9. One of the best on Rotoworld...knows his pitchers! Still miss my favorite Dustin McGowan!

  10. Sorry, didn't catch the earlier request ... I certainly like Britton although he is enjoying the halo effect of his initial experience in the majors. He's a groundball pitcher which means he'll have days when they find holes and he probably won't be a big strikeout pitcher. That equates to a decent fantasy starter, but his first two starts will have him hyped beyond reasonable expectations. My guess is they will ride him while he's going good but when they get healthy he could go back down for a bit more seasoning. Esmil Rogers is a fair candidate to become a useful starter. He's a fairly recently converted position player so its not surprising he is still learning how to pitch. Two things will be critical to his future success ... 1. he has to develop a more consistent change up to handle left-handed hitters and he has to refine his command a bit more. He has a pretty repeatable motion so the command will probably come in time, but he could ave some rough times until he gets it all together. His ceiling is probably a #4 and they talked at one time about moving him to the pen but they will likely give him a chance to start first.
  11. Pretty much what we saw tonight ... I liked the 82 mph breaking ball and then the 97 mph smoke up.
  12. Should have been the closer long ago (if Rodney was the alternative). Ok, ok it was judicious to give him a little time to settle in and get his mechanics smoothed out but I love the guy. He was on my "list" long, long, long before they decided to move him to relief and I was even more excited about him when they did. I have no doubt there will be some bumps in the road but he has all the right ingredients to be a very successful closer long term.
  13. He's really all about the heat as he gets into the high 90s although having to go the innings of a starter could drop that a bit. He has a decent but inconsistent slider and he wasn't real comfortable changing speeds yet which is why he would probably be better in a relief role right now. The M's might be soft enough to take a risk but I would be kinda hesitant to use him against a heavy hitting team - at least until I've seen him to see how his secondary pitches have come along.
  14. I'm no expert on pitching mechanics, in fact I am far from it, but I do think the arm angle will at least appear to be a bit different with the two pitches because of the movement of the arm between the top of the arc and the release. When you snap downward in putting rotation on a slider or curve it has to change the arm angle to some extent. We need one our mechanics experts to weigh in here ... Bog is getting in over his head lol EDIT: This post refers to the earlier discussion regarding cutters and sliders
  15. Its more the grip and arm action rather than arm slot. A cutter is thrown exactly like a fastball with the grip similar to a 4 seamer but off center. The arm slot should be the same as a fastball. A slider is thrown with more of a curve arm slot which is probably very close to the same as the fastball unless the pitcher is one of those that drops down and changes his arm slot to disguise his pitches. A slider, unlike a fastball or cutter, has a sharp downward break of the wrist like a curve and that is where the difference comes.