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  1. Of course, the Brewers supposedly great bullpen blows yet another win for Woodruff
  2. Last year was a shortened season, two years ago he was injured for half the season, and before that when he was with the Pirates (who can't develop a pitcher to save their lives), he never performed well enough to stay in the rotation.
  3. I'd still have to give the edge to Cole for AL Cy Young, but I love Glasnow this year at his ADP. The only question is can he hold up for 180 innings? He's never thrown more than 111 innings in any season.
  4. Cole and deGrom were the top 2 players overall on my board, but I had deGrom ahead of Cole, which now I think that might have been a mistake. I certainly don't think deGrom will be a bust or anything but the Mets simply find ways to waste his dominant starts, so the edge that Cole will have in wins might be enough to push him ahead of deGrom. Super close between those two though. Either way, you can't really go wrong.
  5. The Pirates have a heck of a rotation that they traded away for nothing
  6. I'm not saying I expect Paddack to rebound like Halladay. Does Paddack have the stuff to be an elite pitcher like Halladay was? No, probably not. Even Paddack's 2019 season was more a product of good luck more than exceptional skill (his FIP and xFIP both indicated that his ERA should have been around 4). The only comparison I'm making is that to in order to resurrect his career at all, I think Paddack needs to go to the minors and rework everything away from the pressure of the major leagues just like Halladay. Paddack is simply put one of the worst pitchers in baseball right now,
  7. I wonder if Paddack gets sent to the minors to iron out these issues once Lamet returns instead of Morejon. The Padres also have MacKenzie Gore waiting in the minors as well. Considering the Padres are spending money like crazy and have championship aspirations this year, I think Paddack is not long for the majors this year. Long-term, I do think there is still some hope for Paddack. To be honest, his initial success and then his dramatic fall reminds me a lot of Roy Halladay. Both Paddack and Halladay were super hyped prospects who came up and had a lot of success their first year.
  8. I think you really hit the nail on the head here about him essentially being a one pitch guy. Paddack's had two very favorable matchups so far this year and gotten shelled in both. I see zero reason to hold onto him, even with a matchup against the Pirates up next. He had a 5.40 ERA last year (including postseason), a 10.64 ERA in spring training, and a 5.63 ERA so far this year Paddack really should have been nothing more than a late round flier on the off chance that he could bounce back to his 2019 level, not a mid-round pick where you need a guy with a higher floor.
  9. The regime that traded Musgrove was different from the one that trade Cole and Glasnow, true. However, the regime, the pitching coach (Ray Searage), and the dated organizational pitching philosophy (throw sinkers to try to get ground balls) that Musgrove had while pitching in Pittsburgh was the same as Cole and Glasnow had (except for the brief two month season last year where as you mentioned Musgrove did show a lot of promise). I definitely think that the old regime failed to develop Musgrove to his full potential (or anywhere close to his full potential), just like they did Cole, Glasnow,
  10. Totally agree with you. In fact he's actually making 30M this year, not 20M. What a contract by the Angels. Miguel Cabrera is vastly overpaid, but at least he had a few really good years for the Tigers. Pujols never had even one year with the Angels as good as his worst year with the Cardinals.
  11. To clarify, my high opinion of Musgrove has more to do with the get-out-of-Pittsburgh effect than about his first two starts. As analytics have shown, both Musgrove's changeup and curveball have been elite (career 17.4 and 16.2 percent swinging-strike rates respectively) demonstrating his potential. His problem was that he was throwing his below-average fastball way too often and his curve and change not nearly enough. My hope/thinking was that now that Musgrove was with a competent organization they would show him these numbers and get him to throw his fastball less. Last night for examp
  12. I think deGrom and Cole are in a tier of their own, and then there's a bunch of guys that I'd really put in the same tier (all good pitchers but not that proven or with some question marks). I'd say that tier in no particular order consists of: Bieber, Darvish, Bauer, Giolito, Nola, Glasnow, Buehler, Scherzer, Kershaw, Woodruff, Flaherty, Castillo, Snell, Burns, Berrios, Musgrove
  13. It's amazing the way Cole, Glasnow, and even Charlie Morton all became dramatically better pitchers after leaving Pittsburgh. Obviously the additional run support, but I think the bigger thing is just having a competent organization that can actually develop pitchers and teach them how to pitch. I thought that at his 113.3 ADP, Musgrove was the steal of the draft and that people were really underestimating the get-out-of-Pittsburgh effect, but man I didn't think he'd be this great. A question for Musgrove owners: right now how many pitchers would you trade Musgrove for one for one? I'd
  14. FYI, I own zero shares of Bieber, so I'm not complaining, just giving my opinion. Bieber's obviously a great pitcher (granted not as great as last year's numbers but still elite). I don't think anyone is denying that. The problem is that he has a first round ADP and that with how much Cleveland slashed payroll, even getting to double digit wins is going to be a challenge for Bieber. In leagues where wins are a category (such as standard Yahoo 5x5 roto leagues), I'd give Cole a huge edge over Bieber. As good of a pitcher as Bieber is, I just don't think it's worthwhile to spend a first
  15. Any reason to hold Dikeman after his implosion last Friday, him being used in the 8th inning yesterday, and Melvin's quote today?
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