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Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings

Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

The ranks below consider a 5x5 scoring system (wins, strikeouts, ERA, WHIP and saves) for the remainder of the season.

1. Justin Verlander, Tigers
2. Matt Cain, Giants
3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
4. Jered Weaver, Angels
5. Cole Hamels, Phillies
6. R.A. Dickey, Mets
NOTE: This run really started at end of 2011.
7. Gio Gonzalez, Nationals
8. Johnny Cueto, Reds
9. James McDonald, Pirates
NOTE: Improved slider, improved control.
10. Zack Greinke, Brewers
11. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
12. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
13. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
NOTE: He's Top 5 without a workload cap.
14. David Price, Rays
15. CC Sabathia, Yankees
16. Chris Sale, White Sox
17. C.J. Wilson, Angels
18. Cliff Lee, Phillies
NOTE: Largely unlucky, but he's made some of the bad luck, too.
19. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
NOTE: All signs point to strong second half.
20. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
21. Ryan Vogelsong, Giants
NOTE: He's outperformed his peripherals for a year and a half.
22. A.J. Burnett, Pirates
23. Yu Darvish, Rangers
24. Tommy Hanson, Braves
25. Jake Peavy, White Sox
26. Josh Johnson, Marlins
27. Mat Latos, Reds
NOTE: Increased reliance on slider is bringing results.
28. Johan Santana, Mets
29. Matt Garza, Cubs
30. James Shields, Rays
NOTE: Sometimes plus control works against you.
31. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
32. Jon Lester, Red Sox
33. Chris Capuano, Dodgers
34. Matt Harrison, Rangers
35. Colby Lewis, Rangers
36. Edwin Jackson, Nationals
NOTE: A heck of a support arm for the Nats.
37. Jason Hammel, Orioles
NOTE: Escaping Coors has done wonders.
38. Max Scherzer, Tigers
39. Ryan Dempster, Cubs
NOTE: Excellent chance he's moved to a contender.
40. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
NOTE: Change-up master might make career of being underrated.
41. Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
42. Lance Lynn, Cardinals
43. Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
44. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
45. Anibal Sanchez, Marlins
46. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
47. Ivan Nova, Yankees
NOTE: Don't let ERA fool you, he's improved significantly.
48. Jarrod Parker, Athletics
49. Jeff Samardzija, Cubs
NOTE: Some disaster starts, but KBB rate is in a good place.
50. Dan Haren, Angels
NOTE: At least it's a back injury, nothing arm related.
51. Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays
52. Wade Miley, Diamondbacks
NOTE: This deep into the run, it's okay to trust him.
53. Shaun Marcum, Brewers
54. Jonathon Niese, Mets
55. Brandon McCarthy, Athletics
NOTE: Legit skills, but trouble staying healthy.
56. Gavin Floyd, White Sox
57. Tim Hudson, Braves
58. Wandy Rodrguez, Astros
59. Trevor Cahill, Diamondbacks
NOTE: Hard to trust in that ballpark.
60. Justin Masterson, Indians
61. Phil Hughes, Yankees
NOTE: A shame he's tied to Yankee Stadium.
62. Tommy Milone, Athletics
63. Michael Fiers, Brewers
64. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins
65. Roy Halladay, Phillies
NOTE: Don't expect a second-half miracle.
66. Matt Moore, Rays
67. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
68. Vance Worley, Phillies
69. Doug Fister, Tigers
70. Bud Norris, Astros
71. Jose Quintana, White Sox
NOTE: So far, so good for strike-throwing ace.
72. Jair Jurrjens, Braves
73. Mike Leake, Reds
NOTE: Pitches to contact but he's making strides, too.
74. Mark Buehrle, Marlins
75. Derek Holland, Rangers
NOTE: He's been overbid for two years.
76. Edinson Volquez, Padres
77. Francisco Liriano, Twins
78. Clayton Richard, Padres
79. Bartolo Colon, Athletics
80. Franklin Morales, Red Sox
81. Trevor Bauer, Diamondbacks
NOTE: Discount the good start - it was the Dodgers.
82. Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
83. Scott Diamond, Twins
84. Joe Blanton, Phillies
NOTE: Despite tidy KBB rate, ERA is a mess.
85. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
86. Felix Doubront, Red Sox
87. Homer Bailey, Reds
88. Joe Saunders, Diamondbacks
89. Tim Lincecum, Giants
NOTE: Don't pay for an ERA below 4 in second half.
90. Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
91. Jason Vargas, Mariners
92. Carlos Zambrano, Marlins
93. Travis Wood, Cubs
94. Dillon Gee, Mets
95. Roy Oswalt, Rangers
96. Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles
97. Erik Bedard, Pirates
NOTE: One Pittsburgh story that hasn't worked out.
98. Andrew Cashner, Padres
NOTE: They won't take any chances with his health.
99. Travis Blackley, Athletics
100. Nathan Eovaldi, Dodgers
101. Ross Detwiler, Nationals
102. Barry Zito, Giants
103. Bronson Arroyo, Reds
NOTE: Junk-master is fun to watch, anyway.
104. Henderson alvarez, Blue Jays
105. Chris Tillman, Orioles
106. Ervin Santana, Angels
107. Jake Westbrook, Cardinals
108. Aaron Harang, Dodgers
109. Derek Lowe, Indians
NOTE: Can't trust someone with those KBB numbers.
110. Luke Hochevar, Royals
NOTE: Looks good under the hood, but not in stats that roto leagues count.
111. J.A. Happ, Astros
112. Alex Cobb, Rays
113. Brad Lincoln, Pirates
114. Kevin Millwood, Mariners
115. Jason Marquis, Padres
NOTE: Petco will hide some mistakes.
116. Andy Pettitte, Yankees
117. John Danks, White Sox
118. Drew Smyly, Tigers
119. Rick Porcello, Tigers
120. Bruce Chen, Royals
NOTE: Maybe could be a No. 5 for a contender.
121. Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks
122. Chris Young, Mets
123. Lucas Harrell, Astros
124. Danny Hultzen, Mariners
125. Paul Maholm, Cubs
126. Mike Minor, Braves
127. Philip Humber, White Sox
128. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox
NOTE: At this point, a sunk cost.

Nerds in Sports DeadTalk: Walking Dead S8 E1 "Mercy"

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Nerds in Sports DeadTalk: Walking Dead S8 E1 "Mercy"

From the makers of the Game of Thrones Recaps, Nerds in Sports returns weekly breakdowns for the latest season of “The Walking Dead.” Michael Piff is joined by Nerds in Sports n00bs Scott Changnon and Matt Buckman to recap the 100th episode and Season 8 Premiere of the zombie phenomenon.

Our DeadTalk trio give their general reactions to TWD’s return, Rick’s attack on Negan’s camp, what’s with the time jumps, Weird Al?, and what’s next for the survivors. We also give bold predictions for the season, our reasons for still watching after 100 episodes, and open the floor to questions from listeners. React and ask along by tweeting @NerdsInSports!

Blackhawks mailbag: Defensive challenges and happy campers

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Blackhawks mailbag: Defensive challenges and happy campers

The Blackhawks entered this season with the same mantra they have countless others: get off to a good start and save yourself a point chase at the end of the season.

My first season on the beat was probably the Blackhawks’ best lesson lately on what happens when you’re scrambling late; they just about missed the playoffs, losing to Detroit in the regular-season finale and needing Minnesota to beat Dallas to get into the postseason. And while the overall results have been a mixed bag, their opening record (5-2-2) isn’t shabby.

Still, there are questions regarding where the Blackhawks are and where they’re heading. To that end (yeah, we’re finally getting to the point of this whole spiel), we bring you this week’s mailbag:

The Blackhawks’ happiness with Tanner Kero was partly because of Kero’s work last season. But in terms of comparing to other centers, Kero’s emergence had more to do with replacing Dennis Rasmussen than it did Marcus Kruger – Kero re-signed with the Blackhawks around the same time talks reportedly went awry between the team and Rasmussen. Anyway, back to Kero. I don’t think it’s so much what he’s not doing as what Tommy Wingels is doing in that fourth-line spot. The Blackhawks originally envisioned Wingels at wing but he has previous experience at center and his work there has been pretty good. Saturday night’s game certainly helps, be it for Wingels alone or keeping that fourth line together (he, John Hayden and Lance Bouma, who scored the game-winner). Don’t be surprised if there’s some rotation there, though.

Maybe, although either of those guys will likely still be rotating in/out with another player. Just depends on how much the Blackhawks want those guys playing constantly (I would guess that would be the case with rookie Matthew Highmore more than Hinostroza).

We all know this contract, all know how it hamstrings the Blackhawks for a while. But in the immediate future, what can you do? Fellow scribe Mark Lazerus has asked a few times about Seabrook’s place in the lineup and coach Joel Quenneville has demurred. Granted, we’re guessing general manager Stan Bowman doesn’t want Seabrook out of the lineup, either. Seabrook’s leadership skills are tremendous; to a man, the Blackhawks will say how vocal he is. His past work, especially in the playoffs, speaks for itself. It depends on how things progress as the season goes but I don’t foresee Seabrook coming out of the lineup right now. Speaking of Seabrook…

Highly doubt it. The asking price won’t be just one guy for another. And with any trade talk I remind everyone to see a player’s NMC status. Seabrook has a full no movement clause.

Nope, he’s not going anywhere, as the traveling media confirmed with Quenneville on Monday afternoon in Las Vegas. I had to be reminded that DeBrincat was nearing that deadline on Sunday, his status not coming up in conversations with Quenneville and Stan Bowman like it did when Brandon Saad made the team at 19. DeBrincat has made such an impression that it was going to take something extraordinary for the Blackhawks to reassign him. DeBrincat has found his place in the lineup and whether or not he’s been scoring he’s been good. So here, he remains.

You don’t trade him. The Blackhawks are where they are right now due in large part to their goaltending, especially Crawford. There have been, what, two games in which the Blackhawks dominated? So no, you don’t trade Crawford.

We’re quite a while from the trade deadline, so let’s tap the breaks on any talk about what the Blackhawks may do several months from now. As far as Murphy’s current status, no, I don’t believe his job is in jeopardy. Again, part of this is the eight-defensemen situation. But it’s also getting Murphy more ingrained in the system. I talked to Dave Tippett, Murphy’s former coach, a few weeks ago. He said, “we put him into situations he may not have been ready for [with Arizona], but he always continued to improve in those situations. He still has a lot of growing to do but he’s a very dedicated athlete and I think there’s a lot of upside there.” It’s easy to look at who the Blackhawks traded away for Murphy and Murphy’s contract and say, “yeah, he should be an everyday guy.” He should be at some point but considering what I mentioned above, I’m not surprised he isn’t right now. Speaking of defensemen rotating in and out of the lineup…

Yeah, I’m still not a big fan of the eight-defensemen set, for the reason you just mentioned. I wrote about the Blackhawks’ defensive juggling act on Sunday and, while I still think it’s tough to do I believe the Blackhawks will stay with it for a while. I list some reasons in Sunday’s story, which is linked above. So far (judging from outward appearances) the defensemen seem to be on board with the changes. I’m just curious to see how long they can keep the balance to where no one is sitting too long. That’s always the challenge.

Signing Cody Franson was part of the short-term plan regarding the long-term injured reserve funds. I think the Blackhawks just let things play out now for a while. You’re not going to make a move based on the first month of the season.

Yeah, someday I will stop writing about the power play’s woes but it won’t be today. I personally don’t think it’s the personnel. Whenever we talk about this it’s usually the same culprits: lack of movement, not enough shots and net-front traffic. I still say a strong penalty kill is more important and if the Blackhawks’ 5-on-5 scoring increases the power-play concerns fade. But it has cost them, so it’s certainly a concern.

I wouldn’t take the stern expressions as a sign of unhappiness. I’ve seen them plenty of times arriving at an arena looking like that; just focused before a game.

Going to go with a B-plus mainly because they came out of those first eight games with a pretty solid record. Granted, goaltending deserves a massive pat on the back for that. But it’s still early and I still figure the lines will get rolling at some point. Penalty kill has been very good and power play absolutely has to get better.