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The Wheelhouse: Stubborn or Stupid?

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I think it's only the former, but I can't completely rule out the latter.

Rather than lean on one writer's valuation of players in-season, the editorial staff created a feedback group of sorts to provide suggestions on changes to be made to the cheat sheets from April through September. Of course, before the season begins, the rankings are tied to the raw projections on the site.

I am divided on the quantity and magnitude of the tweaks we should be making to our rankings after a pitcher has made five or six starts (30-40 innings) or has taken the ball for 10-12 innings out of the bullpen. The same holds true for hitters, of course, as we're hovering around the 25 games played mark for players that have been healthy since the start of the season.

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