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Charging the Mound: Smorgasbord Week

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.

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Erickson
Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:11am
To: Derek Van Riper
Subject: Smorgasbord Week

Derek, I don't have an overriding theme for this week, instead a smorgasbord of topics that you can pick from, ignore, or add to.

- I watched Gausmas, Kevin Gausman's debut, last night and came away pretty impressed. He was still hitting 97 mph, at least according to MASN's radar (and I understand the dangers of relying upon the radar gun provided from the television or the stadium scoreboard), late in his start. He had three pitches going, though at least for his first start, he seemed to be falling into a pattern, one that the Jays hitters picked up on the second time through the lineup. Nonetheless, for a tough venue his first start wasn't bad - five innings, four runs, five strikeouts and two walks. He gave up one gopher ball to J.P. Arencibia, but I thought he looked as if he belonged out there. My guess is that

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