Lefty Starters

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Here's the deal - my rotation has the RH beasts, but the only elite lefty I have is Sale. Ideally, I would like to add another. I have Hamels, but I get rocked mostly when starting him.

Here is what I'm looking at:

Kershaw: Like the pitch selections, but wish the fastball had more juice to it.

Bumgarner: Has a cutter

Luzardo: Maybe a dark horse candidate here, but nice and zippy fastball and sinker. Curve looks really good, but I know that it may get hard like most all the curveballs do in the game.

Anyone play with all 3 of these guys?

Current Rotation:

Sale
Kluber
Orel
Wood
Maddux

*Grinding to Seaver as I type this.

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Madbum is very good. Hands down that cutter is hard to pick up. Plus he hits very well.

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Madbum is the best of the ones listed I feel. Probably throws the best cutter in the game when you take pitch speeds into account.

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Luzardo and Kershaw aren’t very good. Madbum is your pick

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Unpopular opinion here, because it seems a lotta guys like to trash Kershaw, but I've had great success with him. 17.2 innings, 1.02 ERA, 0.62 WHIP. Those are all HoF numbers, haven't used him on all-star, but he's not as bad as everyone makes him out to be.

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Hal?🤷🏻♂

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@Son_of_the_Blood said in Lefty Starters:

Hal?🤷🏻♂

Hal was good to begin the season, but I've been throwing BP with him lately it feels like. I'm locating just fine, but I think enough people have seen him up to this point.

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No mention of Paxton?

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Honestly, why do you need a mix if lefty and righty starters? It makes sense in MLB because you play the same team 2-4 times consecutively. In a video game it's a different opponent every time. Take the 5 pitchers you pitch the best with.

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@EvylShaun said in Lefty Starters:

Honestly, why do you need a mix if lefty and righty starters? It makes sense in MLB because you play the same team 2-4 times consecutively. In a video game it's a different opponent every time. Take the 5 pitchers you pitch the best with.

Normally, I wouldn't care. However, I'm seeing more heavy lefty hitting teams is all.

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That new Max Fried looks pretty good.

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FoTF lieter

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I've played with all 3, and the order you listed them is the order Id put them in. I currently still use Kershaw, and I don't think he's as bad as everyone makes him out to be. Granted, I'm in the 500-600 range consistently. I also liked MadBum. His cutter is indeed nasty, and I had a streak of like 3 or 4 straight games hitting bombs with him when I had him. Luzardo, the primary curveball definitely hurts. He was hit hard in the couple games I used him. Could be user error, but his pitches seemed easy to pick up for my opponents. I prestiged Paxton, and I've had decent success with him if you wanted to go that route? Hope this helps!

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Outside of Sale, I think the move should be Kershaw or Prestige Paxton. Both cards prestige bring a different element. Prestige Paxton has great speed differential as well as Kershaw but Paxton can touch 100 mph on the fastball. Kershaw once prestige will be very much the same as last year which means his fastball will touch about 98 mph. Go with the one you feel most comfortable with.

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@ScaryLarito said in Lefty Starters:

@EvylShaun said in Lefty Starters:

Honestly, why do you need a mix if lefty and righty starters? It makes sense in MLB because you play the same team 2-4 times consecutively. In a video game it's a different opponent every time. Take the 5 pitchers you pitch the best with.

Normally, I wouldn't care. However, I'm seeing more heavy lefty hitting teams is all.

Exactly

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@Call_Me_Tres_3 said in Lefty Starters:

Outside of Sale, I think the move should be Kershaw or Prestige Paxton. Both cards prestige bring a different element. Prestige Paxton has great speed differential as well as Kershaw but Paxton can touch 100 mph on the fastball. Kershaw once prestige will be very much the same as last year which means his fastball will touch about 98 mph. Go with the one you feel most comfortable with.

The pitch speeds don’t increase once prestiged

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Lester is alright for me. Like you said, with all the great lhb people are using lefty starters isn't a bad idea. Most of those guys have great attributes against lhp though, so it is more about whether or not your opponent struggles lefty on lefty

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@Hikes83 said in Lefty Starters:

@Call_Me_Tres_3 said in Lefty Starters:

Outside of Sale, I think the move should be Kershaw or Prestige Paxton. Both cards prestige bring a different element. Prestige Paxton has great speed differential as well as Kershaw but Paxton can touch 100 mph on the fastball. Kershaw once prestige will be very much the same as last year which means his fastball will touch about 98 mph. Go with the one you feel most comfortable with.

The pitch speeds don’t increase once prestiged

I think they do for some. Seems like Orel prestiged has better velocity. I could be wrong though

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@Hikes83 said in Lefty Starters:

@Call_Me_Tres_3 said in Lefty Starters:

Outside of Sale, I think the move should be Kershaw or Prestige Paxton. Both cards prestige bring a different element. Prestige Paxton has great speed differential as well as Kershaw but Paxton can touch 100 mph on the fastball. Kershaw once prestige will be very much the same as last year which means his fastball will touch about 98 mph. Go with the one you feel most comfortable with.

The pitch speeds don’t increase once prestiged

They do increase if they are a fastball/sinker/cutter

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@RonnieGant1992 said in Lefty Starters:

@Hikes83 said in Lefty Starters:

@Call_Me_Tres_3 said in Lefty Starters:

Outside of Sale, I think the move should be Kershaw or Prestige Paxton. Both cards prestige bring a different element. Prestige Paxton has great speed differential as well as Kershaw but Paxton can touch 100 mph on the fastball. Kershaw once prestige will be very much the same as last year which means his fastball will touch about 98 mph. Go with the one you feel most comfortable with.

The pitch speeds don’t increase once prestiged

They do increase if they are a fastball/sinker/cutter

And 2SFB. 100%

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