FFToolbox Starting Pitcher Daily Notes
- Streamer of the Day - Jhoulys Chacin - Owned in 2% of Yahoo! Leagues
It is very early to be streaming starters, but if I had to roll the dice on Opening Day, I would bet on a quality start on the road from Jhoulys Chacin. While he had a rocky (pun intended) Spring Training, posting an ERA over eight in five appearances, Chacin was better on the road (2.72 ERA) than at home (6.34 ERA) last season.
Justin Verlander went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA against the Minnesota Twins last season. The frigid temperatures outdoors at Target Field should also benefit the Tigers stud on Opening Day.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw owns an 8-4 record with a stellar 1.37 ERA in 16 career starts against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, who will send their ace Matt Cain to the mound in what should be the pitching matchup of the day.
The St. Louis Cardinals locked up their ace Adam Wainwright to a five-year $97.5 million deal earlier in the week and should have no problem picking up a win on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks whose Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy has struggled against the Red Birds (8.59 ERA in four career starts).
Jered Weaver and Jonny Cueto square off in the only interleague matchup of the day. Give the slight advantage to Cueto, who has figured out how to pitch in one of the best hitters parks in all of baseball, posting a nearly identical 2.79 ERA at home and a 2.77 ERA on the road last season. Conversely, Weaver was nearly a run better at home (2.44 ERA) than on the road (3.21 ERA) last season.
Despite checking in outside the top 10 in our rankings, Chris Sale made more starts (six) against the Kansas City Royals than any other team last season, posting a 3.12 ERA with a 33:9 strikeout to walk ratio.
One of the better rebound candidates in fantasy baseball this season is Jon Lester, but I wouldn’t trust him despite his great Spring Training against the New York Yankees today. Lester owns a 4.10 ERA over 127.1 innings in his career against the Bronx Bombers and is opposed by C.C. Sabathia.
Tim Hudson owns a 1-0 record with a 3.41 ERA in five career Opening Day starts and will make his first since 2008 when the Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies.