Starting Pitcher Daily Notes
Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Wednesday, April 3
|2012 Statistics||Last 30 Days|
|1||Gio Gonzalez||WSH||L||vs MIA||21-8||2.89||1.13||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|2||Jake Peavy||CWS||R||vs KC||11-12||3.37||1.10||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|3||Mat Latos||CIN||R||vs LAA||14-4||3.48||1.16||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|4||Anibal Sanchez||DET||R||at MIN||9-13||3.86||1.27||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|5||Matt Harvey||NYM||R||vs SD||3-5||2.73||1.15||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|6||Roy Halladay||PHI||R||at ATL||11-8||4.49||1.22||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|7||Tom Milone||OAK||L||vs SEA||13-10||3.74||1.28||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|8||Alexi Ogando||TEX||R||at HOU||2-0||3.27||1.00||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|9||Brandon Morrow||TOR||R||vs CLE||10-7||2.96||1.11||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|10||Jeremy Hellickson||TB||R||vs BAL||10-11||3.10||1.25||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|11||Lance Lynn||STL||R||at ARI||18-7||3.78||1.32||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|12||Tim Lincecum||SF||R||at LAD||10-15||5.18||1.47||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|13||C.J. Wilson||LAA||L||at CIN||13-10||3.83||1.34||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|14||Hiroki Kuroda||NYY||R||vs BOS||16-11||3.32||1.17||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|15||Edwin Jackson||CHC||R||at PIT||10-11||4.03||1.22||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|16||Brandon McCarthy||ARI||R||vs STL||8-6||3.24||1.25||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|17||Josh Beckett||LAD||R||vs SF||7-14||4.65||1.33||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|18||Paul Maholm||ATL||L||vs PHI||13-11||3.67||1.22||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|19||Clay Bucholz||BOS||R||at NYY||11-8||4.56||1.33||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|20||Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||L||at TB||12-11||4.02||1.26||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|21||Wily Peralta||MIL||R||vs COL||2-1||2.48||1.21||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|22||Wandy Rodriguez||PIT||L||vs CHC||12-13||3.76||1.27||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|23||Ervin Santana||KC||R||at CWS||9-13||5.16||1.27||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|24||Clayton Richard||SD||L||at NYM||14-14||3.99||1.23||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|25||Philip Humber||HOU||R||vs TEX||5-5||6.44||1.54||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|26||Ubaldo Jimenez||CLE||R||at TOR||9-17||5.40||1.61||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|27||Kevin Correia||MIN||R||vs DET||12-11||4.21||1.30||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|28||Joe Saunders||SEA||L||at OAK||9-13||4.07||1.34||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|29||Juan Nicasio||COL||R||at MIL||2-3||5.28||1.62||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|30||Kevin Slowey||MIA||R||at WSH||0-0||0.00||0.00||0-0||0.00||0.00|
Streamer of the Day: Tom Milone - Owned in 43% of Yahoo! Leagues
The Oakland A's crafty control artist kicks off his sophomore campaign in the pitcher-friendly confines of O.co Coliseum, formerly known as the Oakland Coliseum. Milone was a much better pitcher at home (2.74 ERA) than on the road (4.83 ERA) last season and the southpaw posted sterling numbers against the Seattle Mariners (2-1 overall with a 2.64 ERA and a 32 to 3 strikeout to walk ratio in five starts) last season.
With Joe Saunders (9-13, 4.07 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) getting the start for the Mariners, the run support should be there to allow Milone to pick up an easy win in his season debut. Milone was streaming gold at home last season and is primed to do the same for savvy fantasy baseball owners in 2013.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Jaime Garcia - W, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 2-0
What Happened Last Night: Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game in his first start of the 2013 season last night. Yes it was against the Houston Astros, who won't be confused with the 1927 New York Yankees anytime soon, but fantasy owners shouldn't hold it against Darvish for going out and taking care of business against a lineup that was clearly overmatched.
What was even more impressive than the career-high 14 strikeouts was the fact that Darvish did not issue a walk in his first start of 2013 after battling control problems most of last season. He appeared to have turned the corner late last season issuing no more than two walks in each of his final eight starts and that appears to have carried over into 2013 as well. I wrote about Darvish as the number one breakout starting pitching candidate in all of fantasy baseball for FFToolbox (yes I am a company man) earlier this spring and if his first start is any indication, Darvish is in line for a monster 2013 campaign.
Not to be outdone, Madison Bumgarner may have been even better than Darvish, shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers over eight stellar innings of work. Bumgarner set down 18 in a row at one point and pounded the strike zone all night, throwing 76 of his 101 pitches for strikes. At just 23 years old, it's scary to think that this southpaw is only going to get better with age.
Today's Lineup Card: With all 30 MLB teams in action today, there are so many quality starting pitchers taking the ball that are owned in a majority of leagues that it is hard to go wrong. I draw the line right after C.J. Wilson (13th in our rankings today) in the sense that I don't fully trust anyone below him in the rankings. If I had to roll the dice, I would gamble on Milwaukee Brewers prospect Wily Peralta taking on Colorado Rockies starter Juan Nicasio on what amounts to purely a gut call for me. Neither pitcher has much of a track record at the Major League level, so I give the edge to Peralta starting at home.
Jeremy Hellickson owns a 6-3 career record with a pair of complete games and a 2.30 ERA in 12 starts against the Baltimore Orioles.
No team hit Clay Buchholz harder than the New York Yankees did in two starts last season in which he served up 13 earned runs, including eight home runs in just seven and two thirds innings. Buchholz had a strong Spring Training, but it may be wise to keep him on the bench against the Evil Empire today.
Josh Beckett pitched much better late last season (2.93 ERA in seven starts) after being traded from Boston to Los Angeles and will open up the season in front of a sold out Dodger Stadium against one of the most polarizing pitchers in all of fantasy baseball, the mercurial Tim Lincecum. The Giants former ace got shelled in Spring Training but the potential for a rebound is so hard to discount and is just as likely as a demotion to the bullpen.