MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Sunday Notes
Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Sunday, April 7
|1||Justin Verlander||DET||R||vs NYY||1-0||0.00||1.20|
|2||David Price||TB||L||vs CLE||0-0||3.00||1.50|
|3||Brett Anderson||OAK||L||at HOU||0-1||2.57||1.14|
|4||Matt Cain||SF||R||vs STL||0-0||0.00||0.83|
|5||Stephen Strasburg||WAS||R||at CIN||1-0||0.00||0.43|
|6||Yu Darvish||TEX||R||vs LAA||1-0||0.00||0.12|
|7||Cole Hamels||PHI||L||vs KC||0-1||9.00||1.60|
|8||Chris Sale||CWS||L||vs SEA||1-0||0.00||1.04|
|9||Adam Wainwright||STL||R||at SF||0-1||4.50||1.83|
|10||Jeff Samardzija||CHC||R||at ATL||1-0||0.00||0.38|
|11||Jered Weaver||LAA||R||at TEX||0-0||1.50||0.67|
|12||Johnny Cueto||CIN||R||vs WSH||0-0||1.29||0.71|
|13||Hyun-Jin Ryu||LAD||L||vs PIT||0-1||1.42||1.58|
|14||James Shields||KC||R||at PHI||0-1||1.50||1.33|
|15||Tim Hudson||ATL||R||vs ATL||0-0||6.23||2.08|
|16||R.A. Dickey||TOR||R||vs BOS||0-1||4.50||1.50|
|17||Jon Lester||BOS||L||at TOR||1-0||3.60||1.40|
|18||Ian Kennedy||ARI||R||at MIL||1-0||2.57||0.86|
|19||CC Sabathia||NYY||L||at DET||0-1||7.20||2.40|
|20||Hishashi Iwakuma||SEA||R||at CWS||1-0||1.50||0.33|
|21||Jason Hammel||BAL||R||vs MIN||1-0||4.50||0.67|
|22||Lucas Harrell||HOU||R||vs OAK||0-1||1.50||1.33|
|23||Jhoulys Chacin||COL||R||vs SD||0-0||1.35||0.90|
|24||Yovani Gallardo||MIL||R||vs ARI||0-0||5.40||2.20|
|25||Jose Fernandez||MIA||R||at NYM||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|26||Justin Masterson||CLE||R||at TB||1-0||1.50||1.17|
|27||Edinson Volquez||SD||R||at COL||0-1||18.00||3.00|
|28||Jeff Locke||PIT||L||at LAD||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|29||Aaron Laffey||NYM||L||vs MIA||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|30||Pedro Hernandez||MIN||L||at BAL||0-0||0.00||0.00|
- Streamer of the Day - Hyun Jin Ryu - Owned in 56% of Yahoo! Leagues
Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers checks in at number 13 on our rankings for today and is our FFToolbox Streamer of the Day thanks in large part to the offensive struggles of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have scored the fewest runs in baseball (six) through five games and will send Jeff Locke (5.82 career ERA) to the mound.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Julio Teheran - ND, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 4-2
What Happened Last Night: For those of you who don't know, I may live on the east coast, but there is nothing I enjoy more than listening to the legendary Vin Scully call Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games late at night. Scully's pinpoint descriptions and one of a kind inside knowledge about every single player on all 32 teams roster are the reason he has told the play-by-play story better than anyone in the business as the voice of the Dodgers for 63 years.
With Scully calling the action and the best pitcher in the game today, Clayton Kershaw on the mound, there is no experience quite like it especially in the late night hours on the east coast. Kershaw is putting up video-game type numbers through two starts this season: 2-0 with 16 shutout innings, giving up just six hits with 16 strikeouts and just one walk. Granted he has shutout the Giants and the Pirates, but Kershaw has established himself as the clear-cut best pitcher in baseball.
John Lackey suffered a right biceps strain in his first regular season start back from Tommy John and will undergo an MRI today. Matt Harrison struggled for the second consecutive start and as one of the players I wrote about as a regression candidate in the pre-season, it's a small sample size, but I hate to say I told you so.
Trevor Bauer struggled with his command at the Major League level last season and walked seven Tampa Bay Rays over the first three innings alone, going just five innings in a spot start for the Cleveland Indians. If Bauer can hone his command in Triple-A, he has the chance to be an impact fantasy starting pitcher, but for now, he is not worthy of being on any fantasy rosters.
Today's Lineup Card: The top 12 pitchers in our FFToolbox rankings (Justin Verlander, David Price, Brett Anderson, Matt Cain, Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Chris Sale, Adam Wainwright, Jeff Samardzija, Jered Weaver and Johnny Cueto) should be started in all leagues with all 30 teams in action on the first Sunday of the season.
The most intriguing pitching matchup of the day to is Hamels taking on James Shields in an inter-league matchup at Citizens Bank Park. Shields was rocked for five runs on seven hits in just five innings when he faced the Phillies on the road last season as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays and going up against Hamels is no easy assignment. It would not be a surprise for both Hamels and Shields to pitch well, but history tells us to give the edge to Hamels.
Baltimore's Jason Hammel has to be the lock of the day to pick up a victory today. The Orioles thanks in large part to slugger Chris Davis' historic outburst are leading the league in runs scored this season with 34 through five games. Hammel wasn't brilliant in his first start of the season earlier in the week against Tampa Bay, but turned in a quality start, going six innings, allowing three runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts to pick up a win. With Pedro Hernandez making just his second career start for the Twins, as long as Hammel doesn't implode, he should have no trouble racking up his second win of 2013.
R.A. Dickey's Toronto Blue Jays debut was an adventure as the knuckleballer gave up a two-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera, issued four walks and was victimized by three passed balls and a wild pitch over six innings earlier this week. It was only one start and who knows what other factors, possibly Opening Day jitters, played a role in his less than stellar performance. Dickey walked four batters in a start only twice all of last season on May 6th and April 7th, respectively. For what it's worth, Dickey's worst month last season was April (4.45 ERA) as well, so hang tough if you own him. Dickey isn't exactly a sure start, and has not faced the Boston Red Sox since his career renaissance with the New York Mets over the last three seasons. You can bet I will be watching this game closely.
Lost in the shuffle of Yu Darvish's near perfect game was the performance of Lucas Harrell who gave up just one run on six hits over six frames in his 2013 debut. The Oakland A's are off to a hot start offensively, but Harrell is still worth a look as a spot starter today. Also a quality spot starter is Jhoulys Chacin, who was in line for a win on the road in his 2013 debut after giving up just one run over six and two thirds against the Brewers before the bullpen imploded, facing the San Diego Padres at home. Chacin has struggled historically at home (4.18 ERA in 45 appearances at Coors Field) but has pitched great ever since returning for the disabled list late last season.
All eyes will be on Miami Marlins prospect Jose Fernandez, who has not pitched above Single-A but due to injuries to Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi will make his Major League debut as a starter against the New York Mets. There is an interesting debate among those who cover and analyze baseball about whether or not the Marlins are making a wise baseball and financial decision in calling up Fernandez, which is worth reading if you have not had the chance. We won't delve into that here, but if Fernandez is available in your league, he is worth a speculative pickup at the moment due to his incredible upside. Fernandez is one of the most polished pitching prospects in the game and will get an opportunity to showcase his talent at the highest level at only 20 years old.