MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Wednesday Notes
Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Wednesday, April 10
|1||Kyle Lohse||MIL||R||at CHC||0-0||1.50||0.83|
|2||Jordan Zimmerman||WAS||R||vs CWS||1-0||1.50||1.67|
|3||Mike Minor||ATL||L||at MIA||1-0||1.23||0.68|
|4||Wade Miley||ARI||L||vs PIT||1-0||1.50||1.00|
|5||Matt Moore||TB||L||at TEX||1-0||0.00||0.67|
|6||Chad Billingsley||LAD||R||at SD||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|7||Eric Stults||SF||L||vs LAD||1-0||0.00||1.00|
|8||Tom Milone||OAK||L||at LAA||1-0||2.57||0.71|
|9||Homer Bailey||CIN||R||at STL||1-0||0.00||0.83|
|10||Mark Buehrle||TOR||L||at DET||0-0||10.13||1.50|
|11||Gavin Floyd||CWS||R||at WSH||0-1||3.00||0.83|
|12||Ryan Dempster||BOS||R||vs BAL||0-1||5.40||1.80|
|13||Jake Westbrook||STL||R||vs CIN||0-1||0.00||1.80|
|14||Derek Holland||TEX||L||vs TB||0-0||2.57||1.00|
|15||Ivan Nova||NYY||R||at CLE||0-1||7.71||1.50|
|16||Rick Porcello||DET||R||vs TOR||0-1||5.06||1.50|
|17||Wade Davis||KC||R||vs MIN||0-0||9.00||2.25|
|18||Brad Peacock||HOU||R||at SEA||0-1||4.15||1.38|
|19||Kyle Kendrick||PHI||R||vs NYM||0-1||7.94||1.76|
|20||Jeff Francis||COL||L||at SF||1-0||1.50||1.00|
|21||Barry Zito||SF||L||vs COL||1-0||0.00||0.86|
|22||Jake Arrieta||BAL||R||at BOS||0-0||9.00||1.80|
|23||Alex Sanabia||MIA||R||vs ATL||1-0||0.00||1.50|
|24||Jeremy Hefner||NYM||R||vs PHI||0-1||1.50||1.17|
|25||Jonathan Sanchez||PIT||L||at ARI||0-1||5.40||1.40|
|26||Joe Blanton||LAA||R||vs OAK||0-1||7.20||1.60|
|27||Scott Feldman||CHC||R||vs MIL||0-1||7.71||1.93|
|28||Liam Hendriks||MIN||R||at KC||0-0||7.71||1.93|
|29||Blake Beavan||SEA||R||vs HOU||0-0||9.00||1.20|
|30||Brett Myers||CLE||R||vs NYY||0-1||12.91||1.94|
- Streamer of the Day - Brad Peacock - Owned in 1% of Yahoo! Leagues
This is more of a gut call than anything, but I firmly believe that Brad Peacock is a lock to pick up a victory today against the Seattle Mariners, who will send mediocre starter Blake Beavan (4.46 career ERA) to the hill coming off a 16-9 beat down at the hands of the Houston Astros last night. As long as Peacock can pitch well enough to go five innings in his second career start, the offense should be there to provide enough run support for him to pick up his first career victory.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Josh Beckett - ND, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB and 4 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 6-3
What Happened Last Night: Cliff Lee continued his strong start to the season, coming within one out of a complete game, holding the New York Mets to three runs (two earned) on eight hits and zero walks and six strikeouts, improving to 2-0.
After a rocky debut, Kris Medlen looked like is old self in a stellar seven-inning performance against the floundering Miami Marlins. Medlen racked up just one strikeout, but gave up just a single run on three hits. Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals also rebounded from a less than stellar debut by striking out 10 Reds over six innings to pick up his first win of the season.
One disastrous inning can ruin an otherwise outstanding performance and that was the case for Tim Lincecum last night. If you take out the second inning in which he gave up five runs on two hits with three wild pitches, the rest of his performance looks outstanding (one run, on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings of work). I would love to trust Lincecum, but he is too prone to implosion innings and is too much of a risk to be in your fantasy lineup right now.
The elder statesman of the Bronx, 40-year old Andy Pettitte shut down the Cleveland Indians on the road, giving up just a solo home run to Asdrubal Cabrera over seven dominant innings to improve to 2-0 this season. Pettitte was already a strong option coming into the day facing Carlos Carrasco, pitching in his first Major League game since 2011, who promptly served up seven runs on seven hits in just over three innings of work and was ejected after plunking Kevin Youkilis. As long as the veteran southpaw continues to pitch well, he needs to be owned and started in nearly every fantasy league.
The Toronto Blue Jays have something special in Brandon Morrow. For stretches, he looks like the best pitcher in baseball when he can harness his command and keep the ball in the park. Last season, Morrow pitched more to contact and served up fewer home runs. Morrow didn't look at all like the pitcher we saw last year against the Tigers yesterday, lasting just three innings, giving up five runs (two home runs) on nine hits while walking two. Not an encouraging start, but the season is young and there is plenty of time for Morrow to right the ship.
Josh Beckett, our FFToolbox Streamer of the Day, (in hindsight, I should have went with Andy Pettitte but was worried about the high "implosion probability factor pitching on the road") took a no decision, lasting just five innings (three runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts). Not a terrible start, but just not as dominant as he should have been against the Padres.
Texas Rangers rookie Nick Tepesch picked up the win in his Major League debut, working seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers fifth starter won the job in Spring Training, but at age 24 has just one start above Double-A. Regardless, he is worth a look in extremely deep leagues against the Seattle Mariners this weekend.
Today's Lineup Card: Just a few weeks ago, Kyle Lohse was an unsigned free agent, now he sits atop our FFToolbox rankings as the safest play of any starting pitcher in fantasy baseball on April 10. To be fair, Lohse remained unsigned for an eternity because no team was willing to pay his inflated asking price coming off a 16-win campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals last year, but it just goes to show how quickly player value can fluctuate in fantasy baseball. With a tasty matchup against the Chicago Cubs, who rank near the bottom of the league in virtually every offensive category, Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers are the lock of the day to pick up a win, so make sure Lohse is in your lineup if you own him.
The fact that Lohse sits atop our rankings is a reflection of the simple fact that there are not many quality options on tap for today, but there are plenty of average streaming options available including Barry Zito, Kyle Kendrick, Ivan Nova and Brad Peacock.
It's been a recurring theme over the last couple of days, but the Pittsburgh Pirates offense is struggling out of the gate and will have to face Arizona Diamondbacks sophomore sensation Wade Miley who went 1-1 with a paltry 1.64 ERA in two starts against the Bucs last season.
For those of you who are the riverboat gambler type, I would roll the dice on Barry Zito against the Colorado Rockies today. Zito looked great in his first start, shutting out the St. Louis Cardinals over seven innings and owns a 7-2 record with a 2.61 ERA in 18 starts (124 career innings) against the Rockies. Zito went 2-0 with a complete game shutout against Colorado last season, but is not a good option for the risk adverse fantasy owner.
If you are streaming purely for wins and aren't worried about any other stats, there aren't any better options out there than Kyle Kendrick, Ivan Nova and Brad Peacock. Kendrick is a crafty veteran who is better than he showed in his 2013 debut and should be able to rebound against the New York Mets. Nova and Peacock are much riskier, but have favorable matchups against Cleveland and Seattle, respectively, who were both shelled in blowout wins yesterday.
The starting pitcher rankings and analysis above are all my opinions, use your best judgment when it comes to setting your lineup, its your team after all. If you have a fantasy baseball question or comment, feel free to follow me on Twitter @GeorgeBissell.