MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Thursday Notes
Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Thursday, April 11
|1||Zach Greinke||LAD||R||at SD||1-0||0.00||0.32|
|2||Felix Hernandez||SEA||R||vs TEX||1-1||2.57||0.86|
|3||Josh Johnson||TOR||R||at DET||0-0||4.50||1.83|
|4||A.J. Griffin||OAK||R||at LAA||1-0||3.00||1.50|
|5||Doug Fister||DET||R||vs TOR||1-0||5.40||1.60|
|6||Ryan Vogelsong||SF||R||at CHC||0-1||8.44||2.06|
|7||Jason Vargas||LAA||L||vs OAK||0-0||1.59||1.76|
|8||Dylan Axelrod||CWS||R||at WSH||0-0||0.00||0.88|
|9||Dan Haren||WSH||R||vs CWS||0-1||13.50||2.25|
|10||Phil Hughes||NYY||R||at CLE||0-1||6.75||2.00|
|11||Zach McAllister||CLE||R||vs NYY||0-1||3.00||1.00|
|12||Chris Tillman||BAL||R||vs SF||0-1||7.71||3.00|
|13||Alfredo Aceves||BOS||R||vs LAD||0-1||3.00||1.62|
|14||Scott Feldman||CHC||R||vs SF||0-1||7.71||1.93|
|15||Jason Marquis||SD||R||vs LAD||0-1||3.00||1.17|
|16||Justin Grimm||TEX||R||at SEA||0-0||0.00||0.00|
- Streamer of the Day - Zach McAllister - Owned in 2% of Yahoo! Leagues
The great thing about groundballs is they don't leave the yard. After a couple of homer-filled blowouts in the New York Yankees favor and a rainout to think things over yesterday, the Cleveland Indians will be hungry for a win today. McAllister, a groundball specialist, should get the run support he needs and if he pitches like he did in his first start of the year when he took a hard luck loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up just four runs (two earned) on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Brad Peacock - W 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB and 3 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 7-3
Friday's Streamer of the Day - Felix Doubront - Owned in 16% of Yahoo! Leagues
I have gotten a lot of requests to post the Streamer of the Day in advance, so in an attempt to help everyone who needs to pick up a streamer a day in advance in order to use them, I will from now on provide an extra streamer for the day ahead. The analysis won't come till the next day, but I will from now on be giving you a future streamer in advance.
What Happened Last Night: Barry Zito continues to be the most interesting starting pitcher in baseball, at least to me. The omnipresent fear of a blowup will always be a part of the experience of owning Zito in fantasy, but he has done nothing but pitch well this season. He earned my recommendation in yesterday's column and did not disappoint, shutting out the Colorado Rockies at home over seven innings to improve to 2-0 this season.
Sophomore starters Matt Moore and Wade Miley had no trouble handling Texas and Pittsburgh as both southpaws improved to 2-0 overall this season. Mike Minor took care of business on the road in Miami, as expected picking up his second win of the year. The same cannot be said for Homer Bailey, who was rocked for seven runs on nine hits including three home runs in just five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. Not a good start, but lets see how Bailey fares next time out before we get nervous.
Tom Milone continues to be one of my favorite pitchers in all of baseball. I watched the Oakland A's take on the Los Angeles Angels last night and honestly aside from his inability to get Albert Pujols (3-for-3 with a pair of doubles) out, Milone is one of the most fascinating pitchers to watch in all of baseball. His arsenal isn't overpowering, his fastball tops out in the mid-80's but his ability to mix pitches, speeds and locations enables him to be an effective starter. In unrelated news, Joe Blanton is terrible, but you probably knew that already.
FFToolbox's Streamer of the Day, Brad Peacock, didn't exactly blow anyone away, but got the offense support I anticipated, working five solid innings to pick up his first career win. So far, FFToolbox is 7-3 in quality starts in our streamer of the day picks with just one implosion (Brandon Maurer got shelled in his first career start). I would say we are off to a good start in the streamer category this season.
Today's Lineup Card: With an abbreviated schedule on tap for Thursday, the only surefire fantasy starting pitcher options are Felix Hernandez and Zach Greinke. Greinke gets the edge over Hernandez for the top spot in our rankings due to a nice matchup on the road against the San Diego Padres, a team he has faced just once in his career in which he went six innings, giving up two runs while striking out nine.
Hernandez on the other hand, has faced Texas plenty of times over the years (34 to be exact) and has struggled by his standards, going 12-16 with a 3.76 ERA. Hernandez has dominated nearly every lineup he has faced since his career began in 2005, but has struggled historically against Texas and the Los Angeles Angels (4.07 ERA in 30 career starts). Hernandez should be able to pick up a win today facing Rangers rookie Justin Grimm. The "Grimm Reaper" will be making his first career start on the road in place of injured starter Matt Harrison. Grimm owns a 3.07 ERA in three minor league seasons.
When I look at the rest of the options for today, I don't have a ton of optimism. Aside from our Streamer of the Day, I would only go as far as to recommend putting Ryan Vogelsong in my lineup and hoping that he bounces back from a rough first start against the Chicago Cubs who are not exactly and offensive juggernaut.
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.