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Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Friday, April 12
|1||Clayton Kershaw||LAD||L||at ARI||2-0||0.00||0.44|
|2||Yu Darvish||TEX||R||at SEA||2-0||1.98||0.80|
|3||Max Scherzer||DET||R||at OAK||1-0||7.20||1.40|
|4||Matt Cain||SF||R||at CHC||0-1||8.38||1.45|
|5||Kyle Lohse||MIL||R||at STL||0-0||1.50||0.83|
|6||A.J. Burnett||PIT||R||vs CIN||0-2||3.27||1.36|
|7||Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||R||vs TEX||1-0||2.57||0.43|
|8||Jonathon Niese||NYM||L||at MIN||1-0||2.13||1.26|
|9||CC Sabathia||NYY||L||vs BAL||1-1||3.00||1.58|
|10||Alex Cobb||TB||R||at BOS||1-0||0.00||0.95|
|11||Shelby Miller||STL||R||vs MIL||1-0||3.38||1.50|
|12||Julio Teheran||ATL||R||at WSH||0-0||9.00||1.80|
|13||Ross Detwiler||WSH||L||vs ATL||0-0||0.00||1.17|
|14||Jusin Masterson||CLE||R||vs CWS||2-0||0.69||0.92|
|15||Tommy Hanson||LAA||R||vs HOU||1-0||4.50||1.00|
|16||Felix Doubront||BOS||L||vs TB||0-0||5.40||1.80|
|17||J.A. Happ||TOR||L||at KC||1-0||0.00||0.75|
|18||Bartolo Colon||OAK||R||vs DET||1-0||4.50||1.33|
|19||Ricky Nolasco||MIA||R||vs PHI||0-1||3.97||1.24|
|20||Carlos Villanueva||CHC||R||vs SF||0-0||1.35||1.20|
|21||Luis Mendoza||KC||R||vs TOR||0-0||1.50||0.83|
|22||Mike Leake||CIN||R||at PIT||0-0||6.00||1.67|
|23||John Lannan||PHI||L||at MIA||0-0||3.86||0.71|
|24||Bud Norris||HOU||R||at LAA||1-1||3.18||1.32|
|25||Patrick Corbin||ARI||L||vs LAD||1-0||3.00||1.50|
|26||Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||R||at NYY||1-0||2.84||1.11|
|27||Jon Garland||COL||R||at SD||1-0||3.00||1.17|
|28||Vance Worley||MIN||R||vs NYM||0-1||5.73||1.82|
|29||Tyson Ross||SD||R||vs COL||0-1||4.50||1.75|
|30||Jose Quintana||CWS||L||vs CLE||0-0||11.25||2.50|
- Streamer of the Day - Felix Doubront - Owned in 16% of Yahoo! Leagues
Doubront struggled in his first start of the season against Toronto, but did strike out nine without issuing a walk and should be able to produce a quality start against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, a team he went 3-2 against last season. This is more of a gut call than anything because the Red Sox need a win after struggling against the Orioles and Doubront is more than capable skills-wise of shutting down the Rays.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Zach McAllister - Rained Out
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 7-3
Saturday's Streamer of the Day - Jhoulys Chacin - Owned in 23% of Yahoo! Leagues
What Happened Last Night: Fireworks in San Diego. If you didn't see the bench-clearing brawl, go check it out for yourself. Dodgers co-ace Zach Greinke hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin with an inside pitch, causing Quentin, who is built like an NFL linebacker at six-foot-two, 235 pounds, to charge the mound. Quentin lowered his shoulder and collided with Greinke at full speed and when the dust finally settled, Greinke, the Dodgers $147 million free agent acquisition was left with a broken collarbone.
First of all, Quentin should not have done what he did. He may have gotten caught up in the heat of the moment and snapped, I understand, but there was no need to charge the mound, something that was brought up in the tunnel after the game in a meeting between Quentin and Matt Kemp according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. I give Greinke credit for standing up to Quentin, but common sense should have prevailed here, what are you doing risking injury in a fight? If you are Greinke, let your catcher A.J. Ellis or one of your teammates get in the way first. If this were a trial, I would rule that Quentin was in the wrong here but that Greinke made a bad decision standing up to him. I would love to hear your thoughts on Twitter. These two teams meet again on Monday, in what promises to be must watch TV.
Today's Lineup Card: Before we even get to any of today's pitching matchups, I want to get up on my soapbox for a moment to remind everyone that the move "42" which tells the story of Jackie Robinson opens in theaters nationwide today. Robinson passed away 20 years before I was even born, but I can tell you this from reading what others had to say about him, that he was one of the greatest men to ever play the game of baseball. Not just for what he had to endure and the scrutiny that he faced as the first man to break the color barrier in any professional sport in America, but for the way he played the game. He didn't just step on the field, he made an impact as one of the most talented players of his era. I know that I will be going out to see the movie tonight and if you are a true baseball fan, you will too.
Clayton Kershaw (at Arizona), Matt Cain (at Chicago), Yu Darvish (at Seattle), Max Scherzer (at Oakland) are all on the road today, but that shouldn't stop you from getting them in your lineup, all have outstanding matchups against some of the weaker lineups in baseball.
The 0-2 record does not reflect how well A.J. Burnett has pitched this season. Burnett has gave up three runs in a loss to the Cubs and was on the wrong side of a 1-0 loss against Kershaw and the Dodgers his last time out. Burnett racked up 10 strikeouts against the Chicago and nine against Los Angeles, I have no problem putting him in my lineup at home against the Reds today.
One of the more interesting pitching matchups of the day will be Darvish against Hisashi Iwakuma. Darvish is dealing with blister issues, while Iwakuma, who has pitched well since turning into a full-time starter late last season will have to deal with a potent Rangers lineup. The good news for Iwakuma is that he gets Texas, a team he has struggled against (5.31 ERA in 20 innings of work last season) at home.
Max Scherzer struggled in his first start of 2013, but don't let it deter you from starting him against the Oakland A's tonight. Scherzer's worst month of the year has always been April throughout his career (4.66 ERA) so if you own him, endure the rough patch, the dominance and the strikeouts are coming along with the warm weather.
If you are looking for a deep sleeper, I would roll the dice on J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays, who has looked great (1-0, 0.00 ERA) this season facing the Kansas City Royals today. Happ earned a contract extension from the Jays prior to the season and shutout the Red Sox over five innings in his first start of the year, I trust Happ today. Other pitchers I ranked higher than usual (and would trust in my lineup) in my rankings due to favorable matchups include Justin Masterson at home against the White Sox and Tommy Hanson at home against the Astros.
Sabermetric darling Ricky Nolasco, one of my favorite pitchers in baseball has an intriguing matchup today against the Philadelphia Phillies, a team that he has pitched well against in his career (8-5 with a 3.86 ERA). Nolasco has pitched well in his first two starts of the year and while he is prone to the occasional implosion, I firmly believe he is a solid spot start today for fantasy owners.
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.