MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Thursday Notes
|1||Justin Verlander||DET||R||at SEA||2-1||1.96||1.15|
|2||Matt Cain||SF||R||at MIL||0-1||5.94||1.38|
|3||Adam Wainwright||STL||R||at PHI||2-1||2.05||1.00|
|4||Jon Lester||BOS||L||at CLE||2-0||1.42||0.95|
|5||David Price||TB||L||at BAL||0-1||5.82||1.65|
|6||Chris Sale||CWS||L||at TOR||1-1||5.21||1.32|
|7||Tony Cingrani||CIN||L||vs MIA||0-0||0.00||0.00|
|8||Cole Hamels||PHI||L||vs STL||0-2||7.56||1.62|
|9||Jose Fernandez||MIA||R||at CIN||0-0||0.82||0.73|
|10||Hishasi Iwakuma||SEA||R||vs DET||2-0||2.18||0.48|
|11||R.A. Dickey||TOR||R||vs CWS||1-2||5.82||1.65|
|12||Alexi Ogando||TEX||R||at CHC||2-0||1.08||1.02|
|13||Jonathon Niese||NYM||L||at COL||2-0||3.57||1.42|
|14||Carlos Villanueva||CHC||R||vs TEX||0-0||0.64||0.86|
|15||Patrick Corbin||ARI||L||at NYY||2-0||1.50||1.25|
|16||Zach McAllister||CLE||R||vs BOS||1-1||2.19||0.89|
|17||Julio Teheran||ATL||R||at PIT||0-0||7.36||1.64|
|18||Phil Hughes||NYY||R||vs ARI||0-2||10.29||2.71|
|19||Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||R||vs TB||1-1||2.92||1.38|
|20||Jon Garland||COL||R||vs NYM||1-0||3.75||1.08|
|21||Yovani Gallardo||MIL||R||vs SF||0-1||6.61||1.78|
|22||Jeff Locke||PIT||L||vs ATL||1-1||4.09||1.55|
- Streamer of the Day - Tony Cingrani - Owned in 44% of Yahoo! Leagues
Tony Cingrani will make his Major League debut as a starter at home against the Miami Marlins and fellow prospect Jose Fernandez today. Both highly touted prospects are regarded as future aces and have been thrust into their respective teams rotations already due to injuries and if you ask me, I don't think either is going anywhere, especially Cingrani. The 23-year old southpaw has dominated at the Triple-A level this season, posting a gaudy 26 to 2 strikeout to walk ratio while giving up just three hits over 14.1 shutout innings. Facing the offensively challenged Marlins at home should be a layup for Cingrani, who I am all in on. Even when Jonny Cueto comes back in a few weeks, the Reds will find a way to keep his live arm in the rotation.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Ross Detwiler - W 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB and 5 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 11-4
Friday's Streamer of the Day - Jhoulys Chacin - Owned in 36% of Yahoo! Leagues
What Happened Last Night: I watched Clayton Kershaw pitch against the San Diego Padres last night and while it is easy to say that Kershaw had a bad night, I have to give the Padres credit, they battled, made Kershaw throw a ton of pitches and hammered mistakes over the plate as the Dodgers were swept by the Friars for the first time since 2006.
Neither Felix Hernandez nor Max Scherzer blinked over eight innings as both gave up just one run and struck out 12. A performance like this is not unusual for Hernandez, but it was very impressive to see Scherzer go head to head with The King. It is still early in Detroit, but if you asked me who I would rather have the rest of the season, Scherzer or Justin Verlander, I would be hard pressed not to take Scherzer, something I wouldn't have said two weeks ago.
It feels like I have been hammering home this point for the last two weeks that A.J. Burnett may be the most undervalued pitcher in fantasy baseball. That should change now after Burnett took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Pirates one-hit the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Burnett fanned eight and did not issue a walk, picking up his first win of the season.
Ross Detwiler isn't your typical number five starter, nor is he your typical left-handed pitcher. Detwiler pounds the strike zone with a mid-90's fastball, which he has thrown 91.8 percent of the time this season. Let me repeat that in case it didn't quite register. 91.8 percent of the pitches Detwiler has thrown this season have been fastballs. Detwiler outdueled Marlins ace Ricky Nolasco, who actually had his breaking pitches working and was throwing strikes. Nolasco pitched very well but made a few mistakes, most notably a solo homer to Kurt Suzuki and just about anything he threw to Bryce Harper and was saddled with the loss.
Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana has been nearly un-hittable in each of his last two starts and is one of the most undervalued pitchers in fantasy baseball right now. Quintana one-hit the Cleveland Indians while striking out seven over 7.0 innings on April 12th and blanked the Toronto Blue Jays over 6.2 innings last night, giving up just five hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven for the second consecutive start. Quintana has not allowed a run in 13.2 innings and needs to be owned in all deep mixed leagues.
I'm going to humble-brag here for a second because I nailed two calls in yesterday's column, first that Justin Masterson would come down to earth against the scorching-hot Boston Red Sox. Here is the actual quote from yesterday's column "I wouldn't be surprised to see Boston jump out to a big lead tonight early on. This is more of a gut call than anything, so take it for what its worth." Seriously, who saw Mike Carp coming? I love the guy but that was insane. Finally, I also nailed the call that Bartolo Colon would do enough to get a win against Houston. Was it an easy call, probably, but come its Bartolo Colon!
Today's Lineup Card: With a plethora of elite options to chose from, the following pitchers are all in my starting lineup without any hesitation: Justin Verlander, Matt Cain, Adam Wainwright, Jon Lester, David Price, Chris Sale, Tony Cingrani, Cole Hamels, Jose Fernandez, Hishashi Iwakuma and R.A. Dickey.
Fantasy owners who are concerned that David Price hasn't heated up yet, don't worry. Price will face the Baltimore Orioles today for the second time this season, a team he has had tremendous success against (6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 13 career starts). A return to Cy Young form is imminent.
The most intriguing pitching matchup of the day features Alexi Ogando (2-0, 1.48 ERA) against Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 0.64 ERA) both of whom have pitched very well to open up the season. Outside of the elite options, these are the only other two pitchers that I would consider using today in my fantasy lineup. Not a banner day to stream starters with so many aces on the mound.
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.