MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Tuesday Notes
|1||Clayton Kershaw||LAD||L||at NYM||2-2||1.88||0.94|
|2||David Price||TB||L||vs NYY||0-1||6.26||1.57|
|3||Max Scherzer||DET||R||vs KC||1-0||2.84||1.05|
|4||Adam Wainright||STL||R||at WSH||3-1||2.48||1.07|
|5||Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||R||at HOU||2-0||1.69||0.53|
|6||R.A. Dickey||TOR||R||at BAL||2-2||4.30||1.35|
|7||Matt Cain||SF||R||vs ARI||0-2||7.15||1.32|
|8||Cole Hamels||PHI||L||vs PIT||0-2||6.46||1.44|
|9||Ross Detwiler||WSH||L||vs STL||1-0||0.90||1.00|
|10||Jose Quintana||CWS||L||vs CLE||1-0||2.55||1.02|
|11||Jose Fernandez||MIA||R||at MIN||0-1||3.60||1.13|
|12||Mike Minor||ATL||L||at COL||2-1||0.95||0.84|
|13||Wade Davis||KC||R||at DET||2-0||2.25||1.31|
|14||Jonathon Niese||NYM||L||vs LAD||2-1||3.80||1.48|
|15||Carlos Villanueva||CHC||R||at CIN||1-0||1.29||0.81|
|16||Tony Cingrani||CIN||L||vs CHC||1-0||1.80||1.60|
|17||Alexi Ogando||TEX||R||at LAA||2-1||3.32||1.32|
|18||Kevin Correia||MIN||R||vs MIA||1-1||2.95||1.22|
|19||Patrick Corbin||ARI||L||at SF||2-0||1.42||1.05|
|20||Bartolo Colon||OAK||R||at BOS||2-0||3.32||1.05|
|21||Ricky Nolasco||MIA||R||at MIN||0-2||3.86||1.24|
|22||Yovani Gallardo||MIL||R||at SD||1-1||5.24||1.57|
|23||Zach McAllister||CLE||R||at CWS||1-2||3.12||1.15|
|24||Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||R||vs TOR||1-1||4.00||1.50|
|25||Julio Teheran||ATL||R||at COL||0-0||7.31||1.75|
|26||Phil Hughes||NYY||R||at TB||0-1||6.26||1.79|
|27||Alfredo Aceves||BOS||R||vs OAK||1-0||6.28||1.81|
|28||Jason Vargas||LAA||L||vs TEX||0-2||6.75||2.32|
|29||Clayton Richard||SD||L||vs MIL||0-1||5.28||1.70|
|30||Bud Norris||HOU||R||vs SEA||2-2||4.74||1.47|
|31||Jon Garland||COL||R||vs ATL||2-0||3.32||1.00|
|32||Jeff Locke||PIT||L||at PHI||1-1||5.17||1.72|
|33||Jeff Francis||COL||R||vs ATL||1-1||8.25||2.33|
|34||Mike Pelfrey||MIN||R||vs MIA||2-1||7.30||1.95|
- Streamer of the Day - Ross Detwiler - Owned in 51% of Yahoo! Leagues
Yesterday's FFToolbox Streamer of the Day Kevin Correia was rained out and will pitch today in the first game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins, so make sure you deploy him in your lineup. Another quality option for fantasy owners is Washington Nationals southpaw Ross Detwiler, who has been featured in this space before. Detwiler is not your typical southpaw in the sense that he attacks opposing hitters with a steady diet of mid-90's fastballs. Detwiler has a tough matchup against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright but should be able to put together a quality start at home today.
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 12-5
Friday's Streamer of the Day - Wandy Rodriguez - Owned in 60% of Yahoo! Leagues
What Happened Last Night: Tampa Bay Rays lefthander Matt Moore outdueled New York Yankee ace CC Sabathia to improve to 4-0. The most notable difference between Moore's underwhelming rookie year and the superb start to his sophomore season is his ability to locate his pitches, especially his fastball. Moore struggled to throw strikes last season, routinely falling behind in the count, which allowed opposing hitters to sit on a fastball over the heart of the plate. So far this season, Moore has been able to locate his fastball and throw his complementary breaking pitches for strikes, which has allowed him to keep opposing batters off balance and get them to chase outside of the zone. Moore was masterful over eight innings, allowing just one run on two hits with just three walks and nine strikeouts. Moore's sophomore season is mirroring that of fellow Ray David Price who also broke out in his second full season. There may not be a better long-term fantasy baseball pitching prospect than Moore.
On the other side of the coin, the lack of velocity for Sabathia is troubling. Speculation about his demise as a useful fantasy commodity is premature, but Sabathia is going to have to evolve as a pitcher if he is unable to regain his fastball velocity and challenge hitters inside. Sabathia's days as a true fantasy ace may be coming to an end soon, but he is still a valuable, durable workhorse.
Today's Lineup Card: One of the better lineup cards this season, the deck is stacked for fantasy owners with Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw leading the way. Kershaw didn't look like himself in his last start as he served up three home runs and took a loss against the San Diego Padres, but he has an excellent chance to rebound today against the New York Mets, a team he has had a great deal of success (5-0, 1.37 ERA) against in six career starts.
Does anybody know what to make of Matt Cain? It is still extremely early in the season, much to early to completely bail on a pitcher with a track record of consistency like Cain, so feel free to start him against the Arizona Diamondbacks today. Cain is 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 27 career starts against the Arizona so there is little cause for concern, especially since he will be pitching at home.
Chicago White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana has developed into one of my favorite pitchers in fantasy baseball this season. Quintana is out there in a ton of leagues and has pitched extremely well this season and will face the Cleveland Indians for the second time this season. Quintana tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit, with seven strikeouts the last time he faced the Indians on April 12.
I wrote about Mike Minor yesterday, so I won't repeat the entire argument here, but I wouldn't trust him on the road at Coors Field today. Minor gave up eight runs on 10 hits over five innings in his only start at Coors last season and the Rockies offense has been red-hot of late. The same can be said for Julio Teheran who will start game two of the day/night doubleheader. I just don't trust him after three subpar starts, two of which came against the Pirates and Cubs, two of the worst offenses in baseball.
One of the more underrated options out there today is Carlos Villanueva of the Chicago Cubs. Villanueva will be overshadowed by hot prospect Tony Cingrani who will take the hill for the Cincinnati Reds, but his 1.21 ERA in 22.1 career innings at the Great American Ballpark means that the notorious pitchers park shouldn't be a factor that deters his fantasy owners from starting him today.
More than a few baseball writers that I respect wrote about the fact that the James Shields trade in which they surrendered top prospect Wil Myers being a good deal for the Kansas City Royals would hinge on whether or not Wade Davis could be an effective starting pitchers. So far in 2013, Davis has not disappointed, posting shutouts in back-to-back starts against the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves in his last two turns. Davis has a much tougher assignment today facing the Detroit Tigers and their co-ace Max Scherzer but is still a quality option for fantasy owners today.
After three brutal starts to open the season and a highly publicized incident off the field, Yovani Gallardo delivered an outstanding performance against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants in his last start and will be on the road today in the spacious confines of Petco Park taking on the San Diego Padres who will send Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.28 ERA) to the mound for his first start since April 14. Consider Gallardo an under the radar sleeper to pitch well today.
Fantasy owners looking for another sleeper to stream today should target Marlins ace Ricky Nolasco. The numbers don't show it, but Nolasco has looked outstanding this season, he is throwing his breaking pitches for strikes and the strikeouts have returned. Nolasco has an outstanding chance to pick up a win on the road (Nolasco has fared better on the road than at home his entire career) against Mike Pelfrey (2-1, 7.30 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins today.
It is difficult to recommend Alexi Ogando after his last start, but he has owned the Los Angeles Angels, 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA, in three career starts against the Halos. Start with confidence.
Boston starter Alfredo Aceves has never started against the Oakland Athletics, but owns a 5.17 ERA in over nine relief appearances against them in his career. Aceves is filling in due to injuries in the Boston rotation and is not someone I would consider using today. His opponent Bartolo Colon however is an intriguing play. One interesting note about Colon is that he has not walked a batter in 19 innings of work this season. Colon has little upside, but if he can go five innings without imploding today, he is a lock to pick up a win.
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.