MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Monday Notes
Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Monday, April 8
|1||Madison Bumgarner||SF||L||vs COL||1-0||0.00||0.25|
|2||Matt Harvey||NYM||R||at PHI||1-0||0.00||0.43|
|3||Alexi Ogando||TEX||R||vs TB||1-0||0.00||0.79|
|4||Mat Latos||CIN||R||at STL||0-0||4.05||1.20|
|5||Clay Buchholz||BOS||R||vs BAL||1-0||1.29||1.14|
|6||Marco Estrada||MIL||R||at CHC||0-0||7.20||1.80|
|7||Paul Maholm||ATL||L||at MIA||1-0||0.00||1.24|
|8||Trevor Cahill||ARI||R||vs PIT||0-1||4.76||1.24|
|9||Edwin Jackson||CHC||R||vs MIL||0-1||3.60||0.80|
|10||Jaime Garcia||STL||L||vs CIN||1-0||1.59||1.06|
|11||Wandy Rodriguez||PIT||L||at ARI||1-0||0.00||0.45|
|12||Roy Halladay||PHI||R||vs NYM||0-1||13.50||2.70|
|13||Philip Humber||HOU||R||at SEA||0-1||1.59||1.24|
|14||Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||L||at BOS||0-0||3.18||1.24|
|15||Jeremy Hellickson||TB||R||at TEX||0-0||7.11||1.42|
|16||Hiroki Kuroda||NYY||R||at CLE||0-1||13.50||3.75|
|17||Kevin Correia||MIN||R||at KC||0-0||2.57||1.14|
|18||Ervin Santana||KC||R||vs MIN||0-1||6.00||1.00|
|19||Kevin Slowey||MIA||R||vs ATL||0-1||1.69||1.31|
|20||Ubaldo Jimenez||CLE||R||vs NYY||0-0||1.50||0.83|
|21||Jorge De La Rosa||COL||L||at SF||0-0||8.31||1.85|
|22||Joe Saunders||SEA||L||vs HOU||0-1||9.00||2.75|
- Streamer of the Day - Paul Maholm - Owned in 48% of Yahoo! Leagues
The Miami Marlins have scored just 14 runs in six games this season and it won't get any easier for the Fish against Atlanta Braves left-hander Paul Maholm. Maholm went 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three starts against Miami last year and the Braves squished the Fish in 14 of their 18 meetings last season. Maholm may be the safest play of any starter in fantasy baseball on Monday and is available in roughly half of all leagues.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Hyun-Jin Ryu - W, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB and 6 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 5-2
What Happened Last Night: R.A. Dickey's nightmare start to the 2013 season continued when he got shelled for eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in just four and two thirds innings against the Boston Red Sox. I cannot emphasize enough that it is too early to completely bail on Dickey. The knuckleball can be unpredictable and it looked like Dickey just didn't have it going right from the start when he gave up hits to the first five Red Sox he faced. I would have zero confidence starting Dickey this week, but there is plenty of time for him to turn it around. Meanwhile, in the opposite dugout, Jon Lester breezed through seven shutout innings to improve to 2-0 this season.
The only blemish for FFToolbox's Sunday Streamer of the Day Hyun-Jin Ryu over six plus innings of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates was a two run homer by Andrew McCutchen in the first inning. The Dodgers cruised to a 6-2 win and Ryu has looked good in two starts so far this season. It was a good week in the streamer department here at FFToolbox as our picks went 5-2 overall with only one true implosion (Brandon Maurer).
At the end of the season, we can all look at Matt Cain's ERA and say "if you take out that one nine-run inning in April, it would look much better." It was the ultimate albatross inning for Cain, who served up seven hits in the inning (zero home runs) before being lifted. If the Cain owner in your league is panicking, now is the time to pounce. This outing was an aberration. Cain will be fine.
CC Sabathia bounced back in a big way from his rocky Opening Day start by shutting down the Detroit Tigers potent offense over seven innings to pick up his first win of the 2013 season.
Jhoulys Chacin followed up his impressive Opening Day effort on the road with another quality start, giving up just one run on six hits over six and two thirds innings of work against the San Diego Padres. Chacin, who picked up his first win of the year, struck out two and did not issue a walk, something he has only done twice in his last 46 starts. Chacin has clearly turned a corner with his control and needs to be owned in all leagues going forward.
Miami Marlins prized prospect Jose Fernandez was outstanding in his Major League debut, striking out eight Mets and giving up just one run on three hits in five innings of work. Fernandez was in line for a win, but the bullpen squandered the lead in the ninth inning. One of the more polished pitching prospects in baseball, as long as Fernandez continues to pitch well, he could stick in the Marlins rotation permanently and has been a catch so far for his fantasy owners, pun intended.
Today's Lineup Card: With just 22 teams in action, it will be an abbreviated Monday for fantasy owners, but there is no shortage of quality starting pitching options headlined by San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner taking on the Colorado Rockies, who are off to a red-hot 5-1 start.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are batting just .119 with eight runs scored in six games so far this season. Neither of those numbers is a typo. The beneficiary of a tasty matchup against the Bucs anemic offense is Trevor Cahill of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
There is no way that I would touch Roy Halladay against the New York Mets who are off to a 4-2 start. Halladay struck out nine Braves in his 2013 debut last week, but served up five runs on six hits including a pair of home runs and three walks. The warning signs were there in Spring Training when Halladay posted an ERA north of six and its looking more and more like fantasy owners should shy away from employing the Doc in their fantasy lineups.