MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Sunday Notes
|1||Gio Gonzalez||WSH||L||vs ATL||1-0||0.82||0.91|
|2||Clay Buchholz||BOS||R||vs TB||2-0||0.64||1.07|
|3||Mat Latos||CIN||R||at PIT||0-0||2.84||1.03|
|4||Paul Maholm||ATL||L||at WSH||2-0||0.00||0.87|
|5||Anibal Sanchez||DET||R||at OAK||1-0||1.50||0.92|
|6||Jake Peavy||CWS||R||at CLE||1-1||5.56||1.24|
|7||Alex Cobb||TB||R||at BOS||1-0||0.00||0.95|
|8||Jarrod Parker||OAK||R||vs DET||0-1||6.48||2.40|
|9||Brandon Morrow||TOR||R||at KC||0-1||5.59||1.97|
|10||Tim Lincecum||SF||R||at CHC||1-0||4.91||1.64|
|11||Jaime Garcia||STL||L||vs MIL||1-0||2.92||1.22|
|12||Roy Halladay||PHI||R||at MIA||0-2||14.73||2.45|
|13||Marco Estrada||MIL||R||at STL||1-0||4.50||1.25|
|14||C.J. Wilson||LAA||L||vs HOU||0-0||5.25||1.50|
|15||Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||L||at NYY||0-1||3.75||1.17|
|16||Edwin Jackson||CHC||R||vs SF||0-2||5.73||1.55|
|17||Josh Beckett||LAD||R||at ARI||0-1||4.91||1.27|
|18||Hiroki Kuroda||NYY||R||vs BAL||1-1||6.75||2.10|
|19||Trevor Cahill||ARI||R||vs LAD||0-2||5.91||1.31|
|20||Nick Tepesch||TEX||R||at SEA||1-0||1.23||0.95|
|21||Ervin Santana||KC||R||vs TOR||1-1||3.21||1.07|
|22||Philip Humber||HOU||R||at LAA||0-2||3.09||1.11|
|23||Jorge De La Rosa||COL||L||at SD||0-1||6.10||1.45|
|24||Brett Myers||CLE||R||at CWS||0-1||12.19||1.94|
|25||Clayton Richard||SD||L||vs COL||0-1||8.68||2.14|
|26||Kevin Slowey||MIA||R||vs PHI||0-2||2.19||1.05|
|27||Brandon Maurer||SEA||R||vs TEX||0-2||16.20||2.40|
|28||Phil Irwin||PIT||R||vs CIN||0-0||0.00||0.00|
- Streamer of the Day - Nick Tepesch - Owned in 4% of Yahoo! Leagues
Tepesch was solid in his Major League debut pitching seven solid innings of one-run ball to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. This one is more about the struggles of the other pitcher in this matchup, Brandon Maurer (0-2, 16.20 ERA), than a ringing endorsement of Tepesch, who should pitch well on the road in SafeCo, but the offensive support he is destined to receive will enable him to earn a win for fantasy owners who stream him today.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Jhoulys Chacin - W, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 3 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 8-3
Monday's Streamer of the Day - Tom Milone - Owned in 49% of Yahoo! Leagues
What Happened Last Night: What in the world is going on in New York City. The consensus around the fantasy community and among fantasy analysts and even casual baseball fans was that Matt Harvey would be a very good pitcher this season, but even the most optimistic and enthusiastic Harvey touts could have predicted this.
I wouldn't say that I am skeptical, what we have seen in three starts this season from Harvey is not an aberration, but I should emphasize that it is an extremely small sample size against three offensive teams who are not exactly offensive juggernauts (San Diego, Philadelphia and Minnesota).
Battling bitter cold 35-degree temperatures, Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh innings on the road against Minnesota yesterday and improved to 3-0 this season. Harvey pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts, allowing one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Harvey passes the eye test when you watch him live so I fully expect him to continue to pitch well, however, don't expect him to continue to pitch at an elite level once the league gets an extended look at him. There is a reason Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Justin Verlander, and Felix Hernandez are the top pitchers in baseball, because their skills are at an elite level. Harvey isn't there yet skills-wise, but he has the potential to get there.
R.A. Dickey out-pitched James Shields to pick up his first win of the season on the road in Kansas City. After a disastrous first two starts in a Blue Jays uniform, Dickey finally righted the ship against the Royals.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jhoulys Chacin a pair of young, talented N.L. West pitchers both looked outstanding yesterday picking up their second wins of the season. Both are very undervalued fantasy commodities right now and need to be owned in all leagues going forward.
Today's Lineup Card: If there were ever a make-or-break start in fantasy baseball, this is it for Roy Halladay facing the Miami Marlins, the worst offensive team in baseball this season. If Halladay fails to pitch well today, you can safely cut bait because if he can't get it done today, good luck trusting him in any other matchup.
The FFToolbox lock of the day is Mat Latos on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Latos is 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six career starts against the Bucs and will be facing right-hander Phil Irwin, who is making his Major League debut.
The most intriguing pitching matchup of the day features a pair of red-hot pitchers in Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00 ERA) facing Boston's Clay Buchholz (2-0, 0.64 ERA). Give Buchholz the upper hand, but only slightly as Cobb has held his own against the Red Sox in the past.
Clayton Richard is 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 11 career starts against the Colorado Rockies which means for those fantasy owners desperate for a win, Jorge De La Rosa is worth a start.
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.