MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Starting Pitcher Monday Notes
Starting Pitcher Daily Notes: Monday, April 15
|1||Cliff Lee||PHI||L||at CIN||2-0||1.08||0.60|
|2||Jordan Zimmerman||WSH||R||at MIA||2-0||2.08||1.31|
|3||Tom Milone||OAK||L||vs HOU||2-0||4.50||1.25|
|4||Chad Billingsley||LAD||R||vs SD||1-0||1.50||1.33|
|5||Lance Lynn||STL||R||at PIT||1-0||4.50||1.40|
|6||James McDonald||PIT||R||vs STL||1-1||3.75||1.00|
|7||Jeremy Hellickson||TB||R||at BOS||0-1||6.35||1.50|
|8||Gavin Floyd||CWS||R||at TOR||0-2||5.56||1.50|
|9||Ryan Dempster||BOS||R||vs TB||0-1||3.60||1.40|
|10||Mark Buehrle||TOR||L||vs CWS||0-0||10.24||1.76|
|11||Dillon Gee||NYM||R||at COL||0-2||7.71||1.71|
|12||Bronson Arroyo||CIN||R||vs PHI||1-1||5.25||1.25|
|13||Erik Bedard||HOU||L||at OAK||0-0||0.00||0.55|
|14||Eric Stults||SD||L||at LAD||1-1||3.60||1.30|
|15||Kevin Correia||MIN||R||vs LAA||0-1||3.14||1.19|
|16||Wade LeBlanc||MIA||L||vs WSH||0-2||3.27||1.27|
|17||Juan Nicasio||COL||R||vs NYM||1-0||4.91||1.73|
|18||Joe Blanton||LAA||R||at MIN||0-2||9.00||2.00|
- Streamer of the Day - Tom Milone - Owned in 51% of Yahoo! Leagues
It truly is a fantasy baseball streaming perfect storm. Tom Milone pitched much better at home (2.74 ERA) than on the road (4.83) last season and will face the offensively challenged Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum tonight. Milone went seven innings, picking up the win in his first start of the year at home over Seattle and was able to survive five innings on the road against the Los Angeles Angels to improve to 2-0. Milone shouldn't have any trouble tonight cruising to another victory and could become the first 3-0 pitcher in fantasy history to be owned in less than half of all leagues.
Yesterday's Streamer of the Day: Nick Tepesch - L, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 0 BB and 5 K
2013 Streamer Quality Start Record: 8-4
Tuesday's Streamer of the Day - A.J. Griffin - Owned in 47% of Yahoo! Leagues
What Happened Last Night: It isn't officially baseball season until someone tosses a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays and it nearly happened yesterday when Clay Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Buchholz, who struck out 11, improved to 3-0 this season and has made the jump from middle-of-the-road starter, to top of a rotation ace this season. The consensus in Boston coming into the year was that Jon Lester and Buchholz needed to pitch at an elite level if this team wanted to compete in the A.L. East and so far they have done exactly that.
We can safely move our cursor away from the drop button next to Roy Halladay's name on our screen, at least for a couple more days. Doc picked up his 200th career win, taking care of business against the Miami Marlins over eight solid innings of work.
Today's Lineup Card: Just four days after a bench-clearing brawl that left Zach Greinke with a broken collarbone and Carlos Quentin serving an eight-game suspension, the San Diego Padres travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in a three game series. Chad Billingsley (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will face Padres southpaw Eric Stults (1-1, 3.60 ERA) with tensions running high tonight. Chris Capuano (replacing Greinke in the Dodger rotation) and Jason Marquis square off tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw and Tyson Ross going head-to-head in the final game of the series.
It is always tough to recommend a pitcher in the bandbox that is the Great American Ballpark, but fantasy owners should have no reservations starting Cliff Lee, FFToolbox's top-ranked pitcher today, on the road against the Cincinnati Reds. Bronson Arroyo has the start for the Reds but doesn't earn my vote of confidence due to a 2-7 record with a 6.55 ERA in 10 career starts against Philadelphia.
The St. Louis Cardinals have scored the second-most runs in baseball (69) though 12 games this season, but don't let that deter you from deploying James McDonald in your fantasy lineup today. McDonald has pitched well against the Redbirds in the past (4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 games, six starts) and will face Lance Lynn at home.
Here is a classic Player A versus Player B scenario for you. Both are true statements.
Player A is undefeated in Fenway Park during his four-year career.
Player B has a higher ERA in Fenway Park than any other park he has ever pitched in.
Player A and Player B are both Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hellickson hasn't pitched well early on this season, but has never lost a game (2-0 in four career starts) in Fenway Park. While he may be undefeated in Fenway, he owns a 4.97 ERA in 25.1 innings pitching in the shadow of the Green Monster. It just goes to show how stats if used selectively can be used to make any argument. Going up against veteran Ryan Dempster, I would give Hellickson a slight edge on Marathon Monday in Boston.
With a pair of top-five offenses squaring off today in the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies in Coors Field, both starters in this matchup Dillon Gee and Juan Nicasio should not be on anyone's fantasy radar.
Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox take on a familiar face in Mark Buehrle, who will face his former team for the first time north of the border today. Nothing fantasy significant here, but just an interesting side note worth tracking today.
The starting pitcher rankings and analysis above are my opinions, please 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.