April is drawing to a close and almost an entire month’s worth of MLB gameplay data is almost behind us. Big news hit this week with the levying of an 80-day suspension on Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte for use of PEDs; due to his lack of availability, he has been flat-out dropped from the List at least for the foreseeable future. Perhaps in the deepest leagues will folks elect to hang on to him with a bench spot, but his utility in the short- and medium-terms is rendered moot by the suspension so we’ll just move on from ranking him for the time being. Some other breakout performances have been rewarded with hefty promotions, while struggling stragglers are either being dropped substantially or shown the door. Time on the DL continues to throw expectations for select stars into chaotic uncertainty, and we address some of that below in the appended notes.
Lett’s review the Top 150 hitters in fantasy baseball:
First of all, I would like to apologize for the eye-rolling nature of the title’s pun. Anyways, Monday was a day with not too many games, but that didn’t mean we were short on offensive explosions, as there were multiple double-digit run games. Perhaps the best performance of the night goes to the incredible Eric Thames who went 2-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI. The dude just. keeps. hitting. It’s insane. His stat lines are absurd, like his .910 SLG, .537 ISO, and his 52.6% HR/FB rate. Look, the guy showed incredible power in Korea, and he obviously figured something out, as evidenced by his 53.1% hard hit rate. The home runs will slow down, obviously, but this guy looks like he’s going to make the people who took a chance on him very happy.
Let’s take a look at some of the other performances from Monday:
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Chris Archer’s Slider – It’s always difficult to pitch through the rain and Archer did the best he could given the circumstances last night. His famous slide piece still had its moments, here getting Welington Castillo to whiff on a 90mph Slider down in the zone.
Do I really have to dive into a deep talk about Miguel Gonzalez right now? After nearly going a CGSHO against the Yankees in under 90 pitches Gonzalez went 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks last night against the Royals, lowering his ERA to an even 2.00 with a 1.07 WHIP and…yeah. That’s about it. His strikeout production is pretty lame, averaging five punchouts per start, though he’s needed a 6.75 IPS to get that. Meanwhile, his xFIP is 4.53, SIERA is 4.29 and while 22.5% hard contact and just 11.4% line drives is nothing to scoff at, he’s faced the Royals, Yankees, Twins, and Indians. Guess what, his one bad start was against the Tribe. This isn’t your solution to your battered staff, nor is Gonzalez the guy you want at the end of a 12-teamer to help your ratios each week. He’s going to hurt more than help, which means I’m have to say, Miguel…no.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
Every Monday during the season, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. Note: These rankings have been made with H2H 5×5 12-teamers in mind.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:
The Chicago Cubs may have won the war with fellow NL Central franchise Cincinnati this weekend, but Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez was definitely winning some battles along the way. With a composite stat line of 6-11, 5 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, the Venezuelan at Cincy’s hot corner slapped two solo shots out of Great American Ball Park Saturday and bookended that feat with a double each on Friday and Sunday. He’s got a monstrous average of .371 that’s tied for fourth league-wide with White Sox OF Avisail Garcia, and his OPS of 1.200 ranks fifth in MLB. Suarez is already well on his way to outpacing the 17 HRs Steamer projected for him this year, as he already has five of them while enjoying a career-high 40% hard contact right now.
Let’s take a look at what else happened hitting-wise around the league:
Every Monday we review the nastiest pitches from the previous weekends’s games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Congrats to Adam Ottavino’s Slider for winning Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Week! A ridiculous slider from a pitcher I’m sure we’ll be featuring plenty over the course of the season.
Jameson Taillon’s Curveball – If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Pitcher List you’ve seen Taillon gradually move into the elite level in the early going. Here he uses his best pitch, the Curveball, to get Michael Pineda to flinch before the ball falls in for a called strike. (Thanks to for the tip!).
I remember the night Joe Musgrove made his MLB debut last season, showcasing his One-Seam Fastball across 4.1 innings of shutout ball against the Blue Jays. With Colin McHugh’s injury, he’s had a secure role in the rotation and I was hoping he could use his good movement and command to return solid 12 teamer value. After today’s disappointing line of 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks against the Rays, it’s time to assess what to do with the kid. On the plus side, he’s been inducing 25% soft contact with nearly identical hard contact, suggesting his .333 BABIP entering today was a bit skewed against him. Still, he’s getting very few whiffs from his Slider, and while his Changeup is looking impressive (near 25% whiff rate thus far), batters have been teeing off the heater…which is a little odd given his good command of the pitch on the outside corner down and away to right-handers. I guess I’m not fully convinced he’s going to be a lackluster option through 2017, but I don’t think you should be holding on tight for his breakout at this point. Let him go if you have any sort of decent streaming options in a 12 teamer and wait to see if his Slider starts being the effective pitch it can be.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday: