Would you look at this. Brian Johnson, who has endured plenty on his path to the majors including a line drive to the head, getting robbed at gunpoint, and overwhelming anxiety was called up for a spot start for the Red Sox and absolutely dominated with a 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks and shook us all game long. Keep in mind, this is the same Brian Johnson who looked disappointing as anything in 2015, made a career of sounding just like another vocalist, and got a solid meh in his previous outing on April 18th. He’s being sent back down to the minors for now so this isn’t really all too fantasy relevant, but I want to make sure you guys aren’t stashing him for his next callup. His command is fine and he has a solid loopy Curveball but I see plenty of blegh outings in his future with some moments of brilliance. Possible streamer with upside of being a Toby. That’s it.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
Championships are won by making the right little decisions through the season and micromanaging your lineup well can be the difference maker. Each week, I’ll be taking a look at five hitting matchups you should take advantage of this week, and five hitting matchups you should avoid this week. Here are the batters you should start and avoid for Week 9 (5/29 – 6/4) of the fantasy baseball season.
Note: This article is geared toward middle-of-the-road players, meaning you should be starting top of the line bats regardless of the matchup. Always start your studs.
Toronto Blue Jays hitters – The Blue Jays get a nice week this week, with seven straight games in their hitter-friendly home park. They get to see the not-so-threatening Cincinnati Reds pitching rotation for three games, and then four games against the New York Yankees, with only Luis Severino making you pause. Otherwise, they get a bunch of pitchers that should make for good matchups, including four matchups against righties. It’s a good week for Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki to be coming back, and don’t forget to toss in Jose Bautista, Russell Martin, Kevin Pillar, and the red-hot Justin Smoak.
Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. 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.
Aaron Nola’s Curveball – It’s great to see Nola pitching again after some back trouble, and he got back into the swing of things right from the start. His curveball also has amazing depth and he can spot it basically wherever he wants. This pitch causes a big flinch from pitcher Chad Kuhl that is a little mean to point out considering Kuhl’s job isn’t hitting.
Last week my #2 ranked Pitcher, Dinelson Lamet, was called up to the Majors. Lamet was not even in the ESPN or Yahoo player pools before his game, so you could not even stash him. He performed quite well with eight strikeouts in five innings pitched. He is a guy worthy of an add, but I wouldn’t waste a high waiver claim on him. I can see him in the 50-70 range rest of season but has potential to move into the 40s. Anyway, let us get down to business.
Every weekend, I will be posting about the minor leaguers you should be stashing on your team. This list will be arranged by impact for this year only. Players that will be called up sooner will be ahead of players with more talent who might only be called up late in the year. Prospects are a great way to stay ahead of everyone else rather you are in a dynasty league or a 10-team league. With the minor league season going, we can start seeing some movement with this list. With more and more games to evaluate, new players will jump onto the list, while others could fall off entirely.
Note: Julio Urias and Blake Snell are no longer prospect but are worth stashing on your team.
1. Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays AAA, ETA: June
De Leon had some difficulties in his last outing allowing four earned in four innings while striking out four. He is still working his way back from his injury, but we want to start seeing more innings pitched in his stats. The potential is there to make an impact like Mike Clevinger and Jose Berrios, but he is competing with Jacob Faria, and Blake Snell now for the Rotation spot.
I’ve been taking a ton of flack this season for my love of Sean Manaea. Let it be after allowing 9 ER in his first two games or telling people to stick with him after missing three weeks on the DL, plenty were upset that I had him as Top 35 through it all. As he came back, I’ve been preaching that he would need a few starts to rev the engine, expecting him to be a Top 25 pitcher again starting June 1st. Well, I was one start too late as he dominated the Yankees with a 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks outing. Keep in mind, Manaea walked the first batter of the game on four pitches as well. Once he hit his groove, there was not stopping him, collecting 15 whiffs on the night and 46.7% soft contact. He’s generating 24.8% soft contact on the year thus far with just 13.% line drives and a 53.8% groundball rate. Stellar stuff. Pair that with a 9.80 K/9 and an atrocious walk rate of 3.92 BB/9 that I expect to fall (two 5 walk outings are over half his total amount) and I don’t see why we shouldn’t be favoring Manaea over pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Kyle Hendricks, and Marcus Stroman.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
After Detroit OF J.D. Martinez boldly decided to go 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, 2 K last night, it’s a delight to announce that his white-hot start over the last two weeks since his return is continuing and doesn’t show signs of flagging. Twelve games and just 37 at-bats have allowed him to tally seven homers, 11 runs and 13 RBI all while bating .378. It’s been a better fortnight of production than his owners could have even dreamed about while he was sidelined through April, and he’s proving that stashing him on the bench or in a DL spot and suffering through that stretch was well worth it.
Let’s take a look at what else happened hitting-wise around the league:
Every Friday I look at every projected two-start pitcher for the week ahead and detail my thoughts about rolling with them on your roster. There are four tiers: Definitely, Probably, Questionable, Bench. Definitely Start features starters that are no doubters for the week ahead followed by Probably Start with pitchers that look like good plays but may create a hesitation or two. Players labeled as Questionable are for deeper leagues or have one-of-two outings that should be skipped. Pitchers under Bench should be avoided despite their two starts in the week ahead.
Carlos Carrasco (OAK, @KCR)
Jose Berrios (HOU, @LAA)
Chris Sale (@CHW, @BAL)
Luis Severino (@BAL, @TOR)
Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’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 Contest. 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.
Craig Kimbrel’s Curveball – Kimbrel had the pleasure of striking out 4 batters in one inning in his outing last night after his strikeout pitch to Nomar Mazara ended up hitting his back foot and rolling to the backstop. The slo motion shot shows just how far Mazara was from hitting the ball after the ridiculous break that Kimbrel gets on the pitch.