Sometimes there are players that have a fantastic September and set the tone for a solid 2016. Is Jerad Eickhoff on of those guys? After striking out 10 Nationals last time out, The Hoff went 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 10 Ks against the Mets, turning heads as his ERA sits under 3.00 through the first eight starts of his career. I can’t tell you that I’m sold since he throws a 90-91 MPH Fastball, but his Curveball is hella legit and his Slider is a solid third option. I think you’re seeing a mini-Fiers type in the making which means that you could find some solid value with Eickhoff deeper in your drafts for those outside of shallow leagues. Eickhoff is exactly the guy you’d want in that uber competitive NL-only league that you swear you’ll never be a part of in future years yet here we are… Nah, who am I kidding, I ain’t touching that league.
Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:
Ryan Weber – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 10 Ks. Weber totaled 9 Ks across his first four starts before this game. Yes, he had fewer strikeouts in all 21.0 innings of his career before tonight. Don’t go nuts drafting him next year.
Jake Odorizzi – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Not gonna lie, I like Odorizzi in the 30s against next year. Some may be turned off by his slow August/September, but I think he was recovering from injuey still and needed some more work before getting comfortable. I’m not saying he has Top 20 potential – his numbers don’t indicate that kind of ceiling – but I’d like to have him on some staffs.
Trevor Bauer – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. A boring start from Trevor isn’t very common but lo and behold there it is.
Ian Kennedy – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks. And suddenly Kennedy becomes a sleeper pick from some people who will insist that you snag him at the end of your draft. Meh, I don’t believe he’ll be like for most of the 2016 season. Sure, he can be like this at times, but at first glance I just don’t see it. I’ll look deeper before next year, don’t you worry.
Stephen Strasburg – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. There really is no stopping Strasburg right now, not after he evolved into MECHA STRASBURG. Now will actual flamethrowing arms!
Brett Anderson – 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Anderson, you’re such a Toby.
Kris Medlen – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Then again, Medlen is the poster child, so BACK OFF ANDERSON. This is Medlen’s turf.
Jason Hammel – 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Encouraging to see this from Hammel, and he’ll be an upside play at the end of drafts next season. I’d probably place him around #50 for next year as he could easily fall apart again. The upside is there, though.
Rich Hill – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. We knew it couldn’t last, our lives were just too different. I’m just starting to jump into the world, you’re going to be leaving it so soon. I like staying in on rainy days and you prefer to go skinny dipping in the pond. It just wasn’t going to work. Seriously though, that Curveball is just plain ridiculous these days and it’s hard not to be intrigued if he stays in the rotation next year.
Tyler Duffey – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. You’re going to want to draft Duffey next year. For real.
Derek Holland – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Pass the Dutchie. Yes I’m going to be getting out of writing actual blurbs for Holland a lot just by saying that phrase next year, but y’all know I don’t like Holland more than an occasional stream. I don’t think he’s consistent enough to make you feel good about owning him for an extended amount of time.
Sean Gilmartin – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. The Mets are figuring out their postseason rotation and Matz was pushed to Sunday so they needed someone to fill in for the day. Gilmartin did fine, but it does label him as a Cup of Schmo. Just how it goes.
CC Sabathia – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. CC has been somehow productive down the stretch for the Yanks, but for fantasy purposes you’d rather make Casey McGehee your starting 1B next year. Okay maybe not but it’s closer than it should be.
Jose Fernandez – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 11 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. The true Ace of Miami got Singled Out and still made it a fun evening for owners. That’s our guy.
Tyler Wilson – 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. There was a three hour rain delay after the first inning, which would explain the two walks in just three outs. Oh, and that he only pitched one inning but pfffft who cares about that.
Drew Hutchison – 1.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. It’s not like I enjoy Hutchison anyway, but yeah, that delay again.
David Hale – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Hale has limited upside, pitches his home games at Coors Field, and doesn’t deserve a spot on your team. This should be the blurb for every Colorado starter.
Tim Hudson – 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. It’s crazy to imagine that Hudson has pitched his last pitch, but it happened today. Enjoy the time off you shaved head wonder you.
John Lamb – 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. This is what makes me so afraid of Lamb next year. Is it Mad Cow disease? No…and wouldn’t that be in beef, not lamb? …Maybe.
Taylor Jungmann – 3.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 2 Ks. I was hoping to see Jungmann give a hint at recovery for next season before season’s end, but alas I sit here disappointed. Well, not fully because ohmygod I can’t wait to share with you guys what is going to happen to our player pages during the off-season. In the words of Donald Trump, “IT’S GONNA BE YOOOGE.” Seriously, I’m too excited to let Jungmann bring me down. Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride…nobody gonna slow me down. Okay maybe if The Big Apple is dragging behind me and holding onto my feet. That would be really hard to keep going at full pace.
Andrew Heaney – 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 5 BBs, 1 Ks. As if I needed more reasons to stay away from Heaney next season.
Patrick Corbin – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 10 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Huh, Corbin was supposed to be a floor guy and made me look like a fool for labeling him as our Call Boy. Whatever, I still like him for next season.
John Danks – 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 11 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. And that’s how Danks ends his season. Perfect I tell ya, just perfect.
Game of the Day
Jake Arrieta vs does it really matter? – Seriously, I’d watch Arrieta pitch every day if I could, don’t care who he’s pitching against. You can with MLB.TV, you know. I meant new, exciting games that I didn’t know the results to, like this one against the Brewers. It’s an ultra tight Cy-Young race, and I kinda wish he gives one more excellent outing to seal the deal. I’m in too deep.