What a wild ride it’s been for Martin Perez. He’s been fantasy irrelevant for years, then returned from injury this year to shock us with over two ticks of added velocity and a new cutter, improved his 7% swinging-strike rate to 11%+ in a heartbeat and has carried our teams for weeks. But last night was a nightmare in this luscious dream to the tune of 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks as he fell apart in a heartbeat in the third frame. The cutter earned some whiffs, but it didn’t pound the zone like we’ve seen previously and his fastball, well, it’s a mix of the steady 94/95 we’ve been seeing…but just on his four-seamer. His two-seamer is pulling down the velocity close to 93 mph and I wonder if the clock is nearing midnight. It’s not the time to jump off the Perez train just yet – it’s really just one bad inning, though the back-to-back four-walk games prior against weaker offenses may have been a hint of the lack of command and effectiveness that reared its ugly head here. The Indians are next and that’s a wonderful matchup to see if Perez is the man we elected to take our roster spots.
Let’s see how every other SP did Thursday:
Sandy Alcantara – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 5 BBs, 3 Ks. Oh come on Alcantara, this is just mean to the owners that will buy into you now and you’re delaying Zac Gallen just a little more. Okay maybe not on the latter point as the Marlins likely will wait until they are confident the Super Two has passed (end of June?) but still. Stop this nonsense. But maybe he’s figured it out? You know what I do when I figure things out? I walk five batters. Every proper celebration needs free passes, you know?
Luis Garcia – 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks. Yeah yeah, whatever Garcia, step aside. Felix Pena followed and returned 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 8 Ks. It’s time Pena gets more love as he’s raised his strikeout rate to 25% with a 13.5% swinging-strike rate and lowered his WHIP to 0.98. Yeaaaaah, I’m in. 32/98 CSW with 8/36 whiffs on sliders. I think he helps more than hurts now in 12-teamers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Aces gonna ace. A colleague of mine suggested Minor would be better tonight since “the Mets are hitting lately.” Well, due to those ferocious Mets bats, Ryu now has a 1.48 ERA on the year. This is absurd.
Tyler Beede – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. I can imagine some streamed Beede and you were rewarded. Blame it on the Marlins. Much better time than his season debut, still far away from being considered on The List. There just isn’t enough here at the moment.
Dakota Hudson – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Ehhhh okay. The man is a Toby with limited K upside, meaning that he could turn into a Grave Mistake if you put faith in the guy. I get that he’s allowed more than 3 ER just once in 11 starts and is a QS king right now, it’s just not my cup of tea, especially with that horrid 10% walk rate, creating a 5% K-BB rate. Bleeegggghhh.
Jason Vargas – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Wow, we really are doing a Vargas Rule on Vargas now, aren’t we. That’s his fifth 1 ER start in his last six and this was against the Dodgers. Wild. I feel like the baseball universe is unbalanced when Vargas Rules are in play. It just doesn’t feel right.
Chase Anderson – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Heyyyyy this worked as Anderson continued holding off the ERs in his brief return to the rotation. Definitely, don’t buy it continuing and he’s certainly not worth your time, but this is cool. Streaming Record: 38-23
Jake Junis – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. You can look at the 5.35 ERA and turn away. That’s fine, I feel you. He’s also had 7 Ks for two straight games in the sole two starts that he’s featured his slider over 50% of the time.
Charlie Morton – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. Aces gonna ace. The man has been the quiet ace – maybe the Ace of Diamonds in that respect – and here’s to hoping you get close to 30 starts out of him this year.
Manny Banuelos – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Look at him go, the uncanny Manny Banny.
Mike Minor – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. Another Gallows Pole for Minor at 21 whiffs (37/113 CSW) as his changeup earned 11 on its own. A touch of Careful Icarus as it fell apart in the sixth via a Jorge Soler three-run shot, but we’ve reached the point of must starting Minor every time he hits the bump. This is a very good thing.
Jerad Eickhoff – 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. This was a toss-up start against the Cards and it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t encouraging either. I understand if you want to drop, by all means, go ahead. I wonder if there’s really anything much better on the wire and Eickhoff should be better moving forward. It’s a poor stretch that he should get out of.
Taylor Clarke – 2.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. I won’t judge him too harshly hanging out in Coors, but I sure ain’t thinking that his low 11 strikeouts in 17 frames ratio is going to dramatically change any time soon.
Kyle Freeland – 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. What a disaster of a season for Freeland. Poor guy, really. Yeah, yeah, HAISTFMFWT?! I wanted to give the dude a break for once.
Joe Musgrove – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 11 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. Hey, this is almost the same blurb as the Eickhoff one. It’s a bit dire right now for Musgrove owners (like me in oh-so-many leagues) and I’m sticking with him. He doesn’t have the best schedule – Brewers here and Braves next – but the skill set is there for Musgrove. If there are options on the wire, go ahead and swap as I doubt Musgrove will get snatched up. If it’s thin, hold on tight. I imagine waiting a start or two will be more beneficial in the long run.
Carlos Carrasco – 6.1 IP, 6 ER, 10 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Carrasco currently holds a near 5.00 ERA with a 3.32 SIERA. Is this a Jon Gray / Nick Pivetta case? Is he the ultimate Cherry Bomb? Kinda? I see this start and its 50% LOB rate and .450 BABIP and think Oh Come On, but also understand that all of his secondary pitches were out of whack. And to see his changeup perform so inconsistently is…worrisome. That’s been a major element of his arsenal for years and a sudden -3.7 pVal is startling. But it’s Carrasco and I’m seeing another buy low opportunity as the whiffs are still there + his changeup feel should return. Don’t make a silly buy low deal for him, but consider a flier or two.
Yusei Kikuchi – 3.1 IP, 6 ER, 10 Hits, 2 BBs, 0 Ks. Hooooo boy. Have you dropped Kikuchi yet? No? Go go go. 10 outs and not a single strikeout? HAISTFMFWT?! He’s a Toby that is blowing up in front of you, it’s just not worth the ceiling at this point.
For those unaware, I’m forced to make my Streamer picks under the condition of sub 20% owned in Fantasy Pros’ consolidated ownership rates.
Tyler Mahle vs. Washington Nationals – It’s an easier matchup for Mahle who still has the upside to kill it on a given day.
Lance Lynn vs. Kansas City Royals – The strikeouts have been flowing and the Royals have been wildly susceptible to the way of the K.
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