Yesterday marked the return of Alex Wood, you know, that pitcher that we hated moving away from the Dodger’s lineup & park to go to Cincy, but was also locked for a rotation spot and deserved love. And here we are, on July 29th seeing Wood with just 4.2 frames to his name. Finally. The full line was 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks against the Rockies in GABP and he was…fine. Back when Wood was an All-Star, he was pumping ~92 mph with his heat, nailing changeups underneath like it was his J-O-B. Here? 90 mph with a good knuckle-curve and decent changeup. It was a clear DLH and we still can’t make a proper assessment on Wood, but what I’d expect is a Toby with some strikeout upside and ability to be a good Top 60 arm, maybe Top 50. That’s worth your time in a 12-teamer, but it may take a start or two to truly perform like that. If you have an open spot, he’s worth your time, but maybe sit out his next start against the Braves.
Let’s see how every other SP did Sunday:
Wade Miley – 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. Miley keeps cruising, here taking advantage of a start against the Cardinals. That’s a 3.06 ERA with nine wins and a 1.12 WHIP in 22 starts thus far. Yes, I’m just as surprised this has worked out so well for so long and we’re not stopping anytime soon.
Tommy Milone – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Okay, this ain’t so bad Milone, using Matt Wisler as an opener worked well, and facing the Tigers is often a good thing to do. Still not the six strikeouts per game that you had early on, but a K per inning? Sure, why not. Consider him only for these rare weak lineups
Matt Boyd – 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 10 Ks. AWWWW YEAH WE BOYD BOYZ UP IN THIS. Aces gonna ace as Boyd earned a Gallows Pole (24 whiffs!) and has had two straight solid outings following his lack of decline on The List last week. Just one HR allowed with 18 Ks in these two games – 10 Ks per game across his last six – and I’m stoked to see where he goes this week. Please be Houston…please be Houston…
Kyle Gibson – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks. Our feelings for Gibson had been fading lately, but after an understandable struggle against the Yanks, here’s a lovely evening against the ChiSox. 32% CSW, 13 whiffs, and we’re cool. Kansas City is next and we should feel good about that.
Elieser Hernandez – 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Hey, he’s back! And still needing a little stretching given his brief stint in the pen. He’s the best of the Richards/Fari Jordan/Elieser trio, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be great. I’d likely bench him against the Rays next, but you could do worse in a 12-teamer.
Felix Pena – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. Wait, they actually let Pena start?! He allowed three unearned runs as well but this is alright. I still think he doesn’t do enough to warrant a roster spot, but I can see rolling with him in deeper leagues.
Stephen Strasburg – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. Aces gonna ace. That’s a 1.14 ERA across his last 31.2 IP in five starts – this one against the Dodgers. Hot. DANG. He’s passed last year’s IP and two starts from his second-highest total of his last five seasons. Let’s get it Stras.
Mike Fiers – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 6 Ks. Yet another Quality Start for Fiers. I have to keep giving him love as the Vargas Rule continues and I know believe that his innate skill set is helping him overperform his peripherals. Just so we’re clear, I’m not one to flat-out quote SIERA/FIP and call it a day. I will say for a guy like Fiers who doesn’t have an overpowering repertoire and has been known to go on stretches, in general, it’s very rare for pitchers to sustain “overperformance” unless you are a true ace. Seriously, incredibly rare. If you believe Fiers is that arm, by all means. Sometimes I need to just play probabilities and with a guy like Fiers that doesn’t carry that Top 20 SP ceiling – these six strikeouts matched his season high – ignoring this for his reward isn’t the right thing to do. We can agree to disagree and that’s cool. Good talk. Yes. Yes it was.
Peter Lambert – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. See, he isn’t terrible. If only he left the Rockies. If only.
Adrian Morejon – 1.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Looks like Chris Paddack is getting skipped this week – please correct me here if you see otherwise – with Morejon opening and
Marcus Stroman Luis Perdomo getting four frames of meh after. Nothing to see here, folks.
Robbie Ray – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks. There’s the Ray we’ve been chasing all year. It’s a 3.26 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 35% K rate, and just 7% walk rate across his last five starts now…facing the Rockies on the road, Cardinals, Rangers, Orioles, and now Marlins. Hmmmmm. He’s making a great case to get dealt at the right time and I’d love for him to skip the rough Arizona schedule ahead. Either way, ride it out.
Domingo German – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks. Great to see Domingo produce against the strong Sawx lineup. Yeah, the ERA stings a little, but I’ll take the sub 1.00 WHIP, dub, and nine Ks any day.
Pedro Payano – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. Blegh. This was a desperate backup Call Boy as he pitched well last week. But not this day, with not nearly as good of a curveball. Interesting to see his changeup and slider get more love, though, and I kinda like his repertoire. Don’t add, but watch from afar…or take the chance against the Tigers next. That could be another sneaky play.
Jose Quintana – 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Quintana got pulled during a laborious fifth frame. While I expect him to survive past 76 pitches in the future, he’s going to be your standard Toby.
Jason Vargas – 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. We’re not Vargas Ruling again, are we? He served a Philly, just one out away from a VPQS with five Ks. That’s super blegh, but at least you got a Win? I really don’t care for Vargas. Take your chances if you must.
Walker Buehler – 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Buehler, no. 27% CSW as he only got one whiff on four-seamers. That ain’t right. Please be better, k thx.
Madison Bumgarner – 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. Ehhhh, Bummy allowed a pair of longballs and four runs in three frames, then gave owners four strong innings after to make up for it. Appreciated, as always. He’s fine, I wonder if he’s sticking around. All indications that he’s staying, but this could be a wild three days.
Dylan Bundy – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. In standard Bundy fashion, Bundy allowed a two-run HR, then allowed another in the sixth to ruin the day. Don’t hold out for this. Just don’t.
Danny Duffy – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. It’s almost helpful as Duffy did get a Win, but the WHIP and ERA both hurt + five Ks aren’t enough. Streaming Record: 67-44. His breaker just wasn’t what it’s been in recent games and there you have it.
Aaron Nola – 6.2 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 8 Ks. Ugh. That’s 4 ER in two of his last three games, with at least three walks in five of his last six. At the same time, this was 40/102 CSW. WHAT. Yeah, it’s kinda crazy. He was so dominant yet got burned a decent amount. I think this is a buy low – his heater really isn’t as bad as the line would make you think.
Aaron Sanchez – 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 10 Ks. Ten strikeouts?! 32/95 CSW with 14 whiffs?! 55% curveballs and changeups for 10 whiffs between em? THIS IS OKAY. Good curveballs for strikes, changeups under, this could work. I’m not picking up now, but watch his next game. This was his lowest fastball usage of the year. There may be something to that.
Chris Archer – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. Annnnnnd we’re back to standard Archer. I know we shouldn’t be surprised but I just can’t help but always want more. It never feels just, does it.
Dylan Covey – 0.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks. He couldn’t record a single out, allowing two HRs in five batters. Hoooo boy. Don’t Covey Thy Dylan.
Dakota Hudson – 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Yeah, drop him in the East River. Don’t you mean– I don’t mean this at all. How about that? Yeah, okay. But seriously, he shouldn’t be on your team.
Kevin Gausman – 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. You trusted Gaus after his last start and he kind burned you…unless you need those Ks. He’s still pure two-pitch here, amazingly with 42% splitters here. Wild. Fastball wasn’t hitting the edges like we want it to and this what you get. He should still be fine to roll out there regularly.
Chris Sale – 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. You’re worried. Stop that, don’t be. Yes, he gets the Yankees again and that’s a little concerning, but overall Sale will be strong through the end.
Trevor Bauer – 4.1 IP, 7 ER, 9 Hits, 4 BBs, 6 Ks. What a disappointment. Heaters, curveballs, even sliders were hung in this one against the Royals, even the pitch to dead center was hung. It’s been frustrating dancing between dope and horrid all year – is he the elite Cherry Bomb? – but at the end of the day, he’s still helping a lot more than hurting. So it goes.
Yonny Chirinos – 4.0 IP, 7 ER, 8 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. We let you off the hook against the Yanks, but Toronto?! Chiri-Changa, you gotta get your stuff together. Just figure out your heater and make the fix. Great news here is that he gets the Marlins next. That can’t be bad…right?
Zach Davies – 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 1 Ks. That’s 13 ER in two starts as his regression is coming oh-so-fast. He managed to at least give you seven strikeouts last time, but here it was just one. ONE STRIKEOUT?! HAISTFMFWT?!
For those unaware, I’m forced to make my Streamer picks under the condition of sub 20% owned in Fantasy Pros’ consolidated ownership rates.
Brad Keller vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Keller had 95.2 mph velocity last start…after peaking at 94.2 mph this season and averaging 93.2 mph thus far. Now he gets the Jays? Yeah, I’ll give that a chance.
Tyler Beede vs. Philadelphia Phillies – A bit of a risk here, but I liked what Beede brought to the Cubs last time out and could improve against the Phils. Both Reynaldo Lopez and Griffin Canning are better options…but have 21% owned rates. Pick them up where you can.
Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer
Game of the Day
Dinelson Lamet vs. Baltimore Orioles – Maybe this is the day Lamet goes off. Maybe.
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