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Daily Dose: Whirling Wainwright
After a crazy day Tuesday, Wednesday was relatively subdued with pitching dominating. A hat-tip does to Johnny Cueto but the headline of Wednesday the 18th of May for me is the return to form of Adam Wainwright. Nearly everyone in fantasy had written off Wainwright but we saw last night that a good warrior never goes down without a fight.
Something that didn’t make the cut was Bryce Harper walking four times last night and demonstrating just how scared the league is of him!
The intention of this article is to sum up the real key fantasy standouts from each day in a bite size chunk for you to read on your commute or over your coffee. However, fantasy isn’t all that will feature here as any crazy plays or fantastic punches will also get there mention here. There won’t be any significant detail here but be sure to contact the team on @60ftpodcast if you want more analysis on certain players.
1. Rich Rumbles On
Another nice outing for Rich Hill against Texas (6IP, 6K, 1 ER) has seen his good season continue. After a tough spring training and a mixed start to the season he has turned things around and his ERA now sits at 2.54. Add in more than a strikeout per innings and Rich Hill is a must own option in all formats and is creeping close to top 30!
2. Rajai Davis & Power?!
After the surprise of seeing Mallex Smith clear the walls twice last night we now have Rajai Davis getting in on the act with two home runs. Davis second home run was a game tying one in the ninth before the Indians went on to win the game in the 12th. I don’t expect a huge amount of power from Davis but the steals and the chance to bat atop the order makes him a useful daily option with Brantley out.
3. Luke Gregerson gets the Save
Even after two blown saves the Astros still threw the ball to their closer when they needed the big outs. What this tells me is that they still haven’t regained enough faith in Ken Giles (who was used earlier in the night) to be willing to let him take the ball for the game ending outs. Giles is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues but Luke Gregerson is still the closer right now it seems in Houston.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Damian’s closer article later this week as he will have all the up to date news on all the closer situations that have question marks right now.
4. Struggling Cubs?
Just a quick note that another Milwaukee starter had a great night against the Cubs, Jimmy Nelson this time. The take-away from this is Nelson is a still a streamer and the Cubs are still the best offence in baseball so don’t start mid-level pitchers against them or bench their hitters because they will break out in a big way soon.
5. Adam Wainwright isn’t Done Yet
I am the first to jump on Adam Wainwright when he has a bad day so let me be one of the first to complement his great outing against the Rockies last night. It wasn’t the dominant Wainwright of old but frankly 6.1IP with 5 K’s and 0 ER’s is more than good enough and a nice change for a pitcher who has struggled this season. I am not buying in completely but if I have room on my roster I might be looking to add Wainwright speculatively today to see how his next start goes.
6. Nick Tropeano Dominates in LA
I was high on Tropeano to start the season so I am really pleased to see him doing well so far. A 7IP with just one earned run performance against the Dodgers was really nice even if there was only four strikeouts. This is a guy who is borderline own-able in 12 team roto leagues and is someone I will spot start regularly when I can.
7. The Duel in San Diego
Anytime two hot pitchers go up against each other in the NL West has the potential to be a great night and Cueto and Pomeranz didn’t disappoint. Pomeranz went six innings with five strikeouts and two earned runs in a respectable performance that saw four hits and two walks. Pomeranz is now a must own in all formats for me even with his walks and high pitch counts.
However, the headline of the night belongs to Cueto who had a complete game with eight strikeouts and just one run given up. Cueto has been everything I hoped he would be in San Francisco and a little bit more. If I am ranking today then Cueto is challenging for top 15 after his second complete game this season.