Fantasy Baseball The Wrap: Steven Matz’s Masterclass

Steven Matz has allowed  only 2 ER's over his last four starts. (Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)

If Matt Harvey wants to remember the good times he should have paid attention to the magical masterclass put on by his team mate Steven Matz. He took the advantage of a Nationals line-up lacking Ben Revere and Bryce Harper, both rested don’t panic! On a night where Arrieta stumbles, Matz made a big case for being a top 20 fantasy pitcher.

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. Matz Masterpiece

Following on from the horrors of Matt Harvey always means that you will struggle to look bad. Well Steven Matz had no worries about that as he pitched an eight innings shutout with seven strikeouts. Matz had a rough first outing but is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.

2. Jake Arrieta Stumbles in St. Louis

There isn’t any real fantasy impact from Arrieta’s four earned five innings outing but its more just to do the same as yesterday and point out that it just doesn’t feel like this ever happens to Clayton Kershaw. Arrieta is still firmly entrenched with Sale in the battle for number 2

3. Chaos in Texas

Anytime there are 24 runs scored in a baseball game it is always fun and the Texas, Angels game was no different. Not a single Angels pitcher escaped the carnage whilst Colby Lewis and Shawn Tolleson bore the brunt of the damage for Texas. This just reinforces how far Tolleson is from regaining his closing role. On the hitting front remarkably we only had TWO home runs! One of these though was the second in two days for Nomar Mazara. The young Texas outfielder is having a really nice first outing in the majors and looks like he may never leave!

4. Kluber Re-inforces his Ace Status

After a tough start to the season Corey Kluber has done just what aces done and followed it up with two really good outings. 14.1 innings, 15 strikeouts with just three earned runs. If you managed to buy low a couple of weeks ago congratulations because looks like he may have got himself under control

5. Russell Martin Coming to Life?

It’s been a really tough season for Russell Martin but his two home run outing last night has a slight suggestion of promise. Martin isn’t a big average guy but he is a lot better than his season average of 0.181. At some point you have to think he will get hot and this could be the start. However, this could also just be a big night in his old home and a lefty friendly park. Worth a speculative pick-up if he is available and your catcher situation sucks but that is the only way I am buying in.

6. Steve Pearce nears 2B eligibility

Pearce is having a good season and by my count he is now up to nine appearances at second base. One more start and he will be eligible to fill those pesky middle infield spots and his value frankly rockets. You don’t find many mashing middle infielders and that is exactly what Pearce can be for you. Go grab him now before he gains that eligibility and there is a mad scramble.

7. Collin McHugh strikes out 10

He only went 5.1 innings and he gave up three runs but the 10 strikeout performance from McHugh is encouraging. His value has dive bombed this year that’s to his 5.13 ERA but we have some interesting signs in the last couple of outings that there just may still be some value there.

8. Mariners Smoke the A’s

Adam Lind had a two home run night as the Mariners hung up 13 runs on the A’s. He also added RBI on singles and doubles to finish the night with an astounding six RBI. Cruz and Cano both homered as Zach Neal surrendered seven and Andrew Triggs surrendered five in a night that started with a Khris Davis homer but ended up being very forgettable for the A’s.

9. Kazmir and Straily’s Duel of the Strikeouts

Yes you read those names right. Scott Kazmir and Dan Straily had 23 combined strikeouts over 13 combined innings. Kazmir came out on top as the Dodgers hung three runs on Straily compared to the one the Reds put up on Kazmir. He was desperately in need of a good start so this is promising but the Reds are hardly an offense to be scared off meaning he is still a fringe starting option at best.

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