The Wrap: Jose Fernandez Flummocks the Rays

What innings restrictions are going to be placed on Fernandez and how will that hamper fantasy owners who take the risk this season?

A quiet 5/26 slate has left me with very little hitting to talk about today and so pitching dominates on a day when there was just seven games. The start of the season may not have been the smoothest but Jose Fernandez has proven to all worried Matt Harvey owners that a bounce back doesn’t take long to complete. Fernandez has been virtually unhittable the last four starts and rounded it off with another superb outing against the strikeout friendly Rays last night.

Note: Steve Pearce played his 10th game at second base last night and now has eligibility there. Go and get him!

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1. Gerrit Cole Survives

Seven hits, three walks and over 100 innings pitched in five innings is normally a pretty bad sign but Gerrit Cole managed to make it work. He gave up zero earned runs and struck out five batters but ended up with a no-decision. Cole is still a young pitcher and these bad outings will happen even for ace caliber pitcher so this is nothing to be concerned about.

2. Smyly gets tonked

Drew Smyly gave up five earned runs in the first three innings against the Marlins in one of his worst performances of the season. He managed to at least go six innings to limit the damage but this is two bad outings in the last four and one meh one. There was always going to be regression from his hot start.

3. Fernandez smokes the Rays

Jose Fernandez looks like he is right back to his best with a 12 strikeout game over seven innings last night. Last nights performance makes 27 innings pitched with three earned run with a stunning 43 strikeouts. The Marlins will continue to try and be cautious with the young ace but he has now dropped his ERA to 2.82 and is scrapping for top five pitcher status with the other young studs, Syndergaard and Strasburg.

4. Sabathia pitching like his old self

In his last three starts, one being before his DL stint, C.C. Sabathia has thrown 20 innings with 21 strikeouts and just one earned run. His season ERA is down below three and I am starting to raise an eyebrow. Now Sabathia does not have a great track record so this is not a rush out pick him piece but in deeper leagues he is worth a speculative add and in shallower leagues he is a guy to monitor to see if the next start is more of the same.

5. Gray shows his potential

Anytime you can go into Boston and keep them quiet you deserve to be recognized and Jon Gray did just that. He is never going to be an everyday pitcher pitching in Coors but other than the blip in St. Louis he has been really good in three of his last four road starts. Gray had a ton of pedigree and is definitely someone to look to stream when he is on the road, especially in San Fran or San Diego.

6. McCullers Strikes out the Orioles

Lance McCullers is still trying to re-establish himself coming back from his injury and last nights start had good and bad signs. He struck out 10 batters in five innings and gave up just one earned run which is great. However, he walked six batters which presents some concerns. McCullers is a must start every week and someone I think could end up a top 25 pitcher on a per game basis at the end of the year.

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