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Wrap-Up: Corey Kluber throws a Shutout
Two shutouts take the headlines two days in a row. Corey Kluber needed to bounce back from a rough start last time out and he did just that against the Blake Snell led Rays. Elsewhere we had good performances from three aces and a disaster for two young pitchers facing off against each other oh and two more guys joined the two home run club.
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 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast team @60ftpodcast if you want more analysis on certain players. You can also give the podcast a listen on iTunes and Stitcher
I am also adding a transaction report when a relevant set of transactions occur. We are in the period where we could see a lot of prospects get the call and my aim is to keep you all updated on the major ones and give an estimation of how long-term the promotion is.
Steve Pearce to the DL. This is a massive lost for fantasy owners as not only has Pearce been raking this year but he also has a ton of eligibility in some leagues. I have seen conflicting reports but many seem to air on the side of this being a minimum DL stay. In deep leagues you wont find much on the waiver wire so unfortunately you may have to suck it up and take zeroes at the middle infield position if that’s where he has been helping you.
Raisel Iglesias activated. Iglesias returned from the DL yesterday but has been doomed to the bull pen for the foreseeable future and could arguably end up closing for the Reds before long given how bad their bullpen has been. In deep leagues you have to hold and hope this is the case but in shallow leagues he is droppable.
1. Giants obliterate the Pirates
An Angel Pagan grand slam was the headline act on the offensive side with Denard Span adding three RBI and Conor Gillaspie adding four. On the pitching side the Pirates starter is way out of fantasy relevance so there is no need to worry there and Johnny Cueto just had his standard good outing with six strikeouts and one earned run through 6.1 innings.
2. The Two Home Run Club
Pedro Alvarez had two home runs against the Padres. Fantasy wise Alvarez is heating up power wise but his playing time has still been spotty enough to prevent him being usable in most leagues.
Charlie Blackmon took advantage of lefty friendly Yankee stadium to hit two bombs last night. Blackmon has been somewhat of a disappointment for fantasy owners who were really looking at him for steals but with just six so far on the season this glint of power is a piece of optimism for his owners.
3. Kluber out duels Snell
I think there may have been despair among Corey Kluber owners if he had been blown up by the Steve Pearce-less Rays and lost to the rookie Blake Snell. Kluber responded to his bad outing last time out by throwing a complete game shutout where he struck out nine, walked just two and gave up just three hits. Fantasy owners need a lot more of this from Kluber for the investment they put into him this season.
As for Snell he once again struggled with walks as he allowed three in just 6.2 innings. but the real kicker is that he also struggled for strikeouts in this outing with just three. Once again his defense didn’t really do him any favors with one of his three runs being unearned. Rookies will always have rough games but Snell has now had two and still only possesses a 2.40 ERA on the season.
4. Fernandez and Sale stick to the script
Seven innings, seven strikeouts, zero earned runs from Jose Fernandez against the Braves and seven innings, nine strikeouts and a solitary earned run for Sale in Boston just mean that these two aces roll on. The Sale start gave me a little bit of fear entering the week but he demonstrated why you can never sit someone of his quality even in tough match-ups.
5. Kennedy’s home run problems continue
Ian Kennedy will be a bit bemused when wakes up this morning after his start was cut short by Ned Yost’s decision to pinch hit for him in the fifth innings, a decision which ultimately led to nothing. However, this start did emphasis that Kennedy still has a massive home run problem as both of his given up runs came on the long ball and he has now given up 18 on the season. I’ve been generally pleased as a Kennedy owner but it is scary as every game I am expecting a blow up. However, the schedule has worked against him as he is much more suited to pitching in Kansas and he has had a lot of road starts lately. When he does get a string of home starts he could put up some really nice numbers so don’t lose faith yet.
6. DeSclafani good in Texas
This start scared me a lot considering the luck of Anthony DeSclafani’s first two starts but he proved me wrong going seven innings with six strikeouts and just two earned runs surrenders before turning it over to Iglesias out of the bullpen.
7. Nola and Duffey get spanked
Combined Aaron Nola and Tyler Duffy gave up a monstrous 13 earned runs over three total innings. Nola was the guy I had a lot of hopes for in this start and he was responsible for seven of those 13 in just three innings. Nola is still a young pitcher and these bad outings will happen from time to time but don’t lose faith because he is very talented.