Fantasy Baseball recap: Jameson Taillon goes strikeout crazy

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Pitching was the biggest winner on Monday with very few hitting situations making news. My colleague Kyle Robert disagrees and so if you want to read his hitting nuggets check them out here. I usually discuss line-up notes here but the only thing I’d note was Trea Turner leading off in Washington. However, this was only due to Adam Eaton having a rest day and I expect to see Turner back at six when Eaton returns. So back to pitchers; it was a day I expected little and was pleasantly surprised by what we saw but from a fantasy purpose who were the headline makers?

 

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1. Taillon strikes out the Twins

Jameson Taillon is coming off a rough year in 2017 so how he starts 2018 was always going to be interesting. His first outing against the Twins ended with nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings with two earned runs. He has never been a huge strikeout pitcher so the K numbers are interesting. It may just be that facing an aggressive opposition this outing boosted those numbers. His strikeouts are definitely worth watching to see if he’s figures it out in year three.

2. Clevinger silences Angels

Mike Clevinger secures his rotation spot late in the spring and is therefore quite widely available. His first outing was always going to be tough against a good Angels offense. However, he shut the Angels down with five strikeouts in 5.1 shutout innings. Clevinger has good stuff so this result is encouraging going forward. Definitely worth an add in most leagues just to see if this was the Attu of a good run of outings

3. Lower rated pitchers

On Monday a lot of teams were using pitchers in the back end of their rotation. Three of those pitchers had really nice outings but are any of them worth adding?

Reynaldo Lopez struck out six in six innings against the Blue Jays. Toronto have been fairly prone to the strikeout so far this season with even Sonny Gray striking out eight. Lopez is a high upside young pitcher who is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.

Tyler Mahle struck out seven in six innings with just one hit and two walks. The Cubs have really struggled to start the year so Mahle’s performance here may be a factor of that. Mahle is a guy I am putting on my watch list and if he backs this up in his next couple of starts then he will become an add.

It was always going to be interesting what happened when Andrew Triggs matched up with the Rangers. Playing them in Oakland is always a bonus for him compared to the power friendly Texas. Triggs struck out seven in 5.1 innings while giving up just one earned run.

I am not sure that I am buying into this single outing as Triggs lack of speed and slightly different arm slot will only have so much effect. At home in that big ball park he may serve as a decent streaming option however.

4. Saves saves saves

A second bad outing of the year for Kenley Jansen this time in a save situation. He gave up a three run shot to Chris Owings to tie the game and blow the save. Chris Towers noted after his previous outing that Jansen’s velocity was down and that appeared to be the case again. He also struggled with his control walking two prior to that big shot from Owings. I don’t think anyone should be panicking just yet because Jansen is so good he might not give up another run or walk in the next three months but it is definitely a situation to monitor. If you are brave you could attempt to target the Jansen owner and try to buy low in the wake of this outing.

 

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