Fantasy Baseball recap: Bartolo Colon Nearly Delivers Perfection

Rangers Bartolo Colon

Sunday’s baseball action was marred by postponements due to continuing bad weather. In total six games were postponed and Monday’s Boston game has already been postponed. It continues a bad start to the season for Major League Baseball with 21 games now having been postponed due to weather. The action started slowly Sunday afternoon but burst into life as the day progressed before nearly ending in what would have been one of the most heart-warming stories in quite a while.

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As always with Sunday baseball it is hard to read too much into line-ups and hitting performances as teams often choose Sunday as the day to rest players given that many are coming off a night game straight into a day game.

1. Colon flirts with perfect game

Entering the eighth innings of Sunday night baseball Bartolo Colon was pitching a perfect game. Sadly, he walked the first hitter of the eighth and then gave up a hit and sacrifice fly to concede a run. His final line was 7.2 IP one hit, one walk, seven strikeouts and one earned run. In 14-team leagues and deeper Colon is a must-own at this point. In shallower leagues he will be a nice streamer this week with a start in Seattle.

2. Manaea shuts down Mariners.

Sean Manaea continued his hot start to the season against the Mariners. He threw seven innings with four strikeouts and one earned run on two walks and two strikeouts. Manaea has been really good but the strikeouts are the issue with 20 in 27.2 innings.

3. Lucchesi dominates flailing Giants

Joey Lucchesi struck out nine Giants over six innings Sunday. He gave up just one run on five hits to continue his hit start to the season. Across his last three starts Lucchesi has pitched 17 innings with 24 strikeouts, four walks and one earned run. At this point Lucchesi is worth adding in all leagues as a gamble on upside.

4. Rough start for Godley

Zack Godley was the best pitcher to struggle on Sunday as he was hit hard by the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Godley gave up five earned in four innings with four strikeouts to bring a screeching halt to what had been a really nice start to the season. Godley had previously pitched 14 innings with 12 strikeouts, eight hits and one earned run. The Dodgers offense is fearsome when it gets going and Godley has already shut it down once this year so there shouldn’t be too much angst over this one bad performance.

5. Saves saves saves

Nothing is more frustrating for fantasy owners than when your closer pitches in a non-save situation. It is almost a lose-lose situation. Even if they are successful you are not getting that precious save, you might get a win but that’s a long shot itself. Last night we had two such instances.

Matt Albers pitched the bottom of the ninth for Milwaukee and gave up a walk-off homer to Wilmer Flores. The positive is that despite struggles Albers is still the man the Brewers turn to for crucial outs. The down side is that this might be the final straw for Albers in Milwaukee. Right now the saves potential he is offering is not worth the risk of starting him. My advice would be to hold him but keep him benched until we see some successful outings. (Oh and go and add Josh Hader who struck out another five in two innings on Saturday).

Sean Doolittle also gave up a home run in a non-save situation. This one was to Ian Desmond who was destined to this to his former team. Doolittle has been lights out since his struggle in his second appearance against Cincinnati to open April. He has struck out 13 in six innings with just two walks and two hits. It seems unlikely that one of those hits going for a home run in a non-save situation is going to cost him the closer role given how good he has been in all his other outings but this is noteworthy and worth keeping an eye on all the same.

 

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