Fantasy Baseball: Rough Nights for Tanaka and Ohtani

(Paul J. Bereswill)

Tuesday night brought us some incredible performances and others we would like to pretend never happened.

Bad Outings for Masahiro Tanaka and Shohei Ohtani will garner headlines but Alex Wood, Lance McCullers, and Johnny Cueto bounced back and gave us something to marvel at. We also got a reminder how much fun baseball can be and how awesome sports are in general with Francisco Lindor’s home run in Puerto Rico.

Tanaka Torched

Masahiro Tanaka entered Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins in prime position to bounce back from a rough outing in Boston. Before the start against the Red Sox, he had allowed 4 earned through two starts with 15 strikeouts and 0 walks. Against Boston, he allowed six, striking out three and walking two along the way. Tonight against Miami however, it was more of the same. He allowed six earned over five innings. He did get a strikeout per inning, tallying five. The back to back performances allowing six earned is very worrisome. He is slated to face the Minnesota Twins at home in his next outing. As of now I will use him for that start but another blowup could keep him on my bench for awhile. Keep an eye on injury report as he could head to the DL for 10 days, even if he is “fine”

OhNOtani!!!

Before the Hall of Fame bust will be completed, the brakes were pumped on the Shohei Ohtani buzz. Because of a rain out, Ohtani was moved from a Sunday game against the Kansas City Royals to the Boston Red Sox. A leadoff home run for Mookie Betts was a precursor for what his night would be. Ohtani was pulled after the second inning, allowing three earned with two walks and one strikeout. The stuff was there at times but it was inconsistent at best.

Fantasy owners will have to understand that there will be nights like this for 23 year old pitcher making the move to the states. Obviously there will be a lot of quality outings for Ohtani and there is no reason to panic. It will be interesting to see when he will start next. Sunday against the San Francisco Giants would be five days rest. A sixth day would pit Ohtani against the Astros on the road. As fantasy owners, the Giants matchup is much more appetizing. Although from the tweet below, a DL stay may be in his future.

Jed “Freaking” Lowrie

The middle infielder no fantasy owner wanted continues to be the one we all need. The guys is on fire. He hit his 5th home run of the season on Tuesday. His batting average is up to .342 and he has 18 RBI. The Athletics have a decent middle of the order behind Lowrie, with Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Khris Davis providing pop. He is 66% owned on Yahoo! and 62% owned on ESPN. If you are in need of middle infield help, absolutely look his way.

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Good Alex Wood

After struggling in his last couple outings, the return of Good Alex Wood was a welcomed site for fantasy owners. He only went 5.1 innings, but he struck out 7 and walked only 1. Before you reply with the , “It was only the Padres!”, look at what they have been doing this season, particularly against left handed pitching. Christian Villanueva had a picture of a rake on the scoreboard for his at bats because the dude has been fuego. He entered the game hitting .526 with 5 of his 6 homers and 7 RBI against lefties. Jose Pirela, Frenchy Cordero and others had hit lefties well also. Fantasy owners should feel better about Wood going forward.

Duel in the Dessert

It was an old fashioned pitchers duel in the dessert on Tuesday, as Patrick Corbin and Johnny Cueto were lights out on the mound. For Cueto, it was awesome to see him pitch so well after spending 10 days on the DL. He went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits with 11 strikeouts and 0 walks. Unfortunately for Cueto, Corbin was incredible as well. He had a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts and one walk. Corbin has been incredible to start the year, with 37 strikeouts and only 5 walks. Great to see from a pitcher with a ton of talent that has had injury issues in the past. Going forward for Cueto, this outing is helping to show the bumps and bruises on 2017 should be behind him. He can be a tremendous asset this season and approach 200 plus strikeouts.

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