Fantasy Baseball Recap: Luke Weaver Clobbered in Chicago

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1. Weaver struggles in the Windy City

Going into Wrigley Field is never easy and Luke Weaver found that out the hard way last night. He gave up six earned run in the first two innings and did well to bounce back and get through four innings. No pitcher is immune to bad outings and Weaver was really good in his first three starts so deserves to be cut some slack. This start does highlight that maybe Weaver is not a must start stud every time out and in some match-ups he is worth considering sitting.

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2. Leonys Martin delivering at the plate

Here is my solitary note of the day: Martin might be the most under the radar player to be off to a good start. He is playing close to every day, is leading off, already has two home runs and is hitting .295 after a great Thursday. The one thing missing there for Martin is steals and I think it is only a matter of time until he starts adding those as well. In five outfielder leagues Martin is a must-own and a sell high all at the same time.

3. Lester bounces back again

Jon Lester or as I now know him “The Yo-Yo” had his second bounce back performance of 2018. Lester has alternated good and bad starts this season. This time it was a six innings, seven strikeout, zero earned run performance, his second zero earned run outing this season. Hopefully Lester can get out of this trend with his next start and remain the must-start pitcher we know him to be.

4. Another great outing for Morton

Charlie Morton is on fire! Morton had his third zero earned run outing of the season Thursday striking out eight in seven innings. Morton has given up two earned runs in 25 innings whilst striking out 33 hitters with just six walks surrendered. So far his opponents have been: Baltimore, San Diego, Texas and Seattle so it has not been the strongest of opposition. However, playing in the AL West he is going to get to face a lot of bad teams this year. Right now I do think Morton is a sell-high but only if you can get a top 25 pitcher for him. Anything less and I’m holding on and enjoying the ride!

5. Taillon implodes

All good things must come to end and unfortunately for Jameson Taillon this one came in a fireball of carnage. Thursday’s final line was 1 2/3 innings, five earned runs and just three strikeouts. Before that outing Taillon was rocking a 0.89 ERA wit 18 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings which we knew was not sustainable. It was just a shame it had to end quite so badly. Taillon is still a useful pitcher most weeks but as with Weaver this is just a reminder that you still need to be cautious and pick your spots with him.

6. Arrieta is back baby!

After two meh outings to start the season Jake Arrieta finally rose from his slumber. He was always going to start slow after signing late but not dominating teams like Miami and Tampa Bay had me a little concerned. He put all of that to bed last night with a seven innings, 10 strikeout, zero earned run performance against the best opposition he has faced so far. The buy-low period on Arrieta just came to a screaming halt!

7. Harvey sucks again while Wisler rocks

I decided to group together two guys who will likely be at best streamers this year. Matt Harvey has now had three bad outings this year after surrendering six earned runs in six innings. For the immediate future consider Harvey a no-go in all starts until we see an improvement. Matt Wisler on the other hand had a great first start of 2018 and he did it in the hitter friendly confines of SunTrust Park. Eight strikeouts and one earned run in seven innings gives a lot to be excited about, especially when you consider the Mets have been good this season. For now he remains a streamer but in NL-only and 15-team mixed leagues he is worth a speculative add.

8. Nick Tropeano roughed up by Boston

After seeing the Red Sox rough up Shohei Ohtani and Tyler Skaggs, I was never starting Tropeano in this spot. I think Tropeano is really good and the 5 1/3 IP, five earned run outing does not change that. He is still workign his way back from injury but as the season progresses I expect him to have value in 12-team leagues. For now he is a streamer in those sized leagues but in 14/15-team leagues this is a guy you should be looking to add.

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