Fantasy Baseball Review: Jeff Samardzjia is Back!

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Friday’s MLB action provided the return of injured pitchers, crooked numbers and the great duel. Both Jeff Samardjzia and Drew Pomeranz returned from injury. The Cubs offense reminded fantasy owners and baseball fans of their potential. What other takeaways should you garner from Friday night?

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Shark is Back!

Jeff Samardzija returned to the mound Friday night for the San Francisco Giants after dealing with a spring training injury. He looked strong against a really strong Angels lineup that had Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and more playing.

There were some bumps including allowing four walks. That said, he only allowed 2 hits and had four strikeouts over his 5 innings. He was pulled after 80 pitches. It will likely take him a couple outings to get back to full strength but he should be a strong option the rest of the season.

Tyson Ross

In a “wait, can he be good again?” kind of outing, Tyson Ross reminded fantasy owners of the potential we saw what seems like forever ago. He went 7 and 2/3rds allowing 1 hit, 3 walks and 1 earned. He tallied an impressive 10 strikeouts against a very solid Diamondbacks lineup.

He is showing he may be re-gaining some old form. He held the San Francisco GIants scoreless over 6 innings in the start prior. While he allowed five earned against the Astros in the start prior, he racked up seven strikeouts in the process. If he can continue to show progress, this could be a option we turn to in good matchups.

Dylan Bundy

The Orioles Dylan Bundy continues to show that he can be a dominant starter for fantasy owners. He allowed 1 earned over 6 innings against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. He tallied nine strikeouts and walked only two.

Bundy has allowed two earned or less in all five starts this season and in four of them it’s been one run or fewer. He has 40 strikeouts and only 9 walks over that span. With performances like this coming against the Indians, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Astros, and Twins, he is proving he belongs amongst the top 20 or so starting pitchers in fantasy baseball.

Javier BAEz

The Chicago Cubs Javier Baez has broken out! He went 4-6 with a homer, 4 RBI, and 2 runs. God bless you Coors Field! He is becoming the fantasy difference maker many of us knew he could be.

In the month of April he is hitting .290 with 5 homers, 15 RBI and a steal. He has seemingly found a home at the top of the Cubs order which only gives him more opportunities to drive in runs and score them himself.

The Great Duel of the season that wasn’t

The battle between Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer was primed to be arguably the best matchup of the season for two starters and for good reason. These are two of the best three or four pitcher in all of baseball and probably the top two.

Kershaw was very unkershaw like on Friday night. He went seven innings, allowing four earned and striking out only four. Scherzer was better allowing only one earned over six innings. He had nine strikeouts but walked three batters in the process.

Hopefully we get lucky enough to see these guys meet up again and us fans get treated to a legit pitchers duel.

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