Fantasy Baseball Daily Dose: The Matt Harvey Horror Show

Matt Harvey

The 5/19 slate was another quiet one on the hitting side with most of the big damage being done by the guys you would expect. However, it would have taken something special for today’s headline to not be about the Matt Harvey house of horrors that we witnessed last night.

The intention of this article is to sum up the real key fantasy standouts from each day in a bite size chunk for you to read on your commute or over your coffee. However, fantasy isn’t all that will feature here as any crazy plays or fantastic punches will also get there mention here. There won’t be any significant detail here but be sure to contact the team on @60ftpodcast if you want more analysis on certain players.

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1. Karns Kalms Baltimore

This weeks starts in Baltimore scared me as a Nate Karns owner but he proved me wrong by keeping Baltimore to just one run over five innings with five strikeouts. Ideally you would like to see him go deeper into the game and I think he could have with just 89 pitches thrown. However, this start is further evidence that Karns is a pitcher who should be owned in all deeper formats and is right on the verge in shallower leagues

2. The Brewers have the Cubs number

Three good starts in a row for the Brewers pitchers with Junior Guerra having an 11 strikeout day (3 earned runs). I really thought the Cubs would make hay this week against suspect pitching in a hitter friendly park and this does raise an eyebrow but right now its nothing more than that.

3. Rajai Rollin’

Following his two home run night Wednesday Rajai Davis had another good game last night. This time it was 2 RBI and steal which whilst not the headline maker of last night does make him a good own whilst he is batting a top the Cleveland order. Davis is a good source of steals and his bat now appears to be heating up after a really slow start.

4. Horrible Harvey

In the big pitching duel of the night Matt Harvey got taken to pieces by the Washington Nationals. Whilst Strasburg struck out 10 over a 6 innings outing Harvey last 2.2 innings where he gave up 6 earned runs. The Nationals can do this to anyone but they didn’t to Syndergaard and Harvey is really starting to become a concern to the poin the is outside my top 20 pitchers.

5. Sucky in St. Louis

Initially this was going to be a moan about Jon Gray getting dinged away from Coors but the headline here is his opponent, Michael Wacha. Wacha has now given up 12 earned runs in his last 3 outings (14 innings) and has seen his ERA climb over 4. This may just be a blip but it is definitely something to monitor going forward.

6. McHugh shuts down the Sox

I had a lot of concerns about Colin McHugh this week but his 8 strikeout, 7 innings, 2 earned run performance against the Sox gives me some hope. McHugh is out on a lot of waiver wires and in deeper leagues is worth a speculative pick up just to see if this is the turn around. I know he had a 1 run outing a couple of starts ago and then got shelled but that was in Boston and I am giving him a mulligan on that one.

7. Smoking Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is in the shadows of his too big name team mates but he is quietly having a good season. His last four starts have seen him pitch 31.2 innings with 29 strikeouts and just four earned runs given up. There will be the odd rocky start but Samardzija is a must start every week and could easily be back in the top 25-30 discussion next season.

8. Energised Edwin

Two home runs in two nights has me excited that Edwin Encarnacion may finally be coming around this season. The big guy missed a big chunk of spring with an oblique injury which may explain his slow start but I think we are in for a big summer from the Toronto slugger so this may be your last chance to sneak a buy low offer in.

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