Fantasy Baseball Daily Dose: The Matt Harvey House of Horror

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It was truly a night of pitching being the standout in the 5/24 slate both good and bad. The headline for the bad is of course Matt Harvey who continues to struggle and may now be headed to the DL with some arm based injury to give him some time to get his head right. However, he wasn’t the only pre-season stud who struggle last night. On the flip side there were some great pitching performances from guys who are either not owned in every league or may still be obtainable. It is definitely worth sending out some speculative trade offers for some of these guys I the hopes their owners are still horrified but some of the early season numbers.

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. Colome makes his case

With Brad Boxberger coming back in the near future and expected to take back his closing role no one could blame Alex Colome for being a bit fed up. Colome has been superb this season with 11 saves in 11 opportunities, 26 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA. Colome had a two innings save last night to really put it out there that he can more than handle the job should Boxberger falter in the slightest.

  1. Horrific Harvey

This is not the Matt Harvey we are used to seeing. In a five innings outing he gave up another five runs to the Nationals last night to take his season ERA to 6.08. He only managed to strikeout one National and gave up eight hits and two walks. I think a DL stint in the near future may save fantasy owners from having to make any tough decisions but right now I am starting to worry that there is a really serious issue here.

  1. Eovaldi shuts out the Jays

I have been slow to buy into Nathan Eovaldi but this performance cannot help but make you stand up and take notice. Six innings, five strikeouts, two hits and three walks means he has now given up just six runs in his last 25 innings with 19 strikeouts and just five walks. Eovaldi is more than staking his case as a mixed league option. His next start could come against the Rays so we could see a nice strikeout game there making Eovaldi someone to consider adding this week.

  1. Nelson strikes out 8

OK so it was just the Braves but Jimmy Nelson is starting to put together a nice season with three good outings in a row. In that streak he has faced both the Padres and Braves and caught the Cubs on a cold stretch so how much we should buy in is still debatable. However, Nelson has been useful in the past and I someone I am looking to if I need to fill a roster spot this week.

  1. Teheran strikes out 12

Julio Teheran took Nelson’s performance and said I can do better than that striking our 12 Brewers in seven innings. He only gave up three hits but unfortunately one of them Ryan Braun sent out of the park. Teheran has quietly been really good this season with a 2.57 ERA and a couple of really commanding strikeout performances. As last night highlights wins will be an issue as the offense doesn’t generate a lot and the bullpen is shaky at best.

  1. Verlander back on track

The Phillies are not a great stick to measure by but any ten strikeout, zero earned run performance is worth noting. When you then take a look back over his last four starts Justin Verlander has given up just four earned runs over 30.1 innings with 37 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to just 4.02 from over six after he got blown up Cleveland. It is worth seeing if you can still get value from a Verlander owner who may just see the 4.02 ERA and think he is still struggling because I really think we may see something close to the old Verlander going forward after his early season struggles.

  1. Wacha is a mess

A lot of Michael Wacha’s struggles this year have been blamed on defense but its hard to blame a four innings eight earned run outing on anyone but the pitcher who through it. I have serious concerns over Wacha going forward after four bad outings which have rocketed his ERA over five. I don’t now what to tell you here because it has truly been a season of two halves so far and who knows what we might see next?!

  1. Martin Perez stifles the Angels

Six innings, six strikeouts, zero earned is a really nice line for the Texas hurler. However, he has limited value in the fact Texas seem reluctant to let him go deep into game. A performance like this makes him deep league worthy but there isn’t much more than that.

  1. Sale loses?! Tomlin 7-0?!

Chris Sale got rocked for six earned runs over seven innings but the Indians. This is just a blip in an otherwise great season for Sale but it does show the difference between Clayton Kershaw and himself because you cannot imagine this happening to Kershaw. Another good outing from Tomlin sees him remain unbeaten this season with a 3.35 ERA. I am not sure I trust it but in deeper leagues he has been too good to ignore.

  1. The Shark keeps rolling

A six innings, seven strikeout and one earned run performance for the Giants Jeff Samardzija keeps his good season rolling. The Giants have done great with their off season signings and now truly have a great 1-2-3 at the top of their rotation. Samardzija is hard to sell right now as he is a top 30 pitcher for me and I am so scared of Harvey I might see if I can sell him for the Shark in the hope of recovering some value from my pitching staff right now.

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