Wrap-Up: Anthony DeSclafani Shuts Out Padres

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I was nervous about Anthony DeSclafani at this time last week because he had had two shaky if not bad outings leading into the week. However, a shut out against the Padres made it two really good outings in a row for the returning Cincinnati pitcher. On a day in which there was a ton of pitching news DeSclafani was head and shoulders above the rest for what this performance could mean going forward.

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. Also check out Fake Pigskin’s 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast on iTunes and Stitcher for more updates and help winning your fantasy baseball league.

I am also adding a transaction report when a relevant set of transactions occur. We are in the period where we could see a lot of prospects get the call and my aim is to keep you all updated on the major ones and give an estimation of how long-term the promotion is.

1. Duffey bounces back

After a good starts its been a tough couple of months for Tyler Duffey. Before last nights game his ERA had climbed to 6.18 but he bounced back with a dominant performance in Yankee stadium. His eight innings, eight strikeout, one earned run performance on just two hits and zero walks shows flashes that maybe we may see a run of form like what he started the season with. Worth an add in deeper leagues but I am not sure I can start him until I see another couple of decent starts.

2. Fernandez dominates Cubs

Jose Fernandez is having another great season and he emphasized this with a 13 strikeout performance over seven innings against the MLB leading Cubs. He gave up just one earned run to move to 10-3 and firmly cement his place as one of the elite fantasy pitchers

3. Verlander gets Walloped

It is never good when you give up four home runs in a single innings and that is exactly what happened to Justin Verlander yesterday. In 4.2 innings he gave up eight earned runs to end a streak of mostly decent starts. Verlander had a tough start to the year before pulling it back but we will have to see if this is a start of a slip back into that early season form.

4. DeSclafani shuts out Padres

Anthony DeSclafani continued his good start to the year with an eight innings, five strikeout shut out of the Padres. The Padres have been extremely hit or miss this season so reading too much into this might be premature but he has now strung two really good starts together after a couple of good if a little shaky ones before that. DeSclafani immediately becomes a must owned pitcher in all leagues.

5. Kennedy dominates Astros

I have had a lot of faith in Ian Kennedy this season but this outing from him even surprised me. Across seven innings he had 11 strikeouts whilst giving up just one earned run on three hits and one walk. Kennedy has had both good and bad luck at times this season but when he pitches at home he is a must start in almost every game for me.

6. Nola gets spanked

Make that four bad starts in a row for Aaron Nola after a five earned in 3.1 innings outing on Sunday. Nola’s ERA has shot up to 4.45 over these last four starts as he has given up 22 earned in 13 innings as he has fast become a borderline pitcher. I don’t think I am dropping him in re-draft leagues quite yet but another bad start might be enough to tip me over the edge.

7. St Louis go deep

Six home runs lead the St Louis Cardinals to an 11-6 victory. There were two home run days for Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham with Matt Holliday and Jedd Gyorko chipping in with one each.

Carpenter is having a nice season a top the Cardinals line-up hitting 0.300 with 52 runs and 47 RBI making him one of the best options right now either at 3B or in the middle infield.

Pham has struggled a little since coming back into the team and this two homer outing just papers over the cracks. Pham is not a fantasy option right now unless he can put together a real string of good performances.

8. Kershaw wasn’t amazing?!

Clayton Kershaw had for him what is frankly a horrific outing as he surrenders four earned runs in six innings. However, what makes him stand out from all the other pitchers is that an outing we consider terrible for Kershaw we would be mopping out brows and saying phew that could have been worse had it been from any of the other elite pitchers.

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