Fantasy Baseball: Dylan Bundy and Others Shine in Debut

Orioles Dylan Bundy

Three starting pitchers including Dylan Bundy made their 2017 debuts on Wednesday night. They were all very impressive and gave their fantasy owners reasons to have tremendous optimism this season. Two of the pitchers are widely available and should be added if you need pitching help. All three pitchers can be fantasy factors all season.

Dylan Bundy | P | Baltimore Orioles

It feels like the Dylan Bundy hype train has been heading down the tracks a few times only to derail. We have been keeping an eye on him since at least 2012, long awaiting him to realize his potential. After three injury plagued years it may finally be Bundy’s time to shine.

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The 24 years old right-hander was great on Wednesday. He went seven innings allowing just four hits and one earned. He struck eight against a strong Blue Jays lineup. His next matchup will come against the Boston Red Sox which will be another tough test and this time it will be on the road.

Bundy is owned in less the 30% of leagues on Yahoo and is a guy i’m looking to add if I need pitching. He will provide a K/9 around eight or so and should provide solid peripherals assuming he stays healthy. The upcoming matchup with the Red Sox may be one to be avoided, especially if you have a starts limit.


Jacob deGrom | P | New York Mets

Speaking of pitchers impressing coming off of injury, Jacob deGrom looked to be back to normal in his first start of the season. He threw 95 pitches over 6 innings against the Braves. deGrom allowed two hits and one walk on Wednesday striking out 6 batters.

Those who took the gamble on a bounce back from deGrom have to be feeling pretty good. It’s only one start but this was an elite arm that was a fantasy difference maker two seasons ago. Adding him isn’t an option at this point obviously but if his owner in your league is feeling squeamish I wouldn’t hesitate to make an offer.

Brandon Finnegan | P | Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds Brandon Finnegan was incredible in his first start of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. He racked up nine strikeouts over seven strong innings allowing only one hit and walking one. Finnegan looked comfortable all day displaying mound presence all day.

Finnegan is only owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues and is someone I would be adding in leagues.  He will face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers in his upcoming starts. There should be more opportunities to rack up strike outs and put his skills on display. Assuming he performs well in those outings, Finnegan could become a widely owned guy. Get on this train before it leaves the station.

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