Be A Fan Of Teheran

There are a bunch of guys that shock me one way or another each year, and Julio Teheran is blowing my socks off right now, especially after going 9.0 IP, 0...

There are a bunch of guys that shock me one way or another each year, and Julio Teheran is blowing my socks off right now, especially after going 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks against the Mets. I mean, sure, it’s the Mets, but check out what he’s done over his last 12 starts since April 20th: 1.89 ERA, 8.67 K/9, and a 1.78 BB/9. Crazy good stuff. Now don’t ignore the LOB rate near 90% and the low 16.9% soft contact during that time, but those numbers aren’t enough to make me sell on Teheran as I doubt you’ll be getting a Top 30 SP in return. Just how the market is these days. You’ll be seeing him make a significant jump in The List tomorrow, especially considering he closes out the first half against the Mets/Marlins/Phils.  Daaaaaang.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Jered Weaver – 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. He threw a Maddux, which is tossing a CGSHO under 100 pitches for those unaware.  I don’t know what my favorite stat is: that his xFIP was 6.37, he featured an even 1.00 K/9 (duh), his max Fastball was 86.5 mph, or that Timmy and Weaver combined for three strikeouts in 15 innings of work across the weekend. But whatever, Weaver did well against the horrid A’s and we can laugh and smile all we want now before he crumbles like that poor-impulse-decision coffee cake I bought this morning. I got it from a place called “Athena’s”. I doubt a Greek god would have deemed it wise, personally.

Chris Young – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. I’ll take One Night Blands for $400, Alex.

Jake Peavy – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. Jeez, what is it with the old people putting up a Top 5 start of the season tonight?

Matt Garza – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. I’m not kidding, these guys that should never be trusted just keep showing me the gold today…

Ervin Santana – 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. …Even Santana had to get a piece of the action, like he did with Smooth.

David Price – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. Enough of that, aces gonna ace. Price hasn’t allowed more than 3 ER since May 7th. Hallelujah!

Jordan Zimmermann – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Take a guess right now at Zimmermann’s K/9. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I’ll even disguise it so you couldn’t read ahead and see what it was out of the corner of your eye.  It’s exactly two points lower than 7.65 K/9.  That freakin’ low. Mix that with a 3.65 FIP (4.50 xFIP, but I believe in JZ’s ability to limit HRs like he has nearly his entire career), and you can see why it’s hard to be on board.

Tom Koehler – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 6 BBs, 6 Ks. I read this stat line while waiting for the ferry tonight and laughed audibly enough to get some odd looks at me. Six walks in six innings? Oh Koehler…

Jake Odorizzi – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. The Giants have been a bottom third offense in the last month, and Odorizzi took sweet sweet advantage. I’m kinda on board moving forward as this is his third straight start of 8 Ks or more, but at the same time he gets the Orioles and Tigers next and now I’m feeling like Larry David.

Archie Bradley – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Our Call Boy didn’t bring the strikeout upside we expected, but hot damn I’ll take this.

Kyle Hendricks – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 12 Ks. 12 Ks from Hendricks? TWELVE STRIKEOUTS?! Are the Pirates that bad these days? Hendricks is living every low 70s throwing high school pitcher’s dream who is trying to convince college coaches that velocity isn’t everything. I may have been slightly high with Hendricks last week and was planning on lowering him – which still might happen despite the array of comments I’ll get about it – but this sure makes it tougher to do.

Mike Fiers – 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. It’s like a fun-sized Milky Way. The best candy out there, but you want more of it to really feel satisfied.

Carlos Carrasco – 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 6 Ks. My super awesome GIF Breakdown partner in crime Ian Post will be going over Carrasco on Tuesday, and I think this will be an enlightening one. I’m going to be begrudgingly lowering Carrasco tomorrow as he clearly has some kinks left to figure out.

Kenta Maeda – 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 8 Ks. Whoa whoa whoa, you think I’m just going to let you get out of here holding eight Ks in just 6.1 innings? Maeda, we know that ain’t you. It’s cool n all, but these people are innocent, hardworking fantasy baseball loving citizens. Don’t play with their hearts like that.

Taijuan Walker – 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Good news is that this is very serviceable. Bad news is that Walker got pulled – again – because of his foot acting up. I’d be shocked if they let him start next time out, and I’d expect a DL trip. Crazy how the Mariners couldn’t find a way to sneak Paxton into the rotation back in April, and now with Miley and Felix already gone, they are going to struggle to find a fifth starter. Suzyn, you can’t predict baseball. That’s right Jawn!

Carlos Rodon – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. That’s a season high in strikeouts today for Rodon, but he still hurt your WHIP and while I will give him a little boost tomorrow like he’s Tyrion, I really don’t see him acting consistent enough to be a Top 40 asset in 2016.

Tyler Anderson – 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Anderson has limited upside, pitches his home games at Coors Field, and doesn’t deserve a spot on your team. This should be the blurb for every Colorado starter not named Gray and maybe even Gray.

Eric Surkamp – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Don’t care Surkamp. I just don’t care.

Jacob DeGrom – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. The Braves went to town on the Mets this weekend and it’s super annoying. The only bad part is the 4.50 ERA, but you still got the QS, a 1.00 WHIP and a good amount of Ks. Don’t worry, deGrom is back ya’ll.

Zach Eflin – 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. After getting bamboozled into making his MLB debut against the Jays, Eflin had a normal outing against the dbacks and looked pretty decent. I’m not fully on board, though I can imagine him being a decent streamer here and there, and a decent grab in NL Only leagues.

Drew Pomeranz – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. The Dirty Cheerleader brought the K upside without the walks. What more can you ask for?

Mike Leake – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. You’ll take this from Leake.

Chris Tillman – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. I want to say the line, but he managed to survive long enough against the Toronto bats to get the Win. But whatever. Anyway, I actually think Tillman is a decent guy for your staff, and I’ll most likely add him to the Top 50 this week.

Nathan Eovaldi – 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Looks like that run of his really was just noise. Welp, that’s too bad.

Brandon Finnegan – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 1 Ks. Wait, Finnegan walked at least 3 batters for the 10th time this season in 15 starts? You don’t say.

Jameson Taillon – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Don’t let this kill your Taillon hype as the Cubs are mashing more than their Irish ancestors. Are they Irish? I’m sure someone has Irish in the 40 man roster somewhere. Really?! Dude, just be cool.

Martin Perez – 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 3 BBs, 0 Ks. Yeah…I don’t think many of you were holding the breath on this one.

Gio Gonzalez – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks. It’s the four walks that indicate to me that this was more of a fluke than a full on shift back to his mega ER starts from a few weeks ago. It’s only the fourth time all year he’s walked at least three batters, and he has a smooth schedule to complete the first half. Stay strong with Gio.

Marcus Stroman – 3.2 IP, 7 ER, 10 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. Holy bejesus. I know it was against the O’s for like the third time – has anyone had a rougher schedule this season? – but he was simply not looking good. No sharp movement on his Slider, lacking the command I saw last season and 2014…I’d be surprised if you hadn’t gotten out on Stroman yet, but if he’s still hanging around in a 10 teamer or under, you best be cutting ties. I’d even consider dropping in a 12 teamer if there was someone on the wire that would be helping right away/you can stream effectively. It’s a super sad day, but you gotta call it like you see it.  :(

Today’s Streamers

Shelby Miller vs. Philadelphia Phillies – I know my rules about extended DL stints and I really don’t like Miller, but there just isn’t another option out there on a thin Monday. So it goes. Doug Fister against the A’s is a solid option as well, though he most likely not available in your leagues by now.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Jimmy Nelson vs. Oakland Athletics – Can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Nelson, but it’s the A’s. Also considered Tyler Duffey against the Phils, but he struggled his last two times out, including his recent 4 ER effort against the Angels and that makes me a little afraid.

Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer 

Junior Guerra vs. Oakland Atheltics – Assuming CC is gone in your league, it’s not a bad idea to abuse an A’s team that let both Tim Lincecum and Jered Weaver trounce them. Likewise, if you need another option there is Guerra’s opponent Daniel Mengden who could feel out a good outing against the weak Brew Crew.

Game of the Day

Clayton Kershaw vs. Stephen Strasburg – Oh hell yes!

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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