Fake Tan

Sometimes there are days that just don’t make sense.  Like Jeremy Guthrie being productive kind of sense. This is one of those days as Tanner Roark produced a line of 7.0 IP, 0 ER,...

Sometimes there are days that just don’t make sense.  Like Jeremy Guthrie being productive kind of sense. This is one of those days as Tanner Roark produced a line of 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 3 BBs, 15 Ks.  Crazy, especially when he had 12 Ks through five and leave it to Dusty Baker to let him throw 121 pitches through seven.  Whatevs, Roark struck out just nine in his first three starts combined, and it’s just one of those games that you can’t put any weight on judging the pitcher moving forward.  I’m pretty sure I’m not adding Roark to The List now, and while I can’t blame you if you want to see what happens next time against the Cardinals, but to sum this entire outing up, Blame it on the Twins.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Corey Kluber – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BBs, 10 Ks. Here I was thinking that we’d have to wait until he got past the Tigers and faced the Phillies before classic Klubs showed up.  Aces gonna ace and if you’re in any way still worried about Kluber as he terrible Arpil, it’s done.

Kenta Maeda – 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. This is getting absurd as Maeda blanked the Rockies with 8 Ks inside of Coors.  I really don’t see him being Top 30, though Top 40 tomorrow is incoming.  Yes, regression is obviously coming, but I can’t sit here and tell you that I wouldn’t want him more than Severino right now.

Carlos Rodon – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Nice rebound from Rodon, though we all understand the risk moving forward now.

Rubby De La Rosa – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Look at Rubby actually pulling off his upside.  Future headline: Look at Rubby reminding us why he’s still on the waiver wire.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks.  Remember guys, if Tanaka had no injury woes, he’d easily be Top 30.

Blake Snell – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks.  Here I was worried that Snell’s recent walk struggles would carry over, and he went to walk through the Yanks.  It’s too bad that he was sent back down – the Rays probably want to slow down his arbitration clock if possible – though the next time the Rays absolutely need a 5th starter in late in May.  That may be when we see this beautiful man next.

Hector Santiago – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks.  Our Call Boy was dyno-mite against the Mariners.  It’s hard not to like him at this point with his increased velocity 

Jake Peavy – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Meh.  It’s not a full blegh, just a meh.

Phil Hughes – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. He’s gotta step it up if he wants to win the MFRSTPA from – I can’t believe I’m saying this – Ricky Nolasco.  In other Twins news, Are Mary-kate an Ashley Olsen going to appear on Fuller House?! What?  No.  Tyler Duffey was called up for today’s start to give some extra rest to Ervin Santanaand while I like Duff like Barney Gumble, it’s just a spot start and not worth the investment.

Felix Hernandez – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Yeah, Felix isn’t cruising right now, and while I’m not sold that he will recover in a big way, I think there’s little you should do about it and keep rolling along.

Colby Lewis – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks.  Blegh.

Steven Matz – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. Even with the hits, I will take this start from Matz with open arms.

Mike Fiers – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. The best start from Fiers all year.  I just can’t get 

Juan Nicasio – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. Nicasio is a decent spot starter these days.  The idea of him being a stable member of your roster in standard roto leagues is fading away.  Just like my dreams of being the first astronaut as a kid.

Cesar Vargas – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Vargas isn’t the pitching prospect you’re looking for.  Also, if you needed any more confirmation that Tyler Glasnow is coming up on the earlier side, here it is.

Michael Wacha – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 0 Ks. I’ve been wanting to get on the Wacha bandwagon after his last two outings, but going 4 walks and 0 Ks against the Padres?  Oh boy.

J.A. Happ – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. Our Secondary Call Boy (SCB, yeah you know me?) was…fine.  I guess.  I kinda like Happ – more than Estrada if you can still believe – and he’s essentially what Fister wants to be on a winning team.

Charlie Morton – 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Morton left the game after the first with a strained hamstring and still had a better night than Straily.

Dan Straily – 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. Yeah that’s right Straily, I’m throwing shade your way.  Oh dude, Ray Bans?  …No.  Like the complete opposite.  Oh….

Tyler Wilson – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. Tyler makes all O’s fans turn into Tom Hanks.

Jhoulys Chacin – 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. If you’re involved in Chasing Chacin, it better be because there is a Disney Movie of the same name.  I’d totally watch that.

Jose Fernandez – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks.  Well this isn’t going to so well this year, though he did get Singled Out, gave up an intentional walk and allowed a 2-RBI single to Jake Peavy.  So it’s not like he got crushed, but I know we all want to see vintage JoFer.  I still believe we’re going to see that very shortly.

Clay Buchholz – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. If you believe that this is an unusual outing for Bucky, you haven’t been watching closely. 

Tyler Chatwood – 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Chatwood 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.

John Lackey – 5.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. What is it with players performing poorly against weak teams today?  Lackey has had a fantastic K/BB this year, though I don’t fully believe it to stick.  This is also Lackeys second 6 ER start in just four games this year, which means that I’m not endorsing him for the short term, even if he has a decent chance of wins each night.

Chris Bassitt – 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Bassitt really is only just a occasional streamer, making this date with Toronto far from romantic.

Chase Anderson – 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 8 Hits, 4 BBs, 2 Ks.  Chase’s upside relies haveily on Ks.  If that’s not working at all, he’s not working at all.  I’m talking pink slips fella.

Anibal Sanchez – 2.1 IP, 6 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks.  I think there are still some stray teams that still own Anibal.  There is no reason to do that any more, y’all.

Kris Medlen – 3.2 IP, 7 ER, 9 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. It might be time to retire Medlen as a Toby.  It’s Michael Scott’s dream.

Today’s Streamer 

Derek Holland vs. Chicago White Sox – The Chi Sox aren’t looking good and Holland could pull off a Win without killing your ratios.  Keep in mind, this is assuming Jerad Eickhoff and Mike Leake are taken in your league.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Ross Stripling vs. Miami Marlins – Stripling has the stuff to be an above-average Toby, which means he’s a solid guy to roll with against the Marlins.

Game of the Day

Aaron Blair vs. New York Mets – The prospect is getting his first shot on a major league roster, and I’m curious to see how he performs.

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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