Is Dan A New Man?

If you have been reading the roundup at all, you know I’m not a fan of Danny Salazar, who returned from a minor league stint and some injury questions to dominate...

If you have been reading the roundup at all, you know I’m not a fan of Danny Salazar, who returned from a minor league stint and some injury questions to dominate the Jays to the tune of 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. Because DLH clearly is dumb. If you’re looking for the ceiling of Salazar, this is it, which is only the second time since the start of 2016 that he’s had 0 walks. I wasn’t suggesting to bet on him and while this is absurdly dominant, we’ve seen him fluctuate a ton through his entire career. A 4 ER, 5.0 IP, 3 BBs, 6 Ks start is just around the corner but yes, you should be rolling with him in the short term. I still don’t have the confidence he’s going to more like this than those clunkers every five days through the end of the year.

Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:

Chris Archer – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 11 Ks. Aces gonna ace as Archer earned himself the Gallows Pole with 21 whiffs. Atta boy Archer.

Mike Pelfrey – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 6 BBs, 4 Ks. A near EJax for Pelfrey as he walked 6 and allowed just 1 ER. If you’re thinking he needed luck to make this start in any way serviceable, you’d be completely right. What else do you expect from Pelfrey?

Luis Perdomo – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Perdomo was the Call Boy and it worked, save for a questionable WHIP. Perdomo could evolve over the next few seasons, but for now he’ll remain a decent streaming option. Streamer Record 49-36-12.

J.C. Ramirez – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. On one hand it’s good to a see 6 Ks from JC. On the other, he earned just one whiff the entire night. It’s hard for me to believe he’s made a major change here.

Marcus Stroman – 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 5 BBs, 7 Ks. Five walks?! Stro, you did so much right here against the Indians, why did you have to ruin it with this?

Brent Suter – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Suter against the Phils was considered for the stream as well, but I simply don’t like his overall makeup. I wouldn’t be rolling with him much, if at all.

Rich Hill – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. Hill is becoming his 2016 self again and it’s great to see it happen. I don’t want to be that guy, but I reckon August 24th is the date he gets another blister. It is year of the blister, after all and Hill is Time’s Man of the Year.

Jon Lester – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 10 Ks. He had a perfecto through five against the Cardinals and was all kinds of dominant, spotting the corners and getting ahead in counts. Please do this consistently. PLEASE.

German Marquez – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. So Coors scared me away from choosing Marquez as he hosted the Pirates, but he proved me wrong with nine Ks and just five baserunners. Good stuff, I still just see you as a streamer instead of a guy to own.

Ariel Miranda – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Don’t be a Who and get fooled again, Miranda is a TEEs and will always be one.

Tanner Roark – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 11 Ks. What. I haven’t been this surprised since I realized a girl was actually hitting on me. Wait, really? This is something you’re doing? It’s a Birthday Party, not a start of a giant second half run.

Jason Vargas – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. Yeaaaah I’m not buying that Vargas is going to return to his first half form.

Adam Wainwright – 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Waino was doing a great job going toe-to-toe with Lester for most of this start and he almost made a run at a Minimalist Score. Still not loving Wainwright, even if this is just 5 ER over his last three starts.

Andrew Cashner – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Yes yes yes, I know Nick, we all Cashed Out a long time ago. Okay. Just checking.

Kyle Gibson – 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. Gibson has to be a part of that Anti-List, right?

Chris O’Grady – 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 6 BBs, 6 Ks. He’s a Cup of Schmo and we’re done here.

Chris Tillman – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. You Can’t Spell Win With Tillman. Still my favorite shirt of the bunch.

Anthony Banda – 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. The “#1 Arizona Prospect” acted like the representative for a sad farm system as expected. I actually don’t hate Banda like plenty of other young arms that have been given the Cup of Schmo title, but I need to see a little more first. This isn’t a Castillo situation, but it’s not an outright ignore, either.

Chad Kuhl – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Kuhl story, bro.

Sean Manaea – 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 10 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. Careful, IcarusManaea was cruising through five innings then allowed four in the six. Because we can’t have nice things when Manaea finally faces a weak team.

Collin McHugh – 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Welcome back McHugh! Now please continue doing poorly so when Keuchel returns Peacock is still around. K? Thanks.

Matt Moore – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. I was looking back at the preseason ADP and saw Moore in the low 40s. That’s just crazy. CRAZY.

Masahiro Tanaka – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. It was a tough 3rd frame for Tanaka, allowing a pair of solo shots, and infield single, HBP, and back-to-back singles for all his ER. Otherwise, he looked pretty dang good in this outing. I’m actually feeling somewhat good about him moving forward.

Julio Teheran – 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Wait a second, wasn’t this game on the road?! Sorry to be like that but I think I have to be like that.

David Price – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. Price, what is this. The Angels are the worst team in wOBA over the last 30 days and instead of staying in rhythm, you toss this clunker. It feels like a brick hitting Marv’s face. It hurts, man.

Robert Stephenson – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Whoa, Stephenson is back! I didn’t like what I saw last year and I would be surprised if he suddenly develops into a sturdy fantasy relevant arm. For now, he’s a Cup of Schmo and I wouldn’t take the risk.

Zack Wheeler – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 4 BBs, 6 Ks. He’s such a PEAS and it’s painful to watch at this point.

Jordan Zimmermann – 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 4 BBs, 1 Ks. It’s hard to believe that we actually considered him relevant for a moment this season.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. Hellickson tossed a solid outing last time against the Brew Crew, so of course he was going to collapse this time around. It’s just who he is.

Today’s Streamer

Dinelson Lamet vs. San Francisco Giants – Y’all know my overall distaste for Lamet, but he can strikeout a bunch and gets the Giants.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Tim Adleman vs. Cleveland Indians – This is a complete crapshoot with Gausman vs. TBR, Conley vs. TEX, and Senzatela vs. STL. I’m going with Adleman just because he has some believable K upside.

Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer

Seth Lugo vs. San Diego Padres – This is assuming that Luis Castillo is gone in your league as I don’t believe the sub 20% in ESPN right now. Lugo isn’t my favorite arm but he could be beneficial against a weak offense in the Padres.

Game of the Day

Stephen Strasburg vs. Robbie Ray Let’s see if Ray can handle the Nationals and Strasburg is always fun to watch.

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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