Ugh, Carlos!

After being a huge fan of Carlos Carrasco in the preseason, it was devastating to see him fall victim to a strained hamstring and miss the entirety of May. Well, he finally...

After being a huge fan of Carlos Carrasco in the preseason, it was devastating to see him fall victim to a strained hamstring and miss the entirety of May. Well, he finally stepped back onto the field today and gave us patient owners an unwelcome return – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks against the Royals. CARLOS!  I really should listen to my advice of not starting guys are extended DL trips, but Carrasco is my boy!  He’s the one that will save us all from the Plague of the 18! Whatever, ignore that this ever happened and he’ll win back our hearts with a dozen ros– a dozen Ks next time out against the Mariners.  Don’t do anything silly, it’s just one start and he’ll be a Top 15 SP ROS easily .

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Madison Bumgarner – 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 11 Ks.  Aces gonna ace.  Dude’s been on fire.

Zack Greinke – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks. Yes Greinke! YES.

Kyle Hendricks – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Never thought I’d see Hendricks throwing 17 innings total in two straight starts, but hey here it is.  Beautiful.

Chase Anderson – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. The last resort streamer did a mighty fine job against the Phils, and he could go for the three-peat as he faces the A’s next time out.  Don’t get too chummy with the fella, just consider one more outing then call it a day.

Wei-Yin Chen – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 1 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks.  Just one hit tonight from Chen as you nod your head in approval. I know I talk about Wacha and Gio, but Chen really is the Toby of the year.  You will now be known as Chenderson until further notice.

Michael Pineda – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks.  Oh NOW you want to flex your upside.  Against the freakin’ Tigers.  I CAN’T HANDLE THIS.  The Tigers were having trouble connecting on pitches well inside the strikezone tonight, which is a layer of deception Pineda hasn’t had with his Fastball this year.  It’s a good sign, especially since that’s the pitch that’s made this season a disaster so far.  However, I won’t tell you that he’s fixed.  I also won’t tell you to drop him if you still own him. He gets the Angels next so join hands with me as we put him out there.

Alfredo Simon – 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Whoa, WHOA.  Simon lowered his ERA on the season with this outing, all the way down to 8.94. Nice going!

Yordano Ventura – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Look at Ventura not destroying your ERA. Look how he still had a 1.50 WHIP and just three strikeouts. :(

Dallas Keuchel – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Ugh, this was supposed to be the make-or-break start for Keuchel and he sat right in the middle. COME ON. I guess I’ll translate it as “keep riding with Keuchel” as it is a decent WHIP thanks to the fella getting his walks in check and those Ks are suitable.

Jerad Eickhoff – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Our Call Boy was pretty good – not amazing, but you’ll take it and have a party.  Maybe with hats, don’t know yet I need to talk to the committee.

Juan Nicasio – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. This is why spring training numbers are silly.

Matt Boyd – 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. There was a small chance Boyd could pull it off against the Yanks, and we’ve seen a lot worse in our day but this just isn’t encouraging.

Rick Porcello – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Porcello hasn’t struck out more than five batters in six games now.  He also hasn’t fanned more than six in eight games.  Jeez dude.  For the nth time, you should be selling high if you haven’t already.

Matt Moore – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks.  This chasing of upside has just got to go.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks.  This chasing of tanking your team can stay.  If that’s your thing, you’re doing it right. Freakin’ Masochist.

Colin Rea – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Is this fantasy? Nope, just Rea life. 

Julio Urias – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks.  The Dodgers brought him back up after Maeda needed an extra day to reduce swelling on his right hand…and fed Urias to the Cubs.  Come on guys, that’s just mean!  Sorry if you’re a Urias owner, this is going to be a difficult adjustment period, but there is hope!  I still consider him a possible Top 40 SP threat in the pre-season next year, meaning that value can show up this year.

Phil Hughes – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks.  Hughes is seeing Kersh break his K/BB record by a long shot and his anger is screwing up his game.  Nah, just playing, he’s just not good in the first place.

Aaron Blair – 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks. AB sees dee F.  F is for Fail.  Okay that sounded a lot better in my head.  Whatever, it’s 1:00am let me have my fun.

Eddie Butler – 4.0 IP, 8 ER, 11 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks.  Butler 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.

Wade Miley – 4.2 IP, 9 ER, 12 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. To the guy that considered Miley against the Padres, I hope you stayed away after I mentioned he performed poorly against the Reds and Twins in his last two starts.  PLEASE.

Today’s Streamers

Doug Fister vs. Oakland Athletics – There is really nothing to go with today, and at least Fister has allowed more than 3 ER just once all season.  That’s the only endorsement I can give.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Junior Guerra vs. Philadelphia Phillies – At this point, you have to keep rolling with Junior as he faces weak opponents.  Other options include his opponent Jeremy Hellickson (yes, that Hellickson) and Nate Karns against the Rangers, with super discount options coming from Matt Andriese vs. the Twins, Mike Foltynewicz against the Dodgers, and Ervin Santana facing the Rays.  It’s a flip of the coin day if you’re into that.

Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer 

Jon Gray vs. San Diego Padres – He’s got two things going for him here:  It’s not in Coors and it’s against the Friars.  This was going to be Tyler Duffey’s spot, but he couldn’t handle the A’s and it’s hard to put faith in him even against the Rays. 

Game of the Day

Yu Darvish vs. Seattle Mariners – It’s ace day, which means there are a lot of great games to choose from.  I’ll be most focus on Darvish, though, as I want to see if he can keep up his elite velocity from his first start.

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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