2017 MLB DRAFT GUIDE: STRATEGIES
Giolito expressed frustration at being yanked around last season when he was up and down with the Nationals, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. "The time in the big leagues was definitely fun. But going up and down a lot can be like a grind. Getting on the plane, doing this, you're pitching the next day. You have to be able to try and stay level headed and focus on the next day or task at hand. But when you're moving around a lot it can be difficult," said the pitcher.
Giolito, who posted a 6.75 ERA and walked 12 batters in 21.1 innings while up with Washington last year, felt part of his struggles were the result of him being called up to Washington on five separate occasions. He feels his new organization, which isn't expected to be involved in the heat of a pennant race, will allow a young pitcher to settle in. Giolito is likely to start the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but once he's promoted to Chicago, he's expected to remain there regardless of performance results.
Josi picked up two helpers and a plus-2 rating in Thursday night's 4-2 victory over Colorado.
He's been racking up the points lately -- 10 of 'em in his last eight games. However, Josi also uncharacteristically owns a minus-2 rating in that span, and he's still well off the pace that brought him 61 points last year (or even the prior season's 55). Still, if he can be his old self down the stretch, fantasy owners will probably forgive Josi's first-half struggles.
Smith gave up three goals on 28 shots during Thursday's 4-2 loss in Nashville.
It looked for a while like the Avs might have something cooking in this one... until Smith got burned twice by Filip Forsberg, turning a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. Of course, that's been the story of Colorado's season. Don't count on Smith to see too many starts behind Calvin Pickard down the stretch, and even when he does, he'll be a risky fantasy play.
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