Fantasy Baseball Daily Round Up: April 2
Justin Vreeland goes around the league, giving a daily state of the union for the world of fantasy baseball. He outlines current storylines and gives insight on what to watch for going forward.
Chris Archer looked great in his 2019 season debut yesterday. He shutout the Cardinals over five innings and allowed just two hits while striking out eight. Archer had the worst year of his career last season and appears to be out on a mission to bounce back to his previous form this year. He left the game with a four run lead, but unfortunately for Archer and his fantasy owners, the Pirates bullpen was unable to hold that lead and he picked up a no-decision. If he can return to his 200+ strikeout form that he had from 2015-2017, he will be a steal at where he was drafted this year and who doesn’t love watching this guy pitch when he’s doing stuff like this:
Chris Archer REALLY wants to win the PitchingNinja K Strut of the Year Award. ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/wJO6N9dSwT— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 1, 2019
Archer wasn’t the only pitcher who looked good yesterday and the top pitcher of the day would have been found in Cleveland.
- Mike Clevinger was sensational in the Indians 5-3 win over the White Sox. He pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out 12. He was a popular sleeper pick for AL Cy Young this year in the fantasy industry and so far, so good.
- Domingo Germán struggled with his command yesterday as he walked five batters in five innings of work, but that didn’t stop him from turning in a great outing. He gave up just one hit, zero runs, and struck out seven en route to his first win of the year.
- David Hess tossed 6.1 no-hit innings against the Blue Jays and struck out eight. He picked up the win. Hess is not a strikeout pitcher (74 across 103.1 innings last season), but he was on top of his game yesterday against a struggling Jays offense. He can be left on waivers.
- Brad Peacock hurled 6.2 strong innings against the Rangers to pick up his first win of the year. He gave up just two hits and one run while striking out five. Peacock should have solid fantasy value while in the Astros starting rotation.
- Julio Urías made his first start since 2017 and he was electric. He provided the Dodgers with five shutout innings and gave up just three hits while striking out seven. He was pulled even though he was only at 77 pitches and the bullpen promptly blew the lead.
- Aaron Brooks hurled six shutout innings against the Astros and struck out six. He gave up just two hits and threw 86 pitches. Despite the strong effort, there is not much in his profile that makes him worth a look in fantasy.
First Career Tater
Pete Alonso was off to a hot start, going 6-12 with three RBI in his first series in the bigs, but the young slugger was still searching for his first career home run. That ended last night when he drove a rocket to centerfield to give the Mets a 7-3 lead in the ninth inning. Alonso hits the ball extremely hard and is already looking like a steal in fantasy. His owners will love seeing this:
Alonso wasn’t the only rookie to bash out his first career home run, as Fernando Tatis Jr. joined him later in the evening. It was a two-run shot for the number two overall prospect. Unfortunately for the Padres they only scored a total of three runs and lost 10-3.
Christian Walker was a guy I was excited about when the Diamondbacks traded Goldschimdt to the Cardinals. It opened the door for Walker to get some playing time and even though he is still not an everyday role, he is taking full advantage of every bit of playing time he is getting. He started on Opening Day and delivered a 2-4 with a home run stat line. The next day he was used as a pinch hitter and he cracked a clutch game-tying three run home run in the seventh inning. Last night he finished 2-4 with a run scored and he is now hitting .545 (6-11) with two home runs on the young season.
Adam Jones had two hits last night, one of which left the yard for his third home run on the year. He is off to a hot start and has hit either leadoff or fourth in the Dbacks lineup every game this season. He is worth a look in fantasy.
Ketel Marte joined teammates Walker and Jones with a strong night of his own, finishing 3-5 with a RBI, three runs scored, and a stolen base. The young switch hitter now has two steals on the season and should offer fantasy owners a decent blend of power and speed this year.
Khris Davis swatted his fifth home run of the season in the A’s 7-0 victory over the Red Sox. He is well on his way to his fourth straight 40+ home run campaign and giving fantasy owners exactly what they hoped for.
Ronald Acuna smacked his first home run of the season for his only hit of the night. He is off to a bit of a slow start as he is 3-14 (.214) through four games, but it is only a matter of time until he heats up.
What to Watch for Today
José Berríos was fantastic in his first start of the year and will have a good chance to keep the momentum going today as he takes on the Royals in Kansas City. This may just be his true breakout year.
Marcus Stroman will look to build off his strong Opening Day start. He had a rough year last year, but fired seven shutout innings in his first start and will have a good opportunity to keep it going today in a match-up with the Orioles. He is a nice streaming option.
Marco Gonzales is already seeking his third win of the season and will take on the Angels tonight. Will he pick up another win or will Mike Trout get the better of him and hit his first home run of the year?