Note to self, take Yu Darvish to the county fair with me this summer…
Yu Darvish throws the most devastating fastball of his career. pic.twitter.com/sicvVLhnUL
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 16, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest
Every Tuesday, Paul Sporer and I host a DFS contest for the Sleeper and the Bust podcast. Winner will get a shoutout on the Thursday podcast as well as Paul’s hard earned money. You can enter here: https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/71550209 but it is likely to fill up quickly, so if you miss out, please let me know in the comments so we can know whether to add more spots next time.
Various News and Notes
Cody Bellinger left Monday’s game after being hit on the knee with a pitch:
— Take Your Base Sports (@takeyourbasepod) April 16, 2019
In spite of how ugly it looked, x-rays were negative after the game and it appears he may have avoided serious injury. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Shohei Ohtani has been cleared to accelerate his hitting rehab and will begin facing live hitting. Ohtani is recovering from Tommy John Surgery and will most likely not pitch in a game this year, but he appears to be on pace for a May season debut at the dish.
Clayton Kershaw was activated from the 10-Day IL and made his first start of the season. Kershaw was sitting 89-91 mph with the fastball, but relied heavily on his slider. He gave up an early two-run home run to Yasiel Puig, but then settled down and managed to get through seven innings without allowing another run and striking out six. Seeing Kershaw get through seven innings is very encouraging, but it is clear we do not have vintage Kershaw back. That being said, he is still a great pitcher and even if he is throwing with diminished velocity, he is still a top 20 pitcher when healthy.
The Angels placed Tyler Skaggs on the 10-Day IL with an ankle injury. Skaggs injured himself during his last start on Friday, but it does not appear to be overly serious as he is expected to miss one start and then return to the club. Jaime Barria has been recalled to replace him on the roster.
David Robertson has been placed on the 10-Day IL with elbow soreness. Robertson has struggled this season which has led the Phillies to use a closer by committee approach. He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to examine the extent of his injury.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: Nick Margevicius vs COL
Margevicius has been fantastic thus far for the Padres and gets a struggling Rockies team that had a hard time scoring versus the Giants.
High Risk Option: Pablo Lopez vs CHC
Lopez has been beaten up a bit over his last two starts, but he is mostly getting unlucky. Definitely a risky proposition, but there is a ton of upside especially at the comfy confines of Marlins park.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Jeremy Hellickson vs SF
Hellickson was great in his first start of the season and gets the awful Giants at home.
High Risk Options: Jeff Samardzija at WAS, Spencer Turnbull vs PIT, Sandy Alcantara vs CHC, Trent Thornton at MIN, Lance Lynn vs LAA.
Lots of deeper league streamers or GPP plays. All have varying levels of risk and upside, but all worth consideration. I have them in order of preference.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.