Starting Pitcher Chart – April 18th, 2024

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With so few games tomorrow, it is easier to just do quick notes on the pitchers going instead of going through the whole charting process.

Logan Webb SFG v. ARI – A fantasy ace; must-start. Reco: All

Ryan Pepiot TBR v. LAA – I’m still fully in on my guy. The 5.40 ERA isn’t great, but the 23% K-BB and 1.02 WHIP leave me undaunted by the extra runs he’s allowing. He’s still locked into my lineup and he gets DET next week, too! Reco: All

Ryne Nelson ARI at SFG – Back-to-back solid starts after the Yankees roughed him up in his season opener with 11 Ks and 1 BB at ATL and v. STL. Skills and velo are up hinting at some upside he might be tapping into this year. Reco: 12s and up

Jack Leiter TEX at DET – It’s his MLB debut, but it’s against the Tigers so I’m willing to give him a shot in a lot of formats. It is just 14.3 innings in Triple-A, but he’s been amazing so far this year with a 39% K-BB and his velocity is up nearly a full tick to 95.6 mph. In terms of pickup status, I think this is one where we jump immediately just in case he pops off. Reco: 12s and up to start; pick up everywhere

Kenta Maeda DET v. TEX – He’s looked better since his season opening dud. That said, I’m not racing to start him against Texas so I really only see it in deeper formats. I’m holding on reserve in spots where I’m not starting him, though. Reco: 15s and up

Cooper Criswell BOS v. CLE – The Sox are going to run a bullpen game with Criswell likely getting the bulk workload. He had a solid 4-inning out v. LAA five days ago so I’m keeping tabs on him, but don’t think I’m finding a start anywhere. Reco: None… well, actually I’d throw him in leagues where you can benefit from a bulk relief outing.

Griffin Canning LAA at TBR – Canning was someone I really liked coming into the season so I’m trying to hold in deeper formats, but there has been a 7 pt. drop in K-BB, 4 pt. drop in SwStr, and 2 mph drop in fastball velocity, all of which signals trouble even in just three starts so I can’t blame shallow leaguers moving on and can even see it in some 15-teamers. Reco: None

Jameson Taillon CHC v. MIA – Making his season debut after 6.3 rehab innings across Double- and Triple-A. I’m not sure what kind of workload we can reasonably expect here. It’ll probably be in the 3-4 range with 5 max if he’s efficient. I’d rather wait and see on him. Reco: None

A.J. Puk MIA at CHC – Being lucky enough to only allow 2 runs (1 earned) out of the 9 base runners he allowed in New York doesn’t move the needle for me. I’m still fully out in terms of starting him and I’m open to some cuts depending who you’re picking up. Reco: None

Carlos Carrasco CLE at BOS Reco: None


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