Charge the Mound: Week 22
Obviously the biggest news was Matt Harvey’s UCL injury. Apparently he’s going to go the rest and rehab route, but that usually ends in surgery so I say have the surgery now and get back sooner. A major blow to the Mets and to fantasy owners. He’s droppable in all non-dynasty leagues.
- Clayton Kershaw
He’s given up a total of 5 earned runs over his last 7 starts. In his last start against the Cubs he only went 5.2 innings. The man had a terrible game. Hmm. One earned run and 9 Ks. Ok. Still the best pitcher in the game. He also gets my NL MVP vote.
- Yu Darvish
The strikeouts are getting a little silly now. In 5 of his last 7 starts he has double digit strikeouts. Hard to nitpick 225 Ks with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. And he still has 4 or 5 more starts this season.
- Felix Hernandez
As long as Felix doesn’t have to face the Rangers again this season, I think he’s safe. Through 5 starts against Texas this season he’s 0-4 with a 7.57 ERA and the Rangers have racked up a .987 OPS against the King this season.
- Adam Wainwright
After stringing together 2 brilliant performances, Wainwright got donkey punched by the Reds on Wednesday. Nine earned runs in 2 innings. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about here, but whether it’s a head to head league or even in roto, it hurts to take that beating.
- David Price
Price has come down from the lofty heights he wowed us with as he returned from the disabled list. He has delivered 3 quality starts in a row, but he hasn’t been dominant.
- Max Scherzer
Scherzer eclipsed the 200 strikeout mark for the 2nd consecutive season but failed to tally his 20th win. He’ll try to accomplish that for the first time in his career against Boston on Tuesday.
- Cole Hamels
Seven straight quality starts for Hamels. Over that stretch he’s really been limiting his walks, walking just 3.4% of opposing hitters while striking out 20.9%.
- Stephen Strasburg
Strasburg only logged 2 innings of work in his last outing due to a rain delay. His next start will come either Sunday or Monday.
- Chris Sale
Sale rebounded nicely after giving up 8 earned runs over 7 innings to the Rangers. His last start saw him strikeout 12 Houston Astros only giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits over 8 innings. Next up for the lanky lefty, the Yankees on Tuesday.
- Madison Bumgarner
Bumgarner is now suffering a fate he’s not used to, playing for a bad team. The Giants are 19 games out of first in the NL West and the Giants offense is 13th in the NL in runs per game. Over his last 15 games, Bumgarner hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs (a 2.47 ERA) but only has 7 wins to show for it.
- Anibal Sanchez
Sanchez lasted just 5 innings against Oakland in his last outing, allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Lately he has been right up there with Scherzer as the top pitcher on the first place Tigers.
- Mike Minor
Coming off a terrible outing against the Nationals, where he gave up 4 earned runs in 1.2 innings, Minor locked it down against the Cardinals. He went 7 innings and gave up just 1 earned run. He will take the ball Saturday against the worst offense in the National League.
- Mat Latos
Not so hot in his last start (4 ER over 6 innings), Latos has kept it pretty tidy since the All Star break. He has a 1.96 ERA and 1.109 WHIP over thos 8 starts. Nothing flashy, but will likely finish the season with over 200 strikeouts, over 200 innings and an ERA at or below 3.00. Those guys are pretty rare. In 2012 only Verlander, Dickey, Kershaw and Price managed that feat.
- Zack Greinke
Greinke has been filthy lately. In his last 10 starts Greinke has posted a 1.49 ERA and a 21.5% strikeout percentage. His team has been playing well and he’s been a major factor in their ascent to the top of the NL West.
- Julio Teheran
Friday night, Teheran dueled against fellow rookie, Jose Fernandez, and Teheran got the better end of it. He went 6.1 with 8 strikeouts and only gave up 1 earned run. Next up for the rookie are the Mets next Wednesday.
- Jhoulys Chacin
One unearned run on 1 hit over 7 innings is the sterling line Chacin put up against the moribund Giants on Wednesday. Next up for Chacin and the Rockies will be the Dodgers on Tuesday.
- Jose Fernandez
Fernandez continued his brilliance Friday night against the Braves. He went 6 innings only allowing 2 earned runs on one swing of Freddie Freeman’s bat.
- Justin Verlander
Verlander continues his roller coaster of a season. Just when he strings together a few good outings he’ll drop a turd right in your lap. You just can’t count on Verlander down the stretch.
- James Shields
Seven and a third of one run ball for Shields against the Twins on Tuesday. He notched 7 strikeouts along the way to picking up his 9th win of the season. His ERA stands at 3.14 and he’s on pace to log 230 innings and strike out 185 guys.
- Hiroki Kuroda
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Just a few short weeks ago Kuroda was tucked neatly inside the top 10. Those days are over people. Kuroda has fallen on hard times and has given up 1.74 hits per inning in his last 3 games. That is going to make it extremely hard to be effective.
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