Yonny Chirinos has cemented himself into the Tampa Bay Rays rotation this year. The Rays have been known to bring out the best in the players they have, and I truly think they have done that with Yonny. This year he has a record of 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA (ranked 14th) and a 0.96 WHIP making him as one of the best pitchers so far this year. Continue reading →
Friday’s popular strategy is likely going to lean towards loading up on bats, the L.A. Dodgers, the league’s best offense, is at Coors. The Astros will look to get out of a funk against lefty Tommy Milone and a terrible Mariners bullpen and the Washington Nationals will look to go deep off of starter Daniel Norris who is very prone to giving up the long ball. Let’s break down some picks and go Around the Horn! Continue reading →
Chirinos is actually getting the start in this one. It will be his fifth start of the season. Although his walk rate has improved, his strikeout rate and HR/9 have worsened. Still, his ERA has improved to 3.20 from his 3.51 ERA last year. He’ll get the chance to keep rolling against the Toronto Blue Jays, who hit for an 85 wRC+ on the road and a 75 wRC+ against righties. Continue reading →
It’s been a rough week for the Stream Machine. Although Julio Urias didn’t end up with the win, he did everything he could to do so, going five innings with no runs and seven strikeouts. It was a solid first start, and you have to be encouraged if you’re thinking about owning him past this one. Kyle Gibson didn’t go Tuesday, getting pushed to Wednesday instead, and he looked good to start but had just about the worst inning anyone could have. Thinking he got Billy Hamilton on a 3-2 count with two outs at the end of the fifth inning, he walked him instead. Obviously frustrated, he proceeded to melt down, ending with 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Loaisiga, meanwhile, also went Wednesday, ending with 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. With the early season struggles, I’ve learned a few things. One, don’t trust pitchers coming off an injury or major illness. Two, don’t trust Rockies pitchers, PERIOD. Not an official article pick, sure, but I learned just the same.