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Alex Reyes made his first career start Saturday, and it was everything we thought it could be.
And by that, I mean a staggering display of inefficiency wherein he walks a batter per inning and can’t even go the minimum required for a win.
|IP: 4 2/3||H: 2||1: ER||BB: 4||K: 4|
He was doing fine in the bullpen — striking out 13 over 9 1/3 innings without allowing a run — so it’s not like he didn’t earn the extended look. But you can see why the St. Louis Cardinals slotted Luke Weaver into the rotation over Reyes when Michael Wacha went down even though Reyes is considered the better prospect.
Of course, now that Mike Leake is also down, landing on the 15-day DL Monday with a case of shingles, Reyes probably has another start or two in store. He’s not the worst prospective stash since he of course has incredible upside, but since you can’t feel confident starting him right away, it may be a waste of time this late in the game.
|BA: .280||HR: 13||SB: 26||OPS: .778||AB: 289|
Initial skepticism was warranted, but with two home runs Saturday, Hernan Perez is showing no signs of slowing down. With an unfamiliar display of speed and power, he’s the sixth-best outfielder in Head-to-Head points leagues and third-best in Rotisserie since assuming an everyday job July 19 — and that’s just one of the three positions where he’s eligible.
|ERA: 2.23||WHIP: 1.07||IP: 36 1/3||BB: 16||K: 37|
Having incorporated a changeup he learned from teammate Dan Straily into his arsenal, Brandon Finnegan has gone from failing in all three aspects of FIP (K/9, BB/9, HR/9), to piling up 20 strikeouts while allowing just four hits over his last two starts. That’s a game-changer, but at 40 innings more than last year already, it may be short-lived.
|ERA: 2.00||WHIP: 0.93||IP: 45||BB: 9||K: 36|
Matt Boyd took center stage Friday, so let’s highlight another of the two-start options for Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 29-Sept. 4), Tom Koehler , who has a swinging strike rate over his last seven starts comparable to Stephen Strasburg and Jacob deGrom . Seems a bit too good to be true for a no-pedigree pitcher with an uninspiring track record, but as a one-week play, why not?
|BA: .359||OPS: .889||AB: 167||BB: 14||K: 20|
Ender Inciarte ‘s appeal is limited to points leagues since he doesn’t offer much in the way of home runs or stolen bases, but this bat-on-ball specialist has flown under the radar long enough. He’s reliability embodied, batting .359 since the All-Star break to make him the 14th-best outfielder in points league during that stretch.
|ERA: 4.91||WHIP: 1.13||IP: 25 2/3||BB/9: 2.5||K/9: 11.9|
Going by average exit velocity, CC Sabathia has allowed the softest contact of any starting pitcher in baseball this year, so his 4.31 ERA would suggest he has also been one of the unluckiest — something manager Joe Girardi has intimated time and time again. He has begun to make his own luck, though, with 34 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings over his last four starts, three of which were quality starts.
|IP: 6||H: 2||ER: 0||BB: 2||K: 6|
You knew you hadn’t heard the last of Tyler Skaggs , didn’t you? His return from Tommy John surgery is a work in progress, but he two-hit the Detroit Tigers Sunday, bouncing back from a rocky three-start stretch, and could still emerge as an ace in the hole with his (at least hypothetically) swing-and-miss stuff and plus control.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Too little, too late for Brandon Finnegan?