If you are not standing up for Matt Harvey, as the Mets’ new t-shirt slogan goes, you should. Whether you play season-long, daily or weekly fantasy baseball, here are some important names to know when it comes to the sport:
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (24 years old)
Through eight starts, Harvey’s numbers were on a level with any other starter. Harvey led all starters in ERA (1.44) and WHIP (0.73) and was third in strikeouts (62 in 56 1/3). Harvey was the first pitcher since 1900 to win his first four starts while giving up a combined total of 10 hits or fewer. Harvey was winless in his next four starts, however, with the Mets not giving him much run support. On May 5, Harvey allowed no runs, one hit, no walks and struck out 12 in nine innings against the Chicago White Sox – and got a no-decision.
Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals (22)
Five days after Harvey’s one-hitter, rookie Miller had an even more impressive game. Miller gave up a leadoff single, then retired 27 straight Colorado Rockies while striking out 13 and walking none in a complete-game one-hit shutout victory. After seven starts, Miller was third in ERA (1.58) and fourth in WHIP (0.88). He had five wins and 52 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings.
Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks (23)
Last year, the Diamondbacks found unexpected success with Wade Miley, who won 16 games and finished second to Bryce Harper for Rookie of the Year. This year, they have another surprise successful starter in Corbin, who was 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through seven starts. In 2012, Corbin was 6-8 in 17 starts with a 4.54 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Corbin has not offered much in the way of strikeouts, with a career K/9 so far of 7.9.
Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds (23)
Cingrani had 26 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings in AAA before he was called up in April to replace the injured Johnny Cueto. With the Reds, Cingrani had a 2.89 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in his first five starts. He had 37 strikeouts in 29 innings, good for an 11.9 K/9. When Cueto returns, Cingrani’s rotation spot could be in jeopardy, though Cingrani has been outpitching Mike Leake (4.32 ERA, 1.49 WHIP). Keep this in mind for daily or weekly fantasy baseball.
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins (20)
Through seven starts, Fernandez had mixed results – 3.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, two wins and 39 strikeouts in 37 innings. He has been particularly successful against the Philadelphia Phillies so far, allowing no runs and three hits in 13 innings over two starts. Fernandez, who had never pitched above High-A before this season, faces an innings limit of 150-170.
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