Since I never write about pitchers in my daily fantasy baseball advice, I decided to take a look at some names that might draw some attention to help. After an intense look into some pitching that might be overlooked to make your day, and put a smile on your face with that feeling we all love, winning…Shall we.
The Fastball: Doug Fister (WAS)- This is an obvious pick for me considering I still feel he will be a top 15 pitcher when the season ends. Fister is coming off a brilliant performance in his last start. He pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out three and handing out just one walk. He limited the Atlanta Braves to just five hits (all of them singles) grabbing his sixth win on the season. Fister is literally a monster on the mound, being 6’8″ and weighing in at 210 lbs. gives this statement some validity. Mr. Fister has also shown not much run support does not throw him off his game. It is always nice to see consistency.
The Washington Nationals starter is now 6-2 on the season, posting a 2.65 ERA a 1.o4 WHIP with a 36/6 K/BB ratio. I will take that any day, and you might want too also. In 34 IP in just this last month Doug has four wins boasting a legit 2.12 a 0.97 ERA and adding on 19 strikeouts. Those numbers alone prove this guy is pretty much untouchable and still very underrated still. I think we will be talking about Fister a lot more as this year progresses. I can not make these numbers up so you might be drinking poison instead of picking it if you do not start him.
The Nationals will in Chicago facing off with the Cubs on Thursday. This is a very favorable matchup for Fister, not like who he faces really matters. He is a must start and worth the extra penny, because Fister does not work for pennies and neither should you.
The Change-up: Wily Peralta (MIL)- This guy is getting no attention as a pretty valuable player for the Brewers. Peralta has now won four straight bringing his record on the season to 8-5. Coming off what was supposed to be a rocky start in Colorado, Peralta dominated through 7.2 IP allowing just three earned runs and issuing just two walks. He has been a silent but deadly weapon for Milwaukee so I think we should see what kind of pitcher we are really looking at.
Peralta is coming into Thursday’s start boasting a 3.o2 ERA a 1.23 WHIP while striking out 69 and issuing 23 walks this year. In 95.1 IP through 15 starts he has only allowed 11 home runs. That is always a plus when you do not have to bring an umbrella to a game. No fan wants to be bombed on with baseballs worrying about a hospital visit. This is one pitcher I can say that has been very consistent also. The four straight dominate wins can validate that I would hope. I think he is a great option and not worth fighting yourself on when he is going to blow it. He has not yet so I can not say he will.
The Milwaukee Brewers will be hosting Peralta’s last victims the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Peralta is obviously feeling comfortable on the rubber, and the Brewers have shown they feel pretty good with him up there too. Look for a strong outing by Wily and the Brewers. Sometimes teams play better with certain pitchers on the mound, and the Brewers found one.
The Curveball: Rick Porcello (DET)- Porcello has numbers that are deceiving on the season. In his last 10 games Rick has gone 7-3 for the Tigers and 9-5 this year for the Tigers. So can I say” he is heating up?” We all know that Porcello is a very good pitcher despite the outcomes of some of his past starts. He does extremely well at keeping the ball in the park and allowing his defense to make a play on the ball. In 88.2 IP he has given up but nine home runs all year. In my mind that is a very good thing for a team to be victorious, and feel a level of comfort that he is able to keep them within striking distance when he is on the mound.
The Detroit Tigers starter holds a 3.76 ERA a 1.24 WHIP with a 56/21 K/BB ratio. Porcello is the type of pitcher that will walk a batter rather than challenge him. I think for his style it is smart to not give a hitter a pitch in a count that is not in his favor. He likes to avoid the odds of potential damage. He is a smart pitcher, I always say there are pitchers that “look” good and some that “are” good. Especially in this era of baseball. Porcello looks like a solid bet, going 9-5 in 14 starts shows me he is putting in work.
The Detroit Tigers will be in Texas to take on the Rangers on Thursday. Porcello will be seeking revenge for the one not so good start against them the last time he faced them. Look for the Tigers to lead the way and Porcello to give them what they need to get that fifth straight notch on the belt.
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