By Billy Moy @william_moy6 on April 9, 2014
Here are the daily notes for Apr. 9. Included are starting pitchers I like as streamers for Apr. 10, important fantasy baseball notes from games played on Apr. 8, and what's going on with some shaky closer situations,
Travis Wood vs. PIT (54 percent Yahoo! -- 95 percent ESPN)
Dan Straily @ MIN (60 percent Yahoo! -- 3 percent ESPN)
Jenrry Mejia @ ATL (91 percent Yahoo! -- 99 percent ESPN)
David Hale vs. NYM (96 percent Yahoo! -- 99 percent ESPN)
Adam LaRoche went 3-for-3 on Tuesday, bringing his season average up to .348 to go with seven runs, two home runs and nine RBI. LaRoche has hit at least 20 home runs in four of the last five years (the year he didn't he missed a ton of time due to injury), and there's no reason to think it won't be five of six at the end of 2014.
Grady Sizemore went 5-for-8 in his last two games to bring his average up to .364 for the session. Sizemore has already hit a home run and stolen a base this season, and as long as he remains healthy, he has a shot to be a major contributor this season. Sizemore is still available in plenty of leagues, make the add if you need offensive help.
Emilio Bonifacio just refuses to quit. He went 3-for-5 on Tuesday with another steal, bringing his total up to five for the season and his average up to .515. He is absolutely on fire at the moment.
I watched his entire game yesterday, and was absolutely mesmerized the entire time. Yordano Ventura is going to be one heck of a pitcher, and needs to be owned in all leagues. He owns a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and he touched 100+ early and often. Additionally, he owns an impossible to hit changeup (just ask Wil Myers) and a filthy curveball. Ventura could be this year's Jose Fernandez.
Tim Hudson stymied the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second time this season, allowing just two runs, seven hits, and no walks while striking out four in an eight inning victory. Hudson was one of the most over-looked pitchers entering 2014, and has the ability to put up some very useful numbers pitching in San Francisco.
Jose Quintana went into Coors Field yesterday and left unscathed, pitching seven innings and allowing just five hits, two walks and two runs while striking out four in a 15-3 victory. The fact that this guy is available in 97 percent of ESPN leagues is absolutely absurd. At 25 years old he has a 3.58 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 349.1 big league innings.
Homer Bailey's ERA currently sits at 7.71, and his WHIP is at 2.25. He was given a 4-0 lead in yesterday's game, but squandered it by allowing nine hits, two walks and four earned runs over five innings.
Many people were big on Bailey entering 2014, but this is a guy who owns a 4.29 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 862.1 career innings. I'm a little wary.
Ivan Nova was torched by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, allowing seven runs and 10 hits over 3.2 innings. Nova has now allowed 16 hits in just 9.1 innings this season to go with only four strikeouts. His ERA sits at 8.68 to go with a 2.25 WHIP. Nova does not look like a reliable fantasy option at the moment.
Sergio Santos was fantastic on Tuesday, striking out all three batters on his way to a perfect save. Santos now has eight strikeouts in just 3.1 innings and possesses the skills (and closing experience) to seize the reigns of the Toronto Blue Jays' ninth inning job even when Casey Janssen returns.
Jose Veras has been awful this season; he's blown his only save opportunity, has a 10.13 ERA, a 2.63 WHIP, and has walked six batters in just 2.2 innings. This is not a situation I want any part of, but if I had to speculate, I'd bet that Pedro Strop is the new Chicago Cubs closer before we reach the month of May.
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