Henderson Alvarez ended the 2013 season on a high note, with a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in his final start, and he now has a 2.62 ERA over his first seven starts (44.2 innings) this season after shutting out the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Since allowing nine runs (four earned) in his first two starts, Alvarez has gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts with two shutouts and a 2.25 ERA over that span.
Alvarez missed the start of last season with a shoulder issue, and was fairly inconsistent in the 17 starts he made after returning to action, but he allowed three earned runs or less in five of his final six starts while going at least six innings four times in that span. That of course includes his no-hitter, and even with that success and his recent success this year it’s worth noting that Alvarez does not strike out a lot of batters (5.0 K/9 in 2013, 5.9 K/9 so far this season).
Alvarez’s next scheduled start will be Sunday on the road against the San Diego Padres, so he is a very good option in daily leagues with a favorable matchup coming. I think he’s worth adding in NL-only leagues as a potential matchup play going forward, but I’d like to see Alvarez string together a few more good outings before I’ll recommend him as a must-add in mixed leagues.