FANTASY BASEBALL BEAST ALERT
BEAST DOME NATION.
Here is the truth about 99% of pitchers. No matter who they are, they have the chance of getting blown up at any second. I am talking blown up with 6 ER in less than 3 INN of work. Jake Arrieta, Chris Archer, Jon Lester these guys were all Top 5 Starting Pitchers, all of them ended up wtih less than Average stats. Lester + Archer owned an ERA over 4.00. The only pitchers that fit that 1% of 99%. Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. Those two guys own unhittable stuff and a Quality Start with a healthy number of Strikeouts is expected every single night. The rest of the pitchers in this league, own stuff that can be hit on any given night.
With that comes the BEAST DOME Strategy. Take Pitchers late, draft a Superstar Hitting team.
We will be going through the hitters at every position throughout Spring Training, for now here is the pitcher you need to target in all leagues.
TYLER CHATWOOD – CHC
The first thing you need to know about Chatwood is that he lost 2014/2015 because of Tommy John Surgery. Usually when a pitcher undergoes this procedure the best thing to do is be cautious as his career could be over if he does not find his groove. To make the situation even more difficult, he has to pitch in Coors Field a ball park where any pop fly can turn into a HR. Chatwood got paid $38 Million/3 Years with those numbers to pitch for the Cubs.
The reason the Cubs shelled out big bucks fo rthe 29 year old pitcher is the fact he was a BEAST on the Road.
2016 Chatwood went 8-1 with a 1.69 Road ERA in 13 Starts.
2017 Chatwood went 5-7 with a 3.49 Road ERA in 13 Starts.
While a 3.49 Road ERA may not amaze you, keep in mind Jake Arrieta owned a 3.53 ERA on the season, and a .349 ERA would have had him #15 overall in the Major Leagues.
The Cubs have a winning formula. They are the new Kings of the NL Central, and the hitting duo that has been carrying this team of Rizzo + Bryant plus strong role players will always give their starters a chance to win some games.
The Cubs Infield could be the best Infield in baseball, and for a ground ball pitcher like Chatwood, that should result in some great pitching numbers. Going from Trevory Story to Addison Russell, and Mark Reynolds to Anthony Rizzo is going to be day and night different. Most important of all, the Cubs are rolling out the same 8 Players on the field that they rolled out everyday in 2017. Chemistry will be on point.
Right now his Expert Consensus Rank on FantasyPros is #314. That means you can easily take Chatwood after the 20th Round of a 12 Man Draft, and that value is worth it’s piece in gold. When you add the fact Chatwood carries RP Elgibility as well, there is no reason why the Heavy Ground Ball Machine Tyler Chatwood should not find his way on your roster.
15+ Wins. Top 25 ERA. Top 25 WHIP. You will not find a better value. Strikeouts you will have to find somewhere else, but this guy gives you vintage Tom Glavin
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