Daily Pitcher Rankings (May 10th)
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*All totals are for the Week.
Hitter of the day: (1-10, 2 RBI) J.P. Arencibia @ Min
Sleeper Pitcher of the day: (0-2, 9.2 INN, 13 ER, 8 K) Henderson Alvarez @ Min
Closer of the day: (1-1-1) Jose Valverde @ Oak
Lock of the Day: (1-1, 11 INN, 3 ER, 5 K) Stephen Strasburg @ Pit
Bust of the Day: (0-2, 18 INN, 5 ER, 118 K) Josh Beckett vs. Cle
SALARY CAP TEAM: (5/10)
C: J.P. Arencibia
1B: Prince Fielder
2B: Robert Andino
SS: J.J. Hardy
3B: Brett Lawrie
OF: Eric Thames
OF: Nelson Cruz
OF: Adam Jones
UTI: Ryan Doumit
UTI: Ryan Raburn
SP: Stephen Strasburg
SP: David Price
RP: Alfredo Aceves
RP: Jose Valverde
Daily Pitcher Rankings (5/10):
1. STEPHEN STRASBURG @ PIT
The Pirates offense is not the same offense from a week ago. Pedro Alvarez is not hot anymore, and outside of McCutchen nobody is doing anything that impressive. Stras should dominate with his eyes closed.
2. DAVID PRICE @ NYY
Price is the best pitcher in the MLB so far this season, and if he can shutdown a Yankee team that only scored 1 run off of Jeff Neimann in 7 INN, than Price is a lock for a good game.
3. CC SABATHIA VS. TB
CC is back on his game as he has an ERA of 2.25 in his last two starts against Detroit and a surprisingly good Kansas City. He has gone at least 8 INN in his last three starts, which is good news because Tampa Bay does not have a good back-end of lineup which should allow CC is to cruise.
4. MAX SCHERZER @ OAK
This is Max’s big start to prove he is ready to be on track the rest of the season. He is coming off of an amazing 1 ER in 7 INN with 9 Ks against a solid White Sox offense. The A’s are about half of what the White Sox are, and Scherz should be able to shut this team down especially if Yoenis Cespedes continues to sit.
5. JOSH BECKETT VS. CLE
Beckett is making his first start since April 29th, and Cleveland is not the team you want to do it against. Most of the Indian batters are ready to smash the ball, but I expect Beckett to be on damage control and throw a QS. At least that is what his owners are hoping for.
6. DEREK HOLLAND @ BAL
Baltimore has a very hot offense, but Holland has the potential to shut down any team. So far in 6 starts this season, 3 of them have been of quality. This game is no lock but if you own Holland you have to throw him out there as he will get plenty of run support as the Rangers offense will tee off off Tommy Hunter.
7. BARTOLO COLON VS. DET
Colon has been the biggest surprise in my eyes. There are always young hot shots who pitch well, but for a pitcher who is turning 39 years old, “If he is not lying about his age” to have an ERA of 2.83 through 7 starts is amazing. It is amazing because from 2011-2004 he only had two seasons with an ERA better than 3.87. Anyways back to the present, this is a big test and if trends continue he should slow down a Tigers team. But then again, the wheels could fall off with Prince Fielder starting to heat up.
8. HENDERSON ALVAREZ @ MIN
Alvarez is walking into a Bermuda triangle with this start. The Twins offense has not been striking out at all, in fact Weaver, Santana, or Haren did not throw more than 4 Ks against them in the last series. So now comes Henderson Alvarez who only has 12 Ks in 41 INN. I expect the Twins to rock his world, but he could get the run support he needs to get the W as Jason Marquis is nothing short of average.
9. DEREK LOWE @ BOS
Lowe has been nothing short of one of the biggest surprises so far this season. He has a 1.40 ERA in his last three starts, and if he can shutdown Boston like Bruce Chen did yesterday. Than his value will definitely be on the rise. I see him having some trouble since Boston will be home.
10. KEVIN CORREIA VS. WAS
Kevin is coming off of his worst start with 5 ER in 7 INN against Cincy. Luckily for Correia the Nationals do not have many hot bats, but he could definitely start a trend after this one.
11. TOMMY HUNTER VS. TEX
The over/under for HRs allowed by Hunter has to be 4.5. I am going to take the over as I see there being no way he slows down a Ranger offense that has a lot of hot bats going. Last start he gave up 5 ER in 4.1 INN against Boston, this should be worse than that.
12. JASON MARQUIS VS. TOR
If you have the confidence to put Jason Marquis on the mound against a semi-hot Blue Jay offense. Then I pat you on your back. Marquis has given 14 ER in 23 INN and has an ERA of 5.40 on the season. In fact I do not pat you on your back. I pretend I do not even know you.