I am probably not ready to roster Yu Darvish quite yet, but it’s close and he should be on your radar moving forward. Five days ago, Darvish made his first start of the season, coming off Tommy John surgery last year. He was rather impressive, striking out seven Pirates in just five innings. He scattered just three hits and allowed a single run. According to FanGraphs, his fastball touched 97.8 MPH in that start, which would be his fastest recorded pitch in his Major League career. It’s safe to say he wasn’t afraid to cut it loose after major surgery. He’s not 100% safe to roster just yet since reports indicate that he will be limited to “85-to-95” pitches in this game against the Mariners. He could be a GPP flier, but pay attention to this start either way.
There’s something interesting about Drew Pomeranz today who is sporting a 10.71 K/9 this season, which is fourth-best on this slate. The lefty has dazzled at home this season, notching a 1.02 ERA in three starts at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. The Rockies are feast or famine against southpaws. They have an excellent wOBA but are striking out at 23.3% which is the ninth-worst rate in the league. The Rockies are worth targeting away from Coors Field. Colorado sinks to the 20th ranked wOBA in away games.
Adam Wainwright has fallen off the face of the Earth. He has had exactly one good outing this season and has allowed at least three earned runs in nine of ten starts this season. His xFIP is fifth-worst on the slate, his strikeouts per nine are at a career low and his opponents BABIP is a whopping .323. Now he has to battle the San Francisco Giants who are certainly one of the league’s top offenses.
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