Considering whether you should buy into the righty's spring velo bump.
Most of the fantasy leagues I play in use FAAB for free agency, but I still play in one league where it’s a free-for-all won by the first person to the internet. When the gates open for our league to make adds the following Monday after the draft at noon, it’s a question of who can click on their guy first. I’ve added players on my phone while getting out of a cab in years past. This was a time for Zach McAllister, who I forgot about on draft day. Now, I believe he’s worth a closer look after a strong spring.
Last year, McAllister struggled as a starter for the Indians as he had a 5.67 ERA in 15 starts. He failed to live up to the 3.75 ERA he had in 24 starts in 2013, but McAllister rebounded while pitching out of the bullpen in September. In seven appearances as a reliever, he posted a 2.77 ERA, 1.15 WHIP with a 14-to-2 K:BB ratio and 27 percent strikeout rate in 13 innings. Perhaps most importantly, his fastball velocity spiked and he averaged over 96 mph with his heater, according to Brooks Baseball. It was only the second time in his career that he had averaged over 93.5 mph with his fastball in a month and the other time was in July (94.22).
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If these players are sitting on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.
Hitter: David Ross, C, Boston Red Sox
Suffer an early catching injury? Wondering if you just simply leave a dead slot on your team or try to make a shrewd free agent pick up? Look no further than David Ross. He doesn’t offer much, but a handful of home runs without enough at bats to destroy your batting average is good enough in an AL-only league. Ross should be good for 5-7 home runs assuming he has no lingering concussion effects this year.
Zach McAllister hasn't allowed a lot of earned runs, but he's allowed a lot of runs nonetheless. Here's how.
On Monday, Zach McAllister was pitching at home for the Indians. It was the second inning, and he wasn’t having his best game: two solo home runs to lead off the second inning had him in an early hole. Then there was a double, and a walk, but with two outs he got the grounder to second base he needed to get out of the inning. Jason Kipnis threw poorly, Carlos Santana stretched poorly.
Which two-start pitchers are worth using in your fantasy league this week?
I have no idea what Gavin Floyd’s problem is, but I thought the Minnesota matchup would be the easier of his two this week. Hopefully he doesn’t make things worse in his start against Cleveland. Meanwhile, Felipe Paulino remains excellent and started the week off with a gem in New York. Looks like I had last week’s AL “starts” in reverse order; it should have been Paulino, Jerome Williams, Floyd, Hiroki Kuroda.
Mike Minor has a long way to go before earning another “consider” recommendation, let alone a “start.” His home run issues are just painful at this point. At least Chris Capuano rewarded my confidence in him over guys like Bud Norris and Mat Latos (both of whom I like immensely) by pitching a gem to start the week in Arizona.