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Thursday, January 19, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLLOUT: DAN STRAILY REMAINS FIRM MEDIOCRE ARM AFTER MOVE TO MIAMI

Veteran hurler Dan Straily has been that guy you weigh a pickup on when injuries hit your fantasy baseball staff or your in the mood to stream someone who has a decent matchup.  While far from a dependable arm, Straily has been a guy who has flashed strikeout ability in short bursts in the past and who came up the Oakland A's system with a decent amount of hype.  Alas Straily has never been able to set down roots in one locale for long as he already has done stints with the A's, Cubs, Astros, Reds, and now as of today the Miami Marlins.  With decent career ratios of a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, Straily is the definition of an SP 5 in fantasy baseball and he actually heads into 2017 coming off his best MLB campaign the year prior with the Reds.  In his 191.1 innings with Cincy, Straily put up a career-best 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP while striking out 162 batters.  And in a prime pitcher's park might we add.  At the age of 28, it could very well be that Straily has figured things out a bit at the major league level.  Underneath the numbers though were some concerning numbers as Straily's .239 BABIP was insanely lucky and when adjusted, resulted in a FIP ERA of 4.88 and an XFIP ERA of 5.02.  The latter two numbers are very scary and it shows you that Straily was not anywhere as good as his ratios suggested last season.  Yes the move to Miami puts Straily in a prime pitcher's park but we wouldn't touch him outside of NL-only leagues or mixers that go very deep where he may work as an SP 5.  Nothing to see here.


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