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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: EVEN ONE MISSED START A BIG DEAL FOR BLAKE SNELL OWNERS

Given how insanely poor the pitching has been during the first half of the month of April to begin the season, one of the precious few hurlers who actually have dominated for large stretches of that run hit in the IL on Tuesday in the form of Tampa Bay ace and reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell.  While Snell is only expected to miss one start due to fractured toe, even that one missed outing is a big loss for his fantasy baseball owners given how tremendous a pitcher the strikeout artists has turned out to be.  Even though we expected at least some bit of a regression in Snell's numbers this season compared to his monster 2018, he was still worthy of top-five status among all starters entering the season and the struggles of guys like Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Aaron Nola, Noah Syndergaard, and Stephen Strasburg have shown just how valuable Snell has been. 

-Another hard-throwing pitcher hit the IL on Tuesday and that was the Milwaukee Brewers' Freddy Peralta.  While lauded for his terrific ability to miss bats that led to 11 K's during his first start of the season, some truly pitiful control and pitch efficiency prevented Peralta from even reaching 4 innings of late.  It turns out Peralta's shoulder was bothering him and that means the Brewers will likely take a ton of precautions here just in case.  Cut him loose.

-Finally, it never ends with New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird whose pronounced injury history became even more stark Tuesday when he hit the IL with plantar fascia tear.  At this point, Bird's once top-notch prospect hype has completely vanished and this only strengthens the leash for Luke Voit who has been struggling so far this season. 


2 comments:

  1. hi im wondering should i be worry abt any of my slow start hitters? i drafted Joey Votto, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Andrew Benintendi and Yasiel Puig quite early but so far they are not paying the dividends.

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  2. Votto and Bryant yes. Votto due to age and Bryant the shoulder. The others will be fine.

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