The pitching has been surprisingly good this week so far – let’s take at the top 10 starting pitching performances this week (Monday-Wednesday).
- Ervin Santana – Santana had a stellar outing on Tuesday when he twirled a complete game shutout with only 2 hits against the Orioles. Santana has never been a star pitcher, but he has been so far. He has 8 quality starts in 10 games, and he has never pitched less than 6 innings.
- Jon Lester – Lester hasn’t been unhittable this year, but he was on Tuesday when he threw a complete game in which he allowed 1 run on 4 hits to go with 10 K’s. After giving up 3 runs in each of his previous 2 outings and only 4 quality starts on the season, he bounced back with a fantastic 5th quality start. He now sports a 3.19 ERA and looks like he’s bound for another great year.
- Clayton Kershaw – Kershaw pitched a complete game and allowed 1 run, yet he got a no decision against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. He was unbelievable as always, striking out 10 and giving up 3 hits. Clayton is right on track for another Cy Young type of Year.
- Zack Greinke – Greinke is having a phenomenal bounce back year which continued on Monday when he went 8 2/3 and gave up 1 run on 4 hits while whiffing 12 batters. He seems to be settled in as a Diamondback and has 7 quality starts this year with a 2.82 ERA.
- Luis Severino – Severino had a tough year last year after going 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA, but he’s been awesome for the Yankees in 2017. He tossed 8 scoreless innings in the win, lowering his season ERA to 3.11.
- Sonny Gray – Who would have thought? Another guy who’s bouncing back from a rough 2016 campaign, Sonny Gray is off to a sparkling start after beginning the season on the DL. He pitched 7 innings, struck out 11, and gave up a single run in the win. His season ERA is now at 3.34 with 28 K’s in 29 innings. He has 2 starts for period 9, so if he’s still on waivers (owned in 89% of CBS fantasy leagues), pick him up ASAP.
- Mike Leake – Maybe the biggest surprise of all, Leake is having a GREAT season so far. He’s always been an average pitcher until this year in which his ERA is a dazzling 1.91. He is 9 for 9 in quality starts and went 8 innings allowing a single run yesterday. He only has 42 K’s in 61 1/3 innings, but it doesn’t matter the way he’s pitching.
- Joe Ross – Ross has been hurt a lot this year, but he was stellar on Tuesday: he went 8 innings and gave up 1 run in the win for the Nationals. It was his first good start of the season, so keep an eye on him.
- Lance Lynn – I picked Lynn up for 2 starts a few weeks ago, and if I could go back in time, I’d go back and stop myself from dropping him. He has a 2.53 ERA – that’s someone I could really use right now. On Tuesday he was great against Kershaw, going 8 innings, racking up 10 K’s, and allowed just 1 earned run.
- Kyle Hendricks – After a rough start to the season, someone in my league dropped him. I was surprised, but I didn’t pick him up because I had so many players on the DL and no free roster spots (and I’m kicking myself for that now). He had another great game, going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs in the victory. He now has an impressive 3.25 ERA and looks like the pitcher we saw last year.
Unexpected fantastic performances
Joe Ross should probably be included here, but he was too good to leave out of my top 10.
- Jeff Hoffman – I’ve never heard of him if I’m being honest, but he went 7 innings and allowed 1 run for the Rockies.
- Tyler Chatwood – Chatwood has had some great games this year, including yesterday when he pitched 7 scoreless innings and got a win. He now has a 4.50 ERA on the season.
Other noteworthy performances:
Tanner Roark (7 innings, 1 run allowed)
Chris Sale (7 1/3 innings, 3 runs allowed)
Matt Shoemaker (6 1/3 innings, 0 runs allowed)
Jose Berrios (6 1/3 innings , 3 runs allowed)
Scott Feldman (6 innings, 1 run allowed)
JC Ramirez (6 2/3 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Danny Duffy (7 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Michael Pineda (6 1/3 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Jordan Montgomery (6 2/3 innings, 1 run allowed)
Ty Blach (7 innings, 3 runs allowed)
Lance McCullers (5 innings, 0 runs allowed)
German Marquez (6 innings, 1 run allowed)
Charlie Morton (7 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Julio Teheran (6 innings, 0 runs allowed)
Daniel Norris (6 1/3 innings, 1 run allowed)
Jake Odorizzi (6 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Dylan Bundy (7 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Michael Fulmer (7 innings, 1 run allowed)
Tyler Glasnow (6 innings, 2 runs allowed)
Jordan Zimmerman (6 innings, 2 runs allowed)