Here’s a ranked list of two start pitchers for week 2:
Friday Night Lights
It’s only been one week – but what a week it was.
Finely Drawn Lines
I’m not sure the coolest line of the season will not be this one :
The first series are now in the books, but there so much yet to come. If some of your higher ranked players are not producing out of the gates – don’t panic. You shouldn’t drop them until at least May (watch for the guys that don’t have your patience). But that doesn’t mean you have to start them if you don’t like next weeks match-ups.
However, for all those owners with a Joe Nathan in their lineup, you might want to have a look at other options. This is when the early nerd gets the return. What? Isn’t that the old cliche? Release Joe Nathan, you must, particularly if Jason Grilli, Luke Gregerson or Nathan’s teammate, Joakim Soria, are still out there lurking behind that “Add” button. We warned you not to take Nathan. Don’t make the mistake of keeping him. He will only hurt your numbers.
There was a moment in our 14-team (in-person) “home draft” this year that caused the loudest roar I have yet to hear in any offline mancave competition. It will live on as the most memorable back to back pick in our history.
The softest-spoken member of our league had received the dreaded 14th pick. On the turn, at the end of Round 5 and the start of Round 6, he took Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel. It was a move of gargantuan cajones. And it was a complete and utter, in your face, defiance of my advice.
Maybe this is the one “Showdown” we missed back in March – “Harvey vs Strasburg”. Both pitchers huge talents. Both made big footprints in their first year. Both went down for Tommy John surgery in their second season. Both are candidates to dethrone Clayton Kershaw as the top pitcher in the league.
But only Harvey got the job done yesterday. He struck out Bryce Harper 3 times and even prompted a few compliments from the 22 yr. old.
Must have seemed like an eternity for Cubs fans between the opener and game two against their most hated rivals. I mean, how cruel can it get for Cubbies fans? You can bet it was a pretty unproductive Wednesday afternoon in offices across the North Side when game 2 finally arrived. And for these slackers it was worth the wait – just like it will be worth the wait for Kris Bryant.
Make no mistake, some number two starters are superior to many of the aces out there. But only a couple of the ones that pitched during last night’s light schedule fit this category. Others are not even considered to be number twos. It was an odd day with a few duds and a couple of very good pitching matchups: