Morning Read: After an impressive outing against the Giants, Merrill Kelly now has a 3.46 ERA in his last seven starts. In those starts he has faced the Giants, Dodgers, Padres, and Reds. That ain't easy. So is this real?
I’m afraid this doesn’t last. He decided to go four-seam and sinker heavy. Neither have a ton of movement and while he locates his four-seam well it is very hittable. He is pitching for weak contact but his barrel rate against isn’t great and neither is his exit velocity against. I would be more intrigued if he used his cutter more and he did do that against the Dodgers. If that sticks there might be something here, otherwise he seems like just a streamer.
We might be seeing a hot streak here.
Today's Streamer: Shane McClanahan, as we all know, has some serious strikeout potential. In his last three starts, he boasts a 15.8 SwStr%. The question has been, can he go five innings. He certainly can. He draws a Royals offense that has been horrendous as of late. They have a 68 wRC+ and 15.2 SwStr% in the last seven days. I think we see a ton of strikeouts from Shane today and this is a no-brainer.
Shallow League Option: Shane McClanahan.
Deep League Option: I previously had Chris Flex and he is still a good option but it looks like a better one has come out of the woodwork. Joey Lucchesi looked insanely good in his last outing. I know he tends to do that but it still matters. In his last three starts he has a 30.6 K-BB%. That is elite. I'll take him at home against the Rockies.
Looking For Strikeouts: Shane McClanahan, Ryan Weathers, Spencer Howard, and Jordan Montgomery.
Looking For Quality Starts: Jordan Montgomery and Carlos Martinez.
Looking For Wins: Shane McClanahan, Ryan Weathers, and Spencer Howard.
Looking For Ratios: Shane McClanahan and Joey Lucchesi.
Tomorrow's Streamers: Jon Gray and Martin Perez.
The Day After: Jameson Taillon, Ross Stripling, and Austin Gomber.
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