With Mark Reynolds still on the disabled list, and Tim Lincecum posting two sub-par starts, my team fell to 2-4 on the season. Going into Sunday, I had Lincecum going and was down by just ten points. It should have been an easy win, but Lincecum gave up four earned runs in four innings to the Oakland A’s.
There is some upside to the week though as I was able to trade Lincecum for Curtis Granderson, which is a bargain even if Timmy was pitching well.
Also on the upswing is Brian Matusz. Five of his last six starts have been quality outings. He shut down the Boston Red Sox most recently, striking out nine in the effort. Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija and Jonathan Niese continue to support the typical Justin Verlander dominance.
Also, supporting the advice not to pay for saves (a theory originated with one Matthew Berry, who was recently inducted into his second fantasy sports Hall of Fame. Congrats to the Talented Mr. Roto), the only closer I drafted was Brian Wilson. Now he has been dropped but I have Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard who have fallen into 9th-inning gigs since the season started. Thank you very much.
Considering my underperforming keepers Ben Zobrist and Eric Hosmer both show peripherals that predict improvement, the addition of Granderson and the awakening of Matusz, this 2-4 team is looking up.