Alright we’re back for another edition of #2xSP, and after a weird Week 15 (0-5, 4.18 ERA, 9.5 K/9 and three quality starts), we’re off to a pretty good start in Week 16 (3-0, 2.55 ERA, 6.1 K/9, but just one quality start). I guess on the aggregate, those two weeks combined would be pretty solid.
This week was a bit of a struggle, but I really like the first name and the other two I’m semi-enthused about, so let’s get after it. First of all, here are the season marks:
52 quality starts
And here are this week’s recs (with team wRC+ in parentheses):
RHP Homer Bailey – 28.3% ESPN – v. LAD (98), @ARI (94)
“Hi, I’m Homer Bailey, and you might remember me from not pitching a full season since 2013.” While that is true, as Bailey made 23 starts in 2014 and just two last year before missing a ton of time with Tommy John surgery. Before that, he had surgery to repair a tear in his flexor tendon in his throwing elbow as well. Either way, he’s back and ready to roll, and has a couple decent matchups coming up this week. Beyond that, he’s looked pretty good so far in his four starts since returning: 3.66 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 12.4 K/9. Opposing batters have hit just .269/.337/.321 against him, with the OBP a bit alarming but nothing else terribly out of whack. Either way, it isn’t often that you get a starter of Bailey’s caliber largely available on the wire at this time of year. Get on it. Read the rest of this entry »