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The Roller Coaster Ride Called Luis Castillo

After posting a 3.12 ERA over 15 starts last season in his MLB debut, which by the way was fully supported by exciting skills, Luis Castillo was rightfully a favorite target for many fantasy owners heading into the year. Unfortunately, his follow-up has been a big disappointment. The 25-year-old has posted a 4.66 ERA, while both his strikeout and ground ball rates have tumbled. He has also been unable to curb his severe gopheritis. When we talk about pitcher inconsistency, Castillo has been the epitome. If we were to ride on a baseball themed roller coaster, it would most certainly be named after him.

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Brandon Lowe & Christin Stewart: Deep League Wire

This week’s edition represents a reiteration of two previous recommendations. It baffles me both are owned in less than 10% of CBS leagues.

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Four Last 14 Day Powerhouses

Yesterday, I highlighted five lesser owned hitters who have running wild over the last two weeks. Today, I’ll discuss four hitters who have posted absurd HR/FB rates over the last 14 days. These players are all widely available and could knock another couple out, which may be the difference between a point or two in the homer category, and perhaps RBI.

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Five Last 14 Day Thieves

At a stolen base attempt every 54.8 plate appearances, hitters are trying for a swipe at the lowest frequency this century. That means it’s more difficult than ever to find steals on free agency to gain points in the category. Luckily, there are a handful of hitters who have attempted a bunch of steals over the last two weeks and aren’t owned in the majority of CBS leagues. Let’s discuss them.

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A Dominating Quartet of Young Starting Pitchers

The top 12 of the last 30 day starting pitcher strikeout rate leaders is littered with the usual names. But of course as with any metric over an arbitrary time frame, there are a few surprising ones. Let’s discuss the four, who all happen to be 25 and under.

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Ryan O’Hearn & Chris Shaw: Deep League Wire

The theme of this week’s deep league wire is POWER. Lots and lots of power. And unfortunately, perhaps nothing else. Most of you could use a couple of extra homers, right?

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Welcome to The Show, Joshua James

After striking out more than a third of opposing batters he faced during his time at Double-A and Triple-A this season, Astros prospect Joshua James finally got the call to make his Major League debut on Saturday. Given the stacked Astros rotation, it wasn’t that much of a surprise that it took until rosters expanded for James to get his chance. It turned out to be a mixed bag of a start, which is to be expected during a pitcher’s first career Major League start. But let’s rewind for a moment and learn how James got to this point.

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In Trusting the Entire Body of Work: The April ERA Imploders

At the beginning of this week, I identified and discussed a group of hitters who suffered through miserable slumps at the beginning of the season, only to return to form, or better, the rest of the way. I then did the same for some of the players who enjoyed fantastic performances in April, just to regress back to what had always been expected the rest of the way. Though this was by no means an exhaustive study, the lesson for all these players is to trust their entire body of work, not the small sample of a month.

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Luke Voit & Adam Engel: Deep League Wire

In just a couple of days, rosters will expand, new faces will be recalled, and you’ll have a slew of choices for your deep league teams. But until that time, you’re still stuck with the same group of mehs. Here are two recommendations.

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In Trusting the Entire Body of Work: The April Thumpers

Yesterday, I cherry-picked a group of hitters who suffered through miserable Aprils, only to return to form, or better, ever since the calendar flipped to May. It wasn’t the most convincing of arguments to trust the hitter’s entire body of work, but it did serve as a reminder that you shouldn’t make hasty moves based on such a small sample of performance. Today, I’ll discuss some hitters who had monster Aprils, but have predictably regressed to what we expected the rest of the way.

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