You want to start a debate, call a pitcher an ACE. That will start one quick, as everyone has different ideas of what an ACE really is in MLB. Some say every team has an ACE, but my view is the pitcher is the pitcher and the rotation spot is just that, where they are slotted and sometimes guys end up in slots to keep the mix of that team’s pitchers in the order the manager likes better. But when it comes to ACES there just are not 30 of them in the league.
Good thing for fantasy baseball that most leagues are 10 or 12 teams and our CCO leagues are 20 teams, so everyone can have someone they feel is an ACE. But just like in real baseball, not all teams have an ACE and some teams have two and very rarely will a team have three. My view is going to include what I like to call No. 1 guys as well as in fantasy, those guys are the main anchor of team’s rotations and if I only included what I call true ACES, my list would be awful short.
So I am going to rank the ACES in four groups with Diamonds being the best, Spades second, Hearts third and Clubs fourth.
But first, the ones that just missed the list or I just can’t add to the list, yet. Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole, Garrett Richards, Michael Wacha, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran. I can see some of these guys being added soon and some that were so close and now may not be considered an ACE ever again. I also see the Mets with some potential future ACES in Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler and the Diamondbacks Archie Bradley could be one very soon as well.
ACE of Clubs – Injured guys who we all hope come back as their ACEself
• Adam Wainwright, Masarhiro Tanaka, Jose Fernandez and Yu Darvish
ACE of Hearts – More No. 1 guys, but can anchor my rotation anytime
• Zach Greinke, Cole Hamels, Sonny Gray, Jake Arrieta, Jordan Zimmermann and Corey Kluber
ACE of Spades – Ace guys who I just can’t put with the top group
• David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester and Chris Sale
ACE of Diamonds – The best of the best
• Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Matt Harvey, Madison Bumgarner and Stephen Strasburg
Hopefully you have at least one of these guys, maybe two, but if you have three you might just have put together a rotation that will lead you to win your league or give you the trade bait to add the bat you need. But it is so hard to judge value in trades for ACES. Some leagues ACES don’t go early and in other they do. To me there is never enough pitching in leagues and they are worth quite a bit. But you usually have to take a very good bat, versus the Top 10-15 guys you may want.
Did I miss anyone? I’d be surprised if I didn’t miss someone or you have a guy you consider that I didn’t. As I said above, this is usually a topic people have opinions on, let’s hear your guys you consider ACES.
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
Bryce Harper leads again this week and has pulled ahead of our own Anthony Rizzo in the early talk of MVP of the National League. Kris Bryant shows what happens if you pitch to him and yet he still had seven walks this week. .455/.586/.955/1.541 was his line this week and that left Major League pitchers understanding what the minor league pitchers went through with Bryant. Miguel Cabrera is still an elite batter and no surprise to being on this list. But think about this, he has eight more guaranteed years on his contract. Even if the Cubs would have signed Cabrera to this deal, who was one of the top couple players in the game for many years, would you want that contract on the Cubs books right now? I wouldn’t.
Shelby Miller almost got a no hitter and Max Scherzer picked up two wins, but right behind them is our very own Jake Arrieta. No no-hitter and only one win yet only three less points. It seems like every week, one of the pitchers we faced end up on this list and this week it is A.J. Burnett who dealt us our only loss. I have always liked Burnett and love to watch him pitch, just not against the Cubs.
Chicago Cubs Batters
Nice to see our offense revolve around our best hitters in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Both had great weeks with over .400 averages and very high on base percentages. Dexter Fowler leading off is next and had a very good week and Miguel Montero had a good week in his starts. But eventually we will need more production from the rest of the lineup. I think Jorge Soler will pick up with the weather along with Starlin Castro. Addison Russell is doing very well for being up early and being productive out of the nine hole.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
A much better week from the pitching staff with a 3.27 ERA for the week and it led to a 6-1 record in seven games. Of course when your top three pitchers put up great games in five outings you should have a good week. The other two starts went to Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood, and even though neither one was good, Wood is the one that loses his rotation spot and moves to the bullpen where he proceeded to pick up a save in his first outing. Only crazy Joe would do that and yet it worked. There are some moves coming to get the bullpen back to at least eight, if not seven this week and a very much needed day off on Monday.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
And then there were none! All teams have a loss now and there is a seven way tie for the last two spots for the playoffs at 3-3. Five teams are one game back at 2-4 and only two teams are 1-5 and two games back.
CCO Fans League
The playoffs are at 4-2 and there are five teams at 3-3 and one game back. Four teams sit at 2-4 and two games back, with two teams now three games back at 1-5 and one team (that I took over) that is still looking for its first win at 0-6 and four games back.