Fantasy Baseball Best Rookie Arms 2015 … So Far
Rookie arms are always a hot waiver wire pick-up, hoping to catch lighting in a bottle, not much different than the teams that call them up. But which rookie arms have put up the most points this season … so far.
- Chris Heston – 364
- Anthony DeSclafani – 357
- Noah Syndergaard – 352
- Nathan Karns – 339
- Carson Smith – 294
- Roberto Osuna – 280
- Taylor Jungmann – 279
- Carlos Rodon – 270
- Lance McCullers – 257
- Eduardo Rodriquez – 245
Rookie arms are great to take flyers on and then get that hot streak of good pitching. But rookie arms are also hard to trust this late in the season. But to make the playoffs you usually need to use one of them and there were many more that were used this year. Chris Heston leads the way thanks to his no-hitter back in June. This list has a lot more to do with opportunities than who was the best. If we used WAR, Aaron Sanchez would be listed first and Chris Bassitt would be third. If we based it on who you would want added to your team, it would have to be Noah Syndergaard or Carlos Rodon. Which rookie arm do you wish was on the Cubs to control for the next six years?
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#1 Dock Ellis D vs #4 Team Vaughn
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MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
I have not been a fan of Yoenis Cespedes, mainly because of his free swinging ways which leads to a low OBP/BB%. You can call this year a contract drive and it may be, but after watching the Oakland A’s struggle with offense after he left and how much he has meant to the New York Mets has to make you think he is the driving force. His numbers with the Mets are a small sample size and are an outliner to the rest of his numbers, but he couldn’t have picked a better time to get hot, for the Mets and himself.
What a year! In any given year, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and our very own Jake Arrieta would be run away CY Young winners. But this year it is a three arm race and the leader is not backing down to Arrieta and Kershaw coming on strong. Greinke did give up three runs in two starts, but that is good for a 1.93 ERA. But he did pick-up two more wins. So how to argue against anyone of these guys. Greinke is 17-3 with a 1.61 ERA. Arrieta has a 19-6 record and a 1.99 ERA. Kershaw is behind them both at 14-6 and 2.12 ERA but Kershaw is way ahead in strikeouts (264 K’s) and in WAR (7.4).
Chicago Cubs Batters
The offense put up 38 runs in seven games, good for a 5.4 average but 17 of those runs came in the first two games of the week. There is a plenty of reason to want Cubs players in your fantasy playoffs, but in a daily league, you need to be watching the starting lineups as Joe Maddon is trying to give everyone days off and put out the best lineup he can for that day. Only Anthony Rizzo seems to be a sure thing every day but when you have seven players putting up 20+ points last week, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
A team ERA of 3.26 on the week and an offense that averaged 5.4 runs per game should lead to a record better than 4-3. But the bullpen had a rough week and that led to some losses in games we could have won. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester are both looking like must starts and Carlos Rondon is worth starting as one of your relievers. But that is about all I would trust in your fantasy playoffs