Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox - Rick Porcello dominated the A's over 8.0 innings on Tuesday allowing no runs and just two hits while striking out eight. Porcello hadn't struck out more than five in a game before this start, and it was also his first outing allowing less than two runs this season. Even with this start, I still can't get behind rostering Porcello. Entering this start, Porcello had a 17% K% compared to extremely high 12% BB%, though both of those numbers will trend in the right directions after this start. He generated only seven swing and misses in this start and relied on 28 called strikes in the outing. Porcello just doesn't strikeout enough hitters for me, and just gives up too much hard contact to be a reliable fantasy arm.
Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers - Joey Gallo hit homer number 10 on Tuesday and also walked three times which pushed his OBP up over the .400 mark for the season. Because he's still Gallo after all he added a strikeout to his line as well. Gallo is showing a lot of strong signs as the plate with drops to his chase rate and is overall just knocking the cover off the baseball. The strikeouts are still an issue for Gallo though as even with not chasing as many pitches; he's still striking out in 35% of his at bats. So sure, he's probably not going to stay at .260+ all year, but he can definitely sit around .240 and that's surplus value from what you expected when you drafted him this spring.
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians - Trevor Bauer picked up his fourth win of the season after allowing four runs over seven innings against the Marlins. Bauer allowed just four hits in the outing but he also walked four batters, which gives him ten walks over his last 15 innings dating back to last start. Bauer picked up 18 swinging strikes in the game against Miami which is right in line with his season swinging strike rate of 11.3%. Bauer is going to allow more runs this year than he did last season as long as he keeps walking batters at a 4% higher clip than last season, but he's still a fantasy ace and is going to give you great outings each time out.
Spencer Turnbull, Detroit Tigers - Spencer Turnbull shut down the Phillies over six innings, allowing just one run while striking out five. This marks the third excellent start for Turnbull in a row (6IP, 1R against Pittsburgh and 5 IP, 0R against the Red Sox) and he's lowered his ERA down to 2.53 with a 3.69 FIP. Turnbull has a solid 10.7% swinging strike rate this year, but Tuesday he saw it jump up even higher up to 16% with 15 whiffs on 94 pitches. He went even more slider heavy than usual in this outing, throwing the slider 33 times which was his highest totaled offering in the game.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians - Corey Kluber has definitely seen his share of struggles, but there's an excellent chance for a get-right game on Wednesday. Kluber is still generating a ton of swinging strikes this year, but he's been walking more batters than usual and the extra amount of runners (plus a 13% drop in his strand rate) as led to a near 6.00 ERA despite a 4.19 FIP. He's $9,400 on DraftKings and I'm expecting him to have a big game against the Marlins.
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