(RHP) Luis Severino- New York Yankees: 2-1, 3.50, 20 Ks
– Severino has been masterful for the pinstripes in the month of April. Disregard his last start where he struggled against against arch rival, Red Sox in Fenway, and he has allowed a total of 6 hits, and 2 ER in his prior two appearances; if you do the math, his ERA was 1.38 through the two outings. He’ll look to redeem himself against an underwhelming (and this is us being nice) Miami Marlins team in the Bronx this evening. Marlins will counter with lefty, Caleb Smith, and while Smith has performed admirably early on, he hasn’t had to face a lineup nearly as opportunistic, and talented as the Yankees. Severino will look for vengeance after a Fenway outing he’ll look to forget, and what better way to grab that vengeance against a Triple A caliber Marlins team (Sidenote: Giancarlo Stanton could go yard at least three times).
(LHP) J.A. Happ- Toronto Blue Jays: 2-1, 3.94 ERA, 23 Ks
– Happ has pitched admirably in his first three outings, while he hasn’t been a ‘shutdown’ hurler, he has contained American league offenses to claim two wins, and keep his ERA under 4. Happ will be an ideal start on Tuesday due to a favorable matchup at home as Toronto takes on a 3-10 Royals team. Danny Duffy will be on the mound for visiting Kansas City, and his numbers coincide with Kansas City’s overall lackluster start; 0-2 with an ERA of 5.40. One would think Toronto’s offense will have no problem getting the bats around, and perhaps forcing the Royals look to their pen early. If there is a chance Happ does have that shutdown performance fantasy owners are looking for, it could be a night with visiting Kansas City going with Duffy on the hill.
(RHP) Luke Weaver- St. Louis Cardinals: 2-0, 2.08 ERA, 17 Ks
– Weaver took advantage of a plethora of St. Louis injuries down the stretch last season, and accumulated valuable starting experience in a postseason race. It appears that experience is paying off early on as Weaver looks like he could be the true number two starter behind Martinez that they were desperately seeking. This will be the true test, as Weaver takes the hill against a dangerous Chicago lineup at Wrigley; not to mention John Lester is never easy to outduel in general. If Weaver can go into arch-rival territory as infamous as Wrigley, and outduel the four time all-star in Lester, it proves Weaver should be an instant pickup if he isn’t owned already.
(RHP) Charlie Morton- Houston Astros: 2-0. 1.00 ERA, 25 Ks
– We’re not only riding Morton’s remarkable start, but we’re acknowledging that Mariners’ hurler, Marco Gonzales (8.25 ERA) hasn’t had the start he, or Seattle was hoping for. While Gonzales qualified for a quality start in his debut, throwing 6.1, allowing 3 ER on 6 hits, he has struggled to find his form in the latter two appearances. He has failed to get through four innings in either appearance, as he may have ended giving up more than the 4 ER that he did if it weren’t for the early pulls. This all bolds well for an Astros team that should be licking their chops, and really should be seeing opponents’ best pitching options. There’s no reason to believe Morton will fall to Gonzales, there’s no reason to believe the Astros will fall to the Mariners (though Seattle is off to solid start this year); Morton is easily the ideal starter in any fantasy situation on Thursday.
(RHP) Trevor Bauer- Cleveland Indians: 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 21 K
– Bauer is off to what seems routine for the 27 year old hurler. While his 1-1 record might be misleading, as he lost in a 1-0 decision in which he allowed just 3 hits, as well as dealing with pitch count that forced Cleveland to go to the open after 5 innings of solid work (allowing 2 ER). One would think Bauer will rack up the wins with a Cleveland team that has consistently played into the postseason the past few years. His 2.25 ERA affirms fantasy owners should expect a phenomenal year from the righty, and while he’s seen some bad luck in his first few appearances, the Indians offense will likely provide more consistent run support than they scraped up his first two appearances.
*Fantasy rotations are based off of projected starters when each edition is curated every Monday. The ‘Fantasy Rotation of the Week’ does not account for last minute injuries, or managerial lineup changes. Please be sure to diligently review announced starters the day of before considering any of the below information.