Fantasy Baseball Daily Opener: Gerrit Cole, Garrett Whitlock, Alex Cobb (4/20)

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Welcome to the Daily Opener.

Every morning, I’ll be with you to recap the previous day of baseball and talk about what stood out to me. We’ll find fun stats. We’ll regret some injuries. We’ll take a peek at the day ahead. And we’ll have a few laughs.

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Top Stories

  • Gerrit Cole had another forgettable start on Tuesday, lasing just 1.2 IP while allowing 2 ER, 1 H, and 5 BB while striking out two. It was the shortest outing of his career, and the five walks tied a career-high. Is it too early to be concerned about Cole? I spoke often this offseason about not wanting to pay up for the top tier of starting pitchers because 1. I loved the subsequent tiers of pitchers and 2. I had some concerns about most of the top starters. I think Cole’s numbers will be fine at the end of the season, but these are the kinds of performances that had me shying away from his price tag on draft day.
  • Garrett Whitlock earned his first save of the season in Tuesday’s win over the Blue Jays. Through four appearances to start the year, Whitlock has a 0.93 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 11 K, 1 W, and 1 S while allowing four hits and two walks over 9.2 IP. His value of him in fantasy is a bit all over the place depending on your league format and roster size, but he could be an elite weapon to help with your ratios while contributing the occasional save. The Red Sox and manager Alex Cora like to use him in that “high leverage” role that sometimes has him pitch multiple innings in the middle of the game, but he’s clearly the best pitcher in the bullpen after Chaim Bloom failed to address an already shaky stable of Boston arms this offseason.
  • alex cobb allowed 3 ER on 6 H over 4.1 IP in a no-decision against the Mets on Tuesday, and he landed on the injured list with a groin injury on Wednesday morning. Cobb was a popular pick this offseason due to strong metrics in 2021 and an excellent landing spot in San Francisco for 2022. There is no word yet as to how severe the injury is.


studs and duds

Here are some of the best and worst performances from yesterday.

Studs (Pitchers)

  • Max Fried – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 K in win over Dodgers
  • Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 10 K, took no-hitter into the 6th inning in win over Giants
  • Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, just 3 K in no-decision vs. rockies
  • Corbin Burnes – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 10 K in win over Pirates
  • Joan Adon – 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K in win over Diamondbacks
  • josiah gray – 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K also in a win over the Diamondbacks
    • 18K through 14.1 IP to start the season
  • Joe Musgrove – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K in win over Reds
  • Adam Wainwright – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K in win over Marlins
  • robbie ray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K in win over Rangers
    • Bounces back after rough start, but only 13K through 19.1 IP

Studs (Hitters)

  • Salvador Perez – 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB (up to 4 HR on the season)
  • Wander Franco – 3-for-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • CJ Cron – 1-for-2, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB (league-leading 6 HR)
  • Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
  • Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
    • Through 13 G: .365 AVG, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB
  • tommy edman – 2-for-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI
    • Through 9 G: .355 AVG, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB
  • Eugene Suarez – 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
    • Batting .189 but does have 3 HRs through 10 games

Duds (Pitchers)

  • Gerrit Cole – 1.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 3 K in no-decision vs. Tigers
  • Framber Valdez – 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 3 K in loss to Angels
  • Jesus Luzardo (bad Luzardo) – 4.1 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K in loss to Cardinals
  • alex cobb – 4.1 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, 4 K in no-decision vs. Mets (landed on the IL this morning)
  • Logan Webb – 3.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 1 K in loss to Mets

Duds (Hitters)

11 different players went 0-for-4 with 2 Ks on Tuesday:

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Minor Improvements

Nolan Gorman is doing some things…


Here is every player who hit a home run yesterday:

Salvador Perez (x2)
Daulton Varsho
Joc Pedersen
Daniel Vögelbach
Hunter Dozier
Tommy Pham
Jarred Kelenic
Hunter Renfroe
Jeremy Pena
Bryan Cruz
Patrick Wisdom
Abraham Bull
Rowdy Tellez
Eugene Suarez
Zack Collins
Travis d’Arnaud
Josh VanMeter
Manny Machado
Kyle Schwarber
CJ Cron
Wander Franco


Here is every player who stole a base yesterday:

Julio Rodriguez (x2)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (x2)
Steven Duggar
Starling Mars
Andrew Velazquez
Adolis Garcia
Tony Kemp
Anthony Rizzo
austin riley
Tyler O’Neill
Ozzie Albyes
Francis Lindor
Paul DeJong
Christian Bethancourt
Eli White
Aaron Hicks

Arm Barn Report

Here is every player who recorded a save yesterday:

kenley jansen
daniel bard
Trevor May
Aroldis Chapman
Andrew Kittredge
Josh Staumont
Josh Hader
Tanner Rainey
Zack Jackson
Garrett Whitlock
Francis Lindor
Paul DeJong
Christian Bethancourt

Today’s Starting Lineup

  • No nationally televised game today, but we have Rays vs. Cubs on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET.
  • tonight’s Giants vs. Mets game featured another good starting pitching matchup in Carlos Rodón vs. Chris Bassett
  • It’s an Ohtani Day as shōhei ohtani takes the mound in tonight’s Angels vs. stars game. The less exciting jake odorizzi starts for Houston.

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