Twelve starts by some of the top pitchers in the MLB and the earliest drafted in Fantasy Baseball prove that you have to be patient early in the season. Three of these guys allowed mutliple home runs, one had a quality start and did not get the win and another did not pitch a quality start and got a W. Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole are still yet to pitch.
Kershaw was lights out against the San Diego Padres and there is no need to dive any deeper in to that start. The Dodgers shutout the Padres 25-0 in a three game series. Making his first MLB start, Kenta Maeda homered for LA outscoring the entire SD lineup that features Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and a bag of baseballs.
Arrieta was also in midseason form against the Los Angeles Angels - keeping Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hitless. Jon Lester followed that start with seven innings, allowing just one run, but kept Trout and Pujols without a hit.ALL ABOARD THE KENTA MAEDA HYPE TRAIN WOOT WOOT pic.twitter.com/FuItvLE32Y— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) April 7, 2016
Keuchel and Strasburg picked up wins, but walked seven batters while striking out nine over 13 innings.
Kuechel did much better than Collin McHugh who recorded just one out against the Yankees in a 16-6 loss last night that saw Ivan Nova pick up a four inning save.
Bumgarner and Greinke pitched with flu-like symptoms and it showed. They allowed five home runs in just nine innings pitched.
Fernandez suffered his first career home loss, thanks to the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia who homered and later drove in his third RBI with a double.