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NL Central Arms vs NL Central Bats

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NL East Arms vs Bats

League Scoring System
  • IP - 7.5
  • K - 2
  • H - -2.5
  • HR - -12.5
  • BB - -3
  • HB - -3

Key NL Central Moves

NL CentralAVG GS
vs Div
Jake Arrieta45.9
Jon Lester43.2
Anthony DeSclafani34.6
Francisco Liriano31.2
Gerrit Cole31.1
Carlos Martinez29.8
Jimmy Nelson27.6
Taylor Jungmann26.1

As expected, Arrieta dominated the NL Central and to make matters worse for the rest of the division, so did Jon Lester.  Over 29 starts, the two Cubs pitchers averaged 44.6 points per start - the league average per start is 25 points.  They beat up on the Pirates, with six starts better than 50 points - four for Arrieta.  The Reds and Brewers did not get much better and even though the two only made 12 starts against those teams, they averaged 44.5 points.  They averaged 37.7 points vs the Cardinals.  In all those starts, not one went negative and only three were below average (25pts) - Lester twice against the Cards and Arrieta once vs Brewers.

Despite the Cubs offense being the best against SP in the division, Liriano and Cole had their best starts against them, averaging 46.9 points over six starts.  Four of them were made by Cole, but the Cubs failed to homer off either starter.  The Brewers and Reds beat up on these two, accounting for their seven worst starts and the only starts below 20 points.  This includes a -10.5 day for Liriano in September when he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) to cross the plate in just 2.1 IP thanks to seven hits, four walks and a Khris Davis two run home run.

Martinez struggled most against the Reds, posting just 21 points per start.  He never got rocked, but it was the only team he failed to score 30+ points against.  He dominated the Brewers over 15 innings in two starts - 17 k, 8 h, 1 bb, 1 er - 102 fantasy points.

Milwaukee was led by Nelson's 30 starts, 177 IP and 148 K.  Not great numbers for an Ace, but good numbers for Nelson who will turn 27 this year.  His four starts of 50 or more points against the NL Central was the best for starters not named Arrieta/Lester.  John Lackey also had four starts of 50+ points, but made three starts against the Cubs so I did not add him to the list,  However, Nelson also had two negative starts.

The Reds are nowhere near ready to compete, but they will need to see more growth from DeSclafani who had a nice year in 2015 and will need Raisel Iglesias to have a breakout season, after making eight starts last year.  Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake are gone, but Alfredo Simon is back.  DeSclafani's best start against the division came against the Brewers in April, when he pitched eight shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just two hits and one walk.  That was good for 62 points. He allowed more than three runs in just two of his 14 starts against the NL Central.

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