Fantasy baseball Pitching Report: Mejia an asset in mixed leagues

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014
If Jenrry Mejia can keep his walks under control, he may become a top-40 fantasy starter this year.
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The wildly underrated Mejia remains widely available, regardless of where you play your fantasy baseball. That may not remain the case for much longer after his outing on Monday. Get in on him while you still can.

Johnny Cueto celebrates after throwing a complete game shutout against the Pirates on April 16.
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Hold: Jesse Chavez, Oakland A's -- Chavez, the 30-year-old journeyman who made exactly two major league starts before this season, is the 14th-ranked starting pitcher in fantasy baseball through the first three weeks of the season. He has a 1.38 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 0.92 WHIP and 28 strikeouts against five walks in 26 innings. He had two straight starts in which he allowed one run in seven innings while fanning nine and walking none. His success has been legitimate and undeniable, but it's hard to trust a guy without a track record before his 30th birthday. You shouldn't necessarily have him on the block, but understand the very real chance for a regression here.

Daniel Webb may get a shot at closing if Matt Lindstrom continues to struggle in the role.
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16.3 -- Francisco Liriano's swinging-strike rate through four starts. He has struggled a bit, allowing 11 runs, 21 hits and 10 walks in 25 innings, but he does have 28 strikeouts thanks to all those empty swings. He may not be able to match the rates he put up last year, but he's still going to be big-time strikeout pitcher.

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