Marlins at Diamondbacks Fantasy Preview June 1, 2018
Are you in a deep league with a team in desperate need of an under the radar starting pitcher? This matchup of National League teams could provide two quality options to consider.
Elieser Hernandez (0-2, 2.50 ERA) has played at Double-A, Triple-A and the majors in this season alone. He’s yet to win since being called up, but it’s not because of poor performance. Over 15 innings as a starter, Hernandez has allowed just three runs on 14 hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.The 23-year-old right is unlikely to rack up a ton of points for you, but could help lower your team ERA.
Clay Buchholz (0-1, 1.64 ERA) hasn’t been the most exciting pitcher since earning the promotion to Arizona. Like Hernandez, Buchholz does not strike out many (5 SO in 11 IP this season), but he hasn’t allowed many baserunners either (four hits, one walk).
Better play: Buchholz
It’s been a roller coaster career for the 33-year-old. He’s thrown a no-hitter, made All-Star games and earned Cy Young votes. He’s not that pitcher anymore, but has more of a track record than his Miami counterpart. Plus, he gets to face the Marlins lineup, a much easier task than Hernandez has dealing with the Diamondbacks bats.
Who should start
- Paul Goldschmidt will reward your patience soon enough. The first baseman has started to hit, and he had a day off earlier this week. He’s too good to continue hitting near the Mendoza line.
- Derek Dietrich had a nice finish to May, and he hits right-handed pitching well enough (.266/.323/.399). He’s only owned in 6.7 percent of ESPN leagues, and could be a decent spot starter here.
Who should sit
- Starlin Castro has been Miami’s most consistent hitter all season, but he’s also the only one with a track record against Buchholz. In nine career at-bats, Castro has one hit and two strikeouts against the righty.
- David Peralta is in the midst of a rough streak of play, including a ton of strikeouts (15 SO in 16 games.
Diamondbacks to win, The Marlins really struggle on the road while the Dbacks are one of the better home teams in the league. Neither club is in particularly good form, but the edge has to go to the more talented side.