Happy Friday everyone! Thursday was easy as usual, but we got into fashion early because Joe Musgrove was on the hill for an evening game. Joe pitching is a joy to watch, not only because he’s the second-most man on the pitching list, but because it certainly helps. Musgrove tied with the Cubs on Thursday and landed on the magic number 12. Throwing seven innings with two runs, allowing just five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts, Musgrove set up his 12th consecutive quality start. Now he has a perfect 12 out of 12 in a quality start.
Musgrove has jumped straight into the SP1 debate this year and is leaning towards an early second or even late first round pick next spring. Leaving the Pirates was the best thing that could have happened in his career. And it certainly looks like this new version of him isn’t going anywhere. Musgrove noticed that his speed has increased – he has averaged 93 mph – 1-2 mph more than at the start of the season – over his last five starts. He now boasts a 1.59 ERA with just over a strikeout per inning and just under two walks per nine innings. There will be some natural regression at some point, but for now, you should enjoy the ride. And no, I would not sell expensive.
We’ll dive into all of Thursday’s action, but first make sure you’re all up to date with everything from the Fantasy Baseball Today team at CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Scott White delved into Nate Lowe’s recent surge and more players in his latest disclaimer column you can find..
Gausman meets his rival
Old Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gausman reared his ugly head on Thursday in what was his worst start to the season against – you guessed it – the Orioles. Gausman only lasted 2 1/3 innings in that one and allowed seven hits, one walk and five earned runs. He struck out three, but that was a continuation of Gausman’s recent struggle. He now has a 6.35 ERA over his last four starts and his swing frequency has dropped a lot and his hard contact has increased. Gausman was knocked down in the rankings by both Frank and Scott and I think he would be a good trade candidate if you put him on the list. Sure, his value isn’t the highest at the moment, but he still has a lot of trading value based on his early season career and his 2021 breakthrough. I do not believe that he will return to where he was. San Francisco.
Perez gets back to business
Martin Perez was one of the best stories of the young season, but he got hit on his last outing. Some thought it was the doomsday clock for Perez’s Cinderella season, but he found a way to close the idea on Thursday. Perez returned to his dominant self against the Tigers. He threw seven innings from one run and allowed eight hits and no walks. He struck out five and brought his seasonal ERA back to 2.10 with a 54% ground ball ratio, his highest since the 2015 season.
Two opt-out options to consider
Mark Kanya — If you need help in the field, Slugger Metz is ready to help you. Kanye had a sock and boot on Thursday – his fifth homer and first interception of the season. He’s not the friendliest hitter in the category, but Kanya is batting a .295 batting average on one of baseball’s best lineups with a decent amount of popularity. It is only 48% registered.
Ezekiel Duran – On Thursday, Duran picked up a triple and three RBIs to complete a surprisingly impressive first 12 games of his 2022 season. Duran compiled a .319 batting average with two homers, two steals and .886 OPS in those 12 games. He has only 27% of the squad, but he will only play in five games next week.
News and roster notes
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- Beau Bichette left Thursday’s game with a right leg injury. The x-ray was negative.
- Max Scherzer plans to begin rehab Tuesday at one of the Mets’ minor league affiliates.
- Louis Severino had a late scratch on Thursday and then placed on COVID IL. Apparently, he did not give a positive result.
- Chris Bryant practiced on the field on Thursday and could go to rehab this weekend.
- Tylor Megill Left beginning of Thursday with discomfort in right shoulder.
- Aaron Ashby came off the other side of that game with a tight left forearm and said he didn’t think he’d miss the start.
- Brandon Lowon an IL with a back injury, has recently experienced rocking discomfort and will be closed until next week.
- Travel Franco works well and will have full workouts on Thursday and Friday. He can play rehab games this weekend.
- Brandon Woodruff could start another rehab next week at High-A before joining the Brewers rotation.
- Matt Chapman withdrew from the line-up on Thursday due to recurring pain in his right wrist.
- Franmil Reyes served as DH in his second rehab game on Thursday. He could stay in the minors all weekend to watch him play in the outfield.
- Alex Cobb will return on Sunday and start against the pirates. It fell to 71% on the list.
- Aaron Sivale completed his second rehab start on Wednesday and appears ready to rejoin the Guardians. It is 41% claimed.
- Anthony Rendon missed two in a row due to a right wrist injury.
- Mitch Haniger was transferred to IL for 60 days with a grade 2 high ankle sprain.