The pitchers ruled the day in fantasy baseball stats on Friday, with three real Cy Young contenders showing their skills.
We start with one of them, who shut down an offense that includes Miguel Cabrera.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Andrew Cashner — San Diego Padres
Andrew Cashner: April 11
As we’ll soon see, there were plenty of great performances on Friday. Cashner was definitely a trendy sleeperish option heading into the drafts this year, but he’s becoming a legitimate ace before our eyes.
With Clayton Kershaw missing significant time, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Cashner win the N.L. Cy Young Award this year. He’s the real deal.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Yu Darvish — Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish: April 11
While we’re on the subject of possible Cy Young winners, here’s Darvish.
Coming off of the injury, I was a little concerned with how Darvish would perform in the early portion of the season. Through 15 innings, he’s yet to allow an earned run and has a 0.667 WHIP. I guess it’s not likely that he’ll maintain that clip all year, but the early season woes that tend to befall pitchers haven’t hurt Darvish at all.
2. Adrian Gonzalez — Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez: April 11
On a day where some of the game’s best pitchers didn’t channel their inner Bob Gibson circa 1968, Justin Upton would have made this list for the second day in a row, and Hanley Ramirez would have likely earned one of the spots, as well. Heck, Derek Dietrich made a positive contribution in every single fantasy stat and if he was owned in at least one percent of leagues, he might have gotten more consideration.
But Gonzalez’s fantasy relevance definitely gets the tiebreaker over Dietrich, and five RBI is awfully hard to ignore. The RBI isn’t the only thing that gets him on the list here. He also hit a longball and improved his batting average by more than 50 points. Quite the day.
3. David Price — Tampa Bay Rays
David Price: April 11
An earned run? What a bum this guy is.
In all seriousness, the aces definitely were on top of their games on Friday, as this ranking was surprisingly easy. If National League pitchers had their offensive stats counted in fantasy, Madison Bumgarner would have found his way on here, picking up a grand slam and a win. Unfortunately, he didn’t pitch well enough.
As it is though, Price completely shut down the Reds, who have one of the best offenses in the game. When he’s on his game, he can dominate any team.