MLB 2021 - April 1 April Fools'Day Joke on Starting Pitching
Where did the Elite Pitching go?
Opening Day was for the most part owned by hitters rather than Pitchers
Gerrit Cole? Considered by many as the #1 Fantasy Starting Pitcher, Cole lost to Toronto 3-2 and that was one of the lowest scoring games. Cole allowed 5 hits and walked 2 in 5.1 innings (WHIP = 1.37) and 2 Earned Runs so an ERA of 3.38
Things would get worse, much worse.
Shane Bieber (CLE) 6 Innings 5 hits, 3 walks WHIP = 1.33; 3 ER so ERA=4.50
Brandon Woodruff (MIL) 4 innings 6 hits, 2 walks 3 Earned Runs WHIP = 2 ERA= 6.75
Kenta Maeda (MIN) 4.1 innings 6 hits and 2 walks but only 1 earned run. WHIP=1.95 ERA = 2.08
Luis Castellano (CIN)? Starts the season with an ERA of 21.60 giving up 8 earned runs in just 3.1 innings striking out 0. Yes 0 Ks for Castellano who entered the contest as one of the top strikeout pitchers in MLB. Yes I have Castellano on one of my fantasy teams. a WHIP of 3.22 to go along with the ERA.
Kershaw (LAD)? WHIP 2.11 ERA 7.94
Darvish (SD)? WHIP 2.14 ERA 7.71
and then there were
Brad Keller (KC) who gave up 6 earned runs in just 1.1 inning (WHIP=10; ERA=40.50); and
Kyle Gibson (Tex) with a WHIP of 70 and ERA of 135.
They picthed against each other.
It was a WILD opening Day for Starting Pitching.
But not all were bitten by the April Fools Bug Tyler Glasnow and Sandy Alcantara faced off in a pitcher duel down in Florida. Alcantara yielded 0 runs in his 6 innings of work, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Glasnow pitched better, also going 6 innings, but yielding just 1 hit. No walks, no Runs.
Neither pitcher got a decision.
On to day 2. The season is early. The bad start for many pitchers can be put behind them as they build up endurance and innings.
But to begin the season, hitters reigned.