Tampa Bay Rays Fantasy: Importance of elite SPs in 60-game season

Charlie Morton #50 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Charlie Morton #50 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
2 of 3
Tampa Bay Rays
Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Tampa Bay Rays – Max Scherzer in 60 Games

You want to spend the capital on one of those top four pitchers. Let’s take a look at why pairing Blake Snell or Charlie Morton with at least one of the top four monsters is paramount this season.

I selected one of my favorite major-league pitchers to watch, “Ole Blue Eye” himself, Max Scherzer.

Last season through the Nationals’ first 60 games, Scherzer accumulated 85.1 innings pitched with a 3.06 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, and 117 strikeouts.

Those are fantastic numbers and they just accounted for 16.4% of your total innings. Whereas over the course of an entire 162-game season, with a higher probability of injuries, Scherzer only finished with 172.1 innings or 12.3% of the 1,400 innings cap.

Being able to grab guys with elite ratios that are innings-eaters could be crucial in this frantic race to the postseason. With such a small schedule, I imagine we will see elite starting pitchers getting as much extra use as their arms can handle. Guys like Scherzer could end up accounting for something closer to 17% of your innings limit this season.

Some people like to stream starting pitchers but that is a more risky play, especially in this year’s scenario. You really don’t have enough wiggle-room to afford mediocre outings by your streamers. Even in good scenarios, you are really hoping a streamer produces a “meh” day for a frontline starter.

Spend the early draft capital on the best pitchers in the league and dominate in four of your pitching categories.

The workhorses will give you more innings and consistently go deep into games, which puts them in a better spot to earn a decision.