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“Out of Left Field” returns with some more hot topics for MLB Week 4!

Injuries struck again in Week 3 with the biggest being Adam Wainwright who is done for the season after an injury during an at bat. This is raising concerns once again with the concept of DH becoming a reality in the NL. Not among the league necessarily, as much as fans and beat writers.

Other notable injuries included Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, Jose Bautista, Jake Lamb, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Yasiel Puig. Injuries are part of the game, as we all know but this week seemed to be a nasty one in particular.

The New York Mets continue to win games, and surprise everyone as the talk of the NL. On the other side of things in the AL the Astros and Rays sit atop their tough divisions at the moment. Again, it is EARLY and they aren’t dominating, but it makes for an interesting start to the season to say the least.

Three pitchers sit at 4-0 this year and they are names that make sense in Matt Harvey, Alfredo Simon (What?), and Bartolo Colon (Wait. What?). There are several other 3-0 start pitchers, but the 4-0 starts to 2015 are an interesting bunch to say the least. Plus, two Mets pitchers.

All in all, it was another great week of baseball and Week 4 is looking to have the same potential with some very good matchups and series. Stay tuned for more content throughout the week as always on SCFE including hitting and pitching matchups, waiver wire content, rookie and prospect analysis and DFS content.

Will the Two Start Aces Actually Pitch Like Aces in Week 4?

Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Madison Bumgarner, David Price, Sonny Gray and James Shields will all take the mound twice this week, and for many of them they hope to have better outcomes than they did in Week 3. Price in particular. He should facing the Twins and Royals. Either way, there is zero question on if you start these guys or not, but more of a let’s see how they do, sort of question.

Can Jimmy Paredes Keep This Up?

Paredes has become a hero of sorts, especially in DFS circles, as he remains a cheap option. This certainly isn’t much of a secret anymore, and his value may begin to rise, but until he cools off he will be a fantastic value. Paredes is slashing .429/.444/.857 with three home runs and nine RBI. He also went 3 for 5 on Sunday with 3 RBI. He seems to be locked in and the real deal. DFS play him! Seasonal, he may be worth a bench spot in deep leagues.

Is Anthony Rizzo Being Overshadowed in Chicago?

He may be, and wrongfully so, although, in reality, it doesn’t seem to be impacting his play whatsoever. Rizzo is hitting .328, with two home runs and seven RBI so far, and he may actually be more relaxed and at ease with all of the other young stars stealing some limelight away from him.

Rizzo is playing very well, and his season will only get better, as his surrounding pieces come in to their own as well.

I Believe in Scott Kazmir and Dallas Keuchel! Do YOU?

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One of these guys has been doing it all Fantasy wise, and the other very, very close. I am referencing strikeout rate for Keuchel, but he is not necessarily known for that. However, he has been dominant in every other category this season to date, and thanks to shoddy bullpen work he only has two wins to show for it.

Keuchel has a miniscule 0.69 era, 0.83 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 29 innings. I can see why folks roll their eyes at the Ace discussion, but Fantasy Ace territory is here with a hit in the strikeout category. He’s a fantastic SP3, or lower in my opinion.

Kazmir on the other hand has been simply dominant in 2015, and leaves me thinking Oakland has a thing with pitchers –30 strikeouts in 27 innings, a 0.99 ERA and 0.88 WHIP are elite numbers, folks. Sure, he may not keep this up, but I am buying him where I can and will let the doubters miss out on him.

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