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The Major League Baseball season isn’t even a week old yet but some interesting events have transpired over the starting pitcher landscape.

The construction of one’s rotation is crucial to building a competitive staff over the marathon that is the baseball season.

Remember one start does not make a season no matter how good, bad or ugly the results were.

They do make owners take notice though and sometimes even over-react.

Here are some early season samples from seven starting pitchers for evaluation.

Starting Pitchers Quick Pitch Analysis Week 1

Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

People will consistently tell you that he has never pitched 200 innings in a season or posted back to back seasons of 165 innings pitched but is that prudent analysis. Liriano is not a staff anchor but profiles correctly as a low-end SP 2, high-end SP 3 with upside for your rotation.

April 3rd versus St.Louis

• 6.0 IP
• 3 H
• 0 R
• 5 BB
• 10 K

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

The talented little big man delivered versus the Rays pitching into the ninth inning. Stroman is the unquestioned ace of the Jays and should solidify as an SP number 2 for fantasy purposes. An increase in strikeouts could provide a windfall of riches.

April 3rd versus Tampa Bay

• 8.0+ IP
• 6 H
• 3 R
• 3 ER
• 1 BB
• 5 K

Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays

His control was an issue, resulting in 107 pitches over five innings against Toronto but he did strikeout 12 batters with three groundball outs. Archer entered the season as a borderline ace with Cy Young upside and that thought process has not changed.

Sunday April 3rd

• 5.0 IP
• 5 H
• 3 R
• 2 ER
• 3 BB
• 12 K

Jeremy Hellickson, Philadelphia Phillies

In my 2016 pitching portfolio, one name consistently appears and it’s mainly because he was free loot as a late reserve round pick in recent auctions and mid to late 30’s draft price in NFBC Draft Champions leagues which I participated in early on.

Let me be clear my confidence in Hellickson is by no means strong but his rotation spot is secure and if you dove deep enough into last seasons stats there were some signs for optimism. Jeremy could easily be tomorrow’s trash but his Opening Day performance albeit versus the Reds, was a promising start highlighted by his mastery of Joey Votto.

Monday April 4th

• 6.0 IP
• 3 H
• 1 R
• 1 ER
• 0 BB
• 6 K

Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

His debut in the desert was a complete disaster, definitely not the start the Diamondbacks envisioned. Greinke is a supremely talented pitcher and I have complete confidence in his game going forward.

Monday April 4th

• 4.0 IP
• 9 H
• 7 R
• 7 ER
• 1 BB
• 2 K

Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

Believe the hype! Thor was electric in his season debut and his performance was the very definition of pitching porn. Syndergaard struckout nine, yes nine Royals, which is an accomplishment in itself. His stuff was on full display with the high 90’s fastball, complemented by the Warthen slider at 95 mph and a 93 mph changeup that finished of Kendrys Morales, all were flat out filthy.

Tuesday April 5th

• 6.0 IP
• 3 H
• 0 R
• 1 BB
• 9 K

Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to expect with Maeda, I’m always cautious with the unknown. After a successful Spring Training and a solid Major League debut where he also went yard versus the Padres, I’m wishing I owned more shares of this import.

Wednesday April 6th

• 6.0 IP
• 5 H
• 0 R
• 0 BB
• 4 K

It’s only just begun and patience is a virtue we all must practice in the volatile starting pitcher market.

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