Fantasy All Access: Luke Weaver, Mets Pitching Staff
RotoExperts At The Park Takes You Inside the Cardinals and Mets Clubhouses
Luke Weaver earned his first win of the season on Sunday in New York. It was not an overly impressive start, but it was efficient and his team definitely needed the respectable outing after losing the first two games of the season. Being able to prevent the opponent from completing a sweep is a good confidence builder and while he was not dominant as hoped, his Fantasy owners will certainly take the pitching line score, as will the Cardinals.
Weaver allowed five hits and walked three while yielding one run and striking out three in five innings of work. He required 92 pitches to get through his afternoon. Weaver was the 39th pitcher off the board in NFBC drafts. Obviously expectations are higher after he went 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA last year and a 10.74 K per 9. More glittering times still appear to be ahead Fantasy wise.
Here Weaver talks about how he experimented with a slider as a potential fourth pitch this spring, although he did not go to it in his first game of 2018. Pitching coach Mike Maddux has reportedly been working with St. Louis pitchers on widening their arsenals so they can go deeper into games. He also discusses trying to add bulk to his 6-2, 175 pound frame to also last longer in games and overall throughout the season. He adds in some comments about how much he enjoys Fantasy Football.
Talking pitching with the Mets catcher
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud and his pitching staff are adjusting to a new manager with a strong pitching background in Mickey Callaway, and Dave Eiland, a new pitching coach. Callaway has a known background for his staff’s usage of curve balls, and Eiland has preached throwing inside this spring. I spoke to d’Arnaud about the potential approach of the staff under its new direction and his scouting reports for the pitching staff this season.
Talking to some Mets insiders this spring, Jeurys Famila could retain his dominant form, although he has looked spotty a bit early this year. Matt Harvey could rebound to respectability if he accepts that he just has to get outs instead of dominating like the “Dark Knight” used to. Those are two primary pitchers I focused on while talking to d’Arnaud here. I have been told that some of what he says here could be very true, as Steven Matz cannot lose confidence when he starts to potentially unravel, he must keep his focus and confidence. Jason Vargas could be a nifty alternative to the other Mets starters when he returns and should be monitored as a possible Fantasy addition.
Steven Matz: Can he regain late spring form?
I spoke to Steven Matz before his first start of the year, and he seemed optimistic, yet cautious. He had a good finish to the spring and came to camp looking more bulky in addition to being healthy. But Matz could only go four innings against the Cardinals, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. He surrendered two home runs and needed 89 pitches to get through his day.
Matz says all the right things here, and while he avoided a huge assault of an inning that has sometimes toppled him in the past, he’ll need a much better turn next time out to stave off Vargas when he returns, as Matz still has minor league options remaining. Matz is still very talented and is playing under a very promising pitching regime, but Fantasy players have to remain skeptical for now. If he does end up going to the minors and then coming back to Callaway and Eiland, it’s not a stretch to believe he would be better for it in the longer term.
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