When it comes to pitchers, the present can be just as important as the future. Below is a quick write-up of two arms one of my readers inquired about earlier this week.
Corbin got knocked around somewhat in a five-start trial earlier
this season, so some are writing him off as a viable option going forward. But
he's very young (22) and while Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs are the more
highly regarded Diamondbacks prospects, Corbin is a solid prospect in his own
right and could be a mid-rotation arm at some point in the future. For now, it
appears that Corbin will occupy the long relief role previously held by Josh
Collmenter. This makes Corbin a marginal add even in N.L.-only and worth
tracking only in keeper formats.
Is Jordan Lyles a match-up play? On the surface, the answer would
seem to be yes. He has an 8.20 ERA against the White Sox, Rangers (twice) and
Rockies and a 2.48 ERA against the rest of the league. The tale of the tape,
though, tells me otherwise.
vs White Sox, Rangers, and Rockies
at Colorado: 4 GS, 18 2/3 IP, 30 H, 10 BB, 10 K, 17 ER, 2 HR, 8.20 ERA, 4.49
vs everyone else:
5 GS, 32 1/3 IP, 24 H, 10 BB, 20 K, 5 HR, 9 ER, 2.48 ERA, 4.80 FIP
Fifty-two innings is a small sample size...and when you break it
down like this, its questionable value becomes even more marginal. However, it
looks like Lyles has been quite unfortunate against some of the league's
stronger line-ups and quite fortunate against everyone else. The K/9 and BB/9
are better against weaker opponents...but not so much so that I'd be enthused about playing
match-ups with Lyles. I'd only start him in a league where I already was in a
big hole and couldn't afford to be risk averse.